My regular blog schedule’s off this week because hubby and I are on vacation with my sister and her family. We’re staying in North Conway, New Hampshire, a quaint country town surrounded by the White Mountains—and currently afire with red, orange, and golden fall foliage! The area offers year-round attractions, and visitors from all over make the scenic trek for hiking, skiing, leaf peeping, and more.
We make the trek because we’re familiar with the area, having been here many times over the years, and love its perfect combo of nature and charming country commerce. Plus fall’s my favorite and no place does the season better than New England! And, of course, there’s this:
As I’ve gotten more and more into sewing and quilting, our vacation agendas have grown—to include fabric-store and quilt-shop stops! Whenever we’re readying to travel to a new destination, I always hit the Internet to check for any such stores in the vicinity. I love to see how fellow fabrics fanatics do things in other places, and I also love to do my part by supporting local businesses. 🙂
My first fabric-store stop this trip was the Quilt Shop at Vac ‘n Sew, which lies a few miles south of North Conway village. The small space offers a great selection of quilting cotton, wool, patterns, notions, and more. It also has oodles of character; old wooden floorboards creak beneath your feet as you browse, the angled wood ceiling makes for cozy quarters, and pretty quilty creations are displayed throughout. During my visit, the warm ambience was warmed even more by a sweet yellow lab snoozing under a large table of colorful fat quarters!
I’ll be stopping by Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, NH later this week, and will also share pics of that visit. And if we take a day trip to Maine, as we’re currently considering, I’ll definitely seek out quilt shops there. I’ll be sure to share any and all relevant info in case you’d like to add these stops to your future New England vacation agendas!
(Quick side note: What’s up with the sewing/vacuum store combo? Is this meant to be a one-stop shop for ladies? This isn’t the first I’ve seen, and I’m so curious! If you know, please feel free to share!)