Everyone will arrive at the Portland Holiday Inn Express, check in, and help themselves to dinner in the area. We will have our Get Acquainted Party back at the hotel later that evening.
We’ll have breakfast at the hotel, then, we’re off to tour the scenic Columbia River Gorge.
First, we will head off to the the Hood River Fruit Loop Tour, where we’ll visit the Lavender Valley Lavender Farm - Oregon’s Premier Lavender Farm, featuring four acres of lavender, 65 different varieties, and over 100 lavender products!
Our next stop will be The Cascade Alpacas Foothills Yarn & Fiber is where we’ll find gentle alpacas and touch the yarn that inspires creativity. The full-service yarn shop offers a wonderful selection of quality yarn and equipment for knitting, crocheting, weaving, and spinning. Gifts too!
At lunch, we’ll visit and dine at Multnomah Falls, the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States, plummeting 620 feet from its origins on Larch Mountain. Nearly two million visitors a year come to see this ancient waterfall.
The Multnomah Falls Lodge offers an authentic northwestern cuisine, served in a rustic, romantic setting. We’ll enjoy a plate lunch with a variety of sandwiches and dishes - a meal you’re sure to remember for a long time. Oh, and did we mention that part of the movie Twilight was filmed here? It was! Really!
After this beautiful scenery we will surely be ready for...FABRIC! So it's back to Portland for an afternoon at the largest fabric store in Oregon - The Fabric Depot! You will be inspired with over 20,000 fabrics in the quilting, home decorating, bridal and fashion departments. They also carry a large selection of quilting supplies, sewing notions, books, patterns, yarn, gifts and specialty foods.
After we are finished shopping at the Fabric Depot we will return to our host hotel in Portland for dinner on your own and an evening of rest to get ready for our big shop hop the next day!
First stop is at a historic shop. Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest is a third generation family business that has evolved over time. In 1900, It started as a dry goods store; in 1946 became a fabric store; and finally a quilt shop, in 1988. The shop is in a beautiful historic structure that was built in 1889, and is located in the heart of the downtown historic district in Salem, Oregon.
Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest is known regionally for its innovative classes, and showcasing the newest products and fabrics that compliment its trend-setting personality. Sylvia Dorney, the current owner and granddaughter of founder Izzy Greenbaum, continues the family tradition of providing excellent customer service and quality merchandise. In 2003, they were recognized by Better Homes and Gardens’ Quilt Sampler magazine as a “Top Ten Quilt Shop”.
We'll stop by the Capitol building for some lunch (included) and exploring and then it is off to our next quilt shop.
Next, we’re off to Keizer, Oregon, to visit The Cotton Patch Quilt Shop, where we will find a warm, inviting shop full of quilting atmosphere. Diane opened this great new store in 2009 and it is bright, welcoming, and growing daily with a large collection of fabrics.
Then it's off to the Pine Needle Quilt Shop, owned by Geri Grasvik. Pine Needle Quilt Shop was a Top Ten shop in 1999! It offers over 4,500 square feet of fabric and has over 50 quilts hanging. Along with the retail store almost bursting with color and prints, they bring together the newest fabrics with the freshest patterns, offering “quilting inspiration, and kits.”
We’re off to Bend this morning to visit BJ’s Quilt Basket. With a 5,600 square-foot store, housing over 4,000 bolts of fine fabric and notions, books and magazines, they are Central Oregon's largest quilting and sewing supply store. Lunch will be at BJ's Quilt Basket today. That afternoon, we’ll arrive at the Stitchin’ Postin Sisters, the shop where it all began! We’ll enjoy a look around, visit with owners Jean and Valori Wells, and take it all in. The fabrics, the kits! It may all be a blur, but a beautiful blur, no less. Finally, we’ll dine at the annual Quilter’s Picnic hosted by The Stitchin’ Post, and stay for the Lecture that evening. Visit their website at www.stitchinpost.com
That night, we’ll sleep locally, in Bend, and be rested for the big day ahead!
Be ready to be amazed, because today we’ll be up at sunrise and off to the 38th Annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show! The Beauty! The glamour! The Quilts! It’s truly something to be admired. You’re free to walk at your own pace while you enjoy the immense size and simple wonder of this grand event.
When Jean Wells Keenan decided to hang a few quilts outside of her store, The Stitchin’ Post, on a warm summer day, she had no idea the legacy she was embarking upon. Thirty-eight years later, the annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show has grown to showcase over 1,300 quilts blanketing the small town of Sisters, Oregon, population: 1,925. Every July the population swells to nearly seven times that amount as quilt-enthusiasts from around the globe travel to scenic Central Oregon to view quilts from prominent, accomplished artists and instructors right alongside those of their neighbors, friends and family members.
Each year, the Quilt show offers an array of exhibits and contests, and feature different quilters, teachers, upcoming quilters, and influential people in the quilting community. And we’re sure you won’t be let down! Just like a quilter’s fabric stash, it seems to just continue getting bigger and better with each passing year.
All good things must come to an end, so at 5pm when the Quilt Show is over, we will board the bus and head to the FivePine Lodge and Conference Center. We will indulge in a first-class buffet meal, included in the cost of your tour!
We’ll check out of the hotel, board the bus, and arrive at the Portland Airport by 12:30 to drop off any passengers taking a flight out. We’ll then return to the Holiday Inn Express, to drop off any remaining passengers, if needed.
All flights home should be scheduled after 2:00 p.m.
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A $200 Registration Fee is due now, with the final payment due by April 1st.
Being casual and comfortable is a part of life on the ms Oosterdam. It will be Fall Down Under and weather on the ocean can be hot during the daytime, yet cool in the evening—the "layered look" is a must! You may need a light jacket for both cool weather and potential rain. (A sweater may also be desired for comfort in the air-conditioned public areas.) The temperature in each cabin is individually controlled for your own comfort. Bring comfortable shoes to wear in port; streets are often uneven or rough. There are three formal nights (black tie not required, but suit and tie for gents), and other nights are smart casual nights no jeans or t-shirts in the dining room). We will have early dining reserved for the group. If you don't want to participate in the formal nights, you have the option of dining casually on the Lido deck.
You are responsible for your travel to and from Portland, OR.
During our tour, we will have various guides that work with our group to make it a memorable experience. While all of these guides are paid a normal wage, you can show your appreciation by tipping them at the end of the event or day. Your bus moms are also paid a wage to escort you around and handle the behind the scenes details. They always appreciate your generosity, but it is never required.