Grand Lake " Tickets for Grand Art Council’s Art and Architecture Home Tour now available |

Grand Lake " Tickets for Grand Art Council’s Art and Architecture Home Tour now available

Courtesy photoThe McClurg house will be the setting for the Sixth House Dinner, an elegant, multi-course meal served with hand-picked wines as part of the annual home tour funraiser for the Grand Arts Council.

The Grand Arts Council’s Fifth Annual Art and Architecture Home Tour will take place June 28 and, for the second year in a row, a few lucky people will be able to participate in the “Sixth House Dinner or Soiree Elegance.”

The Sixth House Dinner is a multi-course dinner cooked and served by the fantastic folks at Caroline’s Cuisine. The dinner starts with appetizers and cocktail hour from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the patio of the Sixth House. This would also be the perfect time to tour the house.

Each course of the dinner has been paired with a hand-picked wine to enhance the flavor of the food. Even the dessert has its own wine. This dinner is further enhanced by the setting, the McClurg house in Mountain Shadow Estates.

This amazing log home was the dream of Paula and Cordin McClurg, who have lived in or been part of Grand Lake since 1979. The McClurgs used to be the proprietors of Beacon Landing Marina on Lake Granby. After selling the marina they moved to Denver to work for one of their marina customers. In 1989 they bought Jones Heartz Lime Co., a stucco and plaster contractor business they still run business today.

The McClurgs couldn’t stand being away from Grand Lake for long and bought a cabin near the Colorado River in 1995. They owned that cabin 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 massive scale of the property is sure to impress anyone. The decks wrap around the back of the house and maximize the scope of the views from its perch on top of the hill. The vistas toward Lake Granby and the Continental Divide are amazing, and there is a matching patio under the deck that is accessed from the lower level. The custom kitchen was designed and built by Legacy Building Contractors in Granby and can accommodate any gourmet cook.

The two-story great room has massive windows to take in the view and an extra tall and wide fireplace. With three master suites and a fourth guest bedroom, the whole family “plus some ” fits comfortably. The family room downstairs is a great place to cozy up to the fire, belly up to the bar or play a family game of Monopoly. The owners have thought of everything in this house, even a secret passageway into an attic room.

If you don’t want to shell out the whole $150 for the tour and dinner, tickets for just the Art and Architecture Home Tour are available for $25. This smaller ticket price still gets you into five interesting local homes plus a “tour gathering” at the Bears Den from 4-6 p.m. with light appetizers and a cash bar.

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 out of town. This is a great afternoon of fun for a small price.

The Art and Architecture Home Tour has become a major fundraiser for the Grand Arts Council and helps them to continue to offer more than 30 arts activities around the county throughout the year. The Grand Arts Council has two concert series: the Concerts in the Pines in the winter and the Concerts in the Park in the summer, four artists receptions throughout the year, puts on the Holiday Melodrama, Tombstone Tales, Art Walks in Grand Lake, Cabin Fever Follies, Night at the Casbah and many other activities throughout the year.

“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.

“Ticket sales for the dinner are going well again this year, and because of the size of the house we are able to have 40 tickets available.” Only eight tickets were still available for the dinner as of the writing of this article.

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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