On my second day up in North Carolina we went to the beautiful Grove Park Inn:
A historic hotel built in the 1910's, built with giant stones and two huge fireplaces inside, little touches of art nouveau on lamps and wallpaper, and gorgeous views. Very cool! They host the National Gingerbread Competition every Christmas so we went to check it out. Some amazing work.
The Gingerbread Competition inspired some cookie decorating later in the week...
Not as amazing after all those houses, but I got my fix!