I want to throw this open to my VMC brothers and sisters.
My husband and I are organizing the 2011 Yankee Rally in New York's northern Catskill Mountains from July 7th through the 10th. This annual rally originates with the Volusia Riders, but ALL riders of ALL bikes are absolutely welcome. We definitely believe that it's no WHAT you ride, it's THAT you ride.
We will be staying at the Catskill Mountain Lodge, 334 Route 32A, Palenville, New York 12463, www.catskillmtlodge.com, phone  678-3101.
The Catskill Mountain Lodge is a smallish (40-42 rooms available) establishment, run by a husband and wife. It's quirky but friendly. In the past we have pretty much taken it over. It offers several grades of room with differing prices. It has a large, shaded lawn with a couple of picnic tables and a fire ring bordering on the dry bed of the Kaaterskill Creek for our traditional "fellowship and foolishness", has its own smallish but big enough restaurant, and has a bar with many brands of beer on tap.
There is an outdoor heated swimming pool, a basketball half-court, a horseshoe pit and (in the bar) a pool table. There is also reportedly a small game room inside and some kiddie playground equipment outside.
For those who enjoy the ponies, there is also Off-Track Betting on-site.
The parking lot is crushed stone, well-drained.
"Standard (read: older) Lodge" building (#101-#112) - 12 rooms, 8 with one Queen bed, 4 with two Double beds. These rooms are adequate but modest, and are priced for us at a negotiated rate of $75/night for the Queen rooms, $85/night for the double bed rooms.
"Deluxe (read: newer) Lodge" (#119-#143) - 24 rooms, 22 with two Queen beds each, 2 with a single Queen bed. These are quite nice rooms, and are priced at a negotiated $95/night.
Two adjoining two-bedroom cabins, #114 and #115, with 2 Queen beds each at $125/night. One of these cabins may turn out to be occupied by Lodge staff.
Another cabin, #118, with one Queen bed, at $80/night.
A three-bedroom house, #145 (two bedrooms with 1 Queen bed apiece, one bedroom with two kid's bunk beds - plus a pull out sofa bed - Double - of untested comfort) also with a large living room, kitchen/dining room, etc. which some folks could split at $200/night.
Reservations are best made by phone (the online reservation system has proven unreliable). Advise the management that you are with VOLUSIA RIDERS to get the negotiated rates.
The lodge will require a credit card number for a reservation, but will NOT charge the card before check-in. Cancellation policy is to levy a $25 charge for reservations cancelled with less than seven (7) days notice, and the charge is waived if the room can be re-rented for the reservation period. No-shows will be charged one night's stay. (Note that no one was charged any cancellation fee in 2010 according to Lodge management.)
Thursday - arrive, meet and greet in the parking lot or on the lawn, drink, smoke, eat delivery food (probably pizza).
Friday - Chit-chat around 10:00, kickstands up for the day’s ride(s) around 10:30, late afternoon return, dinner on your own (unless included with the ride), hooch and hollerin' until the wee smalls.
We have tested a Friday ride which will be a long westward sweep to Oneonta, lunch at Brooks’ Barbecue, and a longer sweep back around the Pepacton Reservoir south of Delhi. Volunteers for ride captains/tail gunners needed!
Saturday – KSU around 10:30-11:00 for a single, shorter ride. Alternatively use Saturday for discovery rides on your own. Volunteers for ride captains/tail gunners needed! A communal buffet dinner will be offered at the Lodge restaurant in the evening. We are negotiating a dinner menu at a price of $20/person, to be put on the room bill of those who choose (at check-in) to participate. We will publish the menu as soon as it is set.
Sunday - depart in sadness, with hangovers.
All are encouraged to reserve early, since no deposits are being required and the cancellation policy is liberal.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. And I'd ask that you post here, or shoot me a PM, if you do reserve a room, so I can make sure I have your name on my attendee list.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you can join us at the Yankee Rally!