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Early ticket sales start in mid-August for the 18th Annual Holiday Tour of Historic Inns,set for  Dec. 10 and 11.

The tour has become a favorite "Nights of Lights" bonus  holiday highlight for tourists and locals alike, featuring 25 unique bed and breakfast inns decorated for the Christmas season.

Visitors will tour 13 inns the first day, and 12 the second day, where they will also enjoy treats catered by the city’s top restaurants, candymakers and vinters. By popular demand, each day’s tour is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  – one hour longer than past tours. Visit for ticket information.

In a town that is more that 400 years old, history haunts nearly every corner. This year, the innkeepers invite tour guests to peek into the past and learn about the sentimental stories or supernatural secrets that have inhabited their historic homes for decades, many for 100 years or more.

"Our interpretations of ‘ghosts’ is broad, with emphasis on the spirit of fun" says Cedar House Inn owner Cyndi Humphrey, chair of the 2011 tour. "We consider an interesting connection to people or events, a past use of the building before it became a B&B, or a reported haunting, all to be ghosts of the past whose stories will be told during this year’s tour" she says.

As always, the Annual Bed and Breakfast Holiday tour is a self-guided walking tour. You will recieve a map of downtown, indicating which inns are on tour each day.  Your reservation cost covers both days of the tour! Most of the Inns are grouped closely together. However, if you are unable to walk up to two blocks, a trolley will be available to take you to several stops on the tour route.

Jerry Houman
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