Perfect Viewing for Gingerbread
The weather has been perfect this year for touring Sausalito’s new collection of gingerbread houses. A succession of mild sunny days has made it a delight to view the 11th Annual Sausalito Gingerbread House Competition and Tour (sponsored by the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce). I never quite make it to all the participants. There were over forty entries this year, to be fair. I did see a good representation of this year’s wonderful creations, though. I’m pleased to be able to share photos of my many favorites with you. The photo above is Sausalito Stationery’s gingerbread version of the entire town of Sausalito.
Voting for Your Favorites
Each gingerbread house has a ballot box for voting for your favorite. I must admit to voting for more than one, though. They are all so delightful it is hard to choose just one. I must admit to being in love with the gingerbread house in the window of First California Realty. It is a model of an actual Sausalito home on Cable Roadway. The terraced hillside landscaping is brilliantly recreated with gumdrop trees and rock candy plantings. It really is about as close to Candyland as you can get. Incidentally, Candyland has always been close to my heart. It was the subject of many bedtime stories my father told my sister and I when we were little. I also wrote and illustrated a children’s book for my nephew featuring his own adventures in Candyland that became his favorite story for a while.
Some of my other favorites were gingerbread versions of the businesses; Driver’s Market had about the cutest version of its building anyone could imagine, Engel & Völkers Luxury Real Estate made an elegant, life-like model of their newly renovated historic firehouse building on the Bay.
I also really enjoyed the touch of Sausalito history at The Trident restaurant . They created a scene with Janis Joplin driving VW bus to a Christmas tree lot run by Santa; all edible of course! Back in the sixties, Joplin used to hang out at The Trident because she lived just across the street. But my absolute favorite creation in this year’s tour was at Sausalito Stationery. They created their version of the entire town of Sausalito in gingerbread with pastel Necco Wafer candy as roof tiles. These sweet edible houses marching up the hill from the bay really captured the essence of this little town. The Gingerbread House Competition and Tour runs through December 31, 2017, so it’s not too late to go and vote for your favorites now. If you are curious about gingerbread houses from previous years, I wrote a post last December that has lots more photos and a short video tour.
A number of Sausalito’s young people participated in the competition this year. Here are some of their very tasty looking creations.
More Gingerbread Houses
In case you missed the Tour or couldn’t get to Sausalito this year, here are some more of the delightful entries.