Annual Home Tour draws a crowd |

Annual Home Tour draws a crowd

Carolyn Pope
Carolyn PopeZoya Petrovska, Benjamin Barron and Lainey Bailey.

Peeking into other people’s homes has always been a favorite pastime of many people. I’m sure there are many reasons, but when it comes to some of the chic neighborhoods of Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch, the reasons become a little more apparent. I like picking up just an idea or two that I can take with me and implement in my home. For others, it’s admiring the creative flair of some of Vail’s most prestigious designers. This home tour is truly creme de la creme: It was rated the top home tour in Mountain Living magazine.

This year, the Vail Mountain School Home tour, now in its 27th year, gave folks a chance to look at some amazing homes, including the home of President and Mrs. Ford, which has been completely redone since selling a couple of years ago.

Proceeds from Home Tour tickets and raffle tickets help fund need-based scholarships for students at Vail Mountain School. In the current school year, 29 percent of the 360 students enrolled at VMS receive financial aid.

The event was chaired by Lise Carnes, who spent the day running around, cell phone in hand, making sure everything ran smoothly, from the Beaver Creek buses to the lunch at SaddleRidge. She put in her volunteer hours, no doubt.

Gail Brandt graduated from VMS in 1986 and is now a parent at the school. She compared the tour to her days as a student.

“The houses are bigger,” she said. “The great thing about the Home Tour is that it gets all the students involved and volunteering. They are all participating.”

The tour raises more than $100,000.

That’s no surprise when you have tour “regulars” like Nancy Goble of Dallas.

“I love the amount of detail in the homes. I especially loved one home in Bachleor Gulch, decorated by Slifer Designs. I’ve been doing my house over and picked up a lot of ideas,” she said. “We’ve made it a point to make vacation plans around the [Home Tour].”

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