April 7 - 13, 2019
Tour Begins In Washington D.C. and Ends in Philadelphia, PA
for Single Accommodations
Arrival & Departure Details
Tour Begins in Washington D.C. Hotel check-in is 3:30 p.m. Our Welcome Meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Baggage storage is available for early arrivals.
Tour ends if Philadelphia, PA. Return transportation to the Philadelphia International Airport is included.
- Full-time Tour Manager
- Six Nights Accommodations
- Welcome Meeting
- Washington, D.C. City Tour
- Visit to Jinny Beyer Studio
- Dinner with an Amish Family
- Amish Farmlands Tour
- Amish & Mennonite Quilting Bee
- Lancaster Historical Society
- Esprit Quilt Collection Bed Turning
- Kitchen Kettle Village
- Chalk Talk with Elva Hurst
- Amish Quilt Shops
- Longwood Gardens
- Winterthur Museum
- Philadelphia Historic Landmarks
- Farewell Dinner
- Souvenir Shopping Bag
- Baggage Handling
- Nine Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
Day 1: Westin D.C. City Center, Washington, D.C.
Day 2 – 6: Eden Resort & Suites, Lancaster, PA
Treat yourself to a glorious week that combines the pastoral countryside of Pennsylvania’s Amish country, Historic Philadelphia, and the bustling hub of Washington DC . Explore Amish fabric shops tucked away on country lanes, and discover Amish made quilts at local country stores. From a simple home-cooked meal with an Amish family to the fabulous opulence of Winterthur Museum and Longwood gardens, you’ll discover the endless treasures that this fabled countryside has to offer.
Beautiful cherry blossoms welcome you to Washington, D.C. as you look ahead to your week in Amish country. Tonight’s Welcome Meeting introduces your friendly Tour Manager and traveling companions who’ll share this memorable journey with you.
After a Washington, D.C. city tour, we visit Jinny Beyer Studio to savor all of Jinny’s 150-fabric Palette Collection, plus the largest selection anywhere of her signature border prints. Then we travel on to Lancaster, the heart of Amish country. B
Today we join Amish women in their favorite fabric stores and real Amish shops with horses and buggies parked in front. Shelves overflow with low-priced calicoes and needlework supplies, as well as local specialties: Amish quilts, straw hats and dolls. After lunch among Kitchen Kettle Village shops, we’ll stop at Smucker’s Quilts where heirloom-quality quilts by local women incorporate traditional patterns like Log Cabin, Broken Star and Whig Rose. Tonight we join a Plain family at their kitchen table as welcome guests for a sit-down family dinner. B,D
As we drive through Amish farmland, we’ll see farmers in wide-brimmed straw hats driving teams, and buggies carrying Amish women to market. We’re joining Amish and Mennonite women in an old-fashioned quilting bee where we’re invited to participate or watch and chat with them as they hand-stitch quilt layers together. Later, get lost in the aisles of Burkholder Fabric, a supermarket of quilt fabrics, books and supplies set amidst Amish farmland. B, L
At the Lancaster Historical Society, our private curator-led tour of the Esprit Quilt Collection reveals priceless examples created by Amish women between 1870 and the 1940s. After lunch, Mennonite-raised Elva Hurst spins her stories during a chalk talk at her studio where we can see her enchanting paintings of rural life.
We ride today through beautiful Brandywine Valley to Winterthur Museum, a 196-room estate furnished with the world’s greatest collection of antique furniture, textiles and art. Our private tour of nearby Longwood Gardens, 350+ acres of opulent landscaped gardens and sculptured topiaries, includes greenhouses with over 11,000 plant varieties in spectacular settings. This evening, we dine at The Cameron Estate, a historic grand mansion fitting for our Farewell Dinner. B, D
In Philadelphia, birthplace of America, we explore historic landmarks: the Betsy Ross house, Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Before saying goodbye at the Philadelphia Airport, we’ll stop at historic Reading Terminal Market, with its tantalizing baked goods, confections, and even cookbooks so you can duplicate those Amish treats at home. B