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Paducah, KY - Quilt City USA

By Edited Aug 31, 2016 2 3

Paducah is known as Quilt City USA and is home to the National Quilt Museum. Each year, thousands of quilting enthusiasts descend on this quaint Kentucky city for the annual quilting convention, held in the Spring. In fact, 2009 was their 25th Anniversary AQS (American Quilter's Society) Quilt Show & Contest. The annual event consists of a juried exhibit of some of the most beautiful and creative quilts created, as well as merchant booths and workshops. If you are planning to attend an upcoming Quilt Show, or are just interested in enjoying the history, art, antiques and relaxing amidst the dogwood blooms, here's some travel tips you may find helpful.

Where to stay:

Paducah has several Bed & Breakfasts to choose from, as well as approximately 30 nationally known mid-range hotels & motels. If you are going to be attending the annual AQS Quilt Show, you'll need to make reservations early! Check out Paducah Harbor Plaza or the Fisher Mansion for their hospitality and charm.

Getting around:

You can use the free trolley to access Downtown and the Lowertown Arts District, including the Quilt Museum, Finkel Building and the Expo Center. The downtown shops, museum and restaurants are all within walking distance of each other. Car rentals, tour buses, and even Segway rentals are available. Maps of Downtown, the Arts District and the Expo can be found online at Paducah's Visitors Bureau.

Where to eat:

There are plenty of restaurants to enjoy in Paducah. 10Best.com rates Whaler's Catch, Starnes BBQ, El Chico, and Cynthia's among their editor picks, and should give everyone a nice variety of Seafood, Mexican, Italian and BBQ! Even more reviews for restaurants and hotels can be found online at Citysearch.com


Paducah in April averages temperatures between a high of 68 º and a low of 47 º. A light jacket or sweater is suggested for the evening or early morning hours.


Every Spring, the town comes alive with the annual Quilt Show, but this charming town has events throughout the year that including new or featured exhibits at several of the galleries as well as the Quilting Museum, Writer's Groups and Open Mic Nights, the Kentucky Senior Games, Paducah Symphony concerts, and more. Even if you're not a quilting enthusiast, there is plenty of history, charm and hospitality to enjoy in Paducah. Be sure to check out Paducah's Visitors Bureau for walking or driving tours in the area.


Paducah Visitors Bureau
American Quilters Society



Sep 3, 2009 8:14pm
Paducah KY sounds like a good place to visit. Great article!
Sep 4, 2009 9:25pm
I would love to visit. Handmade quilts are beautiful.
Dec 11, 2011 8:52pm
I've been all over 'Duker and never new about the quilt museum (I know it's a major disposal site for radioactive waste). Next time I'm in the big town, I might check it out. A thumb for digging up something little known.
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