Do you find yourself strangely addicted to the home-improvement, decorating, and real-estate shows on HGTV? Have you recently decided that your duplex looks like it came from the '80s, and need some ideas on how to spruce things up? Are you a home-architect nerd? Or curious to see how the wealthy live? Then this tour is for you. Though the 15 luxury houses on this self-guided trip through the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs may be out of most people's price range, that doesn't mean you can't find practical ideas and contacts for redesigning, redecorating, or even building your own home. On Fridays you can enjoy wine and cheese sampling at certain locations, while Saturdays feature BBQ grilling and croquet on the lawn. If you're looking to "green" your abode, Saturdays at 11 a.m. you can learn more from LEED-certified experts. Proceeds benefit Minnesota Public Radio. For more info call or visit www.twincitieshometour.net.
Fridays, 1-7 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Starts: June 12. Continues through June 28, 2009