Hudson Valley vacationer websites anticipate numerous guests this summer season as journey heats up

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The people who run the Hudson Valley’s vacationer websites and the folks in county tourism workplaces who ship guests their method are unanimous.

The summer season goes to be a busy one, with many individuals taking to the highway.

These tourism professionals say they’re assured of that, regardless of fuel costs now creeping over $5 a gallon and an financial system being battered by a few of the worst inflation numbers prior to now 40 years.

“Our phone is ringing off the hook,” mentioned Mike Fisher of the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, the place the weekend air present season simply obtained beneath method June 18 and can run via Oct. 16. “We’re very optimistic.”

At Legoland New York in Goshen, Matt Besterman provided a equally rosy outlook.

“The season has been going great so far since we opened in April,” mentioned Besterman, the positioning’s public relations supervisor.

Legoland already has had numerous days the place the park was at capability and could not admit any extra friends.

They’re coming from some appreciable distances: all around the Northeast, and as far-off as Virginia and Maryland. This will probably be Legoland’s first full season, after a phased opening final 12 months.

Legoland has additionally been capable of workers about 1,500 of the positions wanted to serve these guests. They’re identified on-site as “model citizens.”

Besterman mentioned they nonetheless must fill about 200 positions, and so they hope to get that executed at a few hiring occasions.

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For these planning to drive to locations like Legoland this summer season, Robert Sinclair Jr., senior supervisor of public affairs for AAA Northeast, mentioned some reduction could be coming on the pump quickly.

When the worth of crude oil hit $120 a barrel, that was the purpose when retail fuel costs throughout the nation began hitting file ranges.

On June 16, Sinclair mentioned the crude oil worth had fallen under the $120 per barrel stage, and fuel costs ought to fall in response to that.

“But prices tend to rise like a rocket and fall like a feather, so some short-term relief might be had, but it may take a while,” Sinclair mentioned.

Lucy Redzeposki, director of financial improvement and tourism for Rockland County, mentioned the county advantages from its closeness to New York City.

And, she famous, Rockland County has capped its share of gasoline gross sales tax at $2 a gallon, and expects to see many drivers heading up there from the town, or possibly even biking.

About one-third of Rockland County is parkland, so many will probably be heading there.

Stony Point alone affords the Penguin Rep Theatre for leisure, a Revolutionary War battlefield for historical past buffs and a lighthouse amongst its vacationer points of interest

The four-story Palisades Center isn’t your typical mall and is common with vacationers, with points of interest together with indoor golf. And Bear Mountain on the north finish of the county affords household points of interest from swimming and fishing, to a zoo.

“We’re expecting a lot of people who have saved up money they didn’t spend during the pandemic,” Redzeposki mentioned. “We’re poised for a very strong summer.”

Some vacationer points of interest require extra pre-planning, just like the Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland in Ulster County. In addition to limitless horseback driving, in addition they supply swimming and leisure.

“We’re booked solid through Labor Day already,” mentioned Steven Vittoria, their advertising director.

But one other native attraction for which Vittoria can be the spokesman — Splash Down, a water park in Fishkill — can be off to a powerful begin. It started opening solely on weekends and simply shifted to a each day schedule.

“The operation so far has been pretty strong,” Vittoria mentioned.

But he agreed that with fuel costs and the state of the financial system on the whole, “a lot of people are not going to travel too far. I think stay-cation is still a very important part of the language.”

In Sullivan County, which depends closely on tourism, the COVID-19 pandemic had a serious affect on the hospitality trade.

But Sullivan County, too, is relying on a busy summer season with numerous vacationers heading their method.

Roberta Bryan-Lockwood, president and CEO of the Sullivan County Visitors Association, mentioned the joy already was constructing earlier than Memorial Day.

“We’re going to have a banner summer,” mentioned Bryan-Lockwood. “And with our location close to New York City, we expect a lot of cars to travel here.”

Bethel Woods, whose stage was constructed on the positioning of the unique Woodstock Festival, has a big schedule of live shows via the summer season, she mentioned.

And the Delaware River, a preferred web site for boating, rafting and different water actions, will probably be as busy as ever, Bryan-Lockwood mentioned.

The Forestburgh Playhouse is presenting one other season of Broadway Under the Stars.

On any given weekend, there are at the very least a dozen occasions value attending, and they’re already drawing good numbers, Bryan-Lockwood mentioned. She expects that to proceed via the summer season and into the autumn, as properly.

“It’s so rewarding to see full parking lots,” Bryan-Lockwood mentioned.

Mike Randall covers breaking information for the Times Herald-Record, the Poughkeepsie Journal and the Journal News/lohud. Reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter @MikeRandall845.

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