Looks like a blizzard might be coming through our area on Ground Hog's Day, but we aren't going to let the weather slow us down here at the Hotel Pattee! We have a lot of great things planned this month, including being the host registration site for the 39th Annual BRR ride on Saturday the 6th! Here is a copy of our most recent newsletter. We hope to see you soon!
One of the best parts of my life is meeting new customers at the Hotel Pattee and reuniting with existing ones. It is so fun to hear your stories.
A favorite question I like to ask a new customer (and perhaps I ask you this when we first met) is “How did you find us?”
So often times, the response I hear is “A friend told me about the Hotel.” Or “We received a gift certificate from...”
Recently, I met a younger couple whose parents gifted them a weekend stay at the Hotel. They had a wonderful & relaxing visit and couldn’t say enough things about their experience. The fun part about my conversation with this couple was learning how their parents first learned about the Hotel. Can you guess? Well, I learned that their parents received a gift certificate for their 50th wedding anniversary and had a great time. They wanted their kids to also enjoy the Hotel Pattee.
If you are like me, it is hard to figure out what to give that person or persons who are simply not easy to shop for. As my parents got older, this was truly the case for me. They didn’t need or want anything, so Denise and I would often give them “experiential” gifts such as a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant.
A Gift Certificate to the Hotel Pattee can be that perfect gift for somebody special on your Holiday List. When your friend or relative redeems their certificate, Denise and I, along with our entire staff, will ensure that their experience will be filled with a lifetime of wonderful memories.
Thank you for being there for us over this past year as we could not survive without great customers like
yourself. As a gift to you, each month we will be offering a special discount to our loyal customers. Be
looking for the first offer right after Christmas!
The Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa presented 27 awards recognizing excellence in the tourism industry last week in Fairfield during the 2015 Iowa Tourism Conference. The Jay Hartz received an award for leadership and the Hotel Pattee received an award for niche marketing efforts.
Jay Hartz with his wife Denise purchased the Hotel Pattee in 2013. Over the past nearly two years Jay Hartz has steadily worked not only to promote the Hotel Pattee but to also promote other area businesses and attractions. Through collaborative efforts and ingenuity, Jay Hartz is an excellent example of community leadership.
Weddings at the Hotel Pattee have been magical to say the least. With the warm woods of the ballroom, art filled walls and a courtyard filled with brick work and ivy, there are all the elements to design the wedding of your dreams. Granted, I am biased, however, I keep hearing from our brides and grooms who have chosen us to host their ceremony and reception the Hotel Pattee, it should be on the top of the list for those planning a wedding.
In addition to being a one of a kind beautiful setting, our prices are much, much lower than that of other venues in the Des Moines area. Our themed guest rooms provide a unique experience for out of town guests as well. The Hotel Pattee isn’t your normal “Cookie Cutter” style hotel.
As part of our services, our bride and groom get their own dedicated event planner included with their wedding. Mahala McDanel is a true professional who is very detailed oriented and totally dedicated to ensuring a smooth ceremony / reception.
Choosing a venue for such an important day should not be strictly based on price, but with the added service, quality, and “The Setting", the Hotel Pattee provides all at a value incomparable to other venues.
Recently our Executive Chef, Ben & Sidney, who manages our Frontier Shack Operation, got married at
the Hotel Pattee. Like many others, they had their ceremony in Soumas Court and their reception in
the Spring Valley Ballroom. Some of their pictures are included in this Blog.
Congratulations Ben and Sidney! We wish you a lifetime of happiness, great health, and prosperity!
Are you looking for that unique and awesome place to host your wedding, meeting or other special event? We’d love to be of service. Feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have had a wedding at the Hotel Pattee or attended one as a guest, I’d love to hear from you.
Please share your memories with us.
We have had such a fun year with our Frontier Shack Food Operation at the Flat Tire Lounge in Madrid,
as well as with our Hotel Pattee Diner on Wheels unit which we’ve brought around to several Des
Moines Regional events.
Some of those events have included the National Balloon Classic, Bell Tower Festival, Madrid Days, and White Rock Conservancy and this weekend we will be at the Granger Days in Granger, IA and Thomas the Train in Boone IA.
This is our first year at working these two outside operations, and as I mentioned above, we are having a great time and have met/served some great people.
When it comes to the traveling unit, I have been blessed with a totally unexpected benefit. Something that I never intended to encounter. Can you maybe guess what that is?
I have discovered what I will refer to as an “Inner Circle” of comradery among the food truck vendors.
Let me explain.
When setting up at each event, you tend to introduce yourself to fellow food vendor neighbors as we
are usually placed in the same general area. If you don’t get a chance to meet everybody before the
event starts, you will certainly find time during the event.
What tends to happen is that we, as an Inner Circle, will cook our specialty for the other vendors (at no
charge.) You see vendors walking to each other’s spot delivering their great food or drinks. It reminds
me of like a small community in which fellow citizens bake goodies for their neighbors. Since our first event in 2015, I have had the opportunity to enjoy some great cuisine ranging from handmade tacos, homemade Crab Rangoon, Smoked ribs and many, many others.
Here is the other unexpected surprise for me: So many of the same vendors attend the same events
that I do. There truly is an inner circle of us and we not only share food, but share ideas on how we can
better serve our customers along with what future events we should all attend. In short, I have made
some great new friends and look forward to many years of working side by side with them.
So in addition to promoting the hotel, meeting and serving great customers, and of course making some
additional revenue; I’ve made some great friends and get the chance to eat & drink very well. Luckily, I
haven’t gained any weight as you tend to work off the calories at each event.
Oh yes, last but not least, I have had the chance to work very closely with my daughter Miranda who has helped me at several events.
Come see us at an upcoming event, or visit us at the Flat Tire Lounge! Have a special event that you
need a food truck? Give me a call or send me an email. No group is too small!!!
The Lit By the Sun Dinner and Concert Series has ended for 2015. We certainly have had a great time. Thank you to all our guests, musicians, our Executive Chef and staff for making our series great. We will begin planning for 2016 soon. In the meantime, below are photos and video from the events this year.
If you would like to be the first to hear about next year sign up for our Lit By the Sun Email List below.
Thank you and enjoy!
Lit By the Sun Concerts 2015. Photo Credts: Jen Heins, Heins Design.
Lit By the Sun Food 2015. Photo Credts: Jen Heins, Heins Design.
Video Credit Jen Heins, Heins Design
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….
Jay Hartz, owner.