Booked solid

Hunting season, construction leaves area hotels without vacancies

With the third hunting season in full swing, finding a hotel room maybe harder than finding that 14-point buck.

"It's been crazy," said Mike Durner, general manager of the Holiday Inn at Craig. "Starting (tonight), we are sold out for the next week and a half."

Durner, who has been general manager for the 152-room hotel for about three months, said from what he has heard the third hunting season is usually the busiest.

Trena Everding-Vangrandt, general manager of the Super 8 motel, also reports that their 61 rooms will be booked for the next week.

"We're busy," she said. "We've got people checking in left and right and that's going on through the week and you still have people looking for rooms and we don't have any."

"And with everyone else full, they'll probably have to go to Steamboat or Meeker (to find a room)."

Durner said his hotel has been pretty busy throughout the summer though it did see a drop-off earlier this week.

Durner said his guests have included visitors from Texas and Oklahoma as well as some from the West Coast.

While he has only been at the hotel for three months, Durner said he believes business is up five to 10 percent from last year.

Everding-Vangrandt said she also believes the local hotel business in general is busier in Craig over last year's traffic.

Cathy Vanatta, executive director for the Craig Chamber of Commerce, said business in general usually picks up as the weekends get closer.

She said she expects mostly out-of-state hunters this weekend with in-state hunters coming to the area next weekend.

Terrance Vestal can be reached at 824-7031, Ext. 204 or by e-mail at tvestal@craigdailypress.com.

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