DOVER, N.H. — There was no sign of bad economic times effecting tourism this Labor Day weekend.
Beaches and businesses along the Maine and New Hampshire coasts were packed Sunday afternoon with recreation, relaxation and visitors making enjoyment a priority for the holiday.
Patrons filled North Beach Bar and Grill in Hampton where the sea breeze flowed up to the porch and through the dining room and bar where regulars and tourists alike dined, imbibed and socialized to make the most of the summer’s last weekend.
Restaurant owner Dan Favreau explained the flow of patrons this summer.
“Weekends we’ve been slammed. During the week it wasn’t as busy as last year,” he said.
While predictions from AAA Travel were up 2.9 percent for Labor Day weekend, the highest projection since 2008, Favreau, who’s owned the seaside establishment for the last four years, said he felt people just weren’t spending a week’s vacation at the beach like they normally would. Instead, he said they may take long weekends or day trips throughout the summer months.
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