Friday, October 17, 2014

What can you do in Hermann? Take the Three Mile Walk!



                One of our guests’ favorite things to do when they stay with us is our Self-Guided three mile walk.  This walk takes our visitors all around town, and fills them with the rich history of Hermann, MO.  From our steamboat legacy, to the story of the three bootleggers that used to do business right outside the local bank, this tour is factual and exciting all at the same time.  You’d be amazed at how our little town has grown and blossomed over the years.
                After completing the walk, make sure to come back and get your complimentary, “I conquered Hermann Hill’s Three Mile Walk” tee shirt to take home with you, so you never forget this experience.  So, what are you waiting for?  Come visit us at Hermann Hill, and discover the History of Hermann. 
                For additional questions of things to do at the Inn please call 573.486.4455
 

Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Best Fall Foliage in Hermann Missouri

October is the perfect month to take the road less traveled when coming out to Hermann Missouri!  As the leaves begin to change the vibrant hues of reds, oranges and yellows makes a spectacular back drop for a relaxing weekend in the historic town of Hermann.  Although it is hard to predict what exact date is the peak for fall color, the Farmers Almanac estimates the peak will fall between October 5-21 for Northern Missouri and October 12-28, for Southern Missouri.  We encourage guests staying at Hermann Hill to take the road less traveled when coming to stay at Hermann Hill, our goal is for guest to experience the leaves of the Missouri Hardwoods with the sun at your back.
  • Leaving Kansas City Area to Hermann Hill:  I-70 to Columbia, take the scenic route with the sun at your back.  Head south toward Jefferson City on Highway 63, then continue east to Hermann on Highway 94 through the Missouri River Valley. There are beautiful hardwoods along the Missouri River Bluffs along Hwy 63 and Hwy 94.
  • Leaving Hermann Hill towards St. Louis: Take Highway 19 north to Highway 94 heading east to Highway 40 or Highway 70 towards St. Louis.  Enjoy the winding hills and Missouri River Valley with the sun at your back.  
While staying at Hermann Hill guests can take the 3-mile walk, ride the Katy Trail, sit on the hill side at one of our popular wineries in Hermann or relax in your Riverbluff Cottage private hot tub to take in the fall foliage.

To find the best routes in and around Missouri or to find areas with the best fall foliage, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation Website. 



Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hermann Hill Experience

October is a great time to enjoy all that fall has to offer in Hermann.  Enjoy the crisp fall air, take in the splendor of the fall foliage and partake in Oktoberfest festivities.  With Oktoberfest running every weekend, there is something for everyone in Hermann.  Many of our guests tell us they like to take the Stone Hill Winery Tour and enjoy some of their award winning wines, enjoy a brat and Tin Mill Beer at the beer garden and then come back to enjoy a romantic evening at Hermann Hill! We even inspired a poem from one of our winners!

Each month this year, two winners will receive a $100 Hermann Hill gift certificate for sharing the memorable experiences they shared while staying at Hermann Hill.  The winners of the October drawing are John and Kathy from St. Louis, Mo and Oliver and Wendy from Independence, Mo.

John and Kathy wrote:  This is our 3rd stay at Hermann Hill.  Each year we've come to celebrate our anniversary.  It's a great way to reconnect.  We don't make a lot of plans when we come to Hermann Hill, it's more about time together.  We enjoyed lunch and ice cream at the Downtown Deli on main street and our 1st day and lunch at Wings A-Blazin and a little shopping the 2nd day.  But most of the time we enjoyed our awesome cottage Jacuzzi, hot tub and deck.  Thank you Hermann Hill for making and this such a great place to enjoy.

Oliver and Wendy wrote a poem inspired by their stay at Hermann Hill:  Wonderful visit as always inspired a poem-"Vineyard on the Hill"  Vineyard sitting on the Hill ripped grapes, in purple hue.  Hawks in flight soar overhead, as morning sun comes into view.  Fog adrift over river wide, winding through the fervent trees.  Shades of red, green and yellow gently sway with a calming breeze.  Steeple perched, a pearly white, adorn bricks and mortar grand.  Historic church on the mound well-crafted by a German hand. Herd of deer graze cautiously tasting vines sweet offerings Humming bird a brief surprise while ever distant Sparrow sings.  Vines cascading down the hill church bells echo in the wind.  Day awakes with glory, a scene one hopes will never end.


Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

Monday, September 29, 2014

Oktoberfest in Hermann Missouri



Oktoberfest is a German tradition that dates back to 1810 to celebrate the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. It was such a hit with the Germans that it became an annual anniversary celebration.
 Originally it began as a horse race, then slowly grew.  An agricultural show was added during the second year and, in 1818, a carousel and two swings were set up for the revelers.  Although the festivities were few, people were entertained by tree climbing competitions, wheel barrow and sack races, mush eating contests, barrel rolling races, and goose chases. By 1870s, mechanical rides were an expanding feature of the festival and in 1908, the festival boasted Germany's first roller coaster. When the city began allowing beer on the fairgrounds, makeshift beer stands began cropping up, and their number increased steadily until they were eventually replaced by beer halls in 1896. The beer halls, like the beer tents of today, were sponsored by the local breweries.
 Traditionally, Oktoberfest is celebrated for 16 days in Germany, with the last day being the first Sunday in October.  Here in Missouri, we celebrate for the first four October weekends!  In Hermann we may not have horse races and rollercoasters, but it does have smooth beer, authentic German bratwurst, and a ton of fun!  Whether you’re looking to spend your day drinking in the bier garden or riding the trolley to the local wineries, Oktoberfest has something for everybody.  At the end of the day come back here to Hermann Hill Vineyard Inn & Spa, or somewhere more secluded such as the Riverbluff Cottages, and rest up for the next day of fun and friends.  What are you waiting for?  Make a reservation today!  573-486-4455


Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Best Views of Hermann!


We began construction the first of August with plans to add a covered deck to Vineyard Inn, as well as a deck floating over the Norton Vineyard to the Vidal suite.  The Vidal suite will feature an outdoor hot tub and shower, fire pit table and breakfast area, new indoor jacuzzi tub and updated bathroom.Both of these additions will feature some of the best views of Hermann!

As we began construction we started asking guests what they would like to see.  Many guests suggested putting heaters out on the deck so they could sit out in cooler weather.  We are now adding a radiant heat to the deck, as well as a gas grill for guests to use during their stay. 

We are continuing to look for things to add to the Vidal guests suite and the new "dining" deck and are asking guests what they would like to see.  Go to our Hermann Hill Facebook page and post your suggestions!  As always, if we use your suggestion we will send you a $100 Hermann Hill gift certificate that never expires and can be used for lodging or our Vineyard Spa!

Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

Experience Hermann at Hermann Hill!

 The month of September brings lots of new changes to Hermann Hill!  The addition of a covered four season deck off of our Vineyard Inn and the addition of an outdoor hot tub and shower to Vidal is sure to give guests even more to enjoy when staying at Hermann Hill!  As always, we love hearing from our guests about their stay and experiences here at Hermann Hill and all of the unforgettable times they shared together.  Whether grilling on their balcony, or bird watching from their hot tub, we want to make sure our guests have the best stay possible.

          Each month this year, two winners will be chosen to receive a $100 Hermann Hill gift certificate for sharing the memorable things they did while staying at Hermann Hill.  The winners of the September drawing are Jeff and Carol from Ranson, West Virgina and Rick and Ashley from Ironton, Mo.  Below is what each winner wrote.

Ricky and Ashley:  In seven years of marriage and three kids later, my husband and I had not made time just for each other.  We had certainly never been to Hermann Hill, but had heard friends rave about it-so we made the trip for our anniversary.  We could not have imagined how wonderful it would be!  The best part was the pampering and amenities!  We had the most fun just staying in our room relaxing, enjoying all the things Hermann Hill had to offer.  Thank you for a wonderful experience,  The relaxation, pampering and the "together" time was much needed and appreciated.

Jeff and Carol:  We loved the pizza on the deck for our first nights dinner in Hermann!  With a beautiful view and glass of wine, it was the perfect meal to make us feel right at home.  We also loved the 3-mile hike-we took in all the sights and history of quaint beautiful Hermann.  We rented bikes to ride the Katy Trail, visited four wineries, and dined at the Wurst Haus and the Tin Mill.  We feel the pictures on your (lovely and informative) website do not actually do the views justice from the room balconies!  So scenic and relaxing!

Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

Dog's Day Out at Stone Hill Winery


          Who is man’s best friend?  If you answered your dog, then why don’t you come out to Stone Hill Winery with your four legged, furry friend for their event, “Wolf, Wag, and Wine?”  They will also have a dog adoption representative on hand to kick off adopt a dog month!  Dogs will be welcome all day on Sunday, September 28th all day, but please keep the wine to yourself!  If you’re looking for lodging, please call Hermann Hill at 573.486.4455 for our pet friendly options!  

Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn