Vazzanas open home for Holiday Home Tour


Residents who look forward to seeing beautifully decorated homes for the holidays will want to mark their calendar for Sunday, Dec. 3. The theme for this year’s Holiday Home Tour, sponsored by the Canyon Lake Woman’s Club, is “A Kentucky Derby Christmas at the Lake.” The club’s first Holiday Home Tour was held 44 years ago on Nov. 24, 1973. The tour now includes a drawing for decorated Christmas trees and wreaths and a vendor boutique.

Five Canyon Lake homes will be featured on the self-guided tour. The Friday Flyer will showcase each home in the weeks leading up to the tour. This week, The Friday Flyer is featuring the second of the five homes and one of two on Skippers Way that will be featured on the Home Tour.

The home of Bruce and Ann Vazzana, 30266 Skippers Way, is decorated with a “Christmas in Paradise” theme.

Upon arrival at this home, guests are greeted by attractive used brick accents, flower boxes on the balcony and a beautifully landscaped yard. The lily pad fountain leads you to the beveled leaded glass entry doors.

The foyer and curving staircase are decorated with a live 10-foot traditional Christmas tree. The fireplace and player piano in the parlor are welcoming holiday touches. The contemporary living area looks out to views of the East Bay. The fireplace has been faux painted to match the grey and white honed granite in the kitchen. The coffered ceiling and hickory flours add warm touches to this room.

A special round, expandable plank table graces the dining alcove. A honed granite counter that looks like petrified wood adds to the seating and serving areas of the kitchen. Bruce and Ann removed the formal dining room and replaced it with her office and a pantry, along with a wine bar. Take note of the amazing elephant picture taken by Ann on their trip to Africa. This truly is an inviting space.

At the top of the stairs is a work of art called “Angel Oak.” An unusual wrought iron clock ushers you into the huge master suite. A British Colonial bedroom set and African touches highlight this room. A balcony, with its hammock for relaxing completes this area.

A granite steam shower with double deluge showerheads is the focal point of the master bathroom. The owners have added a large walk-in closet, laundry area and even a towel warming drawer for those cold winter days.

Bruce’s office, with dark wood accents and Jack and Jill bedrooms, complete the upstairs floor. Both guest rooms are beautifully decorated and look out onto the spacious front balcony. The owners have removed all of the heavy wall texture in the halls, creating a smooth and elegant look throughout the house.

Bruce and Ann have done a wonderful job of making this home their own. Their family named the house “Christmas in Paradise.” How true this is.

Tickets for the Holiday Home Tour are $15 and can be purchased at the POA Office, Coldwell Banker in the Towne Center, Pack Wrap & Post in the Towne Center and from any Woman’s Club Board Member. More than 400 guests attended last year’s Holiday Home Tour.

The tour begins at 9 a.m. at the lodge where guests can pick up tour maps, sample the signature cocktail, enjoy coffee and cookies, shop at the vendor boutique and purchase tickets for the decorated tree and wreath opportunity drawing. Each tree is valued at a minimum of $200. Opportunity drawing tickets are $5 for six tickets. The drawing will be held at 2:30 p.m. and winners need not be present to win.

Vendor spaces are available for $35 plus a gift for the vendor drawing. For vendor information, contact CLWC President Sue Collins at 951-246-2773.

For more information about the Holiday Home Tour, contact Jan May at 951-970-8333.