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Help for Houston quilt show

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by , 07-03-2013 at 02:51 PM (735 Views)
My girlfriend and I are making our 1st trip to Houston-We live in a little town in Nevada and are not avid travelers. We don't know where would be a good place to stay. We would like to spend about 3 days at the quilt show (we were told it would take that long), then travel with a rental car out and about to lots of quilt shops. Our trip is planned for about 7 days total, 2 of which are for travel. We are looking for a reasonable priced hotel even if we have to drive 20 min or so to the show. Any information would so be appreciated. If we have rental car is parking in the area of the quilt show very expensive for the show?
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  1. banjergirl's Avatar
    My whole mini group of quilters went to the Houston show in 2011, Two of us stayed at the Holiday Inn Express withing walking distance to the show. We were very happy with our accommodations and they had breakfast items and even did a free dinner on one of the nights we were there specifically for the quilters that were staying there. We never rented a car, we just came straight from the airport via shuttle. We were there 3 days, and I have to tell you it was overwhelming . So much inspiration packed into such a short time made my head spin. I particularly enjoyed the round robin of mini classes and only did lectures. I felt trying to take a hands on class would have been just too much. I was very satisfied with my decision. I hope you have a grand time. The place is HUGE. take the most comfy shoes you own, no matter what they look like.
  2. khuxford's Avatar
    An idea if you can afford: stay your 3 days in a downtown hotel within walking distance of convention center. You will be overwhelmed at how long it takes to get thru all the displays and vendors. then get your rental car after you are done with the show and go on your excellent adventure. Last year was my first time there. Stayed at the Hilton Americas headquarters hotel which has a walkway to convention center. Someone told us to,stay there, it allows you to spend a few hours at the show, then go back to your room for awhile and take a rest. You do not need a car when you are downtown--lots of restaurants to walk to. Someone suggested going to Eleanor Burns shop that is supposed to be fairly close. A this point in time, it might be too late to get hotel reservations downtown. We booked a year ahead and could only get a room with 1 bed, all the 2 bed rooms were booked already! Definitely get your show tickets ahead of time and definitely pay extra for the Wednesday night show preview. I think it was Wednesday, it is the night before the show opens to the public. It is the only time you can walk around and not get run over by women on scooters and women pushing kids in strollers and pulling wheeled luggage.
  3. ArnaP's Avatar
    2012 was the first time my friend and I attended the Houston Show. We stayed about 20 minutes out and drove in each day. Parking was $10-15 per day. The show was fantastic but overwhelming. We went to the Wednesday evening Pre-show, spent all days Thursday and Friday, toured Houston on Saturday and finished up the show on Sunday. It was fabulous and we're planning to go again in 2014. Next time I hope to stay downtown.

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