Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Traveling with the Traveling Quilters, Day 1 = April 26, 2013

I had been wanting to take an overnight trip with The Traveling Quilters ever since I had done a day trip with them. I was lucky to be able to take advantage of a last-minute cancellation on this three-day trip to The Seven Sisters Quilt show (the trips fill up fast).

The first day:

The first departure point was from the Fullerton AmTrak station. We left at 730 in the morning in a clean, modern bus with a restroom. The bus was driven by our excellent driver, Liz.

Starting out on our adventure.
After we picked up the second half of the group in Redondo Beach, our first stop was Roxanne's in Carpenteria.
Roxanne's - "A Wish and a Dream"

So many beautiful fabrics, patterns, and tools. It was hard to decide what to buy.

Next stop was downtown Santa Barbara. The bus let us off near Macy's on State Street and we were on our own for about two hours. I love window-shopping and was especially taken with Tienda Ho on State Street. After a bit more walking around I stopped at Artistic Nails and had a pedicure.
These little piggies went to Santa Barbara
More window shopping, then I grabbed a pecan pie bar at Jeannine's downtown location before I got on the bus.

The second quilt shop of the tour was The Old Town Quilt shop in Orcutt.
A large store with a great variety of fabric, patterns, and notions.

The inside of this store is a lot bigger than it looks from the outside.

Next stop was McLintock's restaurant in Shell Beach. This meal was included in the tour price and we had the choice of several entrees.  I chose the salmon.
Salmon entree at Mclintock's.
The last stop of the day was the La Cuesta Inn in San Luis Obispo. This was a very nice 'boutique' hotel. I especially liked the rubber duck in the soap dish.

The end of a perfect day.