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Women’s Club hosts Manzanita Tour of Homes

This is a classic Manzanita cabin circa 1913 and is in this year’s tour. Submitted Photo.

The 24th annual Manzanita Tour of Homes will take place on Saturday, August 24 at 8:30 a.m. and is hosted by the Women’s Club of Manzanita-North County and the Manzanita Visitors Center.

This is a very popular fundraiser attended by North County residents and visitors. Many repeat visitors schedule their summer coastal vacation to coincide with the Manzanita Home Tour. It is designed for local homeowners to showcase new and remodeled homes for living at the beach. Tickets/maps are $15 and are limited. They must be purchased the day of the event at 8:30 a.m. on the corner of Laneda Avenue and Third Street.

The Tour of Homes began with the “1st Annual Tour of Homes” in 1996. This was done by the Kiwanis Club of Manzanita, Wheeler, and Nehalem. In 2004, they teamed up with the Women’s Club of Manzanita. In 2016, the Kiwanis Club in this area disbanded and the Women’s Club does it on their own now.

The Women’s Club has been in Manzanita since 1933. Their official name is now the North Tillamook County Women’s Association and is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization.

Last year’s event earned $3,000 to support the organizations who help the women and children in our community. Funds raised this year will go to a scholarship for a Neahkahnie graduating student, as well as community organizations who work with children and women in the area.

The tour starts at the “community’s living room” at Pine Grove Community House at 225 Laneda Avenue. This historical registry award building is home to a community-use space upstairs and the Nehalem Valley Historical Society downstairs. See the updated kitchen maintained by the Women’s Club and historical information shared by volunteers from these organizations.

“This year we are showing a brand new home that still has a little finishing work going on,” said Phyllis Scott, Chairperson of the Women’s Club. “The house is bigger than it looks at first glance, with some new and unique ideas.”

The tour will also be featuring two original summer beach cabins from circa 1910-1915.  Both have had additions over many decades but managed to keep the original footprint of the structure.

“The variety of homes on display within the greater Manzanita area makes this a fun event for locals and those just visiting for the day,” said Scott. “It also provides decorating ideas and inspiration for that next home improvement project.”

Tickets will be sold on Saturday, August 24 at Howell’s Square at the corner of 3rd and Laneda in Manzanita, starting at 8:30 a.m. The homes are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you would like your home on the tour for next year’s Tour of Homes, contact Phyllis Scott at 503-368-7279.