Waterville Couple Breathes New Life Into Historic Waterville Hotel
A Bright Future With Strong Roots in the Surrounding Community for Almost 200 Years

Owners Jason McConnell, Vanessa Brown, and Brad Wyland

Bridging the past and the present in Waterville is a passion for Jason McConnell and Vanessa Brown. You can see it throughout McConnell's General Store, their current business in the heart of Waterville. Now, they're doing the same across the parking lot as new owners of The Waterville Hotel (formerly The Waterville Tavern), a beloved community landmark. News of their latest venture has generated excitement with locals and visitors alike, who have long appreciated the restaurant's rich history and delicious cuisine.

The Waterville Hotel has been a staple in the community for almost 250 years, and a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts who come to fish, hunt, and explore the surrounding area. The Hotel has served as a gathering place for generations of visitors and locals, providing a comfortable place to eat, drink, stay, and enjoy the company of old friends and make new ones.

In 2023, The Waterville Hotel is now one of the most popular destinations in the PineCreek Valley for people looking to get back to nature — whether it's fishing, hiking or bicycling. In cooler months, the activities switch to hunting, snowshoeing and snowmobiling — making The Waterville Hotel a year-round attraction.

The couple is excited to carry on a family legacy as well. McConnell's great-grandmother and grandfather, Jess and William Smith, operated the hotel from 1933-1945. They'll be bringing their own unique vision to the table. With a passion for community and a commitment to providing exceptional service, they are dedicated to upholding the legacy of the hotel and continuing to make it a focal point of the community for many years to come. "We are honored to be part of such an iconic establishment and rich history in our family. The hotel has a special place in the hearts of so many in our community, and we are excited to carry on the tradition of providing a warm, inviting atmosphere and delicious food for all who visit."

Along with business partner Brad Wyland, who also shares a deep family history in the area, the team plans to preserve the historic charm and welcoming atmosphere to all those looking to relax and recharge after a day enjoying the area. They are focused on bringing bright, fresh ideas and a few menu updates they know folks will enjoy, even digging into the history vault for some classic favorites that customers have come to love over the decades.

The community is eager to see what the future holds for The Waterville Hotel under the ownership group. With their new energy, passion, and commitment to preserving the restaurant's history, it's clear that the landmark will continue to be a beloved fixture in the community for years to come.

The grand opening is set for Friday, July 14. Call 570.753.5970 or visit www.thewatervillehotel.com.

Contact Information:
Brad Wyland
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