Tour highlights holidays at home

By: Joyia Emard Home & Garden
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A Craftsman-style farmhouse in Newcastle, is going to be one happening place during the Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour. The fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and will benefit the Loomis Basin Education Foundation. Not only is the charming home going to be on the tour, so is the property’s 100-year-old renovated barn. Georgia and Stephen Barron own the 12-acre property that contains a working fruit orchard, gardens, 3,000-square-foot barn, fruit-packing shed and “farm mansion.” During spring through fall, weddings are held in the gardens of the property with the receptions held in the rustically elegant refurbished barn. The barn is also available for other functions. Stephen takes care of the gardens and grounds and maintains the buildings, leaving Georgia to offer all-inclusive weddings for her brides. “I am the wedding planner. I give couples a sense of calm. The wedding reflects their taste and style, but I do the work, allowing them to relax and enjoy their day,” she said. Georgia and Stephen are only the third owners of the 1920s-era farmhouse. Stephen oversaw the construction, while Georgia focused on the design. Their thoughtful renovation brings the home up to date while respecting its history. Georgia plans to bring nature into her holiday décor by including lots of greenery and garland made from pines and fir trees located on the property. She also plans to include lots of “pops” of red. “My style is eclectic,” she said. “I like things comfortable, not fussy — light and airy with clean lines and open space.” The Red Horse Barn, as it is called, will offer tour-goers live music, lunches, refreshments and wine tasting. Refreshments will be paid for on site. Le Casque Wines will offer wine tasting of their Bordeaux and Rhone-style wines from the Sierra foothills. For further relaxation, Kaera Anzalone, from Rejuvenate Day Spa, will be offering “mini massages” to tour patrons. Lunches will be available but must be pre-purchased. On the menu will be a freshly baked croissant filled with smoked turkey and almond salad, a locally grown mandarin and large homemade cookie. The cost is $10. Beginning at 11 a.m. at the barn, Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire will offer live music. The duo performs original songs and popular tunes. Other stops on the tour include a Tudor-style home in Newcastle, a Mediterranean villa in Loomis, a traditional estate-style home and a modern ranch home, both located in Granite Bay. Tickets for the tour are $25 each or $35 with lunch when purchased in advance. Tour day tickets will be available at Blue Goose Produce in Loomis for $30 each. Advance ticket purchases may be made at Eisley Nursery in Auburn, Blue Goose Produce and Flower Farm Nursery in Loomis, and Pottery World in Rocklin. Online tickets and more information are available at The tour benefits the Loomis Basin Education Foundation and the seven schools in the Loomis Union School District. ---------- Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour What: Benefiting the Loomis Basin Education Foundation When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 Tickets: In advance $25 or $35 with lunch; day of event $30, no lunch. Available in Auburn at Eisley Nursery, in Rocklin at Pottery World, in Loomis at Blue Goose Produce and Flower Farm Nursery. More information: