It’s time to plan your route for the 2017 Homes by Architects tour. Get ready to enjoy some great architecture against the beautiful backdrop of the Twin Cities in the fall. Here are some tips to help you make the most of the tour:

Get off the beaten path. Driving out to Excelsior and Stillwater locations will reward visitors with unique homes and design visions. Plan your time and route to include even those that seem far afield.

Re-use your booties. If you make it a mission to see all 17 homes on the tour during the weekend, take your shoe covers with you from home to home. You’ll bypass the crowds waiting at the door, and save resources!

Mix it up. There’s no mandate to start with Home #1 and follow the numerical order of the tour. Start at the end. Start in the middle. Or create a configuration that works for you! There’s no wrong way to experience the tour.

Make note of homes with special access points. A shuttle bus will transport you to Home #3 from a designated parking lot, so plan for a few extra minutes to make the short trip. And watch for signs at Home #4 directing you to part at the Wayzata Bay Yacht Club’s east lot, which is just down the road from the actual home.

Like the tour on Facebook. Check out our posts before, during and after the tour on the HBA Tour Facebook page. Posts often include up-to-the-minute traffic alerts, photos of the events, and tips about interesting features in each house.

Tickets to the 2017 Homes by Architects Tour are now available for purchase online until 2:00 pm on Friday, September 15 for $15 each. Or buy tickets at any of the homes during the tour for $20 each. 

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