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Gone With The Quilt

October 27, 2018 - November 10, 2018

Oct 27 - Nov 10, 2018

Pricing: Shared Double Room – $4,690 / Add $1,664 For Single Room

$4,690

"Autumn in the South"

Day 1
Atlanta GA

State Capitol Building in Atlanta
State Capitol Building in Atlanta

Your Tour starts at the Wingate by Wyndham at Atlanta Galleria 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.

Day 2
Atlanta GA

Historic Ebenezer Church
Historic Ebenezer Church

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.

After church return to your hotel or drop off at Marietta Square to spend a few leisurely hours and have lunch. (B)

Dinner suggested at the “Marietta Diner”

Day 3
Atlanta GA

Amish Quilt
Amish Quilt

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)

Day 4
Atlanta GA - Carrollton GA

Quilt Shop
A Scarlett Thread

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. Lunch across the street at “Asian Gardens”.

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. The museum is hosting a private showing for our group. The Cherokee Rose Quilt Guild will present a “Trunk Show” of their quilts. Overnight at the Holiday Inn Express. (B)

Day 5
Carrollton GA – Selma AL

African American Quilt
African American Quilts

Meet with local quilters in Carrollton and have a luncheon.

Depart Carrollton for Montgomery, Alabama (140 miles) for a visit 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 Hampton Inn Selma for your overnight stay. (B)

Day 6
Selma AL – Camden AL – Monroeville AL

Gee's Bend Quilters
Gee’s Bend Quilters

US Embassy Canadavia Flickr/CC BY 2.0

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)

Day 7
Monroeville AL – Hammond LA

Quilt Design
Collinswood Museum Quilts

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)

Day 8
Hammond LA – New Orleans LA

French Quarter New Orleans
New Orleans

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.

Day 9
New Orleans LA

Steamboat
Natchez Steamboat Cruise

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)

Day 10
New Orleans LA – White Castle LA

White Castle, Louisiana
Oak Alley Plantation

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)

Day 11
White Castle LA – Lafayette LA

Evangeline Oak
The Evangeline Oak

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 New Iberia located on the Bayou Teche a historic city settled by French Acadians from Nova Scotia. Meet your “Cajun” guide Tommy Miller (“TJ”) who will fill you in on the history of this fascinating area. Continue to St. Martinville the setting of Longfellow’s poem Evangeline. Visit the Evangeline Oak and her statue, the St. Martin de Tours Church and view the Acadian Quilt. Lunch on your own in St. Martinville then have time to explore and shop. Depart in late afternoon for the short drive to Lafayette and overnight at the Drury Inn & Suites. (B)

Day 12
Lafayette LA

Atchafalaya River
The Beautiful Atchafalaya Wilderness

Today explore Cajun Country. Early morning 2 hour tour by boat into the Atchafalaya Wilderness, with a naturalist expert to see birds, alligators and other animals in this unique environment with its beautiful nature.

Continue to Vermillionville where history comes alive. Lunch at La Cuisine Maman prior to start of tour. Your guided tour of the heritage park brings to life the early days of Cajun and Creole settlers in South Louisiana from the mid 1700s to late 1800s. Costumed crafts people and artisans conduct demonstrations and exhibitions of their talents.

Proceed to J & B Quilting & Fabric located in Sunset a few miles north of Lafayette. Drice downtown Lafayette to see the Robert Dafford Murals and the St. John Oak Tree. “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!” (Let the Good Times Roll!). Return to hotel and overnight. (B)

Day 13
Lafayette LA – Houston TX

Enjoy breakfast then depart by the shortest route to Houston for your early afternoon arrival at the “International Quilt Festival”. You have been pre-registered and will have your tickets in hand.

Spend the day at the show then transfer to the Hampton Inn & Suites located near the Galleria Shopping Mall. Freshen up then on to your farewell dinner at “Christies Seafood and Steak Restaurant.” (B, D)

Houston International Quilt Festival
Houston International Quilt Festival

Credit: Texas Tripper

Day 14
Houston TX - International Quilt Festival

“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 represented not to mention quilting machines, sewing tools, fabrics and over 22 special exhibits. Enjoy a full day at the show. (B)

Day 15
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.

Details

Start:
October 27, 2018
End:
November 10, 2018
Cost:
$4,690
Deposit:
$300 per person