In 2011 while on a 10 day motorcycle ride through the southeast, we were headed toward the Tail of the Dragon at Deal’s Gap and came into some torrential rain and wind. We’d been chasing storms most of the first couple days and were quite ready to relax on the day we came through Tellico Plains. After fueling we sat in a car wash stall to determine if we continue on to The Tail of the Dragon at Deal’s Gap or just stay here. Eh – we weren’t that far so we decide to continue on. We ventured into the rain and no sooner did we leave the gas station, the winds kicked up again. That’s it – I’m done for today. Just a few blocks ahead we saw The Lodge at Tellico Plains; an amazing log cabin style resort. We pulled in, knocked and then noticed the sign – “If you need a room, please call this number.” Well heck yeah I want a room. We called and within a few minutes a lovely lady came to our aid (wish I could remember her name). Just about that time a couple arrived on BMW touring bikes. We were properly assisted and were directed the motorcycle only parking garage. Sweet!!
Once we unloaded and got to our room I was in heaven. Surrounded by natural wood walls, warm comfy decor, and that Jacuzzi tub was calling my name. The Lodge at Tellico Plains certainly does lover bikers. I had to crack up laughing when I saw a little sign on the vanity shelf on top of a rag, “Boot and Bike Towel, Additional Towels in Bike Garage.” That’s just freakin’ cool.
My friend braved the rain just another few minutes to fetch beer and sandwiches. By then we had another lone biker from Scotland arrive. He was our porch neighbor. The BMW couple behind us came through on the way to the laundry facility (adult beverages in hand), they and the neighbor joined us on the porch and we all 5 had a very pleasant night sharing stories, beers, and fast food. I finished off my night with a soak in the Jacuzzi and watched the weather man tell me that tomorrow was going to be a gorgeous day.
The Lodge at Tellico Plains will certainly see me again, even if I can only afford to spend one night. The place is beautiful, the owners are awesome, and the atmosphere is totally biker friendly.
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