Utopia Weekend 2020

Nov 7, 2020

Our most popular event of the year is back!

Planned by: Jonna Clark

The famous (or infamous) annual Utopia Drive

It’s time once again to get your fine BMW motors ready for the annual Utopia Drive. It’s always a GREAT weekend of driving the Texas hill country! If you’ve never driven the roads west of Boerne & Kerrville, you are in for an amazing treat. They are some of the best roads in the State!

We are going to cap attendance at 50 people, as that is the largest number we feel we can accommodate for lunch. This will be the first event with a meal included since February 2020, so we're approaching it conservatively. Because we know this event will be popular, we will also be restricting it to current dues-paid members of Tejas Chapter, and we will be verifying this via your member number before we approve your RSVP. We are also going to require that you pre-pay for lunch via PayPal to avoid having to collect money on Saturday morning. Once we have validated your membership and your lunch payment, your name will appear on the RSVP list.

COVID-19 has dealt us a blow in that with the exception for Saturday lunch, we will not be having organized gatherings or dinners this year. But please read on to see what fun we WILL be having…

Hotel Information for Kerrville

This year we will base out of Kerrville again. For the 2nd year in a row, and after such nice comments last year, we’ll return to the Inn of the Hills as our home-base hotel. You're of course free to stay anywhere you like in Kerrville, but we have a block of rooms at a discounted rate at Inn of the Hills.

Inn of the Hills
1001 Junction Highway
Kerrville, TX 78028
830-895-5000
ROOM BLOCK with special rate Group code BMW - TEJAS
Rate of $99 per night, including breakfast for 2 each day
Click here
to book a room in our block

**Note that the hotel will be busy with 2 other groups that weekend**

Schedule

Friday, November 6th

Arrive for a good nights’ rest so you’ll be fresh for an early departure Saturday morning. For those arriving before dinnertime, a list of local restaurants will be provided.

Saturday, November 7th
Meet at the side of the hotel behind the Comerica bank and in front of the Social Security office. Departure time will be communicated in an update with maps sent at attendees the week of the drive. We’ll have a nice morning drive via back roads to Utopia with a rest stop along the way.

Lunch on Saturday will be at Utopia Park. This will help us maintain our appropriate distancing while enjoying a freshly prepared lunch by Postal Brews. Postal Brews is a small, locally owned shop in Utopia making up delish sandwiches & desserts. They’ll box up our orders and even label each box with your name. Lunch will be $14.00 per person. When you RSVP, you’ll be asked to provide your selections.

Lunch choices will be:

  • Chicken salad, turkey & cheese or ham & cheese, all on a croissant, and served with lettuce & tomato on the side with mayo/mustard packets.
  • A side of chips or salad (fresh greens, topped with strawberries, candied pecans, & feta with a strawberry vinaigrette dressing)
  • A brownie, chocolate chip cookie or cranberry oatmeal cookie.

BYO beverage of choice with you

Be sure to pack for eating on outside picnic tables and for chilly weather. We have a back up indoor location in case of severe inclement weather, but if it’s clear & cold, we’ll likely still use the park.

After lunch we’ll have another fun drive ‘round about and back into Kerrville.

Sunday, November 8th
We’ll meet again at the side of the hotel for another drive and will end somewhere where lunch can be easily had on your own.

NECESSARY COVID DETAILS

  • For insurance purposes, we must be fully compliant with federal and local health guidelines.
  • At any time you're out of your car during the event, please be respectful of others. Wear a mask and observe a 6 foot separation between people. We're asking for 100% compliance on this. If that is a personal conflict for you, we ask that you just remain in your car whenever possible.
  • We will distribute directions and a drivers' briefing information via email a few days before the event. You'll print and bring your own directions. The pre-drive meeting in the morning will be short & to the point.
  • Please consider your own risk factors and tolerances before attending. There will be more roads and more driving to come. If you're not comfortable or are at high risk for COVID-19, please stay home. If you're sick, or have been in a situation that would require self-quarantining, please stay home.

Important Pre-Drive Prep Details!

  • Approximately 1 to two days before the event, we will send out an email to attendees with a link to the digital waivers that will need to be signed. We'll ask to see your confirmation on your phone the morning of the event, so keep it handy.
  • Printed map sets with directions will also be sent via email to registered attendees PRIOR to the event. Please print these & bring them along.
  • We will be using radios over the course of the weekend, so if you have a set of FRS/GMRS radios, bring them along. We will use channel 20 sub code 3.
  • And finally, for both days, plan to arrive "Full, Full and Empty". That is, full tank of gas, full stomach, and empty bladder.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email either of us, jonnakc@gmail.com or brad.mitchell@gvtc.com

RSVP for Utopia Weekend 2020

Which hotel are you staying at in Kerrville (eg: Inn of the Hills)

Please make a lunch selection. In each box, put the number of items you are ordering.

Order 1 sandwich, 1 side, and 1 dessert per person in your party.

Please specify which sandwich this goes with.

Who's Coming:

Name Car Model Year Car Model Number of People - Saturday Number of People - Sunday Hotel
Alex Bakanidze 2018 230i 2 2 Inn of the Hills
Brad Mitchell 2001 M Roadster 1 1 Inn of the Hills
Bruce Alfredson 2019 330i 2 2 Inn Of The Hills
Christopher Kriens 2020 M2C 2 2 Inn Hills
Don and Susan Yule 2020 M8 Gran Coupe Competition 2 2 Inn of the Hills
Glenn & Sandy McConnell 2020 Z4 M40i 2 2 Inn of the Hills
Jeff Gifford 1990 325i 1 1 Inn of the hills
Joaquin & Betzy Aviles 2020 M2C 2 0
Jonna K Clark 2018 M3 1 1 Inn of the Hills
Joseph Nielsen 2008 Z4C 2 2 Inn of the Hills
Josh Butts 2006 M Roadster 1 1 Inn of the Hills
Ken Aldrich 2010 335i 1 1 Inn of the Hills
Marco & Mary Beth Cordon 2020 M340ix 2 2 TBD
Paul Goldfine 2018 430i GC 2 2 Inn of the Hills
Scott Bowman & Helen Dorrance 2011 1M 2 2 Inn of the Hills
Scott Fritz 2019 M2 COMP 2 2 Inn of the Hills
Tom & Gay Dawson 2010 Z4 2 0
Walter McNeil 2009 335i 2 0 Not sure
Total: 18     Total: 31 Total: 25