2018 Tour Stops

Start the Christmas season with the Homes of Distinction Christmas Home Tour and be inspired by homes all dressed up in their Christmas best! The 10th Homes of Distinction Christmas Home Tour features 10 tour stops including a heritage Bed and Breakfast, Winery Retreat, the largest selection of nativity scenes in Niagara and more.

Inn the Pines
1331 Seventh St Louth, St. Catharines

Built by J.R. Stork in the early 1900’s, this home was moved from its original location at the QEW and 7th overpass to its current location in 1967. An open, airy home with incredible natural light. The interior is furnished with an eclectic collection of antiques and original fixtures that manage to combine the old and new in such a way that you feel an immediate sense of home. The house has been fully renovated from top to bottom and imbues visitors with a sense of authentic farm life mixed with all the comforts of modern day.

The home owner has dressed this home up for a family Christmas with floral touches from Roses + Twine Floral Studio. Enjoy some of the world’s best all natural, pure jams, jellies, marmalades and spreads from Greaves Jams and Marmalades in the country kitchen.

Please note: photography is allowed at this tour stop.

The Winery Cottage
1750 Fourth Ave (Regional Road 77), St. Catharines

Celebrating their 20th year, 13th Street Winery continues to innovate and inspire. The recently opened (and completely renovated) Winery Cottage, nestled to the east of the winery grounds, offers unique accommodations perfectly situated for exploring Niagara’s wine country. The Winery Cottage includes three bedrooms (one with the option of being a self-contained apartment), a gourmet kitchen, quirky furnishings and, of course, 13th Street’s special touches of art throughout. You can just imagine enjoying a glass of award winning 13th Street wine in front of the beautiful fireplace on a cold winter evening.

Vinifera Event Florals has decorated this unique space for a Christmas celebration and Good and Green will be serving refreshing hot beverages.

Please note: photography is allowed at this tour stop.

Pinterest Delight
1688 Second Ave, St. Catharines

What happens on Pinterest rarely stays on Pinterest, and as we all know, the gap between expectations and reality can be very wide indeed. But this home owner has creatively translated Pinterest into a comfortable and inviting family home all decked out for Christmas with surprises around every corner.

Stop by and celebrate with her by enjoying a slice of Marble Slab Ice Cream cake in the comfortable family kitchen and appreciate the beautiful floral touches from Wine Country Floral.

Please note: photography is allowed at this tour stop.

The Joy of Christmas
1863 Glass Ave, St. Catharines

Located in an area of St. Catharines known for a wonderful sense of community, and views and ambiance reminiscent of cottage country, this home is a standout in an area filled with beautiful residences.  Completely renovated and updated, this classic family home has been all dressed up for Christmas by the home owner and noted floral designer, Sandra Buys.

Celebrate the start of the Christmas season with fresh fruit creations provided by Edible Arrangements in the family kitchen.

Please note:

  • Follow the signs to off-site parking. A shuttle service is available for guests who cannot or do not wish to navigate the steep road and driveway.
  • Photography is NOT allowed at this tour stop.

Contemporary Christmas
2 Lena Common, St. Catharines

Tucked in a private lane off Lakeshore Road between Lake Street and Geneva Street, this bungalow was built in 2016. Part of the Heritage Oak Estates community, this stand-alone condominium features an open concept plan.

Anna Topolinsky from Images Staged with Flair and Petals Floral and Event Design have worked together to create a stunning contemporary Christmas celebration. Be sure to stop and enjoy delicious treats from Cake Queens. 

Please note:

  • There is NO parking on site, please park at Niagara Life Centre Counselling, 65 Lakeshore Road and follow the signs.
  • Photography is allowed in this home.

Country Serenity
4906 Maple Grove Rd, Beamsville

This exquisite, unique, all encompassing residence is suitable for raising a family and entertaining a crowd! The stately exterior offers sweeping views of vineyards and the Niagara escarpment.

The homeowner has dressed this home up for the Christmas season with multiple Christmas trees and vignettes and creations from The Watering Can have provided the finishing touches. Outside, Floyd Elzinga’s sculptures are showcased in this stunning setting.

Be sure to visit Cheryl from Cake by Cheryl in the expansive kitchen and sample her delicious Christmas baking.

 

Points of Interest

13th Street Winery
1776 Fourth Ave, St. Catharines

13th Street Winery evolved from a desire to create exceptional wines that reflect the unique terroir of Niagara, while also providing a place for guests to congregate and escape; to relax and discover; and to experience and learn. The grounds of 13th Street Winery include a permanent exhibit of spectacular sculptures (currently over 15 on display), unique event spaces and the 13th Street Marketplace. The Marketplace includes a bakery featuring seasonal fresh baked goods, Canada’s best butter tarts, gourmet soups, artisan cheeses and a wonderful assortment of wine country merchandise including jewellery, books, kitchen gadgets, unique Christmas décor and more.

Heritage Christian Book Store
400 Scott St (Grantham Plaza), St. Catharines

Heritage Christian Book Store opened in 1981 and carries the largest selection of nativity sets in the Niagara region along with a unique selection of cards, Bibles, music and books. Featuring a café and stage for live music, owners Harold and Cheryl Maier are excited to welcome Homes of Distinction Christmas Home Tour guests.

Be sure to stop by, enjoy a coffee in the café and take advantage of 20% off of any one item when you show your home tour ticket on Friday, November 16 or Saturday, November 17. 

The Watering Can Flower Market
3711 King St, Vineland

Established in 1996, The Watering Can Flower Market is an authentic European-style shop with locations in the heart of downtown St. Catharines and Vineland. The Watering Can’s Vineland location offers a unique experience in gardening and floral design, hosting over 4,000 people each year to experience the “hands on” art of floral arranging. Also at the Vineland location, The Watering Can Pastry Market includes a selection of ready to be served pastries, cookies, and cakes that will unleash your sweet inner cravings.

Niagara Life Centre Counselling
65 Lakeshore Rd, St. Catharines

Curious about what happens at Niagara Life Centre Counselling? Be sure to drop by during the home tour. We would love to show you around.

As a special treat, Chocolate Tales will be onsite from 1:30-3:30 each tour day with opportunities to learn, taste, create and, of course, enjoy decadent delights. In addition, doTerra (essential oils), Epicure (cooking and kitchenware), and Heritage Christian Book Store will have holiday gifts available to purchase from 10 am to 4 pm daily.