How was August?

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DH said to me this morning, "No wonder I'm tired.   Take a look."

The calendar for August showed 12 rooms un-occupied.   In a 6 room inn for 31 days.

A good month.  

September looks like we are immediately back to mostly weekends.

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Mine was a wee bit slower.  A major seaweed issue on the Gulf Coast this year contributed to a smaller beach going crowd Sad

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We have 8 rooms - rented 87 so far this month (36%).  That's 32 more rooms than last year.  Our numbers are way up, but still not where our goal is.  But, we're not into season yet either.  October is peak and leaves are starting to change slightly already.  We expect September to be a blow out as well.  We almost doubled last year's July and May was more than double.  Great year so far!

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11 rooms to fill and only 23 room nights unoccupied.

However decided room 2 really needed decorating as we have the bathroom all done and looking nice now so want the room to match - but it had a fitted wardrobe in so have to re-do everything ie walls papered, woodwork, new carpet curtains - whole bit - decorating done but looks really good.

however in the process one bedside lamp got squashed, a leg fell off the dressing table and the back came off the fire - so its made it a $400 extra cost we weren't expecting.

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They must be staying with you then because I'm closed right now and on vacation because it was so slow.

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Really?  That's weird, we are always at 98% occupancy this week.  Next week is the beginning of the slooooowness here.  Can't wait!

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Momma Smurf wrote:

Really?  That's weird, we are always at 98% occupancy this week.  Next week is the beginning of the slooooowness here.  Can't wait!

I checked before we left and there were still 12 or so rooms open among the other inns each day. Yes, this is usually the busier week and I could have filled tonight had I wanted to check guests in after me being in the car for 8 hours!

Zero phone calls for 2 days, then a ton when we were still 2 hours from home.

I'd rather sleep in tomorrow!

Next week is probably 50% occ. It's been an off summer here.

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Perhaps it was the cooler than lately normal temps that kept people away.  I haven't seen the final number of visitors coming to our area but  it sure feels like there were the usual number.  More traffic jams and accidents than usual, but that is probably more from the beach congestion and inattention of the drivers than from more total cars.  

I've been full for all the days I was open and got rather used to turning people away.  It was much easier than I thought it would be.  cool

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Except the hotels are full. I am getting midnight calls from them looking for rooms for walk ins.

If it was just us I'd be looking at what to change but we're at the top tier as far as b&b occ.

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Don't you think it might be the changing demographic of the visitors coming to your area?  Maybe what you are getting is a younger, shopping crowd who are surfing all the 3rd party sites looking for a last minute deal.  TA takes them to the hotels first and they may never even see a B+B listing on TA if they don't specifically choose to see the B+B reviews. 

I know that we are very lucky here because there is a moratorium on new hotels and motels so we really only have one big hotel in town. Since it has a pool it really appeals to families with kids.   Folks who come to this area of the "island"  generally know that if they want upscale lodging they have to choose a B+B or go to another town to find an upscale, very expensive resort.  I would love to know how the big megabuck resorts to our south did this year.  I have a feeling they did very well indeed.

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We have seen Vacancy signs on the BIG inns/resorts here all summer long.  Still think tis the cooler weather.

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Could be. We got on booking so we could capture some of that crowd. Turns out we still get geezers that way!

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Last year we were 100% booked for the month of August. This year we are currently at 96% booked for the month -- but the month is not over! (100% is still possible!)

Overall for the season, though, we are already at 98.6% of our way to matching our total bookings for last year, well ahead of where we were last year at this time.

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We usually do not have any vacancies in August but this year we built them in since we are starting to take it easy.  I stopped taking reservations at the end of July so whatever we have on the books is what we will have, leaving us with time to walk on the beach, pick the tomatoes and smell the roses!

But Good for you!!!  I remember the days of building the business and relishing the "ka-ching" at the end of the month.

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Just added the dates to my ledger for bookings to the end of August. We are up from 2013 and this is with several nights blocked because of trips Himself wanted to make to events, my obligations with the City, and my class reunion. Another returning couple who had to cancel earlier did the waiting list but decided to wait until October to try again. They said conversations with us are a big part of coming here. (Told them they were the only people I would tell the situation to so they could decide for themselves - as I expected, they said we will wait.)

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August 2013 was the best month I have ever had in my 12 years. This August 2014  I was in Calif & Texas for 8 days ( 8 airplanes & 3 rental cars)  so I am trying to pedal as fast as I can to make up for lost time..  : )

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August. Slammed.  Sept - All vacation rental apt weekends booked.  Not much B&B yet.

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Was? August is still in full swing. Two more weekends left.

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It's our secondary season and we aren't open all the time. We were closed 8 nights and August broke all it's revenue records. 

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happykeeper wrote:

It's our secondary season and we aren't open all the time. We were closed 8 nights and August broke all it's revenue records. 

That is awesome!!!!!

We have already surpassed our annual projections and we have the fall and holidays to go.  We're pretty pleased.

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Congratulations! Really, truly great to hear about success. Have you had a chance to analyze what is making the difference?

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happykeeper wrote:

Congratulations! Really, truly great to hear about success. Have you had a chance to analyze what is making the difference?

One is b oo king dot com.   PO wasn't on it.   We get a lot of action there.   She also wasn't in the chamber of commerce listing of accommadations.  duh.    Also, Trip A.   We asked for reviews and the volume put us up to #1 (from #5 of 7 when we started.) 

We somehow got into two articles in the City paper about places to visit close to the city.  

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Have you had a chance to run any numbers on boo king? Do you feel the commission is worth the gain? Love that you popped up to #1- that has made a huge difference for us.

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happykeeper wrote:

Have you had a chance to run any numbers on boo king? Do you feel the commission is worth the gain? Love that you popped up to #1- that has made a huge difference for us.

I love the commission because you only pay for what you get.   So, yes, we feel it's worth it.   We did recently pay for premium service from them so that our website is on their site.  We advertise, book direct for 10% off. Less than the commission and direct is better.

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you  have to watch them with this as if a guest sees you on B then goes to your site to book and uses their book now button it is still classed as the 15%

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Joey Camb wrote:

you  have to watch them with this as if a guest sees you on B then goes to your site to book and uses their book now button it is still classed as the 15%

 

If they book thorugh Bdc, then that's fine with us.   If they book through us, better.   Heads in beds.  We only pay for what we get.

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We are good. At this point our August is better than last year

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August is usually crazy. Over 90% occupancy. Last year was 5 empty nights, but we added a room this year and we are at 12 empty nights, but 6 of them are still in the future, so we can never tell.

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We had about the same occupancy as you Beach House with 6 rooms, however, August has been slower here than the past 8 years. Usually, the phone is ringing off the hook with folks looking for rooms. Last year, we only had 3 empty rooms through the 24th of August.  I think it was the cooler summer.  A lot less number of guests here from the usually steamy Mid-Atlantic area which has had a wonderful summer.

However, our September is looking very strong. We already have 78% of our usual number of rooms booked.

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August was better than last year again but we aren't completely full like you are.  Summer guests think of the beach more than the mountains -- but in a couple weeks we won't have an empty room for about 4 weeks with foliage season.  Seasons do play quite a roll in occupancy depending on location.

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