Jay Hartz loves going out and meeting with area businesses. As well as sharing those businesses as part of the daily operations of the Hotel Pattee, networking and now with these videos. Where should Jay go next time he is on the road?
One room that we don’t have a theme for at The Hotel Pattee if that for Yogi Berra. If we did, I can only imagine the fun we would have!
Yogi just celebrated his 90th Birthday, and there has been a national petition to encourage President Obama to award Yogi Berra America’s Highest Civilian Award, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom.” Here is the White House response as reported by CBS Sports. Link: HERE
Sure many of us know Yogi for some of his fantastic quotes of which we will talk about later, but did you know that he served in our US Navy during World War II, including the D-Day Invasion? He has also been a longtime advocate of diversity and tolerance in baseball and elsewhere. Yogi also has been and continues to be a huge supporter of education for all! As far back as 1959, he started a scholarship at Columbia University.
As far as athletic ability, he played 19 years in Major League Baseball bringing home 10 World Series
rings and 3 MVP Awards.
Of course Yogi is most noted for his paradoxical quotes, now referred to as “yogi-sims.” They make me
laugh but also make me just think. (I know, that is scary!)
The one I remember the most is “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
Here are some others:
“I wish I had an answer to that, because I am tired of answering that question.”
“Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.”
“It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.”
“The future ain’t what it used to be.”
Want to see a few more? Here you go: YOGI-ISMS
So Happy Birthday Yogi and I hope the President awards you the Presidential Medal of Freedom! In the
interim, please come visit us at The Hotel Pattee in Perry Iowa. We’ll leave the light on for you! Oops, that is another brand!
In 2014, I didn’t have the chance to be a part of RAGBRAI as we were still ramping up things at the Hotel Pattee and I simply couldn’t get away. This year was a different story. Earlier this spring, I had the privilege of meeting Jay Kennedy and Meg Hill with Team Good Beer.
We decided to be one of their sponsors and prepare lunch and dinner for their team on Tuesday. What a great group of people! Denise and I met so many nice folks and they were so appreciative of our meals and service. We met them in Alden, IA on Tuesday and prepared lunch and then met them in Eldora Tuesday evening for dinner. We served locally produced Iowa products ranging from Brewer
Family Farms and their awesome brats, to Grimes Sweet Corn. After we were done serving dinner, we sat back and enjoyed some great music from The Nadas.
The cool thing was that Tuesday night’s festivities were held at a Host Home and the band set up on
their large deck. What a blast!
I am still on cloud nine! I simply cannot get over the fantastic organization of the ride. Everything ran so
smoothly and was organized so well. The vast number of volunteers and participants just blew my socks off. To say the least, I can’t wait until next year and I also can’t wait until the ride comes through Perry again sometime in the future.
If you haven’t seen and/or stayed in our RAGBRAI/BRR Room at the Hotel Pattee, you may want to put this on your bucket list. Recently, I met the folks at Dream Team Des Moines and they donated some special jersey’s that we had made into Pillows. That is another great organization!!!
Iowa is such a great place to live and visit. I have had the privledge of attending one iconic event this
week with RAGBRAI and tonight we kick off another great event at the National Balloon Classic in Indianola. We are a Sponsor of The National Balloon Classic and will have our own Hotel Pattee Hot Air Balloon!
I will be there all 9 days with our Hotel Pattee Diner Concession Trailer. Come see us!
One of the most popular question I get is “Are all of the rooms still themed?” and/or “Did you keep the rooms the same?” The answer to both of those questions is “Yes.”
The other question we get is “Do you plan on changing any of the room themes?” For now, the answer is “No.”
If I were to change a room theme, the first challenge would be “Which room would I take out?” That would be a very, very difficult decision.
The second challenge would be determining what theme to create. Well, one theme that we do not have is a Sports Related Room or Suite.
After watching the US Women’s Team Win the World Cup last Sunday, Soccer comes to mind. If you
didn’t get a chance to watch the game, you missed a spectacular performance filled with individual
talent and overall team effort.
Soccer is the sport that I grew up playing, and I was fortunate to grow up in St. Louis which was and still
is a huge soccer town! My parents started me out playing when I was 6 years old and I played through
my first year of college. Two highlights of my soccer years were winning the City of St. Louis
Championship when I was 14 years old and when I scored the first goal in my High Schools History.
You see, I attended St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington, Missouri. At that time, the
town was slightly bigger than Perry Iowa, as there were about 10,000 residents. Up until I was a senior, I and my fellow teammates played for the Washington Soccer Association. In my Senior Year, my High
School started a Soccer Program. Hence, this was the reason I able to score the first goal in the school’s history.
So if the US Team wants to make the trip to Perry, we might be convinced to convert a room!!!
In all seriousness, Congratulations to the US Team and their Victory. They certainly represented their
Country very well!
Until next time….
Any month of the year can be a great time to get away for that romantic getaway. As I meet our guests each day at The Hotel Pattee, I learn about anniversary celebrations, surprise birthday getaway, or the more common “I just wanted to do something nice for my significant other.” Most of the time the latter is a guy who has surprised his lady for a night or two away at the Hotel Pattee and perhaps includes some of our services at the Copper Door Spa. 99.9% of the time, I will joke with that couple and say something like “You have a smart man here! Or what did you (the guy) do to get in the doghouse? Whatever it was, you are out of it now…great job!” Or something along those lines.
Some of the fun stories are the couples who stay each year on their anniversary in the room they stayed on their honeymoon night. Or the couples who get engaged at the hotel. Recently, we had a gentleman reach out to us to arrange for a dozen roses, a bottle of champagne and some chocolate covered strawberries to be placed in the Louis Armstrong Suite. He was going to propose to his girlfriend. We gladly helped with these little extras and yes…the young lady said YES to him!
The other fun part of my job is meeting people from literally all over the world. Young couples, old couples, same sex couples or traditional couples. We’ve hosted rehearsal dinners, weddings, receptions and anniversary parties for all of the above.
One other common theme that I hear is this: “We should have done this a long time ago, as we kept putting this trip off as we are so busy.”
Bottom line is this: Love is in the Air. 365. Don’t let another month go by without doing something
special for the one who loves you!
No matter who you are, we welcome you at the Hotel Pattee for your next romantic getaway.
In addition to our regular guest rooms and suites, we also offer several great packages.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have reserved your next Iowa Romantic Getaway and tell me the date(s) of your reservation. We will send up 6 Fresh Chocolate Covered Strawberries to your guest
room. Please put “Iowa Romantic Getaway” in the subject line.
This weekend is the 2nd annual BACooN RIDE which kicks off Friday Night June 19th in Centennial Park, Waukee. The Hotel Pattee will be there Friday Evening serving up some Great Bacon Products. We will proudly be serving out of our New “Hotel Pattee Diner” Concession Trailer. What is on this year’s menu? How about Grilled Corn on the Cob wrapped in thick bacon or our BLT Brushcetta….Both will be extremely yummy!
On Saturday when the ride comes through Perry, we will once again be in Souma’s Court with the
“Home Grown Tomatoes Band” and we will be serving up some Berkwood Farms Bangin' Bacon Dogs, which we will top with carmalized onions and bacon bits. On a lighter side, we will be offering a BALT which is a Peppered BLT with Avocado. A full bar will also be available in the courtyard.
Hopefully this weekend, the weather will be nice and the rains will stay away. This Ride is just one more
opportunity to get out and enjoy the beautiful Raccoon River Valley Trail and have some great fun with
your friends or family. Please stop by to say hello on Friday Night and on Saturday too.
Want to learn more about the BACoon RIDE, here is a link to their website: BACoon Ride
Can’t make it this weekend? Well, come visit us another time this season. We have a great High Trestle Trail Package and you can also visit us at our Frontier Shack located at The Flat Tire Lounge in Madrid, which is located directly on the High Trestle Trail.
The Spice Shed and Mary Rose Collection will be set up in the courtyard Saturday.
Pictures for BACoon Ride 2014
One of my favorite songs of all time is “Gone Fishin’” by Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby. Just a great song that will make you smile and forget about the stress in life. If you have not heard the song or would like to re-hear it, check out this link: Gone Fishin'
A guest all-time favorite suite at the Hotel Pattee is the Louis Armstrong Suite, and yes, we have a CD in the room in which “Gone Fishin’” can be played over and over along with some of Louis’ other great songs.
Well, I have to admit that I haven’t fished in over 2 years. That is until yesterday! That is when the 2 year non fishing drought ended.
I went to Don Williams Lake in Boone County and had a great afternoon of trying my luck and skills at catching the big one. Unfortunately, I only caught one and it wasn’t that big.
But it was certainly relaxing just spending some time on the lake.
My goal is to get more fishing in this year and start enjoying the great outdoors of this beautiful state of Iowa. Within 30 minutes of Perry, there are so many awesome State and County Parks that offer so much. I hope you get a chance to take some breaks this summer to enjoy fishing or whatever hobbies you might have.
So the next time you are in for lunch, and don’t see me at the hotel…who knows…I may be fishin’.
The older I get the more I appreciate the old sayings that never go out of style or never stop holding onto their true original meaning. Some may refer these sayings to proverbs, quotes and so forth. What am I talking about? Well, one that I have used quite a bit in my career as I trained my team is “This is just the tip of the iceberg.”
Recently, I used that phrase and this picture when I hosted two youth etiquette classes at The Hotel Pattee. I simply told the students that the lesson on etiquette that we would review was truly just the beginning. “The Tip of The Iceberg” is probably my all-time favorite because it can relate to many, many things in life. A second close favorite is the 80/20 rule. (aka: The Pareto Principle that states in many events 80% of the effects are from 20% of the causes)
Another great one is “The Early Bird Gets the Worm.”
Have you ever heard any of these?
"Lend your money and lose your friend." -- William Caxton (1421-1491) Hmmm…That is so true.
"Quitting smoking is easy; I've done it hundreds of times." -- Mark Twain
"Absence makes the heart grow fonder." -- Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797-1839)
"It takes two to tangle." – A variation of the idiom -It takes two to tango.
"Just Do It" -NIKE
"Go for it." -- American (on ambition)
I could go on and on, and I am sure your mind is thinking about the sayings that are true to your heart. I’d love to hear the ones that have special meaning to you and why!
For most of us, this week is the first unofficial start of summer. The days in which we will soon be so hot
that we will wish it is fall or winter again. Well, maybe not!
What is summer going to look like in your life for 2015? For me, I am sure this next 3 months will fly by,
just like the last 20 months since we came to Perry. I truly believe in the saying that “Time flies when
you are having fun,” because I am having a blast as the full time operator of the Hotel Pattee and now
our Frontier Shack Dining Car in Madrid, next to the Flat Tire Lounge. I am so looking forward to seeing and serving more of our cycling friends. Those friends that we have met before and for the friends we haven’t had the chance to meet, yet. Being in Madrid on the High Trestle Trail will be allowing us such a great and new opportunity to meet so many more cyclists and trail users.
For me, cyclists are some of the best and fun customers to wait on. For the most part, they are so relaxed and love life. Let’s face it, they are doing what they love to do and often times are spending great quality time with the people they love! What else could you ask for? Well, how about some great food and drink?
The majority of cyclists I meet simple tell me that: We bike to eat, drink and be social. Of course,
exercise also fits in there too.
We are so blessed to be located right here on the Raccoon River Valley Trail, not to mention just 10
miles from the High Trestle Trail. Our cycling guests tell me time and time again, that these trails are
some of the best in the country.
Back to you and your plans for this summer. Whatever they are, I hope you have a safe and fun season.
In a perfect world, I hope you come and see us at The Hotel Pattee!
Can you believe that it is already the end of May? WOW, where does time go!
For many, Memorial Day is the official kick off to summer. That, however, is not the true meaning & purpose of Memorial Day. Instead, this is a day to remember and commemorate all men and women who have died in military service for the United States and our fellow citizens.
I myself have never served in the Armed Forces, but I do certainly thank service men and women who are currently serving our Country as well as those I meet who are veterans. Each Memorial Day (along with other times in the year) I reflect on those who have died in the line of service for our fine Country. Often I ask myself, where would I be if it wasn’t for those brave women and men who served or have served in the Armed Forces?
In so many ways, I feel like that is not enough; Thanking and reflecting that is. We as Americans are so
blessed to have a high quality of life which begins with our freedom. Our current military and our
veterans are the reason we have this freedom. The sacrifices they (and their families) make or have
made are simply incomprehensible to me.
So with all of this said, I would simply like to take this moment in time to personally thank all of the
Women & Men who are currently serving our Country or who have served. I would also like to thank
their respective families for all of the sacrifices they are currently experiencing or have experienced.
And finally, for those Veterans who are no longer with us in this life, THANK YOU, and I certainly hope
you are in a better place today.
Please take a moment on Memorial Day and Every Day to go out of your way to thank the fine people
who serve or have served in any U.S. Armed Forces which are made up of the five armed service
Have a Great Upcoming Memorial Day Weekend and please be safe in your travels.
Branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy.
Jay Hartz, owner.