Shutdown Continues and Businesses Begin to Worry

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. -- The government shutdown is putting a damper on tourism in Rockingham County. The Massanutten Resort is where people from around the world go to enjoy the fall foliage, nearby cities and outdoor adventures.

"It's beautiful, very peaceful, plus the history with the Civil War," said Mark Mindel, who is visiting from New York.

It is his first time visiting the Valley.

"Customers come from all over the place, a lot of people because of our proximity to Massanutten Resort come from literally all over the world," said Lisa Whedbee, the owner of Skyline Cafe & Art. Her restaurant is across from the Massanutten Resort.

She says a lot of tourists that stay at the Massanutten Resort visit Washington, D.C. and the Shenandoah National Park during their stay.

"You can stop and park and take little hikes and we weren't able to do it, so you know we're disappointed," said Mindel, who was unable to visit Skyline Drive, because of the shutdown.

Whedbee's concern is that if the shutdown continues, her business will begin to lose customers coming in from the Massanutten Resort. She worries they will cancel their vacation plans in the Valley and go elsewhere.

"I'm hoping it won't too bad, but it does look like it from the concerns we hear from the visitors who are already here," said Whedbee.

"You know it put a little dent in our vacation," said Mindel.

Mindel works with the United States Postal Service. He thinks digging into lawmakers pockets is the fastest way to compromise and end the shutdown.

"The Congressmen and Senators shouldn't be paid. Maybe that would make them come to a quicker resolution to the problem," said Mindel.

Whedbee says this month is usually a breakthrough month for small businesses in this area. She's hoping it still will be, if the government shutdown comes to an end soon.

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