Amish Springtime Tour

"Amish Impressions"

Tour Day 1
Philadelphia

Independence Hall in Philadelphia
Independence Hall in Philadelphia

Check into your hotel, the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District Hotel (3:30 pm check-in). This hotel puts you where the city’s’ main attractions are all within walking distance. Meet in the hotel lounge for a get acquainted drink!

Day 2
Philadelphia

Betsy Ross House
Betsy Ross House

Breakfast in hotel then enjoy exploring Philly on your own. Meet in hotel lobby at 2pm and depart for a 2 hour guided walking tour through America’s most historic area that includes sites such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Christ Church and the Betsy Ross house.

Meet tour escort at 6 pm in the lobby and walk to one of the local restaurants located just a short distance from hotel for a festive “Welcome Dinner”. (B,D)

Day 3
Philadelphia-Ronks, PA (Lancaster County)

Winterthur Museum & Gardens
Winterthur Museum & Gardens

Credit: Winterthur Museum

Early departure for the Brandywine Valley in Delaware. You will be visiting the Winterthur Museum which was the country estate of the Dupont family. The estate houses a premier collection of American furniture, decor and fiber arts, including rare and valuable antique quilts that are rarely seen by the public. Your group will be met by a docent and will give you a behind the scenes presentation of these quilts and also a private viewing of select rooms of the house featuring the quilts.

Proceed to nearby Chadds Ford, known in the history books for the Battle of Brandywine where George Washington and our American forces were defeated by the British. Lunch is suggested at Hank’s Place, nothing fancy just down to earth home cooking.

Continue on the back roads of Pennsylvania to Lancaster County, home of the Amish. Arrive in downtown Lancaster for a visit to the Lancaster Central Market touted to be one of the best 10 fresh markets in the world. Lancaster was once capital of the nation “for one day”, when congress stopped in Lancaster as it fled Philadelphia after the Battle of Brandywine. The market is the oldest enclosed market in the country. Late afternoon check- in to the Best Western Plus Intercourse Village & Suites (Intercourse, Pa). Relax for a while then proceed to dinner at historic Revere Tavern in the nearby town of Paradise. (B)

Day 4
Ronks, PA (Lancaster County)

Burkholders Fabrics
Burkholders Fabrics

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The truly wondrous aspect of Pennsylvania farm country is that the highways and byways don’t reveal all their secrets at once. Around each turn lies a splendid view of fields, forests, hills, lakes or a glimpse of a Amish Horse & Buggy passing by. This morning we start our day with a drive to the town of Lancaster. Proceed to the Lancaster County Historical Society, for a “White Glove Tour” – a private showing of Amish Antique Quilts led by a museum docent. The quilt collection reflects the influences of Lancaster’s 18th century English and German origins.

A short afternoon drive takes us to Denver, Pa. to shop at the best fabric store in the Amish area “Burkholders Fabrics”. Return to Intercourse and your hotel. Dinner on your own at one of the local family style restaurants . (B)

Day 5
Ronks, PA (Lancaster County)

Laundry Day
Laundry Day

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Enjoy breakfast then we are joined by Fay Landis, our local guide today for some intensive and fascinating touring. A short drive down scenic a country lane takes us to Zooks Fabric Store known for a great selection of fabrics with good prices. Visit the Old Country Store just across the street with more fabric and beautiful quilts. Lunch at Stoltzfus Deli where you might be tempted to sample tasty Amish desserts like Shoofly Pie, Apple Crumb Pie or a Whoopie Pie.

Another short ride takes us to a beautiful Amish farm, where Katie Stoltzfus has sold quilts out of their barn for many years. Country Lane Quilts is where you’ll find a mind – boggling selection of quilts in all categories and price ranges. Katie offers the best prices in the Lancaster area for her quilts, quillows, pillows and table runners.

During our busy drives through Lancaster county Fay will provide information on the history of the area. She welcomes your questions about their faith, traditions and lifestyle. Say bye bye to Fay then proceed to the village of Paradise where you will have dinner with a Amish Family at their farm. Enjoy dinner and conversation with the family as young Amish girls assist their mother with cooking and serving. (B, D)

Day 6
Ronks - Annapolis, MD - Williamsburg, VA

Historic Annapolis, Maryland
Historic Annapolis, Maryland

Say goodbye to Pennsylvania and hello to Annapolis, Maryland. Arrive in the center of Annapolis where we will join our guide who is decked out in full 18th century attire at the Annapolis State House for a walking tour of this historic area. Annapolis has history around every corner and is home to the U.S. Naval Academy. The tour ends at the wharf where you can enjoy the famous Maryland crab cakes at “Mike and Kenny’s Place.”

Our next stop today is a local Annapolis fabric shop the “Cottonseed Glory” with a huge selection of quilting fabrics to choose from.

Depart Maryland and head south to Williamsburg, Virginia. We arrive in the late afternoon and check in to your hotel for the next two nights the Park Inn by Radisson – Williamsburg Historic District. Relax for a while then depart for the living history museum of “Colonial Williamsburg”. Step back in time to the 18th century and find yourself enthralled by the costumed residents and historical buildings. We will have dinner at “Chowning’s Tavern”. Every day at 5pm while dining you can join in to Chowning’s tradition of colonial drinks, colonial games, and live colonial songs – including bawdy ones if children are not present. (B)

Day 7
Colonial Williamsburg, VA

Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg

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The first settlers from England arrived on the banks of the James River in 1607 to establish the first permanent colony (Virginia) in the New World. These settlers were here thirteen years before the pilgrims arrived in Plymouth Massachusetts. Virginia’s capital was named Jamestown. The colonial capital was later moved to Williamsburg in 1699. ” Colonial Williamsburg” is a representation of a colonial city within the city of Williamsburg. Costumed employees work and dress as people did in that era. Prominent buildings include the Governors Palace (featured above), Raleigh Tavern, the Capitol, the Courthouse, William and Mary College and Bruton Parish (all originals).

The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum features a exhibit of 18th century Textiles including gowns, mens waistcoats, curtains, bed furnishings and “QUILTS”. Spend the full day and enjoy! (B)

Day 8
Williamsburg - Alexandria, VA (Washington, D.C.)

Washington D.C.
Washington D.C.

Early morning departure from Colonial Williamsburg. Proceed by shortest route to the historic town of Alexandria located in Northern Virginia across the Potomac River from Washington D.C.

Meet our tour guide for our morning tour of the nation’s capital brings- The White House and Gardens, the Capitol Building, the Supreme Court, the Pentagon and the Washington Monument are all on your schedule. Today’s tour ends at The Mall, where you may wish to explore the spectacular National Air and Space Museum.

Check in at the Best Western Old Colony Inn Historic District. The hotel provides a shuttle to and from the hotel to the Old Town from 2 pm to 10 pm as well as a airport shuttle to Reagan National Airport.

You will want to spend the rest of the day in this delightful old city, walking along colorful King Street, with its many shops, boutiques, galleries with a superb selection of restaurants. Close to the river explore “The Torpedo Factory”, with 82 studios, where visitors can watch artists and craftsmen at work.

We suggest that you enjoy dinner (optional) at the Fish Market Restaurant, located on King Street just a few steps from the Torpedo Factory. it’s a lively place; often with live music. Try Gadsby’s Tavern for a different more upscale experience, in operation since 1770. George Washington’s favorite choice at Gadsby’s is still on the menu. Alexandria existed as a major harbor city long before there was a Washington, D.C. and was the local stomping grounds of our first president – George Washington. (B)

Day 9
Washington, D.C.

Cherry Blossoms at the Jefferson Memorial
Cherry Blossoms at the Jefferson Memorial

Full day to explore Washington on your own. We suggest you take a short taxi ride to “The Mall” and visit the quilt collection at the Museum of American History and the DAR Museum (Daughers of the American Revolution) and visit the galleries containing furnishings, paintings and textiles. Pentagon City Shopping Mall and historic Georgetown offer great shopping choices. (B)

Day 10
Washington, D.C. - Home

Breakfast at the hotel then prepare for checkout and transfer to Reagan National Airport for your return flight home. (B)

Amish Patchwork

“The Plain People of Lancaster County"

Day 1
Philadelphia

Independence Hall in Philadelphia
Independence Hall in Philadelphia

Afternoon check-in at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District where the city’s’ main attractions are within walking distance. Rest for a bit after check-in and then meet your tour escort in the lobby to and take the short walk to the “Common Wealth Old City” restaurant for dinner to get acquainted with your travel companions.

Day 2
Philadelphia (Lancaster County)

Amish Quilt Country
Amish Quilt Country

Breakfast and checkout of hotel then depart for Wilmington, Delaware and the Winterthur Museum for a private showing of antique quilts from their collection. Lunch at Hanks Place in nearby Chadds Ford. Travel to Lancaster where we have a appointment at the Lancaster Historical Society for a private showing of Amish Antique Quilts, led by Wendall Zercher, the museum curator. The collection reflects influences of Lancaster’s 18th century English and German origins. Visit Zook’s Fabric Store in Intercourse, Pa which offers one of the largest selections of fabrics in the area, with over 25,000 bolts. Overnight at the Best Western Plus Intercourse Village your home for the next 3 nights. (B)

Day 3
Lancaster, PA

Amish Quilt
Amish Quilt

Credit: Amish Country Quilts

After breakfast depart for the AQS Quilt Show located nearby at the Lancaster Convention Center. We’ll be ready for registration when the doors open. The quilt exhibits and merchant mall areas will be located in Freedom Hall, the Commonwealth Ballroom, and the Heritage Ballroom – all in the Convention Center. Quilters from around the world will display their finest work, and you’ll learn all about the latest in quilting. You’ll enjoy quilts of the highest quality and you’ll meet other quilters from all over the world. We’ll stay at the show the entire day. Depart Convention Center – dinner (optional) is suggested at historic Revere Tavern in Paradise. (B)

Day 4
Lancaster, PA

Lancaster Central Market
Lancaster Central Market

Credit: City of Lancaster

Have a early breakfast then take off for the short drive to Lancaster for a visit to the Lancaster Central Market, the oldest enclosed market in the country. Take in the sights and sounds and smells of the market. Later we will meet our guide, Fay Landis, at the Strasburg Creamery for lunch and then we are off for some intensive and fascinating touring in Lancaster county. Visit a Amish bake shop and sample Amish specialties such as: Shoofly Pie, Apple Crumb Pie, or Whoopie Pies.

A short ride takes us to a farm, where Katie Stoltzfus has sold quilts out of a barn for many years. Katie only offers the genuine article and now has 40 to 50 local quilters working for her. This is Country Lane Quilts, where you’ll find a mind boggling selection of quilts in all categories and price ranges. During our busy drives through Lancaster County Fay will provide information on the history of the area. She will expand on the history of the Amish and the Mennonites; their faith, traditions and lifestyle. You are encouraged to ask questions about their education, church services, transportation, communication or how the Amish relate to “the English” and the outside world. You will learn that the Amish are successful in today’s society both in Pennsylvania and in many other states.

Tonight visit a Amish farm for dinner and conversation (in old German dialect – if you like). The family will answer any questions you may have about the Amish. (B, D)

Day 5
Philadelphia International Airport - Home

Early breakfast and check out – depart Lancaster County for Philadelphia for a 2 hour tour of the Philadelphia historical district. Transfer to airport & your flight home. Clients taking the New York City Extension will continue on to Manhattan. (B)

Amish Autumn Tour

"Pennsylvania Quilt Extravaganza"

Day 1
Philadelphia PA

Independence Hall in Philadelphia
Independence Hall in Philadelphia

Check in (after 3:30pm) to the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District located in the heart of the historic Old City.

The hotel is within easy walking distance to restaurants, shopping and famous historic landmarks. Meet your tour escort in the Coin’s Pub located in the hotel lobby for a get acquainted drink. Dinner is recommended at Bistro 7 just a few blocks from the hotel.

Day 2
Gordonville PA

Winterthur Museum & Gardens
Winterthur Museum & Gardens

Credit: Winterthur Museum

Breakfast in the hotel then meet your local tour guide at 9:30 a.m. and depart on a 2 hour walking tour of Americas most historic area. Your tour includes Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross House and Christ Church.

Depart Philly for the hours drive to the idyllic Brandywine Valley. Lunch in nearby Chadds Ford at Hanks Place known for homestyle cooking.

After lunch take a short drive for an experience that will rate as one of the main highlights of the tour, the Winterthur Museum. This former country estate of the Dupont family is one of the premier museums of American decorative Arts. You will be treated to a a custom tour by a local docent for a “behind the scenes” viewing of priceless antique quilts and select rooms of the house showcasing the quilts.

Late afternoon departure for Lancaster County. Proceed to Gordonville to Eby’s Pequea Farm B & B, in the midst of Amish farmland. Eby’s will be your home for the next three nights, you will enjoy all modern amenities as if you were staying at a hotel. The farm is adjacent to one of the old covered bridges that spans the lazy Pequea stream. Dinner suggested at the historic Revere Tavern in the village of Paradise. (B)

Day 3
Gordonville PA

Amish Country
Amish Country

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Breakfast at Eby’s Farm. We are joined by our local tour guide this morning for some intensive and fascinating quilt touring. Travel through the scenic countryside and arrive shortly in the village of Intercourse, a great place to sample the area’s arts and crafts.

Zook’s Fabric Store, is known for their large selection of fabrics with good prices. Close by is The Old Country Store known for great fabrics as well as quilts.

A short drive down scenic country lanes takes us to Country Lane Quilts, a hidden gem, where Katie Stoltzfuss has offered authentic, handmade quilts from the area for almost 20 years. Here you will find a choice of hundreds of beautiful Amish quilts and all variety of fabric creations and price ranges.

Lunch will be in the quaint village of Strasburg at the Strasburg Creamery. After lunch continue on your travels through the countryside passing the Amish buggies driven by the Amish men with their long beards, wearing all black with big straw hats. Fay will provide information on the history of the area and the Amish. You are encouraged to ask questions about their education, church services, transportation or how the Amish relate to “The English” and the outside world. Tonight enjoy dinner and conversation with a Amish family. The family shares there home with you and may entertain us with Amish songs. (B, D)

Day 4
Gordonville PA

Amish Quilt
Amish Quilt

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After breakfast take the short drive to Lancaster; we have a appointment with the Lancaster Historical Society for a “White Glove Tour”, a private showing of Amish Antique Quilts, led by a museum curator.

Proceed to the “Central Market” which has been busy from early this morning. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of this oldest enclosed market in the country. Explore the Lancaster historic area on your own or lunch at one of the many restaurants near the market. Return to Eby’s Farm for a little leisure and relaxation. Dinner suggested at Millers Smorgasbord in Ronks. (B)

Day 5
Phoenixville PA (Valley Forge)

Say goodbye to Ebys Farm. Today will be filled with shopping. Our first stop will be in Ambler at “The Round Bobbin” fabric shop. A charming group of ladies to help you with your fabric purchases. On to Berks County and the Oley Valley. Oley was settled by Germans and French Huguenots in the late 1600 and 1700’s. Once home to Mordecai Lincoln, great grandfather of Abraham and also once home to Daniel Boone. Oley has a little jewel of a fabric shop named “Ladyfingers”.

We will have a lunch break at a local cafe then depart for “Philadelphia Premium Outlets” with over 160 outlet stores.

Your hotel is a short drive away in Phoenixville where your accommodations will be at the Hampton Inn & Suites. Your hotel is conveniently located in a business park close to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, where the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XX takes place. Check in and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. There are several places within walking distance for dinner. (B)

Day 6
Phoenixville PA

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza

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Breakfast at your hotel then depart for a full day at the quilt show (10am to 6pm).

The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza is the largest and most prominent quilt arts event in the northeast, all under one roof. The exhibits at the Extravaganza will offer over 600 quilts and garments presented in gallery style as well as more than 200 vendor booths offering everything from completed quilts and garments to supplies and equipment used in making them. The quilt competition features wonderful entries from throughout the nation. The “Extravaganza” will not disappoint you. Just imagine the thousands of like minded people descending on the Expo Center, all with QUILTING on their mind. The visitors are from all walks of life and they come from all corners of the world.

You are already preregistered so you can just go right in. The hotel provides a shuttle so when you get tired just give them a call (no charge) or it is just a 15 minute walk to the hotel.

We meet at 6:30pm for a final get together of the group for a candlelit dinner in a charming 18th century inn: The Historic General Warren Inne known for their fine dining and atmosphere. (B)

Day 7
Philadelphia - Home

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then transfer to Philadelphia International Airport for your flight home. (B)