Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NEW Additions to Hermann Hill Vineyard Inn & Spa

     Hermann Hill Vineyard Inn & Spa is under construction, and will be introducing some new additions.  Starting late September the Vidal guest suite will become a premium spa sweet that includes a deck over our Norton Vineyard, a hot tub, outdoor private shower and fire pit.  We have also replaced the old Jacuzzi with a brand new Sanijet tub. 
     Other construction on the inn, includes a roof that will extend overtop of our outdoor, kitchen patio.  Keep cool all months of the year. 
     We will be adding other additions, but they are to be kept secret for now.  Keep checking back for more updates!
Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

From the Desk of a Hermann Hill Intern

The summer of 2012 was the first time I ventured to Hermann Hill.  I had run across their business after one of my brother’s friends got married here, and I instantly fell in love with tons of pictures on Facebook.  At the time, I was confused about the career path I wanted to go down, but Hermann Hill Wedding Chapel had sparked my interest.  I went for it, and emailed their website hoping to get a response from one of their managers, and sure enough I did.  Jill Winkelmann, wedding sales manager of Hermann Hill, had responded to me, and asked me to come in and shadow a planning session with a new couple.   

            I was so nervous and excited at the same time.  Butterflies filled my stomach as I walked in the beautiful white building that lead into an intimate chapel overlooking the Missouri river.  The view was even more breathtaking in person than in the hundreds of pictures I had looked at before.  I walked down the staircase being surrounded by the many faces of past brides and grooms, all with different and unique backdrops.  Some by famous Hermann Hill sunsets, others under the gazebo, and several “first glances” by the personal chapel (my favorite)! 
            I walked around the corner and down a hallway into a small reception room.  The tables and chairs were covered in white, and each was decorated with a different color scheme.  I turned to the right, only to see a huge closet; open with every different color chair sash imaginable.  I was in love. 
            I still hadn’t seen the main reception area, and Jill was going to be there soon, so I hurried to the final and largest room.   I saw a huge chandelier in the middle of a high ceiling surrounded by smaller chandeliers, and archways.  It was one of the most beautiful spaces I had ever laid eyes on.  I turned back around only to see a wooden bar with a mural of the Missouri river painted overhead, and a coffee bar to the left.  This was truly a place that had thought of EVERYTHING.
            Jill met me around 10, and after talking for a while, we met with a new Hermann Hill couple, and planned an entire wedding in only a few hours. After that day, my love for Hermann Hill never went away, and two years later, here I am interning at a place that feels like a second home. 
            I went away to Missouri State University, where I’m currently studying Hospitality & Restaurant Administration.  After my first few weeks I found out about the mandatory internship I had to have to graduate.  At first, I freaked out not knowing where to go, but then I realized it was my chance to return to the place that inspired me in the first place, Hermann Hill Vineyard, Inn & Spa, Wedding Chapel & Riverbluff Cottages.  I called Leslie Foulke, general manager, and she had given me an answer within a few days.  I would be returning for the summer of 2014. 
            The year went by slowly, but it was definitely worth the wait.  You couldn’t remove the smile from my face as I met with Leslie, and Terry (Hermann Hill’s Innkeeper), on my first day.  They showed me around the property that I remembered so well, with the addition of hundreds of evergreen trees planted on the hillside.  They explained to me about the jobs that I would be doing, and all of the details I would learn about the industry, and the expectations they had. 
            The summer has flown by.  Between jobs like social media marketing, wedding setup, learning about payroll, and even meetings about ideas that can improve the business as a whole, I couldn’t be more thankful.  If there is anything to regret about this summer it’s the fact that it’s nearly over, and it’s time to say goodbye.  This experience will stay with me forever, and will continue to influence decisions I make in my future endeavors.  I owe the world to Hermann Hill, and all of its incredible employees; I will never be able to repay them for the friendships, kindness and knowledge that they have bestowed upon me.  Hermann Hill, “Where the Missouri and Memories Meet;” not only is this statement true for all of our guests, but it also holds true to me.
Maria Struttmann, Intern
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Lewis & Clark: A Rainy Day in the Vineyard

“Clark, why must you run around and get all sopping wet in the rain?”  said Lewis, who was laying on the inside of the open garage. 
“It’s so much fun, Lou!” yelled Clark before jumping in a puddle.
Lewis perked up a bit watching the young pup enjoy himself jumping in puddle after puddle.  He rolled his eyes and thought to himself, ‘What a mindless way to spend your afternoon.’ 
Clark continued to prance through the rain, trying to catch every raindrop in his mouth.  He was continuously finding ways to try and get Lewis to come out, but every attempt seemed to fail.  All of the sudden Clark was struck with a brilliant idea!  He ran into the garage and found Lewis’s favorite stuffed raccoon toy and drug it out into the rain.  “Oh  Leeewwwwiiiiisssss, look what I have,” Clark said mischievously. 
“Clark! What do you think you’re doing?”  Lewis started, “That is MY toy and you know it!”
“Whatcha gonna do about it?”
Lewis stood up, quite perturbed and made his way into the rain.  The little droplets did feel kind of soothing on his chocolate brown fur.  Lewis smirked before running after Clark who was excited that his buddy was finally coming to play with him.  Clark ran to the other side of the driveway, and Lewis snatched the other end of the raccoon toy.  They spent the rest of the afternoon in an exciting game of tug-o-war, that amused every guest who walked in.
“See, Lewis, you never know if you like something until you try it.”
“Yea, Yea,” Lewis said, “I guess you can be right every once in a while, you silly mutt.”

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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August Winners!

          Here at Hermann Hill Vineyard Inn and Spa we’re welcoming the month of August with lots of relaxation, great food, and even better memories.  This summer we are making it our goal to make sure our guests can keep cool while enjoying the outdoor activities with things like our frozen beverage bar, and cookies and ice cream in the evening.  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 August drawing are Nick & Becky of St. Peters, MO, and Ryan & Michaela of Marionville.
          Ryan & Michaela Wrote: "What an amazing place!  After spending our afternoons in Hermann, we came back each evening to have wine, cheese and crackers on the deck.  One night we grilled pork chops from home and another, brats that we bought in town.  So wonderful to spend the evening in and you provided a beautiful place and amenities to make that happen.  We loved the hot tub (especially during the unseasonably cool July week!) and the shower was amazing.  We didn't turn on either TV in 48 hours---had a great time talking, laughing, and reconnecting.  Enjoying one more amazing breakfast before we head out, but we can't wait to come back!  Thank you for making our 13th anniversary so blessed!"
      Nick & Becky also had an equally wonderful time, stating, "We had an amazing stay for our 10 year wedding anniversary! We started the weekend by using our private grill and using the hot tub.  We continued the weekend with frozen daiquiris and we took the 3 mile challenge.  We really felt connected to the adorable town of Hermann after our walk.  We took our complimentary ice cream down to the gazebo at sunset and just enjoyed the view.  Everyone at Hermann Hill was extremely helpful and friendly.  We will definitely be back next year."
Thank you Ryan, Michaela, Nick, and Becky!  We can't wait to see you again very soon!
Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

August is Grilling Month

While staying at our Riverbluff Cottages, guests  all have their very own gas grill located on their bluff-side balcony.  This month, we are releasing our very own "Sizzling Hot Grilling Recipe Book," full of recipes shared by our very own staff. 
Each guest staying at the Riverbluff Cottages during the month of August will receive a complimentary recipe book of their very own to keep!
Two favorites in this book include the Fiesta Chicken, contributed by one of our bartenders, Danita Chapman, and the Easy Grilled Salmon, contributed by our very own innkeepers, Terry and Peggy Hammer.  I have included the recipes along with this blog for all of our readers to enjoy.  Come stay with us during the month of August and receive a recipe book of your very own!

Fiesta Chicken by Danita Chapman

  • 4 Limes
  • 1 C Tequila
  • 1/4 C Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 5 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Jalapeno, sliced
  • 1/2 bunch chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 12 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 C grated Monterey Jack

  •   Slice open the limes and squeeze the juice into a food processor or blender.  Add the tequila, olive oil, salt, garlic, jalapenos and cilantro.  Blend the mixture until totally combined.  Add the chicken to a large plastic bag and pour the lime-tequila mixture.  Seal the bag and marinate in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
  •   Remove the chicken from the bag and grill it over medium-high heat.  Rotate the chicken 45-degrees on both sides to create nice grill marks and continue grilling until the chicken is cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. 
  •  Melt the Monterey Jack over the top of the sliced chicken breasts.  Slice the chicken and serve it on a plate topped with the sides.
Easy Salmon Recipe by Terry & Peggy Hammer, Innkeepers
  •   4 (6oz) Salmon Filets   
  • 1/4 C Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 C Hermann White Wine
  • 1 Lemon, Sliced
  • Preheat your grill to medium heat.
  • Make an aluminum boat with 1 inch sides and place boat on a cookie sheet for easy transfer to and from the grill.
  • Brush each Salmon Filet with Oil, then Salt and Pepper
  • Place four filets in the aluminum boat, skin down, and add wine and lemon slices.
  • Grill for 10 minutes or until flaky.
  • Slide cookie sheet under the aluminum boat to remove from the grill.

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

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Find your Zen at Hermann Hill!

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 Hermann Hill Vineyard Inn & Spa suites and cottages for our guests to create their own Zen masterpiece! We ask guests to send us a picture of their Zen masterpiece and what it represents and each month we pick one winner to receive a $50 Hermann Hill gift certificate and their own personal Zen garden.  Read what Jeff and Holly from Saint Peters, Missouri shared.

The rock represents the land of earth.  The waves around the rock remind us that life can move us as the wind Carries the sails of our ship.  The yin/yang reminds us to keep all things balanced.  The turtle shape on the right represents the ocean, without which life on earth would not be possible.  The shape also represents the sun, which is situated perfectly to sustain life on our planet.  The rakes remind us that there is a greater being who has created the beauty on earth. 

What to do in Hermann Missouri

Alright, Hermann Hill patrons, the month of August is upon us, and that means three more local businesses will be represented on our monthly coupon.  But first, we would like to extend a huge thank you to Terraflora LLC, Buy the Book, and The Hermann Wursthaus for being on last month’s coupon; we, along with our guests truly appreciate it. 
            Rick, of Ricky’s Chocolate Box, has been making chocolate since the early 1990s.  Located on Market Street, Ricky’s is one of the best places in town to get your chocolate fix.  So take our coupon and get yourself a sweet piece of chocolate (or two, or three).
Tin Mill brewery was established in 2005 in downtown Hermann, MO.  Elijah Holt, Tin Mill’s brewer, proudly makes each batch in accordance with the German Purity Law of 1516, a law that still governs Germany’s beer making to this day.  Take this coupon and go sample some of Tin Mill’s finest brews, you never know, you might just find a new favorite
Last, but definitely not least is Good Buys.  Known mostly for their huge selection of t-shirts, Good Buys also sells sunglasses, magnets, western décor items, lamps, picture frames, clocks, note paper, sweatshirts, jackets, and novelties. Collectors can find knives, dolls, and Indian artifacts, and it's a great place to pick up Hermann souvenirs.  Before you say goodbye, visiting Good Buys is a must!

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