Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Welcome to Williamsburg!

I arrived in Williamsburg yesterday afternoon----the Quiltmaker event is at the Hospitality House hotel & convention center – and WOW---what a place!

Of course the whole place has a very colonial feel to it ---everyone was so nice helping me check in, telling me where in the underground garage I can park ---and the valet took my bags right up to my room!

He was gone by the time I parked the car, found the elevator and navigated my way up to the 4th floor where I am staying…

I opened the door and was blown away!

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This is the view from the door….

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The view from the desk area……do you know what I’m thinking???

There is OODLES of space for my 301 and table!

I unpacked some, leaving the rest for later – and throwing on my socks and running shoes – off I took to explore the sidewalk. I found myself just a couple blocks up the road where the main area of historical Williamsburg is found.

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Me and my buddy, Thomas Jefferson getting it cozy on the bench! LOL!

Dang, it was hot hot hot and humid….by the time I was done walking, my hair was soaked as if I had just stepped out of a shower. The gals from Quiltmaker arriving from Utah and Colorado are in for a quick education in just what South Eastern Humidity is all about!

It was later in the afternoon, and too late to buy a pass for the day to see all of the historic sites, so I just walked the area past old houses and businesses and churches and saw what I could as a “preview”. Tomorrow morning I can go do MORE!

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young docents dress in period costume and talk to children about colonial life.

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It’s fun to carry on a conversation with those dressed in costume--- they talk in the “English” of the 1700s!

“Good day to you, madam, and you as well, kind sir!”

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Carriage rides were sold out for the day, but I sure loved watching them clip clop by!

And my favorite sight of the day? A penny whistler!

It’s going to be an exciting time in Williamsburg – quilters should start arriving today for the meet & greet, classes begin on Thursday and go through Saturday – SUNDAY? This girl is on her way HOME!


  1. wow that is big room. there's rm for your 301, and another!!!

  2. Anonymous7:17 AM EDT

    I love Williamsburg! I very much wanted to attend this conference since it is in my home state but I couldn't do it and the Sisters trip in the same year and Sisters was planned first. My husband and I stayed at the Hospitality House for our honeymoon almost 37 years ago! It would be quite the trip down memory lane for me. Not to mention how wonderful it would be to take a class from you! Enjoy your stay in Williamsburg! Happy stitching! Ann in Virginia

  3. Oh so jealous! I love Colonial Williamsburg, and looking at your pictures makes me what to go visit again. Your room is amazing - lots of room for you there. Have fun!

  4. I, too, am Jealous... Williamsburg is just a FUN place to visit. Have Fun this week! I am finally going to get to start on the tables tomorrow. More news soon!

  5. Oh I'm hoping they do this next year.... and that you're there :o)

  6. When I was in college, your hotel was known as the 'Ho House'.

  7. I have stayed at the convention center before once while my husband was attending meetings I was walking the few blocks to the historic shopping are and the colonial Williamsburg park - I saw so much - it was the best business trip that I accompanied him on! I had so much to do and it was so much fun. We were lucky though in that it was fall when we went. We have been to Williamsburg numerous times since and love it.

  8. Anonymous8:53 AM EDT

    I enjoy your quilts, classes,travels, and you very much. Arthritis keeps me pretty close to home. You help me travel,and, during the summer, in air conditioned comfort! Thank you very much.

  9. Take the Ghost Tour if you get a chance! Lots of interesting stories. My family was in Williamsburg in June. I love that place and can't wait to go back. We also went to Jamestown and Yorktown on our way to Washington DC. Have fun!

  10. Glad you made it safe and sound with all the weather we have had in this area. Have a good show !

  11. at least you don't have to wear those period costumes!! is there an antique quilt collection in williamsburg?

    1. Yes in one of the stores in historic section. I remember it from just about 4 years back.

  12. I remember very little of my visit to Williamsburg (I was only 4-5), but, I do remember spoon bread. My father made it for years afterwards. YUM! Try it if you get the chance.

  13. Of course we know what you'll be doing in your room.So much space for setting up a sewing center. I love Colonial Williamsburg.

  14. Awwww I used to work as a meeting planner at Colonial Williamsburg. If I was still working there, I would've been the one that planned your event! Have fun! Don't forget to have some corn chowder and bread pudding at one of the taverns!

  15. If you have a chance, take one of the ghost tours at nighttime while you are there. Totally the best part of my trip there about 4 years ago!

  16. Anonymous4:30 PM EDT

    you'll have lots to see.....the Dewitt gallery and Abby Aldrich museam usually has antique Quilts on display and a nice collection of antique linen and clothing too! and on Duke of Glouster street the Trellis Restaurant had a Nutella Peanut butter pie that I liked better than the famous "Death by Chocolate"! You will love walking the Historical Area 1st thing in the Morning....before the Tourists crowd it up........wonderful!

  17. DH and I "eloped" to Williamsburg just 14 years ago (July 25th). We stayed at a B&B in the historical part ... it was 102 degrees the afternoon we got married ~ I don't think I've ever "perspired" so much in my life ... and NOT from nerves! LOL

  18. I LOVEE your photos, espewcially as I have never been to Williamstown.! How wonderful that the towns-folk dress and talk as in the 1700s!...I hope to get there one day, how very welcoming of them!

    I love the size of that bed- enough for 4 people!..
    Marietta (Brisbane)ps; Im learning so much about each town/city as I look on Googlemaps!

  19. We visited Williamsburg when our three children were all elementary school aged. It was 104 degrees the day we went on the tour. I thought we would all have heat stroke.

    One of my favorite recipes came from the inn there. I'll share it.

    2/3 cup canned or fresh cooked sweet potatoes
    4 Tablespoons butter
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 egg
    3/4 cup all purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/2 cup milk
    4 Tablespoons pecans and walnuts chopped
    4 Tablespoons chopped raisins

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees Muffin tins should be 1 1/2 inches in diameter
    1. Puree sweet potatoes in a food processor.
    2. Cream butter and sugar, then beat in the egg and sweet potatoes.
    3. Sift flour with baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
    4. Add dry ingredients alternately by hand with the milk, nuts and raisins, mixing just until blended; do not over mix.
    5. Fill greased muffin tins completely full and sprinkle a little sugar/cinnamon on top of each one.
    6. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
    YIELD: 30 muffins

  20. Anonymous11:36 PM EDT


    Thanks for sharing. It's been many years since I was in Williamsburg but I remember it some. The pictures bring back more memories. But to be there at the Quiltmaker event, wow - how neat for you. Have a great time. Wish I could be there, or buy a video of all that goes on there and what you are doing. But anyway, I'll take what you can share with us. Thank you. Barby, MH, ARK

  21. Anonymous8:34 AM EDT

    Enjoy your visit in Williamsburg. I used to live there so I can tell you it is a magical place.

  22. Anonymous4:34 PM EDT

    Williamsburg is one of the places I would love to go back to. It was in the mid eighties when I went there with three of my close friends. What a great time we had but not enough time to see everything.



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