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    My sister and I traveled there from NH and spent the first couple days around Intercourse and it was beautiful. I also went there several times with a girl friend and we stayed around the same area.

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    Vburr I did not see that store but sure would have loved to. I was not into quilting then so missed out on all the good cloth stores. I did watch them making a quilt. I bought a couple pcs of furniture that was hand made that I wanted.

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    There are many motels/b&b's along Route 30 in Lancaster, a highway with restaurants, FABRIC SHOPS, tourist attractions, etc. There are several side roads north (about 3 miles) to Rte 340 and the towns of Intercourse, Bird-In-Hand, etc. Many motels along those side roads and a few on 340. It's not a huge area, these are central to what you probably want. Downtown Lancaster isn't Amish country. Very nice, but it's a city, not "tourist-y". Someone recommended Strasburg, a short ride south from Rte 30 and worth spending some time there. You'll get lots of recommendations for fabric/quilt shops but here's a buffet you should make note of - Diener's (yes, on Rte 30), not one of the big tourist spots, lots of locals eat there. Great food, all home cooked, all you can eat, around $10, and NEXT DOOR TO A LARGE GIFT SHOP WITH A SECOND FLOOR QUILTER'S PARADISE. Fabrics, books, anything you want. You can find these easily by looking for a large working windmill on the west side of Rte 30. Have a great time!

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    Thank you all so much for info. I am taking note of all these places to visit and getting so excited now. I think our dates are going to be 17th May until 30th May. I think we will have to hire a car so probably get to see some of the sites as well.We don't have really big fabric shops so that is one thing I am looking forward to.

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    Just a suggestion but if you can make it in march the AQS show is in downtown lancaster.

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    I stayed at the Cork Factory Hotel in Lancaster. Very, very nice place. And yes, that is the name of the hotel, as it is a restored cork factory!!

    Extremely friendly staff and beautiful, clean rooms.

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    Obies!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by vburr
    I live about 40 miles from Lancaster...8 miles from Harrisburg. I go to Lancaster regularly for quilting supplies, fabric and fun. I usually go to a quilting retreat there twice a year also. This is the link where we have our quilting retreat. I would stay here instead of in a hotel for a better taste of the local area and history. the hospitality of the owners is wonderful: http://www.whiteoakbnb.com/

    You will definitely need a car to explore. Lots of rural areas and places you won't want to miss. Please feel free to PM if you have more questions and I will try to help. I will be in Lancaster in the next week or two and I would be glad to gather some brochures and info for you and send them to you, if you wish.

    I am sending you a picture of a famous fabric store (not the norm, mind you)...just something you need to see. All we do is shake are heads! You are going to love Lancaster!

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    Loved obies went there at the beginning of my trip and had to go back before we left lancaster.

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    What is there for the husband to do while the wife shops for fabric?!!! My girlfriend and her husband want us to go up to the Lancaster area for a few days, but we need to keep the guys busy. Do we need two cars?

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    For a few days you might need two cars if the Hubby's don't want to do any of the shops and you want to explore the shops futher out in the country. But there are also antique/misc shops out there too. Maybe you could alternate stops.
    But at Kitchen Kettle there are a few shops they maybe interesed in and two or three fabric shops all within walking distance. There is a weapons museum for one, may be good for an hour or so. I guess it might depend on thier interests.
    Guess I'm pretty lucky, DH will go to some of the shops with me and sometimes he sits on a bench and strikes up a conversation with other husbands waiting for thier wives or I'll pick a place that we pass and I think he might enjoy.

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    MIMISTUTZ I am very lucky as my hubby will be interested in going round shops with me. He will also enjoy sitting having a chat with some of the other husbands or the locals as I hope this will be a holiday for him as well. Hope the weather is fine as I want to take as few clothes as possible to leave room for fabric on the way back lol. I am really enjoying all the feedback from you kind folks and taking notes. Been looking on the www you recommended and taking it all in. Thank you again.

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    Since you will be flying home, be sure to add a couple boxes (folded up) to the bottom of the suitcase and some strong tape. Then you send it home. That is what I do when I go over seas. Even on tour, our bus drivers have always been wonderful to drop me off at the post office to mail things. By the time I get home, the packages are coming. Can get a lot more things home that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pflum1
    Since you will be flying home, be sure to add a couple boxes (folded up) to the bottom of the suitcase and some strong tape. Then you send it home. That is what I do when I go over seas. Even on tour, our bus drivers have always been wonderful to drop me off at the post office to mail things. By the time I get home, the packages are coming. Can get a lot more things home that way.
    We found out that it's more economical to bring an extra suitcase and pay the $50 or so for the extra luggage than to mail packages back overseas. Especially when the packages are heavy. This is what a group did when they were taking supplies to a special school in Europe. So much cheaper to use a suitcase and take it with you!

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    THere are so many B&B, motels, etc. to stay in, and the best advise is not to stay directly in Lancaster, but Intercourse is a great little town. So many restaurants and places to see, you wont have any problems finding things to keep you busy. Also goling before the Memorial Weekend is smart, as the availability of B&B and motels are so numeorus and there are always vacancies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoppa
    Loved obies went there at the beginning of my trip and had to go back before we left lancaster.
    I think I'm missing something here but just not quite sure what it is. I heard about Obie's and went there last Wed. My friend and I walked in, walked to the back of the store and quickly left as she almost got killed when a whole stack of bolts fell down right beside her. We hadn't touched a thing. I can't shop in something that is so disorganzied. What do you do if you want a bolt that is on the bottom of the pile?

    In our search for Obie's we came across Goodville Fabric Outlet just a short way down the road. Have you been there? It has been in business 2 1/2 years. It is a factory outlet store. There is a fair amount of quilting fabrics and notions and thousands of bolts of fabric, some clothing and notions for unbelievable prices. Got a great deal on flannel which was the main purpose of my trip this time. If anyone goes to Millersburg, Ohio to the Amish country they have a sister store called Zincks Outlet. We were in Millersburg on Fri of last week but just didn't have the extra time to stop. I will on our next journey there.

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    Here is an article about Obies that might help explain the store. When we were there, a wall of bolts had fallen to the floor sometime before we arrived and someone was trying to fix it. Unfortunately for me (or fortunately) it was the blue fabric - and I love blue! I wouldn't walk down that aisle. I probably would have gotten lost in the blues, and many $$ later, my husband would have been loading up the car!

    http://blog.artistinn.com/2011/01/gr...lancaster.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoppa
    Loved obies went there at the beginning of my trip and had to go back before we left lancaster.
    I think I'm missing something here but just not quite sure what it is. I heard about Obie's and went there last Wed. My friend and I walked in, walked to the back of the store and quickly left as she almost got killed when a whole stack of bolts fell down right beside her. We hadn't touched a thing. I can't shop in something that is so disorganzied. What do you do if you want a bolt that is on the bottom of the pile?

    In our search for Obie's we came across Goodville Fabric Outlet just a short way down the road. Have you been there? It has been in business 2 1/2 years. It is a factory outlet store. There is a fair amount of quilting fabrics and notions and thousands of bolts of fabric, some clothing and notions for unbelievable prices. Got a great deal on flannel which was the main purpose of my trip this time. If anyone goes to Millersburg, Ohio to the Amish country they have a sister store called Zincks Outlet. We were in Millersburg on Fri of last week but just didn't have the extra time to stop. I will on our next journey there.

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    Obies is Great! ! I have been there several times and your right, they know what they have and where. Just ask. I was looking for some fabric that had "pool" theme as in pool table (not swimming) They didn't have any left, but had in the past and they told be the maker and their website right off the top of their head and I found it. The only thing I found is, it is VERY warm in the summer, unless it was just the day I was there. I have been to the outlet closeby too, but always have to stop at both when I'm in that area. Goods "department store", just up the road by ShadyMaple, has a good bit of fabric too, especially since they remodeled.

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    think I'm missing something here but just not quite sure what it is. I heard about Obie's and went there last Wed. My friend and I walked in, walked to the back of the store and quickly left as she almost got killed when a whole stack of bolts fell down right beside her. We hadn't touched a thing. I can't shop in something that is so disorganzied. What do you do if you want a bolt that is on the bottom of the pile?

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    all you have to do is ask for help and they will be happy to get it for you. they do have a system of organization there you just have to understand it

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimistutz
    Obies is Great! ! I have been there several times and your right, they know what they have and where. Just ask. I was looking for some fabric that had "pool" theme as in pool table (not swimming) They didn't have any left, but had in the past and they told be the maker and their website right off the top of their head and I found it. The only thing I found is, it is VERY warm in the summer, unless it was just the day I was there. I have been to the outlet closeby too, but always have to stop at both when I'm in that area. Goods "department store", just up the road by ShadyMaple, has a good bit of fabric too, especially since they remodeled.
    Yes we go to Goods after a visit to the Shady Maple. Weaver General Store has good flat folds for under $3 a yard. I even found a Vera Bradley print there one time.

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    [quote=CathieB]What is there for the husband to do while the wife shops for fabric?!!!

    Send the men down to Strasburg. There are a few things "male" oriented, like the train museum. A cute place to stop for lunch is the Red Caboose Dining Car. It's a real train car that is a diner. Though it has a limited menu it is cute & they actually "jolt" the car a few times so you feel like you're riding on the train, not just sitting in the depot. There's another place (the name escapes me right now) that has real train engines on display. Everywhere in the area are tons of "what to see" brochures where one can find lots of places for men to visit. In one of the shopping areas - either Tangler Outlets or Rockvale Outlets - there is a Black & Decker store & a B&D outlet store. That will keep them entertained for a while.

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    Smile hope your still coming

    Quote Originally Posted by newjeepgreen View Post
    A while ago I asked advice on trip to Amish country. My travel agent has given me some dates and flight destinations but would like your input again. End of May 2012 fly to Newark and then fly to Harrisburg. Arriving Harrisburg18.46. can anyone tell us what is best way to travel to Lancaster and if you would recommend Lancaster Arts Hotel or Lancater Marriott Hotel . As Lancaster seems hard to get to is this the best way. This is first definate enquiry we have made but want to know if you good folk think is sounds ok before we book anything. Many thanks in advance...Vi
    I have been away from the board for a while, but when checking, I had marked this, but don't see any real recent posts. Hope you are still coming, or maybe your on your way, you mentioned the end of May.
    Maybe we can meet up, if you have time.

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    I've never stayed at the Lancaster Mariott, but I have stayed at the Lancaster Arts Hotel, and can tell you it is clean and lovely, and they offer free unlimited taxi service within 5 miles.(at least during the quilt show in April---make sure to ask if this is always)

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