Asia Ashley Staff Writer
September 2, 2013
The Labor Day weekend in LaGrange was a pretty quiet one as some traveled out of town for the weekend.
Downtown restaurant manager of the Brickhouse said business was fairly slow over the weekend.
“Our numbers have been down all weekend,” said Rachel McConell. “But the people that were here were here to watch football.”
A few families spent their weekend at Yellow Jacket beach, despite the expected rain showers for the weekend.
One family was at the beach celebrating eight-year-old Genevieve Mosley’s birthday. The family had been at the beach most of the day Saturday and planned to relax the rest of the holiday.
“We’re just gonna relax and hang out,” said Emily Mosley. “We’re going to play our plans by ear. The fireworks Monday at the park sounds fun.”
Ed Morris, employee of Yellow Jacket Beach, said the weekend’s occupancy at the beach was not nearly half of what the beach’s occupancy reached for Memorial Day.
“We filled to about 200 cars Memorial Day,” he said. “We only had 49 paid cars on Saturday.”
Though some businesses may have suffered from the travel weekend, local hotels have thrived due to travelers over the weekend.
“We have been really busy all weekend and part of what has affected us has been the Auburn home game and Nascar races in Atlanta,” said Customer Service Representative of Lafayette Parkway’s Best Western, Valeri Kirkwood.
Because hotels in Auburn and Atlanta fill up quickly for events, travelers usually overflow to Lagrange, said Kirkwood. The hotel has been booked this weekend, compared to a slower occupancy during Memorial Day weekend. She credits sporting events to the hotel’s huge crowds.
Operation Manager of Country Inn & Suites, Jennifer Hendrix, also credits sports to the heavy flow of travelers to the booked hotel’s busy weekend.
“This weekend happened to be a very busy weekend,” she said. “Anytime there’s an Auburn home game we’re going to be completely booked.”
With the more crowded LaGrange hotels, and less crowded city streets, resident Emma Lockland said she prefers the calmness of the city.
“I haven’t had to worry about traffic or crowded and noisy restaurants,” said Lockland as she walked around downtown with her son. “It’s been a pretty relaxing weekend here.”