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The Hotel Pattee’s Frontier Shack is a tribute to the original Frontier Shack, a dining car on the “City of Denver” train that ran from Chicago to Denver.

We are pleased to announce that the Frontier Shack has joined as a BIKEIOWA Sponsor.

The Frontier Shack is a collaboration between the Hotel Pattee and Flat Tire Lounge to bring you food service on the High Trestle Trail.

About the Frontier Shack

The Frontier Shack is a tribute to the original Frontier Shack, a dining car on the "City of Denver" train that ran from Chicago to Denver.

Train history is a large part of the Hotel Pattee. In David's Milwaukee Diner, the dining areas are inspired by a railroad depot restaurant.

The expansion of the bike trails in Iowa as a result of Rails-To-Trails, created a natural connection as Hotel Pattee expands its food service to the High Trestle Trail in order to connect the ideas of railroads , cycling and history.

The passenger train “City of Denver” made its first trip between Chicago and Denver in June of 1936. The train traveled 1,048 miles in 16 hours. It was the fastest long-distance train in the world. The refreshment car on the train was the Frontier Shack. Designed in an Old West theme with pictures of cowboys, wanted posters, and memories of the frontier.

Menu - What can you eat?

We have a new menu which includes our Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival 2016 Award Winning Bacon Smores!!! YUMMY!

BIKEIOWA NOTE: The Bacon Smores (not listed below) are DELICIOUS !! Getcha Some! Frontier Shack Menu

Hours of Operation

April-May, Sept and Oct.
Monday-Closed
Tuesday-Closed
Wednesday-Closed
Thursday-closed
Friday 10:30 AM-10:30 PM
Saturday 10:30 AM-10:30 PM
Sunday 10:30 AM-8:00 PM

June-July-August
Monday-Closed
Tuesday-Closed
Wednesday-4:00 PM-8 PM
Thursday-4 PM-8 PM
Friday 10:30 AM-10:30 PM
Saturday 10:30 AM-10:30 PM
Sunday 10:30 AM-8:00 PM




About Hotel Pattee

Hotel Pattee is a destination Unto Itself.

The boutique hotel captures the culture and experiences of the local area into its 40 individually themed-rooms and the public spaces. More than 130 pieces of original art by more than 30 artists are on display, honoring noteworthy native sons and daughters of Iowa. Each of the guest rooms and suites is well accessorized for your comfort. Your experience will feature oversized beds, wireless internet access, spacious bathrooms, oversized bath towels and plush robes. Spa tubs and wood-burning fireplaces are available in selected rooms.

Under the ownership of Jay and Denise Hartz, the hotel is a destination for bikers and travelers coming through Central Iowa for your overnight stay, food, drinks, and entertainment.

In 2014 the hotel received two awards - the Visitor's choice award for the "Hotel of the Year" as well as the "Outstanding Lodging Experience" from the State of Iowa’s Tourism Office/Iowa Economic Development Authority,

More about Hotel Pattee


About Flat Tire Lounge

The Flat Tire Lounge is only 3 miles from the High Trestle Trail and offers a great atmosphere to hang out with other cyclists and enjoy a cool refreshment (or two).

The Flat Tire Lounge was started by 10 local friends and opened June 2011. The building was originally an old feed store when the train tracks were in. The inside was remodeled featuring a unique bar counter top made with concrete and broken wine bottles polished down for a smooth finish. Their main attraction is there 800 square foot deck that is less than 12 feet from the High Trestle Trail. Over the last few years, we have made many friends and had plenty of great times!

More about the The Flat Tire Lounge


About the High Trestle Trail

The High Trestle Trail is a former railbed that winds 25 miles through Ankeny, Sheldahl, Slater, Madrid, Woodward and within the next couple of years, will connect with Bouton before connecting to Perry and the Raccoon River Valley Trail.

The High Trestle Bridge is an award-winning 13 story tall breathtaking bridge that spans the Des Moines River between Madrid and Woodward.

More about The High Trestle Trail

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