Mahogany, Merlot & Miatas 2014, recap.
By Allan Ohlsen
The roar of hydros, the zoom of Miatas and the delectable taste of great Chelan wines made for a fun weekend. About eight Miatas made the journey to Lake Chelan and Campbell’s Resort for a fun, action packed trip. We stopped for lunch and wine tasting at Tunnel Hill Winery and Tsillan Winery along the way. On Saturday, a few hardy souls got to go out on the water and see the hydros up close as course patrol volunteers; thank you Paul Jaeger. Others experienced the roar from shore or explored the town. At noon, intrepid leader Ray Houghton led us for a fun drive and wine tour, visiting Tildio, Karma, and Chelan Ridge wineries. The best was yet to come.
After returning to Campbell’s, we enjoyed the high lite of our event, pot luck BBQ right in front of our rooms on the sunny shore of Lake Chelan. This was no ordinary BBQ. We were surprised and amazed as Coop’s Miata had provided all the big juicy steaks and trimmings for the event, free of charge. Bill and Karen even brought their own grill to properly cook them. (No, not in a Miata, Bill brought his new pickup.) We enjoyed great food with great Chelan wines and great company. Thank you Bill and Karen Cooper for your generosity and great support of the PSMC. Also, a shout out goes to Campbell’s Resort for their accommodation of us. This trip was one for the books not soon to be forgotten.
Wine lovers! Gear heads! Nostalgiacs! Do you like vintage wooden boats, vintage unlimited hydroplanes, and Chelan area wines? How about staying at a premium Chelan waterfront resort for a bargain price? This is the PSMC event for you.
Join us for a fun three-day weekend tour as we venture off to Lake Chelan for the Mahogany & Merlot festival held in Chelan. We will be staying at Campbell ’s Waterfront Resort, walking distance to the festival and hydro pits.
The festival features wine, of course, a vintage car display and many vintage wooden pleasure craft on display, some offering rides. The big attraction though is the unlimited hydroplanes from the Unlimited Hydroplane Museum . Remember Miss Bardahl, Thriftway, Oh Boy! O’Berto, Hawaii Kai?
Experience the roar of these piston-engine boats as they run around the lake coarse. We are also planning a wine tour of the many wineries in the area, led by wine-extraordinaire: Ray Houghton
We will be meeting at 10 a.m., at the Chevron station located at the east end of Monroe on Hwy 2. As a reminder, get your reservation in to Campbell’s Resort as soon as possible. Hydroplanes, wine tour, vintages cars! It doesn't get any better than this.
Get your RSVP in today! We have a planned lunch stop at Tunnel Hill Winery on the way to Chelan, as well as a stop at Tsillan Cellars while en-route to Campbell’s resort.
Saturday is festival day and wine tour day; you may do both.
New this year; we are also planning a beach BBQ for Saturday night at Campbell ’s.
Sunday morning our tour ends, but many will enjoy brunch at Tsillan Cellars before heading home.
Sound like fun?
Here is what you need to do; RSVP for the event then call Campbell’s Resort 800-553-8225 or 509-682-2561 (room prices about $120 per night) to reserve your room for Oct. 3rd and 4th. Mention “Mahogany& Merlot” to get the discount.
Don’t wait, this festival is growing exponentially. Campbell ’s has several rooms blocked for this event, but is offered to all festival participants (not just us) so it will fill up fast. For any questions, please contact one of the hosts.