Home tour is where the heart is: CAA event gives visitors a peek inside homes

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Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 17:01 PM.

Valentine’s weekend typically means romantic dinners and flowers for most, but for South Walton residents and visitors alike, it signals the highly anticipated annual Valentine Tour of Homes hosted by the Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA). The tour is known for showcasing stunning interiors, architecturally acclaimed homes and picturesque settings bringing inspiration to tour-goers’ winter weekend.

This year promises to be one of the best tours to date with the most diverse array of homes on tour, including a historic Grayton Beach treasure, an Alys Beach masterpiece and a bay-front renovation to name a few.

This annual event will open the doors of six special South Walton homes to participants on Saturday, Feb.15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m and Sunday, Feb. 16 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

"Each year, we aim to include a diverse mix of homes that offer architectural, historic or artistic significance," said Jennifer Steele, executive director of the CAA. "This year, our tour has been expanded to two days and will include even more homes with styles ranging from classical to Florida cracker to modern."

The proceeds from the self-guided annual tour benefit the CAA’s Educational Giving Program, which provides over $20,000 in grants to Walton County teachers and scholarships for students to participate in supplemental and continuing art education. 

Additionally, ticket holders will have a chance to win a $75 gift certificate from Visit South Walton’s “Artist of the Year” Mary Hong by stopping by her gallery at 26 Logan Lane in The Shops of Grayton while on the tour.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event and valid for the entire weekend with one entry per house.  Tickets can be purchased online at CulturalArtsAlliance.com and locally at Smith’s Antiques in Destin, the Bayou Arts Center, Sundog Books in Seaside, Fusion Art Glass in Grand Boulevard and Hidden Lantern Gallery in Rosemary Beach. For more information about the Tour and the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, call 850-622-5970 or visit www.culturalartsalliance.com



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