The next two weekends present a pair of touring opportunities that you won't want to pass up, especially if you're into poking around other people's homes. Who doesn't? Weather-wise, we're at that optimal point in the year where it's warm, but not to the point that extended periods of outdoor time require showering afterward. This weekend is the Inman Park Tour of Homes, and the following will be the Decatur Garden Tour; if you plan on attending both events, you're in store for domicile overload. Here's what you need to know.
Inman Park Tour of Homes
Now in its 41st year, the Inman Park Tour of Homes started out as a way for urban pioneers to raise interest in their beautiful but downtrodden neighborhood. Now, homeowners don't have to convince anyone that Inman Park is a diamond in the rough; it's regularly acknowledged as one of intown Atlanta's most desirable areas. This year's tour features 11 homes and points of interest ranging from lofts to Victorian stunners to a church. One of the key sites you'll want to check out is the unique house on Moreland Avenue that's been transformed into the Wrecking Bar Brewpub. The new owners of this gorgeous ca. 1900 home have undertaken an extraordinary restoration that's brought the building back to its original glory. The fact that mouthwatering brew is now served up in the basement is the icing on the cake.
On Friday, the Tour of Homes runs from Noon until 4:00 p.m (there are no other Festival events on Friday.) On Saturday and Sunday the Tour of Homes runs from Noon until 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, Festival (excluding the Tour of Homes) begins at 11:00 a.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. On Sunday, the times are 11:00 until 7:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online or on site at the Inman Park Festival. http://inmanparkfestival.org/events/tour-of-homes/
Decatur Garden Tour 2012
Even if your green thumb is more like a dried-up black one, it's easy to appreciate the hard work that's gone into making these 13 gardens and public spaces veritable urban oases. This year's theme is roses, thus the tagline, "Decatur's Coming Up Roses." In addition to plants, the tour displays the patios, gazebos, and entertaining spaces that make outdoor living one of the most alluring aspects of Southern living. The Saturday Twilight Tour ramps up the charm factor to new heights. All proceeds benefit the Oakhurst Community Garden Project, which serves as a nature center, meeting space, and wildlife habitat.
The Garden Tour runs from 10am to 5pm on May 5th, and Noon - 5pm on May 6th. Tickets may be purchased online or at The Seventeen Steps or the Intown Ace Hardware on Scott Boulevard. http://decaturgardentour.com
Madison in May Spring Tour of Homes and Gardens
Madison, Georgia has a reputation as one of the most scenic towns in the South, and there's no better way to experience her beauty than the annual spring tour of homes and gardens. It's well worth the little over an hour drive. With the exception of a Victorian storefront loft, all of the houses featured this year predate the Civil War and range in scale from cottage to manor. While you're at it, be sure to poke around the tour headquarters, the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, which looks more like a courthouse than its original purpose of public graded school.
The tour will be held May 4th and 5th; tickets may be purchased at the Madisoin-Morgan Cultural Center or online at http://mmcc-arts.org/TourOfHomes.shtml.