During the fall season, homeowners open their doors and give the public a chance to explore many magnificent residences in Maryland, Virginia and DC. You can tour historical mansions, breathtaking beach getaways and modern masterpieces throughout the region on several annual house tours; the following list provides a good starting point.
The 7th Annual Sandcastle Home Tour
September 22 & 23
Venture into some of the most spectacular homes in Ocean City, including properties near the marshes of Lighthouse Sound and luxury condos located on beach and bay. artleagueofoceancity.org
The 56th Annual Potomac Country House Tour
October 1 & 2
This charity fundraiser includes a tour of four houses topped off with a gourmet luncheon at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac. potomaccountryhousetour.org
70th Annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour & Marketplace
History meets modernity in six charming homes and gardens open for tours in Old Town Alexandria—including the former home of fashion designer Frankie Welch. thetwig.org
10th Annual Reston Home Tour
This tour—with proceeds benefitting the Reston Museum—showcases five residences selected for their innovative décor and architectural design. restonmuseum.org
27th Annual Kalorama House and Embassy Tour
This year’s tour offers participants a look inside some of the city’s embassy residences, including the homes of the Ambassador of the European Union to the US and the Ambassadors of Cyprus and Colombia. woodrowwilsonhouse.org
Dupont Circle House Tour & Tea
About a dozen jewels surrounding Dupont Circle are open to the public; the tour concludes with a festive tea party. dupont-circle.org
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