Omni Mount Washington Resort 310 Mt Washington Hotel Rd - Bretton Woods Events
Ramble With Us In Bretton Woods, NH
April 30 – May 2 Omni Mount Washington Resort
Registration Opens Wednesday January 20, 2021
Since 1986, many club members have kicked off their driving season by attending NER’s Annual Spring Ramble. In recent years, over 300 people driving 175+ Porsches (some Ramblers do occasionally drive vehicles other than Porsches) have turned out to enjoy good friends, good food, and a weekend at a top-notch resort hotel. You’ll arrive Friday (or earlier at our inviting rate), and begin your socially-distanced activities before the serious driving commences on Saturday morning.
After our 2019 travelogue on Cape Cod, this year’s edition will be back to primarily driving on 2-lane country roads in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. Come experience secluded roads and scenic vistas that pass by rushing streams, meandering rivers, peaceful lakes, and more than a few mountainsides. You’ll also traverse a few covered bridges 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.
At this time, it’s impossible to know what the exactstatus of the Covid-19 pandemic will be by the end of April. We are planning for the possibility that we will still be dealing with significant restrictions, and will do whatever is necessary to ensure the safety of the members attending. However, we will remain flexible, and relax restrictions appropriately if conditions improve as we hope will be the case by spring. Rest assured that the Omni Mount Washington Resort has implemented an extensive “Safe and Clean Initiative” that conforms to CDC guidelines. This includes hand sanitizing stations in public areas, plexiglass shields at the front desk and in all serving areas, markings for proper social distancing on the floors, and increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting throughout the resort.
On Friday from 6:00–7:15 p.m., see old friends and meet some new PCA’ers at the Welcome Reception – sponsored again this year by Porsche of Warwick. We’ll have private access to what are normally public spaces on the hotel’s first floor – the Conservatory and Great Hall. In addition, 6 foot round tables will be set up for 4 people in the Grand Ballroom, providing seating for over 100 people. There will be several tables deployed where complimentary served hors d’oeuvres and snacks will be available. There will also be a couple of cash bars available. So stop by, and say hello before you head out for dinner on your own.
There aren’t too many restaurants close by the resort, so you might choose to eat on the property. To book a reservation at either Stickney’s Restaurant or the Main Dining Room (both are open from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.), call 603-278-8864 or visit OpenTable.com.
The arrangements for Saturday morning will be a little different this year to enable appropriate social distancing – Registration will be split into 2 groups. When you visit the registration page on www.clubregistration.net, you’ll have the opportunity to indicate whether you prefer the earlier or later group.
Group #1 will register from 7:00–8:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom, with continental breakfast continuing until 8:45 a.m. thru the end of the mandatory drivers and passengers safety and route briefing. Everyone in Group #1 should plan to depart on their morning tour by 9:00 a.m.
Group #2 will register from 8:00–9:30 a.m. in the Presidential Ballroom, with continental breakfast continuing until 9:45 a.m. thru the end of the mandatory drivers and passengers safety and route briefing. Everyone in Group #2 should plan to depart on their morning tour by 10:00 a.m.
Everyone will experience the same navigational, directions-based tour exploring the White Mountains, which will take you to our lunch destination in Plymouth, New Hampshire.
Following the served buffet lunch (box lunches will also be available for those preferring not to eat indoors), you’ll embark on another navigational, directions-based tour that will take you back to the Omni Mount Washington Resort. Or, if you prefer to return sooner to hike, shop, get a massage (request your 15% discount at the Spa), 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 travelled many times, revising and correcting along the way. Unlike most PCA tours, we drive on our own (not as a convoy) though usually you’ll 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.
This year’s Saturday evening cocktails and meal will also be served in 2 groups. If you’re in the earlier breakfast group in the Grand Ballroom, you will also have the earlier dinner in the Grand Ballroom, with the later breakfast group having a later seating in the Presidential Ballroom. This arrangement will enable strict social distancing in both Ballrooms, and also limit the number of people milling about in the public areas en route to dinner.
Group #1 will be welcomed into the Grand Ballroom starting at 6:30 p.m. A selection of hors d’oeuvres will be on each table of 4 when you arrive, along with water, bread, and butter. The main course will be served approximately 7:15 p.m.
Group #2 will be welcomed into the Presidential Ballroom at 7:00 p.m. A selection of hors d’oeuvres will be on each table of 4 when you arrive, along with water, bread, and butter. The main course will be served approximately 7:45 p.m.
After dinner there’s time for more safe socializing.
From 7:30–10:00 a.m. Sunday morning, a full, hot, served buffet breakfast will be provided in the Grand Ballroom. Due to the capacity restrictions this year, overflow seating will be available if needed. After breakfast, you’re on your own again to head home, or stay longer and enjoy the charms of the White Mountains.
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 Friday rate is for your room only and includes all taxes and fees. Subject to availability, this same rate applies for 3 nights pre & post Ramble nights should you wish to extend your stay.
The Saturday Package Rate includes your room, Saturday cocktails and hors d’oeuvres (cash bar after you’ve used your 1 drink ticket/person), Saturday night dinner (jackets for men and festive attire for women), Sunday 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 Friday Welcome Reception with hors d’oeuvres and snacks, Saturday’s continental breakfast, Saturday’s lunch, your magnetic plastic name badge, and the other costs incurred in organizing and running the Ramble.
Unless you like being on a waitlist, register for one of the 150 rooms in our block once you receive your registration confirmation. Prompt booking is particularly important this year since capacity restrictions in the various event rooms due to strict social distancing will limit us to 269 attendees.
10 Corner Vista rooms (550 sq. ft) and 3 Premier rooms (625 sq. ft.) are available.
PLEASE DO NOT 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 our entire room block, so please make your reservations with the Omni Mount Washington Resort promptly after you receive your registration confirmation to avoid disappointment.
Please read below to learn about important Registration procedure changes on ClubReg:
1. Every attendee must have their own ClubReg account, log-in, register, and pay individually ($70). If you’re setting up a new account, be sure to go to the bottom of the “Profile” screen to authorize eSignatures, click on the top box indicating you have have read the disclosures and agree. This will enable each person to complete 2 electronic waivers so we don’t have to sign waivers onsite. If you already have an account, once you log-in to register for the Ramble, click on “My Account” at the top of the page, go to “Profile”, and confirm you have authorized eSignatures.
For the “Select Vehicle” drop-down question, passengers should choose “No Vehicle”, answer “Passenger” for Entry Type, and then provide the name of their driver.
2. You will have to choose to register, eat breakfast, and eat dinner either earlier (Group 1) or later (Group 2).
Splitting into 2 groups that will eat in separate ballrooms for Saturday meals, at slightly different times, will reduce congestion in common areas and for registration.
3. Once you choose Group1 or Group 2, you’ll be asked for your dinner and lunch meal selections.
Your lunch choices are an indoor, socially-distanced served buffet lunch, or a boxed lunch to eat in your car or outdoors.
4. After you have clicked “Register”, and paid your $70 registration fee, click on “My Account” at the top of the ClubReg screen, and go to “Dashboard” to see the Ramble listed. Beneath the solid red bar entitled “eSignatures” click on the “Request” button to begin the process of signing both eSign waivers.
Your registration will not be confirmed until both waivers have been signed.
Once registration opens, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Dennis via email at [email protected]. If you have difficulty with eSignatures, contact ClubReg directly at (512) 273-5016.