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    Where to Stay When @ the Dragon

    This is Rally related. Sort of...

    I'm going from the Rally to run the Dragon and the associated area for a couple of days. What hotels would you guy recommend that are both reasonably nice (like ones that don't offer hourly rates...haha) and affordable?
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    My favorite in the area is Tellico Lodge in Tellico Plains. It’s on the west side of Cherohala Skyway and is a special place (even has a garage for the bikes). Tellico Plains is a quaint resort town with a few decent restaurants and lots of good riding. Convenient access to the interstate coming to and from the Rally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allhisanyway View Post
    My favorite in the area is Tellico Lodge in Tellico Plains. It’s on the west side of Cherohala Skyway and is a special place (even has a garage for the bikes). Tellico Plains is a quaint resort town with a few decent restaurants and lots of good riding. Convenient access to the interstate coming to and from the Rally.

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    do you mean "the lodge at tellico"?
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    Where to Stay

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    The Fontana lodge is in the near proximity and is one of the weekend getaways, albeit in April. I enjoyed my stay and there are a number of fun and scenic routes in the area, many of which are less crowded.

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    Yes, sir - it's the Lodge at Tellico. I've been staying there a half dozen times a year for several years and think very highly of Walt and Anna - quality folks that run an upscale Adirondack-style lodge that caters especially to motorcyclists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlytle View Post
    do you mean "the lodge at tellico"?

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    I always hate to say stuff like this; but I will.

    Back in the day "Pete" ran the store at the south end of the Dragon. He remembered Voni after three years and made us feel at home in the campground. It is a longer story than this but his will suffice. We rolled in/. He trotted to welcome us. We camped.

    Pete sold out to some type of company and the store, motel, and camp area lost its appeal as corporate America took over. Now it is T shirt, and decals, and other stuff from corporate types- no longer Pete. I find it sad. Pete was Voni's friend and now the folks at the store don't know anything about anybody. Just to sell a T shirt. (Paul)
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    I had a good stay at Iron Horse Lodge not far away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allhisanyway View Post
    Yes, sir - it's the Lodge at Tellico. I've been staying there a half dozen times a year for several years and think very highly of Walt and Anna - quality folks that run an upscale Adirondack-style lodge that caters especially to motorcyclists.

    http://lodgeattellico.com/
    thanks! i looked up "tellico lodge" and it is not exactly a place to stay.. i will be down there first week in may and the "lodge at tellico" looks like a great stopover!
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    The "Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge" is very close and has some advantages. Especially with groups. Fontana Villiage is a more traditional place to stay, but getting a room when there is a group having a rally can also be a problem. Both of these are quite a ways from "civilization".

    I have an event I attend there every year. I often stay in Bryson City, will again this year. There is a Microtel Inn there, right off of 74, that is a nice place. If you book now, costs are pretty good. I think I am at about $80 a night for 5 nights this year. Wait till a week before, and you will pay $120 or more.

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    Kickstand lodge is less upscale than Iron Horse by a mile, but the vibe is much much cooler. Mo, who owns it, is a cool lady. If you choose Iron Horse, don’t forget your doo rag and your class A motor home with enclosed orange and black motorcycle trailer.

    For moteling, consider Tuskegee Inn

    When actually riding, avoid the Dragon except mid-week unless you want to be mowed down by an idiot in the wrong lane. Many better safer roads are nearby.
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    +1 with Lee and others - the Tail of the Dragon is *interesting* but not a particularly safe road on the weekends because of the crowds. The Dragon demands close attention and is not what I could consider a relaxed scenic ride - you really can't take your eyes off the road even for a few seconds. The Cherohala Skyway is much nicer, relaxing, and scenic; it's curves are more predictable, lots of pull-offs for rest and views, and a great road surface.

    Don't miss the Foothills Parkway if you are in the area. The extension to this great road opened a couple of months ago and it's awesome.

    Robbinsville is a convenient place to stay as it sits in the middle of some incredible roads, but it has too much of a "pirate" flavor for my taste. Tellico Plains is much more laid back, although you could argue that it offers fewer amenities. Maryville is the largest town in the area and offers everything.

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    The TaPoCo Lodge isn't too far south. Motorcycle oriented. They have great cabins at very reasonable prices. The restaurant is right along the river. If you stop, be sure to get the deep fried trout nuggets with sriracha sauce!



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