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Yorktown Beach Hotel receives Distinguished Organization Award for Development and Investment


Mar 18, 2023

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

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

This award is presented to developing corporations 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 Business and owner of the home, “It truly is a testament to all of the really hard operate of my group members, all coming with each other to make this project a good results.”

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

In 2021, Bowry, along with his investors, became the official owner of the home. They had huge renovation concepts, planned in phases more than the subsequent couple of years, but the quite initial change was to the name.

“I knew this could 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 possible 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 generate a modern day 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 readily available spots.”

Yorktown Beach Hotel now boasts a totally renovated initial floor of the primary and biggest constructing 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 practical experience.

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

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

A new breakfast region and marketplace will open quickly.

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

Bowry credits the revived hotel’s good results to his group, the neighborhood and the County employees.
“I am only a smaller aspect of the good results we’ve skilled,” Bowry stated. “Our group, in particular 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 beneficial 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. Also, Bowry stated the a lot of events held at the waterfront support to bolster his small business and other people by bringing a lot-required exposure to the region.

“The County is focused on continual enhancements to the Historic Region, from Riverwalk Landing to the beach picnic region 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 lengthy-standing corporations in our legacy industries. So, assisting Mr. Bowry revive the aging hotel, and selecting 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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