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STONEWALL, Texas — Originally built in 1964 to house the U.S. Secret Service and press corps when Lyndon B Johnson became president, Stonewall Motor Lodge, formerly Stonewall Motel, is undergoing renovations by 9Locals Investments to become a vacation destination in the heart of the Texas wine country.
The retro motel is located at 14818 U.S. Hwy 290 East in Stonewall, along the Hwy. 290 Wine Trail, and sits less than fifteen minutes away from more than 50 wineries, distilleries and breweries.
The historic motel plans to open its newly-painted doors late spring and will include six sites for recreation vehicles.
“I couldn’t get Stonewall Motor Lodge out of my head,” said 9Locals Investments Owner Anita Ortiz Lubke, who is renovating the property in partnership with her husband, Lance.
“The area had changed so much since my husband and I first saw the property two years ago and we can see it becoming our own little Napa Valley,” she added.
Renovations include new windows, doors, paint, brand new bathrooms, a spacious outdoor deck, and gathering spaces for guests.
“Most of the vineyards on the Hwy 290 Wine Trail close around 6 p.m.,” said Ortiz Lubke. “We plan on creating cozy spaces where guests can enjoy the bottles of wine they picked up on their tastings either in our new lounge, on our deck, or around our fire pits.”
The look and feel of the historic motel will be bright and clean with a nod to its history and a touch of mid-century modern décor, she explained.
Amenities include a coffee bar, smart TVs with Netflix and Hulu, ADA accessible rooms, smart check in, and close proximity to many vineyards.
“We could see the potential to do something really special and bring this retro motel back to life, but we also saw this as a fun project to work on,” she added.
“It has good bones, great character and history, and a super location,” said Lopez. “Take a road trip to the Hill Country, tour some wineries, enjoy some good food, and come back to a relaxing night where we can sit out and enjoy a glass of wine.”
SOURCE: Stonewall Motor Lodge press release