It gets so busy during the holidays with all the hustle and bustle, it really makes quality family time all the more precious. When I say “quality” time, I mean when it’s not interrupted by an 8-5 schedule, over-time and late hours, errands to be ran, and a house to keep kept. Even though we’re a work at home family, actual quality time isn’t always obtainable. We try to do a fun outing together at least once a week so we’re always looking for new things to experience. Last weekend, we visited The Grove for their first Winter Festival and we had the best time with Livi! All of the kiddos got to have milk & cookies with Santa and story time with Mrs. Claus. Not only was it super exciting for her, my husband and I have been wanting to visit again for a while now so it was a treat for us too. This place is so chic and breathtaking — see for yourself and have a little look inside our day!
The Grove is a newer restaurant in our area, they opened around the beginning of 2016. Chris and I first visited in June for our 10 year anniversary date and we couldn’t wait to go back. The grounds here are just beautiful and so unique. It’s farm-to-table style, which I love! They have their own market and garden on site where they grow fresh herbs to use in their recipes and dishes.
While we didn’t get to explore every nook and cranny (this time), we were happy to mosey around leisurely just soaking in the atmosphere. I really love the elegance of their Christmas decor.
Isn’t this outdoor dining gorgeous? The fireplace was lit for extra ambiance, it was so cozy. There are so many awesome details to share about this place, you guys! I’ll try to only focus on the “real” reason we came, but I couldn’t resist capturing some of these features. And the floors…!
The lounge area connecting the patio and Smoke Shack is so inviting. I’m dying to try the food and BBQ at the Smoke Shack! It’s an entirely different menu from the restaurant side, which is where my hubby and I had our anniversary date – patio style.
Okay… moving along to Santa and Mrs. Claus meet & greet! To the left of the Smoke Shack is the Greenhouse, where the indoor part of the festival was held. It was beautifully decorated with large party tables and candy centerpieces. The side doors were wide open to a funky grass paved dance floor. I didn’t get many of my own photos inside the Greenhouse, there was quite a bit of excitement happening. But, I did snag some pics from The Grove’s Facebook page of all the yummies. These plastic milk bottles and in-house baked & iced cookies were so so cute. And for the adults, they served special “milk punch”. Yes, please!
Photo Credit: @TheGroveTyler via Facebook
I did take a second to snap a pic of these light fixtures above us in the Greenhouse! There were multiple chandeliers like this along the ceiling. Perfect.
Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Santa Claus lane!
When it was Livi’s turn to see Santa, she tried slowly walking off non-chalauntly hoping we wouldn’t notice! Haha… such a goof. She’s always been a little shy, but she was brave. I think it was a little intimidating for her, but our Santa was so patient and sweet.
I love this one, I’ll always treasure these little keepsake moments. Livi gave Santa a big hug after their chit chat, she was a very good girl this year!
Along with all the festivities, The Magills were there to entertain the crowd with Christmas classics and tunes. Everyone was groovin’ on this way cool grassy turf, even Santa and the Mrs!
Okay, check this area out! This is one of my favorite spots. Perfect for sippin’ and relaxin’ while feeling fancy. I didn’t get a view of the entire patio but there’s a ginormous fireplace on the other side with extra seating and a jumbo game of Jenga to play.
Had to take a minute to hug and kiss on my little mini…
In the front near the market and entrance, there’s a designated kid-friendly space with play kitchens and tables and chairs. If you use their Grab N’ Go service, this would make a fun picnic scene, for sure.
Aren’t they the cutest?? ♥
We must have missed story time with Mrs. Claus because we left a little before the event ended. We got to see Santa do a few magic tricks for the kids on our way out though! Livi was atop her daddy’s shoulders. I guess she had the best view!
Look at this guy! Another amazing piece of art displayed near the exit. We had such a fun and silly time. Thank you to The Grove, for hosting such an awesome festival for “kids” of all ages to enjoy. I plan on visiting again for a much more in depth and up close tour that I can blog about later. I can’t stay away, it’s such a cool place.
This is Olivia’s 4th Christmas, and we’re still trying to form our own traditions as a party of 3, while meshing a few that Chris and I had as kids. We really hope that The Grove makes their Winter Fesitval an annual thing because we are down!