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December 2006 Newsletter
Christmas in Hermann, Missouri at Hermann Hill

This is the time of year we've been waiting for--a season for visiting with friends and family and for creating new traditions with new memories to cherish. As soon as the snow frosts the rooftops in Hermann Missouri, Hermann Hill begins to decorate. When Christmas comes to Hermann and warms the icy landscape, the imprint is everywhere from Pea Ridge Tree Farm a short drive across the river, to the wood smoke that curls from chimney tops in this quiet little river town. In this issue of our monthly newsletter, we at Hermann Hill open our doors to you in the spirit of this season of joy and peace and wish you all the best in the New Year.

At holiday time, even our resident canine companions, Fred and Gracie, get into the holiday mode with festive turtleneck sweaters and antler head gear. As you can see by the photo they are pleased and happy to don their holiday finery and do so without enticing bribes of doggie treats of any sort.


Early Winter Interior at the Shrine at Starkenburg

Kristkindl Markt at Hermannhof Winery December 9th and 10th

It's Winter in wine country and German carols ring throughout town and the church dotted countryside, on weekend and some weekday services you'll still hear old carols and hymns popular with the early settlers of the area of German descent.

Back to back Kristkindl Markets are in full swing. First weekend in December is the Chamber of Commerce Kristkindl Markt held at Stone Hill Winery and Hermann's Candlelight House Tour, all tour homes this year are in the historical district.

The second weekend in December features the Kristkindl Markt at Hermanhoff's Festhalle sponsored by the Hermann Arts Council, a tour of the old 1915 friary St George's Rectory happens on December 9th along with a performance by the Columbia Handbell Ensemble...

German School Museum on 4th and Schiller

The historic German School Museum is a major contributing feature in Hermann's historic district and this old school epitomizes the importance society placed on educating children. Step inside and you'll have a glimpse of the place where so many of Hermann's early townfolk spent so many of their formative years.. A Christmas Exhibit of art, craft, scherenschnitte (German papercutting) and fraktur (primitive painting) will be featured the month of December. Their Gift Shop is also open and ready for the holidays. Come visit!

 There are few events so satisfying as the pleasurable anticipation of the coming Christmas, in the silence of cold and snow without, and the warmth and happiness within. Spend the night by the fire and awaken to hearty breakfast cuisine that seems to have been invented for winter. In the quiet of a December snowfall, time seems to stand still.

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates are a great gift for friends, family or business associates. Give the gift of
time and relaxation this season with a Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn or Hermann Hill
Cottages stay. What could be a better present than fun and romance in a beautiful area?

If the dollar amount of the gift certificate purchased exceeds the guest's stay, we will refund the balance to the guest at check-in. If the dollar amount is less than a guest's reservation, we will charge the balance at the time of reservation.
Our gift certificates may be used at both Hermann Hill Vineyard & Inn and Hermann Hill Village cottages.

- All Hermann Hill Accommodations are Non-Smoking Facilities -


  Riverbluff Cottages in Winter

The West Bedroom in Cottage #1

Christmas inspires us to give our best in thoughtful ways....


Hermann Hill Riverbluff Cottages offer a haven for those seeking a Winter Escape. The Cottages are the perfect place to savor all that is beautiful about this area, with a view of ice floes on the river and an expansive winter landscape beyond. Pass the evening basking in the glow of a fire.....

Visit Our On Line Gift Shop for some wonderful ideas from

Silk Petal Soaps... Luxury Chenille Robes... Chocolate Lovers Gift Baskets...and Ornaments

Impress your friends and colleagues with a bottle of
Hermann Hill Port-Chocolate Raspberry Sauce

Available in distinctive bottles with hand dipped wax seals.

We have a chocolate sauce (flavored with Norton Port from the Hermann Viticulture Appellation) made in Missouri with labels designed by Robert Cantwell of New Haven. We will offer it for sale in our gift shop.



Give the gift of art for the holidays...

Local Artists Linda Heck's "Snowscape" of Hermann Hill / Oil

See Linda's website which tells about her and her art and showcases an on line gallery
of more Hermann Hill prints for sale, a dynamic collection of seasonal landscapes painted at Hermann Hill Vineyard & Inn. These prints are a wonderful gift idea for friends who have stayed with us in all seasons....

....or give a seasonal print of Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter in combination with a gift certificate for a memorable holiday presentation.


 New friendships are forged, new traditions discovered, and often when guests leave they have but one Christmas wish: to come back next holiday season.

Back row (l-r): Mandy, Mindy, Debbie, Val, Renee, Mary Bruckerhoff, Sarah
Front row (l-r): Nancy, Dawn, Wendy, Kelly, Isabel, Connie

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Hermann Hill!