Sunday, Day 1:
On our first day we will leave our respective homes and head to sunny California, specifically San Diego International Airport. This airport is only about 20 minutes in a taxi to our host hotel in La Jolla (pronounced La HOYa). A warm, southern California welcome awaits you at the Sheraton La Jolla Hotel, a low-rise resort-style hotel encompassing 7.5 acres of tropical beauty. Just a 10-minute drive from spectacular beaches, Torrey Pines Golf Course, romantic La Jolla Cove, and the Pacific Ocean, our hotel features a variety of activities. Within steps of the hotel are theaters, restaurants, and shopping centers.
Once we arrive and check in we can make ourselves comfortable and relax in the peaceful surroundings of spacious guest rooms, featuring signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed. Extras such as a refrigerator, a microwave, a flat screen television, and in-room Starbucks Coffee® will ensure our stay has all the comforts of home.
The spacious pool area, complete with a waterfall and a koi fish pond, is a great place to relax. There is the complimentary 24-hour Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core® Performance so we can keep up with our workout routine while away from home.
During our 2-day visit at this hotel we can stay connected to what matters with the Link@Sheraton Experienced with Microsoft®, offering free wireless High Speed Internet Access and a printer, located in the welcoming hotel lobby. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is also located in the lower lobby of the hotel if you prefer to rent a car at the airport and do some driving in the area prior to check in.
At 7:00PM we will gather in a designated conference room for our welcome meeting. Prior to our meeting we encourage you to have dinner and enjoy fresh seafood and continental cuisine in the contemporary ambience of Humphreys La Jolla Grill inside the hotel. Or you may prefer to walk to the adjacent shopping center where you will find a variety of restaurants including T.G.I. Fridays, Islands Restaurant, BJ’s Chicago Pizza, and many others.
At our welcome meeting we will introduce ourselves and then each other and spend some time just getting acquainted. We will review our itinerary for the week and there will be a time for you to ask questions before you settle in for the evening.
Monday, Day 2: (Breakfast) (Lunch)
This morning you will have an incredible breakfast on us in the hotel restaurant, Humphries. After breakfast it we will board our luxury motor coach and head toward El Cajon where our first stop will be at Cozy Quilt Shop – home of Daniela Stout, the famous “strip lady”. Daniela not only is the founder of the original Strip Club but she also pioneered the Strip Tubing Ruler that we all love and adore. She has since published many patterns, books, and other really neat cutting tools.
Cozy has 4,500 square feet of space and offers over 3,000 bolts of top-quality quilting fabric from manufacturers such as Moda, Benartex, RJR, Hoffman, P&B, South Seas, Free Spirit, Alexander Henry, Red Rooster, Andover, Michael Miller, Timeless Treasures, Avlyn, Bali Fabrics, Island Batiks, and Maywood. They offer classes, inspiration, and the friendliest staff around. They are big enough to have a great in-store selection but aren’t too big to forget about our customers.
During our 3-hour visit here (and you will not BELIEVE how fast it will go), Daniela and staff will be facilitating a Stitchin’ Heaven Travel Schoolhouse event – exclusively for our group! You will have the opportunity to view demonstrations and get tips and tricks on ways to make your quilting easier and better. Daniela will also be giving us a Cozy Quilt trunk show – a parade of her beautiful quilts that will inspire and thrill you. And that’s not all! We will also be fed a scrumptious lunch before we leave for or next destination.
Next stop – Rosie’s Calico Cupboard. If you have never heard of this place (but surely you have), you are in for a real treat. Rosie and her husband Vic boast over 18,000 bolts of quality, 100% cotton fabrics. There is surely something for everyone here. When we visited we saw it all – batiks, reproductions, florals, novelty, fleece, Minkee, Halloween, Christmas, even their very own San Diego exclusive fabric. There is even a sale room! You will find a large selection of charm packs and jelly rolls as well as thread, notions, and books. Rosie will show us what California hospitality is with snacks and cookies for us in her classroom as well as a gift for each traveler.
We will spend some good time in this location before we head back toward our host hotel for a 2nd night in LaJolla. We want to give you some time to explore La Jolla Village. This is an adorable little seaside delight where you can wander down to the ocean or just walk the sidewalks until you see something in a window that you simply must buy! The shopping is great here with some very nice specialty stores as well as our old favorites like Chico’s, Fresh Produce Sportswear, and Talbot’s. See www.lajollabythesea.com for additional information.
If you prefer to stay at the hotel you certainly should be able to have a fine time enjoying the hot tub or perhaps you will wander over to the La Jolla Village Square Shopping Center that is adjacent to the hotel. There is an entrance you can use from the hotel parking lot that will allow you access with your room key. Pretty neat. In this center you will find stores like Whole Foods, an AMC Theater, Pier 1, DSW Shoes, Ulta, and others. See http://ljvillagesquare.com/Directory.html for a complete list of restaurants and stores.
Tuesday, Day 3: (Breakfast) (Lunch)
Again this morning will invite you to join us for breakfast in Humphrey’s at the hotel. We will depart the Sheraton La Jolla and head north toward Ontario with a few stops on our agenda in-between. Our first stop will be in Escondido – home of Quilter’s Paradise. My good friend, Sue Mezera, says this about her shop: "When I became owner of Quilter's Paradise, I wanted a shop where you'd be greeted at the door, where you could get help in selecting fabric and get tips, where you could comfortably take classes, where you would get inspired and could share your love of quilting with others - in short, a home away from home. For me, success is seeing the joy in someone's eyes when they see their finished quilt, the look of satisfaction when they master a new technique, and the sheer delight in someone finding the perfect fabrics for their project.” Quilter’s Paradise is just that. With over 9,000 brightly lit square feet, they carry only the best, high-quality fabrics from all major vendors and are known for having one of the largest selections of gorgeous Batik fabrics around. They also offer professional longarm quilting services with their Gammil longarm with computer-aided Statler Stitcher™ and a number of other unique services not found in most shops. One of the unique products you will find here are state-of-the-art laser-cut kits from Debra Gable, Toni Whitney, Jeri Kelly, McKenna Ryan, and others. They have acrylic plastic templates and rulers, and best-selling Longarm accessories, such as the Grip-LiteTM side clamps and LeaderMateTM Quilt Mounting System.
Next, we will head to San Marcos and Quilt in a Day for a visit with the Queen of Quilting, Eleanor Burns! We will be greeted by Eleanor and staff as we prepare to spend a couple of hours being entertained while we shop and eat. Eleanor will allow us to go behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the area where her infamous PBS television series is filmed. She will keep us in stitches with her stories and antics and share with us her journey of success in the quilting industry. After feeding us lunch you will leave with a QIAD book signed just for you by Eleanor!
Parting will be such sweet sorrow but we will continue our journey just a few miles north to a darling shop, Fat Quarters Quilt Shop in Vista. We can tell you that we were completely blown away by this shop. It is no wonder it was selected to be featured in the 2004 issue of Quilt Sampler as a “Top Ten Shop”. When we arrive, owner Michelle Joyner will greet us with refreshments on her “patio” (I told her we call this a porch in Texas). You will enter this “cute grey farmhouse” and you will be amazed how over 4,000 bolts of beautiful 100% cotton fabric is displayed, merchandised, and arranged inside the neat rooms of this old home. The shop is brimming with projects, inspiration, you name it. We fell in love with Michelle and we know you will too. As a memento of our visit, Michelle says that we will all leave with a tote bag full of goodies that will be memorable!
Once again we will be on the road and will have a couple of hours in our motor coach to enjoy the scenery of beautiful California. This part of the country is covered with fields and vineyards on the mountainsides. The terrain is high desert and is amazing to watch as we will get an occasional glimpse of the water to the west (some call it the Pacific Ocean – others call it Lake Los Angeles). We may pass the time with a game or two, or tell some jokes, but our traveling time will be short as we will soon arrive at our final destination, Ontario.
Our hotel is the beautiful Ayres Hotel & Suites Ontario Convention Center that sits adjacent to the Ontario Convention Center just a short walk away. This hotel offers all guests European-style comfort and modern services. Ayres Hotel & Suites Ontario Convention Center features 167 deluxe junior suites that are designed for maximum style and comfort. Exceptional Ayres Dream Sleeper bedding and European-inspired accents create the perfect escape. We will enjoy modern conveniences including 32" flat screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, refrigerators, single cup brewers, and microwaves. Friendly services and modern amenities will make us feel right at home at our Ontario, California hotel. We will step into this luxury boutique hotel and be greeted by a stunning living-room style lobby with a cozy marble fireplace. Access to a delicious complimentary breakfast, modern fitness center and outdoor heated swimming pool are available throughout our stay as is the full service restaurant and bar, located right in the hotel. And at the end of our journey we will enjoy the convenience of complimentary airport shuttle service to the Ontario International Airport.
Once we get checked into our deluxe suite rooms, you are free to spend the evening at your leisure. You may choose to catch a bite to eat at the Ayres Courtyard Grille (We personally can recommend the chocolate sundae) and then simply retire to your room for some rest and relaxation. Or perhaps you want to take a short taxi ride or the complimentary shuttle to the Ontario Mills Mall just 3 miles away. At the mall you will have a variety of food choices as well as many specialty shopping options.
Wednesday, Day 4: (Breakfast)
Your breakfast is complimentary at the Ayres Courtyard Grille and we will board our bus at 9:00AM to head toward Ginger’s Quilt Shoppe in Upland, just a few miles from our hotel. Ginger's Quilt Shoppe opened on September 15, 2006. It has been a dream of Ginger and her daughter, Linda, for many years to have a quilt store that was fashioned after the old mercantile store from Ginger's childhood days. Where people came not only to buy goods, but to gather and visit with others who shared their same passion, catch up on and discuss the latest happenings and just plain visit awhile. A place where you could sit, browse through books and patterns, check out all the new fabrics, notions, and exchange ideas with others. Their mission is to create an inviting, cheerful, and comfortable atmosphere for all who love to sew.
Ginger’s is a fun place to shop with beautiful high ceilings, wonderful quilts hanging throughout the store, and a crisp and clean atmosphere. The staff is delightful and we might just be met by Tiki, the store puppy.
Once we have done our damage at Ginger’s, we will head west to the amazing little town of Glendora. When we come into town be sure and have your cameras ready as we will cross Route 66 (for real!). When we drive into this little town we will feel as though we have been taken back in time with its pristine, Gumdrop tree-lined streets. Glendora was voted “Best Downtown” for 2012. The award represents the achievements of the nearly 300 businesses in the Glendora Village and its Business Improvement District by making the area a real experience and one where you enjoy getting away from the normal hustle and bustle that most mega malls have.
Our destination here is The SewNSew – a little gem of a quilt shop with over 4,000 bolts of quality quilting fabric. Shelly is the owner and she just expanded her shop to double its original size. The SewNSew carries a wide assortment of fabrics, kits, linens, notions, patterns, threads, sewing machines, accessories and much, much more. Shelly, owner of SewNSew, is a Brother machine dealer.
So spend some time at SewNSew and then experience the beauty of The Glendora Village. Choose one of the restaurants along Main Street for lunch (we personally can recommend The Village Vault) and spend some time going in and out of some of the neatest shops you will find anywhere. The Glendora Village Shopping District is an extremely unique shopping experience. Many large shopping areas or even new Megamalls try to mimic the shopping experience that is found in the Glendora Village for over 100 years now. When you visit any of the fine shops, restaurants or other businesses within the Village you will find yourself traditionally greeted by the owner or by a local merchant who has been doing business in the Village for years. The personal service that you receive will be second to none and the quality of merchandise, cuisine or service will make you feel like you are being taken care of by family or friends. The Village offers a large assortment of shopping experiences as you can find anything you need to dress yourself casually or for the most glamorous occasion, you can find gifts from Bric-a-Brac to Lladro figurines to some of the finest Jewelers in Southern California.
We plan to stay about 3 hours in Glendora so you will have plenty of time to enjoy yourself and not feel rushed or stressed. So take your time, have a nice and leisurely lunch, and then we will return to our hotel in Ontario.
Once back at the hotel you will have some time to freshen up, sit by the pool, or perhaps just stay in your room and read or watch television. Plan to eat dinner and then you are welcome to attend Preview Night at Road to California! Your multi-day pass (included) will provide you with admittance to the show to preview the quilts there. NOTE: Vendors are not open on Preview Night. The hours are from 7PM to 9PM.
Thursday, Day 5: (Breakfast)
Your breakfast is complimentary at the Ayres Courtyard Grille and you want to be energized for your full day at Road to California – the Best in the West. The show hours are 9:30AM to 6:00PM so finish up with breakfast and plan to leisurely enjoy your time at Road. Be prepared to be dazzled by some of the wildest and most incredible quilts you will ever see. What could be better – quilts and shopping, quilts and shopping. A myriad of classes are available with some providing sewing machines so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own. Please check the details for confirmation of sewing machines. The details on exactly what classes will be offered will be available on the Road to California website in July, 2013.
Friday, Day 6: (Breakfast)(Dinner)
Again, your breakfast at the hotel is complimentary at the Ayres Courtyard Grille. Today is another day at the Road show so be sure and eat a hearty meal! Some very incredible teachers typically provide instruction at the show. Almost every year Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson will be on hand but of course we don’t know for sure who will be on the roster for 2014. You are sure to see some amazing quilts and be able to take some classes from traditional piecing teachers as well as longarm instructors. Even if you choose not to take classes, you will be able to stay busy just admiring the quilts and shopping!
On Friday evening we will have our traditional Farewell Dinner at the Ayres Hotel in one of the banquet rooms. Our buffet-style meal will be delicious as we say good-bye to friends we have made and must leave way too soon. We will not believe how fast the time goes by when we are sharing fun times with friends doing and seeing what we love.
Saturday, Day 7: (Breakfast)
Today you can plan out to be used in whatever way fits your needs. Some of you might need to leave the hotel early to catch a flight back to your home location. Others will plan to spend a final day at Road and then catch a later flight – it is all up to you. Either way, remember that the hotel has a complimentary shuttle to the Ontario airport.
For Information on Classes at the Show:
For all information regarding classes and events at the show, please contact the show at the address shown below:
California Quilter's Conference and Showcase
Road to California, Inc.
1160 N. Dewey Way, Suite A
Upland, CA 91786
Pricing & Registration
Per Person Rate:
$1,195* per person double occupancy
Add $500 for single accommodation
A $200 Registration Fee is due now, with the final
payment due by October 15st, 2013.
*Airfare into San Diego, CA and out of Ontario, CA is not included.
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