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10-16-2013 07:31 AM
kheran
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Originally Posted by DrKillerBee View Post
The penalty for illegal transportation of illegal plastic wrap on the Dragon is at least 10 years of hard labor on other peoples smart cars. The NC and Tenn. Highway Patrols are cooperating with each other and not offering plea bargains for these dastardly offenders. If the plastic wrap is imported from other states the sentence is doubled.
These new laws will be strictly enforced starting Jan. 1, 2014 so wrappers beware.
Additional fines will be charged for playing "wrap" music on the Dragon.
The local authorities should know better than to mess with Jersey!

For now we'll just keep things under wraps.
10-15-2013 07:43 AM
DrKillerBee
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Originally Posted by NCC1701 View Post
Sort of like saying you're going to the beach in January because there are fewer sun worshipers when it's cold outside.

There might just be a reason it isn't as crowded during one of the least attractive months to be there.
I thought people go to the mountains when the summer temps climb high in the south and Midwest...but maybe I'm mistaken. The temps at OTD were comfortable, and there were fans in the pavilion. A little bug spray (which the hosts had on hand for us) and we were good to go. The temp in the caverns were a bit chilly, the water temps on the whitewater were probably a bit chilly, but the August heat in the Smokey Mountains wasn't uncomfortable. And I also thought that winter was high season at the warm beaches...but I'm not a beach guy so I could be wrong on that one.

I thought there were affordable options at Fontana and with a little work forming a room sharing list (I did that this year courtesy of Wallace) the cost of a room becomes a lot more acceptable. We were almost never in our rooms anyway.

True the internet sucked at the lodge this year as the competition from the busses of teens that were in the lodge was overwhelming. The cellular service sucks in the mountains but go into the weekend knowing that and it is OK. Land lines still work.

Our little cars bring a diverse group of individuals together and allow us to have fun as a group. Our hosts helped us do that and do it in an area that had beautiful vistas, curvy roads, and good food. That's the definition of a car party to me. Party on OTD.
10-14-2013 08:41 PM
jetfuel ...love U 2 Krusty...

Jetfuel...get out of jail free card....got it from Neon...
10-14-2013 08:05 PM
Krusty
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Originally Posted by DrKillerBee View Post
The penalty for illegal transportation of illegal plastic wrap on the Dragon is at least 10 years of hard labor on other peoples smart cars. The NC and Tenn. Highway Patrols are cooperating with each other and not offering plea bargains for these dastardly offenders. If the plastic wrap is imported from other states the sentence is doubled.
These new laws will be strictly enforced starting Jan. 1, 2014 so wrappers beware.
Additional fines will be charged for playing "wrap" music on the Dragon.




The first year, we just asked the kitchen at the lodge. When I told them what we were using it for, they went in the back and brought out 4 or 5 half rolls and wouldn't even charge us for it. Very nice people at Fontana.
10-14-2013 08:04 PM
NCC1701
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Originally Posted by DrKillerBee View Post
Having OTD later would clash with a lot of car events in our local areas where August is a lot slower with car events at home
Sort of like saying you're going to the beach in January because there are fewer sun worshipers when it's cold outside.

There might just be a reason it isn't as crowded during one of the least attractive months to be there.
10-14-2013 06:17 PM
DrKillerBee
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Originally Posted by kheran View Post
Unless , of course, the plastic wrap material is imported from out of state
The penalty for illegal transportation of illegal plastic wrap on the Dragon is at least 10 years of hard labor on other peoples smart cars. The NC and Tenn. Highway Patrols are cooperating with each other and not offering plea bargains for these dastardly offenders. If the plastic wrap is imported from other states the sentence is doubled.
These new laws will be strictly enforced starting Jan. 1, 2014 so wrappers beware.
Additional fines will be charged for playing "wrap" music on the Dragon.
10-14-2013 03:53 PM
wrumbarger So, when does OTD 14 open up?
I already have reservations at Fontana Village.
10-14-2013 03:03 PM
kheran
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Originally Posted by DrKillerBee View Post
My major complaint would be that better security measures must be taken as there are multiple saran wrap terrorists among us that attacked our cars with reckless abandon and at any time...day, night, and even while we were eating dinner. It is getting so that we must carry scissors in our smarts at all times. Moving to Robbinsville would only make it easier for the saran wrap beasts to reload at the local discount plastic wrap store.
Unless , of course, the plastic wrap material is imported from out of state
10-14-2013 11:58 AM
MB DNA OTD was borne of some local Carolina eat and greet chatter that grew to a regional event. Only through the tenacity of Gary and Rita, 2009 was the high water mark for attendance as smart was new to the U.S. and they made OTD I a reality!

It was a rainy (we surfed The Dragon ) Fall day and the Microtel Inn parking lot was ground zero for 100ish wild and crazy owners from all over the U.S. and Canada. The event was all about smart, early mods and great people.

Six years later the smart group like the Mini owner event (Minis On The Dragon began in 2006) have settled on Fontana as headquarters driven primarily by location and the diversity of lodging options that are available. Obviously the event organizers who spend hours planning, preparing and transporting "the event" up the hill are doing it out of love for the smart community, not for personal gain and we Thank You!

At the end of the day there are indeed other lodging options but Fontana remains one of the best all around for both facilities and location. As you can see from this LONG list of various lodging options, The Dragon does not have it's own freeway off-ramp as it is in a very rural area of NC/TN.

Cue banjo music . . .


Fontana Village
: This is where most of the OTD events are held, including dinners, registration and vendors. They have lodge rooms, cabins, houseboats and campgrounds.
Phone: 800-849-2258
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 15 min

Microtel Inn of Robbinsville: Located in Robbinsville. 50 rooms available. Singles, doubles, suites, and jacuzzi suites available.
Phone: 888-771-7171
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 24 min.
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 20 min

Tapoco Lodge: An Historic Lodge from the 1930's sitting on 120 acres. Just finished a complete renovation and reopened in 2011. Breakfast and dinner is included with your stay.
Phone: 828-498-2325
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 15 minutes
Drive to Dragon: Appox. 5 minutes

Blue Waters Mountain Lodge: This cozy inn sits right on Lake Santeetlah. It has 9 rustic rooms and 1 cottage. A gourmet breakfast is included. Dinners are available Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Phone: 888-828-3978
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 38 min.
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 23 min

Snowbird Mountain Lodge: Cottage has two private rooms and the Chestnut Lodge has 6 rooms. Each stay includes 3 meals per day.
Phone: 800-941-9290
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 60 min.
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 45 min

The Phillips Motel: Located in Robbinsville. They offer 16 motel rooms, 7 efficiencies, 1 apartment and several cottages. All at reasonable rates.
Phone:828-479-3370
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 40 min
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 30 min.

Tuskeegee Motel: Located on Highway 29 in Robbinsville. Owned and operated since 1967 by Ben and Barbara Crisp.
Phone:828-479-8464
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 15 min
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 30 min.

Appalachian Inn: This rustic B & B overlooks Stecoah Valley and offers 4 rooms. Includes a home cooked full country breakfast.
Phone:828-479-8450
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 30 min
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 45 min.

The Dragon Pitt Inn and BBQ: Just a few miles past the north end of Dragon
Phone:865-253-3566
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 58 min.
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 10 min

San-Ran Motel: Located in Robbinsville. They offer 11 motel rooms. Each with a microwave, refrigerator, coffee pot and 150 channel TV.
Phone:828-479-3256
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 60 min
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 45 min.

Freeman Motel and Cottages: Located in Almond NC. Open year round. Offers motel rooms and eight cabins.
Phone:828-488-2737
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 40 min
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 55 min.

The Overnighter: Very reasonably priced two bedroom apartments with kitchenettes.
Phone:828-479-6485
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 45 min
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 35 min.

Deal Gap Motorcycle Resort: They offer a motel and camping facilities, plus a restaurant and store. Located right at the start of the Dragon. Everything the Dragon Slayer needs for a great stay.
Phone:800-889-5550
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 15 min
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 0 min.

Buffalo Creek Bed and Breakfast: Two rooms with private entrances and a separate cabin are available.
Phone:828-479-3892
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 58 min
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 50min

Nantahala Village: The picturesque main lodge has 11 rooms on the second floor. They also have cottages, cabins, condos and mountain vacation homes.
Phone:800-438-1507
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 30 min
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 45 min.

Fryemont Inn: Located in Bryson City. They have 37 cozy bedrooms in the main lodge and cottage suites located in the adjacent building. Each suite has a king size bed, wet bar and working fireplace.
Phone:800-845-4879
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 50 min
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 65 min.

A Holiday Motel: Several room types to choose from. Free WiFi and restaurant on site. Located in the heart of Maggie Valley
Phone:877-686-4386
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 50 min
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 65 min.

Sweet Berries Bed and Breakfast: 4 rooms available with either a king or queen bed and a private bathroom
Phone: 865-856-6762
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 50 min.
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 24 min. (north end of the dragon)

Hawkesdene House B & B Inn and Cottages: Just outside Andrews, NC., this B & B has 5 rooms and cottages and sits on 20 acres.
Phone:800-438-1507
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 78 min
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 75 min.

The Hemlock Inn: Rustic country Bed and Breakfast Inn with 22 rooms and three cabin rentals.
Phone:828-488-2885
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 50 min
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 65 min.

Richmont Inn B & B: Located in Townsend, TN. Has 6 rooms and one cabin. Get to drive the Foothills Parkway and the Dragon on your way to Fontana Village
Phone:866-267-7086
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 88 min
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 67 min.

GearHead Inn: We offer large, non-smoking rooms with a king or 2 double beds, pool, wireless Internet, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker.
Phone:828-488-2398
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 50 min
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 65 min.


The Blue Boar Retreat: Just off of Lake Santeetlah. The inn has eight rooms that have breakfast included. Three private two bedroom, two bath cottages. Entire Property must be rented at once. No individual bookings. Open from March 31 to November 26.
Phone: 828-479-8126
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 58 min.
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 43 min

Comfort Inn: Located in Townsend, TN. King or 2 Queen rooms. Two person Jacuzzi and fireplace rooms available. Get to drive the Foothills Parkway and the Dragon on you way to Fontana Village.
Phone:800-348-7090
Drive to Fontana: Approx. 97 min
Drive to Dragon: Approx. 88 min.
10-14-2013 09:47 AM
amosd70
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Originally Posted by puhltoi View Post
We are going to the Tunnel of Trees; we will probably leave about 11 from Lexington Ky; going through Cinci about 12:30 if you are interested. Two from this area currently going.
Shoot me a pm and we will work something out if the funds allow us to go. We will leave from work and head north friday around the time you will be passing by. We work rite off where 75 and 275 meet north if Cinci. As for car detials yes when i get some free time i plan to post that info along with pictures from Nationals. We pretty much have a new car front and back.
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