For the past 13 years we have been offering a Quilting tour open to all ladies who love to quilt, enjoy handiwork and enjoy the comradery of women who enjoy life and like to have fun. It is a few days of retail therapy, great food and interesting local attractions.
Day 1: Mon., Sept. 28 – The tour will depart from Orillia Square Mall at 7:00a.m, Barrie, Bayfield Mall behind Canadian Tire Store at 7:30a.m. & Tour Office at 8:00a.m. A free shuttle van service is available with a minimum of 4 customers in the Collingwood, Creemore, Stayner area upon request and transferred to meet the coach in Barrie. Overnight parking is available at our Tour Office. A Canadian Passport will be required for the border crossing into the USA. We will allow time for duty free shopping. Today we travel to Lewisburg, Pa. for our overnight stay at the Best Western Country Cupboard Hotel.
Day 2: Tues., Sept. 29 – This morning following breakfast we will depart for In Stitches Quilt & Fabric Shop in Womelsdorf. After lunch we plan to visit Burkholder’s Fabrics located in Lebanon. This afternoon we will check into The Country Inn, our hotel for a 3-night stay in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The hotel offers breakfast daily, free wifi, indoor pool and gym. Country Inn of Lancaster and Your Place Country Restaurant specializes in friendly service, comfort and country charm. From the ever-popular handmade wooden rockers on the wrap-around porches, to the Amish-style quilts and handcrafted furnishings, you will begin to experience Lancaster County from the moment you arrive. We will meet our local guide and travel to Lititz to Elva’s Studio. Enjoy a presentation reviving the old art of chalk talk, a fun, motivational and inspiring event you’ll never forget. This evening we will be welcomed into a real Amish home as their guests for an authentic Amish meal. Enjoy their kind and gracious hospitality as the family serves you a delicious Penn Dutch feast. (B & D)
Day 3: Wed., Sept. 30 – Following breakfast we will meet our local guide and travel to Stitch & Craft Fabric Store located in Manheim. Then it is off to experience a Victorian High Tea in the Historic Mount Hope Mansion. Before meeting Daisy Grubb, the former owner of the estate, her friends will give the group a lesson in etiquette. Throughout the tea with Miss Daisy, the group will learn about the history of tea time, as well as of the mansion. This afternoon we will visit 2, possibly 3 Fabric Shops. They will include Mook’s Fabrics in Leola, Obie’s Country Store in Goodville and Good’s General Store in East Earl. Dinner tonight will be at Shady Maple Smorgasbord. After feasting on the all-you-can-eat smorgasbord, there will be time to explore their gigantic 41,000 square foot gift shop located on the lower level. The gift shop showcases hundreds of unique gift items including collectibles, candles and Amish-crafted furniture. (B, L & D)
Day 4: Thurs., Oct. 1 – This morning we will tour the Amish Farmlands with our local guide. See the pristine Amish farms, one-room schoolhouses, wind wheels, Amish “phone booths” and farmers working the fields with their horse or mule-drawn plows. We will visit a local Amish Quilt & Craft Shop. No visit to the area would be complete without a stop at Kitchen Kettle Village in the village of Intercourse. There will be time to visit Zook’s Dry Goods & The Old County Store, 2 of our favourite stores in town over the lunch hour. This afternoon we will attend the 3:00p.m. performance of Queen Esther at the Sight & Sound Theatre. Experience one of the most riveting Bible stories of the Old Testament as it comes to life with magnificent sets, special effects and live animals in this brand-new, original stage production! This evening dinner will be at Millers Smorgasbord – a family-owned tradition of good food and exceptional service since 1929. (B & D)
Day 5: Fri., Oct. 2 – A group breakfast will be served at the hotel before departing for Hershey. We will visit TLC Quilting Shop at Middletown in the morning. We will visit Hershey World where you can enjoy a simulated factory tour ride that takes you from the harvesting of cocoa beans to the production of Hershey’s chocolate. Lunch will be on your own. This afternoon we head north to Rochester, New York for our overnight stay at the RIT Inn & Conference Centre. (B)
Day 6: Sat., Oct. 3 – This morning following breakfast we will depart for home. We will include stops at JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts and Hobby Lobby in Niagara Falls before crossing the border. We will stop for duty free shopping & meal breaks enroute home. Return to Bradford at approximately 5:00p.m, Barrie at 5:30p.m. & Orillia at 6:00p.m. (B)
Tour includes: motor coach transportation with Hamilton Tours Director, 5 nights hotel & taxes, baggage handling, 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, visits to 10 Quilt & Fabric Stores, local guided tours as listed in the itinerary, gratuity for our step on guides, Sight & Sound theatre ticket, duty free shopping & HST EXEMPT. A
finalized list of Quilt & Fabric Stores will be provided one month prior to the tour.
Cost per person: Twin $1648.00 & Single $2128.00
A deposit of $600.00 is required at the time of booking, with the balance due in full by August 15, 2020.
Travel Insurance is available through our office at the time of booking