Crowds turn out for last days of Granite State summer
Katharine and Dan Heffernan of Hamilton, Mass., stop for some ice cream at the Town Docks restaurant in Meredith Saturday. (DAN SEUFERT PHOTO)
But according to the calendar, and to hordes of tourists who jammed the roadways and waterways in the Lakes Region this weekend, the seasons haven't passed just yet.
"Summer hasn't left us yet, there's still a few very nice weeks left," said Robert Cobb of Portland, Maine, who vacations with his wife at their Meredith home each year.
Cobb was continuing his summer tradition of sitting in a lawn chair in Meredith's Hesky Park Saturday, eyeing the busy boat traffic at the Meredith Town Docks with his binoculars and his trusty dog at his side.
The region just enjoyed what many tourist-based business owners called their strongest summer in recent memory. Most small restaurants on or near the lakes, like Flurries in Meredith and Shibley's on the Pier in Alton Bay, were pleased to still be very busy with summer traffic this weekend and plan to stay open through the fall foliage season, though there isn't much talk about foliage yet.
"We're very busy," Fields said. "Business is still strong."
"Our decks have been full all day, as soon as someone leaves a table, someone takes it," said Bonnie Belcastro of Shibley's, which will stay open through Oct. 27. "It was a wonderful summer, and it's still going."
Katharine and Dan Heffernan sat on the back of their boat, eating ice cream from the Town Docks restaurant nearby. Residents of Hamilton, Mass., they chose to come to Lake Winnipesaukee for the day Saturday because the weather looked good.
"We'll be here every weekend until they make us pull the moorings out," Dan Heffernan said. "It's the best time of the year to be on the lake, really."
"We tried to do everything we could up here today, we've been shopping all morning, and now we're enjoying the lake," Maiers said as she and Lisner ate lobster, corn-on-the-cob and watermelon at the Town Docks restaurant on Meredith Bay Saturday.