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Old 12-11-2018, 11:08 AM
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FWIW, I don't want to be a "captive audience" to a particular restaurant/hotel, unless it's only for a night or two.
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Old 12-11-2018, 11:18 AM
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FWIW, I don't want to be a "captive audience" to a particular restaurant/hotel, unless it's only for a night or two.
I'm with you on that one. That can be a problem with some of those places at the top of a mountain.
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Old 12-11-2018, 12:06 PM
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Worth a stop if you are near Maggie Valley. Some great opportunities for creative photos.
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I'm with you on that one. That can be a problem with some of those places at the top of a mountain.
Actually, the restaurant at Fontana has been very good (and that's for over 10 years). They even indulge me at times and make my 4 courses and dessert with paired wines.
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Old 12-12-2018, 12:55 PM
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I would recommend stopping in Asheville for a day/night on your way home. Visit the Biltmore Estate which is America's largest private residence, like the homes in Newport.
Also, Asheville has an excellent restaurant and beer scene.
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I would recommend stopping in Asheville for a day/night on your way home. Visit the Biltmore Estate which is America's largest private residence, like the homes in Newport.
Also, Asheville has an excellent restaurant and beer scene.
And on that note, check Table and Cucina 24 for new American and Italian respectively. Asheville is known for it's craft breweries and there are lots of opportunities to sample their brews. There's also a thriving music scene. A great place for the arts, good food and drink.
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Old 12-12-2018, 06:57 PM
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A must see is the Tree of Shame at the Deals Gap Motorcycle Inn. (Not a place I would stay but if you are driving the dragon anyway...)
The Fontana Dam is also pretty interesting and includes a small visitor's center.
There are some spectacular views along 129 with several scenic overlooks. Same with US28 and many other great driving roads in the area. Just be sure to exercise the appropriate amount of caution, especially if you find yourself on 129 in TN (the dragon). Keep it between the mustard and the mayo and be on the lookout for cars and bikes cutting across the curves, although locals and most visitors know better. If you find yourself closely followed by a more enthusiastic driver or biker, there are also plenty of pull-overs to let them by.
If you drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, don't expect to make good time. Speed limit is mostly 45 MPH and as low as 25 MPH where there a lot of pedestrians, and enforcement is pretty strict. But with the views you probably won't mind the leisurely pace.

One final (maybe) suggestion: Browsing the Dragon Events forum under "Meets and Events" will provide lots of ideas about things to do all over the eastern TN/western NC area.

PS: Lots of pics, please.
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Originally Posted by jukngene View Post
I would recommend stopping in Asheville for a day/night on your way home. Visit the Biltmore Estate which is America's largest private residence, like the homes in Newport.
Also, Asheville has an excellent restaurant and beer scene.
We had an MG national meet there in 2013. Stayed at the Crowne Plaza. There was a morning photo op at the Biltmore before taking the tour. Unfortunately we along with some friends didn't make it into the photo as we took full advantage of you last comment.



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Old 12-13-2018, 08:40 AM
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Thanks for all the helpful hints!!
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Old 12-14-2018, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by dlq04 View Post
We had an MG national meet there in 2013. There was a morning photo op at the Biltmore before taking the tour.
I was there in 2003 with the Fiat club! Here are pics of my white X1/9:





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