Pull up a chair, preferably a red and blue plaid chair, pour another cup of coffee and enjoy my tale about my weekend that I will remember with great fondness at the Needle Nellies quilt show in Georgetown, on the 3rd Saturday in September.
Bright and early last Friday morning, my sister Gail and I headed off to Georgetown.
We couldn't have packed another item into the Jeep. Well we could have, but I wouldn't have been able to see out the back window. I like to see where I've been just as much as where I'm going.
Our destination was the American River Inn, about a three-hour ride from my home in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the great Sacramento Valley to the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains. (Note to self: Remind Gail to take car sick pills prior to departure). The 6 miles of highway 49 outside of Auburn are wee bit windy!
Sanitarium? We fit right in! I know I've been forgetting things lately, but checking myself into a sanitarium is a bit premature.
Innkeeper Betty and her little black dog checked us in to our room in this wonderful, historic building.
Here's a view of the back of the inn.
Here is our room, #11, right off the main salon. That's salon, not saloon. I'll bet this room has seen some rip roaring times over the past 150 years!
Feather beds and a quilt. What could be better for two quilters?
Now this is handy. Our door is on the left, our bathroom door is on the right. We could stop by the fridge for a midnight snack on the way to the loo.
Our cute bathroom.
I guess I could have weighed myself "dripping" wet. This fabulous scale was right next to the claw foot tub. Yes, that is a log cabin quilt shower curtain.
Here's a picture of the dining room. Everything about the American River Inn was wonderful. I highly recommend it. I want to go back, stay at the inn, explore the area, learn more about Georgetown's rich history and visit all my new quilty friends.
Around 5:30pm, Needle Nellie Candy picked us up in the salon....not saloon. She greeted us with a big smile and a hug.....instant friends. We both felt like we had known her forever.
Candy was our chauffeur to Camp Virner, a wonderful German, American & Italian restaurant seven miles out of town. A very picturesque drive too.
Here are some of the Needle Nellies. The MOST delightful, wonderful, and talented group of women you would ever want to know. From left to right; Marina, Lynn. Mary Ellen, Abbey, Gail, Candy, Me, Carole and Mary. Both Gail and I felt and instant bond with our new friends. They really know how to extend a warm welcome.
When in Rome, order the Wiener Schnitzel! Oh my gosh, my plate was full and it was so good! We enjoyed our dinner, our conversation and companionship immensely. We so appreciated the time the ladies spent with us the night before their big show.
This sign is on the way out the door.....too funny.
Part Two tomorrow. In a nutshell, my calendar is already marked for the 3rd Saturday in September 2013. I wouldn't miss an opportunity to go to the Needle Nellies show. The fifteen Nellies really know how to host a quilt show!
Here's a sneak peek of my area at the show.
Dear Needle Nellies,
Gail and I both want to thank you so much for the wonderful time we spent with you in Georgetown. You all have such a gracious, welcoming spirit and made us feel right at home. We can't thank you enough. We both wish we lived closer so we could be Needle Nellies and become part of your quilting community.