Sip and Stitch: The Vermont Quilt Festival A quilting bee that will keep you buzzing!

Departure Date: Thursday, June 22   Return Date: Sunday, June 25, 2017

    Thursday, June 21                          Sunday, June 24, 2018

Tour Length: 4 Days/3 Nights

Mark your calendars for the annual Vermont Quilt Festival, New England’s oldest and largest quilt event. The Festival brings the best quilts and quilt-makers in the world together for a celebration of the art of quilt-making. The vendors hail from across the continent to present a wide array of fabrics, machines, books, notions and other quilt related merchandise. Classes and instructors are chosen with care to bring the most diverse and current techniques and personalities to the participants. The American Bus Association designated the Festival as one of its Top 100 North American destinations.

This Vermont visit is truly the “bee’s knees” of quilting events and includes a hive of activities. You will witness museum quality historic quilts, attend a champagne and chocolate reception, participate a private craft session, visit local fabric stores, lick your way through Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory and sample mead, a drink made out of honey! How sweet it is! 

Day One:

Shelburne Museum's Round Barn is a unique gallery space and one of 25 historic buildings relocated to the grounds. The rare barn was built in 1901 after a Shaker design and moved to the museum in 1985-86 where it was reconstructed.

Photo Credit: Shelburne Museum

Arrive in Shelburne, Vermont early afternoon. Discover treasures from America’s past at the Shelburne Museum, described as one of the world’s great museums of American folk art, artifacts and architecture. The Museum’s founder, Electra Havemeyer Webb, was a pioneer collector of Americana and American folk art. Explore 37 exhibit buildings, stroll through 45 scenic acres and discover 80,000 pieces of Americana.

Shelburne Museum was the first museum to exhibit quilts as works of art. The Museum’s historic textile collections have grown to include woven coverlets, needlework, hooked rugs and printed fabrics from the 18th Century to the present. The Museum’s American quilts comprise one of the largest and finest museum collections in the country. They are known internationally for their exceptional variety and quality. The collection features masterpieces from New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest and the South, and include album, Amish, applique, chintz, crazy, pieced, whitework and whole cloth quilts.

Next, visit the Shelburne Country Store, an original Vermont country store built in 1859. Nostalgia abounds the minute you open the door to the tinkling sound of the sleighbells that drape the entry. The inventory includes all your favorites and wonderful gift ideas to choose from. Take note of the antique glass topped counters, coffee grinder, cracker barrels and side chairs. Don’t leave without a stop at the penny candy counter!

Late afternoon, check into your conveniently located Burlington hotel. There will be time to refresh and relax before you head out for the evening.

Gather for an included dinner served at a restaurant located near the hotel. The robust Italian fare offers the perfect way to recharge after a busy day.

After dinner, you are invited to an exclusive “Champagne and Chocolate Preview” at the Quilt Festival. Celebrate the opening of the Festival, view the contest winning quilts and special exhibit quilts, congratulate the winners and shop at more than eighty-five vendor booths while enjoying champagne and mouth-watering chocolates, courtesy of some of Vermont's finest chocolatiers.

Day Two:

Start your day with a hearty breakfast served in the hotel. Then, head out for a full day at vqf-photo-smallthe Quilt Festival! Shop at the vendors’ booths and witness the amazing display of quilts that use every technique imaginable. Discover new creative methods at one of the many classes (available as an option at an extra charge.) Listen to guest speakers and add their expertise to your repertoire. Have lunch on your own at one of the on-site concessions. Your head will be “a-buzz” with the vibrant colors and incredible craftsmanship displayed at the Vermont Quilt Festival.

Late afternoon/early evening, return to the hotel to drop off your purchases and to relax and refresh.

An included dinner is served at Vermont’s premier Japanese restaurant, located just minutes from the hotel. Enjoy the Japanese ambience, including a pond full of koi fish. The cuisine ranges from traditional Japanese to the Americanized version. Chopsticks are optional!

heart-1001673_640-2After dinner, return to your hotel for a “sip and stitch session.” Join in a hands-on craft class presented by a local, highly regarded fiber artist. “Spread the love” as you learn
to make endearing felted hearts. Your finished products will brighten someone’s day, as they will be donated in your honor to a local children’s hospital.

As you are felting away, savor the flavor of locally made mead. In keeping with the “buzzing” theme, mead is made from honey and is the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world. Learn the process of making mead and learn of its history as a social beverage. Then, get “buzzed for mead” as you sample 4 varieties.

Day Three:

After breakfast in the hotel, board the coach and head out to the quintessential village of Stowe. As you travel through the Green Mountains, you may spot one of the familiar Holstein Cows grazing on fresh, spring blooms, or see the renowned Camels Hump rising in the distance. This iconic mountain is profiled on Vermont’s State Coin.

Upon your arrival in Stowe, explore locally owned shops such as The Wooden Needle, Stowe Fabric and Yarn, Shaw’s General Store and Stowe Mercantile. Have lunch on your own at one of the many local eateries. After lunch, visit Laughing Moon Chocolates for a chocolate dipping demonstration and a sweet sample or two.

Early afternoon, arrive at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. This gift shop and cider mill offers a fine collection of Vermont specialty food products and crafts. This is a great place to shop for gifts or a few treats for yourself. Enjoy the free samples!

Walk next door for a taste of locally produced wines and cheeses! Sip, swirl and savor samples of 7 locally produced wines and learn about the challenges of growing wine grapes in Vermont’s climate. Your visit includes a souvenir wine glass!

ben-jerrysA visit to Vermont is not complete without a stop at the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. From Chunky Monkey to Cherry Garcia, a scoop of "Vermont’s Finest" is a must.

Return to the hotel to refresh before your farewell evening of dinner and entertainment. Board the coach and travel a short way to a family-owned sugarhouse. Dine on traditional, home-cooked foods accompanied with flavors of maple syrup made on site. After dinner, sing along and dance along to tunes provided by local entertainers.

Day Four:

After breakfast in the hotel, pack your bags and check out your rooms. Return to the Quilt Festival for a last buzz around. Take another peek at your favorite quilts and shop at the vendors’ booths. Remember, you can never have enough fabric in your stash or honey in your pot! Depart for home late morning or early afternoon.

Details

Departure Date: Thursday, June 22   Return Date: Sunday, June 25, 2017

     Thursday, June 21                        Sunday, June 24, 2018

Tour Length: 4 Days/3 Nights

Your Package Includes:

  • 3 Nights accommodations
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners
  • Live entertainment one evening
  • Admission to the Shelburne Museum
  • Visit to the Shelburne Country Store
  • Champagne and Chocolate Preview Reception at the Quilt Festival
  • Two-day admission to the Quilt Festival
  • Private craft class
  • Private mead tasting evening
  • Time to shop in the village of Stowe
  • Visits to local fabric shops in Stowe
  • Stop at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill
  • Wine tasting at the Boyden Valley Annex
  • Tour and taste at Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory
  • Baggage service for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Accommodations, breakfasts and baggage for the coach driver
  • Taxes and Gratuities (Note: Gratuity for the motor coach driver is not included is at your discretion based on service).
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