So, if I don't camp at Duluth...
Al Olme
Posted 8/13/2007 3:33 PM (#28519)
Subject: So, if I don't camp at Duluth...


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Motels to consider for the USCA Rally in 2008!

OK so in order to enjoy the "REAL" rally experience, you have to camp. I'll have to forego that experience because I DON'T CAMP. If you'd rather have a soft bed, air conditioning and rain/snow/wind/bug proof shelter than the "Real" rally experience you might consider some of these places to stay.

Duluth has TONS of accommodations, most of them get pretty expensive in the tourist season. If you want really nice accommodations that are right in the middle of “the action” in Duluth, consider staying in Canal Park, 12.7 miles and 17 expressway minutes from the rally. Canal Park is a very touristy area with lots of nice motels, shops and restaurants; expect to pay upwards of $150 a night for a room. The motels listed below are not in Canal Park but they are either close to the rally site or represent a better value than others. I’ve taken the liberty of making a few “comments”.

The Willard Munger Inn is 8.9 miles and 20 minutes from the rally using local roads; 7.5 miles and 14 minutes using the expressway. Not the closest but probably will end up being “The” rally motel. The Munger is old and quirky but as clean as a pin. We have blocked all but one of the twenty-something rooms at the Munger for our group. They have a fire ring and grills outback so there will probably be some camaraderie to be had in the evening. Rooms range from a single [very small but fine for one person] on up to suites with whirlpool baths and fireplaces. The most expensive suite is still less than $130 and average rooms are considerably less. There are a couple of large rooms for families and they have roll aways. Book early, they will sell out and make sure to tell them you want to book on the USCA reservation. One late thought, the Munger is set up on two levels so if you have a person in your party that can't handle stairs be sure to mention that when you make your reservation.

The Willard Munger Inn
7408 Grand Ave.
Duluth, Minnesota 55807
Phone: 800-982-2453
Phone: 218-624-48142 218-624-4814 18-624-4814
Email: munger@mungerinn.com
http://www.mungerinn.com/

Ranking right up there with the Munger in value, you might want to stay at the Allyndale Motel. This is an OLD motel but they seem to keep it up just fine. Décor is very ‘50s but it is clean and relatively inexpensive. The Allyndale is 7.3 expressway miles from the rally. That’s a very direct 9 minute trip on the expressway [the motel is just a few yards from the exit]. Like the Munger, I’d be very surprised if any two of the rooms are actually alike. Owners are on site. We stayed there one night while on a rally “reccy” trip and it was OK. Like the Munger, some rooms at the Allyndale require the use of stairs for access. Be sure to tell them if you can't deal with stairs. The Allyndale is less than 2 miles from the Munger if you want to buzz over in the evening.

Allyndale Motel Duluth
510 North 66th Avenue
“W and Cody Street”
Duluth, MN 55807
Phone: 218-628-1061
Email: don’t be silly
http://www.stilllivinginthedarkagesnowebsite.

If you go south from the rally to Cloquet [the home of the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed gas station] there are two good places to consider. The Super 8 Cloquet and the AmericInn. These two are located side by each and are 9.9 expressway miles from the rally, about a 13 minute trip. They are exactly what you expect them to be, clean, modern and very “whitebread”. Nice friendly and very helpful folks; they gave me a phone book to take with me for the map inside.

The Super 8 Cloquet
121 Big Lake Rd
Hwy 33 and Big Lake Rd.
Cloquet, MN, 55720 US
Phone: 218-879-1250
Fax: 218-879-1250
www.the.super8.com/cloquet03018

AmericInn of Cloquet
111 Big Lake Road
Cloquet, MN 55720
Phone: 218-879-1231
Email: cloquet.mn@americinn.com
http://www.americinn.com/display_property.aspx?id=41

The two closest places are The Redroof Inn at Spirit Mountain and the Country Inn and Suites. These two places are across I35 from each other at

Edited by Al Olme 8/13/2007 6:24 PM
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Posted 8/13/2007 3:56 PM (#28522 - in reply to #28519)
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Double Barrel
Posted 8/15/2007 11:05 PM (#28607 - in reply to #28519)
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There are a few campgrounds in the area that also have little cabins, as well as campsites.
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Reardan Tom
Posted 8/16/2007 8:48 AM (#28612 - in reply to #28607)
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Any cabins at the rally site?
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Al Olme
Posted 8/16/2007 10:37 AM (#28616 - in reply to #28612)
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There are no cabins at the rally site. The closest accomodation of that sort are the Mountain Villas http://www.mtvillas.com/. Don't let the name thropw you off, calling these "villas" is a BIG stretch. They aren't cheap but if you have a few folks to house, they might be a good alternative. They are about 5.5 miles from the rally site by expressway and slightly further away by surface roads but you can avoid the expressway if you wish.
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Al Olme
Posted 8/16/2007 10:39 AM (#28617 - in reply to #28607)
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If you know the names of places with cabins, go ahead and post them. I've just picked places to list that seemed logical to me but I'm sure there are good places that I don't know about.
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solo1
Posted 8/16/2007 6:11 PM (#28637 - in reply to #28519)
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Al, thank you for posting the hotel information. The first motel that you mentioned sounds good to me as I don't camp and I'm not for fancy stays and fancy prices.
I'm a newby and member. I am seriously considering coming to Duluth for the event. It would give my Valk/Spyder a good workout. One of my sons on two wheel would be coming too. I think that it would be a personal triumph also for me as I will be turning 80 years of age in April, 2008 if "God willing and the creek don't rise" as Tennessee Ernie Ford always said.
I have nephews and nieces in Minneapolis that might come and visit me while I'm there. Thanks again.

wayne
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Al Olme
Posted 8/16/2007 6:34 PM (#28638 - in reply to #28637)
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Wayne,

Did you send birthday cards and gifts to those nieces and nephews while they were growing up? It's time they reciprocated. Overnight with them in Minneapolis on the way up, have them take you someplace nice for dinner and do the last 150 miles when you are fresh!

BTW, when you make the trip from Minneapolis up I35 to Duluth there's a place about half way up called Hinckley. The only things in Hinckley are a casino and Tobie's [404 Fire Monument Road, Hinckley, MN 55037 (320) 384-6174] http://www.tobies.com/. Tobie's has been there since Rover was a pup. It's not a great eating experience [not bad but not great] but it is a MUST stop for almost everybody from the Cities [folks in Minneasota and Wisconsin call Minneapolis and St. Paul, "the Cities"]. Their baked goods are better than most and made fresh all day long. The coffee is just barely OK but the cinnamon rolls make up for it. The restrooms are usually clean too.

If you have a minute follow this link and read about their history. It's a good story and a fine way to waste a few minutes. http://www.tobies.com/A_History1.htm

We'll be looking for you in Duluth. If you want a room at The Munger Inn you'd best reserve now, Tell them you're part of the USCA block reservation. Remember, this place only has 20 something rooms.
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Reardan Tom
Posted 8/16/2007 7:21 PM (#28640 - in reply to #28616)
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Originally written by Al Olme on 8/16/2007 9:37 AM

There are no cabins at the rally site. The closest accommodation of that sort are the Mountain Villas http://www.mtvillas.com/. Don't let the name throw you off, calling these "villas" is a BIG stretch. They aren't cheap but if you have a few folks to house, they might be a good alternative. They are about 5.5 miles from the rally site by expressway and slightly further away by surface roads but you can avoid the expressway if you wish.

No, we'll pass on a cabin then. Thought if one was available at the site, we'd try to book now, Archie and I. But we'll camp instead. Might hotel it on the way out, might not... But I definitely plan on being there. Archie doesn't have the slightest idea yet though.

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Posted 8/16/2007 7:29 PM (#28641 - in reply to #28637)
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Originally written by solo1 on 8/16/2007 7:11 PM

Al, thank you for posting the hotel information. The first motel that you mentioned sounds good to me as I don't camp and I'm not for fancy stays and fancy prices.
I'm a newby and member. I am seriously considering coming to Duluth for the event. It would give my Valk/Spyder a good workout. One of my sons on two wheel would be coming too. I think that it would be a personal triumph also for me as I will be turning 80 years of age in April, 2008 if "God willing and the creek don't rise" as Tennessee Ernie Ford always said.
I have nephews and nieces in Minneapolis that might come and visit me while I'm there. Thanks again.

wayne


Stretch it out. Come a week early and attend the SKUNK Rally in Cameron, Wisconsin (the pretty side of the Mississippi River). It's an easy 2 hour ride from Cameron to Duluth or 1 1/2 hours to Minneapolis.
We could use another Valkyrie. :0)
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Al Olme
Posted 3/20/2008 11:53 AM (#34075 - in reply to #28519)
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Well, it appears that more folks have been turned away at the Munger Inn BY MISTAKE! Mr Munger, the owner, is a man of some years and it seems that he was confused about the block reservation. At any rate, THERE ARE SEVEN ROOMS LEFT AT THE MUNGER INN as of Wednesday AM. I'm certain that we're going to sell out. If you want to stay at the Munger, reserve now. To see their web page go to www.mungerinn.com. Someone asked if I'm getting a free room. Nope, I'm not even getting a discount. I just think it would be cool to take over the entire motel so that we can have the run of the place. Call them and ask for a room from the USCA reservation block. If you don't tell them you're with the USCA you might not get a room.

BTW, there are still plenty of rooms left in other places. Take a look at the first post in this thread for some suggestions. If you don't plan to camp don't even consider just showing up and looking for a place to stay. You might find someplace but you'll pay a premium price and in this summer tourist town that can be substantial.
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