NEW BUFFALO, MICH. —The Four Winds in New Buffalo is lit up with Christmas lights for all the guests to enjoy. Including, one iconic piece that stands in the entrance way for all to see.
“Oh it looks big. It’s pretty impressive when you walk in,” said Rudy Momkewich
With over 200 hours and more than 20 people helping — hotel chef, Craig Lewkowitz, pieced together more than 2,400 pounds of gingerbread, 80 pounds of cooked sugar and 1,200 pounds of royal icing.
It took about three weeks for the chef to create this 16 foot tall gingerbread lighthouse. Even guests were excited and surprised that the whole structure is edible.
“I was like oh my gosh. It’s a beautiful lighthouse. I took a picture of it, but I would have never known it was a gingerbread lighthouse because I sure would have probably nibbled on it,” said Beatrice McMichael.
Lewkowitz has been building bread creations like this for 30 years. Each year they get bigger.
“Small village. A couple of houses and over time it’s just escalated. Last year we did a nice train and this year we went a little different inspiration and went with the lighthouse,” said Lewkowitz.