VALLEY BUSINESS MIXED OVER HOLIDAYS

by Christian Mower on May 29, 2013

A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAYS VALLEY AREA BUSINESSES RESPONDING TO A SURVEY UNANIMOUSLY REPORT A STRONG VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND – THE WEEKEND PRIOR TO MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVED BY CANADIANS – BUT A MIXED MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, PRIMARILY DUE TO THE MIXED WEATHER.

MARTI MAYNE SAYS SOME STORES ANONYMOUSLY REPORT THE “BE KIND FESTIVAL” BROUGHT VISITORS TO THE VALLEY TO SHOP, ESPECIALLY IN NORTH CONWAY VILLAGE. CORRINE ROBER – OWNER OF THE MARGARITA GRILL IN GLEN – A VALLEY ORIGINAL RESTAURANT – SAYS HER BUSINESS WAS UP 20 PERCENT OVER THE VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND.

MAYNE SAYS SOME ATTRACTIONS DELAYED OPENING THIS PAST WEEKEND TO SUNDAY OR MONDAY BECAUSE OF SATURDAY’S CHILLY AND WET WEATHER. MARKETING DIRECTORS FOR MOUNTAIN RESORTS AT ATTITASH, WILDCAT AND CRANMORE ALL REPORT DOING THAT, WITH EVERYONE OPEN BY MONDAY AND SOME FEATURING NEW ATTRACTIONS.

SHOPPERS APPARENTLY TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE WET WEATHER OUTSIDE TO HUNT FOR BARGAINS INSIDE, WITH FULL PARKING LOTS OBSERVED AT SETTLERS GREEN OUTLET VILLAGE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

MAYNE SAYS LODGING PROPERTIES GENERALLY REPORT BEING UP OVER LAST YEAR – OR AT CAPACITY – FOR THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. AND THEY REPORT ANONYMOUSLY ADVANCE RESERVATIONS FOR THIS SUMMER ARE UP OVER 2012 FOR VISITORS FROM THE U.S. AND CANADA.

CHAMBER EXEC. DIRECTOR JANICE CRAWFORD SAYS “WE’RE PLEASED TO SEE OUR EFFORTS TO ENLIGHTEN CANADIAN TRAVELERS TO ALL THAT MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY OFFERS ARE PAYING OFF. WE EXPECT TO CONTINUE TO WELCOME CANADIAN VISITORS… THROUGHOUT THE COMING YEAR.”

FOR VACATION PLANNING INFORMATION FOR THE VALLEY AREA, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.mtwashingtonvalley.org.