Northern Michigan Events: Oh what a day! We're still counting, but as of now it looks as though some 600 people toured some or all of the eight stunning examples of vacation architecture on the first annual Northern Home & Cottage Tour. Besides a wonderful day out and about for tourgoers, approximately $6000 was raised for Habitat for Humanity. By 10 a.m., when the doors opened, tourgoers were already lined up at all eight houses.

And at the Varga home (#1 on the tour), the action began at 9:30 a.m.

Here's what volunteer Amy Joslin had to say about it:

"It was busy starting at 9:30 a.m. with a car full of tourgoers. We did not take a breath until about 11:30 a.m. and it was consistent from then on. We sold 40 tickets at the door in  the first 2 hours!"

Traverse/Northern Home & Cottage associate Candace Morse writes of her day:

 I was able to see 7 homes and each one was busy and  the designer /architect were pleased … I was following  a couple that had just purchased property up here and were definitely evaluating each home and the home's designer … the majority of tour attendees were from Michigan but some from Ohio, VIrginia, Illinois, Wisconsin … One mother & daughter drove up from Kalamazoo for the tour.. another couple I met at the Whiteford home were just up here wine touring and saw the  road sign and decide to see the 3 homes on the peninsula… I was surprised to see not lots of couples…  

And this from builder Paul Maurer who put his own home on the tour (#4)

 I just wanted to thank everyone involved in the Home tour on Sat, you [Lissa Edwards], Jill the volunteers all did a great job.

Please pass on to anyone that you think should know, how pleased I was, how easy and fun it was … I was just amazed at the number of people who went thru the house and how nice and polite EVERYONE was … it was a terrific experience. Thank you for asking me to have my house in it.


Keep the Tour Fun Alive with the Ultimate Up Nort Kitchen Tour on October 13!

Check back: We'll keep you posted as the photos and accolades keep rolling in.

Click to read about the homes on the tour.