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.
Jay's outreach has not only included the Hotel Pattee, Perry and Raccoon Valley River Trail but also Madrid, Woodward, the High Trestle Trail, Jefferson, Adel, Grimes, Minburn, Indianola, Waukee, RAGBRAI and more. In his efforts to promote the Hotel Pattee he also celebrates with participation with other businesses, events and communities.
His efforts to create win-win situations through networking and building relationships is how Jay leads in the community he has thoroughly embraced after acquiring the Hotel Pattee.
Jay and Denise Hartz took a great leap of faith to move to Perry, IA and take over a unique Iowa treasure. Uprooting their family and life to take on a dream of running a historical hotel is remarkable enough but stepping up to embrace and celebrate the communities around him is exceptional.
The Flat Tire Lounge in Madrid was looking for new food service so Jay and his team put together the Frontier Shack serving Hotel Pattee food on the High Trestle Trail partnering with the Flat Tire Lounge.
Jay also started a video series where he interviews other businesses such as Angie's Tearoom in Jefferson and Picket Fence Creamery in Woodward. Many of the businesses Jay features are used in the Hotel Pattee's daily business and are shared through social media.
The Hotel Pattee Diner was also created in 2015 to take to area other communities and area events.
These are a few of the unique ways Jay has created to extend the Hotel Pattee into the surrounding communities using the Hotel Pattee website, social media and email campaigns, the Hotel Pattee markets not only the hotel but attractions and businesses without compensations. The Hotel Pattee website, www.hotelpattee.com, has dedicated pages such as The Hub, Cycling Amenities, Frontier Shack at the Flat Tire Lounge to promote area tourism. These pages have lots of information and link to the websites and social media to the other businesses and attractions.
"On the Road with Jay" videos can be found on the hotel's website and YouTube. These videos began to showcase products and Jay's favorite things.
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.
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 email@example.com
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….
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
Jay Hartz, owner.