Drive and Dine – the Dragon & Tapoco Lodge

August 6th Drive and Dine – Tail of the Dragon/Tapoco Lodge

Our August drive out will encompass the Tail of the Dragon as we make our way to the historic Tapoco Lodge in Robbinsville, NC, where we will cap off the drive with lunch at their newly renovated River Grill overlooking the Cheoah River.

I invite you to explore their website to view all they have to offer:

Please Note: Due to the fact that we will be traversing the Tail of the Dragon (11 miles, 318 curves), this drive will be limited to 15 cars – first come first serve. Should you wish to join in on the fun, I suggest you act quickly and RSVP directly to me at as I expect this drive to book up early. I will send an acknowledgement to the first 15 respondents confirming your RSVP. A wait list will be maintained and I ask that should any of the confirmed find it necessary to cancel, that you please let me know as soon as possible so I may relinquish your spot to another party on the wait list.


8:30 a.m. Meet at Knoxville Travel Center 615 Watt Road Knoxville Tn 37934
8:40 a.m. Mandatory drivers meeting and required signatures
9:00 a.m. Depart (please have your vehicles fueled up and ready to go as there are no planned fuel stops)
9:45 a.m. Restroom break at U.S. 129 Dragon Harley-Davidson (Brief stop to stretch your legs, grab a beverage and use the restroom prior to crossing over the Dragon – no gas!)
10:00 a.m. Resume drive
11:00 a.m. Arrive at Tapoco Lodge

The organized drive ends at lunch. This will allow individual opportunities to explore the surrounding area at leisure – both Fontana Dam and the Cherohala Skyway are in close proximity. As always we are hoping the weather will cooperate, but should the weather turn inclement, we will cancel the event and look to reschedule at a later date.


Route Map: Watt Rd to Tapoco Lodge Tapoco Lodge

River Grill Lunch Menu

Overnight Drive to Blowing Rock, NC

We are having an overnight drive out on August 20, 2016 to the beautiful town of Blowing Rock, NC. We will stay at the Blowing Rock Inn on August 20, 2016.  Rooms will be $119 per night plus applicable taxes.  On Sunday, we will return to Asheville via the Blue Ridge Parkway and the drive out will end there.
This trip will be limited to 20 cars due to the available space at the Blowing Rock Inn and we will determine the participants on a first come, first served basis.  An additional 4 villas are available at $159 per night if anyone is interested.  If you are going, please make your own room reservation at the Blowing Rock Inn 828 295-7921.  Be sure and tell them you are with the Porsche club.  Lodging reservations must be made by phone at the above number.  The night has been blocked for us and internet reservations will not be possible.  After making your reservation, please email me at and let me know you are planning to attend.  I expect this trip to sell out and if that happens, we will start a waiting list.
More information and an agenda for the trip will be available later.

Upcoming Events

August Social

August 9 – Carolina Ale House 6:00PM  please RSVP Louise (

We have TWO drives coming up…
August 6 – the Dragon!
August 20 – Drive to Blowing Rock, NC.

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Porsche Club Info