Here’s something to look forward to: Construction has begun on a new wedding, event and retreat venue in James City County.
It’s called The Maine of Williamsburg, or simply The Maine.
It will be 9,000 square feet of indoor space on a 20-acre parcel, which is part of a working a farm totaling more than 100 acres in the county, according to a news release from James City County.
The Maine is at 2580 John Tyler Highway, and is scheduled to open in 2021.
Here’s another deal: It’s now accepting bookings.
“I am excited for The Maine to begin construction and then open in the Berkeley District,” said James City County Supervisor Ruth Larson. “The addition of a new multipurpose event venue will contribute positively to our local economy.”
County officials tout The Maine as combining “rustic charm with southern elegance and features thoughtful amenities to create successful events.”
It will feature a grand hall with a wood-burning fireplace, outdoor veranda, sunroom with a 1,500 -square-foot covered patio as well as a warming kitchen and audio-visual equipment for use.
Two separate dressing suites will be available for weddings. All indoor space will be climate controlled for year-round events. The Maine’s capacity will total 300 including event staff, officials said.
The Maine is owned and operated by Crystal Wilson and Tracy Hannigan. Wilson, Hannigan and the staff of The Maine have more than 60 years of professional event planning experience from community events, special events and corporate retreat planning.
“We are excited to begin construction with our local builder, David Nice Builders, whose expertise in millwork will provide The Maine with the rustic ambiance we wanted,” Wilson said in a prepared statement. “We cannot wait to begin hosting events next year and working with local vendors to provide memories that will last a lifetime.”
The Maine represents an estimated investment of $2 million and will receive incentives from the James City County Tourism Zone, including permit fee waivers and incremental grants following completion of their project, officials said.
It’s the first project to use incentives from the Tourism Zone, which was adopted in 2012.
For more information, visit The Maine’s website or Facebook page.
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