Tourist towns on Cape see effects from Earl
ORLEANS, Mass. -- Hurricane Earl brings bad news for tourist towns on the Cape, which were hoping for a grand summer finale over Labor Day.
At hotels all across Cape Cod there were calls of concern from guests who were planning getaways for Labor Day weekend, and are now worried about Earl.
“They were thinking about either cutting their vacation a little bit shorter, or we’ve actually already had some cancelations,” said Josue Santiago, the concierge at Orleans Waterfront Inn.
Many of the hotels are offering refunds for concerned guests or credit for a later visit while keeping close touch with town officials on the storms projected path.
“It’s not welcome here, but you know we’ll do anything possible to stay ready for it,” said Santiago.
From Sandwich to Province Town, front desks are feeling pretty much the same big question from guests.
“Pretty much what have you heard, because everyone is coming from a couple hours away so it just depends on, they’ve kind of just asked what we’ve heard locally,” said Alex Merryfield from the Pelham House Resort.
Right now the sentiment seems to be it’s too soon to freak out. At an RV camp a few people decided to leave a day or two early, but most are ready to stick it out.
“I think most of the people will stick around, I really do,” said Joe Vasconcellon, a camper.
And as far as hotels losing major money this Labor Day weekend:
“We know we’re going to get them back sooner or later so, maybe not this weekend, but definitely next week or next month; they’ll come back,” said Santiago.
Most of the people canceling their plans or leaving early are those who have to fly to get back home and don’t want to get trapped in the airport.
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