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TDIFest 2016

Happening Now: TDIClub 20th Anniversary Online Auction

Participate in this year's TDIFest 2016 pre-auction here:

Anyone can participate online and place a proxy bid to enter the live and silent auctions at TDIFest 2016!



The Lodge at Leathem Smith
The Lodge at Leathem Smith
1640 Memorial Drive
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

☞ Note: Zoom in and click on the colored regions of the map above for more information and a virtual tour!

☞ Note: TDIFest activities, vendors, and general parking TBD.

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Labor Day Weekend, 2016

  • Friday, September 2nd: Check-in, silent auction, meet & greet, trivia
  • Saturday, September 3rd: Check-in, keynote breakfast, vendors, tech sessions, silent auction, Chicago Fireboat
  • Sunday, September 4th: Vendors, show & shine, tech sessions, awards banquet, live auction

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Event Agenda

☞ NOTE: This agenda is a draft. Events, times, and descriptions will change as the planning process continues. Please check back periodically for updates.

Friday, September 2nd:

7:00 - 10:00 AM: Breakfast for guests who stayed on Thursday night (complimentary for hotel guests)
3:00 PM: Hotel room check-in begins
5:00 - 9:00 PM: Registration/Check-in is open
5:00 - 9:00 PM: Raffle & silent auction are open
6:30 - 9:00 PM: Meet & Greet with traditional Wisconsin fish boil (this is a paid event)
9:15 - 10:00 PM: Trivia

Saturday, September 3rd:

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Registration/Check-in is open
9:00 - 11:00 AM: Breakfast with guest speaker (this is a paid event with an enhanced breakfast buffet)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Raffle & silent auction are open
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM: Vendor market is open in the parking lot
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Tech sessions (see list below)
4:00 PM: Silent auction group 1 ends
6:00 - 8:30 PM: Chicago Fireboat sunset cruise (light food, refreshments, and full bar available for purchase). Boarding at 6:15 PM, and we set sail promptly at 6:30 PM.

Sunday, September 4th:

7:00 - 10:00 AM: Breakfast (complimentary for hotel guests) & carwash time
10:30 - 11:30 AM: Show & Shine staging
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM: Raffle & silent auction are open
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM: Vendor market is open in the parking lot
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Show & Shine judging
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Tech Sessions (see list below)
1:30 PM: Silent auction group 2 ends
3:00 - 3:45 PM: Raffle drawing
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Free time
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Cocktails at the ballroom bar
6:30 - 8:00 PM: Awards banquet in the ballroom (this is a paid event)
8:00 - 8:45 PM: Live auction in the ballroom (open to all)

Monday, September 5th:

7:00 - 10:00 AM: Breakfast (complimentary for hotel guests)
11:00 AM: Hotel room check-out

Tech Sessions

Saturday, September 3rd:

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM: VCDS 101 with compu_85 (outside)
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM: Automatic Transmissions with CoolairVW (inside)
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM: Hammer Mod with mrchill (outside)
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM: CV Joint Rebuild with Lug_Nut (inside)

Sunday, September 4th:

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Camshafts with greengeeker (outside)
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM: A/C Troubleshooting with whitedog (outside)
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM: Emissions - a Skype presentation with wxman (inside)

Registration Instructions

TDIClub memberships must be purchased before registering for TDIFest 2016. Please visit the TDIClub membership area found here.

Once you have purchased a “contributor” or “enthusiast” level membership to TDIClub, you may register for TDIFest 2016 by visiting our registration page at

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Lodging & Reservations


All hotel reservations must be made by phone. When calling, tell them you're with TDIFest and they will help you create a reservation. Be sure to decide what type of room you'd like and familiarize yourself with the deposit and cancelation policies listed below.

Room Types & Rate Info

Room Type Beds Balcony Whirlpool Bath Kitchenette Price Availability
Economy Room (Fisherman's Village) 1 queen yes no no $109 SOLD OUT
Economy Room (Fisherman's Village) 1 king yes no no $109 SOLD OUT
Economy Room (Fisherman's Village) 2 queen yes no no $109 SOLD OUT
Standard Room (Main Lodge) 1 king yes no no $149 SOLD OUT
Standard Room (Main Lodge) 2 queen yes no no $149 SOLD OUT
Junior Suite (Main Lodge) 1 king yes yes yes $219 SOLD OUT
1-Bedroom Captain's Suite (Main Lodge) 1 queen + sleeper sofa yes yes yes $219 SOLD OUT

Availability updated on 8/25/16.

☞ NOTE: All rooms sleep a maximum of four guests. Rates listed above are for double-occupancy. Additional guests will be charged $15 per person, per night (includes breakfast on Friday and Sunday).

☞ NOTE: The Lodge at Leathem Smith has several types of rooms and combinations available. We anticipate selling the hotel out, and all reservations are made first come, first served. Economy-priced rooms will be the first to sell out, so if you're on a budget, don't delay! A limited selection of pet-friendly rooms is available - please speak to the reservationist for more information. Special requests will be accommodated based on availability.

Full list of room types with pictures
Hotel amenities and things to do

Taxes, Fees, & Fine Print


Rates are per-unit, per-night and all rates are subject to the current Wisconsin State sales tax of 5.5%.


A 50% deposit is charged to your card when making your reservation. This deposit is refundable up to 72 hours in advance with a $10 cancelation fee.

Cancellation Policy

Reservations cancelled between date of booking and 72 hours from date of arrival will forfeit a $10.00 cancellation fee that will be charged to the authorized credit card. Cancellations within 72 hours of arrival forfeit the entire amount of the reserved hotel stay which will be charged to the authorized credit card. No refund for late arrivals, early departures, no-shows, or downgrades.

Minimum Stay

50% of our rooms have a 2-night minimum and the other 50% have a 3-night minimum. Due to the size of the venue and the anticipated size of the event, we cannot accommodate single night stays.

TDIFest is a three-day event, and most of our attendees choose to stay for all three days. We understand if your schedule or budget doesn't permit you to take this long of a vacation. If that's the case, we recommend arriving on Saturday morning for activities, and staying at the hotel on Saturday and Sunday nights.

☞ NOTE: If you plan on staying for two nights, please reserve early, as this option will disappear if it sells out.

Pet Policy

Pets are not allowed inside the resort with the exception of a limited number of pet-friendly rooms. Pets are welcome on the property and in TDIFest areas of the parking lot. A cleaning fee may be assessed to individuals who do not honor the pet policy.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in all public building. All indoor areas of the hotel and conference center are non-smoking. You may smoke on your balcony/deck and on the property grounds. Please be respectful and dispose of smoking materials in trash cans and ashtrays.

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Local Attractions & Activities

We have put together a Google Map of the Sturgeon Bay area with local attractions listed on it.

Situated in the thumb of Wisconsin between Green Bay and Lake Michigan, Door County, Wisconsin has a lot to offer, and many refer to it as the Nantucket of the midwest. For a complete list of adventures and activities, please visit

Other must-see items while you're in town include…

If you're coming from the east, we highly recommend considering taking the SS Badger car ferry from Ludington, MI to Manitowoc, WI. This four hour, 60 mile trip across Lake Michigan avoids Chicago traffic and gives you an authentic steam ship experience. for information and tickets.

Volunteer Positions

TDIFest wouldn't be able to happen without a number of on-site volunteers. For a list of volunteer positions and more information on helping to make TDIFest a success, please stay tuned!

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