About two months ago, one of my favorite quilting/crafting stores advertised a bus tour. I've received emails about their bus tours before but have never gone and decided to give it a try. I asked one of My usual "partners in crime" if she was interested in checking it out and she said "yes".
Our tour departed at 7:30am (a tad bit early for me, but hey, I can snooze on the bus!). We headed about 90 minutes south of the Twin Cities to New Ulm, MN - a community settled by German and Bohemian immigrants.
Our first stop was at a quilt store just outside of downtown called "Sewing Seeds Quilt Company". This shop is featured in the current "top ten shops" quilt magazine. They were ready for us! Coffee, juice, fruit, and muffins downstairs and lots of fabric and wool upstairs. My favorite room was the one filled with civil war fabrics.
After the quilt shop, we headed downtown New Ulm. The bus dropped us off in a convenient spot and we were free to shop for about 90 minutes. Two quilt shops, an antique shop, a needlework shop and a few gift shops later, we were ready for lunch!
The needlework shop was called "Nadel Kunst" - German for needleart. (Note the sign for tatting classes on the door!)
We had a delicious lunch at Turner Hall in the Ratskellar. I had a "German" dinner - two different types of sausages with sauerkraut, German potato salad, and Spätzle. Also a piece of really good dark rye bread.
We actually hit one of the quilt shops after lunch and went in a few othe shops before returning to the bus.
This is the museum in New Ulm. This building reminded me of buildings in Germany.
This was a pretty cool pole. Various attractions in New Ulm are featured on each of the "tree limbs." (Yes, you were right Chris, I should have taken the picture from the other direction!)
One of the attractions in New Ulm is a huge statue of Herman the German. Wait a minute, that's not Herman. That's me!
Stopped for pie at Emma Krumbees in Belle Plaine on the way home. I would do this again. It was a good day!