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Treffen in the Green Mountains of Vermont

Story by Judy Lech
Photos by Judy Lech and Denise Michaels

 

Treffen (meaning “gathering”) was scheduled to coincide between the end of the Labor Day weekend and before the arrival of the “leaf peepers.” 250 Porsche aficionados arrived in Porsches and a variety of other cars. Our host hotel was the outstanding Woodstock Inn & Resort, where our group took 140 rooms. Ok, I failed to mention that this event sold out in 8 minutes after the Treffen website opened. Whew! Porsches are fast and so are their owners on the computer!

 

Three couples from our OCR Region were fortunate enough to get a reservation and all three couples arrived in VT from different directions without their signature Porsches. Barry and Denise Michaels flew to Chicago and picked up a rental, Steve and Michelle Fairbanks had planned to drive their 1988 Porsche; however unfortunately, it was stolen from their driveway a few weeks earlier. So, it was “Plan B” for them, flying into Burlington, VT and picking up a rental. Pete and Judy Lech left driving their larger car for the extended cross-country trip that had started in August. We all arrived by Tuesday, one day before the start of the event. Woodstock, Vermont is known for its picturesque natural scenery beauty, the famous Green Mountains, excellent farm-to-table restaurants, hiking trails and eclectic shopping all filled with pure New England Village charm. Our adventures in beautiful Vermont were enriched by several tours led by the volunteers of PCA and Zone 1 Porsche Clubs, and the variety offered didn’t disappoint.

 

Tours all started from the Suicide Six Ski Resort. Their claim to historical fame is as the earliest ski resort in the USA. At the appointed day and time (early am) we headed over. Yes, we were part of the interlopers amongst lines of beautiful German machinery but still warmly welcomed.

 

The Tours and Activities included driving to Green Mountain Small Town, Historic Covered Bridges, Hildene (Robert Todd Lincoln’s mansion) and Lincoln family summer home, Billings Farm & Museum, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Mansion and Gardens National Historic Park, Colonial Era Fort Ticonderoga, Scenic Countryside Tour to the 1799 Historic Dorset Inn, Shelburne Museum in Burlington, and sports of falconry and fly fishing; many hiking trails and of course shopping.

 

Porsches, all shined up and beautifully placed; were displayed one afternoon on the Village Green in the heart of the town. This of course drew a large admiring crowd of locals and tourists. Themed evenings and menus included the Welcome Dinner of hors d’oeuvres and delectable offerings, Flavors of Fall buffet, Woodstock Inn Farm to Table Social and Last Night closing dinner, which was a seafood lover’s feast of lobster, shrimp, mussels and other complementary foods. Steak and grilled chicken were also menu choices.

 

A big thank you to PCA and Zone 1 volunteers which includes the following participating Regions: Green Mountain, Connecticut Valley, Hudson-Champlain and Northeast for making this a spectacular event. Also, thanks to the many sponsors.

 

We all enjoyed renewing friendships and making new ones.

 

“It’s the cars which bring us together but it’s the people who keep us together.”

 

See you on the road!

 

 

This story and photos can be found in the November 2019 Pando on pages 14-17

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