Laura’s Southern Dish: An Alabama Historic Holiday

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In true Southern tradition we will take a stroll back to the days of Scarlett and Rhett and look at several cities around Alabama that have tours showcasing older homes.

We will begin in the heart of Alabama at the Governor’s Mansion in Montgomery.  The Governor’s Mansion Candlelight Open House will take place December 13th and 14th with tours from 5pm to 7pm.  The 1907 Colonial mansion will be decorated in its holiday finery and is located at 1142 South Perry Street, Montgomery.  For more information please visit www.alabama.travel

On December 11th stop in Decatur for its annual Christmas Tour of Homes.  The tour showcases the Old Decatur Historic District and New Albany District which contains grand Victorian and early 20th century craftsman and bungalow homes.  Houses will be decorated with luminaries, greenery and plenty of lights.  Several homes will be open for tours from 3pm to 8pm.  Refreshments will be served and carriage rides are available.  For a list of homes please visit www.decaturcvb.org.

The final stop on our journey through a time gone by is Opelika which will celebrate its 17th year of Victorian Front Porch Christmas December 8th through the 11th.  This holiday treat features sixty turn-of-the-century homes with displays featuring life size Santas, angels, toys and carousel horses.  Volunteers and neighbors dress in Victorian costumes and caroling can be heard throughout the streets.  Driving tours are held December 8th, 9th, 10th and 12th from 5pm to 10pm and on December 11th the streets are closed for a walking tour from 6pm to 9pm.  For more information on this free holiday event go to www.aotourism.com

We hope everyone is enjoying the celebrations the season has to offer and be sure to check back with the Southern Bite for much more fun and holiday cheer!

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