By Bill Shields, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s hard to imagine on a day like today, with snow falling across the region, but summer is coming, and it’s shaping up to be a good one on Cape Cod.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports from the Cape

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Advance bookings for summer cottages or vacation rentals are up as much as 30% over last year.

“Two months ago, we got a spike in requests for vacation homes,” says Bett McCarthy of Kinlin Grover Realty. “I think people just got fed up with the snow, and started calling. Right now, early rental requests are up tremendously…so I think it’s going to be a great summer.”

And maybe the improving economy is the reason why calls to airlines that service the islands are up.

“We’re seeing more interest right now than we have in the past few years,” says Phil Geraci of Island Air.

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“Even with all the world events going on right now, people say I need a break from all of this. I need a diversion… and the islands offer that diversion”.

And small-business owners are hoping for a good season.

Two summers ago, the wet weather hurt many restaurant owners and tour guides.

“The economy is getting back on its feet, and maybe that’ll translate into more people here this summer,” says Ian Parent, who owns Le Petite French Cafe on Main Street in Hyannis.

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So far, summer is looking good…unless you look out the window today.