When Stanhope Beach Resort burned to the ground on Tuesday P.E.I. lost both an important business and a historical landmark.
The property first opened as a hotel in 1855, making it the oldest on the Island.
The impact of the fire is both immediate and long lasting. Close to 50 couples are now scrambling to find a place to hold their weddings this summer. The resort owners are trying to find work at their other properties for those who hoped to have jobs there this summer. While they expect to find places, overall there will be fewer tourism jobs this summer.
In the long term, there is loss of the resort itself, of the irreplaceable antiques that furnished it, and the memories of generations of those who enjoyed its hospitality, made bittersweet.