Updated 09/03/2012 07:05 PM
Businesses reflect on summer season
Labor Day is a time for businesses in one popular tourist spot to look back at their busiest season. Our Sarah Blazonis joined the crowds who spent their holiday in Skaneateles and talked to businesses about what they saw this summer.
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SKANEATELES, N.Y. -- One final weekend of summer made one Onondaga County village a must-stop destination for many, including Daniel and Rossana Stebbins.
"We hit the wineries and this is one of our last stops before heading back to Long Island, you know, to hit Skaneateles and all the nice, quaint stores that are here," said Daniel Stebbins.
The Stebbinses weren't alone. Businesses say Labor Day weekend plus events like Sunday's road race and Field Days celebration made for an especially busy few days.
"The line was very long. Coffee's always very popular on a day like yesterday," said Sophia Fallon, a barista at Vermont Green Mountain Specialty Co.
But this is a village used to visitors. The Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce's website estimates the population doubles every July and August.
With weak job creation numbers over the summer suggesting the national economy is still struggling, some credit this year's good weather and word of mouth with helping business.
"It's really been an exceptional summer for us. Last summer it was good. You know, the storms just drive people into the shops, so that was wonderful for us. This year we've actually been surprised at what a good year we've had," said Betsy Conroy, an employee at 1st National Gifts.
Workers say they've talked to visitors who've come to the village from countries in Europe and Asia, but many haven't traveled all that far from home.
The owner Lady of the Lake bed and breakfast says almost 18 percent of her guests are from the Rochester area.
"We're just close enough to be away, but close enough that if you had a child or grandparents or whatever who might be under the weather, that you wouldn't have to worry about it," said Sandy Lee, who's owned the B&B for 17 years.
"Skaneateles is warm," said Daniel Stebbins. "I don't know how else to describe it. The people here are just open and friendly and smiling and it's just a very beautiful, nice town."
And tourists say it's that warm welcome that will keep them coming back.