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(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 expanding enterprises that make important investments in York County.

“I’m flattered and pretty grateful for this honor, and for all of the help York County has
supplied to us more than the previous couple of years,” stated Matt Bowry, managing companion of M.A. Bowry &amp Enterprise and owner of the home, “It seriously is a testament to all of the challenging operate of my group members, all coming collectively 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 home. They had large renovation suggestions, planned in phases more than the subsequent couple of years, but the quite 1st change was to the name.

“I knew this could possibly 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 proper off that we are a waterfront hotel in reality, we’re the only a single in the Historic Triangle.”

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

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

Yorktown Beach Hotel now boasts a totally renovated 1st floor of the principal and biggest creating 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 encounter.

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

“My fiancée, Ferren Wolfe, is an interior designer, and she’s been remarkably significant to the renovation,” Bowry stated. “Her vision and talent are seriously producing it what it is. I can not wait to see her suggestions 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 component 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 compact component of the results we’ve seasoned,” Bowry stated. “Our group, specially 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 useful 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. Also, Bowry stated the lots of events held at the waterfront assistance to bolster his enterprise and other folks by bringing substantially-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 Key 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 enterprises in our legacy industries. So, assisting Mr. Bowry revive the aging hotel, and deciding on Yorktown Beach Hotel as this year’s award winner, produced best sense. We’re excited to see this tourism asset refreshed and thriving once again.”

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