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Vacant Rooms in High Demand

By: Colleen McPartlin
By: Colleen McPartlin

It's Murphy's Law; nothing's going on for weeks, then boom! Six different events all fall on the same weekend.

That'll be Stevens Point next weekend. The city will host the Annual Bear Hunters Convention, two hockey tournaments, possibly a third, the Wisconsin Senior Bowling Championship, and as we learned Sunday, the Men's Basketball Sectional Finals.

That means a lot of out-of-towners and not a whole lot of room at area hotels.

Doug Myers, the general manager of the Comfort Suites in Stevens Point, says, "This coming weekend we are completely full; we've been full for approximately six months."

And for those early birds, the hotels do offer special accommodations for their guests, like for the hockey players who just can't get enough playing time on the ice, Myers sets up a room for them to mess around.

He says, "I've opened up my meeting room and I actually put on my board, 'Mini-Sticks from 7 to 11.’ "

One of the only hopes for visitors to jump on that opportunity would be to put their name on a list and hope for a cancellation, but Myers does have another suggestion.

He says, "One of the things they might want to look at is Stevens Point has a well kept secret, three or four excellent bed and breakfasts."

The Victorian Swan on Water, the Inn on Main and Dreams of Yesteryear are the three B&Bs that Myers Strongly recommends, and as of Sunday evening there were vacancies for next weekend.

Another option if everything is completely booked up, the Visitor's Bureau is sending people to Wausau or Wisconsin Rapids, but they say they would prefer to keep visitors in town.

If you do need to find accommodations for your friends or family this weekend, you can call the Stevens Point Visitor's Bureau at (715) 344-3556.