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Thread: New Quilter - Interested in attending the Paducah Quilt Show

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    What do I need to know? Where to stay, where to eat. Must-do's and must-see's? What to stay away from?

    Any advice would be appreciated!

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    If you dont have your reservations for a hotel by now, you probably wont be staying in Paducah. We stayed about 45 minutes away last year. Do the show, the mall, Hancock's of Paducah, Eleanor burns store, the speakers in the park and the museum. That will take you days.

    The Rotary show was just okay.

    Eating. They have all the major chains but I remember a Steak place by the interstate....not Outback but something southern that had good steaks and great drinks.

    Enjoy!

    Cindy

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    Wear good walking shoes. *Really* good shoes. You'll walk miles.

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    I think the steak place might be Rafferty's! If the one you referred to is close to Hancocks.

    Have fun!

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    Hope to see you there. I'll be there on Fri. and Sat.

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    Must do all the vendors thru out the convention center. Leave no nook or cranny unexplored. Of course look at all the quilts, they are gorgeous & beautiful. Then there's downtown Paducah (past the Museum)that has all kinds of vendors tucked away in the old building. Take a bottle of water with you & a tote bag, lots of money & of course your charge card. Make a list starting now of things to look for. Have to see Eleanor, she's hillarious & has tons of stuff to buy. The museum if you like doing that. The Rotary is ok for quilts but they do have good vendors. I always like the Hoffman challenge. Very interesting to see. Then from there take a break....start all over! As far as a room, don't think you're gonna find one. I just booked about 2 wks ago & could only get a room for Tues & Wed. which is fine with me. Be warned that Friday & Saturday is the very busy day. Buses by the fleet come in & pack them into the convention center. Patti's is wonderful to eat at. We go there about every other time because you have to have reservations. Take as little with you as possible to carry in because by the time you come out, your arms will be full! Take a tote

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    Anyone know what the date of this may be in 2012? I need to plan that far ahead.

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    There are free shuttles running all around town that stops at the Convention Center, Hancocks, mall, downtown, Eleanor Burns site, Rotary Show plus any of the close motels. Just check to make sure that you have the right shuttle. I spend the night about 45 minutes away, drive into town on the first day of the show, park at Hancocks and do my shopping there early in the morning - make sure you check out the back room. I use a fannypak to free up my hands and to take the weight off my shoulders. Carry a tote with a bottle of water and something like a granola bar. I leave my car at Hancocks and catch the shuttle to the Convention Center and the other sites. Most of the good restaurants are closer to the interstate or mall. I eat a good breakfast, eat the granola bar during the day and wait until the end of the day to eat a full meal. By then you are tired and ready to relax. Hope that you have a good time there. It's one of my favorite shows.

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    If you can't find a motel, let me know and I will check the area for you and see whats out there. For the best Chinese food, you have to go to Chongs.

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    you might try for hotels over in Illinois. Not far away.

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    Thanks for the info, everyone! I never stopped to consider that we're too late to get reservations in town. How far in advance do you need to make reservations to get a good hotel? Are there any hotels within walking distance of the hot spots?

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    We stayed in a little motel about 25 miles south of Paducah on highway 60. It wasn't a 5 start but it was comfortable and the was a diner a few blocks up toward Paducah that wqas great and very inexpensive.

    Down town Paducah was great. There is a free parking lot about 5 blocks from the old convention center tthat we parked at each day. The suggestion to wear good shoes is a great one, you will do a lot of walking.

    Lanny

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    you make reservations a year in advance, but sometimes there are smaller towns just outside of Paducah such as; Metropolis, Ill., Benton, Ky. (20 to 25 miles), Murray, Ky. (30 to 35 miles), Calvert City, Ky. ( 18 to 20 miles), Any of these towns have some nice small motels or bed & breakfasts.

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    What airport do people fly in to? I noticed there is a regional airport in Paducah.

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    I go every year. I drive so stay in a hotel out of town. Like the poster said earlier, I drive to the Hancocks and park there if I want to go on the shuttle bus. The bus is free but I always tip the drivers if there is a tip jar set up for them. I bought most of my vendor purchases from the ones set up in the mall last year so don't forget to go to the mall. If you have just one day you won't be able to go to all of them and the show. The convention center has the show on the ground level and the second floor. The rest of the show's vendor were outside in the bubble last year. I liked the bubble it had great light.

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    Barkley Regional Airport is the closet one and it is a smaller airport. If you want to drive a couple extra hours, then you can fly into Nashville Tenn.

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    Southwest to Nashville. I'm not sure but their "regional" airport might be like ours here in Bowling Green - no commercial carriers, private/corporate planes only.

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