'Tis the season to shine. And the folks at La Vida Hospitality make it their job to make it extra bright this holiday season.
Josh Grapski, managing partner for La Vida Hospitality Group, which manages Sussex County's popular year-round hospitality destinations, said "With as hectic as the holiday season can be, we want to make it as festive as possible," says Grapski. His company, which manages Sussex County's year-round go-to destinations, is going the extra mile to satisfy guests looking for memorable experiences this holiday.
Along with a decked out holiday decor inside, a larger-than-life "Let It Snow" holiday display illuminates the backyard at the Crooked Hammock. "Our winter guests enjoy it as much as the visitors who flock to the popular summer backyard playground." Beyond traditional decor, creating a fun family activity is aligned with Crooked Hammock's community involvement. Creating a backyard experience for friends and family to enjoy is just like the beach vacation or other holiday traditions. "We want to help make memories of time spent with the important people in your lives," added Grapski.
At the Big Chill Surf Cantina in Rehoboth, a favorite among locals, the holiday look is decidedly "retro" befitting The Chill's fun sense of humor and self-inspired ‘70s retro atmosphere. "But we're always serious about giving back to our community," said manager Linc Rogerson who teamed up with Rise Fitness to host the annual Ugly Sweater Party to benefit the fight against Parkinson disease.
"It's a fun time for a great cause," said Rogerson. More information is available on their events page at Facebook.
At Rehoboth's Fork+Flask at Nage, capturing the "spirit" of the holidays is as simple as its special Eggnog in the Flask. A flask of eggnog goes with the gift certificate as a gift for another. Festive decorations glow along with the toasty fireplace to make patrons feel right at home. "Our Flaskin' Fridays make the spirits brighter," said Sean Corea, general manager and executive chef. Holiday revelers can enjoy sharing over 20 small plate features along with half price sharable flasks. "Yes, 'tis the season to share. With a date. With a group of friends," said Corea. On Tuesday, Dec. 19, many of the F+F kitchen team will be preparing their favorite dishes for Feliz Navidad featuring an evening of authentic Latin American-inspired dishes from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Reservations by phone at 302-226-2037 or forkandflask.com.
Grapski adds that giving back to his community has always been an important core value within his company. Philanthropy this year includes continued support of Winter WonderFest's fundraising to benefit Sussex County nonprofit groups. Crooked Hammock created an enclosed, heated community gathering place - The Crooked Hammock Lodge - a place to warm up and hang out.
Additionally, all the businesses within La Vida Hospitality Group are sponsors of the Winter WonderFest Giving Tree. Festivalgoers may purchase a glowing Luminaria to honor the memory of loved ones. "Giving back to the community that gives to you is important, especially during this time of year" adds Grapski. "Even better that every dollar we raise stays right here at home in Sussex County. Hope everyone has a great holiday season!"