Update July 15, 2020:
This would have been the 35th Annual Ramble, but the restrictions and uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 have made it impossible to safely provide you with a “proper” Ramble experience.
Everyone registered will receive their registration fees back in full, and The Otesaga will be issuing credit for all of your room deposits WITHOUT NEED FOR YOU TO DO ANYTHING except check your credit card account to ensure you receive your refund. In both cases, it may take more than 1 card cycle for these credits to appear in your credit card account.
But don’t despair, because on Wednesday January 20, 2021, we plan to open registration for the 2021 Ramble! Let’s hope we’ve put Covid-19 in our collective rear view mirrors by that time, so we can all enjoy our usual large, gregarious, driving, and sociable get-together in true Ramble fashion.
Until then, enjoy your Porsche, and stay safe,
Dennis and Carol Friedman
35th Annual New England Ramble
November 8-10, 2020 Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY
New registrations will accepted as of May 4, 2020
Why should you join us for NER’s First Fall Ramble (after 34 Spring Rambles)? It’s simply the best way to end the driving season! 175+ Porsches (some Ramblers do occasionally drive vehicles other than Porsches), good friends, good food and a weekend at a top-notch resort hotel. You’ll arrive Sunday (or earlier at our inviting rate), and begin your social and partying activities before the serious driving commences on Monday morning.
After last year’s travelogue on Cape Cod, this year’s 35th edition will be back to primarily driving on 2-lane country roads in the beautiful Catskill mountain area south of Cooperstown, NY. Come experience secluded roads and scenic vistas that pass by rushing streams, meandering rivers, peaceful lakes, and more than a few mountainsides. You may even have a chance to traverse a covered bridge or two along the way.
Our Overall Event Sponsor is once again European Performance Engineering in Natick, MA. Give these talented folks a call at (508) 651-1316 for anything from an oil change to a full street-to-track conversion. Or, visit their website at www.epe.com.
On Sunday from 5:00–7:00 p.m., see old friends and meet some new PCA’ers at the Welcome Reception – sponsored by Porsche of Warwick. We’ll be in the beautiful Rotunda and nearby Ballroom serving complimentary hors d’oeuvres and snacks along with a cash bar. So please stop by, pick up your name badge, and say hello before you head out for dinner on your own. There are lots of restaurants to choose from in Cooperstown (reservations are recommended) offering various cuisines and price points, or you can choose to eat on the property at the Hawkeye Bar & Grill, or the 1909 for finer dining.
On Monday morning, registration will be open from 7:00–8:30 a.m. in the Small Glimmerglass room, with continental breakfast continuing until 9:30 a.m. next door in the gracious Glimmerglass and Fenimore dining rooms overlooking the lake. The mandatory drivers and passengers safety and route briefing will convene at 8:35 a.m., after which drivers will head out on a navigational, directions-based tour exploring the Catskill mountain area south of Cooperstown, concluding at our lunch destination in Windham, NY.
Following the buffet lunch, you’ll embark on another navigational, directions-based tour that will take you back to The Otesaga. Or, if you prefer to return sooner to begin your partying, get a massage (request your 15% discount at the Hawkeye Spa), hike, shop, or whatever, simply take the more direct route that will also be provided.
For anyone joining us for the first time – a hearty welcome. Your registration packet will include a detailed route to and from our lunch stop, that my wife Carol and I have traveled many times, revising and correcting along the way. Unlike most PCA tours, we drive on our own (not as a convoy), though you’ll typically find yourself part of a multi-car pod. Make a pit stop, or pull off to take a photo when you want, and pick up the next pod coming down the road. Want to spend time with some different Porsche models of varying configurations and colors? Just pull off and join the next pod to come along. However, if you decide to take an extended off-route excursion and the sweeper car passes you by, you will have “officially” left the tour for insurance purposes.
At 6:00 p.m. Monday evening, we’ll meet for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres back in the Rotunda and Ballroom, followed by a plated dinner in the adjacent Glimmerglass and Fenimore dining rooms that begins at 7:30 p.m., and more socializing on your own after dinner. From 7:30–10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, a full, hot, buffet breakfast will be served back in the Glimmerglass, after which you’re on your own again to head home, or stay longer and enjoy the charms of upstate New York.
Remember, this is a Tour, and we expect you to follow all the laws and regulations pertaining to the public roadways we’ll be traveling. We’ll be on many narrow, 2-lane roads, so please give pedestrians and bicyclers a wide berth. If you have the urge to exercise your Porsche more fully, we would highly recommend attending one of the many Driver’s Education or Autocross events hosted by the Northeast Region.
IMPRUDENT OR DANGEROUS DRIVING BEHAVIOR WILL NOT BE TOLERATED DURING THE RAMBLE.
•The Sunday rate is for your room only and includes all taxes and fees. Subject to availability, this same rate applies for 3 nights post Ramble should you wish to extend your stay.
•The Monday Package Rate includes your room, Monday cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres (cash bar after you’ve used your 1 drink ticket/person), Monday night dinner (jackets for men and festive attire for the ladies), Tuesday morning hot breakfast buffet, and all service charges, gratuities and taxes.
•The resort fee is included in the room rate and includes free wireless internet, the fitness center, and parking.
•Your registration fee covers the Sunday Welcome Reception with hors d’oeuvres and snacks, Monday’s continental breakfast, Monday’s lunch, your 2020 commemorative Ramble pin, an event T-shirt, your magnetic plastic name badge, and other costs incurred in organizing and running the Ramble.
•Unless you like being on a waitlist, register for one of the 132 rooms in our block once you receive your registration confirmation. We expect to sell out the entire hotel. Check-in is 4:00 p.m. and check-out is 11:00 a.m.
Our room block includes 132 rooms at The Otesaga for Sunday and Monday nights, and 26 rooms at The Otesaga on Saturday night. There are also 15 rooms at it’s sister bed & breakfast property The Cooper Inn (a 3 minute walk around the corner from The Otesaga, and just off Main Street in Cooperstown), and as of the event opening date, a few rooms available for Friday and Saturday nights.
|Monday with Meals Package||$338.44||$445.06|
Only 11 of these rooms are available on a first come/first served basis.
|Monday with Meals Package||$367.66||$484.28|
|Suites (some with lake views)||Single||Double|
|Monday with Meals Package||$398.57||$515.19|
Only 26 suites are available on a first come/first served basis.
|The Cooper Inn||Single||Double|
|Monday with Meals Package||$297.88||$413.38|
15 rooms are available at The Cooper Inn
We have arranged to have breakfast included in the room rate for anyone who chooses to avail themselves of our attractive rates, arriving before Friday or staying beyond Sunday.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE OTESAGA INN TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION BEFORE YOU HAVE REGISTERED ONLINE AND RECEIVED YOUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL. We will be matching registrations against the hotel-supplied rooming list on a weekly basis, and those registered will receive priority within our room block.A ROOM RESERVED WITHOUT AN EVENT RESERVATION IS NOT GUARANTEED.
We expect to occupy all of the hotel’s rooms, so please make your reservations with The Otesaga promptly after you receive your registration confirmation to avoid disappointment.