The Home Tour:
The home tour was started by Theresa Jenkins, executive director of the Marietta Welcome Center & Visitors Bureau, 25 years ago. Seven hundred visitors came that first year and the event, like a fine wine, has steadily improved with age. This year, in addition to the beautifully decorated homes and public buildings, the tour includes a new event: Candlelight Bistro at the Brickyard, tucked into a 1920s warehouse at Marietta Station on the Square, will offer two special dinner seatings on Saturday evening with a menu inspired by the historic homes and the holidays.
“This makes the perfect date night,” says Jenkins of the tour package that combines the home tour with an evening at the Bistro.
In that spirit Hilton Atlanta - Marietta is offering a special Romance Package that compliments the Home Tour and Bistro Dinner Perfectly.
Hilton Atlanta-Marietta Romance Package includes:
*A luxurious hotel room.
*Early check-in & pre-registration upon request.
*In-room sparkling wine or cider upon arrival
*Access to hotel health club, pool and whirlpool spa.
*Full American breakfast for two in their room.
*Late check-out available upon request.
Click below for the Marietta Pilgimage Christmas Experience at Hilton Atlanta-Marietta:
Holiday home highlights
Besides the new bistro dinners, there are several highlights for this year’s tour. At the McClellan-Apple-
The owner at the 1905 Powell House plans to include childhood handmade ornaments to embellish the tree in the nursery. The twin-gabled Gordon-Padgett-
All of the homes and buildings on the Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour are within walking distance of Marietta’s historic town square – itself a hub of yuletide fun and activity with lots of come-hither shops and boutiques, restaurants and events adding to the merrymaking. The annual Holiday Tree Lighting, accompanied by Santa’s arrival, takes place on the square on Thurs., Dec. 2. Candlelight Shopping on the Square takes place on Fri., Dec. 3. Visit with St. Nick in his brightly decorated workshop on weekends leading up to Christmas.
The holiday productions, “A Tuna Christmas” and “The Sanders Family Christmas,” will be presented at Theatre in the Square through the month and the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “42nd Street,” plays at The Strand Theatre, Thursdays through Sundays, Dec. 3 through 19. And, adding a macabre twist to Christmas, the Eat Drink and Be Scary tour, presented on Fri., Dec. 10 by Ghosts of Marietta and the Historic Marietta Trolley Company, offers up an evening of stories with the Ghosts of Christmas Past.
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Hilton Atlanta-Marietta hotel and Conference Center is 2 miles from the Historic Marietta Square, adjacent to the City Club Golf Course and within the beauty of the Kennesaw Mountains. Conference Center offers 20,000 sq ft of flexible meeting space.