In Clinton, Dave and Patty ran a moving company and lived in the country while raising their family. After visiting Guttenberg many times throughout the years, the Schwarzes purchased the Guttenberg Motel in November of 2015 and relocated.
The couple has been busy remodeling the 1958 motel and adding a deck to the east side of the building. The deck features a large seating area, gas fire pit, and a gas grill for customers to use while they stay at the motel. The Schwarzes have updated the motel with log cabin and colored stone siding, and have added a wooden walkway around the motel, in addition to updating the rooms and electrical. In the future, Patty hopes to make each room unique with nature inspired decor and locally made items.
“Business is wonderful; I am booked each and every weekend until late August.” says Patty. “Many dates in the fall are fully booked too. I am telling people to think about dates for next year, as summer weekends fill up fast.”
“We really feel fortunate to be in Guttenberg; people here have so much community pride, they take such wonderful care of their yards, properties and surroundings. The Chamber and other businesses lend helpful advice and ideas to each other. We help one another to succeed at an amazing level!” says Patty.
The Schwarzes will be holding an open house and grand opening celebration for the motel on Wednesday, October 25, so keep an eye out for more details in the coming months.