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Well, the good news keeps on coming! We have just been notified that our venue for the 2020 MOGSouth Holiday Party, planned for 5 December in Peachtree City, GA will not open to the public, at least for the foreseeable future. It could happen but it would be an unacceptable risk to blindly drive on with the current plan. And, although we do have some time to re-wicker our plans, the primary reason we were going to Peachtree City was this venue. Without this venue, we wouldn’t really have much of Holiday Party.
That being said, we will look at the possibility of using this venue next year for the 2021 MOGSouth Holiday Party. I was pretty enthused by the opportunity and I would hope others would have enjoyed it as well.
This also necessitates the deferment of the 2020 Mother Courage Award presentation. The 2019 Awardees, the Gary and Judy Heck, will retain the award for another year until it can be presented once again in 2021.
Just to reiterate, the 2020 MOGSouth Holiday Party, previously scheduled for 5 Dec, in Peachtree City, GA has been CANCELLED.
We have decided to CANCEL the upcoming MOGSouth Fall Meet, in Mississippi over the Halloween Weekend, due to the Virus.
Rest assured, this decision was not made in a vacuum or done in a less than thorough manner. Lots of involved folks were queried and their inputs were seriously taken under consideration. Obviously, the GatorMOG Road Trip, that was planned to get the Florida members to Mississippi, has also been canceled.
As has been previously published, the 2020 MOGSouth Spring Meet in Little Switzerland, was postponed for a calendar year, and now will be held May 7-9, 2021. Go to MOGSouth Spring Meet for details.
We may reschedule this Mississippi Meet for next fall (2021), but that is still TBD. We would hate to have all the great work Joe and Cynthia Speetjens have done to organize this meet get thrown away. However, there were other activities planned for the fall of 2021 that may preclude us from doing this.
Joe has already let the hotels, restaurants and others know we are not coming as our event has been cancelled. However you should still call and cancel any hotel reservations you may have made.
If you have a strong opinion about going or not going to Mississippi, send an email to Mogsouth@yahoo.com and let us know your thoughts.
All of this is dependent on an ‘open’ environment for travel and a confirmed ‘go ahead’ decision on the MOGSouth Fall Meet in Mississippi.
Although this activity is labeled as a GatorMOG event, everyone is invited. The MOGSouth Fall Meet is a good distance from those members in Florida, so a road trip was designed. Others are welcome to join us as we make our way to Mississippi, but do let Mark Braunstein know that you intend to join the road trip and at what location you think you will link up. That way we can look for you!
This Road Trip is designed to be relatively easy. It limits the drives to 4-6 hours per day. This allows us the time to eat breakfast, leave at a reasonable time in the morning (e.g. 0830 – 0900) stop for lunch and still arrive at our destination before dark. It also takes in the need for a few nature breaks along the way. Hell, we are getting older and a few stops are a necessity these days.
We should arrive early enough, each afternoon, to get checked into the hotel, deal with any car issues (if necessary) and have sufficient time to clean up – all before we find a beer and dinner.
Note: There are NO designated room blocks at the various hotels as our party, on this road trip, is not expected to be big enough to justify room blocks. That being said, use whatever discount rate options you might have, AAA, Military, AARP, Senior Citizen, etc.
Where provided below, the turn-by-turn instructions are mostly courtesy Google Maps and they may have errors. They are just there to give you some idea of the route. I have attempted to find a path that avoids highways and takes relatively scenic routes to Clarksdale, Mississippi (Fall Meet Headquarters). The plan also includes some time driving on the Natchez Trace. If you find you are on your own, follow your GPS to the next hotel or stop. We will travel at speeds that should allow folks to follow without issues, but there may be construction or detours or other things that alter our plans.
Note there is a one hour time difference between Orlando, FL and Clarksdale, MS. Times shown in this document are all local times.
The details of this road trip get us to Clarksdale, MS for the MOGSouth Fall Meet. Following the Fall Meet, we will depart Clarksdale, MS on Sunday morning for Memphis, TN. Gotta’ go to Graceland and see Elvis!! After that, our plans are very tentative. Anything is possible!
After seeing Graceland and the Elvis exhibits in Memphis, the road trip will dissolve. Some will continue on as a group for a while and others will scatter to find their own way home.
Action: Notify Mark Braunstein if you are participating in the Road Trip and where you will join up with the others, e.g. Apalachicola, Fairhope, etc.
Action: You must make your own hotel reservations (and there are NO Morgan Group Rates) for the hotels identified at the various stops on this Road Trip. Use whatever discount options you have, AAA, Military, AARP, etc. And there are no identified hotels for the days after the Fall Meet in Clarksdale, MS. So be prepared for more reservations after we leave and head home.
Action: You must make your own MOGSouth Fall Meet hotel reservations in Clarksdale, Mississippi. There is a Group Rate (and use MOGSouth when making reservations.) The details are provided by Joe Speetjens and posted on the MOGSouth Web Site. There are specific requirements so please visit the web site before you attempt to make reservations.
Day 1 (Tuesday, 27 Oct) – Travel from Home to Apalachicola, FL
This day is a travel day that gets us all to the Gulf Coast. For some it may be a short day and for others, it may be a longer day. Hopefully, all will arrive in the mid to late afternoon. Then we can simply take in the scenic views of Apalachicola. It is believed that there will be folks that will join the rest of the group in Apalachicola.
Breakfast – At Home
Lunch Stop – On Your Own
Hotel – Two Choices – Pick One (Using Google Maps, they appear to less than ½ mile apart.)
Water Street Hotel & Marina,www.waterstreethotel.com , 329 Water St, Apalachicola, FL 32320 – Appears to be More Modern Looking – Cheaper
Dinner Stop – We will figure it out when we get there.
Day 2 (Wednesday, 28 Oct) – Apalachicola, FL to Fairhope Alabama 4 h 48 min (212 mi)
Fairhope, Alabama is home to long time Morganeer and MOGSouth Club Member, Tony McLaughlin, the owner and maintainer of Morganville, the online Morgan Register. (www.morganville.org) Tony is our host for a MOGSouth / GatorMOG Road Trip Party in the evening. Remember, there will a one hour time change on route to Fair Hope, AL.
Breakfast – TBD – Need to find a Breakfast Location
Lunch Stop vic Pensacola – TBD – We will figure it out when we get there.
Follow US-90 W to County Rd 54 in Robertsdale (52 min (35.7 mi))
Take AL-104 W to N Greeno Rd in Fairhope (16 min (11.6 mi))
Per Tony –
Stay on US 98 from Apalachicola and go until you see a state highway 399 to the south at Navarre Beach, about 10 miles west of Ft. Walton, FL.
Take it and get on the beach road. It’s all pure white sand the entire trek, looking at the Gulf from there.
If the weather is bad, I would not do it, because it is at sea level. The scenery is terrific though! Follow it until the end, go across Pensacola Beach Bridge, and rejoin Hwy 98.
Stay on 98 through Pensacola, going west. DON’T do what Google tells you, but stay on 98 through Foley, AL
You will enter Foley, go straight ahead on 98 for around 12-15 more miles, until you see a 4 way stop, with a Shell Station on the right. Do NOT go right on 98 here (That’s just the 4-lane into Fairhope), but go STRAIGHT ahead on ALTERNATE 98, which will curve to the right after 2 miles, and take you up a very scenic road along Mobile Bay, about 6-8 miles. Beautiful Scenery!
You will pass Gambino’s Restaurant where we will eat and go about 1/2 mile until you see Fairhope Pier. That is the intersection of Fairhope Avenue.
Take a right up Fairhope Avenue, go 4 blocks, or the second traffic light, to Section St., and then turn left on Section St.
The Hampton Inn is 1/2 block on your left, and free covered parking is behind the hotel, down the alley way on its left.
Dinner Party – Gambino’s in Fairhope, which is on Mobile Bay. Host – Tony McLaughlin
Day 3 (Thursday, 29 Oct) – Fairhope, AL to Hammond, LA 4 h 23 min (168 mi)
Hammond is some 45 mins from New Orleans or Baton Rouge. We should get there early afternoon. So you have options. Staying North of New Orleans allows us flexibility on Friday to drive on the Natchez Trace.
Breakfast – At Hotel
Follow Fairhope Ave to US-98 W/N Greeno Rd (4 min (1.1 mi))
Continue on US-98 W. Take MS-26 W, LA-21 S and E U.S. Hwy 190 W to State Rte 1067 in Tangipahoa Parish (3 h 49 min (184 mi))
Follow State Rte 1067 and Old Covington Hwy to S Holly St in Hammond
Lunch Stop – TBD – We will find our own Lunch, depending on time and numbers.
Day 4 (Friday, 30 Oct) – Hammond, LA to Clarksdale, MS 6 hrs (325 mi)
This day is mainly a travel day to the Fall Meet location. It is a longer route, staying off the highway, however; we can gain about an hour should we opt for the highway. Better to leave early and minimize the stops (lunch, gas, etc.) We can travel the Natchez Trace some. We should get there in the mid to late afternoon and have time to get settled and find the Hospitality Suite.
Breakfast – At Hotel
Take LA-1064 W and LA-43 N to LA-10 W/LA-441 N in 5 (41 min (30.7 mi))
Turn left onto LA-10 W/LA-441 N 46 s (0.6 mi)
Follow LA-441 N, MS-584 W and MS-24 W to MS-33 N in Gloster (47 min (42.1 mi))
Turn right onto MS-33 N (18 min (17.5 mi))
Turn left onto Liberty Rd (24 min (20.0 mi))
Turn left onto Lissie St/Natchez Trace Pkwy (2 min (0.6 mi))
Drive from US-61 N and Natchez Trace Pkwy to Hinds County (1 h 8 min (67.5 mi))
Lunch Stop – TBD – Accommodations for ?? People
Continue to follow Natchez Trace Pkwy (1 h 13 min (66.3 mi))
Follow MS-27 N to US-61 N in Vicksburg (20 min (17.6 mi))
Follow US-61 N to MS-161 N in Clarksdale (2 h 21 min (140 mi))
Continue on MS-161 N. Drive to 3rd Street (7 min (3.0 mi))
Hotel – MOGSouth Fall Meet Hotel, The Travelers Hotel (Clarksdale, MS)
Day 4/5 (Fri / Sat, 30/31 Oct) – MOGSouth Fall Meet Clarksdale, MS
Day 6 (Sunday, 1 Nov) – Clarksdale, MS to Memphis, TN
This day is a travel day to Memphis and to visit Graceland. Those wishing to join the convoy and go to Memphis are welcome. Otherwise, head home!! Absolutely no plans have been made for hotel and meals. We are winging it!
Breakfast – At Hotel
Lunch Stop in Memphis, TN
Graceland – Elvis!
Hotel – Vic Graceland (Memphis, TN)
Day 7 (Monday, 2 Nov) – Memphis, TN to Montgomery, AL
This day is basically a travel day headed back to Florida. If you have alternate plans, don’t follow us! Our plan is to get to Montgomery, AL. Absolutely no plans have been made for hotel and meals. We are winging it!
Breakfast – At Hotel
Lunch Stop Vic Jasper, AL
Hotel – Vic Montgomery, AL
Day 8 (Tuesday, 3 Nov) – Montgomery, AL to Lake City, FL
This day is basically a travel day headed back to Florida. If you have alternate plans, don’t follow us! Our plan is to get to Lake City, FL. Absolutely no plans have been made for hotel and meals. We are winging it!
The 2020 MOGSouth Fall Meet’s Headquarters Hotel is the Travelers Hotel in Clarksdale, MS, 212 Third Street, Clarksdale, MS 38614, (662) 483-0693, email: email@example.com web site: https://www.stayattravelers.com/ The contact people are Ann Williams or Chuck Rutledge, and you can reach them at (662) 483-0693.
Please note that at The Travelers Hotel, the MOGSOUTH code is ONLY VALID when you book through the website, in person, or over the phone. It will not work if someone tries to reserve a room through a booking channel like Expedia or Booking.com.
A second location, just around the corner, with additional lodging is the Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale, MS, 387 Delta Avenue, Clarksdale, MS 38614, For Hotel Accommodations at the Ground Zero Blues Club, Please Call Stacy Stanberry. Her number is 1-662-719-7050. Please call her first. If, and only if, you cannot contact Stacy, call Tameal at 1-662-621-9009. Tameal is the manager and she really doesn’t handle reservations unless Stacy is unavailable. Web Site: https://www.groundzerobluesclub.com/
Please look at the various location’s web sites to determine which facility is best for you. Note the MOGSouth Hospitality Suite will be in the Morgan Freeman Room of the Ground Zero Blues Club. Also, On Halloween night, there will be a costume party at Ground Zero, and there will be terrific music. It should be a really wonderful experience.
If you want another blues experience, Red’s in Clarksdale is your best bet. Other recommended eating spots are Grandma’s Pancake House and Stone Pony Pizza.
The cut-off date to book rooms (at either Ground Zero or The Travelers) at the MOGSouth rate for October 30 and 31st, 2020 is September 18, 2020.
Make reservations now even if there is a possibility you will have a conflict. If you find that you cannot make the trip, you will still have plenty of time to cancel. Be advised, there are a limited number of rooms at both hotels, so please go ahead and make reservations now.
Simply mention you are with MOGSouth to get the discounted rate.
Cynthia and I [Cynthia and Joe Speetjens] will be hosting the MOGSouth meet on Halloween weekend this fall, and we decided a blues-themed event was the way to go. After all, Mississippi is the home of the blues!
It’s our plan to make the most of a week-end that will include an evening of incredible blues music at Ground Zero, the #3 jazz/blues venue in the United States (after Preservation Hall in New Orleans and Café Carlyle in New York), the only Grammy Museum outside of Los Angeles, and the remarkable B.B. King Museum in B.B.’s hometown, Indianola.
Please note that we’re just getting started with the plans, and in this day and time, who knows what we’ll be able to do, if anything, in October. But, if we’re all free to travel, we think everybody will have a great time.
We’ve done some reconnaissance work recently, and our plans are shaping up really well, so we thought we would share with ya’ll where we are so far. Let me emphasize ‘so far.’ I think we’re all aware that everything can change in a minute these days. The plans are still very tentative, but here’s what we have in mind:
Friday October 30, 2020 Arrival
At this point in time the Fall Meet will be Headquartered in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Clarksdale, Mississippi is in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. It’s about an hour southwest of Memphis, and about two and a half hours north of Jackson. The end of the cotton era left Clarksdale without much industry except the blues, and so it became a world-renown blues venue. The Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale every spring brings in thousands of blues fans from all over the world, not to mention some true music legends just hanging out in the audience.
Accommodations in Clarksdale are “unique.” There are two locations we think everyone would enjoy, and they are walking distance apart, maybe a quarter mile at most.
The first is actually Ground Zero itself. There are about 8 rooms that can be rented above the club, and all of them are very large. Several of them have two bedrooms if that works for anyone. The largest one is the Morgan Freeman room, and we plan to stage the hospitality room there. (Morgan Freeman is one of the owners of Ground Zero; he just shows up now and then, but no way to tell.) All the rooms have high ceilings and hardwood floors. Each room also has a kitchenette, so entertaining is presumed. It’s not the Hampton Inn experience, for sure.
The second venue is The Travelers Hotel, a truly interesting, relatively new boutique hotel in a building that originally housed the railroad workers when they stopped for the night at Clarksdale.
Both Ground Zero and The Travelers Hotel have great websites, so I encourage you to take a look.
We don’t have much reliable information on the rates yet, since nobody was home in Clarksdale or anywhere else yesterday when we drove up, but we’ll get that to you soon.
Friday Evening, October 30, 2020
If you haven’t experienced the joy of a great blues club, Ground Zero is a bucket-list must. It’s bar club food – good burgers and other sandwiches, so you can eat there or on your own elsewhere in Clarksdale. My advice would be to get to Ground Zero, get a good seat, and order a burger and a drink. You’ll see and hear the greatest blues musicians that Mississippi and the south in general have to offer, and, let’s face it, in the blues world, we have the best.
When you’ve had all the blues you want, it’s a very short walk back to The Travelers, and even shorter if you’re just going upstairs over the club.
(The music stops at midnight – I imagine that’s something to consider.) We can’t identify the entertainment for Friday night yet; we’ll let you know as soon as we can.)
Saturday, October 31, 2020
There are several breakfast spots within walking distance that you will enjoy, or it’s a 5- minute drive to Grandma’s Pancake House, a beloved local haunt. But, plan to be on the road by 9:00 a.m., because the schedule takes us down Highway 61, the road where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil and Bob Dylan revisited, to Indianola, Mississippi, home of Riley B. (“B.B.”) King.
It’s about 60 miles to Indianola from Clarksdale, and you’ll get the feel of the Delta on the drive. It’s flat as a plate for as far as the eyes can see – just like you thought it would be.
Then we will stop at the B.B. King Museum.
It’s an excellent museum, and you’ll want to spend maybe an hour and half there.
We are working on arrangements to have lunch served in the museum itself. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll have our own blues man play for us during the lunch hour, but we’re not at all sure about that yet.
After lunch, we’ll be heading back up Highway 61 to Cleveland, Mississippi, home of the Grammy Museum. Cleveland is also the home of Delta State University. Delta State has always taken advantage of the blues culture, and its music department is renown. Mississippi played its blues card right, and Cleveland came up first in the competition for a second Grammy museum in America. You’ll love it.
After that, we’ll head back to Clarksdale. On the way, there are two tiny little towns, Merigold and Mound Bayou, that have become famous for their unique pottery. McCarty Pottery in Merigold was opened by Lee and Pup McCarty in the 1950’s, and they created a style of pottery all their own that truly took off. After they died, the new owners maintained that business, but the McCarty’s long-time employee, Peter (last-name-unknown) started his own place about 5 miles up the road. His wares are just as wonderful, but a little bit different.
Both businesses ship all over the world, so if you have any interest in that, it’s a 5-minute detour off of Highway 61 to visit either of them.
Assuming that we had left Indianola around 1:00 after lunch, toured the Grammy Museum and took a little time to look at pottery, our arrival time at Clarksdale should be about 5:00, and everyone can retire to the Morgan Freeman room for a drink, or just take a little breather before dinner.
Saturday Evening, October 31, 2020
The ‘banquet’ Saturday night will be a barbecue buffet at Hooker’s, located directly next door to The Travelers Hotel.
Hookers has great food, and it’s known for their t-shirts that bear quotes from Mississippi authors. (“In order to understand the world, you must first understand Mississippi” – Faulkner; or “I think some of us are disturbed” – Tennessee Williams.)
After dinner, if you still have the energy and the spirit, you can put on your Halloween costume and head back to Ground Zero to hear bluesman Stan Street at the Halloween party, or just check out several other great blues clubs in about a 5-block area.
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Many of you may want to head back home, but if you’re not ready to give up the Mississippi experience, you can follow us heading east on Highway 6 to Oxford, home of Ole Miss, for about 60 miles. Oxford is a beautiful place, and those who enjoy Mississippi writers may want to check out William Faulkner’s home. Square Books in Oxford is, no question, the best independent bookstore in America, bar none. There are many, many really interesting places to have lunch in Oxford, too.
And, if you’re still in the mood, Tupelo is only about an hour east of Oxford. You really shouldn’t go to Mississippi and not see Elvis Presley’s birthplace. The Elvis Presley museum in Tupelo is a great experience as well, and as a side note, you will want to see several truly wonderful bronze sculptures of Elvis on the museum property created by my cousin, Michiel Von der Sommen, originally from the Netherlands but now living in North Carolina, who was commissioned to create them.
Or, some of you may want to head up to Memphis either before or after the Oxford / Tupelo side-trips, and if you do, it goes without saying that Graceland is a must.
We will arrange for security for the cars in a lot directly across the street from the Travelers Hotel. It is very well-lit anyway, and almost every room in the hotel overlooks the parking lot. We’ll make sure that the security of your Morgan won’t be an issue.
We really think this will be a truly enjoyable event; just to get you in the mood, Cynthia has compiled a playlist of a number of her blues favorites that you can play while you’re stuck in the house. [Note: to listen to the play list, requires a Spotify account. You can sign up for free if you wish. ]
So, in the immortal words of Muddy Waters, ‘get your mojo working,’ and plan on being with us for Halloween, 2020!
[Details will be forthcoming as the logistics gets worked. There are lots of moving pieces, not to mention the virus restrictions. Just getting folks to answer the phone is almost impossible. They just aren’t there yet, but when the clouds part and the sun comes out, things will get nailed down and rest assured we will post them for you. See you in Mississippi!! Cheers, Mark]
Well, we tried and held out as long as we thought prudent.
Bottom Line: the decision has been made to cancel the May 8-10, 2020 MOGSouth Spring Meet in Little Switzerland, North Carolina.
Things are moving quickly in NC. Effective tomorrow (30 March) NC is under a “Stay at Home” order. Travel is limited to specific purposes with stiff penalties violations ($1000 and 60 days in jail.) Although the Blue Ridge Parkway is still accessible (but for how long?) the other two drive locations, Mt Mitchell and Linville Falls have been closed.
Our Meet Hotel, the Switzerland Inn has yet to close, however the closures of lodging is accelerating. Mitchell County (where the Switzerland Inn in located) has issued a voluntary order for lodging closure with a threat to make it non-voluntary.
Given all this, we will attempt to negotiate with the Inn and others to find a suitable date in May of next year (2021) so we salvage as much of the planning efforts of Jim and Collette Clark that we can.
ACTION REQUIRED: If you planned on attending this meet and have made reservations at the Switzerland Inn, you need to contact the hotel and cancel your reservations. Also if, like some of the Florida folks, you had hotel reservations at any intermediate stops along the way, you need to cancel these as well.
If you have questions, send us an email at MOGSouth@yahoo.com. Mark
MCCDC’s MOG 50, LURAY, VA –POSTPONED – NEW DATE: JULY 2-4, 2021
With the full impact of the COVID 19 pandemic continuing to unfold and the uncertainty of what to expect, the Executive Committee of the Morgan Car Club of Washington, DC, Inc has approved my recommendation to postpone MOG 50. Everyone’s health and well-being are MCCDC’s ultimate concern.
MCCDC has arranged with the management of the Mimslyn Inn to re-schedule MOG 50 to Friday-Sunday, July 2-4, 2021. The Mimslyn Inn has assured us that it is willing to re-book all current reservations for the above dates in 2021.
ACTION REQUIRED!! PLEASE CONTACT THE MIMSLYN INN TO CANCEL YOUR CURRENT RESERVATIONS AND CHANGE YOUR RESERVATIONS TO THE NEW MOG 50 DATES…JULY 2-4, 2021 (Phone:540-743-5105 – email:firstname.lastname@example.org).
[Folks this may or may not work for you. If you cannot, as yet, commit to next year, you will want to cancel your Mimslyn Inn reservations outright, and NOT change your reservations to next year. If things then work out for next year, you will have to make reservations for that time. Mark]
If you had additional dates previously, please contact the Mimslyn Inn to cancel your current reservations and change them to the dates you desire. NOTE: This includes both rooms in the Mimslyn Inn AND the Cottages . Those with reservations at other hotels and/or travel reservations should have time to re-schedule their reservations, as well.
The Mimslyn Inn is working closely with MCCDC to make MOG 50 a great event in 2021. The Mimslyn Inn needs you to cancel your current reservations so they can book these rooms/cottages for anyone wishing to stay with them July 2-5, 2020. In doing so, we can help the Mimslyn Inn recover as soon as possible from the COVID 19 pandemic effects. THANKS!!
Regarding those who have already registered for MOG 50, those Registrations will still be valid and apply for MOG 50 to be held July 2-4, 2021. Questions regarding existing Registrations will be handled on a case by case basis.
Stay well and please observe all the recommendations from the CDC and other federal, state and local authorities. Feel free to contact me directly @ email@example.com for any further questions or concerns.
Best regards, Richard B. Fohl, MD, President MCCDC
[Folks, FYI, I have also rescinded MOGSouth’s offer, to MCCDC, to run the Gymkhana at MOG 50. I do not know if we will have sufficient manpower in 2021. Mark]
I suspect we are all getting a little anxious with our curtailed travel, lock downs and social distancing. Unfortunately, it makes the most sense to heed the warnings and abide by the guidelines of the CDC. I would like to say I have good news, but I can’t. We are optimistic but being realistic, we are still quite concerned.
The plan is to make a decision on 20 April, to stay the course or postpone our Spring Meet scheduled for 8 – 10 May, in Little Switzerland, NC.
This a full week before our hotel rooms at the Switzerland Inn have to be cancelled without incurring any financial liability. (If we do cancel be sure to call and cancel your individual reservation to preclude getting charged.)
There seems to be some good news coming from various locations, re: the virus, but it is all very difficult to predict. North Carolina has recently mandated the closure of restaurants and hotels in the vicinity of Little Switzerland, and reemphasized the 10 person limitation for non-essential gatherings. This doesn’t bode well for us, even though we are still a good six weeks away. We know folks have made significant personal and financial investments in our current dates so a measured decision is fully warranted. Again, at this point, we need to give it a little more time.
The MCCDC’s 50th MOG (Morgan Owners Gathering) Anniversary is the headquartered at the Mimslyn Inn (401 W Main Str., Luray, VA 22835) over the 4th of July, 2020. The Morgan events will span Friday 3 July to Sunday 5 July.
The Mimslyn Inn is supposedly full and now working on a waiting list. Judy Heck got this list of other hotels in the Luray, VA area and suggested I pass it on to those of you also be looking for accommodations in Luray.
The Inn of the Shenandoah, (540) 300-9777, 4.79 stars
Peabody’s ‘Hip Little Stay,’ (540) 742-0696, 4.9 stars
Hawksbill House, (540) 742-1553, 4.1 stars
Days Inn, (540) 742-4521, 3.2 stars
Budget Inn, (540) 742-5176, 3.1 stars
Luray B&B, (540) 743-4947, 4.0 stars
Woodruff House B&B, (540) 244-7588, 4.9 stars
South Court Inn B&B, (540) 843-0980, 4.7 stars
Ruffner House B&B, (540) 743-7855, 5.0 stars
Hillside B&B, (540) 743- 6322, 4.4 stars
Some of these might already be full, I don’t know and I have no specific knowledge of any of these other hotels, so I cannot make any suggestions. None of these is endorsed in anyway by MCCDC or MOGSouth so use you best judgement and check on line reviews best you can. Cheers, Mark
Lodging – The Meet Hotel is the Little Switzerland Inn. 86 High Ridge Rd, Little Switzerland, NC 28749. FYI, Exit 334 off Blue Ridge Parkway
Our hosts (Jim and Colette Clark) have negotiated an amazing discount for each room ($20 per night off their normal starting prices of $169 per night), so be sure to make your reservations online at switzerlandinn.com using the group number 998642439836795 for the discount. If you don’t use the group number, you won’t get the discount.
It’s easy to book your room. Simply go to the Inn’s web site and click Book Now (yellow button in the upper right of the screen)
Input 8 May as check in and 10 May as check out (unless you are arriving early or staying later!)
Select Advanced Search, select I have a Group Number, enter the Group Number. Then hit GO.
You’ll then be shown available room types and prices. Select more info and you’ll be given the opportunity to select that room type that you want.
Note: There is a ‘bug’ in the Switzerland Inn’s web site. The room choices, after acceptance of the group number, all show an occupant limit of 1; this is a program glitch – ignore it.
Hospitality Room – The Hospitality Room will be in Balsam Cottage. (Map of the grounds on the Inn’s website, if needed.) The hospitality room will be open:
Friday: 4 – 6 and 7 – 10 PM
Saturday: 4 – 6 and 7 – 10 PM
Sunday: 8 – 9 AM
Activities – Friday Night Dinner is on your own. FYI, If you choose to eat at the Switzerland Inn’s restaurant anytime during your stay (other than Saturday Night) you must make your reservations at the Main Desk in the Lobby.
9 AM drive south on the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) 25 miles to the summit of Mt. Mitchell,
12 PM lunch at the Little Switzerland Inn
1:30 PM drive north on the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) 20 miles to Linville Gorge
6 PM dinner at the Inn in the”Chalet Restaurant” (FYI, Reservations for the entire MOGSouth Group have already been made. We’ll order off the menu and pay individually/charge to room.)
After dinner gathering either on the “Terrace” or alternately in the “Lobby”, depending on the weather.
9 AM drive of the infamous DIAMONDBACK,
which starts and ends at the Inn. This drive takes 30 minutes.