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I have received a few calls from people that might have to cancel their trips do to the mess in DC.  Has anyone had this problem yet? If so,  how are you dealing with it?

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No cancellations here. Of course, our area is not National Parks type. Did have several guests who had been to other areas - DC, Gettysburg, etc. who showed up here early b/c their plans were cut short. One couple from Wyoming said, "they were closing the parks right in front of us." So sad. 

Glad all is open now and back up to business as usual. At least the furloughed workers will see back pay. Not so lucky for those who depend on the National Parks and things to bring in the tourists to stay. Saw on the telly yesterday a story about a campground owner in Gettysburg who figured he'd lost some $95K due to the shut-down. WOW!

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Breakfast Nemo really means it!

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How did that happen? I only clicked once!  Sheesh! I am happy for all of you though. We only had 1 person try to cx at the last minute, so we opened up the room and was able to fill it. Otherwise, she was stuck coming. I figure fed employees make more money and have better benefits than I do! Fortunately, no too many fed employees around us.

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Arkansawyer wrote:

Breakfast Nemo really means it!

Ya think!

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Looks like the shutdown/default are over with...for a few months. It's crazy to go through this again in January! Bad for business!

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Can't wait to get into the National Park. Hope there are some leaves left to photograph. And the bears won't know what to think now that people are back Smiling

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The phone is ringing! Euro guests are delighted. Everyone is smiling again.

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Madeleine wrote:

The phone is ringing! Euro guests are delighted. Everyone is smiling again.

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Madeleine wrote:

The phone is ringing! Euro guests are delighted. Everyone is smiling again.

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Madeleine wrote:

The phone is ringing! Euro guests are delighted. Everyone is smiling again.

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No cancellations here...and we are literally inside the National Park.  This next weekend is a festival weekend and we are full.  But we do have a 30 day cancellation policy and we do take a 2-night deposit (checks only), so there is an added incentive for all of our guests to show up. Besides,  the 2 couples who are staying for 2-nights paid for their stay with their advanced deposit that was taken 2 months ago, and the couple staying for 3 nights is a returning guest who apparently is not impacted by the shutdown. 

Fortunately, the area we are in is open...it has to be because we live here and need access. But the historic house across the road is closed to tours.  The beaches are still accessible to anyone who knows a few "secret" places to park but the NPS lots are closed to parking.  We are hoping that the whole budget mess gets resolved today or else we are ALL in deep do do!

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No cancellations, but reservations for November aren't flooding in.  Could just be a coincidence.

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Bless their hearts, our honeymooners from Indiana (Linden, for my inndie innmates) had a picnic lunch from the B&B and broke the law and ate at a picnic table in a federally closed area on the blue ridge parkway.  I always give them a picnic blanket and red and white checkered tablecloth, so they climbed around the barricades and had a honeymoon picnic.

I laughed and said if you had been arrested it would have been a great story to tell your children and grandchildren... Arrested on our honeymoon for having a picnic in a national park... oi veigh. frown  Same place as this photo I took of daughter and pooch...

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We have seen lots of hikers coming in and out of the park. 

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http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57607132/voices-of-the-shutdown-i-had-everybody-cancel/

 

feel sorry for this woman - first year in business and effectively loosing a months revenue at least!

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Mr I-do-not-know-how-to-turn-OFF-a-light-switch that just left is enjoying traveling with his girlfriend because he is off work due to the shutdown. Retired Se cret Serv now Home land.

So far, no cancels.

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We have not seen any cancellations or change in reservation patterns, but I'm so sorry to hear about those of you who are being affected by this nonsense!  Hope our lawmakers get their acts together soon.

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Blue Ridge inn's act of defiance lasts about 2 hours

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criminal.  ridiculous.  what budget, exactly is being spent by the government when this man runs his business and pays rent?

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I'm at a loss on this one.  Sounds like the Fed. Gov. is now not only closing down a private business but also blocking access for those that live there.  Article said 35 people live on site. 

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They are on a paid vacation now. But still, they don't know what is around the corner, so they are cancelling. I am doing the right thing. In my own estimation.

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So what are you all doing when someone cancels do to this issue?  Are you letting them out of it?  Refunding their money?  I just had a 3 night stay cancel for this weekend.  He said they are being ordered back to work without pay.  Is this correct or is this guy telling me a bunch or $@#^?

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WRONG...they did vote to give back pay to all who are furloughed. So he is lying. He's not getting paid now, but he will be. 

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I am handling this under my regular policies. So, if this guy of yours had an emergency at work and got called in and had to cancel, how would you handle it? That's the line I would take.

So far, my cancels have all been the 'refund less the cancellation fee' type and everyone has been ok with that.

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The House and the Senate should have their pay adjusted until they come up with an agreement.  This is not good!

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I don't know how it's being enforced yet, but they are attempting to essentially "close the ocean" here.  I've got a boat coming back later today and I want to find out if they were able to get through the waters of Biscayne National Park enroute to Key Largo, or whether they had to travel on the outside of the keys, and cut back through way down south to come back north on the inside of the keys.  This is really going to suck as we are scheduled to travel through there next week, and our boat is too big to do the cut back through down at Tavenier and come back north.  Stopping traffic from traveling through the water is just childish, but I think that's the intent.  The Feds who are patrolling the waters were told to make the situation just as difficult as they possibly could for the people who needed to use the water to get through.

 

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All of our guests headed for our national park have pretty much said, 'Screw the shutdown, I traveled x thousand miles and I'm going in the park.' And it looks glorious! No cars, just people just walking on the road, rollerblading, biking, etc. The folks who jumped the barricade will remember this trip to park long after most people do.

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Fickle business this is.  In our case it always turns out that when times are tough, the people go on short trips and away from the stress.  We are always busier when times get bad. Maybe because how our Pure Michigan advertising says "fun and relaxation is only a tank of gas away" 

We are lucky

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We had a reservation this weekend that contacted me and finally had to cancel as they are working 17 hours a day and were told they had to work all weekend because of the shutdown. They understood they had to pay but I was lucky enough to fill the room and tour last night. It happens to be our busy season so I lucked out.

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I just did a post asking everyone following us to share about the towns, cities, food, lodging, and things to see and do that are still open so do not cancel a planned trip - just discover new things. Hope it helps.

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I was happy this would be one of our best Octobers ever, and now the cancellations are rolling in...

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No cancels so far.  Do have an elopement booked for this Saturday that both are GOV employees.  She called to verify the date and stated even though we are both gov employees and not accentual staff, we are still on the job with no pay.  We are still VERY excited about this Saturday.  This, in light, that TS Karen may also dampen the day.

The National Wildlife Refuges that surround us are closed.  An annual event held at one has been canceled even as flyers are distributed in local papers.  Verifying the closure, I tried to go to their website but it is down and redirected to the DOI site stating that even the websites are not available.

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Well, now that you brought it up...the cancellations have started coming in. There was a big Navy event here in a few weeks and guests are telling me they can't get reimbursed for travel so they are canceling. Not a sightseeing trip for them so no other reason to come but the event.

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Our state tourism group sent out an email encouraging ALL innkeepers in the state to have a list of OTHER things to see other than the one national park we have that is absolutely the biggest 'natural' draw in the state. Those small inns are the ones suffering and we are all encouraged to let guests know what else there is to do in that area so the guests don't simply cancel and decide to come another year.

Today's paper showed hikers climbing over the blockades and going in anyway. Parking would be the big issue. But if you're going in anyway, it will be sweet not to have to deal with car traffic!

What I would do if we were getting calls about canceling? Have that list ready! ALL of these local and state options are available to you! OTOH, if guests are calling because they don't have jobs, that's another thing. Then I might keep the deposit for another stay.

I've already posted a bunch of places to go on FB.

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http://blog.claibornehouse.net/2013/10/the-blue-ridge-parkway-is-open.html

 

Our state tourism dept refuses to post this info, they said amenities on the BRP are closed, I said The cities and towns right off the BRP are OPEN! They wont discuss this. I am not discussing it IN THE LEAST, I am only sharing the BRP IS OPEN!! 

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Our Chamber put out a nice story yesterday  

at : http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs173/1103464048551/archive/1115136556541.html

Yes there are plenty of other things to see and do..but...if they don't have a paycheck coming in..why would they want to take their trip? Food on the table is a little more important.

 

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Oh yes...it's crazy here. Lots of folks cancelling just when the leaves are starting to turn Sad  Not a whole lot you can do. Most are within the "stated cancellation" time frame, so they just cancel. Too bad as it was shaping up to be a banner year. Hope it doesn't last long.

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