BAR HARBOR – Business over Memorial Day weekend normally sets the course for the rest of the tourism season, and this past weekend was no different.
Each year Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park attract Mainers and visitors from all over. Weather definitely plays a role, especially on big holiday weekends like Memorial Day.
“The month of May in Maine can always be kind of a toss up, so we just roll with the punches,” said Alf Anderson, Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Even though it was a little chilly over the weekend, shops in Bar Harbor stated business was booming.
“Once it stopped raining, we’ve had a long span of (rain), people are finally happy to be out in the sunshine,” said Eleni White, manager of The Pink Pastry Shop.
“It was very very strong, even with roadwork on Route 3, people didn’t seem to mind,” said Yvonne Cote, manager of Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium. “People have destination Bar Harbor on their minds, so they get here regardless.”
Not just downtown, but in the National Park as well.
“We don’t have actual visitation counts for the weekend yet,” said John Kelly, Acadia National Park. “But we know our park entrance pass sales were up about 5% from 2016, and 2016 was a record year so there’s some indication that we’re going to have a busy year.”
After this past weekend, shop owners added they’re very excited for what’s to come.
“From what we’ve been hearing from our partners here at the chamber, it’s going to be a very busy season,” Anderson said.
“I’m excited for the 4th of July, town was just hopping,” said White. “There was barely any places to park, but there was a lot of people.”
“It’s such a knock-off effect for everyone in town,” said Cote. “So yeah, we’re very positive that it’s going to be a very strong season this year.”