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Gettin' Cozy at the 2017 Parade of Homes

Gettin Cozy at the 2017 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. Nothing says 'let's get to know each other better' like a tour of Durango's newest, most luxurious homes.  On Friday, September 22, Homes Under the Stars kicks off the 14th annual Parade of Homes with wine, appetizers, gumbo, dessert and the chance to win something amazing.  

For $20 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 first stop should be the Friday Night Wine Down at Tile & Light Art at 20 Design Center Road around 5:00 p.m. 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 to see where the hands of destiny will lead you next. Dreaming of raising a family in Durango's hottest new neighborhood? Checkout the first completed home in Twin Buttes. Or flip through the Parade of Homes magazine for inspiration, directions to the 14 homes on display and thoughts from the Home Builders Association of Southwest Colorado, the Parade's esteemed organizer.

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, take a 45-minute road trip to Pagosa Springs on Saturday to visit two homes for the chance to win 500 gallons of propane. Or drive to Edgemont to experience life in the pines. Tickets can be purchased online by credit card, or in person with cash or check at any HBASC Member Bank in Durango, Bayfield or Pagosa Springs, and at SMART Enterprises.

If this is a spontaneous date with someone you picked up at the grocery store, no worries. Tickets can also be purchased at the door of any of these lovely structures. For questions or ideas on how to spruce up this adventurous outing, contact Amy or Kate at 970.382.0082. Don’t forget to pocket some mints. Good luck!

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