BROOKINGS, Ore. – Instead of going on a big vacation, many people are opting for a simple local change of scenery and hotels along the Oregon coast say they are more than happy to scratch that vacation itch.
“We sold out this weekend, we have a few rooms left tomorrow night and a few on Sunday but we’re sold out on Saturday,” said Dan Murphy, the general manager for Brookings Inn Resort.
There’s not much to do, since events and large gatherings are prohibited but that’s not stopping people from packing their bags and getting a breath of fresh sea air.
“I think for everybody that’s scared to go out, there’s another person that can’t wait to get out of their house,” said Murphy.
The Brookings City Council announced this week that hotels could open up to 100% occupancy, just in time for the holiday weekend.
Even if the rush is short-lived, it’s a welcome change of pace for the local hospitality industry.
“After this weekend it’s probably going to taper off a bit,” said Murphy, “I’m expecting to be probably a little down for the summer but who knows.”