All of you with cost issues, there are plenty of other places to stay in the area. Robinsville, etc for cabins, rooms or camping. The venue for the Rally activities is the IronHorse but you are free to find other accommodations. This event is just a do not miss it event. No one cares where you stay just join us for the listed activities and enjoy the Rally with us all. I have weighed all the positive and negative options for the lodging and at this point the IronHorse still wins. As Mark444 indicated in a previous post "we are always looking for a better place for this event". Its all about the riding and people not about the place. We have even discussed other states but we never have found a place to offer what is in this area and at the IronHorse. This is the Eastern V-Strom Rally after all. See you all in a few weeks.Hendrik...........I will pay your Resort Fee if you come to the Rally. I guarantee you a Good Time.
We are now listed on the Tail of the Dragon website, under Events 2021........I know other places close by that are fine for camping. However, I would rather "aimlesly stagger" to my tent than try to find it on a bike, after dark, someplace else.
I'll make a special note to stop by fontana village, see what they have to offer, talk to the folks, etc. The location isn't much different than the ironhorse; I pass it at least a few times every time I come to the rally. But I've never actually rode in there.I won't be staying at the Ironhorse...ever again. I will pay a fair price for a room when it is warranted. But hiding fees, not allowing a cancelation even 6 months down the road isn't my idea of where I feel like spending my money. They have no wi-fi and limited food options. Yes, the facilities are nice. The improvements are there to appease a slightly different crowd. Fine. Next up will be a fee to put on the rally at their facility.
Fontana Village Resort is right down the road. MUCH nicer place to stay and have a rally. It may be that the cost isn't so different now! There is tent camping with showers. Nice rooms you can reserve for the meetings and BS sessions.
If I were a younger man I would be taking a look at this for us...that and being 1000 miles away makes it hard to do.