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Gettin' Cozy at the 2019 Parade of Homes

Gettin' Cozy at the 2019 Parade of Homes

So you just met someone online or at a work function and you're trying to find a totally fresh date night idea. Few things say 'let's get to know each other better' like a tour of Durango's newest, most luxurious homes.  On Friday, September 20, Homes Under the Stars kicks off the 16th annual Parade of Homes with wine, appetizers, and a romantic evening ambiance amidst show homes. Chefs on Parade include Backcountry Gourmet, Chainless Brewing, and the Strater Hotel among many more.

For $25 a ticket, explore some of Durango's finest abodes lit up with warmth and romance as those first fall breezes move through the changing leaves in an elegant dance. She'll swoon over opulent flooring, detailed craftsmanship and the kitchen of her wildest dreams. He'll gaze in wonder at those manicured mountain views, while happily munching on charcuterie goodies beside a blue-hued blazing firepit.  

No need for high heels. Leave the sport coat at home. This is Durango, after all. Get her some flowers. Make him a cocktail to ease any nervousness. Ride your bikes, Uber it or have your roommate chauffeur. Whatever your transportation choice, drink responsibly. Not much can kill the vibe like a DUI.  

After you've gotten pleasantries out of the way, your second stop should be the Friday Night Wine Down at Tile & Light Art at 20 Design Center Road from 5-9pm. Peruse their brand new showroom while you nibble on some tasty appetizers. Maybe you share a moment when you discover that you both like the same countertop material. Who knows? You might get lucky and score the $1,500 gift card so you can buy it for her.

If it's not too soon, take him by the hand and mosey across the street for the main course at Southwest Appliance. Maybe this is the first time you tell him he has something in his teeth. Grill and Chill at 21 Davidson Creek Road over a couple of spoonfuls of gumbo. Cross your fingers that one of you will win the $5,000 gift certificate good for a new refrigerator or another appliance of your choosing.

Enjoy the sunset for a moment while you check your Parade of Homes map, located on page 30, to see where the hands of destiny will lead you next. Find the 20 homes on display, alongside dreamy inspiration and thoughts from the Home Builders Association of Southwest Colorado, the Parade’s esteemed organizer all inside the Parade of Homes magazine

Finish the evening off with a Sweet Treat at 1400 Main Avenue at SMART Enterprises. Here, you'll have the chance to win a Napoleon Patioflame with Glass valued at over $1,000 - maybe the same one that backlit your first smooch on that Durango Nursery landscaped lawn overlooking downtown.

If things go well on Friday night, plan to use the next day to get your ticket stamped by all parade stops! With 20 fabulous homes, there’s something unique to be seen in each corner of the Parade. Tickets can be purchased online by credit card. Once purchased, head to any stops during the parade or one of the following businesses with your electronic receipt in hand as proof to pick up your ticket:

  • Smart Enterprises
  • TBK Bank
  • Vectra Bank
  • Bank of Colorado
  • Alpine Bank
  • Four Corners Community Bank
  • The Durango Herald
  • Bank of the San Juans, Durango & Pagosa Springs Locations


For questions or ideas on how to spruce up this adventurous outing, call 970.382.0082. Don’t forget to pocket some mints. Good luck!


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