Amish Patchwork

“The Plain People of Lancaster County"

Day 1

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

Credit: Google Maps

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

Credit: The Morse Farm (Facebook)

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

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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)