Thursday, October 9, 2014

A great day in Lancaster County!

We had a great night's sleep out in the country at the Hill Country Vista Bed and Breakfast in Narvon, PA. Our hosts, Dan and Miriam were both born Amish but neither were baptized in the Amish church. Dan's family left for a 'newer order' when he was young. Miriam left for a 'newer order' before she and Dan were married. Miriam was such a gracious hostess and so interesting to talk with - we hope to return the next time we are in the area. The suite was gorgeous, the setting was beautiful,  and oh, the breakfast. We ordered waffles, bacon, and fruit. Thank goodness we didn't order more because this was too much!  And, um, we ate it all because it was delicious!
Sorry, I was hungry and it smelled sooooo good that I began before taking a picture!
I took the next photo as we were getting ready to leave. You can see Ray by our van in shorts and a fleece. It was cool and hazy. Our suite was entered on the right end of the porch - the windows on the porch were our bedroom windows.

I had an agenda for the day. I knew my time was limited so I used yahoo maps to plan our day. We left Navron and headed for East Earl. I thought we'd hit a couple of shops there as we quickly passed through. The first was closed and the second, Obie's Country Store, had some interesting online comments. After seeing it, we decided to keep going. 

Our first stop was at Weavers Dry Goods in Lititz. If I only got to go to one store, this would be the one - it was unbelievable! The building, inside and out, was gorgeous. Ray was inspecting everything - the wood, the colors, the craftsmanship... - he was impressed!

I was shopping and I was almost overwhelmed! The place just kept going and going. It took me quite a while to grab the first bolt because I couldn't find the end of the store! I try to get an overview of the whole store before I start shopping. 

At the moment I have a number of projects started so I was just looking for some bright fabric to fill in some holes in my stash. This was my starting pile.

It was hard to leave but my day was moving by fast! So we headed to Intercourse. We stopped at two quilt shops and a yarn shop. I bought some Aurifil thread. 

We weren't really hungry for lunch - no picnic today! - so we decided to have hot pretzels with cheese sauce. We had to wait for them to be cooked. It was worth the wait; they were super good! 

We made out way to Bird In Hand. I made a few purchases at The Quilt Shack, and the Log Cabin. Then we stopped at Sylvia Petersheim's Quilts and Fabrics. We met Sylvia when we entered - she knows Miriam (our B&B hostess). 

I began making a pile and Sylvia asked if I minded cutting my fabric since she was doing a bed turning for a couple. The quilts she was turning were gorgeous!

So I cut my pile of fabric and labeled each cut with a piece of masking tape as requested. I was happy she had a rotary cutter; everyone else had used shears today. When we left, Sylvia gave me a hug and invited us back.

It was time to move on so we headed to Lancaster and on to Gettysburg. Tonight we are in a cabin near Gettysburg but with a Waynesboro address. We actually crossed over into Maryland and back into Pennsylvania to get here. 

It has been a gorgeous, fun day. Now we look forward to Ray's day at Gettysburg ... and I hope to we get in a short walk on the Appalachian Trail too! It is very close to our cabin.


  1. Sounds like you had a great day today and found lots of bright fabrics! Hope Ray has as much fun tomorrow.

  2. What an exciting trip! As a one-time history major in university, I'd find the day at Gettysburg exciting ... maybe not as much as the day visiting quilt shops, but still ... I think DH and I need to plan a trip to Pennsylvania!

  3. I would love info on your cabin near Gettysburg. :)

  4. What a fun day - I've been to Lancaster only once but it's on my list of places to go back to! blessings, marlene



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