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Nashville, anyone?

It’s official, my first visit to an AQS Quilt Show has been booked … Nashville, here I come. I didn’t register for any actual quilting classes, but picked a few lectures and some touristy events. Here’s my list:

  • The Quilter’s Link
    Tuesday, August 19, 7:00-8:00pm
  • An Evening with Billie Lauder
    Wednesday, August 20, 7:00-8:30pm
  • General Jackson Luncheon
    Thursday, August 21, 11:00am-3:00pm
  • 200 Years of Quilts with Chris Moline
    Friday, August 22, 10:00-11:00am
  • Scrapple with Donna Slater
    Saturday, August 23, 9:00-10:00am
  • Quilter’s Fanfare
    Saturday, August 23, 1:00-3:00pm
  • Grand Ole Opry – Saturday – 2nd Show
    Saturday, August 23, 9:00-11:00pm

I received my Nashville vacation guide in the mail yesterday, full of wonderful information on places to visit. Here are a few things that have caught my attention:

How I’m actually getting to Nashville is still up in the air. Right now, I’m looking at driving and extending my mini-vacation to almost two weeks. If I drive, the tentative route will take me from Ottawa, crossing the border in upper west New York, making a slight detour from Google Maps to visit the far northwest Pennsylvania, though I haven’t determined what’s there worth visiting there yet, cutting diagonally across the entire state of Ohio (that state is huge), into Kentucky, then Tennessee.

Coming home would be a much longer drive as I want to hit North Carolina (maybe South?), West Virginia, Virginia (Richmond!!), scoot around to avoid Washington and Baltimore (I don’t see how to do that yet), and into Pennsylvania on the east side, stopping in Harrisburg, Allentown, Lancaster and Reading, up through Syracuse, and back to Canada.

I obviously need a better US map, which I’ll try to pick up this weekend. I’m open to trip planning ideas. Any special must-see places would be appreciated. Aside from quilting (obvious!), I’m into history, civil war specifically, gardens, life in the South, historical architecture.

Anyone want to share a room? I’ve booked into the Gaylord Opryland Resort for the entire conference, August 19th to 23rd. It’s a standard room with two queen beds. If anyone is interested in sharing, send me an email. I figure if I can cut my accommodation costs in 1/2 I’ll be able to buy more fabric and goodies. One thing though, I hate the cold, so if you’re the type that loves to have the air conditioner blasting, then we would not make good roommates.

As it gets closer, I’ll start a list of Who’s Attending Nashville page. If there’s enough interest, perhaps a Quilting Bloggers meet-up is in order one evening for drinks or a morning for breakfast. Thoughts?

Posted: June 21st, 2008

Topics: My Quilting Journey

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8 Responses to “Nashville, anyone?”

  1. Jill says:

    If you are going to make it through Cincinnati, Ohio, you should definitely try to hit the National Undergroun d Railroad museum. It’s got lots of Civil War information.

  2. Diane says:

    If you can hit the Amish country in PA, I understand the fabric is much cheaper than elsewhere. A car has a nice big trunk! If you really want to go out of your way, come to LI NY and have lunch. My treat!

  3. Loretta says:

    You must visit Intercourse, PA and see the quilt shops. I was there in the 90s and have never in my life seen such beautiful colors and detail in quilts. It is well worth your time.

  4. Els says:

    I’m going with 4 friends in september to The Amish in Lancaster. Do anyone have good information?

    We are from Belguim and staying 2 weeks overthere.

    Thx,
    Els

  5. Mishka says:

    Hi Els,

    I was just exploring some links, here are a couple that I’ve saved. The first one you can order a visitor’s guide too.

    http://www.padutchcountry.com/
    http://www.800padutch.com/intercourse.shtml
    http://www.authenticbandb.com/index.htm
    https://lodging.bird-in-hand.com/

    I’ll be posting about my trip in late August, so hopefully that will help you with your trip planning too.

    I’m open to recommendations from others too, so please post below.

  6. Royce says:

    Native Nashvillian here. If you have time while in town the downtown art museum is a MUST! It’s called the Frist
    http://www.fristcenter.org/site/default.aspx

    down town Nashville has a ton of old buildings and the above museum is in our old art deco post office which has been restored with love.

    If you want any info I’ll be glad to help.

  7. Karen Korwek says:

    I’m so jealous! I LOVE the Nashville show, maybe because I grew up there and my daughter is now a grad student there. Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend this year but if you have the time here are two shops you should really try to visit. Trust me they are worth it!

    http://www.thequiltingsquares.com/index.html

    http://www.textilefabricstore.com

    Have a great time!

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