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Grand County: Grand Arts Council tour highlights mountain homes at their best

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

Residents and visitors are invited to join the Grand Arts Council during the Fifth Annual Art and Architecture Home Tour June 28. Tickets are going fast at just $25 for a tour of five premier homes, or $150 for the tour and a special dinner and tour at a sixth house.

For the second year in a row, a few lucky people will also be able to participate in the “Sixth House Dinner or Soiree Elegance,” a multi-course dinner cooked and served by Caroline’s Cuisine at the McClurg house in Mountain Shadow Estates.

The dinner starts with appetizers and cocktail hour from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the patio. Tours of the amazing home will also be available at that time. Each dinner course will be paired with wine chosen to enhance the flavor of the food, including dessert.

The log home was the dream of Paula and Cordin McClurg, former proprietors of Beacon Landing Marina on Lake Granby who have lived in or been part of Grand Lake since 1979. After selling the marina they moved to Denver to work for one of their marina customers, but couldn’t stand being away from Grand Lake for long.

They bought a cabin near the Colorado River in 1995, owned it for 10 years, and then sold it and bought the property their current house is on in 2001.

The house was built by Grand Lake Log Homes, and the kitchen was designed and built by Legacy Building Contractors of Granby. Decks wrap around the back of the house and maximize the many spectacular views, including of Lake Granby and the Continental Divide. The custom kitchen was designed and built by Legacy Building Contractors in Granby.

The five houses on this year’s tour include one classic cabin on Grand Lake that guests of the tour will boat to, one home on Shadow Mountain Reservoir, one river house and two view homes outside of town. The tour is rounded out with a social gathering with light appetizers and cash bar 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bears Den in Grand Lake. The homes highlight mountain living at its best. Some have post and beam construction, barn styles and remodels and most all feature unique floor plans, quality woods, gourmet kitchens, decks and views galore.

The Grand Arts Council’s Art and Architecture Home Tour has become one of its major fundraisers. Monies raised help the group continue to offer more than 30 arts activities around Grand County throughout the year. There are Concerts in the Pines in the winter and Concerts in the Park in the summer, four artist receptions, the Holiday Melodrama, Tombstone Tales, Art Walks in Grand Lake, Cabin Fever Follies, Night at the Casbah and many other activities.

“This tour is fun for the community and a nice change for the Arts Council,” said Andrea Cox, a Grand Arts Council board member. “Last year’s dinner was a huge success. We sold out of tickets quickly and everyone had a super time.”

There are about 50 tickets left for the small tour and only a handful of the tour with the sixth home. Tickets are available at the Grand Lake Art Gallery, the Elk Horn Art Gallery in Winter Park, Grand Lake Art Gallery or by calling (970) 627-3097.

The tour and dinner are sponsored by Donna Ready – Mountain Lake Properties, Andrea Cox – RE/MAX Resorts of Grand County Inc., Grand Mountain Bank, Grand County Title, Boater’s Choice Boat Rental, Grand Lake Log Homes, Schelly Olson – Rustic Elegance Design and Ray Hauschel.

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