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2023 Tail Of The Dragon
Promo and Planning Thread
All important info can be found in the first 10 posts
Get Together (GtG) Cruise/Weekend
May 5-7, 2023
Bryson City, NC
Dragon Cruise- Saturday, May 6th, 2023
T.O.D. is a family-friendly, non-competitive (no performance comp or car show) get together (GTG) and road cruise.
T.O.D., is back in full-swing. The thread is late (sorry), but the excitement is still here! Since May is closer than we realize, NOW is the time to get your ducks in a row and PLAN, PLAN, PLAN. Here's hoping the weather is warm, the skies are fair, and beetle friends plenty!
2023 TAIL OF THE DRAGON INFORMATION SUMMARY
Date of the event: Friday, May 5 Sunday, May 7th, 2022
As in previous TOD's the Ridge Top (The Top) is the main gathering spot. Overflow or for those that the "Top's" accommodations aren't up to their standards, options are listed as well.
Accommodations in Bryson City:
Ridge Top Motel-
T.O.D. home base/ main gathering spot
390 Arlington Avenue
Bryson City, NC 28713-7604
(828) 488-6363 or
RV campground and motel. Bryson City, NC
RIDGE TOP WEBSITE: CLICK HERE
You can book your room at The Top NOW, without any charge to your credit/debit card. You will only be charged if you fail to cancel 48 hours BEFORE YOUR RESERVED CHECK-IN DATE...Basically, you have until the Wednesday of T.O.D. week to cancel before a debit/charge is levied or automatic cancellation of a non-confirmed booking
. You're more than welcome to arrive early.
Lodging for the Ridge Top: 49.00 per night
Yes, The Top has a CAMPGROUND TOO.
29.00 a night for 2 people. Pets 2.00 extra.
Low-Dough option #2
Scenic View Motel
Bryson City, NC 28713
The Scenic View is like the Top, but smaller, yet just as nice. It's only a few minutes away from the Top and of good recommendation from fellow attendees and liaisons to the Scenic View, Rick and Shannon. If you can't find a room at the Top, and need low-dough lodging, the Scenic View is for you.
PRICES FOR LODGING FORTHCOMING
500 Veterans Boulevard
Bryson City, NC 28713
Bryson City NC Hotel, Hotels in Bryson City NC.
Queen (2 beds):
82 Songbird Forest Road
Bryson City, NC 28713
Microtel: Online hotel reservations, hotel discounts, hotel packages
Although many will be lodging at the aforementioned hotels, The Top will be the center of activity and ALL attendees of T.O.D
., regardless of lodging are welcome to hang out at The Top. Sanjay, the hotel manager is a very accommodating to all of us and welcomes us happily each year.
The names of all attending parties are added to "the list"- the T.O.D. attendee roster, posted here on the org. Here you can get involved in the T.O.D. vibe as you see the list grow before you eyes. The list also helps the T.O.D. planners put things together much easier.
Get on the T.O.D.roster- "The List" submit:
-org screen name
-name of people in your party
-The year and model of your beetle, and your beetle's name
-The hotel you're staying at
-City and State where you live.
To get on "The List" eMail Jeff/Punchbug77: [email protected]
Additional area info:
Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap and Cherohala Skyway, Graham Co, NC
Smoky Mountain Travel Guides - Bryson City NC - Vacation Guides
T.O.D. Swag will be availble Watch for details in the our own T.O.D. subsection.
This is a new beetle event, This includes the New Beetle and the 12ups...the 2012+ Beetle
T.O.D. is a thrilling experience and some have voiced bringing other car brands to T.O.D. Your enthusiasm is appreciated, BUT please, this is a New Beetle event, and we want to keep the event as such. We hope that you'll co-pilot with another beetle owner and enjoy the T.O.D. experience just the same.
We're seeing more and more attendees showing up on Thursday, and you're more than welcome to do so. If you are a Thursday attendee, please chime in early. Maybe some pre-T.O.D. stuff can be cooked up
the beetles arrive in Bryson City, beginning early/mid afternoon until evening. Photo ops / meet and greet / motel check-in. Maybe some are checking in a day earlier...you never know.
6:00PM, gather at the "Top" for an informal meet.
7:00PM begins "pizza fest", our Friday night pizza dinner/meet and greet. After dinner more "getting to know each other" time. The pizza fest will be at the Top, with pies provided by, Anthony's Italian Restaurant downtown.
Pizza Fest costs are 5.00 per Adult.
there will be an assortment of pies available for all. Pizza Fest thread forthcoming.
NEW FOR PIZZA FEST:
Pizza Fest will conclude with Movies @ The Top, on the grassy knoll- WEATHER PERMITTING
. Come enjoy an evening under the stars as we watch movies on the big outdoor screen. Again, you don't have to be booked at The Top in order to enjoy the movies and all The Top has to offer.
Theater provided by The Top Outdoor Cinema.
Also, pre-order your Subway subs on Friday, so you can pick them up fresh Saturday morning.
early a.m breakfast at Everett Street Diner- The Official diner of T.O.D., followed at 9:00 by a driver's meeting at the Ridge Top (The Top) in preparation for taming the Dragon. We depart from The Top @ 9:30AM sharp, From Bryson City, we'll proceed to the Cherohala Skyway where we'll make a stop at the Lakeview overlook, for a photo op.
RECAP: The Robbinsville stop at Ingles is back in the Dragon run. This will ba a potty stop. Although this is a grocery store, we should already be prepared, thus no need for shopping. We want to get in and out QUICKLY, and proceed with our dragon run- next stop: Cherohala Skyway
Leaving the overlook, we'll proceed to the Telico Plains Welcome center for our official potty break. This will also be our designated lunch spot. As we prep to leave the welcome center we'll organize the bugavan into the Sport and Leisure class. Leaving Telico Plains we proceed to run The Dragon. Those who are opting out of another run(s), can peruse the Deals Gap shop and the Killboy shop, while others will run the Dragon again. The elimination of the Robbinsville will give us adequate time to have some extra fun on the Dragon and Telico Plains
IMPORTANT: IN THE CASE OF A FORECAST OF LATE AFTERNOON STORMS, WE WILL RUN THE DRAGON FIRST, RUNNING THE TRADITIONAL LOOP IN REVERSE, ENDING IN ROBBINSVILLE.
Saturday Night post-TOD BBQ at the Neon Pig
Following dinner at the Neon Pig, Folk will trickle over to Soda Pops Ice Cream Shoppe for dessert, in the nostalgic 50's style soda shoppe.
2015 was the official kickoff of the Social and it was HUGE SUCCESS (thanks Warren
) This is an incredible opportunity to chill, hang out with your friends, and enjoy the laid back atmosphere of Bryson City. The Ice Cream Social is strongly encouraged to attend.
There will also be a Saturday night Movie at The Top, as we finish up our Saturday night Ice Cream Social, along with a friendly game or 10 of BAG-COM...the T.O.D. game sensation!
Departure breakfast at Everett St. Diner, followed by one of two options:
-Option #1 Departing ToD to your respective homes or..
-Option #2 SixChuter Sunday. We've officially added Sunday as an option for those desiring to hang around one more day.
SCS, is a casual day, with no itinerary; just a day to wind down, relax and reflect on the great weekend. No pressure or plans, just go out and enjoy Bryson City. Some options available for SCS:
-Slaying at Sunrise: an early morning Dragon run.
-Beetles Dam Cruise- Beetles making a run,exploring the Dams of the region.
-The Road To Nowhere: a trip into the Smokey Mountain national park, up a literal road to nowhere; but the end brings you to beautiful, picturesque scenery, suitable for a picnic.
-Explore the falls right in the backyard of Bryson City...just a 15 minute drive from the Top.
some will just stay in Bryson City or explore other places; some might find a little group to piddle around with. Whatever the case, SixChuter Sunday is a no-pressure, casual day to do as you will.
We will be driving the the original tour loop, as we did in the '09 Maiden Voyage.
This post will be bumped throughout the thread and amended as new information warrants. Bumps will also include FAQ, ascertained throughout the past few years of ToD, as well as other neat facts about ToD and the Bryson City Carolina region.
So start planning NOW!\ Start your coffee can fund now- you'll thank me later
Come join us for a great adventure and meet some of the nicest people on earth.
We strongly urge you to bump this thread, especially former TOD slayers. Your inital post will have you subscribed to the thread, and you'll receive notifications of any new posts, thus helping you stay informed. So please subscribe, post, bump,and add your experience and vibe to this great event!
Is it May yet????