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Summer travel is off to a slow start for local inns and Airbnbs

 

Patricia Logan

The Niwot Inn is blooming outside, but struggling to fill up rooms inside.

The fireplace in the great room is cold. The chatter of afternoon cheese and crackers get-togethers has been silenced. "It's just different now," said Cornelia Sawle, owner of the Niwot Inn.

Business came to a halt in March when the coronavirus pandemic forced the state to issue stay-at-home orders. More than two months later, things aren't looking up much, even as the economy slowly opens.

"We watched every weekend in April cancelled, all the way into October," Sawle said. "We have lost all our group bookings for the year." Most of the inn's business is in the warmer months as people com...



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