Appalachian Adventure 2024



Appalachian Adventure 2024


Appalachian Adventure 2024 will be held at the Waynesville Inn and Golf Club in Waynesville, NC on September 5 - 8. This multi-event weekend will include:

Thursday, September 5:  Welcome Reception.  Dinner will be on your own.

Friday September 6:  Continental Breakfast, Driving Tours, Tech Quiz, Group Dinner at the Hotel

Saturday September 7:  Continental Breakfast, Concours, Special Events, Awards Dinner at the Hotel with Guest Speaker Martin Steger of Carolina Coach Crafters and Sonderwerks (See Bio below).

Sunday September 8:  Continental Breakfast and Fond Farewells until Next Year!

 We will be using a two part registration process similar to Parade.  Hotel Registration is scheduled to open on or about June 15, 2024 and Event Registration will open for those that have hotel rooms reserved on or about July 15, 2024.  Event Registration for anyone not needing a hotel reservation will open on or about July 30, 2024.

Watch the web site and your inbox for further details.

 If you have questions please contact John Goetzman, Appalachian Adventure 24 Committee Chair.

 The cost of the Event is $180 per person.

 Event Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 5

8:00 – 4:00

Drive to Waynesville.

3:00 – 5:30

Event Check-in – Across from Pro Shop


Hotel Check in - WIGC Pro Shop

5:30 – 6:30

Welcome reception – cash bar and snacks - Event Lawn

6:30 -

Dinner on your own.  Eat at Inn or See List of Restaurants in Waynesville

Friday, Sept. 6

7:30 – 10:00

Continental Breakfast – included with room - The Watershed

7:30 – 8:30

Event Check-in – Other times as needed; check at front desk in the Pro Shop

7:30 – 3:30


4:00 – 5:30

Tech quiz in the bar near The Grill.  Arrive any time until 5:00 PM to take the quiz.

5:00 - 6:30

Cocktail hour - cash bar

6:30 – 9:00

Dinner in The Grill at the Historic Inn (included in registration fee) – Cash bar

Saturday, Sept 7

7:00 – 9:30

Continental Breakfast – included with room - The Watershed

9:00 – 9:30

Staging for car show/concours

9:30 – 1:00

Porsche car show / concours – Inn Parking Lot

Publix box lunch available by pre-order when you do your event registration. 

10:00 - 4:00 Shuttle service between Waynesville Inn and Golf Club and Historic Downtown Waynesville

1:00 – 4:00

Saturday afternoon activities.  Free Time - See suggestions in information below.

5:00 – 6:30

Cocktail hour - Cash Bar

6:30 –

Banquet in The Grill at the Historic Inn (included in registration fee) - Cash Bar

Guest Speaker - Martin Steger, ex-Porsche Factory Racing Mechanic now with Carolina Coach Crafters and Sonderwerks.

Sunday, Sept 8

7:30 – 10:00

Continental Breakfast – included with room - The Watershed


Fond Farewells Until Next Year


Hotel Information

Appalachian Adventure 2024 will take place at the Waynesville Inn and Golf Club, 176 Country Club Dr., Waynesville, NC  287876. A one night non-refundable deposit due at time of booking.  You are welcome to extend your stay for additional nights before/after the event.  Our Room Block expires on July 30,2024.

Room rates posted below include a continental breakfast per day per person.  The listed room rates do not include lodging and sales taxes.  If you would like a full hot breakfast, it will be available in The Grill with a 15% discount.

Rooms in the Golfview buildings will require a short walk to the Historic Inn where most of the activities will be held. 

Room rates are fixed for all types of rooms.  The sooner you reserve your room the more choices you will have.

Guest Room Rates 9/5/2023 9/6/2023 9/7/2023
Single $186 $186 $186
Double $199 $199 $199


Room reservations are closed.  Watch for the announcment for the opening of room reservations on or about June 15. 

Meal Information


Evening Reception
Cash Bar and light snacks

Dinner on your own.  See Local Dining Options below.


Complimentary Continental Breakfast (Full Breakfast available in The Grill with a 15% discount)

Lunch during Driving Tour.  Lunch will be at your own expense on all of the Tours except for Tour #1 to PARI where there is a cost of the Tour which is prepaid and includes the cost for lunch.

Friday Night Cookout Buffet


Cole Slaw (Mayo based)

House Salad 


Waynesville Burger 

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Black Bean Burger (Vegetarian) 

Build Your Own Sandwich Station 

Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Pickle 

Cheese:  American, Cheddar, Swiss, Gruyère Bacon 

Sauce: BBQ, Club Sauce, Mayo, Ketchup, Mustard 

Brats served with sauteed onions and peppers


Twice Baked Potato Skins

Mac - n - Cheese (Vegetarian)

Sauteed Squash, Zucchini and Onions


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Banana Pudding


Complimentary Continental Breakfast (Full Breakfast available in The Grill with 15% discount)

Lunch:  Publix Box Lunches available to order during online Event Registration.  The options for sandwiches are:  Ham, Turkey, Italin and Vegetarian.  The lunches include chips, a cookie, and a drink.  The cost is $10 per lunch.

Saturday Night Plated Dinner


Seasonal Mixed Green Salad with choice of Apple Cider Vinaigrette or Ranch dressing


Option 1: 5 oz. Filet served with Chimichurri and Duck Fat Fingerling Potatoes

Option 2: Duck Duo served with Celeric Puree, and Braised Greens with Maple Bourbon Pan Jus

Option 3: Sunburst Trout Filet served with Summer Succotash, and Green Tomato Chow Chow

Option 4 (Vegetarian): Portobello Napoleon served with Rostii Potatoes, Grilled Portobello, Braised Spinach and Charred Tomato


Local Seasonal Fried Pies with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Hot Fudge Brownie topped with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream


Complimentary Continental Breakfasat (Full Breakfast available in The Grill wiht 15% discount)

Local Dining

After the Welcome Reception on Thursday evening (snacks provided), you will need to find dinner on your own.  There are many great restaurants in Waynesville, and some of the better ones will require that you make reservations before the Event.

If you do not want to drive to dinner, you can eat at the The Grill at the Inn.  To make a dinner reservation at The Grill, send an email to specifying the time and the number in your party.

Reservations Required

The Chef's Table (828-452-6210)

Singletree Heritage Kitchen (828-246-9760)

The Sweet Onion (828-456-5559)

Boccelli's Italian Eatery (828-456-4900)

Birchwood Hall Southern Kitchen (828-246-6111)

Other Good Restaurants, Reservations Not Required

Watami Sushi & Noodles

Main Street Diner

Suwana (Asian)

Los Amigos (Mexican)

Papa's and Beer (Mexican - same as Asheville locations)

Bogarts Restaurant and Tavern

The Red Fox

Haywood Smokehouse (Barbecue)

Maggies Galley (Seafood)

Vale 243 (Italian)

Blue Rooster (Southern)

Burgers and Bar Food

Frog Level Brewing Company

Boojum Brewing Company

Bear Waters Brewing Company

The Scotsman Public House

Church Street Depot (Burgers)

Furman's Burger Bar

Pub 319



Tour #1: An Out of this World Experience at PARI (Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute) – Two
Tours in One

The guided drive to the PARI location consists of roads well known and frequently travelled by local
Porsche enthusiasts. We’ll connect with NC-215 as we head south from our base in Waynesville - 21
miles of twisties and sweepers to properly exercise our Porsches. We’ll then head west for 10 miles on
Charleys Creek Road at which point we’ll take a 20 minute comfort stop at the Little Canada Recreation
Park. Our destination venue is next as we head east on NC-281.
The 200 acre facility now known as the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute has quite a
history. Originally commissioned by NASA in 1963 the Rosman installation played a vital role in the
space program, communicating with satellites and manned space flights as they passed over the East

In 1981 the Department of Defense began using the site to collect satellite data and intercept Russian
satellite communications throughout the Cold War. In 1995 the DoD ceased operations at the facility and
in 1998 Don and Jo Cline Don acquired the 200-acre facility and the Pisgah Astronomical Research
Institute (PARI) was born: a not-for-profit public organization dedicated to educating future generations of

Our visit to PARI will include a 2 hour guided “Gallery Tour” followed by a hot lunch.
The guided tour will include a look at the electromagnetic spectrum, a visit to the operations center to see
how the telescopes, antennas and earth science instruments are controlled, a visit to the NASA gallery
and a gallery visit that features meteorites from all over the world including the Moon and Mars.
Cost for the 2 hour tour and hot lunch is $35 which will be included in your Event Registration..
The PARI Driving Tour is 53 miles in length with about 1hr/40min of driving. The comfort stop will add 20
minutes to the trip.

Meet-up in Hotel Parking Lot: 7:30 AM
Departure: 8:00 AM
Arrival at PARI: 10:00 AM
Return to Waynesville is on your own.

 Tour #2: Cherohala Skyway – 43 Skyway Miles – Mountain Euphoria Tour to Tellico Plains TN

This tour provides a true wilderness area driving experience through one of the region’s “bestkept secrets” as it winds through
the remote Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests. Beginning in Robbinsville NC not far from the heavily driven Tail of
the Dragon, the Cherohala experience offers lighter traffic, vast panoramic views, and exciting driving through a deeply forested
landscape. It has been named one of the Discovery Channel’s Top 10 Motorcycle Rides in North America.

Your group will be led 45 miles from Waynesville through the Nantahala gorge (translated from Cherokee,
“the land of the mid-day sun” due to the steep walls of the gorge). Part of our route follows the Nantahala
River, where you’re likely to see kayakers and canoes navigating the Class II and III rapids. A brief
comfort stop at Ingles market in Robbinsville will be offered, before the guided tour continues onto Route
143 and the Skyway. You’ll want to start the day with a full tank of fuel, as the total distance one way
from Waynesville is 115 miles.

Our lunch destination will be The Iron Works Grille at the western end of the Skyway, in Tellico Plains, TN
– (1) Iron Works Grille | Facebook where we’ll enjoy riverside dining on a covered terrace. Pulled
pork, burgers, and fresh local trout are menu favorites.

The Cherohala Tour involves about 2.5 hours of driving one way. The comfort stop will add 20 minutes to
the trip.

Meet-up in the Hotel Parking Lot – 8:00 a.m.
Departure – 8:30 a.m.
Arrival in Tellico Plains – 11:30 a.m.
Return to Waynesville on your own.

Return options include using US 411and TN 72 to reach the western terminus of the Tail of the Dragon (US129), for the indefatigable among us.
Alternatively, Tennessee State Route 68 and US 74 offer a southern route through Murphy and Andrews, NC. Simply retracing the steps back over
the Cherohala again offers the quickest return route, and a chance to stop at your leisure at the many overlooks along the way.

Tour #3: Mountain Vistas Galore on the Drive to Gatlinburg

The guided tour to Gatlinburg is primarily made up of the Blue Ridge Parkway southern tier and Hwy 441
north of Cherokee. The BRP is usually the centerpiece of any driving tour and for good reason – the
history, curves and overlooks are iconic. However, the featured road for this drive will be Hwy 441,
otherwise known as Newfound Gap Road.

Newfound Gap Road, from the southern terminus of the BRP to Gatlinburg, is thirty miles of roadway that
has often been compared to a drive from Georgia to Maine in terms of the variety of forest ecosystems
one experiences. We’ll climb approximately 3000 feet, ascending through cove hardwood, pine-oak and
northern hardwood forests to reach the evergreen spruce-fir forest at Newfound Gap (5046 feet) where
we will stop for a 30 minute break at the expansive parking area which straddles the North
Carolina/Tennessee border. Photo opportunities abound as highlights of this stop include scenic views,
the Rockefeller Memorial and the Appalachian Trail which crosses the parking area and Newfound Gap
Road. Restrooms will also be available.

Following our break, we’ll begin the descent into Gatlinburg and our lunch destination, Split Rail
Eats, where you will find casual dining and a varied menu that will surely
appeal to everyone’s palate.

The Gatlinburg tour is 68 miles long with about 2 hours of driving. The stop at Newfound Gap will add 30
minutes to the trip. PLEASE NOTE: Although there is no fee to enter the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park, the Park Service has adopted parking fees for all visitors who stop for over 15 minutes in
one spot. Newfound Gap is a popular stop and enforcement is likely. A daily pass is priced at $5, while
various other options are offered. You will need to obtain a pass prior to the tour, as passes are
vehicle specific and cannot be purchased in bulk, and there will not be an opportunity to pause the tour to
purchase passes en route. Passes are available online at: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Parking Tag Pass in Tennessee - or they can be purchased at the Lake Junaluska
information center located at 91 N Lakeshore Dr, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 (about a 10-minute drive
from the Waynesville Inn and Golf Club).

Meet-up in Hotel Parking Lot: 8:30 a.m.
Departure: 9:00 a.m.
Arrival in Gatlinburg: 11:30 a.m.
Return to Waynesville is on your own.


 Tour #4: Highlands NC Waterfall Getaway Tour – 94 Miles

Our guided trip to the resort town of Highlands begins on the same roads that will be travelled during the PARI Tour, until reaching
the comfort stop at Little Canada Recreation Park (after traversing Charlie’s Creek Road). Your group will next follow scenic Tilley
Creek Road, ascend over Cullowhee (“white lily”) Gap and through the twists of Ellijay Road to join US 64 for a riverside climb into
Highlands. Don’t miss the waterfalls along the route, as they offer enchanting stops that can be enjoyed after lunch.

Our lunch destination will be Don Leon’s, located at 462 Dillard Road in downtown Highlands. This café
features Greek sandwiches and salads in an off-the-beaten-path location, with private parking for our
group. After lunch, you’ll be optimally situated for strolling through town, and for browsing the upscale
shopping, or just to soak in the cosmopolitan ambiance of Highlands.
The Highlands Tour involves about 2 hours of driving one way. The comfort stop will add 15 minutes to
the trip.

Meet-up in the Hotel Parking Lot – 9:00 a.m.
Departure – 9:30 a.m.
Arrival in Highlands – 11:45 a.m.
Return to Waynesville on your own.

Macon and surrounding counties are known for a plethora of waterfalls, many of which require only a short walk from the
car. This tour provides the ideal opportunity to explore the natural spectacle of the region, including:
- Whitewater Falls (highest drop east of the Rockies, at 411 feet- Jackson Co.)
- Dry Falls (pictured- Macon Co; the footpath crosses the river by passing beneath it!)
- Rainbow Falls (Gorges State Park, Transylvania Co.)
- Toxaway Falls (Transylvania Co.)
- Cullasaja Falls (Macon Co.)


The People's Choice Concours will be held on Saturday morning on the parking lot of the hotel.  Event participants will be able to vote on the best car in each of the 9 classes listed below and Best In Show.  Awards will be presented at the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening.

If you would like to purchase a Publix box lunch to eat during the Concours, they can be ordered during Event Registration.  Turkey, Ham, Italian and Vegetarian sandwiches are available and include chips, a cookie, and a drink.  The cost is $10 per lunch.

Concours classes are listed below.  You will select your Concours class (or to not participate in the Concours) when you register for the event.

POR-1:  356, 912, 914 (NOTE:  May be combined with POR-2 if there are not enough entries)

POR-2:  911 (All air cooled, 1965 - 1998)

POR-3:  911 (1999 - 2011, i.e. 996 & 997)

POR-4:  911 (2012 - Present, i.e. 991 & 992)

POR-5:  Boxster

POR-6:  Cayman

POR-7:  924, 944, 968, 928

POR-8:  Cayenne, Macan, Panamara

POR-9:  Specialty and Limited Production (Includes 356 Speedster, Convertable D and Carrera, 911 RS, 911 Speedster, GT2, GT3, GT3RS, Carrera GT, 911 RS America and Roadster, Boxster Spyder, Cayman GT4, Cayman R, etc.), Taycan


Tech Quiz

There will be a Tech Quiz at the event for those that choose to participate.  The Tech Quiz will be held in the Bar next to The Grill on Friday afternoon after you return from your tour.  The quiz will be 20 questions plus 5 tie breakers.  Arrive any time up until 5:00 PM to take the quiz.

The winner of the Tech Quiz will be presented with an award at the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening.

Shuttle Service

Shuttle service has been arranged for Saturday between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM between the Waynesville Inn and Golf Club and Historic Downtown Waynesville.  An 11 passenger van will be available during these hours and will depart WIGC on the hour and half hour.  The service will pick up and drop off at 183 Wall Street at Wall Stree Books in Downtown Waynesville at 15 and 45 minutes past each hour. 


Saturday Afternoon Post Concours Activities:

Saturday afternoon after the Concours is free time.  Here are some activities that we can suggest, and we would ask you to indicate which activity you would be most likely to do when you register for the Event to help with planning: 

  • Take a shuttle to Historic Downtown Waynesville. Enjoy strolling along Main Street and exploring the many shops and restaurants. Maybe grab a Kilwyns Ice Cream or explore the extensive wine offerings from the Wine Seller.  The shuttle timing and route will be included in the Event handout.  Downtown Waynesville is 1.7 miles from the hotel.
  • Explore The Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley – The Museum That Runs. Wheels Through Time is home to the world’s premier collection of rare American motorcycles, memorabilia and a distinct array of unique “one-off” American automobiles. Look for a group drive across the 11 miles to Maggie Valley and the Museum.  The special group admission rate to the museum is $12.
  • Bear Waters Brewing – Assembly on Main. We will include this as a shuttle stop if there is enough interest. Besides a great selection of craft beers, this location also offers an array of arcade games, corn hole, and simulator games.  And they also offer axe throwing!  They have 4 axe throwing stalls at a cost of $20/2 people for 30 minutes.  Each additional person is $5 with a maximum of 4 people per lane.  The Assembly is ½ mile from the Waynesville Inn and Golf Club.
  • Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Waterrock Knob. A large open parking area provides fantastic long-distance views of the surrounding valleys. High elevation deciduous trees mix with spruce and fir forest to create this mountain retreat.  There is a trail to the summit that is 1 mile round trip with an elevation gain of 460 feet and is fairly strenuous.  The first .2 mile of the trail is paved leading to an uneven and at time steep dirt and rock path.  Waterrock Knob is 15 miles from the Waynesville Inn and Golf Club and the drive there takes just under half an hour.
  • Play golf at Waynesville Inn and Golf Club. The cost is $150 and rental clubs are available. Be sure to reserve your tee time in the pro shop.


Saturday Evening Awards Banquet Speaker - Martin Steger


Martin Steger stands as a towering figure in the world of automotive racing and engineering. His illustrious career began with his work on the 1968 Rally Monte Carlo winner Vic Elford's car, marking the start of a legacy intertwined with some of the most iconic racing vehicles in history, such as the Porsche 904, 906, and the legendary 917 series. Steger's expertise was not limited to the garage; he supported teams in grueling endurance races, contributing to numerous victories including the 1969 24 hour Daytona GTU with P.A.R.T (Porsche American Racing Team) and the Le Mans 24 hours GT class in 2002 with The Racers Group. As President of German Auto Haus in Burnt Hills, New York, for 25 years, he oversaw franchises for prestigious brands like Alfa Romeo, Isuzu, and Citroen, further cementing his status in the automotive industry. His passion for racing saw him behind the wheel of a SCCA Porsche E Production Speedster and an IMSA 911 GTU, showcasing his versatility and dedication to the craft. Today, his legacy continues through his work as an engine builder at Carolina Coach Crafters and his contributions to Sonderwerks in North Carolina, where his expertise in engineering and love for speed create a synergy that pushes the boundaries of automotive excellence. 

Thanks to Appalachian Region Titanium Sponsor Hagerty for their assistance in lining up Mr. Steger as our speaker.



Golf will be available for anyone staying at the hotel.  Reserve your tee time in the Pro Shop.  Cost is $150 per person and rental clubs are available.



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Event Date 09-05-2024
Event End Date 09-08-2024
Capacity Unlimited