MONTICELLO, Ind. (WLFI) – With the winter blues behind us, warm weather businesses are gearing up for a busy summer.
“The summer is our livelihood, of course, but we go clear to October,” said Tina Miller with the Madam Carroll. “So, we’re just one big summer community here, and we bring in a lot of people.”
“The lodging industry, the tourism business draws about $70 million, and I’d say 90 percent of it is between Memorial Day and Labor Day,” said Lighthouse Lodge B&B owner Mike Triplett.
Lakes Freeman and Shafer in White and Carroll counties, attract thousands of people every summer. Tourists who keep local restaurants and inns open and traditions alive.
“The fact that we keep such historic places, The Sportsman Inn and the Madam Carroll, going and people come here, and 50 years later they’re still loving it,” said Sportsman Inn manager Patty Woods.
“It’s so packed with bands, weddings and private functions. It’s going to be a great season,” said Miller.
Triplett said it’s not just about having guests for a weekend getaway, but now a group of local businesses are working on making the lakes the ideal place for summer weddings.
“People from out of town can come and have a destination wedding without having to fly to Hawaii or fly to Florida,” said Triplett. “I mean, we’re only two hours from Chicago, an hour and a half from Indianapolis, and it’s been working out very well.”
All three said with a busy Memorial Day weekend, they’re looking forward to the rest of the season.