HERMON — Memorial Day weekend is oftentimes considered the unofficial start of summer and campgrounds are ready for that weekend.
Especially after where they were at this time last year.
“It was a day to day, week by week, we didn’t even know if we’re going to be open. If we were going to be able to open,” said Andy Sacchetti, owner of Pleasant Hill Campground.
Sacchetti said things are more promising in 2021. People from out of state are coming back, and Mainers are exploring new parts of their home state.
“We have a lot of people that are here for the whole summer this year,” Sacchetti said. “We have two or three spots available for Memorial Day weekend. Right now other than that we’re full.”
Campgrounds are already seeing a lot of interest for the summer months, but there is still one restriction that’s impacting them.
“Unfortunately our Canadian friends cannot be here yet,” said Carol Doyon, co-owner of Pumpkin Patch RV Resort.
“We’re hoping that maybe before the end of the season they’ll be able to come,” she said.
Doyon said they’re a tourist-heavy campground. In a season, people from Canada can stay at 15 to 20 sites at a time.
Caravans traveling through Maine to Canada also make a stop at Pumpkin Patch RV Resort. If the border does open, Doyon said she anticipates the usual groups of Canadians in October for their Thanksgiving.
“Our Fourth of July is very busy again so that’s nice,” Doyon said. “But we really need to get that border back open.”