Spanish Trail Lodge re-established with pizzazz

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The old Spanish Trail Lodge at 700 N. Alamo St. has been getting a facelift for over a year now, thanks to new owners Ele and Patty Hagelstein.

According to Patty, the couple had been looking for property in the area before settling on the Spanish Trail Lodge.

“First, we were just focused on getting a piece of property,” Patty said. “It was kind of overwhelming, but then we knew it was going to take a lot of work; it was so dilapidated. But we could see it had good bones. It’s cinderblock with cement walls, and it had a Mexican tile roof that we thought we could salvage. We found out it would be way too expensive, and it all had to be taken off.”

Patty said she and Ele saw a need in Fort Stockton that the lodge could meet once it was completed.

“Here, there are a limited number of smaller and more affordable lodging places,” Patty explained. “Big things are coming to Fort Stockton and into the area with the refinery and solar farms, so we just jumped in and here we are!”

According to Patty, there were many steps they had to take in order to begin renovations on the lodge, including taking out a loan, finding a contractor, and having signs made for the lodge and each room.

“The Business Development Advisor at Sul Ross State University, Loretta Garcia, helped us with the Small Business Administration Loan Application,” Patty said. “Had it not been for her, the process would have been so difficult. She just made it easy and flow so well; it took a lot of pressure off of us. Bill McAnally and Juanita Contreras at Pecos County State Bank also helped us with this. Rene Minjarez or RGM Building Services was our contractor, and he has stuck by us through this process. We started our renovations in June of last year, so we are going on about 18 months of non-stop work. We had two large signs made with lights for the entrance of the lodge, along with individual signs for each room with their number on them. Juan Vasquez of Fort Stockton made those for us earlier this year.”

Patty also said that her family has been instrumental in the building of the business. Her father, Jerry Goss, and his wife, Andrea, did all of the landscaping for the lodge.

“My dad and Andrea relocated and moved here, so they’ve also stuck by us,” said Patty. “They will manage the place once it is open. I don’t know what I would do without my dad. He has worked himself silly.”

Commenting on the lodge, Jerry Goss revealed he had prior experience with it.

“I stayed in this motel back in the sixties,” Goss said. “But we didn’t have all these big fancy things we’re putting up here like refrigerators and grills. From one motel to the next back then, it was pretty much the same all over.”

Patty said there has been quite a bit of work completed in these last 18 months, including room renovations, landscaping, and more.

“We are almost complete on this north side,” Patty continued. “There were eight rooms here, and therr will be six more rooms coming on the south side in a few weeks after the north is done. Then there are four more rooms on the east side. We will have a total of 18 rooms with eight patios, which we will use to offer outdoor cooking and grills with tables. It will have a more relaxed type of atmosphere, more home-y.”

According to Patty, she and Ele hope to get rooms open right after Thanksgiving for the holiday rush.

For more information about the Spanish Trail Lodge, call them at 432-299-0108.

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