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« on: September 18, 2011, 10:18:34 PM »

If y'all have some free time, you're welcome to follow us up to the mountains the second weekend of October.

First, on Saturday, we're heading up to Winchester, VA to visit Marker-Miller Orchards for their Apple Festival. 20 varieties of apples for sale, LOADS of apple food like pies, cobblers and apple cider donuts, which I hear are awesome. Also have music and events for the kids. It's a  pretty neat place. Here is their WEBSITE: www.markermillerorchards.com/home/

Then on Sunday, our good MINI friends at DC Metro MINI's is having a run up to Luray Caverns. If you don't want to make it an overnighter, you can easily do either day. Orchard on Saturday or the Caverns on Sunday. I plan on doing some motoring around the Charlottesville area Saturday. And hopefully hook up with some of the guys from the fledgling club, Central VA Mini club. There  are some good roads up thata way! Then on to the orchard for Saturday afternoon.

Luray Caverns is always fun and enjoying it with a bunch of MINI friends is always a plus. There are also a lot of thins to do around Luray, including a car museum right on their property. I promise to find some nice roads to the orchard and up to Luray!
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2011, 09:04:54 AM »

This sounds like a big pile of fun!   038  Where are you staying for the overnite?  I will plan to stay at same place.  Do you know if the Apple Festival is dog friendly?
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2011, 11:57:44 AM »

This sounds like a big pile of fun!   038  Where are you staying for the overnite?  I will plan to stay at same place.  Do you know if the Apple Festival is dog friendly?

Working on overnight accommodations now. Will check and see if they  are puppy friendly. I'm fairly sure I remember seeing dogs there before though.
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2011, 06:02:45 PM »

Your just trying to put mileage on Elaine's car aren't you. 017 017 017
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2011, 06:11:55 PM »

Don't worry, you have little chance of catching the Clubman!
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2011, 01:24:09 PM »

And hopefully hook up with some of the guys from the fledgling club, Central VA Mini club.

 icon_rolleyes  Wish we were more than "fledgling"...hopefully in the future we will really get going.
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« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2011, 04:11:01 PM »

And hopefully hook up with some of the guys from the fledgling club, Central VA Mini club.

 icon_rolleyes  Wish we were more than "fledgling"...hopefully in the future we will really get going.

Actually Mike, there's y'all in Richmond, Star City MINI's in Roanoke and Central VA MINI club in Charlottesville, so MINI clubs are popping up all over. Trust me, I know first hand how much it takes to recruit, retain and entertain members. Add that to keeping some sort of web presence and maintain a full time job along with family stuff and it's a wonder anything gets done! At least y'all have a dealership in your back yard. Star City and Central VA don't. That's a MAJOR advantage!

I'd love to see all those clubs up and running well. Can you imagine how many MINI events we'd have to choose from?!
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2011, 11:59:06 PM »

Trying to judge how many MINI's we might have with interest in this run.

It's a full day drive if you plan on doing the Hampton Roads to Winchester to Hampton Roads run. Couple that drive with a good couple of hours at the Orchard and you'll be pretty worn out. BUT, if you do that, you'll miss hanging out with the DC Metro MINI's on their run down to Luray Caverns.

I planned on making some runs around the Shenandoah Valley area until they make it down. No real plan or route, just drive and see the area.

The only down side, since we're close to the Northern VA/DC area, hotel rooms ain't cheap. If I had an idea of how many people are interested, I might be able to get a discounted rate.

Any takers?
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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2011, 10:03:44 AM »

subscribed .. definitely an interesting sounding option, gotta check the schedule ..
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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2011, 08:43:29 PM »

This is a nice hotel:

http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/selectRoom.do

Not very far from the festivities, either! 
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« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2011, 09:01:57 PM »

This is a nice hotel:

http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/selectRoom.do

Not very far from the festivities, either! 

I like Best Westerns!
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« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2011, 09:03:27 PM »

This sounds like a big pile of fun!   038  Where are you staying for the overnite?  I will plan to stay at same place.  Do you know if the Apple Festival is dog friendly?

Working on overnight accommodations now. Will check and see if they  are puppy friendly. I'm fairly sure I remember seeing dogs there before though.

Festival is leashed dog friendly
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« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2011, 11:33:42 PM »

Hey Erika, bythe time I got to it, it says "session timed out".

Is this the address you were looking at?
BEST WESTERN Lee-Jackson Inn and Conference Center
711 Millwood Avenue
Winchester, VA
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If that's it, TripAdvisor.com gives it a decent rating. Travelers reviews seemed good, though some posts from 2010 were less than flattering. Recent posts seemed good, though. Only 1 excellent out of all the reviews and right many terrible reviews. But again, recent reviews were good.
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« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2011, 05:56:14 AM »

Yes, that's the one.
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« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2011, 09:52:24 AM »

Cross posting to this thread since it was a similar event and perhaps there are some who are subscribed to one and not the other ..

http://www.hrmini.com/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,32/topic,4286.0/
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