Friday, June 17, 2011

Back from the Lancaster PA area



We arrived home today from our quick trip to the Lancaster Area. While we were there we stayed at the Carriage Corner Bed and Breakfast in Intercourse, PA. The room was lovely and our host, Gordon, was a great cook. We met a couple that lives just a few miles from our place in Florida. They were lots of fun and we exchanged contact information so we can meet up with them next winter. There were two other couples from the Pittsburgh, PA area who were traveling together. They were loads of fun. We enjoyed their jokes and stories. They found out that we were celebrating our 38th anniversary and said they beat us...Both couples were married over 50 years! We also met Doris, who works at Mary's Quilt Shop in Bedford, PA. I've added that shop to my list of those I want to visit. I understand she has quite a display of antique quilts.




We did a few touristy things like the tour of Intercourse Pretzel Factory where we actually got to twist pretzels. We also had to stop by Zimmerman's Grocery Store which is 102 years old. If you remember the movie Witness, there is a scene that showed Harrison Ford in front of this store.


Thursday evening we attended a dinner theater at  Rainbow Dinner Theatre. The meal was wonderful and the play was hilarious.  We were seated with a couple from near Pittsburgh, PA who made a special trip just to come to the theater (they had been there many times before) and a couple from Lynchburg, VA who also had been to the theater many times.  This dinner theater does only comedy and they sure are good at it!  The Rainbow Dinner Theatre is is Paradise, PA. Regular followers will remember that we are very interested in small and community theaters.

Now for those of you who have never traveled to the Lancaster area - The names of those towns are real! As is the town of Bird-in-Hand....check them out!

Of course, I had to spend some time fabric shopping. I was able to find exactly what I was seeking two quilts that I have planned. The fabric came from Zooks and the Old Country Store both in Intercourse. A funny thing happened just as we were going to the Old Country Store. I heard my name called and lo and behold, two friends from DE appeared. They had made a special trip to the store to buy fabric....



I also found a great little basket that will be wonderful to use when I hand applique. I also bought another little basket for tea bags but I forgot to put it in this picture. I  found a hanger that is just the right size for a small  piece that I made. And I found a deer call for my brother who is a hunter (the same one that is getting his retirement quilt next week). The baskets were made by the Amish as was the deer call. Too many stores are tourist traps but the store where I bought the baskets and call carried only things that were American made mostly by the Amish.

I've been to the Lancaster area many more times than Hubby so I had fun showing him around. He actually helped me pick out the fabric that I bought....imagine that....so I decided to treat him. Hubby had never had a whoopie pie so we had to stop by a store in Kitchen Kettle Village that sold them.











Well, now back to putting away the suitcase and doing laundry....can't wait to start with my new fabric!

8 comments:

Barb said...

What fun, glad you are back!!

Colleen said...

This whole post made me homesick for PA! I always bring back some whoopie pies! And Bedford is where my family goes back for generations! I was only there once as a child but oooh to know there is a quilt store there! Thanks!

Pat said...

I'm glad the trip was such a success......good food...new friends.....great fabric finds....just an overall nice time. Can't wait to see your fabric for the FL quilts!

Connie said...

I visited Lancaster years ago and don't remember the trip details well anymore but I remember how much I enjoyed being there and seeing the sights. I wasn't quilting yet then, so it's been a long time.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That's such a great place to visit and shop! We went to a tour of a Pretzel factory when we traveled in PA...we made our own pretzels, too! ♥

Jackie said...

It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time! That area of PA is one that I would like to visit again. I've not been there since I was young.

Nancy said...

What a nice trip.. packed with fun things to do and good things to eat. Plus fabrics!

Diane H said...

Oh, I would love to go there!