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Category Archive: The Hotel

  1. Meet the Team: Lara LeGrand

    With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, it is clear that Director of Sales and Marketing Lara LeGrand has found her calling. Out of all the places her career has taken her throughout the years, though, she cites Hotel Julien Dubuque as her very favorite.  Read on to find out why…

    lara webHow long have you been with Hotel Julien Dubuque? “I started at Hotel Julien Dubuque in late January 2013.”
    What path brought you to Hotel Julien Dubuque? “My career in hospitality began in Galena, IL in 1995.  I held various positions, but concentrated mostly in the sales arena.  I consider Hotel Julien Dubuque to be the premier hotel in the region and was very excited when a position opened that worked within my skill-set.  I came on board as the Catering Manager in January 2013 and was given the opportunity to become the Director of Sales and Marketing in July of 2013.”
    What are you most passionate about professionally? “Most definitely the people we get to impact every single day!  It is such a source of pride that I get to be part of such a beautiful hotel, along with Potosa Spa, Caroline’s Restaurant and Riverboat Lounge.  People will forever be making lifelong memories here!”
    What are you passionate about personally? What is your favorite way to spend a free weekend? “Far and above anything else in my life, I am most passionate about my family.  I enjoy spending time with my husband, two children, and son-in-law. Additionally, I am lucky enough to have a tight group of friends that have really come to be extended family. My parents and brother live in Dubuque which makes staying close to them very easy and my sister and her family travel back to visit with us as often as possible.”
    What are some of your favorite things to do in the Dubuque area? “There are lots of things.  Here are my top five in no particular order: Eagle Point Park, Farmer’s Market, Fourth of July Fireworks (3rd of July actually), breakfast at Caroline’s Restaurant, and boat rides on the Mississippi with family and friends!”
    What do you love most about Hotel Julien Dubuque? “I think what I truly love the most is the impact that the restoration made on downtown Dubuque.  Hotel Julien has long been a staple of the city, but has seen its share of ‘dire’ times.  I believe that the hotel has led to the resurgance of downtown and continues to set the bar high for new restaurants, spas, and area attractions.  It makes me proud to be associated with a highly regarded business.”
    What is your personal motto? “I am very into quotes, so I will offer two.  Professionally my belief can be summed up with the following quote, ‘True leaders do not create followers, they create more leaders’.  The second would be my personal life’s motto: ‘Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change.’  I wrote that down when I was first married and stumbled across it again on Pinterest twenty years later.  It’s the perfect life motto (in my opinion).” 
    As a leader, what strategies do you implement to keep your team motivated and energized? 
    “Enthusiasm is infectious – it is my hope that my enthusiasm for what I do is so apparent that it proves to be motivating to my team.  I certainly make every effort to touch base with each member of the sales team every day and make myself available to them whenever they need my assistance.  Fundamentally, I believe that positive reinforcement is the ONLY way to motivate people – so I try to stay positive in all of my interactions with not only my team, but all of the HJD associates and managers.”

    Contact Lara via email at dos@hoteljuliendubuque.com or by phone at 563.588.5569.  


  2. Celebrating 100 Years

    Blog post2015 marks Hotel Julien Dubuque’s 100th anniversary, though written histories of Dubuque indicate that there has been a hotel or inn on the same corner of Main and Second Streets since 1839.  The rich history of Hotel Julien Dubuque has been shaped by each variation of its predecessors, including the Waples House of 1843 which was likely the first building visible to travelers as they crossed the Mississippi River to Dubuque.

    The elegant lobby in which visitors gather today elicits the classic grandeur of an earlier time.  From the ornate woodwork and light fixtures to the antique sketches, photographs, and framed newspaper articles that don the walls, the décor itself serves as a visual representation of the hotel’s storied past.

    Between visits from famous guests like Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, “Buffalo Bill” Cody, and the notorious Al Capone, a devastating fire, economic vicissitudes, and comprehensive renovations, the most significant of which was completed in 2009 following a $30 million investment, the hotel has had quite a ride on the corner of Second and Main.

    More than anything, though, Hotel Julien Dubuque’s story is defined by the memories that are continually made by our guests.  Each gala, wedding, anniversary celebration, family get-together, and weekend visit to Dubuque contributes to the ever-evolving story of our hotel.  Every guest who dines in Caroline’s Restaurant, enjoys a glass of wine in the Riverboat Lounge, retreats to Potosa Spa, or waits for a friend in our lobby brings with them unique experiences that contribute to the collective narrative of Hotel Julien Dubuque.

    It is our hope that this blog serves as a vehicle for uncovering, reliving, and celebrating those valued memories that make up our history.  Perhaps these will be the stories that are revisited when another 100 years have passed.

    Do you have a special Hotel Julien Dubuque memory to share? We’d love to hear from you! Email dmm@hoteljuliendubuque.com.