LEWISTON -- Need some holiday inspiration? Check out some professionally-decorated homes during the 12th annual Tour of Homes next weekend in Lewiston.
The event, planned 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday Dec. 4, features five unique homes this year, ranging from historic to brand-new. The tour is organized by the Historical Association of Lewiston.
This year’s tour includes two historic mansions built in 1815 after the devastation of the War of 1812 -- the Barton Hill Mansion, 210 Center St., built by Major Benjamin Barton, and, right across the street, the Fairbanks Mansion, constructed by Joshua Fairbanks. The Fairbanks Mansion, at 105 S. Third St., has been subdivided into six units and two of them will be featured on the tour.
The tour also includes: a cozy Christmas cottage at 908 Ridge Road; a garden estate at 413 Garden Lane; and the Villa Falsetti at 4733 Westwood Circle. Guests can vote for their favorites.
“We have a nice assortment of homes this year, from two mansions built in the 1800s to a mid-century ranch Christmas cottage to a modern new build and a brand-new patio home just completed this past Sunday,” said Melissa Morinello, the event organizer. “In addition, we’ve started adding a bonus stop and this year, it’s the St. Jude Shrine on Route 104, with its decorated chapel.”
The tour is self-guided and guests may begin at any of the homes. Guests may drive to each home or take the trolley, which will make a continuous circuit to the featured homes and pick up and drop off guests at Lewiston Village Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
This year’s tour also features the work of 11 designers and florists, Morinello said, including a new business, Decor by Labec, established in the Barton Mansion, which it will decorate with a “nature theme.”
“It’s been about seven years since this mansion has been on the tour, and these designers are doing it with a modern spin,” Morinello said. “They have a lot of good do-it-yourself ideas.”
In addition to home tours, the event also features a dessert sampling from DiCamillo’s and the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, and a poinsettia cocktail reception courtesy of Hibbard’s Portage Liquors and Wegman’s, held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Barton Hill Hotel and Spa, 100 Center St. A holiday gift market also is planned at the same time and place, featuring more than a dozen vendors showcasing jewelry, home decor and culinary items, such as specialty oils and chocolates.
Before the event, tickets cost $25 and available at DiCamillo’s Bakery, 535 Center St., the Barton Hill Hotel, Orange Cat Coffee Co., 703 Center St., at any Wegman’s locations or online at www.lewistonhometour.com. On Dec. 3 and 4, when tickets are no longer available online, they will be available for $30 after 9 a.m. at Lewiston Village Hall, 145 N. Fourth St., where those with pre-sale vouchers also will pick up their programs and maps.
The historic association’s Lewiston Museum at 469 Plain St. also will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the event.