Yorktown Beach Hotel receives Distinguished Company Award for Development and Investment

(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 fairly grateful for this honor, and for all of the help York County has
supplied to us more than the previous handful of years,” stated Matt Bowry, managing companion of M.A. Bowry &amp Firm and owner of the home, “It definitely is a testament to all of the difficult function of my group members, all coming with each other to make this project a achievement.”

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 home. They had major renovation tips, planned in phases more than the subsequent handful of years, but the really initially change was to the name.

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

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

“The restaurant facility was in disrepair and necessary tremendous function,” Bowry stated. “Plus, our parking is restricted, and the restaurant was competing with the hotel for readily available spots.”

Yorktown Beach Hotel now boasts a completely renovated initially floor of the key and biggest developing on the home, 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 definitely producing it what it is. I can not 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 capable to bring back the rooftop sundeck that was portion of the original hotel in the ’70s.

Bowry credits the revived hotel’s achievement to his group, the neighborhood and the County employees.
“I am only a little portion of the achievement we’ve skilled,” Bowry stated. “Our group, particularly 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 really beneficial and supportive from the starting.”

(Yorktown Beach Hotel)

Monetary help supplied 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 assistance to bolster his organization and other folks by bringing a lot-necessary 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 Major 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 deciding on Yorktown Beach Hotel as this year’s award winner, created best sense. We’re excited to see this tourism asset refreshed and thriving once again.”

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