Membership fees can now be paid using PayPal (the cost reflects the fees charged by PayPal). See the link on the membership page!
Annual Membership fees are due now. You can either pay via PayPal using the link on the Membership page or by sending a check to:
Willamette Valley Miata Club
PO Box 20612
Keizer, OR 97307
Whichever way you decide to make your payment please complete the Membership form and return it to us either electronically or via mail
Monthly Club Meeting
Join us at our Monthly Club Meeting, Wednesday, October 19th, 6:30pm at the Westside Taphouse, 594 Edgewater St NW, Salem, OR.
This meeting will be a recap Explore Oregon 2016 and plan some future events for the remainder of this year. Please RSVP
for this meeting so we can make the appropriate reservation.
Saturday Morning Coffee
Join us for coffee every Saturday morning at 9:00 for coffee and camaraderie at the Subway at
5765 Commercial St SE. We are trying to be more organized about taking a drive after coffee, so watch for
details about planned Saturday morning drives here!
Halfway and Back Tour
September 10-15, 2016
WE CURRENTLY HAVE ROOM FOR 4 MORE CARS IF YOU WANT TO JOIN US!
This tour has been referred to as the real Explore Oregon, join us as we drive some of the best roads in Central, Eastern,
and Northeastern Oregon and Southeast Washington. This year's drive will feature some new roads and perhaps a trip into Idaho.
There is limited availability for this drive so the first 15 cars that RSVP will be guaranteed a spot on this trip.
The dates are September 10-15, 2016, the trip begins in Salem, OR on the morning of the 10th and will head east towards
Baker City (not sure yet if we will go all the way or spend the night somewhere in between). We will be making a trip at some point
through Rattlesnake Canyon, a delightful piece of highway with over 170 corners in an approx. 19 mile stretch. So make sure you get your
RSVP in to me ASAP so you can experience this trip.
Here it is the much awaited plan for Halfway and Back 2016. First off we will leave from the Costco Parking lot, located at 1010 Hawthorne Ave SE, Salem, OR at 9:00 AM on September 10, 2016.
Please have a full tank of gas and be ready for a fun day of driving and sight seeing. For those of you coming from out of town and in need of a place to stay on Friday night there are several
hotels close to Costco. Here is the rest of the trip and hotel information, all of the hotel reservations must be made by August 10th and are under the group name HALFWAY AND BACK!
We will plan on leaving around 9:00 every morning unless folks want to leave earlier, just let me know what your preference would be and we will do what the majority wants.
Saturday, September 10th Mileage: approx 273
Leave Salem at 9:00 AM
We will be traveling to John Day, Oregon
Our route will take us through Sisters, Redmond, and Prineville and a stop in the Painted Hills on our way to John Day.
We will be staying at the:
Best Western John Day Inn
315 W Main Street
John Day, Oregon, 97845-1028, US
Sunday, September 11th Mileage: Approx 150
Today's Drive will take us to Baker City, OR
Our route will take us through some old mining towns, over past the Anthony Lake Ski Area, through the town of Haines ending in Baker City.
We will be staying at:
Geiser Grand Hotel
Address: 1996 Main St,
Baker City, OR 97814
My plan includes a trip to the Famous Haines Steak House for dinner www.hainessteakhouse.com
Monday, September 12th Mileage: Approx. 180
Today's drive will take us to the town of Halfway, over the Hell's Canyon Scenic Overlook, with a brief visit to the town on Imnaha, through the town of Joseph and ending in Enterprise, OR.
We will be staying at:
Eagles View Inn
Address: 1200 Highland Ave, Enterprise, OR 97828
Phone: (541) 426-2700
We can visit the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center on our way, and spend some time in Joseph.
Terminal Gravity Brew Pub will be a great dinner destination!
Tuesday, September 13th Mileage: Approx 225
Today's drive will take us from Enterprise to Pendleton, OR. We will be driving through Rattlesnake Canyon (19 miles, over 170 corners) this is the highlight of the trip, After leaving the canyon we will travel through Clarkston, WA,
into Walla Walla and then into Pendleton.
We will be staying at:
Red Lion Hotel Pendleton
304 Southeast Nye Avenue
Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone: (541) 276-6111
Wednesday, September 14 Mileage: Approx 260
Today's drive will take us from Pendleton to Sisters, OR, through several small towns, and a visit to the Painted Hills portion of the John Day Fossil Beds.
We will be staying in Sisters at:
Best Western Ponderosa Lodge
Address: 500 Highway 20 W, Sisters, OR 97759
Phone: (541) 549-1234
Thursday, September 15th
Return to Salem.
Most days we have enough flexibility in our schedule to do some fun things, like wine tasting in the Walla Walla Valley, checking out some of the old mining and ghost towns
and visiting other tourist attractions. Lunches will be wherever we are at when everyone's ready for lunch. All of our hotels have breakfast and other that the two dinners
I have on the schedule we will just play it by ear and see what people want to do.
This is the third time I have led this even and it will be a fun time for everyone, there is only one other car going this year that has done it in the past
so it will be a lot of fun taking new people on this drive.
If you have any questions or concerns just ask!
Looking forward to seeing there!
Chris and Karen McCarty
Michael "Bubba" Gillman
Gary and Carol Holm
Mark and Debby Hamlin
Walter Hapay and Laura Goebel
A.J. and Vickie McGranaghan
Allen and Mary Harader
Ben and Katrina Stanton
Connie Mott and Sharon
Explore Oregon 2017
"The Premier Summer Miata Tour Event"
July 13-16, 2017
"EXPLORE OREGON" is an annual premier summer event, organized by the Willamette Valley Miata club. Be prepared to enjoy some of Oregon’s most beautiful
and historic scenery and explore the awesome back roads of the Northeast Oregon as we spend an incredible weekend in Pendleton, OR.
Pendleton — Our destination
Rich tradition. Fine craftsmanship. Legendary reputation. Pendleton was named the Top True Western Town of 2011 by True West magazine.
Museums celebrate the rich traditions of pioneers, cowboys and Native Americans. Find fine craftsmanship at the Pendleton Woolen Mills,
working saddle shops and Native American beading. Enjoy genuine thrills at The Underground Tours and world-famous Pendleton Round-Up Arena.
Bikers, cyclists and sportspeople love this location at the base of the Blue Mountains.
The Pendleton Underground Tour
This 90-minute tour transports you below ground and back through Pendleton's history of gambling, girls, and gold. The Underground Tours depict town life from more
than a century ago (when 32 saloons and 18 brothels were operating in full swing) to the 1953 closure of the Cozy Rooms, the best-known bordello in town.
The Underground Tour eventually resurfaces, climbing the "31 Steps to Heaven" to those Cozy Rooms where madam Stella Darby reigned. The secret gambling lairs,
opium dens, and bathhouses that lie directly below the pavement will give you a whole new perspective of the streets of Pendleton. Reservations are required.
The Pendleton Underground Tours office is located in Pendleton's Historic District, on the corner of SW 1st Street and Emigrant Avenue. The buildings that house
the tours are: the Empire Building, 1907, The Hendricks Building, 1897 and the Empire Meat Company, 1895.
All properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Pendleton Underground Tours' properties are in what was once the red light district of Pendleton.
The buildings on the tour have been maintained, true to the original state, allowing the visitor to see the sidewalks and basalt-rock tunnels the way they were constructed pre 1890's.
This special authenticity adds to their uniqueness, making the tours what they are today.
Whether you’re interested in visiting the McKay Reservoir and taking advantage of outdoor adventures or are shopping for treasures among local antiques,
Red Lion Hotel Pendleton is ideally situated in a convenient location. Families, couples, business travelers and special event guests alike enjoy
our spacious accommodations. Just minutes from Pendleton Airport, Red Lion Hotel Pendleton is near some of the area’s best shopping, dining and nightlife.
Each of our 170 guest rooms offers comfortable touches including plush pillow top beds, property-wide complimentary Wi-Fi, and private balconies.
We’re also a chosen destination among Pendleton hotels for business and social occasions offering over 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, catering services,
and A/V support. Make the most of your trip to Oregon by visiting popular attractions like Pendleton Underground Tours, Pendleton Woolen Mills,
and the Wildhorse Casino and Golf Course. After exploring the area, enjoy a meal at The Red Lion Restaurant and Lounge.
ALL HOTEL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE NO LATER THAN "JUNE 22, 2017" AFTER THIS DATE ROOM AVAILABILITY CANNOT BE GUARANTEED!
Singe W/Breakfast $105
Double Queen W/Breakfast $105
RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE BY CALLING THE HOTEL DIRECT AT 541-276-6111. GUEST MUST IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS MEMBERS OF THE GROUP "EXPLORE OREGON 2017".
ALL RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY JUNE 22ND, 2016.
Costs: $100.00 per person ($195/couple) - includes Thursday evening reception; the Saturday evening dinner banquet; Explore Oregon T-Shirt, attendee pack with event stickers, maps, schedules and more!
If you would like a polo shirt instead of a t-shirt, add $10.00 per shirt.
Sign Up Now: Send registration check or money order to:
P.O. Box 20612
Keizer, OR 97307.
Be sure to preregister on the WVMC website: RSVP FOR EVENTS HERE
(so we’ll know who is coming!). For more info, call 503-851-1549
REGISTRATION WILL BE LIMITED TO THE
FIRST 150 PAID REGISTRATIONS
AFTER THAT, A WAITING LIST WILL BE CREATED!
DUE TO THE DEPOSIT FOR THE DINNER WE CANNOT DO ANY REFUNDS AFTER JUNE 3, 2017.
Sign Up Now:
PAYMENT OPTIONS: CHECK OR MONEY ORDER SENT TO:
P.O. Box 20612
Keizer, OR 97307
OR YOU CAN PAY ONLINE USING THE PAYPAL LINK BELOW!
NOTE: CANADIAN RESIDENTS MUST USE PAYPAL
Thursday, July 13, 5-9 PM - Event Check-in and Welcome BBQ
Friday, July 14 - Various activities are being planned for the daytime hours with everyone on their own for dinner in Pendleton.
Saturday, July 15 - Various activities are being planned for the daytime hours with a dinner banquet at the Red Lion. Cocktail hour from 6-7 and
Dinner will be served at 7. There will plenty of fun and prizes to be claimed.
Sunday, July 16 - We are still in the planning stages of what we would like to do on Sunday and still get everyone that needs to get one the road on it.
More information will be posted on our website www.oregonmx5.com and emailed to all those registered.