For almost twenty years, our Tour of Homes has showcased some incredible homes, restaurants, and sponsoring vendors. In no small way, TOH has helped put our neighborhood on the map as one of Atlanta’s most sought after places to live. Each year the TOH committee works hard starting in March to plan and execute a tour that will not only be fun and exciting, but, more importantly, raise money for our neighborhood. The money raised directly benefits our community parks, sidewalks, safety, beautification and many other important ongoing projects.Financially, the last three years have been record breaking and the trend continued in 2013. In fact, this year we truly blew it out of the water, generating an amazing $51,000 in revenue ($16,000 more than in 2012)! About 60% of the revenue came from sponsorships, with about 40% coming from ticket sales.The TOH Committee has already begun it’s work on this year’s tour. A number of homeowners have indicated their willingness to have their home on the tour, and several of our local restaurants have already signed up once again for food tastings. We’re thankful to have many new committee members this year to help set us up for another great tour.In order for us to repeat our record breaking revenue from last year, though, we need 2-3 more volunteers to help on our Sponsorship Committee. This sub-committee raised almost $32,000 for the neighborhood last year, and is poised to repeat its success if we have a few more volunteers to help. Our sponsorship drive will kick-off shortly after Summerfest.Please contact me at email@example.com to find out more about these positions. Tour of Homes is one of our neighborhood’s key fundraising events. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in Virginia-Highland and make a difference, all while re-connecting with old friends and meeting new ones.I look forward to hearing from you soon.~ Angelika Taylor, Tour of Homes Chair
For almost twenty years now, our Tour of Homes has showcased some incredible homes, restaurants, and sponsoring vendors. In no small way, TOH has helped put our neighborhood on the map as one of Atlanta’s most sought after places to live. Each year the TOH committee works hard starting in March to plan and execute a tour that will not only be fun and exciting, but, more importantly, raise money for our neighborhood. The money raised directly benefits our community parks, sidewalks, safety, beautification and many other important ongoing projects.
Financially, the last three years have been record breaking and the trend continued in 2013. In fact, this year we truly blew it out of the water, generating an amazing $51,000 in revenue ($16,000 more than in 2012)! About 60% of the revenue came from sponsorships, with about 40% coming from ticket sales. This is truly a testament to the hard work and dedication to teamwork invested by this year’s TOH committee.
I’d like to personally thank the gracious homeowners that allowed 1,700 people to come through their homes and admire their hard work and incredible style!
I’d also like to thank the neighborhood restaurants that provided amazingly tasty food to all our tour goers. And lastly I’d like to thank the businesses that directly support our Tour through the purchase of sponsorship packages – you guys were huge part of why the 2013 tour was so successful.
Last but NOT least, I want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to a Tour of Homes committee that was absolutely off the chain good! These people are incredible. They make it happen. Thank you so much for your volunteer time and expertise.
With that said, the TOH Committee is ready to gear up for this year’s tour which will be held on December 6th and 7th, 2014.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR HOUSES. If you’d like your home to be considered for this year’s tour, or if you’d like to suggest a home to be apart of the tour, please contact us me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also looking for committee members to fill in a few gaps we have on our team. Here are key position needs but anyone is welcome to join in the fun:
- PR/Media Chair
- Marketing Chair
- Home Selection Chair
Please contact me at email@example.com to find out more about these positions and other ways you can help. Tour of Homes is one of our neighborhood’s key fundraising events. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in Virginia-Highland and make a difference, all while re-connecting with old friends and meeting new ones.
I look forward to hearing from you soon. And, once again, here’s to a tremendously successful TOH 2013!
~ Angelika Taylor, Tour of Homes Chair
The 2013 Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes is only three weeks away. With tickets sales already booming and our sponsorships locked in, this promises to be another successful neighborhood event. We’ve already broken all records in terms of funds raised via our business sponsorships. The TOH Committee would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to this year’s sponsors. Thanks for your generous contributions at all levels to help ensure the success of our event, support our community and give back to our neighborhood.
This year’s Presenting Sponsor is Muffley & Associates.
Our Premium Sponsors are Barking Hound Village and Heritage Bank.
Our Major Sponsors are Artisan Closets, Distinctive Appliances & Vacuum – Buckhead, Dog Gone Handy Home Rebuilders, Founders Kitchen and Bath, Karen Hott Interiors, Morningstar Mini-Storage, Natalie Gregory Home – Keller Williams, Remax Metro Atlanta – The Zac Team, Rinehart Design Group, The Great Frame-up, The Intowners – Sadlier, D’Aprile & Bade, Traditions in Tile, Urban Body Fitness and Studios, Warren City Club and Whole Foods.
Our Benefactor Sponsors are Atlanta INtown Newspaper, CR Home USA, Copper Sky Renovations, Daltile, Faith Flowers, Nite Vision Outdoor Lighting Atlanta, Phoenix Renovations Group, RLS Construction, Twelve Boutique and Flowers, and YWCA Greater Atlanta
This year’s Neighborhood Sponsors are Abraham Properties, Allied Fence Company, Allstate Insurance – William Kelly, Antiquity Architecture & Design, Bla Bla Kids, Design BH Architecture, Cindy Gilmore Hair Studio, Ellis Landesign, Festivity, Intown Hardware, Jones Pierce Architects, Judith Bright Jewelry, Kitsy Rose Public Relations, Moore Farms and Friends, Neptune Pools, New York Butcher Shoppe, Nonies Garden, Olde Savannah Flooring, Peace by Piece Organizing, PSB Studio Architecture, Stanton Law LLC, and Ten Thousand Villages.
And the Tour Committee would be remiss if we didn’t extend a heartfelt thank you to the local restaurants that will be providing tasty samples at each of this year’s Tour homes: American Roadhouse, Atkins Park, D.B.A. Barbecue, El Taco, Fontaine’s, Highland Tap, La Tavola, Marlow’s Tavern, Noche, Rosebud, San Francisco Coffee and Timone’s.
Get your Tour tickets NOW online at our Tour of Homes website. Plan Dec 7th and 8th as your weekend to EAT, TOUR and SHOP in VaHi. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of tour. Your Tour of Homes ticket gets you into eight incredible homes, a sneak peak into a newly renovated apartment home at Briarcliff Summit, food samplings from ten different community restaurants and special coupons and discounts for our local eateries and shops. This is the perfect weekend to kick off your 2013 holiday season!
- Angelika Taylor, Tour Chair
In case you’re wondering what the buzz is all about, everyone is talking about our neighborhood’s next BIG event, the 2013 Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes! Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday December 7-8, you’ll want mark your calendars now and start making plans to EAT, TOUR and SHOP right here in VaHi.
The Tour of Homes committee has been working hard all year to kick off the holidays with another spectacular and successful event. This year’s TOH showcases eight unique homes and one newly renovated apartment home at Briarcliff Summit. Although the homes are always the main attraction, ten local restaurants – six of which are new to the Tour – will serve up their eclectic food samples in each home as well.
OK, it’s time to spill the beans. Scroll down to view photos and descriptions of the wonderful homes on this year’s tour.
For more information about the tour, including a list of the participating restaurants and a page where you can purchase tickets, click here.
The Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes is such a fun way to kick off the holidays. Tell your friends and family to come out and support our neighborhood on a weekend where everyone loves to EAT, TOUR and SHOP!
- Angelika Taylor, 2013 Tour of Homes Chair
The Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes is coming up soon, Saturday and Sunday December 7 & 8. This year’s tour promises to be one of the best yet with eight beautiful and interesting homes, each paired with delicious food tastings from great local restaurants, plus a history-lover’s bonus stop. Tour of Homes is a festive holiday event that also happens to be an important fundraiser for our community.
Please how your support for our wonderful neighborhood by signing up for a volunteer shift. Signing up is quick and easy at http://vahitourofhomes.org/volunteer/. Volunteers will receive two complimentary tickets to the tour.
If you can’t volunteer, please plan to attend this year’s tour and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. Details are available at http://vahitourofhomes.org/. It’s a great way to give back to YOUR neighborhood!
The 2013 Tour of Homes committee is on the lookout for this year’s Elite Eight! Put your home on the tour and help raise funds for the neighborhood. Submit your home today for consideration. Please send up to three photos of your home (low-res photos of less than 1 MB only, please) and a brief description to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entry deadline is June 5th so please don’t hesitate if you’re interested. Tour dates are December 7th and 8th.
We look forward to seeing everyone on the tour in December!
One of the things this year’s Tour of Homes committee focused on was using social media to help spread the word about our event. In addition to a robust website, we created a Facebook page and filled it with pictures of the homes and other relevant posts, blogged about the event on Virginia-Highland Patch, and took advantage of message boards like VHLIST and Next Door Virginia-Highland. We believe our efforts to promote through social media were a key part of the overall success of this year’s event.
We were pleased to have been ‘discovered’ this year by local home organizing consultant and blogger Tidy-Up Gal who stopped by and enjoyed this year’s tour. Tidy-Up Gal promoted our event prior to the Tour weekend and got access to take photos of VHCA board vice-president Lola Carlisle’s home. Photos from that tour were featured in a recent blog post. This type of exposure is a great adjunct to use of traditional media in promoting our event and we look forward to more such opportunities in 2013.
Wow – what an incredible Tour of Homes weekend in Virginia Highland! I can’t begin to tell you how many personal emails I‘ve received about the homes, food tastings and neighborhood from last weekend. So many people praising our event from the pre-tour advertisement “buzz” and smooth transactions at ticket check-in to the amazing food samplings and hard working volunteers. Our streets were alive and the stores jam-packed. Tour goers enjoyed live, traditional holiday caroling as the Grady High School chorus entertained at the homes and at the North Highland/Virginia Ave. intersection.
And this year’s tour really delivered! The tour committee wants to sincerely thank the generous homeowners who allowed more than 1,600 tour-goers to view their incredible homes. The committee also wants to thank the fabulous restaurants, sponsors and the many volunteers for their hard work and support this year. There’s no way we could have made this tour happen without all of you.
One of my favorite sayings is “Go Big or Go Home” and this year’s tour did just that…we killed it! By any measure, this year’s tour was a success. Close to 1,100 tickets were sold and, combined with sponsor revenue, the tour generated more than $36,000 for our neighborhood (a $3,000 increase over last year)! Pre-sale of tickets – both online and through our in-town locations – was strong, a direct result of promoting the event through our incredible website and Voice newsletter, the new banners we placed around the neighborhood and the local shops that displayed our signage, blogger support, promoting our event through Facebook and other social media, and, of course, the generous support of our sponsors and vendors.
As was the case with Summerfest in June, Mother Nature played a big role in ensuring our event’s success. With warm temperatures and no rain, attendance both days was very strong.
What does this really mean to us all? It means we raised money for the community we all take so much pride in – money that will directly impact each and every one of us. These funds go toward support of our parks, sidewalk repairs, safety, streetlights, landscaping and many other community projects that pop up throughout the year.
Let me share a quick story with you. On Saturday evening (after Day One of the tour) my hubby and I snuck in a quick dinner at Murphy’s. As always, the restaurant was packed. I talked to people at the tables around us, many of whom were from outlying areas and had come to VaHi to make a day of it. They “Toured, Ate and Shopped,” just as we had hoped they would. Most had had such a great time that they were ready to pack up and move to here! They loved our quaint village, the fact that everyone took pride in the community and that we can walk everywhere here and that the neighborhood seemed so health-conscious. My response to them was that these are precisely the reasons why most residents choose to call Virginia-Highland home.
In closing, I couldn’t be more proud of the many TOH committee members who went above and beyond to make this tour an incredible success. It was a pleasure working with everyone and we’ve already begun discussing next year’s tour while our energy level is high. If there’s any feedback about the tour that you’d like to share with us, please email it to email@example.com.
Also, if you weren’t a sponsor for this year’s tour but would like to consider it for next year, please let us know.
Happy Holidays to everyone who attended this year’s tour or helped make it a success. I sincerely hope you enjoy this special time of year with your family and friends.
- Angelika Taylor, 2012 Tour of Homes Chair
Special thanks to the Grady High School carolers and instructor Kevin Hill for providing much-appreciated Christmas spirit during this year’s rather warm Tour of Homes. The group gathered Saturday at 1 PM at the triangle and entertained shoppers and tour-goers at several locations near the N. Highland/Virginia Avenue intersection before heading off to carol at several of the homes on the tour. The kids had fun and everyone enjoyed their wonderfully festive spirit.
Click on the album below to view images of the carolers as they made their rounds as well as a few other pictures from the tour. We’ll post more tour photos as they become available.
|2012 Tour of Homes featuring the Grady High School Carolers|
Virginia-Highland is on fire these days. Our neighborhood is all the buzz. Our restaurants are full for lunch and dinner, our shops are bustling, our nightlife is hopping, homes are selling with multiple offers and the BeltLine is becoming packed with people on any given day. We are so lucky to say we live and play here.
This year’s Summerfest was a record success and now everyone’s wondering what’s the next big event in the Highlands? It’s our neighborhood’s very own Tour of Homes and it’s guaranteed to be awesome. It’s a walking tour of some of the most inspiring homes in Virginia-Highland. Put it on your calendars NOW – you will not want to miss this one.
My name is Angelika Taylor and I am chairing this year’s Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes. I have the most amazing group of people that make up the TOH team. There are several committees that make up the TOH, including Home Selection, Restaurant, Sponsorship, Media/PR, Collateral and the Volunteer Committee. Everyone is working so hard to make this year’s tour a huge success and, so far, we are well on our way to doing so.
The dates for this year’s Tour of Homes are Saturday and Sunday Dec 8th and 9th. Tour hours will be Saturday 10am – 4pm and Sunday 12pm – 4pm. Restaurant tastings on both days will be from 12pm – 4pm.
We have selected seven amazingly different homes as well as our first bed & breakfast ever on the tour. Each home will feature a local restaurant that will provide a special menu sampling to tour-goers. This year’s participating restaurants are Atkins Park, La Tavola, Osteria, Murphy’s, Noche, Pozole’, DBA BBQ and Genki.
This year’s tour theme is “Tour, Eat and Shop” a weekend in the Highlands. Tour-goers will be encouraged to linger in our neighborhood before or after they tour to get the “full experience” of our quaint little community. Local businesses will offer specials to tour-goers and live entertainment will be provided by our local schools: Grady High School and Inman Middle School choirs will be caroling during Tour weekend to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
Tickets for the tour go on sale in November and will be available online via PayPal in advance for $25 each, or on the day of the tour at the YWCA on North Highland Avenue for $30 each. The Y will also provide free parking in their lot. Come help your community raise money to fund safety initiatives, sidewalks, lighting, parks, schools and many more neighborhood projects and improvements.
CAN YOU HELP? YES! We are looking for volunteers for tour weekend to help work in homes, sell tickets, hang banners and assist in other areas. If you’re interested in helping, please contact our volunteer coordinator Eleanor Barrineau via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a local business or individual that would like to advertise in our Tour of Homes ticket book, please contact our sponsorship committee as soon as possible. There are definite print deadlines and one of our team can tell you sponsorship levels and ad cost. Call Catherine Tabor at 404-434-9568 or Kris Smith at 404-226-7536.
We are all looking forward to a fun-filled neighborhood event. Tell all your friends and family and make it a weekend of “touring, eating and shopping”. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the holiday season.
Chair, Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes
Tour of Homes has produced a commercial. Have a look on YouTube!.
Let the count down begin! With only a few days left before this year’s Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes, there’s plenty of excitement and anticipation in the air for the weekend of December 8th and 9th.
Driving around the neighborhood you’ve probably noticed all the yard signs and banners. They’re brand new this year and are really helping get the word out. The Tour of Homes website is live and full of great content and online ticket sales are increasing daily. Please visit www.vahitourofhomes.org for a preview of this year’s tour homes. And if you’re on Facebook, find us and like us – there’s a lot of great information there, too.
This year’s tour features eight inspiring homes including several turn-of-the-century bungalows expertly renovated in designer style; a 1920’s Tudor Cottage reinvented for relaxed, luxe living; a contemporary masterpiece reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature prairie style; and a fully-restored, historic bed & breakfast.
In addition, nine local restaurants – La Tavola, Atkins Park, DBA Barbecue, Murphy’s, El Taco, Genki, Osteria 832, Pozole’, and Noche – will be hosting food samplings on both tour days. I’ve seen their menus and they’re all going out of their way to “show-off” their incredibly different offerings. The food is a serious bonus on this tour – you could easily consider it your appetizer and lunch for the day!
All our sponsors and home vendors are ready to market their goods and/or services as well. If you’re planning to renovate, update or just gather great ideas for your home there will be so much eye candy and information available to you in a real home setting, not a showroom. I have files from many past VaHi Home Tours that I still refer back to and have used on my home.
Tour, Eat and let’s not forget…SHOP! All our local merchants are ready for tour goers as well. Stores are filled with new merchandise and shop owners are eager to help you with your holiday shopping. Several merchants are offering deals or coupons with your Tour Ticket Book. It will definitely be a great weekend to enjoy our “small town neighborhood” with a big city bustle and pace. It’s the very reason many of us chose to make Virginia-Highland our home in the first place.
And for the frosting on the cake, how incredible will it be to enjoy live holiday caroling throughout the neighborhood by some of the most amazingly talented students from Grady High School? The sound of children’s caroling always gets me during the holidays and I am so honored these kids will be sharing their gift with us this year.
OK – ‘nuff said. Proceeds from the Tour of Homes go toward funding the many important initiatives of the Virginia-Highland Civic Association so GET YOUR TOUR TICKETS TODAY! Tickets are $25 each prior to Tour and $30 day of Tour. You can get them conveniently online at www.vahitourofhomes.org or, starting the weekend before the tour, get them locally at Intown Ace Hardware (VaHi location), Aurora Coffee Shop or San Francisco Coffee Shop. So, make it a date weekend, a girls day out, a new family tradition or buy tickets as gifts and hand them out to your friends, family, clients etc. This event is rated A for All Audiences!
Here’s to another successful event in our wonderful neighborhood!
Angelika Taylor - Chair, 2012 Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes
On behalf of the entire neighborhood, the Virginia-Highland Civic Association extends a special thank you to our 2012 Tour of Homes sponsors. The generous support of these sponsors helps ensure a successful event and provides important funding for neighborhood projects including park improvements, safety, sidewalk and traffic concerns, planning and preservation efforts, graffiti removal, communication and ongoing support of our neighborhood schools.
This is the 18th anniversary of our tour and this year we feature an impressive line up of seven beautiful homes plus a bed & breakfast, each home paired with delicious menu samplings from local restaurants.
Our local sponsors help make the Tour of Homes an outstanding success year after year. Please support them with your patronage.
Muffley and Associates Real Estate
The Intowners Real Estate
Jones Pierce Architects
New Highland Design-Build
Karen Hott Designs
Stanton Home Furnishings
Renovation Design Atlanta
The Great Frame Up
Copper Sky Renovation
Intown Ace Hardware
Dog Gone Handy
Ansley Eye Care
Natural Body Spa and Shop
Mark Arnold Architect
New York Butcher Shoppe
Front Porch Homes and Renovations
Sig Samuels Dry Cleaners
Ben Northrup Architectural Renovations
The 2012 Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes is right around the corner and the TOH committee has been working hard to make sure this year’s event is a fun and successful one. In addition to nine outstanding restaurants, there are eight spectacular homes on the tour and we just can’t keep it a secret any longer so here’s a sneak peak at this year’s lineup.
Each home is different and has its own personality, character and style. As you browse through the brief descriptions, start planning your Tour of Homes weekend. Tickets go on sale in November and this would be the perfect event to kick off the holidays with your friends, family and out of town guests. And remember – tour tickets make excellent gifts as well.
For more information on this year’s Tour of Homes – including how you can get involved by volunteering – don’t forget to visit our recently updated website at www.vahitourofhomes.org.
Contact: Sally Clark 404-805-6363
PR Committee Co-Chair, Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes
18th Annual Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes
December 8th and December 9th 2012
Mark your calendars now for the 18th Annual 2012 Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes! Get in the holiday spirit with friends and family as you tour one of Atlanta’s most charming neighborhoods. Enjoy a festive weekend of beautiful architecture, local restaurant tastings, caroling by local school choirs and discount specials at popular retailers.
Presented by the Virginia-Highland Civic Association, this year’s event will take place on Saturday, December 8th from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday, December 9th from noon to 4 pm. Presented by a neighborhood known for its historic residences, unique shops and fabulous restaurants, the Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes is the perfect way to spend the day and welcome in the holiday season!
This year’s exclusive selection of homes promises something for everyone from a historic bungalow by award-winning designer Karen Hott to a contemporary home reminiscent of designs by Frank Lloyd Wright to a rare peek inside a charming Bed & Breakfast – and more!
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 weekend of the tour.