Quilt Adventure Tour

Quilt Adventure Tour

Quilt Adventure Tour

Length

12 Days

Activity Level

Easy

Starts at

$2689

Tour begins and ends in Rapid City, SD and Sheridan, WY 

National Cowboy and Western Hertigage Museum, Texas State Capitol, Texas Quilt Museum, Houston NASA Space Center, Galveston, Preview night to Houston IQA Quilt Show and Three Full Days at the Quilt Show

SD, WY, NE, OK, TX, KS
 

what's included

  • Expert local Travel Director taking care of all the details
  • Expert Quilter Jennifer Golden assisting
  • 11 Nights Lodging from Rapid City, SD; 10 Nights from Sheridan, WY
  • 19 Meals 
  • Entrance Fees to Three day IQA Quilt Festival and Preview Night 
  • Admission to museums including the Texas Quilt Museum and National Cowboy & Western Heritage Center 
  • Optional Activities:  Houston Space Center, Holocaust & Human Rights Museum, Houston Galleria Mall (own cost).
  • Light snacks and bottled water
  • All hotel and meal gratuities 
  • A deluxe air-conditioned coach with restroom and Wi-fi
  • Professional Motor Coach Driver

Tour overview

October 26 - November 6, 2019

 

Come along on this exciting, fun and educational Quilters’ adventure to the International Quilting Show in Houston, TX.

Travel to Houston, TX with a multi-award winning, accomplished quilter, instructor and owner of The Golden Needle, Jennifer Golden. Her long-arm quilting and alterations business is located in Sheridan, Wyoming.  She is a well-seasoned Motor Coach traveler who enjoys every journey as well as making new friends along the way.

Meet your Tour Director, Marilyn Hovland. This is the 4th Quilt Tour that Marilyn has planned and directed with prior stops at the AQS in Paducah, KY, and having actively participated in numerous Houston IQA Quilt shows. Additionally, she has planned, coordinated and instructed Elderhostel/Road Scholar programs for over twenty years and served as a Tour Director for Tauck Tours.  As you travel along, reap the benefits of Marilyn's vast experience, knowledge and her  “extra Personal touch.”  Her passion for quilts stems from growing up “under the Quilting frame” in rural North Dakota.      

This tour is a Quilter's Dream! Enjoy a "Preview" of the Houston IQA Quilt show before it opens to the public. Experience three full days at the show (cost included) viewing hundreds of quilts on display, attending classes and lectures (own cost), and shopping at more than 324 vendor booths offering a wide myriad of products. Enjoy exploring the Houston area with optional day tours such as: to Houston’s NASA Space Center & Galveston or the Hop On Hop Off bus around downtown Houston.  

Travel day stops include the Texas Quilt Museum in LaGrange, TX; the Texas State Capitol in Austin; highlights of downtown Dallas; and time permitting, a few surprises along the way.  The itinerary is a busy one, maximizing every mile and every day for your enjoyment, time with one another, and an overall uplifting experience. 

    

 

    

Tour Dates:
Oct 26, 2019 - Nov 06, 2019


 

PreTour Day

Depart Rapid City at 3:00 PM (MST) for Sheridan, WY.  Travel I-90 with ladies joining us at designated pick up points along the way.                                             

Overnight: Sheridan, WY.

Day 1 Sheridan, WY to Grand Island, NE.  Overnight in Grand Island, NE.  

Early AM  Depart Sheridan with ladies joining us along the way at designated pick up points.  Travel through the wide-open country of Wyoming and Nebraska as you get to know your fellow travelers. Lunch:  Enjoy a tasty box lunch in route. 6:30 PM CST (approximate time) Arrive Grand Island, NE. Dinner: Welcome dinner at hotel.

Overnight:  Grand Island, NE.  (Lunch, Dinner) 


Day 2

Grand Island to Oklahoma City, OK.  National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.  Overnight in Oklahoma City, OK.  

Breakfast:  Buffet breakfast in hotel dining room. Morning:  Travel south of Grand Island, NE to Wichita, KS. Lunch:  Enjoy a tasty lunch in Wichita, KS. Afternoon:  Continue on to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK.  This museum tells America's story as it unfolds across the West.  It features a superb collection of classic and contemporary Western art, magnificent works in sculpture, and an exhibition wing housing turn-of-the century town and history galleries.            

Overnight:  Oklahoma City, OK. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)                                       


Day 3

Oklahoma City to Austin, TX  Visit Texas State Capitol. Overnight in Austin.  

Depart Oklahoma City for Forth Worth, TX.  

Breakfast:  Start with breakfast at your hotel. Lunch:  Group lunch in the Forth Worth area.  Afternoon:  Continue on to Austin, TX.  Late afternoon:  Visit the Texas State Capitol. 

The Republic of Texas established Austin as the capital in 1839.  The building consisted of a two-room log cabin with an eight-foot stockade fence surrounding it for protection during Indian raids. Today's capitol built between 1882 and 1888 measures over 303 feet tall making it the sixth tallest state capitol  and cost more than $3.7 million to build.  The Rotunda showcases the interior dome, which rises 218 feet from the floor, and anchoring the top is a huge sheet metal star, measuring 8 feet from point to point, surrounds the lettering that spells out TEXAS.

Dinner & Evening:  You can choose your own time and place for dinner tonight.  There are many fine Austin restaurants to choose from at or near your hotel.  Evening:  Check out downtown Austin known as the "LIVE Music Capital of the World."  Many of the 200 music venues offering rock,  blues, jazz, hip hop, punk or Latino shows are within walking distance of the hotel.                                                             

Overnight:  Downtown area of Austin, TX.  Stay at the prime downtown Austin location, the original showplace and iconic Driskill Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


Day 4

Austin to Houston, TX.  Visit Texas Quilt Museum in LaGrange, TX.  Quilt Festival Preview. Four nights in Houston, TX.

Breakfast:  Delight in an elegant breakfast at the hotel.  Morning:  Depart Austin for approximately an hours drive to LaGrange,TX home of the Texas Quilt Museum. Mid-morning:  The Quilt Museum was built in the quaint town of La Grange, population of 4.923, since the location is equidistant from three major cites and highways.  The museum's mission is to bring amazing antique and contemporary quilt art to the public with a wide variety of works and exhibits in the three galleries.  Take a few minutes to view the outdoor mural depicting traditional 19th century quilts.  Some time for browsing and shopping awaits you at the museum store and The Quilted Skein shop next door. 

Late morning:  Our journey continues on to Houston. Lunch:  Relax and enjoy your lunch (private home) before starting your busy time at the International Quilt Festival. Late afternoon:  Arrive at the Hilton Hotel downtown Houston.  The  hotel is connected to the George Brown Convention Center via skywalk or outside entrances just across the street.  

Sneak preview:  Beat the crowds, sneak preview starts at 5:00 PM and closes at 9:00 PM.  It opens to the public at 7:00 PM so you will definitely want to do the 5:00 PM opening time. Cost of sneak preview and multi-show admission is included.    

Dinner:  On your own tonight any time you can fit it.  The hotel has four different food/dining choices, numerous dining choices within walking distance, and the food court in the convention center will be open during  preview night as well as all show dates and hours (10:00 AM - 7:00 PM).  

Overnight Houston, TX. (Breakfast and Lunch)                    


Day 5

Quilt Festival @ George Brown Convention Center downtown Houston.                                  

Quilt Show hours are 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Quilt Vendor Booth hours are 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM For convenient and quicker food options, the food court in the convention center is open from 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Enjoy your individual time marveling at all the quilts, attending free demonstrations, attending classes (own cost) and of course shopping at the multitude of vendor booths.  

Optional:  One time shuttle to/from hotel to Galleria Mall if anyone is interested. Dinner: On your own tonight any time you can fit it. The hotel has four different food/dining choices, numerous dining choices within walking distance, and the food court in the convention center will be open during preview night as well as all show dates and hours (10:00 AM - 7:00 PM).                                                                                                                      

Overnight: Houston, TX. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner own cost)                                            


Day 6

Quilt Festival @ George Brown Convention Center downtown Houston.                                  

Quilt Show hours are 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Quilt Vendor Booth hours are 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM For convenient and quicker food options, the food court in the convention center is open from 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Enjoy your individual time marveling at all the quilts, attending free demonstrations, attending classes (own cost) and of course shopping at the multitude of vendor booths.  

Optional:  One time shuttle to/from hotel to Galleria Mall if anyone is interested.Dinner:  On your own tonight any time you can fit it. The hotel has four different food/dining choices, numerous dining choices within walking distance, and the food court in the convention center will be open during preview night as well as all show dates and hours (10:00 AM - 7:00 PM).                                                                            

Overnight: Houston, TX. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner own cost)                


Day 7

Quilt Festival @ George Brown Convention Center downtown Houston.  Optional Day Trip to Houston Space Center.                                

Quilt Show hours are 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Quilt Vendor Booth hours are 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM For convenient and quicker food options, the food court in the convention center is open from 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Enjoy your individual time marveling at all the quilts, attending free demonstrations, attending classes (own cost) and of course shopping at the multitude of vendor booths.  

Optional Day Trip:  Houston Space Center                      

Morning: Depart hotel for the Houston Space Center.  With more than 400 things to see and do, including a variety of changing exhibits,films and live shows, and a NASA Tram Tour, you will experience space exploration through its exciting present, its dramatic history and its compelling future. See NASA artifacts and learn about the legacy of the space shuttle  program and how astronauts live and work aboard the International Space Station.  Watch a film in Space Center Theater; get updates and learn about future NASA programs and missions; see flown spacecraft such as Apollo 17, walk through Skylab Trainer and touch an actual moon rock in the Starship Gallery. Board the Tram Tour for stops at Mission Control, astronaut training facilities and Rocket Park. 

Lunch:  Take time for a deli style lunch at Zero-G Diner at the Space Center (own cost).                                 

*Update for previously scheduled afternoon Galveston Tour: This may not be possible because of the motorcycle rally event that same weekend with thousands of bikers everywhere in the Galveston area.  Another location to be determined:      

Very late afternoon:  Return to hotel.  Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening. Evening: Pack, re-pack, and re-pack again all the special quilt "stuff" you've accumulated these past few days.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Overnight: Houston, TX. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner own cost)        


Day 8

Houston hotel to The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, TX (JFK), Dallas     Holocaust & Human Rights  Museum Center & Southfork Ranch, Parker, TX.                         

Early morning departure from hotel. Arrive in Dallas late morning:  Visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.  The Museum, located within the former Texas School Book Depository building, chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.   The main exhibit, John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation, is on the sixth floor. Special exhibits and public programs are presented on the seventh floor.                                        

Lunch (own cost) at the Museum Store + Cafe.                                                         

An optional additional museum:  The Dallas Holocaust & Human Rights Museum Center.  The original mission of the museum is to keep alive the memory of those lost in the Holocaust and has been expanded to include  Page 5  teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. Late afternoon & Dinner:  Arrive at Southfork Ranch, Parker, TX. For thirteen years, television sets were tuned into 356 episodes of DALLAS, one of the longest running TV series in history.  The Ewing's Southfork home and where the world became a weekly guest. Tour the Ewing Mansion, view the exhibit featuring an array of memorabilia from the series.  See the gun that shot J.R., Lucy's Wedding Dress the Dallas Family Tree and Jock's Lincoln Continental. Enjoy dinner at Miss Ellie's and browse in the themed shops.

Overnight:  Frisco, TX not too far from Southfork Ranch. (Breakfast & Dinner)  


Day 9

Frisco/Plano, TX area to Salina, KS.                                                                                                                                                                                   Today you can sit back, relax, catch up on sleep, trade quilt experiences, read, or work on hand work projects as we travel on to Salina, KS. Lunch stop midway to Salina. Late afternoon:  Arrive hotel in Salina, KS. Dinner:  Group dinner near hotel.       

Overnight Salina, KS. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Evening: TBA: Possible Quilt related activity.


Day 10 

Salina, KS to Cheyenne, WY.                                                                                                                                                                                             Travel day with lunch stop. More rest, more projects, more visiting as the miles go by.                           

Late afternoon: Arrive hotel in Cheyenne, WY. Dinner: Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner along with a recap of our memorable days together. Overnight Cheyenne. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)                                                                                                        


Day 11 

Cheyenne to Sheridan, WY. Today is our last travel day!  Arrive Sheridan about noon.  Travelers going on to Rapid City arrive late afternoon.                      (Breakfast)     

Welcome home! We hope your time spent on this special tour has renewed and refreshed your spirit and that your treasured souvenirs include precious memories and new friendships as well.   We trust that you will be joining us on more quilting and non-quilting adventures with Prairie Spirit Tours.

    

                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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