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October 2006 Newsletter

Nature's Color Palette, Octoberfest and Highway 94 Revisited
 
Dear Guests and Friends,
 
They're coming--those golden weeks when nature's palette is at its richest.
 
To celebrate autumn's return, come visit Hermann Hill with views that bring you a bountiful harvest of colors that spread across the valley and into the surrounding hillsides.   Indeed there are so many photo ops in this season of color, your challenge will simply be deciding what to shoot.  Come October, leaves begin to crisp, area parish picnics begin, there's often a scent of woodsmoke as the air takes on a new character.   October and November are busy times at Hermann Hill so make your reservations soon.  Missouri's fall color season usually lasts four to six weeks, from mid-September to its peak in mid-October with November days having a beauty of their own.   Short trips to areas around Hermann can fill your days with a variety of fall festivals and tours of wine country or take a trip on the Katy Trail.   We're enthused about the construction of our new Christopher S Bond Bridge crossing the Missouri River at Hermann with separate hiking and biking lanes.
 
Highway 94 Revisited
 
Whether you're coming from Kansas City or St Louis, these suggested
 driving tours will expose you to the most beautiful places in Missouri any time of year, but are especially breathtaking during Missouri's legendary fall foliage season, a trip along these backroad highways leading to historic Hermann and Hermann Hill will serve you well.
 
 
When driving to Hermann from Kansas City, take I-70 to Columbia and then south on Hwy 63 toward Jefferson City.   Just north of Jefferson City turn east on Hwy 94 which will take you all the way to Hermann with the sun at your back while you view magnificent bluffs full of Fall color.

 

The views along the river bluffs and along Highway 94 are spectacular in Autumn.  Several species of wildflowers are still in bloom with deer and turkey often spotted along route. For the photographer on these fall color trips there are some dramatic vistas where you can capture early morning fog on the move, especially en route along the Missouri river.  We guarantee you'll get some winning shots.  The colors on the same tree may vary from year to year. Hardwoods sporting yellow and orange foliage are sweetgum, sugar maple, red maple, silver maple, and sassafras. Trees producing brilliant red and crimson are typically red and silver maples, flowering dogwood, redbud, red oak, blackgum, and swamp chestnut oak. Trees producing purple foliage will typically be sweetgum, blackgum, and certain oaks.
 
  
 
For a scenic trip from St. Louis area we suggest the following:
Highway 40 to West on 94 which follows the Missouri River, to
South on Highway 19 to the Hermann Bridge.
 
You will frequently see bikers and hikers along the Katy Trail which travels through the
heart of our state.  This time of year the usual green setting vanishes completely as bright yellow, orange and red leaves blend together to create a visually stunning backdrop.
 
 On brilliant Crisp fall days you'll come across roadside apple stands selling ciders and pumpkins.
The first thee weeks of October and the first week of November offer several different chances for photo opportunities here in mid Missouri.  In addition to the breathtaking colors of foliage and according to the Missouri Department of Conservation, this is also the period when wildlife is very active.  Many berries and fruits begin to ripen, and it is also the time of year that acorns, walnuts, pecans, and hickory nuts all fall to the ground. Wildlife goes into a three week feeding frenzy to fatten up for winter.
 
We look forward to meeting new friends and seeing old friends return this time of year.
 
 

 
Katy Trail Color Tour
 
Built along the former corridor of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, the Katy Trail begins in St. Charles and ends in Clinton. The trail takes visitors through some of the most scenic areas of the state, offering views of towering bluffs, rolling hills and glistening rivers. Following the ambling trail across Missouri, nature lovers can enjoy a wide assortment of wildlife in its natural habitat. History buffs can delight in exploring the small towns that once thrived along the railroad corridor.
 
 

Katy Trail Links
Katy Trail State Park
BikeKatyTrail.com
The Interactive Katy Trail

 

Octoberfest 2006

 Hermann's Oktoberfest runs all 4 weekends in October.  Enjoy Brats mit Kraut and tours of area wineries and explore Hermann with the Hermann Hill Three Mile Walk
 
Event Dates: Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 2006
 
Enjoy live German music and traditional German food, arts and crafts, and demonstrations each weekend in October. Wineries will be open for tours, tastings and sales.

 

in Marthasville is held October 21 and 22
 
Weekend event with demonstrations of old world art and craft as
practiced by the early German immigrants to the region.

 

Use the resources below to help you plan your Missouri fall foliage tours:
Fall Foliage Hotline : 1-800-519-2100 (MO Tourism)

Fall Colors In Missouri
http://www.mdc.mo.gov/nathis/seasons/fall/

 

GIFT CERTIFICATES
Gift certificates may be purchased online, by telephone, or through the mail. They are the perfect gift for those celebrating a special occasion or for someone who has everything.
 

 

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Hermann Hill Village Cottages, Chapel & Conference Center
711 Wein Street - P.O. Box 555 - Hermann, Missouri (MO) 65041
Phone: (573) 486-HILL (573-486-4455)  |  Fax: (573) 486-53733
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