Brown County tourism officials: Best fall in years

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BROWN COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Despite the cooler temperatures this weekend, tourism officials in Brown County say this autumn’s near perfect weather is helping to ramp up sales.

The signs along busy North Van Buren Street in Nashville say it all: they are open for business.

The Cornerstone Inn Bed & Breakfast has been near full capacity for most of the season.

“It has been wonderful this year. We’ve had a tremendous fall,” said Pam Gould, Innkeeper at the Cornerstone Inn.

Brown County tourism officials say in terms of visitors, it’s been the best fall in at least three years. So what’s leading to the increase?

“Weather’s definitely been in our favor this year,” said Gould. “The skies are blue; the temperatures are beautiful.”

“The leaves this year, in the last five years, this has probably been the best they’ve ever looked,” said Laura “Sweetie” Boyer, who owns Sweeteas Tea Shop, also on North Van Buren Street.

Despite the congestion, visitors seems to like the crowds.

“It’s really fun and I love all the people and I love to go to all the shops and see what they have,” said Madison Troville, who was visiting from Greensburg.

Brown County tourism brings in $111 million every year.

At the Cornerstone, they’re not only sold out on the weekends, but also during the week, and they’re not anticipating the tourists to go home anytime soon.

“We have a little bit of a break with the Halloween holiday and then things ramp up steadily up to the Christmas holiday,” said Gould.

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