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Valentine Tour of Homes Raising Money for Art Education

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There's no doubt Scenic Highway 30-A in Walton County has a lot to offer. This weekend, a half dozen South Walton homeowners opened up their doors and offered the public a peek inside.

Alys beach is known for it's white buildings, white roofs, and modern designs.

It's just one of the many beach communities along the Gulf Coast, and hundreds of people traveled there Saturday and Sunday to support kids' art programs.

"Gosh, this Alys Beach home is giving just a crisp feeling of peace and serenity," said Tonya Kilpatrick.

Hundreds of people with cameras in hand, enjoyed the architecture, interior design and unique artwork.

The Certified Platinum Green Home has a lot of cool features, including a kitchen many say looked like one from a cooking show.

"It's a fundraising event for the cultural arts alliance of Walton County," said Jennifer Smith with the Walton County Cultural Arts Alliance.

The alliance hosts the Valentine Tour of Homes each year over President's Day weekend and raises money through ticket sales.

"It goes into our educational giving program where we give money in grants to school children and schools to fund the arts. For instance, [we give] watercolors to some of the art teachers so their students can enjoy art classes a little bit more," said Smith.

While some people wish they could move into these homes, they're happy to help a wonderful cause.

"You're helping fund a child with some college tuition, maybe a dream that they might have to turn the art around and bring it back," said Kilpatrick.

Smith says between 800 and 1,000 people visited each home over the weekend.