The Virginia Highlands Tour II info on Sep 17, 2021 (548212) |

The Virginia Highlands Tour II

The Virginia Highlands Tour II

PCA - Potomac, The Founders' Region - Drive & Dine

Friday, Sep 17 — Sunday, Sep 19, 2021
The Inn at Gristmill Square, Warm Springs, Virginia

Registration closed September 5, 2021 11:59 PM at 2021-09-05T20:59:00-0700 Registration ends September 5, 2021 11:59 PM at 2021-09-05T20:59:00-0700 Registration opens July 30, 2021 6:00 PM at 2021-07-30T15:00:00-0700 Registration runs from July 30, 2021 6:00 PM to September 5, 2021 11:59 PM



17-19 September 2021

the whole mill

Are you ready for The Inn at Gristmill Square?

This Driver's Tour is akin to a rite of passage, or annual pilgrimage. For those who have done it, a life of color, riches and fulfillment... for those who have not, a life wearing beige, half empty glasses and endless buffering on Netflix.

The impact of the pandemic is starting to ease and significant numbers of people are getting vaccinated, but we still are still organizing around changing local regulations and guidelines. Therefore, we present here, a high level schedule for the purposes of giving participants the opportunity to register intent. More detail will be forthcoming over the coming months, but don't delay registering if you are interested. This event will sell out quickly.

This tour will be designed to keep everyone safe. We want to minimize the risks to both participants and the wonderful folks we meet on tour as we enjoy the food, drink, activities and fun destinations.

The final exciting details will be forwarded to successful registrants as we approach the tour dates and know what restrictions are likely to be in place. The chips will fall where they may, but rest assured, we will be creative and make it fun in the Virginia Highlands!

Here's what you need to know:

THIS IS A DRIVERS TOUR.  It’s a solid 2+ days of driving – usually 6 hours / day of nothing but turns - so be advised.  This is the point.  If you don’t want to turn, or want a slower pace, you let me know, peel off and meet us as the next destination by your own route.  There will be rest stops every 90 mins or so.  No whining, smiles mandatory, topless encouraged.

There is a registration fee of $115 per person which covers: the Friday night Bluegrass band, group tips for staff at the hotel and a souvenir. As we are living in unpredictable times, the fee will be collected from confirmed registrants, just one month before departure.


  • Friday, September 17:  Haymarket area, VA.  Meet 9:30am. We will head out after a group briefing, driving mostly back roads by way of the Shenandoah and George Washington National Parks. Arrive to Warm Springs, VA by @ 5 pm.  Group Dinner Friday ~$78 pp charged separately. Alcohol and taxes extra.
  • Saturday, September 18:  Warm Springs, VA to a 6 hour drive through Bath and Alleghany counties in westernmost Virginia.  Tour includes Lake Moomaw, Gathright Dam, Ingalls Field and Airport Road (Virginia’s “Teeth of the Dragon.”)  On previous tours, some passengers have chosen to take advantage of local spas and town activities during the day on Saturday, while Drivers head out to enjoy a good day in the saddle. Dinner at several different places nearby is self-organized and paid separately (we will have recommendations.)
  • Sunday, September 19: Warm Springs, VA to home.  No plans.  Leave when you want, however you want.  


We have 17 rooms reserved at the historic, Inn at Grist Mill Square, Warm Springs, VA at the rates of $153 - $183 per room.  ONLY WHEN YOU HAVE A CONFIRMED PLACE ON THE TOUR can you book your Hotel Room.   Booking is done through the hotel website directly using the approved Tour Booking Code in the Confirmation Email.

You may wish to stay at another nearby hotel. We can recommend The Homestead Resort Hotel.  You may book your accommodation at The Homestead at anytime. We have no arrangement with them.

If this Tour is for you, Register Now!  We are limited to 20 cars. Registrations fill up fast. 4 rooms will be set aside to new members (those who have joined Potomac in 2021)

NOTE: This tour is only available to PCA Potomac members in good standing. Ensure your membership is up-to-date before attempting to register.

Be well and keep smiling.

Your host,

Alan French.