Many families enjoy a week-long, family reunion at our resort on the shores of Lake Minocqua. Some even reserve almost the ENTIRE resort for an exclusive get-a-way with their large, extended families. One of those families, the Neugents, was invited to speak with Fox11 News about their experience on resuming yearly vacations after the recent pandemic. The resulting article was so beautifully written, we thought we'd share it with all of you.
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Families and resorts ready for vacationing again, after one year hiatus
Article below written by Monique Lopez, FOX 11 News, Monday, March 1st 2021
(WLUK) -- Spring arrives in just three weeks, which can be a busy time for vacations in Wisconsin. But, we’re still in a pandemic, so just how many will be comfortable venturing out again?
“We’re optimistic and excited for the year that lies ahead,” said Jon Jarosh, director of communications & PR for Destination Door County.
So are Jerry and Mary Lou Neugent.
“We’re looking forward now to June, when we can all get together again,” Mary Lou said. “Hopefully, we’re going to start seeing that light at the end of the tunnel.”
The Neugents have been vacationing in Minocqua at Nitschke's Northern Resort for over 15 years now.
“Our children, and our grandchildren, it’s so important to them and, before my parents died, they came every year,” Jerry said. “For a while, we had four generations there. It’s amazing to me how important it is to our young and teenage grandchildren.”
The pandemic, throwing a wrench in so many people’s travel plans, wasn’t going to stop this large family from continuing their annual tradition safely.
“Ultimately, everyone decided, within each family that most people would come,” Mary Lou explained. “We followed health guidelines and wore masks when we were close to each other and all that, but it was important for us, as a family, to still get together.”
The hospitality industry has been hit hard because of COVID-19.
While destination location Door County was fortunate enough to not be impacted that much
“Certainly, it had an impact on tourism all over the world, including Wisconsin and here in Door County, as well. We were fortunate, I think, that we weathered the storm a little bit better than some places, because of what we offer in Door County,” Jarosh said.
This year, all travelers and resorts are ready.
“Some of what we’re hearing is encouraging enough to where we are telling people, if you have an idea of when you want to travel, to try to get something booked, just for the simple fact that I do think we are going to see an uptick this year,” said Jarosh.
And those, like the Neugents, are already on it. Because, at the end of the day.
“There’s nothing like northern Wisconsin!” Jerry Neugent said.
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