Dream Big on the Bass Lake Home Tour September 13th Featuring the Whimsical "Tulip House"

The annual Bass Lake Home Tour on September 13th showcases some of the unique and impressive homes built around the popular resort destination located a short distance from Yosemite National Park, as reported by the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau.

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Bass Lake Home Tour 2014

Everybody who experiences these tours says it’s a fun, relaxing day. They get a chance to meet a lot of owners on-site and get tips on how to decorate their homes

Bass Lake, California (PRWEB) August 27, 2014

The Bass Lake Lions Club have announced their 9th Annual Bass Lake Home Tour, taking place Saturday, September 13 from 10 am until 3 pm.

The annual tour showcases some of the unique and impressive homes built around the popular resort destination located a short distance from Yosemite National Park.

“Everybody who experiences these tours says it’s a fun, relaxing day. They get a chance to meet a lot of owners on-site and get tips on how to decorate their homes,” said Beth Carver with Bass Lake Realty and the Bass Lake Lions Club, the event organizers.

Bass Lake, once named as “One of the West’s Best Lakes” by Sunset Magazine, is known for its wide array of recreational activities both on and off the water, as well as large selection of lodging and dining options just off the shore.

Its scenic beauty combined with fun events make it a popular place for visitors and residents alike who have poured countless hours and dollars into creating some truly majestic homes. One of those is a favorite from the 2008 Tour, the "Tulip House," the legacy of the late Jill Cooley, longtime business owner and resident of Bass Lake. Jill was a world traveler who found beauty in nature, and in thousands of years of art. She was an artist, a designer, an eccentric, and all of these blended together in her business, the Village Corner Gift Store.

Jill began refurbishing her small mountain cabin in the 1990s. Her eye for patterns and textures, integrated with her passion for color and whimsy, led to the creation of the Tulip House. Her treasure trove of some forty years of collecting pages from design magazines, her unique eye for detail in the mundane, and her years of visiting the world’s gorgeous churches, mosques, plazas, and museums, percolated, steeped, and aged like a fine wine. Finally, she created, with the collaboration of other artisans, this charming home. Part “Little House on the Prairie,” part mid-century modern, part South Seas, with some Balinese and Oriental touches, some Swedish and French Chalet, some Hobbit House, and a large dose of Gypsy Caravan, tossed together to become this magical abode.

Take your time here. Sit and gaze around each room. Climb the stairs on all fours in order to study Jill’s charming vignettes in each riser. Imagine soaking in the loft bathtub, day dreaming while looking into the trees. Touch the doors, marvel at the wood puzzles, the tiles, and the tile puzzles. Enjoy the art, the photos, the pottery, all gathered from many artists and artisans. Revel in this piece of art, the life work of Jill Cooley.

In addition to the tour, guests can enjoy a hamburger lunch in the park cooked up by the Bass Lake Lions Club in The Pines Village from 11 am to 2 pm. The cost for the tour is $20 per person prior to the event or $25 per person the day of the event. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the Eastern Madera County SPCA.

To purchase tickets or learn more, visit http://www.BassLakeHomeTour.com, call Beth Carver at Bass Lake Realty, 559-642-3600 or purchase tickets at the Cat’s Meow in Oakhurst.

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