Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hermann Hill Couples - Ralph and Debbie

Sometimes life leads us in a direction again and again until we learn the way to go. Debbie, Hermann Hill's Front Desk Manager, was willing to share her story this morning of how her and her husband met again and again throughout their life until they finally ended up together. Forever.

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

Lewis Joins Our Latest Video Production

Lewis joined the Hermann Hill Front Desk, Kitchen, and Wedding Coordinator staff on their tour of Hermann and creation of several new video featuring "Points of Interest" as well as restaurants, taverns, wineries, and rehearsal dinner locations. 

Each feature will give guests ideas on how they can plan any day trips at Hermann according to their interests. Not only did the Hermann Hill staff explore in town Hermann, but also some locations outside of town that guests may not be familiar with like Wood Hat, Endless Summer Winery, Astral Glass Factory in New Haven and many more.

Hermann Hill Weddings' Second Ceremony Space Under-Goes Construction

Hermann Hill Weddings is proud to bring you our second outdoor ceremony venue, scheduled to be ready to use this fall. After receiving this beautiful photo of one of our elopements in July, Terry was inspired to start creating a ceremony space on the river. Brainstorming with staff and plans to begin production started in the end of July.

By early August, Terry and staff began pulling trees off the cliff to make room for the stunning view over looking the river. With a little man power and a tractor, the cliff was clear within a couple of days. 

Next, an Olympic pool size hole was dug in the ground to accommodate the raised platform of
 concrete which will not interfere with the organic look of the space being created. In the image below you can catch the smile on Terry's face as he plays in the dirt.

The new space is expected to feature a raise garden, stage and modern styled lamp posts, in attempt to give brides a completely different look from the traditional gazebo. The river and the sky dominate this space and would be great for brides that want a completely natural looking ceremony, but it could be also easily customized with free standing pieces like arbors.  


Other additions to the space include: completing the ramp that was intended for DJ arrival into the Pavilion, walking curbs and handicap accessibility, connection access to Celebration Point, and the capacity to hold up to 300 guests.

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

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

August Guest Contest Winners!

August Guest Contests

We feature three different guest contests that give guests the opportunity to win Hermann Hill Gift Certificates:

1 - The Relationship Tips Contest: offering guests the opportunity to share tips about how to keep a relationship strong and healthy, winners get a $100 gift certificate (we pick 2).
2 - The Art Contest: The best art sketch gets a $50 gift certificate and a copy of their drawing.
3 - Our New Social Media Contest: The best photo of Hermann Hill gets a $50 gift certificate.

Social Media Contest Winner: Rosanna Mae

Art Contest Winner: Gaye Gambell-Peterson

The Relationship Contest Winners: We loved the specifics that came from this months winners.

"We have been married 40 years and we have a beautiful exciting life together. One thing we do is be supportive of each other in all aspects of our life. We value the strengths of each other and that creates such a comforting environment for marriage. Neither of us is controlling, we are each free to be ourselves in our own comfort zone. I have seen the opposite of that in a marriage and it doesn't work. 

1. Build each other up, don't tear each other down. 
2. Be a safe haven for your partner, who they can celebrate or cry in sorrow and you are there. 
3. Never stop having fun - travel, try new thing, enjoy people. 
4. Be a solid rock and safe harbor for your spouse." 

- Tom & Brenda Webb, Searcy, AR

"1. Keep laughing together. Smiles and laughter are medically proven to increase the happiness of you and others around you. Enjoy the goofy quirks that make you and your spouse unique. 

2. We've heard this one before, but keep dating each other. Dress up nice once in a while. Go dancing. Wear that cologne she really likes or that lingerie that excites him. Keep remembering how you fell in love. 

3. Treat each other with respect. You will arguments. You will get angry. Try not to get others involved in your arguments. Apologize, if not for being wrong, but for words you may have said. Support each other in front of others. Avoid secrets with each other. Don't lie, (ever). 

4. Share the burden. Everyone wants to set up family/household responsibilities ahead of time, but things change. She may be the one working nights, while he cooks for the kids. When one of you is sick, the house can't fall apart. Be flexible... 

5. Put each other first. Yes, kids will take up a log of your time, as will jobs and other adventures. Make life changing decisions based on what's best for you as a couple and your happy home. Take a weekend for just the two of you. Don't take that pay raise if it means spending too much time from home that hurts your family. 

6. Do things together. Decorate the home together. Get a spa treatment together. Put the kids to bed together. Yes, there will be some activities you don't share, and you can enjoy a guy's night bowling or girls only crafting session. However, doing even the smallest tasks together, such as cooking dinner, improves cooperation and trust with each other as a team. You are in this together for life. Learn your own best way to keep you strong. 

7. Your relationship is unique and special. Don't compare you, your spouse, or your relationship with others. Don't let others tell you how to solve your problems. They don't know everything about you and your spouse. Look to God if you need help. Always remember that as each person is unique, so are relationships."

- Travis & Meghan Knife, Rolla, MO

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

Monday, August 24, 2015

Civil War Days at Hermann Farm

Civil War Days, September 18-20th, in Hermann Missouri take place on the Hermann Farm & Museum, an extension of Hermannhof and operated by the Dierberg Educational Foundation. This unique interactive opportunity invites guests to witness and understand Missouri's part in the Civil War and the impact that it had on Hermann in the 1860s. Union and Confederate camps along with the 8th Missouri Calvary illustrate battle reenactments with cannons and riffles with additional reenactments including blacksmith demonstrations, cooking, weaving and more. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children over the age of 3 and ages 0-3 are free.

Hermann Farm & Museum is a beautiful representation of an early agricultural German settlement. Its open-air museum approach invites guests to experience a glimpse into what the early pioneer industry of Hermann must have been like. Among the history houses, livestock and model vineyards, the Hermann Farm demonstrates something of what life would have been like for Charles Manwaring and George Husmann, two men who pioneered Hermann's first vineyards and wine industry. Two of Hermann Hill's Cottages are named after Manwaring and Husmann.

Places to visit on the Hermann Farm include: the vineyards and orchards, stables and farmhouses, a wagon works and forge house, which can be rented out for special occasions, as well as various historic houses recreated according to Hermann's early history.

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

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July Guest Contest Winners

There are three different guest contests to enter when you stay at Hermann Hill to win Gift Certificates:

1 - The Zen Contest: Guests can win a $50 gift certificate and a Zend Garden of their own
2 - The Art Contest: The best art sketch gets a $50 gift certificate and a copy of their drawing
3 - The Relationship Tips Contest: offering guests the opportunity to share tips about how to keep a relationship strong and healthy. Winners get a $100 gift certificate (we pick 2).

Relationship Tips Contest:

This simple sentiment takes the cake this month:

"Try to see who can out SERVE the other." - Jerry and Katie Blumhorst, Liberty, MO

We love this book idea from Austin & Rachel:

"Make time to spend together-just the two of you. Date nights and romantic get-a-ways (like Hermann Hill) are important in helping maintain communication and intimacy.
Read together - find a book that both of you enjoy and make time to talk about it- maybe once a week after the kids are in bed or in the mornings over coffee.
Laugh! If you can't laugh at each other, yourselves marriage/your relationship won't be nearly as fun."  - Austin & Rachel Reed, Columbia, MO

Art Contest-

We adore this little couple sketch from Brandon & Karis Briscoe in Vignoles:

Zen Contest-

Eric and Jennifer Kuhl, in Norton, obviously loved their wine...

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lewis at the Vet: Companion Animal Hospital in Hermann

Companion Animal Hospital in Hermann, Missouri is Lewis' trusted vet. His latest regular check up showed that even though he's been chowing down on scrumptious Hermann Hill leftovers, he is certainly staying in shape with his daily walks with Terry. Overall, Lewis a very healthy and happy dog.

Lewis has been attending visits at Companion Animal Hospital since he was a puppy. Companion has two locations, one in Hermann and one in Montgomery City and specializes in domestic animals as well as grooming, boarding and surgery for pets. The two vets that work for Companion bounce between both locations to help make visits easier for residence in the Hermann area. 

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