Welcome to our first annual NICOFEST at the Dragon! Although this is the 1st NICOFEST event being held here, this is actually the 2nd year of NICO members holding a meet here. Thanks to the interest of the 1st year's event, we have decided to make it an official event this year, and hopefully continue the tradition for years to come!
The event is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend (Sep. 2nd-5th). We will be staying at the following resort:
300 Woods Road
Fontana Dam, NC 28733
When making your reservation, ask for the group rate for NICO. We have reserved 47 various rooms of different sizes/prices. They are as follows:
7 Lodge Rooms w/ 2 Queen Beds
7 Lodge Rooms w/ 1 King Bed
8 Lodge Rooms w/ Fireplace
3 Cabana Rooms w/ 1 King Bed
4 1 Bedroom Willow Cabins
5 2 Bedroom Laurel Cabins
5 2 Bedroom Hemlock Cabins
5 3 Bedroom Magnolia Cabins
3 3 Bedroom Hemlock Cabins
To see the different room configurations, please visit their website. You can make your reservations now. Reservations must be made by July 1st, 2011
in order to take advantage of the discounted rate for NICOFEST. You must pay for the 1st night at the time you make the reservation, and the balance can be paid when you check in.
On Sunday, September 4th, our itinerary will take our mountain drive to the Biltmore Estate
. The Biltmore Estate
is the largest privately owned home in the United States, with over 175,000 square feet and sits on over 8,000 acres of land. Regular pricing to tour the estate is $60/person. We have negotiated a group rate for this tour for $40/person. To make your reservation, call the Biltmore Estate
Ticketing Office at 866-851-4661 and reference promotional code 375
to get the NICOclub rate. Biltmore Tour tickets must be ordered by August 22nd
to receive the NICOclub rate. If you do not order your ticket before then, you will still be able to get a discounted ticket the day of the event for $46 by being with the NICOFEST event. We will be at the Biltmore Estate
for approximately 5 hours on Sunday afternoon.
In addition to your room reservations and Biltmore tickets, registration for NICOFEST is $20. This will cover food for Saturday and Sunday nights. Registration for NICOFEST can be made by clicking the button below. The verify registration button is not live, but will be updated periodically. If you don't see your registration immediately, check back in a few days. Registration questions can be emailed to [email protected]
The weekend will consist of a social gathering each night at the Fontana Village Resort
. Saturday morning, we will leave and drive through the small town of Robbinsville, NC before heading through the renowned Tail of the Dragon
at Deal's Gap. We will make our first stop at the Deal's Gap Overlook. From there, we will continue down the Foothills Parkway in Tennessee then through the twisty roads of the Great Smokey Mountain National Park
to Gatlinburg, TN. In Gatlinburg, we will stop for lunch before we continue our drive to Clingman's Dome
, the highest point in Tennessee. After resting again and enjoying the scenery, we will head back to the Fontana Village
for the evening.
Sunday morning, we will head out to Cherokee, NC, to the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway
. From there, we will follow the Blue Ridge Parkway
to Asheville, NC where will stop for the afternoon to tour the Biltmore Estate
, the largest privately owned home in the country. After a few hours visiting the estate, we will then head back to the Fontana Village
for the evening. Monday morning's schedule as of right now is yet to be determined, but you may not want to plan your trip home until at least Monday afternoon.
Below is the itinerary for the weekend. This itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND:
6:00pm: Arrival and social at the Fontana Village Resort
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD:PLAN A
9:00am: Leave Fontana Village
for Deal's Gap Overlook (50 miles)
10:45am: Leave Deal's Gap Overlook for Gatlinburg, TN (50 miles)
12:30pm: Lunch in Gatlinburg, TN (on your own)
2:00pm: Leave Gatlinburg, TN for Clingman's Dome
5:00pm: Leave Clingman's Dome
for Fontana Village
7:00pm: Dinner/social at Fontana Village
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD:PLAN B
12:30pm: Lunch on site of Fontana Village hosted by the Tunerz Store
Meal will include:
1)Shredded BBQ Sandwich
After lunch will will take a cruise to the Cherohala Skyway
Plan-B Lunch will cost you $6.00. Click below to paypal for a meal ticket. This will also give us a head count on the amount of food/drinks necessary for the lunch meal as some folks will be going with plan-A.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH:
8:00AM: Leave Fontana Village
for the Biltmore Estate
via the Blue Ridge Parkway
11:30am: Visit the Biltmore Estate
($40 pre-ordered with NICO rate, $46 at the door with NICO rate, $59 regular price)
5:00pm: Leave the Biltmore Estate
for Fontana Village
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH:
Keep an eye on this thread for more information. We will be adding more details as the event gets closer! And if you have Facebook, RSVP on our event page to let us know you're coming! NICOFEST at the Dragon 2011 | Facebook
Fontana Village Resort is located in Graham County, NC. Graham County is a dry county and alcohol can not be purchased within the county. We encourage everyone to enjoy themselves in the evening each night, so if drinking alcohol is on your agenda, be sure to pick some up before entering Graham County, or else you may find it hard to find any. Also, enjoy yourselves in the evening, but do not over do it to the point your are not legal nor safe to drive in the morning. We want this to be a fun and safe event for everyone.