March 21, 2023 11:39 pm

(York County’s Division of Financial &amp Tourism Improvement)

YORKTOWN- At York County’s annual Distinguished Company Affair, Yorktown Beach Hotel earned the 2023 Distinguished Company Award, presented by the Financial Improvement Authority (EDA) and the Division of Financial and Tourism Improvement (ETD).

This award is presented to increasing firms that make considerable investments in York County.

“I’m flattered and rather grateful for this honor, and for all of the help York County has
offered to us more than the previous couple of years,” stated Matt Bowry, managing companion of M.A. Bowry &amp Firm and owner of the house, “It actually is a testament to all of the really hard perform of my group members, all coming with each other to make this project a results.”

Yorktown Beach Hotel, formerly the Duke of York, is the only waterfront hotel in the Higher Williamsburg location.

In 2021, Bowry, along with his investors, became the official owner of the house. They had large renovation tips, planned in phases more than the subsequent couple of years, but the quite initially change was to the name.

“I knew this may be controversial with some of our legacy guests who had been coming right here for generations,” Bowry stated, “But I felt strongly that we required prospective guests to know appropriate off that we are a waterfront hotel in truth, we’re the only 1 in the Historic Triangle.”

The subsequent move also turned heads for longtime guests and locals alike. Bowry decided to demolish the restaurant space and build a modern day lobby in its location.

“The restaurant facility was in disrepair and required tremendous perform,” Bowry stated. “Plus, our parking is restricted, and the restaurant was competing with the hotel for offered spots.”

Yorktown Beach Hotel now boasts a completely renovated initially floor of the key and biggest developing on the house, new windows along the front façade, a fresh coat of paint, and refurbished pool exactly where the old plastic balcony furnishings was swapped out for higher-finish matching chairs—offering the optimal beach-gazing knowledge.

(York County’s Division of Financial &amp Tourism Improvement)

“My fiancée, Ferren Wolfe, is an interior designer, and she’s been remarkably critical to the renovation,” Bowry stated. “Her vision and talent are actually producing it what it is. I cannot wait to see her tips for overhauling the guest rooms come to fruition.”

A new breakfast location and marketplace will open quickly.

In addition to upgrading the rooms, Bowry stated he has higher hopes of becoming in a position to bring back the rooftop sundeck that was portion of the original hotel in the ’70s.

Bowry credits the revived hotel’s results to his group, the neighborhood and the County employees.
“I am only a smaller portion of the results we’ve seasoned,” Bowry stated. “Our group, specifically longtime employees members Leelee King and Gill McCauley, have been so tremendously instrumental to our efforts to bring this hotel back to life. County employees has also been quite valuable and supportive from the starting.”

(Yorktown Beach Hotel)

Monetary help offered by the EDA permitted Bowry to upgrade the windows and replace the balcony chairs. On top of that, Bowry stated the a lot of events held at the waterfront support to bolster his business enterprise and other folks by bringing considerably-required exposure to the location.

“The County is focused on continual enhancements to the Historic Location, from Riverwalk Landing to the beach picnic location and up the hill on Principal Street,” stated Kristi Olsen-Hayes, director of the County’s Financial &amp Tourism Improvement Division. “Our EDA is also focused on retaining the extended-standing firms in our legacy industries. So, assisting Mr. Bowry revive the aging hotel, and picking Yorktown Beach Hotel as this year’s award winner, produced great sense. We’re excited to see this tourism asset refreshed and thriving once more.”

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