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Walk the Walk - Christmas Home Tours in the Triangle

Thanks to Forbes Magazine, mostly everyone is aware that the Triangle is ranked one of the best places to live, but what you're probably not aware is this area has an awful lot of Historic Home Tours sponsored and run by Historic Preservation Committees throughout Raleigh, Apex, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Wake Forest, NC. For the next two weekends come experience what Christmas was like in years gone by as you tour some beautifully decorated old historic homes.

  The 43rd Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour is Saturday and Sunday, December13th & 14th, from 1:00pm to 7:00pm. There's a feeling of a small town community right in the middle of downtown Raleigh. Historic Oakwood is a community of homes most of which are dated from the mid 1800's to the early 1900's. There's a continuing effort to preserve the Victorian architectural style from a century ago. The immaculate care of the exterior of a home is only a prelude to the beauty and attention to detail given to the interior.

Your annual opportunity walk through the interiors of some of these homes will be during this year's Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour.vTour these thirteen properties at your own pace in any order. Homes are staffed with docents inside to enlighten you on the rich history of each property.

Tickets are available for advance purchase online or at select locations throughout the Triangle. On the days of the tour, they may be purchased at The Oakwood Inn 411 N. Bloodworth Street and The Tucker House, 418 North Person Street. Tickets in advance are $20.00 and on tour days $30.00. Website.

Apex Historical Holiday Home Tour is Sunday, December 7th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm and the cost is $10.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased anytime in advance at the Apex Chamber of Commerce or the Rusty Bucket.

Apex, North Carolina is a charming blend of rich history and bright future. Founded in the1860's the town got its name from a location at the highest point on the old Chatham Railroad. Downtown Apex, considered one of the most intact turn-of-the-century railroad towns in the area, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an Historic District in 1994, and includes about 60 structures built between 1870 and 1940. The Old Union Depot, built in 1914, is designated as a Wake County Historic Landmark. The Apex Historical Society is located nearby in an old caboose. Website.

Chapel Hill's Holiday House Tour will feature homes on Gimghoul and Battle Park. The tour takes place Saturday, December 6th, at 12:00pm to 7:00pm.

Battle Park is a 93-acre tract of forest nestled between the Gimghoul and Chapel Hill National Register Historic Districts. The neighborhoods were built to compliment the forest park, employing concepts of the City Beautiful Movement including neoclassical architecture, orderly planned neighborhoods, and respect to the natural features of the landscape. The centerpiece of the park is Forest Theatre, a stone amphitheater built into the hillside at the direction of botany professor William Coker. Frederick Koch, founder of Playmakers, later made the theater a more permanent site, and in the 1940s, the theater was rebuilt with funds from the Works Progress Administration. In 2004, the NC Botanical Garden assumed responsibility for the park. The park now includes nearly three miles of trails and the theater is still home to a number of outdoor performances each year.

Another landmark of Battle Park is the Gimghoul Castle. The castle serves as the lodge for members of The Order of the Gimghoul, a secret society of the University. To fund its construction, the Order purchased and developed the land that is now the Gimghoul neighborhood in the 1920s and 1930s. The Gimghoul Neighborhood is one of the first planned subdivisions in Chapel Hill, when growth of the University in the early 20th century brought with it more faculty families and the need for more housing adjacent to the University.

Tickets may be purchased through Preservation of Chapel Hill, call 919-942-7818, visit 610 East Rosemary Street. Ticket Prices:General Admission, Advance, $30, Day-of, $35. Website.

The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission and the Wake Forest Woman's Club will present their Biennial Christmas Historic Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1:00pm to 7:00pm.

Offered only in even-numbered years, the Christmas Historic Home Tour is a self-guided tour featuring several Wake Forest homes and other properties decorated for the holidays and open for viewing. This year's event will also offer free bicycle rickshaw and horse drawn carriage rides, wonderful holiday music and more.

Ticket Information Advance Tickets - $16 (price includes tax) Day of Tour - $22 (price includes tax) Advance tickets are on sale now at the following area several area locations click here for details. Day of Tour tickets can be purchased at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St. Website.

The 28th Annual Hillsborough Holiday Home Tour is Sunday, December 7th. Tickets for the Holiday Home Tour will be available online or you may also purchase tickets by calling the Chamber at 919-732-8156; visiting the Chamber at 1000 Corporate Drive, Suite 301, or visiting the Hillsborough Visitors Center at 150 East King Street. Adults: $20; $15 in advance, Children: $5.

Also enjoy the Holiday Train, Free with Home Tour admission, $5.00 to ride without tour ticket. On the day of the tour, please come to the Alexander Dickson House (The Hillsborough Visitor's Center, 150 E. King Street) to redeem your print at home ticket or voucher and receive your Tour Booklet. The Tour Booklet contains additional information about the sites on the Tour, the Town of Hillsborough and a map of the tour route. Website.

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Newly opened Lucettegrace Patisserie brings scones, eclairs, and delicious delights to downtown Raleigh. Although we'd love to get our pastry fix from France, Raleigh now has its own patisserie serving delicacies that are out of this world.

Lucettegrace, a contemporary patisserie in the heart of downtown Raleigh is created by the talented former Umstead Hotel and Herons restaurant pastry chef, Daniel Benjamin. Born and raised in Valparaiso, Indiana; Benjamin's route to Raleigh was not direct, but rather a journey of winding roads taking him from coast to coast and back again. Pursuing his craft like a quest, Benjamin went to work for some of the country's best pastry chefs in NYC, Florida, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, and Washington D.C.  

Lucettegrace is the next chapter for a pastry chef who has spent the last 15 years in some of the finest kitchens across America. With roots firmly planted in the City of Oaks, Daniel Benjamin creates a style of pastry built on tradition, but uniquely realized for Raleigh today. Lucettegrace is a starting point for your day, an escape in the middle, and a reward at the end.

Patisserie options range from cakes to cookies to croissants to macaroons. Lucky for us, Benjamin understands the essentials of making the finest of French patisseries. The patisserie is open 7am to 7pm Monday through Thursday. Guess this means eclairs for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bon appétit!

Lucettegrace - 235 S Salisbury St., Raleigh, 27601. Phone: 919-307-4950
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7am - 7pm,  Friday 7am - 9pm, Saturday 8am - 9pm. Website.

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