Tuesday, April 3 to Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – Calling All Quilters – Save the
date! 12th Annual Quilter’s Patchwork Tour – Destination - Kentucky
There’s only one Kentucky …..a place of unmatched experiences and unbridled
sprit. Kentucky is known for beautiful horse farms and the greatest two minutes in
sports – the Kentucky Derby. 95% of the world’s Bourbon is made in Kentucky.
Louisville boasts award winning restaurants and holds the secret to BBQ. With a
vibrant Arts and Crafts community, rich history, and beautiful scenery, Kentucky is
the Place You’ll Want to Visit again and again.
Creativity is the common thread that connects people from around the globe to
Paducah, a designated UNESCO Creative City. Anchored by the National Quilt
Museum and a thriving fiber arts community, Paducah is a haven for creative thinkers and doers who find inspiration here. At the heart of America’s inland waterways, the river contributes to the constant flow of Paducah’s engaging energy and fascinating history. From the colorful revitalization of the Lower Town Arts District to the vibrant streets of 19th century architecture in Historic Downtown, Paducah invites visitors to immerse themselves in rich American heritage and distinctively creative culture - and find your inspiration in Paducah!
Day 1: Tues., April 3 - The tour will depart from Orillia at 7:00a.m., Barrie, Bayfield Mall behind Canadian Tire Store at 7:30a.m. & the Tour Office at 8:00a.m. (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 Findlay, Ohio for our overnight stay. If time allows we will try to include a Fabric store in the afternoon. Hotel: Drury Inn
Day 2: Wed., April 4 – This morning following breakfast we will depart for Lexington, Kentucky. We will head directly to the Kentucky Horse Park where we will dine and spend the afternoon exploring the Hall of Champions, Parade of Breeds, Big Barn Draft Horses and International Museum of the Horse. After leaving this wonderful destination we will visit The Quilter’s Square Fabric Store. Tonight we will check into our hotel and enjoy a free evening. Hotel: Double Tree Suites by Hilton (B & L)
Day 3: Thurs., April 5 – Following breakfast we will be met by our Step on guide for a city tour which will include a tour of Keeneland Race Track and a local Thoroughbred Horse Farm. Then we are off to Berea and the Old Town area. Included in our tour will be a stop at the Student Weaving Studio at Berea College. Lunch will be served at the Boone Tavern and then there will be free time to explore the town. A visit to Old Town Fabrics and the Kentucky Artisan Center will complete our afternoon. This evening dinner will be on your own. I suggest that we take part in “Downtown Live” in Lexington tonight. Every Thursday, from April to mid-October thousands of people gather for live music, local food and beverage vendors, and the hottest party in town. This event is rain or shine! The party starts at 5:00pm, with live music from 5:30pm - 8:00pm! (B & L)
Day 4: Fri., April 6 – Today we are off to Puducah. Arriving just after lunch we begin our visit with a guided tour. Highlights include the residential neighborhoods, beautifully restored Whitehaven, the riverfront area at the confluence of the Ohio & Tennessee Rivers, life size flood wall murals and more.
The balance of our afternoon will be spent at Hancock’s of Paducah, one of the top fabric stores in the USA. Be awed by the 60,000 square feet of space dedicated to the textile arts and abundance of fine fabric and sewing supplies. We will then check into our Hotel and freshen up. Dinner will be served at the River Discovery Centre. Hotel: Drury Inn Suites (B & D)
Day 5: Sat., April 7 - A group breakfast will be served at the hotel. This morning we will take part in The National Quilt Museum Signature Experience – “A Creative Stitch”. This is a-go-behind the Scenes tour to discover the greatest fiber art in the world. The National Quilt Museum works to advance the art of today's quilters by bringing it to new and expanding audiences worldwide. Museum in-facility and touring exhibits are annually viewed by over 115,000 quilt and art enthusiasts. The museum is a global destination welcoming visitors from all 50 US states and over 40 foreign countries on a yearly basis. Visitors experience three galleries of extraordinary quilt and fiber art rotated 7-8 times per year so there is always something new to see. The museum is among the highest rated tourism destinations on TripAdvisor, having won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence four consecutive years. At 11:00a.m. we will move to one the Museum’s classrooms for a presentation by Paper Pieces. The home of English Paper Piecing (EPP) a century’s old, traditional piecing method of making quilts by hand.
You will have free time from noon until 4:00p.m. to stroll on Market House Square and shop in this beautiful town. You may wish to include visits such as Hexie House Stop, Jefferson Street Studios & Must Stitch Emporium. This evening dinner is on your own. (B)
Day 6: Sun., April 8 - Today we travel to Louisville – home to the Kentucky Derby, The Louisville Slugger Baseball Bat factory and Bourbon just to name a few things synonymous with the city. Highlights today include: a riverboat brunch cruise on The Mary M. Miller and The Evans Williams Bourbon Experience. Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn, Louisville Airport (B & L)
Day 7: Mon., April 9 - This morning we will visit 2 area Fabric shops - The Cozy Quilter & Among Friends Quilt & Sewing Center. Then we will enjoy lunch at the historic Brown Hotel before bidding good bye to the city of Louisville. We travel to Troy, Ohio for our overnight stay. Hotel: Drury Inn (B & L)
Day 8: Tues., April 10 - This morning following breakfast we will depart for home. We will stop for duty free shopping & meal breaks enroute home. Return to Bradford at approximately 8:00p.m, Barrie at 8:30p.m. & Orillia at 9:00p.m. (B)
Tour includes: motor coach transportation with Hamilton Tours Director, 7 nights hotel & taxes, baggage handling, 7 breakfasts, 3 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 Brunch cruise, National Museum of Quilting, attractions as listed, visits to a minimum of 6 Quilt & Fabric Stores, guided tours as listed in the itinerary, duty free shopping & HST EXEMPT.
Cost per person: Twin $2050.00 & Single $2750.00
A deposit of $600.00 is required at the time of booking, with the balance due in full by March 1, 2018.
Travel Insurance is available through our office at the time of booking at an additional charge.