North Fork inns hopeful business will boom for summer

Some North Fork bed and breakfasts say they are hopeful this holiday weekend was an indication that business this summer will heat up.

Dianne Gillmore, innkeeper at the Bartlett House in Greenport, says she is optimistic her business will see more guests this summer. Last year, Gillmore says the economy forced bookings down by almost 20 percent.

In addition to the recession, business owners say the rainy weather last June also kept visitors away.

In an effort to encourage trips to the North Fork, some inns and hotels are offering wine and tour packages and lowering minimum-stay requirements.

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