New England Quilt Tour

8 Days /7 Nights

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Highlights Include:
  • Boston's Freedom Trail
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • Portsmouth Fabric Company
  • Knight’s Quilt Shop
  • Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop
  • Keepsake Quilting
  • Shelburne Museum
  • Quilted Threads
  • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory Tour

Day One:
  • Welcome to Boston, the largest city in New England and one of the oldest in the United States, founded by Puritan colonists in 1630, steeped with history from the American Revolution.
  • This evening enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.
Day Two:
  • This morning, enjoy a locally guided tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail by coach and by foot. It starts at Boston Common and passes many of the city’s historic landmarks including Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church, Granary Burying Ground, King’s Chapel, Benjamin Franklin Statue, Old Corner Bookstore, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Boston Massacre Site and Faneuil Hall (a vibrant marketplace).
  • Enjoy your afternoon and evening at leisure in Boston.
Day Three:
  • After breakfast, depart from Boston and start your journey towards Portland, Maine. Along the route north of Boston lies almost four centuries of history, as well as some of the coast’s finest beaches and seascapes.
  • First stop is Salem, visit Peabody Essex Museum – make special behind the scenes arrangement to see their Indian Chintz collection.
  • Then continue to the charming harbor town of Portsmouth, where you will visit the ‘Portsmouth Fabric Company’, one of the most unique fabric and quilt stores in New England.
  • Continue to view the Cape Neddick Lighthouse and visit ‘Knight’s Quilt Shop’, a wonderful shop with 2 floors of beautiful fabric, patterns, kit and completed projects.
  • Drive via the popular resort of Kennebunkport.
Day Four:
  • Enjoy breakfast then drive along the Maine coast to Freeport and visit family-owned ‘Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop’, a quilter’s dream with bolts of fabric, spools of threads & walls of scissors, needles and tools. Continue driving inland and visit ‘Keepsake Quilting’ in Center Harbor. It’s beautifully situated in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.
  • Continue to North Conway for overnight.
Day Five:
  • Today, traverse the White Mountains that divide the New England states of New Hampshire and Vermont. The route takes you through some of New England’s most beautiful scenery.
  • Drive along the Kancamagus Highway to Montpelier and visit one of the farms to see how maple syrup is processed.
  • Continue to visit the Shelburne Museum; it was the first museum to exhibit quilts as works of art. It’s internationally known quilt collection displays items from the 18th century to the present.
  • Afterwards continue to Stowe.
Day Six:
  • This morning drive to Waterbury for a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory Tour and receive a sample at the end of the tour.
  • Continue via Woodstock, NH to Henniker, where you will visit ‘Quilted Threads’. It has become a premier destination for quilters and sewers alike.
  • Continue to Manchester for overnight.
Day Seven:
  • After breakfast depart from Manchester and make your way to Lowell, MA.
  • Your first visit today will be to the Boott Cotton Mills Museum housed within the brick walls of a cotton mill built in 1873. Two floors of exhibits chronicle the age of Lowell's textile mills and the Industrial Revolution in general. Afterwards, visit The New England Quilt Museum. The museum, founded in 1987, is the only institute in the Northeast solely dedicated to the art and craft of quilting. It is the second-oldest quilt museum in the United States.
  • Continue to Boston where you will enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
Day Eight:
  • After breakfast, your journey comes to an end. Depart for home.

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