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

Credit: Quilt Stalking

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)

New England Quilt Tour

"Indian Summer for Quilters"

OCTOBER 5 / Day 1 (Fri)
Boston MA

Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Credit: New York Times

Tour members arrive at Boston Logan Int’l Airport in the early afternoon. Take a short taxi ride to your downtown hotel, The Boxer Hotel. The hotel is conveniently located within a 5-minute walk of the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and the waterfront.

Meet your tour escort at “Finch” located in the hotel this evening for a get acquainted drink and to meet your travel companions.

Dinner is suggested at McCormick & Schmick’s (Faneuil Hall Market Place) – a 5 minute walk from your hotel.

OCTOBER 6 / Day 2 (Sat)
Boston MA - Hampton NH

Boott Cotton Mill Museum
Boott Cotton Mill Museum

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Breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Your local tour guide will join you in the lobby for a 3 hour walking tour through historic Boston along the “Freedom Trail”. You will see 16 historically significant sites such as Boston Common and Paul Revere House. Check out of hotel and depart for the short trip to Lowell, Ma. known for its heritage connected to the textile industry. Proceed to the “New England Quilt Museum.” Enjoy a guided tour of the museum by a docent, followed by a quilting workshop with a professional quilter.

Next is a tour through Lowell National Historical Park, commemorating Lowell’s role in the American Industrial Revolution. Visit the Boott Cotton Mill Museum, including a 1920s weave room containing 88 looms operating with the help of belts, shafts and pulleys – self guided. Depart for the charming village of Hampton, New Hampshire. Your accommodations for the next two nights will be at Lamie’s Inn, a traditional New England Inn known for its cozy atmosphere and warm hospitality.

Meet for drinks at “The Old Salt” followed by a festive Welcome Dinner. (B, D)

OCTOBER 7 / Day 3 (Sun)
Hampton NH - Portsmouth NH - Cape Neddick ME

The Cape Neddick Lighthouse
The Cape Neddick Lighthouse

Breakfast buffet from 7:30-8:30 in the “Old Salt”. Depart for Portsmouth, NH a delightful city on the ocean, driving along the scenic ocean Route 1A. Arrive in the Portsmouth downtown harbor area a busy and colorful area perfect for browsing and shopping. Visit Portsmouth Fabric Company, one of the largest and most unique fabric and quilt stores in New England. Next we meet your knowledgeable local guide in the heart of downtown Portsmouth for a 60 minute walking tour, exploring the streets and architecture of his enchanting New England town. Lunch is suggested at The Oar House Restaurant.

Next take the short drive to Cape Neddick, Maine to view The Cape Neddick Lighthouse that stands on Nubble Island about 100 yards (91 m) off Cape Neddick Point. Continue for the short ride to Knight’s Quilt Shop. Owner Michele Knight is waiting to welcome the group. Knight’s Quilt Shop has a large inventory of fabrics, quilts and accessories! Depart Cape Neddick for your last stop today – the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge for a refreshing walk along the saltwater marshlands, a wonderful experience during the fall foliage season. Return to Lamies Inn for the 2nd night. (B)

OCTOBER 8 / Day 4 (Mon)
Hampton NH-Center Harbor NH-North Conway NH

Keepsake Quilting
Keepsake Quilting

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Depart after breakfast heading north on the back roads of New Hampshire towards the beautiful Lake District. Arrive at Center Harbor located on Lake Winnipesaukee for a visit to Keepsake Quilting – ” a quilters paradise”.

Next take the short drive to Weirs Beach and board the MS Mount Washington for a scenic cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee. After your cruise continue north through the foothills of the White Mountains and arrive in North Conway for a shopping trip at Settlers Green Outlet Village with over 60 major stores. Overnight at the Swiss Chalet Village Inn. Evening at leisure. (B)

OCTOBER 9 / Day 5 (Tue)
N. Conway-Mt. Washington-Montpelier, VT

The Mount Washington Cog Railway
The Mount Washington Cog Railway

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Travel through the spectacular White Mountains along the Kancamagus, one of the most scenic highways in America. Make a stop for a easy 1/2 mile hike to Sabbaday Falls. Continue through Franconia Notch, the most spectacular mountain gap in the east and on to Mount Washington where you will board the famous Cog Railway train to the top . Lunch break on top! On to Montpelier a picturesque New England town and the capital of Vermont. Have a quilting workshop today with Dee, the owner of  “A Quilters Garden.”  Check in at the Comfort Inn Maplewood.  Dinner is suggested at “Kismet”.(B)

 

OCTOBER 10 / Day 6 (Wed)
Stowe VT - Burlington VT

Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks
Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks

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Breakfast then check out and take the short drive to Morse Farm Maple Sugar Works just outside Montpelier, the capital of Vermont. See how maple syrup is processed and enjoy the free samples. Continue via I-89 to Burlington and arrive at the Shelburne Museum, a large complex of galleries and 25 historic structures spread over 45 acres. The museum’s quilt collection is considered the largest & finest in the U.S., known internationally for its exceptional artistic quality.This visit is one of the major highlights of your tour. Spend the remainder of the day at the museum including a guided tour of the quilt collection. After visiting the quilt galleries continue on to explore the many other collections the museum has to offer; a textile gallery; hooked rugs, fabrics; embroidery and American Folk Art. Lunch at the cafe where you can order sandwiches, soups and snacks. The Thunderbird Motor Inn will be your overnight accommodation. (B)

OCTOBER 11 / Day 7 (Thur)
Burlington VT - Weston, VT- Canterbury, NH - Ogunquit ME

Canterbury, Vermont
Canterbury

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After breakfast depart early (7:30am) for the hours drive to Weston (VT)for a visit to The Vermont Country Store. The store offers a journey into the “general store of yesteryear” offering brands from the past…such a fun place to shop! Continue to Canterbury Shaker Village (NH). A guided tour will explain how the Shakers lived a nearly monastic lifestyle that stressed pacifism, communal ownership, celibacy, gender equality, industriousness and plain, simple living. You will see 25 restored, original buildings and learn how the Shakers lived, worked and worshiped. You will have time for lunch and shopping in the museum store.

Your next stop is the village of Henniker for a visit to Quilted Threads, called a “Quilter’s Dream.” Within the walls of a converted farm house and barn – shoppers find the most carefully selected materials for all their quilting needs. After your visit its a must to see the beautiful covered bridge in Henniker for photos. Enjoy! The final phase of today’s journey takes us east through some more New England back roads, through Portsmouth and to the Atlantic Ocean. Arrive in Ogunquit and check in for your last two nights at the Admirals Inn. The inn is just steps from the shops, restaurants the rocky coastline and “the beach” which have made the area a famous vacation destination. (B)

OCTOBER 12 / Day 8 (Fri)
Ogunquit ME

Perkins Cove
Perkins Cove

Any tour should be well balanced to include ample leisure time for shopping or a walk on the beach. Today you’ll want to explore this cozy, turn-of-the-century village whose streets are lined with white clapboard cottages and picket fences. Shore Road leads to Perkins Cove, a quaint working harbor with a footbridge spanning its entrance. Perkins Cove offers specialty shops, waterfront restaurants and art galleries. (B)

OCTOBER 13 / Day 9 (Sat)
Ogunquit - Boston MA - Home

Today our journey ends enjoy a leisurely breakfast then depart beautiful Ogunquit for the Boston International Airport and your flight home. We offer hotel accommodations for guests wanting to extend their stay in Boston. (B)