“We have awesome hospitality providers in Stokes County ready to provide a location for dislocated and evacuated folks from the coast in harm’s way,” said Economic Development Tech Analyst Tory Mabe.
On Monday, Visit NC sent out emails to local North Carolina tourism offices explaining call centers were extending their hours to help travelers who find themselves having to relocate during their vacation to North Carolina.
The call center will be open 24-hours a day throughout the storm and is offering resources and information on available accommodations further inland.
“Stokes County Tourism is proud to know that local vacation rentals are welcoming evacuees from the coastal areas, set to receive the brunt of Hurricane Florence, with open arms,” Mabe said. “Mountain Laurel Cabins will be hosting a family from Little Washington for a week’s time as they evacuate.”
As Hurricane Florence began to strengthen and was upgraded to a Category 4, Mabe created a list of possible local places to lodge. Visit NC, who had set up an online database resource for the call centers, began assisting people.
Knowing the weather may also be problematic locally, Mabe wanted to offer as much service and hospitality to those who find themselves in Stokes County waiting out the storm.
“My hope is to provide those who call with accurate information on places to eat that may still be open and things to do at locations who aren’t cancelling events. We want to give assistance so that people can enjoy Stokes County outside of the dangerous height of any storm effects that we receive.”
Around noon on Tuesday, Mabe received word there was a need to house two groups of families who live near the coast and hoped to evacuate close to family members in Stokes.
“I was able to provide two locations with the room and pet housing availability they were needing,” he said. “If anyone finds them self in Stokes County as a result of temporary relocation to escape the storm, I hope they’ll be able to make the best of their time here, and hopefully ease their minds of any fear they have for property along the coast. The tourism arm of Stokes is here throughout the storm to assist and ease any cabin fever, by providing details on events or must see shopping and dining after the storm for as long as they find themselves here.”
Current available evacuee accommodation listings:
Whippoorwill Inn (Danbury), 1 unit available, no pets, (336) 420-6003
Retreat at Hanging Rock (Danbury), 3 bedroom, sleeps 6-8, pets considered, (336) 409-1763
Singletree Gun & Plough (Westfield), 1 cabin available, sleeps 4, (336) 593-2155
Indian Creek Cabin (Westfield), 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4-6, (336) 580-1886
Goat View Farmhouse (Lawsonville), 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6, (336) 593-2073
Newberry Manor (Francisco), 5 bedrooms, sleeps 10, (336) 593-8232
The Old Farmhouse Inn (Walnut Cove), 3 bedroom, sleeps 8, (336) 591-7635
Black Bear Cabin (Lawsonville), sleeps 6, (336) 870-2372
For more information and updates follow Hanging Rock – Stokes County, NC Tourism on Facebook or VisitNC.com
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.