Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes celebrates 24 years

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It’s one of Atlanta’ most legendary neighborhoods — and this weekend, “outsiders” will have a unique chance to find out what makes Virginia-Highland such a special place.

The 24th Annual Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes is happening this weekend, opening up seven of the neighborhood’s most beautiful homes and featuring several of the area’s best-known restaurants.  The annual event is presented by the Virginia-Highland Civic Association, a volunteer-run non-profit dedicated to improving the community’s quality of life, and funds raised by the Tour of Homes will go toward several improvement projects in the neighborhood. 

Included in this year’s self-guided tour are homes built in the early part of the 20th Century, including a 1910 craftsman, a 1930 bungalow, and a classic 1919 “shotgun” California craftsman bungalow.  

Along with showcasing Virginia-Highland’s historic homes, the tour also features popular local restaurants whipping up tastings in each of the seven homes and at the local YMCA location.  New restaurants this year include Nowak’s, Murphy’s, DBA Barbecue, El Taco, Marlow's Tavern, and Whiskey Bird.

The 24th Annual Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1st, and from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2nd.  Hours for the food tastings are Noon to 4:00 p.m. both days.  Walk-up tickets are available for $30 at the YMCA, located at 957 N. Highland Ave.

Good Day Atlanta’s Paul Milliken couldn’t wait to check out some of Atlanta’s most lovingly-restored historic homes, so he spent the morning getting a special preview of this year’s Tour of Homes!