Georgia Magazine - November 2012 - (Page 18)

Homes for the holidays Marietta Pilgrimage Tour offers history, ideas for home decor STORY BY KARON WARREN • PHOTOS BY CASSANDRA YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY 1 2 From the whimsical to traditional, Marietta homeowners’ decor showcases their community, family and home’s history on the Marietta Pilgrimage Home Tour, set this year for Dec. 1-2. 1 This playful ornament features the Big Chicken, a local landmark. 2 Mockingbird Hill, circa 1888, bedecked in holiday garlands, was one stop on the 2011 tour. 3 This jolly Santa greets passing guests. 3 very year, local residents and visitors flock to Marietta for one of its most anticipated events: the Marietta Pilgrimage Home Tour. Taking place the first full weekend of each December, this time-honored tradition spotlights some of the city’s historic homes decked out in their holiday finest. For some, it’s a part of their holiday traditions, while others come in search of a new way to celebrate the season. Regardless of the reasons, it’s a sure bet that all who come will leave with new inspiration for their own holiday decor and, just maybe, a new addition to their own traditions. 18 E A grand kickoff to the season A holiday mainstay for the last 25 years, the Marietta Pilgrimage Tour features a selection of historic homes as well as several historic public buildings that provide a glimpse into the city and its storied past. “I love Marietta: the small-town feel, the closeness of the community and the beauty of the historic homes,” says Tracy Rathbone, of Marietta. “The tour provides an ‘insider view’ into all of these things!” Tour guests like Allison Gruehn, of Marietta, appreciate this “sneak peek” into the homes scattered around the city square. “We have so many beautiful homes,” she says. “It’s a real treat to hear the history of the More online at previous owners and the changes that have been made over the years to accommodate families of today.” Of course, Gruehn likes checking out how these homes are decorated as well. “The best thing about the tour is seeing all of the personal touches that the homeowners bring to their residence,” she says. “Some are very traditional, and others are whimsical in their approach to decorating. You can obtain some great ideas to implement in your own home.” Theresa Jenkins, executive director of the Marietta Welcome Center and Visitors Bureau, says the Marietta Pilgrimage Tour averages approximately 5,000 visitors each year. For this reason, she recommends that GEORGIA MAGAZINE

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - November 2012

Georgia Magazine - November 2012
Picture This?
Liberty Notes
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Festival Guide
Homes for the Holidays
Flip-Flops and Caviar: Winning Georgia Products
More Great Georgia Products
Around Georgia
Lodging and Dining on the North Georgia Art Ramble
My Georgia
Statement of Ownership
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks
More Snapshot Submissions
Second Helping: More Holiday Side Dishes
Plant of the Month
November Online Trivia Contest

Georgia Magazine - November 2012