Delaware Campsites Sold Out for Holiday Weekend
For a weekday, Rehoboth Beach was crowded on Wednesday (May 26), mostly with day-trippers, families with young children and high school seniors who were counting the days to graduation.
It's been a familiar scene lately, according to The News Journal.
So many people have been visiting Rehoboth — inspired by good weekend weather — that the Ice Cream Store, just off the boardwalk on Rehoboth Avenue, "made a summertime day" in sales Wednesday, according to store manager Autum Atkins.
"I think we're going to be busier" than last summer, she added.
Innkeepers, business owners and tourism officials also expect large crowds at Delaware's beaches this weekend, as travelers appear more confident about the economy and forecasters are calling for sun and temperatures in the low 80s. They're also expressing confidence that the overall summer season will recover somewhat from last year's slump.
The same is true at Delaware state parks, where campsites are sold out this weekend.
"It will certainly be a busy weekend, from everything I gather," said Scott Thomas, executive director of Southern Delaware Tourism, the convention and visitors bureau for Sussex County.
The sunny skies also seem to be motivating more people to visit the beach earlier this year. And to welcome them, Rehoboth is sporting a newly refurbished boardwalk, complete with upgrades like standing showers.
"Last weekend, you would have thought it was a holiday weekend. The town was unusually crowded," said Andy Dorosky, owner of the Royal Rose Inn Bed and Breakfast on Baltimore Avenue. "Everybody's really looking for a good summer."
Cheryl Blackman, a longtime Rehoboth Beach resident, believes the area is staying busy longer and longer.
"It's getting to be a year-round thing," she said.
Hotel operators reported getting reservations earlier this year compared to last year — an "encouraging sign" that travelers are more confident about the economy, Thomas said.