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Originally built in 1964 to house the United States 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 set to open in spring 2019, is located in the middle of the Hwy. 290 Wine Trail  (14818 U.S. 290 East, in Stonewall)  and sits less than 15 minutes away from over 50 wineries, distilleries and breweries.

The historic motel plans to open its newly painted doors late spring 2019.

“I couldn’t get Stonewall Motor Lodge out of my head,” 9Locals Investments owner Anita Ortiz Lubke, who is renovating the property in partnership with her husband, Lance Lubke, said. “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.”   

Renovations include new windows, doors, paint, brand new bathrooms, a spacious outdoor deck and gathering spaces for guests.

“Most of the vineyards on the 290 Wine Trail close around 6 p.m.,” Ortiz Lubke said. “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 midcentury modern décor, Lubke said.

Amenities include a coffee bar, smart TVs with Netflix and Hulu, ADA accessible rooms, smart checkin, and close proximity to some of the best vineyards in the stat, she said.

“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,” Ortiz Lubke said. “It has good bones, great character and history, and a super location.”

For more information, visit  stonewallmotorlodge.com.