"Autumn in the South"
OCTOBER 19 /Day 1 (Sat)
Your Tour starts at the Country Inn & Suites in Kennesaw Ga., just a few miles from Marietta, Ga. your home for the next three nights. Arrival transfer is on your own by taxi or shuttle. We can arrange a private transfer for you if requested.
Relax in your room after check-in or explore your surroundings before meeting your tour escort and fellow travelers in the hotel lobby to provide a opportunity for tour members to get acquainted with each other.
Dinner is suggested at “Folks Southern Kitchen”…located near hotel in Windy Hill.
OCTOBER 20 / Day 2 (Sun)
Credit: Historic Ebenezer Church
Breakfast Buffet at the hotel. Today’s excursion is a Sunday service at the “Ebenezer Baptist Church” where Martin Luther King once was the Pastor.
Return transfer to the hotel where you can relax the rest of the day or go to Stone Mountain Georgia Park named for the vast monolith at its center. Etched into the rock’s side, the Confederate Memorial Carving depicts Civil War generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, plus President Jefferson Davis.
Dinner suggested at the “Marietta Diner”. (B)
OCTOBER 21 / Day 3 (Mon)
Credit: Amish Country Quilts
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to “Shades Textile Studios” in Marietta (Shades Textiles is a exhibitor at major international quilt shows in both Tokyo and Houston. Stacey Michell, the pioneer developing the “Hawaiian Quilt” will conduct a 3 hour private workshop – “2 for 1 Hula Lesson”. Learn how to trace, cut and fuse a Hawaiian design quilt. After lunch have a” fabric dying class” that produces designs perfect for a Hawaiian style applique quilt. All working kits and materials will be furnished.
Marti Michell, Stacey’s mother, is one one the best known quilt experts in the U.S. will arrive in the studio for a showing of some of her beautiful quilts and also introduce her products and discuss the latest in the world of quilting.
Freshen up at your hotel then transfer to “Shillings on the Square” located in old town Marietta for your welcome dinner. (B,L,D)
OCTOBER 22 / Day 4 (Tue)
Atlanta GA - Carrollton GA
Credit: All People Quilt
This morning enjoy a “Atlanta Area Quilt Shop Hop” where you will visit “Tiny Stitches” a unique quilt shop where quilters come to find the best selection and highest quality fabric in the Southeast. Next visit “A Scarlett Thread” the largest sewing and quilt shop in Georgia.
Depart for a Carrollton, Georgia, home of the “Southeastern Quilt & Textile Museum.” The museum is the only museum in Georgia singularly dedicated to quilting and textiles. Check in at the Best Western Plus. Transfer to Adamson Square in Carrolltons historic district, where you have time to visit the shops and have dinner.
After dinner take the short walk to the Quilt Museum and meet with the South Georgia Quilt Guild members for some southern hospitality and QUILTS!! (B)
OCTOBER 23 / Day 5 (Wed)
Carrollton GA – Selma AL
Checkout of hotel after breakfast for the short drive to Carrollton. Meet our local guide for a two hour tour of this historic area. Depart from Carrollton then continue the journey south, along Interstate Route 85, until we cross the Chattahoochee River into the State of Alabama. The “Deep South” doesn’t get any deeper than Alabama. This is where cotton was king and where the Confederacy was born.
Enter the Alabama capital, Montgomery, and head directly to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
Have lunch in the Museum Cafe on the terrace overlooking the lake. After lunch meet your docent for a private showing of African American Quilts. Proceed to Selma and check in at the Holiday Inn Express Selma – then meet with Jo Taylor in the lobby for a guided tour of Selma.(B)
OCTOBER 24 / Day 6 (Thu)
Selma AL – Camden AL – Monroeville AL
Full breakfast in the hotel. Travel today to Camden and Gee’s Bend just 40 miles south of Selma. Cross the Alabama River o to the Boykin side of the river for a visit with the famous “Gee’s Bend Quilters”. Gees Bend is a isolated African American hamlet where the quilting tradition goes back to the 19th century when it was a cotton plantation owned by Joseph Gees. In the post-bellum years and into the 20th century the Gees Bend women made quilts to keep themselves and their children warm in the unheated shacks where they lived. View their quilts, listen to their stories. Cross the Alabama River on the 12 p.m. Gees Bend Ferry to Camden. Proceed to the Gaines Ridge Dinner Club for a lunch full of southern hospitality – a la “Gone With the Wind.” After your meal the owner/manager, Betty Kennedy, an avid quilter invites you for a view of her magnificent and unique collection of quilts.
Next is a visit to the Old Shoe Shop Museum where Betty Anderson will show you her daddy’s old shop and tell stories about Camden’s past. Proceed to “Black Belt Treasures.” Enjoy a hands-on print-making workshop with quilting designs. by using a simple print-making technique to take home for a memory quilt, all supplies are provided. After workshop browse the beautiful arts center.
Depart for Monroeville where you will overnight at the Country Inn & Suites. (B)
OCTOBER 25/ Day 7 (Fri)
Monroeville AL – Hammond LA
After breakfast and checkout visit the “Old Monroe County Courthouse” the backdrop for the famous trial scene from the book and movie “To Kill A Mockingbird”. Members of the local quilt guild have come to greet you bringing heirlooms – a precious selection of beautiful quilts, which will be draped over the pews in the courthouse.
Depart Monroeville and have a lunch stop at the Stage Coach Cafe, a quaint and rural eatery featuring southern favorites like fried chicken, gravy and rice and fried okra. Continue to Ponchatoula home to the “Louisiana Quilt Trail”. Visit the antique stores, the arts and crafts in the Country Market or the quilts on display at the Collinswood Museum.
Overnight in Hammond at the Holiday Inn Northshore. (B)
OCTOBER 26 / Day 8 (Sat)
Hammond LA – New Orleans LA
Checkout and depart for the Art Station in Ponchatoula. Meet Kim Zabbia who will be your guide for the tour of the Louisiana Quilt Trail. Lunch at Mittendorfs Seafood Restaurant then drive south towards New Orleans. Afternoon check-in to the historic “Maison Dupuy” hotel located just blocks from Jackson Square and Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. (B)
**For an evening of fun with genuine Cajun food and live Cajun music and dancing dinner at Mulate’s is the place to go. Mulate’s serves as the ideal introduction to Cajun Country.
OCTOBER 27 / Day 9 (Sun)
New Orleans LA
Breakfast at “Vacherie” located close to the hotel and then depart on a walking tour of the French Quarter with your guide. Lunch aboard the “Natchez” for a steamboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi with a live jazz band. Afternoon at leisure. New Orleans, the home of the Francophone Creole and the Anglophone American has over 85 square blocks designated as a National Historic District. Much to see, Jackson Square to Bourbon Street world famous restaurants such as Paul Prudhomme’s, Emeril LaGasse or Arnaud’s..take your pick! Exploring the French Quarter by night is a must, visit a jazz or blues club for the best local music or listen to a street musician who plays for tips . (B, L)
OCTOBER 28 / Day 10 (Mon)
New Orleans LA – White Castle LA
This is your last morning in New Orleans, breakfast at Vacherie then checkout. Depart from New Orleans then drive along the banks of the “Ole Miss” passing the “Great River Road Plantation Parade”. Today’s visit is the “Oak Alley Plantation” – “The Grand Dame of the Great River Road.” Imagine Scarlet O’Hara having barbecue at Twelve Oaks Plantation and charming the red headed Tarleton boys – Oak Alley fulfills that visual image. What a beautiful way to spend a fall day than at one of the most spectacular settings in the old south. Tour the mansion, the slave quarters and the civil war encampment. Enjoy a luncheon buffet and then explore on your own. Depart in the afternoon for Nottaway Plantation located in White Castle for your overnight accommodation. (B)
OCTOBER 29 / Day 11 (Tue)
White Castle LA – Lafayette LA
Enjoy a plantation style breakfast then depart for the heart of Cajun Country. Travel the back-road’s of Louisiana through swamp lands and tall cypresses trailing Spanish moss, vast expanses of sugarcane and small communities with old cajun style cabins.
Arrive in Lafayette and meet your “Cajun” guide, Danny Bonaventure, who will fill you in on the history of Lafayette, St. Martinville and the history of the Cajuns.
Vermilionville – History comes alive
Lunch at La Cuisine Maman in Vermillionville prior to touring the park- it’s part of the authentic experience. This heritage and folk-life park brings to life the early days of Cajun and Creole settlers in Louisiana from the mid-1700s to late 1800s. Costumed crafts people and artisans conduct demonstrations of their talent. Several historic homes and numerous artifacts from the time period are laid out as they would have been if someone were living there
Your last stop today is to J & B Quilting & Fabric located in Sunset a few miles north of Lafayette.Check in at the Drury Inn & Suites for overnight. Freshen up then depart for dinner at Prejean’s Cajun Restaurant with live Cajun Music and Cajun/Creole food – “laissez les bons temps rouler” / “Let the Good Times Roll”. (B, D)
OCTOBER 30 / Day 12 (Wed)
Lafayette LA - Houston, TX
After breakfast and check out depart for a morning adventure by boat into the Atchafalaya Wilderness for a 2 hour tour by boat into the Atchafalaya Wilderness. You are accompanied with a naturalist expert where you will see birds, alligators and other animals in this unique environment with its beautiful nature.
After your tour depart in the mid-afternoon by the shortest route to Houston. Check in to your hotel The Best Western Inn & Suites Galleria, your home for the last three nights of your tour. This evening you will attend preview night at the “International Quilt Festival”. You have been registered and will have your tickets in hand. Return to hotel and overnight. (B)
OCTOBER 31 /Day 13 (Thu)
Lafayette LA – Houston TX
FULL DAY AT THE QUILT FESTIVAL
Enjoy breakfast then depart by the shortest route to Houston for your early afternoon arrival at the “International Quilt Festival”. This is a full day at the show where you can have both lunch and dinner at one of the many food courts and restaurants a the George Brown Convention Center. (B)
NOVEMBER 1/ Day 14 (Fri)
Houston TX - International Quilt Festival
LAST FULL DAY AT THE QUILT FESTIVAL
The International Quilt Festival Houston is one of the premier quilting trade events in America with over 60,000 visitors each year.
Talented quilt artists are present in huge numbers at this convention. There are over 500 varieties of quilts. (B)
NOVEMBER 2 / Day 15 (Sat)
Houston TX – Home
Full American Breakfast at the hotel. If time allows take a cab from the hotel to The Galleria for shopping or relax at the hotel. Group transfer provided to George Bush Intercontinental Airport for your return flight home. (B)
We offer additional days at both the beginning of tour and at end for clients that wish more time at quilt show. Also can arrange your arrival transfer in Atlanta. Ask for details.