What local business owners are saying about this year’s tourism track
The pool at Woodmore Campground in Rindge. Owners Sam and Christine Bouchie say, “At Woodmore Family Campground, we’re happy to report we have had lots of happy campers around the campfires, and around here we are as busy as ever. ...Our new Wiffle ball field has been a huge attraction for campers this year and we find we are busier, thanks to the wonderful summer weather.”
What local business owners say about this year’s tourism track
In a recent tourism survey we conducted, we asked the owners of inns, B&Bs and campgrounds (see photo caption above), “How is business so far compared with last year, and how are things looking for the rest of summer and fall season to come?” Here’s what they had to say:
Paula and Rob Fox, Innkeepers
Little River Bed and Breakfast, Peterborough
“Business is down a little for the year, and it can be directly contributed to the first three months of the year. Typically they are slow, but were even slower than normal. We assume it was the extremely cold winter we had, but do not know for sure. The summer is doing OK at the moment and feel the future bookings through the fall are mostly on par with previous years. Time will tell whether the dates fill in, and we don’t worry about it this early in the high season.”
Charlie and Sue Lyle, owners
Benjamin Prescott Inn, Jaffrey
“Business was up a bit from 2013 during the spring and winter season. However since June 15, future reservations for summer/fall high season are terrific, back to where they were before the recession.
Guests are booking for longer term visits again — three to five nights — and we are seeing Canadian and European visitors returning, too. Before the recession, we typically had at least one German guest at the inn all autumn season, but during the recession we had very few.
We’ve noticed an increased trend to book at the last minute so we anticipate that empty rooms, when there are any, will fill.”
Anne D. Lunt, proprietor
Auk’s Nest Bed & Breakfast, Temple
“Business is definitely up from 2013, and appears to be on the upswing. After a slow winter, May and June were lively months. I have numerous reservations for the remainder of the summer and the phone is still ringing; and fall is unfailingly busy.
Gotta love them leaves.”
Nancy Lloyd, innkeeper
The Curriers House, Jaffrey
“Very good business so far, and fall looks good as well. Better than last year.
Hurray for Mount Monadnock and those who climb it whatever the weather!”