POCONOS, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Nearly thirty million guests travel to the Pocono Mountains each year with many of them visiting for Memorial Day weekend.
The Poconos is home to resorts that apply to all four seasons but officials with the visitor’s bureau say this weekend kicks off one of its busiest and it’s an important holiday for the area.
Memorial Day weekend is an anticipated holiday for businesses like Edge of the Woods Outfitters a shop that relies on warm temps and sunshine for its canoe, kayak, and raft rentals.
Since 2020 – owner Rachel Cooper owner of Edge of the Woods Outfitters says they’ve seen an influx of customers.
“Being so close to new york and Philly, we saw a really nice increase and yeah, people just love getting outside with their families and spending time together outdoors,” stated Cooper
While thousands of travelers are expected to hit the road for memorial day Romeo Robertson says he left late last night to beat the traffic and start his holiday weekend in the Poconos.
“There’s a plethora of things to do. If you want to hike, bike, jog, whatever you need to do, the Poconos has it. Yeah, it’s a great place to go you know what I’m saying to get away from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle,” said Robertson.
Chris Barrett – the CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau – says the Poconos is a four seasons destination and the summer is one of its biggest.
He tells Eyewitness News many travelers are choosing to stay local and businesses in the area are recovering as far as labor and supply chain issues.
“The inflation on top of that really doesn’t blend well because people are trying to economize,” explained Barrett.
So they may be cutting back the number of vacations they’re taking or spending less on each vacation.
With this weekend marked as an important holiday for small businesses – many communities are looking forward to welcoming visitors.
“They get to explore and see why Pennsylvania’s so great. It is those small towns with those you know unique stores and restaurants that make us so great,” said Heather Fischer Portland Mayor.
Visitors bureau officials say as long as the weather holds up they’re expecting a successful holiday weekend here in the Poconos.