The owners of the Vacationland Inn on Wilson Street in Brewer have been busy remodeling the hotel’s lobby, outdoor fountain and breakfast room. On May 14, representatives of the city of Brewer joined owners Cheryl and Ross Bradford, co-managers LeeAnne and Allan Hewey, and representatives of the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The renovations to the breakfast room included relocating the kitchen, overtaking a guest room and a top-to-bottom remodel that has nearly doubled seating capacity to 45. Further renovations to the outside seating area will add another 20 seats.
Co-managers LeeAnne and Allan Hewey have put a lot of work into the revamped facility, with Allan doing the renovation work. In the breakfast room, factory-second wall wood gives it a rustic look, and factory-second flooring from Marden’s looks flawless. He used lauan instead of ceiling tiles, reused old mirrors from storage and found bargain shutters at the Christmas Tree Shops.
Rounding off the decor are Granicrete countertops. Granicrete is a specialized concrete that’s cheaper than stone; Allan had to become certified to install it. The counters feature animal foot tracks stamped into them for a Maine flavor.
The breakfast room has been a hit with guests, but outside of the 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. breakfast time, the hotel has had people use the room for functions from Bible studies to jewelry parties.
“It’s really become a multipurpose room that we didn’t expect,” Allan Hewey said. “And it’s all a case of us trying to give this hotel its own identity.”
That’s been what the Bradfords have worked toward over the past few years as they’ve revitalized the property.
“Good things will continue to happen here,” Ross Bradford said during the ceremony.