A walking tour allows a person to take a few steps back through time without the difficulty of walking backward in antique stilettos. Meander frontward through history with today's Groupon: for $18, you get two tickets to the Mexican War Streets Society Annual House & Garden Tour on Sunday, September 11, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (a $36 value if bought in advanced, a $40 value at the door).
The 42nd annual Mexican War Streets Society House & Garden Tour guides patrons through Victorian-style homes and gardens, raising funds to preserve the historic north-side neighborhood. Paired patrons stroll through the federally designated historic district, taking in late-19th-century architecture, commenting on flowering and waterfalling gardens, and ducking their top hats beneath doorframes. Character-filled homes open up to show their modern renovations and restorations of chandeliers, hardwood floors, fireplaces, and carved trim and crown molding. Guests can direct questions to knowledgeable domicile docents, stop in at an array of refreshment areas and local-art exhibits, and get advice from restoration specialists on their own historic renovation projects, such as repairing the stained glass in an antique doghouse.