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    Hello,
    My husband is wokring in State Collage PA and wants me to fly up there for a long weekend sometime when the colros are changing.So my ? is this:
    (1) When would be a good time to plan on coming up that way?When do the colors usually look their best?
    (2) Are there any quilt shops in that area that I 'just have to go to?.... teehee :)
    (3) if we could just see a couple of things while there what would they be? Yes, he has a rent car and we don't mind driving.
    Thanks for the help!

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    I just got back from being in Pennsylvania. I went around Altoona and did see a couple of quilt shops, but don't remember the names. Could look at my receipts though.

    I would google under "fabrics" or "quilting shops" to get a list of them around there.

    Also, since I am not familiar with PA at all, I would list the cities where you may be going. I'm sure that someone on here can help! Perhaps even meet up with a couple, that's what I did.

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    My brother lives in Chester PA just outside of Philly. I am not sure of the quilt shops, but there is a lot to see there from the old mansions, historical sites, famous colleges. The late fall is when the trees change colors Nov. PA is a beautiful state to travel through.

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    The colors should look good around the third week of October. Penn State University is nearby. Maybe you could go to a Penn State football game.

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    Fall colors & leaf peeping varies throughout PA due to the many mountains. Best colors are usually October, but depends on the weather. Ask again in October!

    Quote Originally Posted by LAQUITA
    Hello,
    My husband is wokring in State Collage PA and wants me to fly up there for a long weekend sometime when the colros are changing.So my ? is this:
    (1) When would be a good time to plan on coming up that way?When do the colors usually look their best?
    (2) Are there any quilt shops in that area that I 'just have to go to?.... teehee :)
    (3) if we could just see a couple of things while there what would they be? Yes, he has a rent car and we don't mind driving.
    Thanks for the help!

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    It will depend if we have a hot dry summer or a cool wet summer.. Last year was cool and wet and we had some of the best colors every it was also early and they all seemed to pop at the same time. This year is setting up to be hot and dry so unless it cools off before Sep it may be a little later 2nd-3rd week in Oct and it would be more gradual.
    It also depends where you are.
    We get color change almost a full 2 weeks later then in the mountains and hour away.


    I have never been to state collage so I dont know about the quilt shops and must see's. I hope you have a good visit and find some quilting thing to get into :D

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    State college is north of me but we usually have good leaves the 1st thru the 3rd week of October.
    But as they say it depends on the weather!
    my son will be 17 on oct 6th.
    he was born 16 weeks early and the leaves had just started to change when I wen to the hospital on the 4th on the 7th they looked great on the 8th we had a thunderstorm and all the leaves fell! so much for fall! LOL
    there are several quilt ships up that way.
    try googling the state college chamber of commerce
    it will have them listed

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    Hi I have never replied before but I love to read this board. There are a lot of things to see and do in PA. Penn's Cave is near State College. You tour a cave while riding in a boat, then there is a wildlife preserve by it. Also in Mifflinburg, PA there is a buggy museum, Hoover's quilt shop (they have a web site), Verna's fabric is also in Mifflinburg. Country Cupboard is in Lewisburg, great food and a very large store. If you want to drive then it would be good to go to Lanscaster PA. Amish buggy rides, good food, a lot of quilt shops, Millinum (spelling) Theater, and more. Look up website for Lancaster PA and quilt shops in Lancaster PA. A lot to do and see. There are also a lot of other quilt shops within driving area. Endless Mountains Quiltworks (EMQuiltworks.com)in Tunkhannock,Pa. They have an Airing of the Quilts on Oct.2. A lot of quilts are displayed on the houses, stores etc., a quilt show at one of the churches, a quilt show at the school and the quilt shop has a sale. It is only one day. If you chech out their website, you will gain more information. I don't know how far you want to drive but these places are great(hard on my purse). Have fun looking!

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    There is going to be a big quilt show in Philadelphia, Pa September 17th through the 19th. It is called the Pa, National Quilt Extravaganza XVI. A group of us will be going by bus the last day, Sunday 19th. Unfortunately, I do not think the leaves turn that early. You could always go for an extended stay!

    Diane from Patchogue, NY

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    Don't we need a frost for the leaves to change?

    State College,PA is a very popular place. Decide now and get reservations. Homecoming week is booked at all venues for years ahead.

    My daughter was there 30 years ago. Sorry that I don't know quilt shops.
    I know you will enjoy. Best Wishes.

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    not a frost but the temps to dip
    here in PA that can happen in early september
    trees sitting out away from others will change quiker than those in a forest
    So even if all the leaves haven't changed you will still see some.
    I live in the woods( we don't even have a yard)
    start raking leaves about the 2nd week in september and will still be raking until it snows!

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    Mid October will be the best for the leaves...YES, shops within 100 mile radius...tooooo many to mention. Also in the fall besides football, there are ususally many small and bigger ones too, craft shows, fall festivals etc. A small town New Columbia puts on aa Apple Butter Festival, making their own apple butter and other people come to sell things and music, nice afternoon! Look under pa tourism or google just state college and usually they have an events area. Also google quilt shops and the zip code, you should get some then just keep expanding. You'll have to stay at least 3 weeks! :)

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    If you like the outdoors and don't mind driving, you might want to check out the "Grand Canyon" of PA up near Wellsboro -- about a 2 hour drive. Great views and overlooks. I bet it's beautiful that time of year. There are some trails there, some long and some kinda short. My family is from the Williamsport area and are huge PSU fans.

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    Hi,
    When in Pa. You have to go to Kountry Kettle Kitchen then to the Amish Quilt shops, Look up on Internet, Lancaster, Pa. Amish Quilts and you will find a ton of places. Plan on spending the day and enjoy the people and sites and crafts.
    Willow Valley Family Resort is where you want to stay over night AND eat at Shady Maple in Blue Ball, Pa. We go about two times a year and it is so much fun. Enjoy,
    Grum, from N.J.

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    Lancaster is a good jaunt away. If you want to stay closer there are at least four places that sell fabrics in Mifflin County (where I am) there is another really good one in Huntingdon County. Verna's and Hoovers are a great idea. I love that little shop hop.

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    Live in southwestern PA -- several miles south of State College. The weather is similiar; but, different. What I read above is correct about the leaves here; but, over the past few years it's not certain. The(local) Shop Hop for me took me north for 3 or 4 shops that (of course) were south of State College; but, I do know in the past I called a couple of the shops there looking for fabric I couldn't find on the Internet and they did have it. If you're looking for quilt stuff in the western part of PA and willing to travel a bit -- there's a lot. (going south towards Pittsburgh) If you're looking to leaves, it depends -- we really have had different times the past few years. Being a life-long resident of western PA (south)it's hard to predick the leaf colors. Last year wasn't great, the year before (at least in our area) was spectacular.

    Linda

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    I believe you will find the following websites very useful in planning your State College trip.

    There is also a quaint historical town (Boalsburg) a few minutes from State College that is charming and has a restaurant (Duffy's Boalsburg Tavern) that serves the ambiance of bygone years along with their delicious dishes. In addition, they do have a shop-lined street.

    Also, State College University is known for the "Creamery" - do not miss their ice cream!

    http://www.statecollege.com
    http://www.centrepiecesguild.org/sho...romotions.html
    http://www.boalsburg.com/index.html

    If you miss leaf-peeping, you will still find the trip enjoyable.

    Welcome to PA!

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    Usually in Oct. or early Nov.. But depends on the weather and this year has been hurried cuz of the heat.

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    Just don't plan on going if there is a Penn State football game. It is impossible to get a hotel room, sometimes for miles away from the game site and traffic blocks all the major roads into State College. You will be about 1 1/2 hr to Lancaster County and Gettysburg. The entire south central PA area is full of things to see and do. Amish country is a great place to start for quilting. there are all kinds of little towns with shops. enjoy your trip. Check the Pocono area for great leaf changes and beautiful scenery. They should have a web site and closer to September they will be able to tell you when the leaves will be the greatest display for each region.






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    I was in St. College back in March & they only had 1 quilt shop. There is 4 that is listed but the other 3 are permanently closed.
    I'm 45 mins. away from St. college.
    Best time, depends on weather, around Sept. early Oct.

    turtlerouge

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