Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Experience Hermann at Hermann Hill

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. It has been a real joy for the staff at Hermann Hill to read and share all the memorable experiences that we have helped to create for our guests.  We promise to continue to deliver the same great experiences and amenities that you have come to expect!

We look forward to creating a new memorable guest contest for 2015!  And will continue to share all the great things our guests have to say!

The winners of the December drawing are Dennis and Gail- Troy, Mo and Greg and Maureen- 
 Edwardsville, Il

Dennis and Gail wrote:

Hermann is so full of treasures--Watching the sunrise from Hermann Hill is like a poem for the eyes-- Those we love tell us "Happy Anniversary", yet we are still on our Honeymoon!

Greg and Maureen wrote:

An amazing experience!  We loved the opportunity to rediscover each other in such a romantic, secluded setting.  How nice to get away from the hustle and bustle and stresses of everyday life.  You have thought of everything!  We enjoyed toasting in the outdoor jacuzzi while the weather was brisk, the aromatherapy fireplace while bathing in the indoor jacuzzi, the incredible shower with all the jets and grilling steaks on the deck.  What a wonderful retreat!  Thanks so much!  We will be returning!

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

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Great Winter Soup Recipes from Hermann Hill!

Hermann Hill favorite guest soup recipes.  Let us help warm you up this winter!

Ham and Potato soup

3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
1/3 cup diced celery
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
3/4 cup diced cooked ham
3 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon ground white or black pepper,
or to taste
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk

Combine the potatoes, celery, onion, ham and water in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the chicken bouillon, salt and pepper.

In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour with a fork, and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk as not to allow lumps to form until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, 4 to 5 minutes.

Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through. Serve immediately.       

Italian Sausage Soup
1 pound Italian sausage
1 clove garlic, minced
2 (14 ounce) cans beef broth
1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style stewed
1 cup sliced carrots
1 (14.5 ounce) can great Northern beans,
2 small zucchini, cubed
2 cups spinach - packed, rinsed and torn
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a stockpot or Dutch oven, brown sausage with garlic. Stir in broth, tomatoes and carrots, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes.

Stir in beans with liquid and zucchini. Cover, and simmer another 15 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.

Remove from heat, and add spinach. Replace lid allowing the heat from the soup to cook the spinach leaves. Soup is ready to serve after 5 minutes.      

Chicken Enchilada Soup
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken
breast halves
1/2 cup diced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup masa harina
3 cups water, divided
1 cup enchilada sauce
1 pound processed cheese, cubed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Brown chicken breasts for 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Shred and set aside.

To the pot add onions and garlic; saute for 2 minutes, or until onions are translucent. Pour in chicken broth.

In a medium bowl combine masa harina with 2 cups of water and whisk until well blended.

To the onions and garlic add the masa harina mixture, remaining water, enchilada sauce, cheese, salt, chili powder and cumin. Bring to a boil; add shredded chicken. Reduce heat to low and simmer 30 to 40 minutes, or until thickened.

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

Kristkindl Markt in Hermann Mo

Christmas time is right around the corner which means Hermann’s Kristkindl Markt is almost here!  According to German World Magazine, it is one of the most authentic German Christmas markets in North America.  Every year, visitors come to see 50 vendors and their traditional German crafts and trades.  A variety of Hermann food, and delicacies will be offered to guests, and traditional wine will be available at the Mill.  All of this exciting holiday cheer will be celebrated at the Festhalle, The Mill, and the outdoor Hofgarten. 
Ages 0-15 will be free and all those 16 and older will have to pay a $3 cover charge.  
 Come and visit us this holiday season with your loved one.  Shop during the day, and come home to a warm fireplace, Jacuzzi and steam shower at Hermann Hill.  Call 573.486.4455 to make your reservation today!

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

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Experience Hermann in October

 Hermann was the place to be in October.  Our guests kept remarking about the beautiful fall foliage and the great weather!  We often found many guests sitting outside on our new covered patio enjoying a glass of wine and pizza from the outdoor pizza oven.  Whether guests decided to go out and partake of the Oktoberfest festivities or stay in and relax in their hot tub there was definitely something for everyone. We are honored that our guests choose Hermann Hill for that perfect getaway for romance, relaxation and retreat!  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 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.  The winners of the October's drawing are Ron and Roxanna from Wentzville, Mo and Max and Jennifer from Collinsville, Mo.

Ron and Roxanna wrote:

My husband and I covered the 3 R's this weekend.  We relaxed rejuvenated and re-connected. Coming to Hermann Hill gives us the permission and encouragement to unwind and relax.  We relaxed out by the fireplace in the evenings.  Going on the 3-mile walk and then come back to enjoy the hot tub helped to rejuvenate our bodies. Spending time together is always a good way to reconnect.  But one very special reconnection was contained in the sealed envelope we found in our room.  Inside was a questionnaire we filled out 2 years ago when we came here last.  It was amazing to read our hopes and dreams and to realized we had checked some off!  Now it's time for us to go home and reminisce about our remarkable weekend!

We had a wonderful time staying at the Inn.  Our stay was during Oktoberfest, and we shopped and hit a couple wineries and the Tin Mill microbrewery.  But we were always anxious to get back to our comfortable room and relax.  In fact, we spent more time in our room than anywhere else,  The service is the best of anywhere we've ever stayed!  We enjoyed everything-the food, welcome baskets, massages, drinks, jacuzzi, and even Lewis and Clark.  Thank you for a great honeymoon!

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

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