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October 31, 2012

Storm creates hotel vacancies in Salem


“One of our most important demographics is New York, New Jersey and that whole area,” said Kate Fox, executive director of Destination Salem.

“Clearly, this is not a good time for travel ... so rooms have opened up.”

The 93-room Hawthorne Hotel had 14 storm-related cancellations from around the country: Texas, New York, Florida, Ohio, Maine and California.

“We had a couple from Barcelona due in today,” Pat Kessler, owner of The Coach House Inn on Lafayette Street, said yesterday. “There were no flights coming into the U.S. (Monday), so they had to cancel.”

As of yesterday, the couple from Spain were still trying to get here, she said.

The Amelia Payson House, a three-room bed-and-breakfast on Winter Street, has a vacancy because of a cancellation from Nova Scotia.

“They called as soon as they heard the storm was coming up the coast,” said Donald Roberts, co-owner with his wife, Ada.

Several group tours also were canceled, a city official said.

For some, the storm provided an unexpected opportunity. There were a couple of cancellations at the Henry Derby House on Summer Street, but one was filled right away.

“I actually had a couple call me from Italy (on Monday) that heard about the storm and figured they’d get in on a last-minute cancellation,” manager Lisa Marchand said. The Italian visitors were due to arrive yesterday.

There is a list of available rooms on the Destination Salem website at

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