It's all chocolate in the lobby of the Keystone Lodge & Spa, as the moving Chocolate Village is on display. It's the 15th year that Keystone has delighted guests with the Chocolate Village, made with 5,000 pounds of semi-sweet, milk, and white chocolate.
Executive Pastry Chef Ned Archibald was at the helm once again this year, creating the famous chocolate fantasy land. The tasty concoction is sculpted into a village, complete with trees, mountains, a chocolate waterfall, and two chocolate gondolas moving up and down. "Another part of the display that I'm very proud of is the white chocolate Christmas tree, made out of 700 pounds of Belgian white chocolate, adorned with hand-made ornaments: blown sugar, chocolate gondolas, and silver ornament icicles."
Archibald says the tree is surrounded with gifts made out of chocolate. "Around the tree, to represent kind of a Norman Rockwell Christmas morning in America, are all kinds of gifts and presents, all made out of chocolate and sugar. We have things such as chocolate skis, a teddy bear, and my favorite, the chocolate rocking horse."
It's free to check out the Chocolate Village, which will be on display until Jan. 2.
More fun is on the mountain at Keystone as the Kidtopia grand Snow Fort atop Dercum Mountain is now open to the public. It is full of icy, cavernous rooms, lights, and a slide for the kids.
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