As of January 1, 2019, we have closed our forums. This is a decision we did not come to lightly, but it is necessary. The software our forums run on is just too out-of-date and it poses a significant security risk. The server software itself must be updated, and it cannot be without removing the forums.
So it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our long-running forums. They came online in 2000 and brought together so many wonderful Disney fans. We had friendships form, careers launch, couples marry, children born ... all because of this amazing community.
Thank you to each of you who were a part of this community. You made it possible.
And a very special thank you to our Guides (moderators), past and present, who kept our forums a happy place to be. You are the glue that held everything together, and we are forever grateful to you. Thank you aliceinwdw, Caldercup, MrsM, WillCAD, Fortissimo, GingerJ, HiddenMickey, CRCrazy, Eeyoresmom, disneyknut, disneydani, Cam22, chezp, WDWfan, Luvsun, KMB733, rescuesk, OhToodles!, Colexis Mom, lfredsbo, HiddenMickey, DrDolphin, DopeyGirl, duck addict, Disneybine, PixieMichele, Sandra Bostwick, Eeyore Tattoo, DyanKJ130, Suzy Q'Disney, LilMarcieMouse, AllisonG, Belle*, Chrissi, Brant, DawnDenise, Crystalloubear, Disneymom9092, FanOfMickey, Goofy4Goofy, GoofyMom, Home4us123, iamgrumpy, ilovedisney247, Jennifer2003, Jenny Pooh, KrisLuvsDisney, Ladyt, Laughaholic88, LauraBelle Hime, Lilianna, LizardCop, Loobyoxlip, lukeandbrooksmom, marisag, michnash, MickeyMAC, OffKilter_Lynn, PamelaK, Poor_Eeyore, ripkensnana, RobDVC, SHEANA1226, Shell of the South, snoozin, Statelady01, Tara O'Hara, tigger22, Tink and Co., Tinkerbelz, WDWJAMBA, wdwlovers, Wendyismyname, whoSEZ, WildforWD, and WvuGrrrl. You made the magic.
We want to personally thank Sara Varney, who coordinated our community for many years (among so many other things she did for us), and Cheryl Pendry, our Message Board Manager who helped train our Guides, and Ginger Jabour, who helped us with the PassPorter-specific forums and Live! Guides. Thank you for your time, energy, and enthusiasm. You made it all happen.
There are other changes as well.
Why? Well, the world has changed. And change with it, we must. The lyrics to "We Go On" for IllumiNations say it best:
We go on to the joy and through the tears
We go on to discover new frontiers
Moving on with the current of the years.
We go on
Moving forward now as one
Moving on with a spirit born to run
Ever on with each rising sun.
To a new day, we go on.
It's time to move on and move forward.
PassPorter is a small business, and for many years it supported our family. But the world changed, print books took a backseat to the Internet, and for a long time now it has been unable to make ends meet. We've had to find new ways to support our family, which means new careers and less and less time available to devote to our first baby, PassPorter.
But eventually, we must move on and move forward. It is the right thing to do.
So we are retiring this newsletter, as we simply cannot keep up with it. Many thanks to Mouse Fan Travel who supported it all these years, to All Ears and MousePlanet who helped us with news, to our many article contributors, and -- most importantly -- to Sara Varney who edited our newsletter so wonderfully for years and years.
And we are no longer charging for the Live Guides. If you have a subscription, it's yours to keep for the lifetime of the Live Guides at no additional cost. The Live Guides will stay online, barring server issues and technical problems, for all of 2019.
That said, PassPorter is not going away. Most of the resources will remain online for as long as we can support them, and after that we will find ways to make whatever we can available. PassPorter means a great deal to us, and to many of you, and we will do our best to keep it alive in whatever way we can. Our server costs are high, and they'll need to come out of our pockets, so in the future you can expect some changes so we can bring those costs down.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your amazing support over the years. Without you, there's no way us little guys could have made something like this happen and given the "big guys" a run for their money. PassPorter was consistently the #3 guidebook after the Unofficial and Official guides, which was really unheard of for such a small company to do. We ROCKED it thanks to you and your support and love!
If you miss us, you can still find some of us online. Sara started a new blog at DisneyParkPrincess.com -- I strongly urge you to visit and get on her mailing list. She IS the Disney park princess and knows Disney backward and forward. And I am blogging as well at JenniferMaker.com, which is a little craft blog I started a couple of years ago to make ends meet. You can see and hear me in my craft show at https://www.youtube.com/c/jennifermaker . Many PassPorter readers and fans are on Facebook, in groups they formed like the PassPorter Trip Reports and PassPorter Crafting Challenge (if you join, just let them know you read about it in the newsletter). And some of our most devoted community members started a forum of their own at Pixie Dust Lane and all are invited over.
So we encourage you to stay in touch with us and your fellow community members wherever works best for you!
Welcome! We're happy you've found the PassPorter Community -- the friendliest place to plan your vacation to Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland, and the world in general! You are now viewing the PassPorter Message Board Community as a guest, which gives you limited access. As our guest, feel free to browse our messages by selecting the forum you want to visit from the list below.
To post messages and ask questions, join our FREE community today and you'll get access to tools and resources not available to guests, such as our vacation countown timers, "living" avatars, private messaging system, database searches, downloads, and a special PassPorter discount code. Registration is fast, simple, and completely free. Just click the Join Our Community link.
Sue and Steve go antiquing in New York! August 2007
Destination: The Brae Loch Inn, Cazenovia, NY
When: August 17th-20th, 2007
Who: Steve and Sue
Reason: Antique show and some much needed R & R!
Let me start with a little history here...
About 8 or 9 years ago, Steve and I attended a log home builders show in Utica, New York. It was fun, and cool, and they had a bunch of brochures for other area events. I picked up a brochure for the Madison-Bouckville Antiques Show, held every August in the town of Bouckville, NY, in Madison County. We weren't really "into" antiques, but this sounded like a fun adventure and a cool day trip.
I showed it to Steve. Now for those of you that know Steve (or have read any of my other trip reports lol) you know that he can be a little difficult to convince to try something. Of course, once he tries it, he loves it, it's just the initial getting him there the takes some doing. His first reaction was "Why would we want to go look at a bunch of old stuff for?" OK, dear, no problem. I signed up on the website for the mailings anyway.
Every year, we got a brochure and a post card, and every year, we never went. Finally, in 2000, I put my foot down. "Honey, I am going, and if you want to go, that's great, if not, STAY HOME!" He reluctantly went along.
We left early Saturday morning, drove up (it's about a 3 hour drive from us). Well, he took one look around and was hooked! We stayed all day and drove home that same night. A long day, but we came home with some really cool stuff for our home.
The next year, 2001, we drove up and back in our little Sentra because our SUV (a Blazer at the time) was in the shop. I wish I had my camera with me at that time, because one of the things we bought was a wagon wheel which we had to tie into the trunk!
In 2002, we got a late start and got lost, and didn't arrive till almost noon. It was then that we decided to think about staying for the weekend. On the drive up, we always passed a little country inn called the Brae Loch, so we inquired about staying there. We needed to book a year in advance due to the increasing popularity of the antique show, so in September 2002, we were booked for 2003. The rest, as they say, is history!
Now it has become a yearly tradition, and while we still go to the antique show, we enjoy the time away just as much!
Steve had Friday, August 17th, off, since he had a dentist appointment. He headed off to the dentist, I got the house ready and took the dogs to "camp". We got back, packed, and we were on our way! The weather was beautiful, sunny, warm, but not too hot, and it was promising to be a beautiful weekend.
We headed up 380 to 81, and were soon crossing into New York State. NYS just gets prettier as you head north, and today was no exception. Our first stop was for lunch, at our traditional place:
I had the halibut, brown rice, and green beans (heart-healthy due to my recent diagnosis of high cholesterol), Steve had chicken and dumplings, mac and cheese and corn:
After lunch, we were ready to hit the road again:
Of course, we had the convertible, which meant no large purchases! We had bought a grandmother clock two years ago, and trust me, it's all on video of Steve and the guy we bought the clock from trying to make it fit in the convertible, while his wife and I sat there and laughed at the two of them!
The miles rolled away, and soon we saw the sign that said "Welcome to Cazenovia". Welcome to the Cazenovia Chamber of Commerce Web Site Cazenovia is a small, beautiful college town about 25 miles from Syracuse, NY, situated right on Cazenovia Lake. It is quiet and peaceful, what small town living is all about!
We rolled on into the Brae Loch Inn. The Brae Loch is a country inn which is strongly steeped in it's Scottish traditions, from dishes on the menu to the tartan plaids that hang all over. The current innkeepers, Jim and Valerie Barr, keep the tradition going, and Jim visits with guests dressed in his kilt!
How can I describe the Brae Loch Inn ? You know from the moment you pull up that you are somehwere special. You are made to feel welcome from the outdoor seating area, the friendly foyer, the warm colors and the Barr's dog, Barney:
A few pictures:
How can you not feel welcome when this is what you see upon entering:
We went into the small gift shop which also serves as the office, and checked in. We had reserved room number 15 (there are only 16 rooms at the inn) which was formerly known as "Mary, Queen of Scots". We had formerly stayed in the "Robert Byrnes" room, and in the "Queen Elizabeth" room. We were sad to learn that they had recently gotten away from the names and had gone to numbers. So, room number 15 it was.
After a few more minutes spent chatting and petting 14-year-old arthritic Barney, we headed up the spiral staircase to our room.
All the rooms are decorated in very traditional, old world style. It's not luxury, but it's comfortable and beautiful!
A few shots of the room:
The desk and chair:
Picture in the room:
Steve headed straight for the bed:
We decided to rest for awhile before we made a dinner decision that night, and soon we were snoozing.
PassPorter's Free-Book to Walt Disney World It’s hard to believe anything is free at Walt Disney World; but there are actually a number of things you can get or do for little to no cost. This e-book documents over 200 free or cheap tips to do before you go and after you arrive. You could save a considerable amount of money following these tips. Perhaps more importantly; you can discover overlooked attractions and little-known details most people whiz by on their way to spend money. Click here to see free sample pages from the e-book! Get this popular e-book free of extra charges when you join the PassPorter's Club for as little as $4.95. A club pass includes access to all our other e-books; e-worksheets; super-size photos; and more! This e-book is also available for separate purchase in the PassPorter Online Store for just $5.95.
Well, Steve snoozed comfortably, but I dozed for about 10 minutes and then couldn't sleep! I was getting swollen glands, I didn't realize at the time that I was getting an infected tooth, but it was a little uncomfortable to lay flat. So I grabbed my camera and headed out to town. Steve mumbled something incoherent like "Yes Dear" and off I went!
I walked down Albany Ave (think "Main Street USA" ). This building is the Cazenovia Government Offices:
This is the Presbertyrian church:
Doesn't it look like something you'd see on a postcard?
A flower and gift shop:
Some of the buildings and homes on Albany Street:
The public school:
The admissions office of Cazenovia College:
This was a law office:
I beleive this was part of the Oneida bank:
All the homes are beautifully landscaped:
I returned to the Brae Loch after walking almost a mile! It was getting a little cooler, but still nice. I headed up to the room and did manage a few more Zzzzz's.
We woke up at about 7:00, ready for dinner. I changed and freshened up, and decided to look outside the window. Was that RAIN??? That was not in the forecast I had seen! Grrrrr. We were watching our chance of eating out on the lawn drift away with each drop. We headed down to the lobby, and out to the patio. No way were we eating outside tonight! We were in the middle of a thunderstorm. There was a gentleman sitting on the patio when we got out there, looking at his phone. He seemed perplexed, and said that his phone had just stopped working after the previous bolt of lightning. I said maybe a tower had gotten hit by lightning. Steve asked who his carrier was and he said "Cingular". That's who Steve's work cell is with, and he picked his up and said that his was still working fine. Just then a huge bolt of lightning came, and let me tell you, it lit up and divided the sky. It was followed by a loud crack of thunder. The man then said, gee I feel kind of funny. We both looked at him and told him to get inside immediately, before the a bolt of lightning found him. We ducked inside, I don't know how long it took him but we did see him later, so he was OK. But, geez, don't tempt fate! :
We took a seat in the dining room by the window, and watched the storm.
Rain, rain, and more rain:
Dinner was wonderful! I had wonton shrimp (like coconut shrimp with wontons), a lettuce wedge with tomato and blue cheese, and a chicken and pasta dish with olives, artichokes and feta cheese. I had a glass of Chardonnay. Steve had steamed clams, and prime rib. He had a Captain and Coke (or 2! )
It was absolutely delicious!
After dinner, the rain had stopped and the skies had cleared, but there was a noticeable change in the temperature. I ran upstairs and grabbed my jacket, and we headed out for a walk around town. We walked up and down Albany Avenue, and then around the block. I took this picture of the sign at night:
The outside entertainment had been brought inside due to the weather, so we headed down to the "Wee Pub" for a nightcap. Steve ordered another round of steamed clams, I had a Corona and Steve had a Coors Light. We listened to the band for awhile. They were really good, sort of blues-y rock, and they were obviously having a great time playing together!
We stayed for about an hour, but then headed up to sleep. Tomorrow was a long day of antiquing, and we wanted to be well rested. I took a few Advil for my throat, and soon we were fast asleep!
Sounds like a great day, Sue, despite the Your photos of the town are absolutely gorgeous!! (And, I had to look twice at the school. It looks very similar architectually to the school I teach in! ) Can't wait to hear more