Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Wedding Trail Winners

Hermann Missouri’s Wedding Trail turned out to be a great success for Hermann Hill. We were happy to host two giveaways; one being our classic lodging giveaway and our newest social media contest.

Our lodging giveaway was a simple drawing that the guests entered Cottage 501 during the lodging part of their wedding tour. Cottage 501 was open to show brides to be where they could spend wedding night, as a complimentary gift from our owners. The lucky couple, Amy and Daryl, who won the Cottage contest, actually booked their wedding with us and found out that they were winners while they were signing their contract!
 
The second contest at the Wedding Trail was a new social media contest we were trying out with ended up being very entertaining and successful. Brides to be, grooms and families were invited to take a creative “selfie” photo anywhere on the Hermann Hill property and share it to our Hermann Hill Weddings Facebook Page.

Our winner was David Anderson, groom to Melanie Auinbauh, from Columbia, Missouri. Their delightful little selfie featured our new gazebo set up with hanging windows and a chandelier which was a huge hit with the brides to be at Wedding Trail.  



Here are some runners up from the contest that we absolutely loved:  









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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Experience Hermann and Hermann Hill



Guest writing contest: 
 
In 2015 we celebrate couples and relationships.  After 45 years of marriage and 20 years of talking with couples we have learned how important it is to take time together to improve their relationships.  We are asking guests to share their advice and tips to continue a healthy relationships.  Guests entered into a monthly drawing for a $100 Hermann Hill gift certificate to be used for lodging, spa services or in our gift shop. This month's two winners are....

Andrew & Hannah- Fort Riley, KS wrote...
 

  • ·         Marriage is not a 50/50 commitment from each partner; healthy lasting relationships require 100% selfless commitment from both partners.

  • ·         Write letters even if it is just on special occasions.  They will be cherished!  My wife and I still have all of our letters from our dating days.  We have added to that with birthdays, anniversaries, and letters from across the world while I was deployed.

  • ·         Never underestimate the value of communication.  Talk to your partner.  He or she wants to know everything about you so never underestimate the value and significance of eve a short “trivial” conversation.

  • ·         Never hesitate to admit you are wrong and ask forgiveness.  Life is short; the time with the one you love is even shorter.  You don’t have time to waste on conflict.


 
 Carl & Mary- Blue Springs, Mo wrote...

  1. Encourage each others passions: it is great to have shared interests but also to have individual interests to pursue.
  2. Talk about the things you do together: even if you are just watching a tv show. Talk about it.  Make it an interactive activity rather than a passive activity.
  3. Be health conscious together: health care costs keep increasing and we want to grow old together, not have one member of the couple be unhealthy or pass before their time.  Walk, ride bikes, make healthy meals together. support and energize one another. 
  4. Make regular plans to just be together without distractions of phones, computers, etc.
  5. Do planned romantic things: Stay cations, trips to Hermann Hill, visit local attractions etc.
Guest Drawing Contest:

 We have had several guests in the past share with us art work on their breakfast papers, guest surveys and their in-room journals.  We put sketch pads in all of our guest rooms and asked guests to share their drawings with us and we would pick a winner each month.  The winners photos will be hung in our hallway going down to Vidal and Seyval Spa suites and send them a $50 gift certificate and a framed photo of their drawing.


 



Guest Zen Contest Winners: Jennifer Krueger

Zen gardens have been part of the Japanese culture for centuries.  They represent self-examination, enlightenment and create an environment for meditation and expression of thought.  We now have small Zen gardens in all twenty of our suites and cottages for our guests to create their own Zen masterpiece!  We are asking guests to take a picture with their phone of their Zen garden and we will send them a $50 gift certificate and their own Zen garden.





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

Lewis and Clark's Adventures on the Hill!

Clark was a great friend and playmate to many of our guests.  He loved spending day's with Lewis basking in the sun or assisting our staff with bringing in supplies (see photo to the left).   Whatever Clark was doing he always found a way to make it a mischievous adventure.  We adopted Clark in October of 2013 when he was 8 weeks old. 
Lewis immediately took Clark under his paw, sharing his toys and trying to show Clark the ropes on the Hill.  Clark usually did a great job greeting guests and trying to encourage guests to give him an extra treat. The puppy years with Clark were never boring to say the least.  Lewis and Clark shared many adventures in our Norton Vineyard and had several blogs written by our interns including, Lewis & Clark Hermann Hill Explorers, A Rainy Day in the Vineyard, Vineyard Adventures Part 1 & Part 2  click on any link to read more about all the fun times they shared together.


Regrettably as Clark approached his adolescent  years his behavior began to change and Lewis's docile personality was no match for Clark's growing need to be a rebel.  After guest complaints about being too aggressive, we knew it was time for Clark to find a new home where he could roam free and bark at anything he wanted to.  Although it was not easy for Peggy and Terry or our staff, we have comfort in knowing he has found a great new home.  Even better, the new owner's share videos of Clark with us, like this latest video of him barking at a herd of cows.
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Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hermann's Art on the Runway

"Art on the Runway" showcases the work of Hermann artists
Four lines of equal length once just made a square, now lines and geometric forms take on even more dimension.   One -of- a- kind creations make up.

"Art on the Runway..A Fashion Show of Wearable Art."  That's the theme of the 14th annual Hermann Area District Hospital (HADH) fashion show and fund raiser that celebrates a wide range of Hermann talent.  The show will be held in the Hermann Hill Banquet room on March 21st.  The vendor market opens at 10.

The "Art" in something you wear can come from the construction, the choice of fabric, or even the embellishments.   Local artists use jewelry, coats,
jackets, capes, vests, sweaters, dresses and skirts as canvasses to show their own styles and mediums.   Cotton canvas jackets are painted in abstract patterns,  plein aire  landscapes and one even has a jeweled collar.
Some of the garments will be auctioned, some will be for sale and others will be from the artists' own collections. 

 A kimono style shirt features eco printing, a natural dying process using plant material wrapped in bundles and steamed. There will be knitted shawls, one from cashmere and mink yarn ,  leather and fabric accessories

The event is sponsored by the HADH Auxiliary.  For more information, call 486-2041.

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

Experience Hermannn Hill

In 2015 we celebrate couples and relationships.  After 45 years of marriage and 20 years of talking with couples we have learned how important it is to take time together to improve their relationships.  We are asking guests to share their advice and tips to continue a healthy relationships.  Guests entered into a monthly drawing for a $100 Hermann Hill gift certificate to be used for lodging, spa services or in our gift shop. This month's two winners are..... 

David and Jennifer-St. Peters, Mo and Chris and Jessie- St. Louis, Mo

Chris and Jessie wrote:
When you have four young kids ( 2 of which are twin 2 year old's) it's really easy to forget to leave time and energy for each other.  We've found it really helpful to spend some time every night after putting the kids to bed, just sitting on the couch together talking about our day.  It also provides a time to talk about things that may have been bothering us, but in a time we are more calm and less emotional about it.   Our relationship has also really benefited as we've continued to learn more about ourselves.  Self awareness has led to better communication.  It's also helpful to talk to a therapist before things reach a crisis point.  We are continually deepening our relationship with each other and ourselves.

David and Jennifer wrote:
Spend time doing things your spouse enjoys even if it doesn't appeal to you.  Sometimes I will play video games with my husband just so I can spend time with him and he does things with me like watch shows on TV that he doesn't really care for.  It helps us to show each other that we desire to be with one another no matter what we are doing.

 Guest Drawing Contest

We have had several guests in the past share with us art work on their breakfast papers, guest surveys and their in-room journals.  We put sketch pads in all of our guest rooms and asked guests to share their drawings with us and we would pick a winner each month.  The winners photos will be hung in our hallway going down to Vidal and Seyval Spa suites and send them a $50 gift certificate and a framed photo of their drawing.

Winners Ric and Nicole- St. Peters, Mo
 Zen guest contest

Our first two time winners!

 David and Jennifer-St. Peters, Mo

Zen gardens have been part of the Japanese culture for centuries.  They represent self-examination, enlightenment and create an environment for meditation and expression of thought.  We now have small Zen gardens in all twenty of our suites and cottages for our guests to create their own Zen masterpiece! We are asking guests to take a picture with their phone of their Zen garden and we will send them a $50 gift certificate and their own Zen garden.





















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

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Chocolate Wine Trail



            Come stay at Hermann Hill this February for a romantic escape, and while you’re here, you can go on Hermann’s Chocolate Wine Trail, a yearly tradition for many couples.  Hosted by 7 local wineries, this wine trail is a favorite for anyone with a taste for wine and chocolate.  Visitors will get to try many different flavor combinations of wine and chocolate at each location they stop.  Tickets are $30 a piece, and can be purchased through the Hermann Welcome Center 1-800-932-8687.  Transportation is not included with the ticket price. 
            Please remember us when booking your room.  Staying with us can guarantee you the romantic getaway you’ve been wanting for. 
 

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hermann Hill Guest Contest Winners!

In 2014 we celebrated memories and experiences at Hermann Hill!  We asked guests to share with us what they did during their stay with us and each was entered into a monthly drawing for a $100 Hermann Hill gift certificate to be used for lodging, spa services or in our gift shop. For the month of February we are asking guests to share with us their tips for a healthy relationship. 

This months guest contest winners wrote:

Philip and Amber- Kansas City, Mo

My husband and I came to Hermann Hill for our honeymoon.  It has been nine weeks since out wedding and it was great to relax and getaway from our everyday lives.  We enjoyed the couples massage on our first night and it was a life saver!  The Chicken noodle soup in the fridge was icing on the cake because we didn't have to think about going out after relaxing so much.  This was a much needed rest from the everyday grind that my husband and I deal with everyday and we look forward to returning to Hermann Hill! 

Marty and Susan- Vergennes, Il

Our meals were delicious.  Guest services are wonderful!  Rooms and amenities are awesome!  We enjoyed the spa with a couples massage.  We could only stay 1 day this time but plan to return for a longer stay!!

We were able to spend the afternoon downtown as well.  Hermann has so much to offer even in the cold of winter.

Our Zen contest winners wrote and shared.

So there is a story behind what we wrote. We live in Florissant, MO and I am a Pastor in Bellefontaine Neighbors. We have been deeply involved in the sad events of Ferguson as our church is right in the thick of things and our
people have certainly been affected.

In the weeks following the November unrest, local artists began to paint pictures and messages of hope on the boarded up windows. One such piece was a heart with a cross with the words "love will win". It has become the message that our church has spread through the love of Jesus.

Amanda and I came to Hermann Hill to enjoy some down time and a much needed
rest after months of fear, anxiety, and heartbreak. Thank you for such a
wonderful getaway.

Continue to keep the people of Ferguson and North County in your prayers.

Thank you!
Nathan and Amanda- Florissant, Mo

Congratulations to all of our winners!

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