Is the “Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show” on your bucket list? It’s been on mine for many years, and I recently discovered it was on my friend Wendy’s too. So we presented the idea to Kristi, our travel planner, discussed some of the other wonderful sites to see in the Pacific Northwest, and this resulted in an extra Sew We Go adventure in 2015!
To watch a slide show of pictures from the 2014 show, on the Quilt Show blog, click on the following link, then click on the arrow and enjoy: http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/blog.php/blog_id/6721/archive_date/201407
Here are all the details from our brand new flyer:
Join Wendy & Chris on a quilt adventure to the Pacific Northwest. Whether you subscribe to the traditional City of Roses reputation or the more recent Keep Portland Weird slogan, there is something for everyone in Portland. We will start and end in this city and, in between, explore the Willamette River Valley during fiber-related adventures with mountain vistas, national forests, and river gorges as our backdrop.
Summer weather in this area is very dry (less than an inch of rain the entire month) and temperatures are warm, with daytime averages in the 80s. Evenings cool to the high 50s.
The specifics of our itinerary will be finalized once the quilt event organizers firm up their details early next year. For now, here is our planned itinerary. We do hope you will join in the fun.
Wednesday, July 8 Fly to Portland, Oregon (PDX). If the majority of the group will arrive by 1pm, we will include a city tour & shop hop. If not, enjoy the city at your leisure; maybe a Voodoo Doughnut, the must-see Powell’s City of Books, International Rose Test Garden, or Portland Japanese Garden. Overnight in Portland.
Thursday, July 9 After our included breakfast, we will depart on our trek south. On our way, we will shop hop in the towns of Keizer & Salem to break up the drive, with lunch on your own in Salem. Next stop, Sisters! Visit The Stitchin’ Post, do a little shopping, and take in the city before its quilt transformation for the weekend. Depending on time, we have another shop or two we can visit enroute to our home for the next three nights. Once we are checked in, unpack, have a bite, take a swim, go for a walk, do whatever you like before the hectic weekend begins. We will gather tonight for some social time. Overnight in Redmond/Bend.
Friday, July 10 After our included breakfast, we will be transported to the Redmond Fair Grounds to take in the Oregon Summer Quilt Expo. This event features quilt exhibits, vendors, and educational sessions designed for your enjoyment while awaiting the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show on Saturday. We will return to the hotel around 2 pm to rest up for the evening ahead. Later in the afternoon we will return to Sisters for the traditional Picnic in the Park and Guest Lecturer, returning to our hotel around 9 pm. Sleep well for Saturday will be a full day!
Saturday, July 11 Put on your walking shoes, enjoy the included breakfast, and hop on the bus for our day in Sisters. The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show runs from 9 am – 4 pm. You are free to explore, shop, eat, or all the above before we return to our hotel. We will gather for dinner this evening with happy exhaustion! Save some time to pack your treasures, for tomorrow we head north.
Sunday, July 12 After our included breakfast, we will begin our trip back to Portland. We will have lunch in the shadows of Mt. Hood before taking in the Hood River Fruit Loop with stops at a lavender farm and alpaca ranch. Tonight is yours to pack, socialize, or explore the city a bit more before the trip home. Overnight in Portland.
Monday, July 13 Enjoy breakfast and prepare for the journey home.
Here are a few Web Resource Links to click on for more information:
travelportland.com, trimet.org, oregonsummerquiltexpo.com, sistersoutdoorquiltshow.org, josephinesdrygoods.com, cottonpatchoregon.com, quiltedforest.com, stitchinpost.com, bjsquiltbasket.com, lavendervalley.com, cascadealpacas.com, hoodriverfruitloop.com, knittnkitten.com, knit-purl.com, buttonemporium.com, boltfabricboutique.com, fabricdepot.com, millendstore.com, coolcottons.biz, voodoodoughnut.com, powells.com
We are planning group tours and events which will appeal to a quilter and fiber lover. Specific touring details will be available in spring 2015. Our planned itinerary will be adjusted should events or businesses change their offerings. Of course, you may choose to add additional nights and make this trip truly your own. We are limiting participation to insure attendee comfort and the ability of tour sites to be equipped to handle the group.
Air Transportation: Flights may be booked at any time once the trip’s minimum participation is confirmed. We will offer assistance if needed. Internet fares have proven to be the best value.
What’s Included? Portland airport transfers on official tour dates; transportation to group events; five nights hotel, double occupancy; minimum driver gratuity; group gatherings/tours; five breakfasts; one lunch, two dinners; Quilt Expo admission fee; Wendy, Chris, & travel coordinator accompaniment.
Meals: Group meals aren’t usually the best value (higher cost, slow service, less quality) so we have opted to allow each of you the freedom to dine as you wish. Should quality group dining opportunities present themselves as we finalize the itinerary, we will give you the option of participating at an additional cost.
Insurance: Through experience, we have made it our policy not to include travel insurance in package pricing. While including it makes it easier for you, finding that your needs are not covered by a universal policy makes that coverage a waste of money. We recommend independent internet sites (such as travelinsurancereview.net) or your preferred insurance agent to find the coverage you need based on your work status, health, and choice of coverage level. A policy for this trip, covering the customary inclusions (travel delay/missed connection, lost/delayed baggage, emergency medical, medical evacuation, cancellation due to illness/death of travel companion/family member) can be expected to cost $150-$250 per person depending on age. Insurance is optional. We will assist in obtaining a policy if you would like help. If your participation is dependent on having a roommate, insurance is recommended because, should your roommate cancel, you would be liable for single supplements or cancellation fees.
Accommodation Occupancy: All pricing is based on two per room. Single occupancy may be available. If you do not have a roommate and would like one, we will put you in touch with others looking to share.
Land Costs: Credit Card $1,495 per person; Check/Cash $1,450 per person; single supplement $600.
Airfare is additional. Fly into Portland International Airport (PDX), currently selling at $550+ from MKE.
To Reserve Your Space: Complete the registration form in its entirety and submit with payment. We must have your signature on file before confirming your reservation. Payment may be made by check or credit card. Check/cash payments may be made as often as you like provided the minimum due at each deposit date is met. Credit card payments will be processed at due dates.
Upon reservation: $300 per person
January 25:………… Additional $400 per person
March 11:…………… Additional $400 per person
May 11:………………. Balance Due
Prior to January 25…………. no fees assessed
January 25 until March 10 $500 per person
March 11 until May 10…… $1,000 per person
May 11 or after ……………… 100%
To access a pdf version of all the above information, plus a printable form to send to Kristi, click on the sign below: