Whether you host on the coast or in the mountains, in a city or in a small village, you will probably have certain seasons or periods which are busier with visitors than others. It might be simply due to the weather or perhaps there is an event that brings lots of people to the area at that time.
When is your busiest season/period of the year and how do you prepare for it? It might just be starting now with the arrival of summer or maybe this is your quieter period!
Looking forward to hearing more about when guests visit your areas,
@Stephanie I'll answer with a visual from my performance page:
Maine is said to have 6 seasons: Mud Season, Spring, Black Fly Season, Tourist Season, Fall, and Salt Season.
Tourist Season officially kicks off on the 4th of July and officially ends in early September on Labor Day.
July and August are so idyllic in Maine that my daughters and I often refer to it as Camelot, from the song in the musical: "A law was made a distant moon ago here/July and August cannot be too hot/The rain may never fall till after sundown/By eight, the morning fog must disappear/In short, there's simply not/A more congenial spot/For happily ever aftering than here in Camelot."
@Neil & Ellen I love that song and listen to it often! Just one note, though: it's clear when Richard Burton sings it that the last line is "happily ever aftering," though most online lyrics say it's "for happily ever after in." :)
As we are located just outside Yosemite National Park, summers (May-August) are booked SOLID. March, April, September and October are good, and November- February is our slowest season.
The mix also varies, as our non-American guests (60%) tend to book further out than the last- minute Americans, and are as a group much friendlier and trouble-free.
Late Oct.- the end of April here. Summers are hot and humid with torrential rains. I think I've only had one or two bookings outside of that period, and those were Mexican nationals, not foreigners (and no, I'm not going to lower my price to that of a flea-bag motel just to get bookings). There are foreign tourists here during that low season, but they tend to look for places with AC and a pool, neither of which I have. I don't mind the slow season- I go to Canada for a month or 6 weeks, and use the rest of the summer to do projects around my place, garden like crazy, and make improvements to the guest room.
We cater to guests who are visiting Yosemite National Park in California, USA. The waterfalls are generally best in April and May, and the Yosemite Valley is crowded all summer. Pro itip, the best times to visit the Valley are the shoulder seasons, late spring and early fall, as the crowds are more manageable. We like to visit the valley in winter to ski on Glacier Point Road, and walk the dog on the closed roads in the valley.
Late June until early August for the annual Crop Over season. Apart from the visitors coming in, our own Rihanna has spread the word to her celebrity friends so you can always be on the road for Kadooment or at the beach and meet Simon Cowell, Oprah, famous chefs, actors, race car drivers, and much more!
Then October for the Food and Rum Festival and of course the Christmas Holidays in December until early February. Many locals living abroad come home as well.
As we launched January of this year, we are experiencing the Crop Over season for the first time. So far it's been good. Most hotels and lodgings offer really really low discounts to attract locals for staycations and then visitors. We have a special offer on at the moment and so far it is well received. Due to our large space and coziness we mostly attract families, couples and friend groups, so we have added a BBQ, Family games and a few books. We have upgraded and fixed up the lower level as an attached Master en Suite for added space and still upgrading as we go.
Visit us in Barbados :)