For those who think aesthetics is just silliness – keep in mind the case of Rockport. Let’s face it, there is nothing to do in Rockport and off tourist season it’s even bleaker. But they do have a knock-your-socks-off rocky coastline and magnificent ocean views. That explains the presence of 51 places of lodging – located in a town with just a tiny handful of activities and restaurants. All those visitors doing what? How long can you stare at an ocean horizon or gawk at Motif #1?
Now compare that with Newburyport – lots to do, a bushel full of great restaurants AND great aesthetics but a tiny handful of lodgings and no major hotel. We should have lodging provisions coming out of our ears! Overnight facilities means multi-day visitors and a more engaged money-spending customer base.
Thus, we should encourage more bed & breakfast facilities whenever we can. With no lodging tax, we should become a mecca for overnight accommodations.
Alan and Lucinda Cathcart at 2 Vernon Court are attempting to be the first of many pilgrims on what should be a continuously growing number of applicants.
They will be appearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals on December 13th, 7:15 to receive a permit for operating a bed & breakfast.
The Chamber should be lending their support, the City aught to champion them.
We all have a vested interest – Our City needs more visitors and especially multi-day visitors!