Thursday, 27 September 2007

Travelling up through Oxnard we saw lots of artichokes growing in the fields. We went to San Paula and checked out Brownie's Basement. This shop recently changed hands and they have some great bargains tucked in amongst the bolts of fabrics and gift items.

We took a driving break in Solvang where we walked along the Danish themed shops and had a driving break. We spent our next night in Santa Maria where the quilt shop had just closed.

Next we checked out Arroyo Grande and the Quilt Attic I got a copy of their upcoming November Shop Hop to locate some shops along the way north. We drove through San Louis Obispo bypassing Betty's Fabrics and stopped in at Quiltin' Cousins in Pismo Beach. This is a small but well stocked little shop.

In Morro Bay we stopped again at the Cotton Ball they have quilting, home decorating, knitting and sewing machines in this 2 level shop.

Continuing north we explored antique shops in Cayucous and then went into In Stitches she has been open just over a year and has some delightful quilts hanging on the front porch. We had lunch at The Little Market where they custom made a great sandwich for us.

On our way to Pacific Grove we looked at Japanese fabrics in Back Porch Fabrics Their computer system keeps you on file and I found that I was last there in 1999! Their staff is very informative and helpful.

Do you ever get the feeling that there is something special happening but you've not been to a place before? Well as I approached Moss Landing my bells started ringing in my head, I recalled seeing a show on Food Network about a Fish Market/Restaurant. Well, next thing you know I'm going up and down streets trying to locate it and that I did! Phil's Fish Market and Eatery We tried both their white and red clam chowder with a steamed artichoke and garlic bread-great! As we left Moss Landing we spotted some antique shops that were closed for the day. Next time I'll check them out.

We spent the night in Santa Cruz and stopped in Half Moon Bay where we enjoyed a Flower Market and then their Farmer's Market. We then drove up through San Francisco the next morning. We stopped at the vista point at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge to take some pictures.

We then headed up through vineyards and orchards as we continued North along the Redwood Highway. At times the trees crowded along the highway until we were again back at the ocean beaches; just in time to watch the sun set. We ended the day in Eureka.

The next morning it was cloudy, one of the few we encountered on the trip. As we drove into Crescent city the skies turned sunnier and we found a few antique shops open early on this Sunday morning.

Just across the Oregon border we stumbled upon our second quilt show! This was a small but interesting show with a good vendor's market.

Onto Port Orford and Quilter's Quarters, always a necessary stop for me. Then in Bandon we stopped at Bandon Boatworks Restaurant Forget Me Knots Quilt shop has moved onto Highway 101 into yet another larger store [the third location I've found them in] We found out there was yet another quilt show that day in Coos Bay, unfortunately it was just about to close and we were about 20 minutes drive away. We did drop by Threads that Bind only to find that they had closed for the weekend to be at the show.

The Oregon Coast Quilt Shops are having a shop hop in February 2008, I just might head down to it. We finished our day in Florence enjoying yet another bowl of clam chowder.

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