Superstorm-battered Select Registry Inns Are Open for Business

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East coast bed and breakfasts welcome holiday visitors after Hurricane Sandy

Holiday preparations are in full swing at Select Registry inns.

Holiday preparations are in full swing at Select Registry inns.

The patronage of inn-goers to local businesses, restaurants and shops will deliver a much-needed boost to the areas working to get back on their feet.

As Superstorm Sandy slammed into the east coast last month, Select Registry inns throughout the northeast and mid-atlantic battened down the hatches in preparation for the record swells and hurricane-force winds. What they couldn’t prepare for was the toll the storm’s aftermath would take on business. After weathering prolonged power outages and minimal property damages, innkeepers across the region are thankful to report they are open for business and eager to serve holiday guests.

“While we survived the storm, the lack of business is tough,” Nancy Moncrief of the Candlelight Inn, a luxurious bed and breakfast on the New Jersey Shore. “The media is portraying the entire Jersey Shore as devastated and that is not the case,” Moncrief adds, echoing the concerns of many innkeepers whose businesses stood in the storm’s path. “People need to support those areas that are fine to help restore the shore and the rest of New Jersey.”

The holidays are a busy time of year for inns and bed and breakfasts in proximity to ski areas and those hosting their own holiday dinners and special events. Rooms are in high demand and the increased traffic is crucial for their continued operation. The Golden Pheasant Inn in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is anxiously finalizing their holiday decor and plans for a hearty holiday menu packed with local game favorites. The historic Delaware restaurant and hotel located along the Delaware Canal was without power for 10 days following Sandy, but sustained no damage.

“The best thing that travelers can do to assist the relief of affected communities is stimulate the local economy,” says Select Registry Executive Director Will Carlson. “Though it won’t recoup their losses in full, the patronage of inn-goers to local businesses, restaurants and shops will deliver a much-needed boost to the areas working to get back on their feet.”

Many Select Registry inns and bed and breakfasts inhabit historic buildings that have been restored and updated to offer modern amenities along with their original era-specific styling. According to it’s owner, the 200-year-old Lambertville House held up famously through the winds and rain with no damage at all to the structure. The resiliency of these buildings mirrors that of their owners and while the storm was a devastating financial setback, the innkeepers are excited to get back to what they love -- providing a high quality experience for their guests.

Those unable to personally visit a Select Registry inn or bed and breakfast this holiday season, should consider giving the gift of a night at one of these luxury hotels to a friend or loved one. Holiday gift certificates can be found online at SelectRegistry.com.

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