Vino and More in Hermann
If you want a stress-free vacation, but you don’t want to travel too far, visit Hermann, Missouri. Originally founded by German settlers, this quaint town has not lost its Old World charm. When you visit its scenic wineries, the scrumptious restaurants, and the historic lodging, you will see why Forbes magazine named Hermann one of “America’s Prettiest Towns.”
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Dining in Hermann tends to have a historical flair. Vintage Restaurant 1847 (below) (1110 Stone Hill Hwy, Hermann, 573-486-3479, stonehillwinery.com) is a restored carriage house restaurant. Sit at tables constructed from wine barrels while you eat traditional German fare such as schnitzel and sauerbraten. Another historically restored restaurant in town is Simon’s on the Waterfront (4 Schiller St., Hermann, 573-486-2030). Once Hermann’s high school, this waterfront restaurant serves the only charbroiled prime rib in town. Adjacent to the restaurant is a full-service bar that often offers live entertainment.
If you are a wine connoisseur or you just enjoy a glass every now and then, you’ll love the Say Cheese Wine Trail (312 Market St., Hermann, 800-932-8687, visithermann.com) on December 10 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and December 11 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Visit seven local wineries of Hermann and sample a different cheese dish and wine at each property. This is a great way to see the city of Hermann while enjoying tasty refreshments. Tickets are $30 per person and include a map to the participating wineries and a souvenir wine glass. To attend this event, it is highly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.
Looking for a perfect romantic getaway? Stay at Hermann Hill Village (165 Highway 100 East, Hermann, 573-486-4455, hermannhill.com). These private, duplex-style cottages overlook the Missouri River, giving guests a stunning view of the water. While gazing at the breathtaking scenery, you can snack on the cookies and ice cream from the cottage refrigerator. For a larger group, stay at the Weber-Schulte Guest House (above) (229 E. 4th St., Hermann, 573-291-0034, weber-schulte.com), a full guesthouse rental with room for six people and a sofa sleeper for extra guests. This cozy house is situated in the Hermann Historic District.
Visit Adam Puchta Winery (above) (1947 Frene Creek Rd., Hermann, 573-486-5596, adampuchtawine.com), a family-owned winery since 1855. Enjoy a tasting of delicious wines after strolling through the scenic grounds. Tour the 160-year-old cellars of the Hermannhof Winery (330 E. First Street, Hermann, 573-486-5959, hermannhof.com). This historic property began as a brewery in the mid-1800s, but was shut down due to Prohibition. In the 1970s, it reopened as a winery. Don’t forget to visit the deli and try yummy cheeses and sausages.
For high-flying adventure, be sure to visit Eco Zipline Tours (below) (487 South Hwy 19, New Florence, 314-456-1444, ecoziplinetours.com). Let the Zipline’s trained guides lead you through the largest zipline in mid-Missouri while you enjoy the landscape in a whole new way. Rather take a low-key stroll? Tour Hermann by taking the Riverfront Walking Tour, the Bayer Walking Tour or the City Park Walking Tour. These self-guided trails stop at the best wineries, restaurants and historical sites in town. For more information on these tours, visit the Hermann Welcome Center (312 Market St., Hermann, 800-932-8687, visithermann.com).