Friday, June 26, 2009

Ricky's Chocolate Box

Got a sweet tooth? Ricky's Chocolate Box on Market Street has plenty of chocolate goodies to satisfy your sugar cravings. It'll be hard to choose which concoctions to try, with all the handmade truffles, chocolate turtles, peanut butter cups, chocolate-covered pretzels, s'mores, etc., looking so delectable in the glass display case. You can buy them by the piece or by the pound.


WEBSITE:
http://www.rickyschocolatebox.com/

LOCATION:
310 Market St.

PARKING:
Along west side of Market St.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
M-Sat 10am-4pm
Sun 10am-2pm


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Your Hermann Missouri Bed and Breakfast Hosts

Vintage 1847 Restaurant

A really nice restaurant to sit down to dinner at is Vintage 1847 at Stone Hill Winery. The rustic decor, low lighting, good food and list of Stone Hill wines make it a great place to enjoy your evening meal. Vintage offers unique entrees, like Smoked Pork Chop with Brandied Apples. There is also a German menu with authentic entrees and side dishes to choose from; I had the German Schnitzel with potato cakes and German potato salad, and it was very good. The menu tells you which wines go best with each meal, and it's nice to linger over a second glass and some dessert when you're finished.

WEBSITE:
http://www.stonehillwinery.com/locations/hermann/restaurant/default.aspx

LOCATION:
1110 Stone Hill Hwy

PARKING:
Lots to the west and south of the restaurant

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Sun-Th 11:00am-8:30pm
Fri 11:00am-9:00pm
Sat 11:00am-9:30pm


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Adam Puchta Winery

Adam Puchta Winery is the oldest family-run winery in Missouri, owned and continuously operated by the same family since 1855. Tim Puchta has ownership of the winery now, the fifth generation of his family to make wine. Portraits of the former generations hang in the gift shop, and the salesroom guides are happy to share the Puchta story with visitors.

The winery is small and scenic, nestled among farmland off of Hwy 100 two miles southwest of Hermann. A Jack Russell terrier and a few cats mill about and like to mingle with visitors. There are outdoor tables to sit and enjoy some wine and a homemade snack from the winery's little Bistro. Bands come and play in the summer; check the website for dates and times. The wine is very good and the Puchtas make exceptional fruit wine, too. Their Jazz Berry (raspberry and white wine) and Berry Black (blackberry and white wine) wines are delicious! Salesroom manager Charlene said those are good to put over ice cream.

WEBSITE:
http://www.adampuchtawine.com/

LOCATION:
1947 Frene Creek Road
2 miles from Hermann on Hwy 100 West,
Turn left on Frene Creek Road

PARKING:
Lots in front of winery

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Summer
Mon-Sat 9am-6pm
Sun 11am-6pm

Winter
Mon-Sat 9am-5pm
Sun 11am-5pm


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OakGlenn Winery

I love the view at OakGlenn Winery! OakGlenn's location is just stunning. The winery lies east of Hermann off of Highway 100. Look for the OakGlenn Place sign on the left side of the highway, then you'll wind through the woods for almost a mile on a gravel driveway to get there. The 8.5-acre vineyard stretches down a hillside overlooked by large seating decks and the Pavilion, which houses the tasting room and gift shop. There's a bar in the tasting room with beer and liquor for non-wine drinkers, and it gets good use every Saturday night, when bands come and provide live entertainment on an outdoor stage at the end of a long deck over the vineyard. The Missouri River bends around the vineyard in the background and adds to the great view.

OakGlenn also has a really interesting history. Owner Carolyn told me that the first homesteader on the property was German immigrant George Husmann, who planted a vineyard when he found how steep and rocky the land was. Husmann would later move to California and become a main developer of the wine industry in the Napa Valley area, now the most famed and successful wine region in America. Five rows of Norton vines planted by Husmann are still maintained by Carolyn and her husband Glenn today. There is a small museum about Hussman in the upstairs of the Pavilion.

WEBSITE:
http://www.oakglenn.com/

LOCATION:
1104 OakGlenn Place
2 miles EAST of Hermann on Hwy 100

PARKING:
Lot to the west of the winery

HOURS OF OPERATION:
June-September
M-F 10am - 6pm
Sat 10am - 10pm
Sun 12pm - 6pm

October
Daily 10am - 6pm

November-April
M-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 12pm - 5pm

May
M-Sat 10am-6pm
Sun 12pm - 6pm

WIFI AVAILABLE:
No


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Swiss Meats

If you're in Hermann for a few days, an interesting place to go is Swiss Meats in nearby Swiss, MO. Swiss Meats is a family-owned butcher shop and country store with award-winning meats and goods you can't find just anywhere. They are known for their bratwurst and summer sausage; they've got many varieties and flavors of both. You can sample all the kinds of summer sausage to help you decide which ones to buy, including their buffalo and elk summer sausage, which are both very tasty. Swiss Meats also sells homemade jams and sauces to compliment the meats.




WEBSITE:
http://swissmeats.com/

LOCATION:
2056 S. Hwy 19
Swiss, MO
12 miles south of Hermann on Hwy 19

PARKING:
Lots in front of store

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Sat 8am-4pm
Sun 11am-4pm June thru Christmas


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Monday, June 22, 2009

Jillsie's The Office

Hermann's newest bar is Jillsie's 'The Office' on Schiller Street. The bar is actually still in a "soft opening" stage, according to owner Jill Steckelberg, but a grand opening weekend will be coming up soon. I was there on Saturday night, June 20th, and that was only the second night The Office has been open. The place was busy and full of people, so it seems like it's off to a good start. Live music by The Bufftones filled the bar with energy, and the drinks were good. There's weekly drink specials, too - Jill picks a Shot of the Week that's just $1.50 and a Drink of the Week that's $3.00.


LOCATION:
201 Schiller St.

PARKING:
Both sides of Schiller St.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Restaurant open serving lunch and dinner
11am-?? Fridays and Saturdays

Peggy and Terry Hammer
Your Hermann Missouri Bed and Breakfast Hosts

The Barrel Bar

The historic Concert Hall building on 1st Street is home to the newly reopened Barrel Bar and Restaurant. One half of the building is a sit-down restaurant that serves up seafood and chicken dishes and all sorts of burgers and sandwiches. The Barrel also has very good pizza, which they will continue serving past kitchen hours as long as the bar is open. The bar side of the building features a long, full bar, and fills up with people on weekends. Go there if you're looking for a few drinks, loud music and rowdy bartenders. One of the bar's unique features is a huge mounted television screen that you can play Wii video games on (sometimes they have tournaments).


LOCATION:
206 E. 1st Street

PARKING:
Both sides of 1st St.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
M-Th 11am-10pm
Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Sun 11am-9pm



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Trappers Grill

There's a lot of good food to choose from at Trappers Grill on Market Street. It's known for its steak but it also serves some great chicken and fish recipes, German food, burgers and sandwiches, pasta, pizza, soup and salads and a list of really good appetizers (my favorite are the crab cakes and toasted ravioli). Pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer from the bar. Towards the end of your meal your waitress will bring around a tray of delectable-looking desserts, including a large chocolate canoe. Trust me, you'll want to bag up the rest of your entree and just take the whole tray from her.
True to its name, Trappers is made to look like a mountain lodge, with wood floors, rustic furnishings and stuffed wild game on the walls. It's a spacious but cozy place that puts you in the mood to eat!

WEBSITE:
http://www.trappersgrill.com/

LOCATION:
4th and Market St.

PARKING:
East side of Market Street, both sides of 3rd Street and 4th Street

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Wed & Thurs 11AM - 8PM
Fri & Sat 11AM - 9PM

WIFI AVAILABLE:
No


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Wings A Blazin

Wings A Blazin is the place to go for Hot Wings in Hermann! The place is owned by a professional pilot, so it has an airplane theme and real aircraft parts (doors, seats, side panels, etc.) hang on the walls. Wings A Blazin is a bar and grill, so it's got a fun and relaxing atmosphere. It's decorated in vibrant colors and it has sort of a beachy feel to it as well. The food is excellent! They've got several different sauce flavors to choose from, then you can pick from five levels of spiciness depending on how hot you want your Wings. Other chicken favorites are Chicken Lips (boneless wings) and Chicken Tenders. They've also got chicken wraps, burgers, pasta, salads and several side dishes to choose from. Try to go in on a weeknight because there's great weeknight specials, like $2.00 margaritas and $0.25 Chicken Lips. There's plenty of room to sit and relax, and you can watch sports or the news on the big flat screen TVs while you eat.


LOCATION:
120 E. 4th Street

PARKING:
Both sides of 4th St., both sides of Schiller St.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Daily 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

WIFI AVAILABLE:
No


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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Rhythm & Brews Festival!


Wine country was all about beer on Saturday, June 20th, at Hermann's 2nd Annual Rhythm & Brews Festival. $20 got you into the Hofgarten and all the beer samples you could handle from 12 Missouri microbreweries. You also got to keep your 5 oz. tasting glass with the Rhythm & Brews logo on it as a souvenir. The beer was good, the rain held off, and it was a great way to spend a Saturday. Most beer was from the St. Louis area, and of course the local Tin Mill Brewery was there sponsoring the event. Live music pulsated through the crowd after 2 p.m. and there was plenty of good food to soak up the beer with. This was unlike any festival I have ever been to. It was a lot of fun and I am definitely coming back next year!

Peggy and Terry Hammer
Your Hermann Missouri Bed and Breakfast Hosts

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Junction: Coffee and more

It's a coffee shop, it's a toy store, it's a fashion and jewelery store. It's The Junction on East Hwy 100! The Kaffee Haus coffee shop, a spacious seating area with WiFi and a nice public computer, and Muzzie's Corner toy store occupy the bottom level; Sophia's Boutique, a custom fashion and handmade jewelery shop, is upstairs. The coffee and the homemade pastries are good, and they are enjoyable either in the seating area with a magazine or at an outdoor table on the front porch.
Across the highway, the Tin Rabbit home furnishings and antique shop is a good place to explore after you finish your coffee. I especially liked the Tin Rabbit's collection of pretty ceramic dish sets. If you'll be in Hermann this summer, make sure you stop by because the Tin Rabbit is relocating to another town in August.


WEBSITE:
http://coffeeatthejunction.com/
http://www.sophiasatthejunction.com/

LOCATION:
407 East 1st St./Hwy 100

PARKING:
Lot off of Hwy 100 right in front of the building

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Kaffee Haus
Mon-Sat 7am-5pm
Sun 11-4pm

Muzzie's Corner
Mon-Sat 7am-5pm
Sun 11-4pm

Sophia's Boutique
Tues-Sat 10am-4pm
Sun 11-4pm

WIFI AVAILABLE:
Yes



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Hermannhof Winery

Hermannhof winery is another popular stop on the Hermann area wine tour. The setting for this winery is the old Krupp Brewery building. The historic building has been extensively remodeled and has beautiful copper roofs and real wood plank floors. Though guided tours aren't offered, you can look around the cellars yourself. I was pleased with the wine tasting afterwards and I enjoyed some fresh baked bread with a cheese and sausage plate on their shaded patio. Hermannhof has a very large patio area behind the winery, with some tables under a trellis of grapes and some inside a gazebo. The adjacent Hofgarten courtyard is also beautiful and on some days it's open for the public to enjoy, usually on the weekends.


WEBSITE:
http://www.hermannhof.com

LOCATION:
330 E. 1st St.

PARKING:
Adjacent lots on both sides of Hwy 100 a

HOURS OF OPERATION:
M-Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 11am-5pm

WIFI AVAILABLE:




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Stone Hill Winery

Besides all the B&Bs, wine is a major thing that draws tourists to the Hermann area. Of the several wineries around town, Stone Hill Winery is the largest and has the most extensive tour. The guided tour is free if you're from Hermann and $2.50 for out-of-towners. The tour is a great way to see everything and learn about the winery’s interesting history and the wine-making process. The best part, though, is the wine tasting at the end of the tour. You’ll get to sample at least a dozen of Stone Hill’s wines, and here’s a tip: ask questions about some of the other wines as you go along and they’ll let you try those, too. You can buy a bottle or two of all the wines in the gift shop, and there’s a wide variety of other things in there for wine aficionados, so take your time looking. After that, linger on the pretty grounds and take in the views of the vineyard and the rustic buildings. There is also a nice restaurant next to the winery, Vintage 1847, so consider going to Stone Hill in the late afternoon and having dinner there when you’re finished.


WEBSITE:
http://stonehillwinery.com

LOCATION:
1110 Stone Hill Hwy

PARKING:
Lots to the West of Winery and Restaurant

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Stone Hill Winery hours
M-Th 8:30am-7:00pm
F-Sat 8:30am-8:00pm
Sun 10:00am-6:00pm

Vintage 1847 hours
Sun-Th 11:00am-8:30pm
Fri 11:00am-9:00pm
Sat 11:00am-9:30pm



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Had enough wine? Try some German beer at Tin Mill Brewery

Prior to Prohibition, Hermann was known for its beer as well as its wine. Today, fewer folks know about the local beer produced at Tin Mill Brewery. Being the avid beer drinker that I am, Tin Mill was one of the first hot spots I visited after moving to town. I'm happy to report that Tin Mill's beer is some of the best I've ever tasted, and as a college student, I've tasted a lot of beer. For $5 you get to try a 5-oz glass of each of Tin Mill's four year-round beers plus a seasonal brew - I was lucky enough to try the out-of-season brew, too - and I loved them all. I like the light Skyscraper brew better than Budweiser and Miller. Doppelbock, the darkest, heaviest beer, is outstanding.

Tin Mill celebrates Hermann's German roots by using the traditional German purity codes to make its beers. The barley, hops and the copper brew kettles Tin Mill uses are even imported from Germany. Tin Mill is also one of the few brewers in the U.S. to use the Krausening brewing process, in which a little newly fermented beer is added to vats of fermenting beer to "recharge" it and create natural carbonation, according to Tin Mill's website.

You'll enter the brewery through a front room with a bar and some tables where you can sit and taste your samples or enjoy a pitcher of your favorite brew. You can then walk through a glass-walled hallway to see the brewing process, and you'll end up in the gift shop. If you love Tin Mill's beer as much as I did, pick up some souvenirs to spread the word about it back home. I'm not leaving Hermann without a Tin Mill T-shirt. Or a case of Doppelbock. Cheers!


WEBSITE:
http://tinmillbrewery.com

LOCATION:
114 Gutenberg St.

PARKING:
Right in front of Brewery and all along Guttenberg Street

HOURS OF OPERATION:
M-Th 11am-5pm
F-Sat 11am-6pm
Sun 12pm-5pm

WIFI AVAILABLE:



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Time for Pie

I'm a 'feine fiend, so naturally I was scoping out coffee places the very first time I drove through town. Hermann really takes its coffee seriously and Time for Pie at Schiller & 4th St. is one of the best. Time for Pie has got the biggest selection of drinks and food, and everything I've tried so far has been delicious. They serve all sorts of coffee and espresso drinks, smoothies, energy drinks and juices. Of course, they are known for their pie; I heard about their pie from some friends before I even moved to Hermann. You can buy it by the slice or by the whole pie, and you can also get it with ice cream on top. Besides pie, their homemade breakfast pastries are very good with coffee, and they also serve soup and brats for lunch.
Time for Pie is decorated to make you feel at home, with newspapers and a library full of books over in a corner that you can look at and take with you if you want. The owners - Jo and John Humason - are very nice and they like chatting with their customers. Good pie, good coffee and nice people; it's a good way to spend a morning...or an afternoon.


WEBSITE: http://time4pie.com

LOCATION: 4th & Schiller Streets

PARKING: 4th Street, Schiller Street

HOURS OF OPERATION: Daily 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

WIFI AVAILABLE: YES



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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Mark your calendar for next year: Taste for the Arts festival


The annual Taste for the Arts festival was the first weekend of June in downtown Hermann. The Hofgarten was full of booths and tents showcasing some of the best artwork in the state. Festival coordinator Joan Tries told me that she only brings in artists who are members of the Best of Missouri Hands organization, meaning they have gone through a review process and their work meets the organization's high standards. A variety of artwork appeared at the festival, from paintings to pewter sculptures to handmade jewelry. With the good food, live music and sunny June weather, it was a good way to spend the weekend. If you missed it this year, consider coming into town for it next June.

WEBSITE: http://www.tasteforthearts.org

Peggy and Terry Hammer
Your Hermann Missouri Bed and Breakfast Hosts

Sunday, June 7, 2009

New bar The Bank offers something different

The Bank bar on Schiller St. opened two months ago and provides Hermann with a different nightlife option than the other noisy, crowded bars downtown. The Bank is a quieter, classier place you can go for an after-dinner drink or to enjoy a cocktail in the evening on the outdoor patio. The bar offers the local Tin Mill beers and local wines, as well as imported wine and beer and virtually every liquor you could ask for. The Bank brings in live music a couple nights a week - usually Fridays and one weeknight - but it's not overly loud and makes a nice atmosphere. Before I was able to make it in for a drink, I often thought how inviting the simple, historic building looks as a passerby; the doors are left open to the street and the lounge music playing inside is projected under the portico. I found it to be just as relaxing and nice on the inside as it seemed to be from the sidewalk. I enjoyed my drink at The Bank and I recommend it to visitors looking for a lowkey place to unwind at the end of the day.


LOCATION:
113.5 Schiller St.

PARKING:
Both sides of Schiller St., along 2nd St. and 3rd St.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
M-Th 4-9 pm
F-Sat 2 pm-Midnight



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