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 the “Common Wealth Old City” just a few blocks from the hotel.

Day 2
Lancaster County PA

Winterthur Museum & Gardens
Winterthur Museum & Gardens

Credit: Winterthur Museum

Breakfast in the hotel then meet your local tour guide at 9:00 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 home-style 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 Intercourse, Pennsylvania located in the midst of Amish farmland. Check in at the Best Western Plus Intercourse Village Inn & Suites, your home for the next three nights. We suggest dinner at the historic Revere Tavern in the village of Paradise. (B)

Day 3
Lancaster County PA

Amish Country
Amish Country

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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. After lunch take a short afternoon drive to Denver, Pa. to shop at the best fabric store in the Amish area “Burkholders Fabrics”.

Return to your hotel to relax or do more shopping at the “Kitchen Kettle Village” just across from your hotel. Dinner suggested tonight at Millers Smorgasbord in nearby Ronks, Pa. (B)

Day 4
Lancaster County PA

Amish Quilt
Amish Quilt

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Breakfast at your hotel then meet 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 their home with you and may entertain us with Amish songs. (B, D)

Day 5
Phoenixville PA (Valley Forge)

Say goodbye to Lancaster county. Today will be filled with shopping – 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 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

Credit: Pennsylvania Relief Sale

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 10 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)

Amish Patchwork

“The Plain People of Lancaster County"

Day 1
Philadelphia, PA

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. Remainder of day at your leisure to explore the historic area. Meet your tour manager in the lobby this evening for a welcome drink and get acquainted. Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants located close to the hotel we recommend the “Commonwealth Old City.”

Day 2
Philadelphia, PA

Amish Quilt Country
Amish Quilt Country

Breakfast in your hotel then depart at 10am with your local guide on a walking tour of Philadelphia. Immerse yourself in the history of the Old City District. You’ll see an impressive 20 sites including the Declaration House, Betsy Ross House, Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, Franklin Court, and Carpenters’ Hall. Then wander down Elfreth’s Alley, the nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street.

Remainder of day to spend as you wish – maybe a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (B)

Day 3
Lancaster County, PA

Amish Quilt
Amish Quilt

Credit: Amish Country Quilts

Breakfast then checkout of your hotel and depart for Wilmington, Delaware and the Winterthur Museum for a private showing of antique quilts from the DuPont’s private collection. Lunch at Hanks Place in nearby Chadds Ford. Continue to Intercourse, Pa where you will overnight at the Best Western Plus Intercourse Village Inn & Suites – your home for the next 3 nights. Dinner is suggested at Miller’s Smorgasbord enjoy their large buffet with many Amish specialties. (B)

Day 4
Lancaster County, 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. 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.

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
Lancaster County, PA

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 at Revere Tavern tonight.(B)

Day 6
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)