Tour Day 1
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!
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)
Philadelphia-Ronks, PA (Lancaster County)
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)
Ronks, PA (Lancaster County)
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)
Ronks, PA (Lancaster County)
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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)
Ronks - Annapolis, MD - Williamsburg, VA
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)
Colonial Williamsburg, VA
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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)
Williamsburg - Alexandria, VA (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)
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)
Washington, D.C. - Home
Breakfast at the hotel then prepare for checkout and transfer to Reagan National Airport for your return flight home. (B)