Eat Your Way Around the Neighborhood at the BHN Home Tour



The Belmont Hillsboro Neighborhood home tour is always one of my favorite events of the year. One reason: Our home was actually on the tour almost 20 years ago when we first bought our little bungalow, and it's fun to poke around other people's houses and remember how uptight we were having all those people tramping through our comparatively modest hovel.

But lately we've decided to move beyond the schadenfreude of watching our neighbors squirm as legions of looky-loos check out their medicine cabinets. Now we like to grab a few of our friends and eat and drink our way around the neighborhood, occasionally popping by a featured house in between courses and drinks. I spend a lot of time in Ruby Tuesday's as part of my Christmas shopping regimen too.

This year's BHN home tour is particularly well-planned geographically for our strategy. The tour features homes on Paris and Oakland avenues, Cedar Lane and Belmont Boulevard, so you could lay out a schedule that includes coffee at FIDO, a couple of houses, light lunch at PM, a couple more houses, perhaps a handmade frozen treat at Las Paletas, a few more houses and finally a nice meal with friends at Mafiaoza’s, Burger Up or Blind Pig. The eating works well in the reverse direction too with frothy Monkey, ChaChah, Provence and Sunset Grille in the rotation.

So hit up Google Maps and plan your attack. If you need the official details, check out the release below:

Like Adelicia Acklen's Belmont Mansion, the Belmont-Hillsboro Neighborhood remains a beacon of modern living, evolving as times change while preserving the scale and unique character that continues to make it one of Nashville's most appealing communities. Find out what modern city living is like in Nashville's most walkable historic neighborhood, Saturday, October 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The trees and gardens along Paris and Oakland Avenues, Cedar Lane and Belmont Boulevard make the 10 homes on historic Belmont-Hillsboro 2010 Tour of Homes an easy, beautiful walk from each other and some of the city's most popular places to eat and shop. Meet friends or family for coffee, tour the homes and then discuss your favorite additions or restorations over lunch or dinner in the 12South District or along the Boulevard.

Within just a few short blocks of one another, the homes were built over a 36 year period from 1899-1935. The wide range of architectural types on exhibit provides a feel for the changing fashions and amenities during the early part of the Twentieth Century. Tudor Revival, American Foursquare, Dutch Colonial Revival, Cape Cod, Bungalow and even a Sears & Roebuck kit home provide an appealing peek into the lives of the families that have added a bit of their own personal style to each home through the years.

Tickets are $10 for adults, free for children under 12. Home Tour tickets also provide free admission to the Belmont Mansion on the day of the tour. Advance tickets available online or at Helios Artglassworks on Belmont Blvd. and Hillsboro Hardware on 21st Ave. On the day of the event tickets will be available at the corner of Belmont Blvd and Dallas Ave.

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