So the final fun escapade of my Saturday was a trip to the Williams Woodland Park Holiday Home Tour.
Although this neighborhood is in my hometown, I had never heard of it. It was really charming. Most of the houses were built in the early 20th century. I went with daughter #2, a friend, and her daughter. We made our way to several different houses.
A few were “in progress,” aka pretty much gutted. I never get too excited by those. But the majority were all fixed up beautifully, like this one. I always am amazed too by the way all the owners seem to have put away every bit of clutter they own. Impressive!
In the Carriage House
There were lots of nice extras. Several houses had out refreshments that guests could enjoy. There were artists selling goods at one spot, too. Being me, I enjoyed seeing some pets at the houses — dogs, a couple of giant fish (the owner said they were called Oscars), even a bunny!
One house had a carriage house — and a carriage! — out back. Nice. It was fun to imagine how this part of town must have been 100 years ago.
After touring several of these homes, you start noticing certain things. One thing I loved was all the built-in wood bookcases and cabinets. I would love to have that in a house! As you can see, there were LOTS of people at this. Way more than I would have expected.
We’d read that there were free horse-drawn carriage rides, but we assumed that the lines and demand for these would preclude them for us. So we were pleasantly surprised to exit a house just as the carriage let out a bunch of people. We hopped in and got a ride. That was really fun!
One of the spots we visited was an apartment in a beautiful old building, built just before the Depression. I didn’t take any photos there, but I wish I had. The building had such a great ambience, like stepping into another era.
So there you have it; a vicarious look at a lovely Christmas tour. Have you taken any this season?