July 15, 16, 17 & 18
The main motel and dog pound location will be at the "Qualla Motel". It is operated by Phyllis and Tim. Phyllis will answer the phone most of the time. There are 28 rooms at this motel and 5 of them are already taken by construction workers.
All the rooms have 2 queen size beds, ac, mini fridge and microwave. There is a pool, gazebo, bbq grills under a shelter, plenty of rooms for vehicles towing trailers. The pool will stay open extended hours providing we quickly snatch up all the rooms. We are allowed to have a band play, but only if all rooms are reserved right away. I have a feeling these rooms will go fast.
I almost forgot......the Qualla motel also has 2 very nice log cabins....see picture. They sit on a nice small river and they sleep 4 and have a full kitchen. They get $497/2 night stay. Maybe you can bargain for a better deal.
There is also another motel next door to the Qualla Motel that will take more of us. They agreed to offer us the same rates. Its called the Pocahontas Motel.
The rate with tax at the Qaulla & Pocahontas motels are tax included and are discounted rates given to us. Weekdays/$ 60.50 weekend/$ 68.20 ($74.80 is their normal rate with tax).
Here is a link to check out the pics I took of both of these motels.http://Http://picasaweb.google.com/wolfchiefhowls
Contact Numbers are:
° Qualla motel 1-828-497-5161 only call between 9am-10pm eastern time. Tell them you need a room for drift-in 2009. They are very nice people and if no one answers, then leave a message. You will need a credit card to reserve the room. But they will not run your card until your arrival. If you need to cancel, do so in no less than 48 hours or they will charge your card for 1 night.......which pretty much everyone does that.
° Pocahontas 1-828-497-4081 bobby and connie run the place and they know me very well for the past 9 years. They also have mini-fridges and microwaves in all the rooms. You do not need to leave a credit card to reserve a room. But if you need to cancel, please call them and let them know.
There are other nicer hotels all within a 1 mile radius of the dog pound. They are all located in Cherokee, NC. I will let you google them and make your own choices
For those who wish to camp out or bring your rv.....a mile away is a great place called Craig's Cherokee campgrounds. http://Http://www.cherokeesmokies.com/camp/
Across the street from the Qualla motel you have a car wash, bank, chinese restaurant (all you can eat), Domino's pizza, McDonalds, Arby's. I think Taco Bell, and even a grocery store, gas station/carryout open all night long.
Please keep in mind that Cherokee is on the Cherokee Reservation and is in Jackson County – which is a dry county. Dry meaning you cannot buy any alcohol. But we can drink alcohol all we want at the rally motels. The nearest place to buy that i am aware of right now, would be Maggie Valley......a 20-30 minute ride away on the other side of a mountain called Soco Mountain. I will see about closer places to buy. So if at all possible, stock up before you reach C Cherokee. (I second the stock-up advice. You REALLY don’t want to have to make too may booz runs over the mountain!! – Chief)
Now during Drift-in 2008 in Maggie Valley, many of you wanted to ride and see many places, but you had no idea where to go or what to see and best roads to take. Well, one of our sponsors for Drift-In this year is Wayne. Wayne use to ride a drifter 1500. Very nice guy. What he does is rides all the roads in the area to find out which ones are best for bikers only. And he makes maps for bikers. Now he is giving each of us 20% off his maps. Now i have a few of his maps. I think they are a good deal. Here's what i am going to do. I will copy and paste his email here, so you can all go to his site and check it out. If you order, make sure you put in the coupon code:"drifter".
Coupon code is: drifter
coupons must be redeemed through America Rides Maps secure on-line store http://shop.americaridesmaps.com/main.sc
They are not available from the other pages of the web site, all of which offer options for direct purchases. Be sure to make it clear they must go to the secure on-line store section of the web site to use the coupon code. Best to use the link above to direct them to the correct address.
Offer expires July 31, 2009.
mobile: (828) 734-2164
If you have any questions, ideas, suggestions or even complaints......please direct them to me by e-mail. Wolfchief@mindspring.com
p.s. please register online for this rally. http://www.drift-in.org/direg.html