Our Yuletide Claim to Fame
Let me preface this by saying that I am in no way a connoisseur of roadside attractions. (I know such hardcore devotees exist out there in the world, and my hat is off to them.)
However, I did spend a good portion of my twenties embarking on lengthy, mostly Midwest-bound road trips, during which time I was known to make a few eclectic stops.
World’s Largest Pheasant? Huron, South Dakota.
World’s Largest Acorn? Raleigh, NC.
Frog Capital of the World? Rayne, LA.
Little did I know when I moved to Elmira that I was settling in under the glow of another such feat, the World’s (Almost) Largest Wreath, located at our very own Hill Top Inn Restaurant, Banquets & Catering up on Jerusalem Hill.
Every year in early December, the lighting is marked with an event at Hill Top for children that also includes a kid-friendly buffet dinner, cookie decorating, and visits with Santa.
You can find a listing for this wreath on Rand McNally, where its tale is documented. It was made by a local artificial Christmas tree manufacturer who wanted to build the world’s largest artificial wreath on Hill Top’s property.
The 56-foot-tall wreath is anchored by four posts embedded in tons of concrete and it’s held by 10 one-ton wires. (Also, around St. Patrick’s Day, a second set of lights forms a shamrock.)
My personal favorite part is that when you are driving in Elmira at night around the holiday season and look up, you can clearly see the wreath on high, festive, inviting, and shining over the Chemung River Valley.
If you go up to check out the wreath up close, don’t forget to stop in at Hill Top for dinner. They are open March 1st – December 31st, Monday through Saturday, beginning at 5:00 p.m. They have a delicious menu and you can’t beat the view.
(Rookie’s Tip: Check out their listing on Mark Twain Country to receive $1 off on any bottle or glass of wine when you purchase any food item. Limit is one per guest per visit.)
A can’t miss for all of my fellow roadside attraction fans!
Hill Top Inn Restaurant, Banquets & Catering
171 Jerusalem Hill Road, Elmira, NY 14901