@Mark444 & Custmmc....thanks for the suggestions on lodging. I'll try to make some time to check them out. I have used all of the routes you mentioned in the past. Usually leave the hotel & take Blue Lake Rd. (I think) to Sicard Hollow etc. Nice little ride for sure.
Days Inn is directly across the street from Logan's Roadhouse. I remember an Irish pub kind of next door...but the Tilted Kilt doesn't ring a bell. Maybe I should make an effort to find it? We are just a couple of old country boys from Kentucky...do they have a pool table?