KENNEBUNKPORT — The Nonantum Resort traditionally closes for the season in the middle of December, once Prelude finishes with its annual holiday festivities in Kennebunkport.
But this year? The resort will close Oct. 25.
“I’ve been general manager here for 29 years, and we’ve always stayed open until December,” Tina Gordon-Hewitt said Wednesday.
Welcome to the hospitality industry in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic. That field and others are preparing for a fall season with fewer summer dollars at their backs. The reason: a decline in tourism amid ongoing concerns about a virus that has caused the deaths of nearly 200,000 Americans and sickened millions more.
Gordon-Hewitt gave two explanations why the Nonantum, located on Ocean Avenue, will close earlier than usual.
One reason is that the resort’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system needs expensive new filters at a time when the products needed for such an upgrade are