Georgetown 'all booked up' ahead of the total solar eclipse


Three days away from the solar eclipse, Georgetown hotels and inns have been busy turning away last-minute eclipse-viewing hopefuls.

"I do the emails. I've been writing back, 'No room at the Inn,'" said Mary Shaw.

Shaw owns the Shaw Inn in Georgetown. In her nearly 40 years there, she says she's never seen anything like this.

"I started getting calls probably about four months ago," she said.

Many of those callers were hoping to see totality during the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.

Businesses along Front Street are preparing to capitalize on the new traffic.

"We are ordering probably double the amount of food we would normally do for a Monday. We're also making sure we're double on our beverages," said Charles Bardo, the General Manager of Moe's Original Bar-B-Que.

He said he's also excited about the outdoor deck, which will offer a good view of the solar show.

"Unfortunately, we're not taking reservations for it, so it's first come first serve, but we anticipate it being full," he said.

Further downtown, signs for solar eclipse sales litter the sidewalk.

"We do little sales here and there, but to have them on the eclipse day, [when] we're just getting to get some inventory pulled through to get ready for the fall, it's the perfect opportunity for us," said Lisa Haas, the owner of Green Bean Consignment Boutique. She is also treasurer of the Georgetown Business Association.

She and other store owners say they are handing out free eclipse glasses, all while hoping for a good opportunity for her town.

"We'll do some sidewalk sales, and we'll have a lot of fun. I'm really hoping for a lot of customers. We need it," she said.

Four other Georgetown inns and hotels told ABC15 News they've been fully booked for at least a month, another indication the town is gearing up for the eclipse.

At the same time that many are getting caught up in the sheer excitement of the eclipse, officials are advising Georgetown visitors to be aware of road closures and parking changes as they explore the area.

Officials say Front Street will be closed from Screven to Orange Street from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Any vehicles parked in the area prior to 12:30 p.m., and remaining after that time, will be blocked in until the road reopens at 4:30 pm.

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