When does Treffen Georgia Mountains registration open?

Treffen registration normally opens approximately three months prior to the event start date.  Treffen Georgia Mountains registration opens on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at 3:00 PM (ET). Check your eBrake News, social media, and PCA & Treffen websites for announcements.  Also, check our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/treffennorthamerica for the latest information and updates.

Note: PCA has bought out the Barnsley Resort for this event. Due to contractual obligations, attendees are required to a minimum four-night stay at the resort with a two-night room deposit. 

How does the registration process work and what can I expect?

Go to the Treffen Registration webpage and log into your PCA membership account prior to starting registration.  Since all Treffen events have limited capacity, it is possible for the event to be sold out while you are entering or selecting your information (certain destination tends to sell out quickly, usually in less than 15-20 minutes).  At that point please add yourself on the waitlist; a link will appear on the website’s registration webpage.  We do have records and will take that into consideration if you are in the middle of paying for the event.  Also see “Is there a WAITLIST for Treffen? What about for Tours?”

Why doesn't PCA expand Treffen participation or the number of events per year?

Treffen, by design, is an intimate, exclusive event intended for a smaller group.  It is run by a small team of volunteers, requires a host region(s) near the destination for running tours and assist with administration tasks, and takes about two years to plan each event.  There are also many factors, such as resort size, room availability, event space, volunteer availability, costs, etc. that affect our capacity.  The optimal size for Treffen is for about 120-125 rooms or roughly 250 participants; there aren’t enough resources to host larger groups for more than two events per year.

Is there a WAITLIST for Treffen? What about for Tours?

If the event sells out during the initial registration process, you will be prompted to add your name and email to the WAITLIST.  Do not skip this step if you still wish to be part of this event; this is the only process for you to be considered for Treffen after registration closes.  Calling or emailing someone to be put on the list will only put you further down the list!  The Treffen Registrar will contact you should spots become available. However, we cannot guarantee that your first tour choice will be available.  Similarly, if the tour you wanted to sign up for is not available, please email the Treffen Registrar at treffenregistrar@national.pca.org to be added to that waitlist and contacted should spots become available.  If you wish to know what number you are on the waitlist, it may take up to a week for us to manually sort out the order of the when people were cut off.

What is the format/schedule of Treffen events?

Treffen events feature three days of non-competitive touring, creative dining, and the opportunity to explore exciting destinations. Arrival and event registration check-in occur on Wednesday afternoon. For Treffen Georgia Mountains, escorted driving tours will take place on Thursday and Friday; “Navigators’ Day Off” (NDO) special activities or destination drives on Saturday. Checkout and departure is on Sunday. Click here to see the full list of activities and their descriptions.

What does the Treffen registration fee include?

The base registration fee includes welcome reception, breakfasts, evening social/dining events, event apparel, and other amenities; however, it does not include lodging.  Escorted drives and “Navigators’ Day Off” (NDO) activities have additional fees for rentals, lunch, admission, etc. that are added during the registration process.  Please note that you must register your Co-Registrant at the time of registration to ensure that you receive your first tour choice(s). Adding a Co-Registrant after submitting your registration cannot guarantee availability on tours.

How many people can I register for Treffen?

Because you must be logged in to your PCA account to register, Treffen registration is for a primary registrant and a co-registrant only. You cannot add additional "guests" to your registration as the event and tours may be sold out.

Registration for Treffen Georgia Mountains opens Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at 3:00 PM (ET). Please check your eBrake News and PCA & Treffen websites for announcements.

What is the refund policy for Treffen and the Barnsley Hotel?

Treffen Refund Policy: Cancellations received prior to 11:59 PM ET Tuesday, February 7, 2023, will receive a full refund less $100 per person processing fee.
No refunds, regardless of circumstances, will be given on or after Wednesday, February 8, 2023, as we have commitments to pay for contractual and event requirements. Although not required, we recommend purchasing travel insurance for this event as you would for any travel to cover nonrefundable expenses.  

Barnsley Hotel Refund Policy: Should a guest cancel a reservation, the deposit will be refunded if notice is received at least fourteen (14) business days prior to arrival (prior to 3/30/23), and a cancellation number is obtained.

How do I make hotel room reservations?

Treffen rooms are reserved for confirmed Treffen registrants only.  Use the instruction provided in your confirmation e-mail to make reservations; do not pass this information to anyone.  Reservations made by those not registered will only cause delays in clearing the waitlist as we have to cancel those rooms prior.  The hotel may have limited number of rooms available for pre- and post- event dates at the PCA pricing, but they are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.  Once those are reserved, you may contact the hotel on your own for rooms at regular rates if they are available.  The Barnsley Resort provides both cottages with multiple individual lock-off rooms and luxury hotel rooms at the Barnsley Inn.  This allows for unique rooming situation where participants can request to share a cottage with other participants (based on availability) or be assigned by the Treffen Team.  By registering for the event, you are agreeing to give the Treffen Team permission to share your name and e-mail address with other participants for room assignment purpose.  This information will not be made public on our website.

Note: There are no elevators for the upstairs guestrooms at the cottages; if stairs are an issue, please request a room on the ground floor when making room reservations.  You cannot make any room reservations until you have successfully registered for the event.

Can I reserve a room at the PCA special rate prior to Treffen registration opening?

No. Reservations at The Barnsley are being handled by the Treffen Team and can be made after receipt of your registration confirmation. Instructions will be included in your email. 

Can I get a list of attendees after registration? 

We used to post a list of attendees on the website; however, due to personal privacy concerns we no longer provide that information online.

What can we expect at the car wash?

The Treffen car wash is now sponsored by Adam’s Polishes.  We will provide buckets, wash mitts, brushes, car shampoo, glass cleaner, tire cleaner, etc.  We recommend bringing your own drying towels.

May I participate in Treffen without a Porsche?

The destinations’ roads are best experienced in a Porsche; however, a Porsche is not required. Treffen North America is partnering with Porsche Drive to provide up to 10 Porsche rentals from the Atlanta area for this event. We will post more information on our Facebook page prior to the event.  When flying to the event, you can choose to fly into Chattanooga (1 hour away) or Atlanta (1.5 hours away).

When and where are future Treffens?

Future Treffen events can be found on the Future Treffens page of this website. Please be sure to check eBrake News and the PCA & Treffen websites for Treffen announcements.

How are Treffen destinations selected?

Treffen selection criteria centers around 1) geographic diversity, 2) Region capabilities, 3) attractive destinations, and 4) great resorts. Spring Treffens are sited in the southern half of North America and Fall Treffens in the northern half. Treffen destinations are set to complement the location of Parade each year and occur somewhat remote to the location of Parade.

Are there sponsorship opportunities available for Treffen?

Certainly! Sponsor a drive, social, reception, party, or become the title sponsor. Email events@pca.org for additional information.


Disclaimer: By registering for Treffen you hereby consent to the disclosure of your name, region, and email address to PCA support staff and other registrants of this event; however, your information will not be posted to the website or be disclosed to the general public.  Any photo, video, or image taken by or of Treffen guests during the event may appear in PCA or Treffen advertisements, Facebook, and/or Panorama magazine.

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