Audi Club Northwest is excited to host the Fifth Annual Maryhill Loops Road Tour and Wine Tasting on Saturday, September 22, 2012. Registration will open on Thursday, July 26th, at 6:00 pm Pacific Time.
The Maryhill Loops Road, owned by the Maryhill Museum of Art, was the first macadam asphalt paved road in the Pacific Northwest. In 2.8 miles the road ascends 850 feet via a series of 25 curves, 8 of which are hairpins.
Generally, the road is open to pedestrians and bicyclists only, but on Saturday, September 22nd, Audi Club Northwest has private use of this road for a tour. In addition to Saturday's tour and wine tasting activities, an optional group drive from the Puget Sound area to Goldendale on Friday, and a group dinner in Goldendale on Friday night, have been planned. You may indicate your participation in any portion(s) of this event on the registration page.
On Friday September 21st those in the Seattle area who are interested can meet up and caravan over to Goldendale, WA together. The Seattle caravan will leave Friday morning and our route, which will be different than in years past, offers some beautiful scenery as well as some fun on curvy roads. A no-host group dinner has been arranged at 7:00 pm Friday night at Ayutla Mexican Restaurant next door to the event hotel in Goldendale.
On Saturday September 22nd, we will tour the Maryhill Loops Road during the day beginning with a driver's meeting at 8:30 am. In order to make this event enjoyable for everyone, the number of drivers on the Maryhill Loops Road is limited and this event will sell out quickly so sign up early! We will waitlist those who register after the event is full in case we have any cancellations (we have let people into the event off of the waitlist in years past). The drive on the Maryhill Loops Road is a tour so no helmets are required (or allowed), convertibles are allowed, and passengers are allowed and encouraged to come along for the fun! On Saturday evening we will head up the road to The Glass Onion restaurant in Goldendale for a wine tasting featuring wines from local Gorge area wineries and a catered dinner from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. This is an ideal way to relax and visit after a good day of fun driving!
The fees for these activities are (per person):
$115 for the Maryhill Loops Road Tour, lunch, wine tasting and catered dinner
$75 for the Maryhill Loops Road Tour and lunch only
$55 for the wine tasting and catered dinner only
Family and friends are welcome to come along and you can purchase lunch and/or the wine tasting and dinner for your guests for an additional fee even if they are not going to drive the loops road.
Each person who wants to drive on the Maryhill Loops Road on Saturday must complete their own registration. Drivers will be divided into two groups that will alternate driving on the loops road. If you are sharing a car, you and the other registered driver will be assigned to different groups so that you may each have the opportunity to drive the maximum number of times on the loops road.
This event will sell out quickly so mark your calendar for REGISTRATION to open on Thursday, July 26th, at 6:00 pm.