Hermann takes on a special glow at Christmastime. shoppers will find one-of-a kind holiday treasures at the Kristkindl Markt this weekend at Stone Hill Winery and next weekend at the Hermannhof Festhalle.

One of our favorite holiday traditions is the St. George Rectory Tour, a dazzling display featuring dozens of Christmas trees. This year's tour will be next Saturday and Sunday, December 12-13, from noon to 8:00 p.m.

Forty Hermann youngsters will sing sacred and secular songs at The Lights and Sounds of Christmas, Saturday, December 12, at St. George Catholic Church. Performances at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Know someone who's getting engaged over the holidays? Be sure to tell them about The Hermann Wedding Trail on Saturday, January 16. This is a great opportunity for couples and their families to taste and tour at the Hermann Hill Chapel and to see all Hermann has to offer as a venue for an elegant and affordable Wine Country Wedding.

Hermann's Calendar of Events

This month's Local Heroes

David H. Martin, Jr., nominated by Leo and Meredith Kloeppel. David is a teacher and coach in Vienna, Missouri, whose professional dedication has made him a role model and inspiration for students and parents alike.

Jennifer "Scout" Gibson, nominated by Robyn Paczkowski of Wildwood, Missouri. Jennifer heads up a popular "Letters to Santa" fundraiser. Proceeds help support premature babies and their parents and the Ronald McDonald House.


Hermann Hill gift certificates—always in demand, never out of date

Hermann Hill gift certificates never disappoint . . . and they never expire. Our gift certificates are popular with both gift givers, who appreciate their convenience, and gift recipients, who love their flexibility.

Nearly 40 percent of our guests use a gift certificate to pay for all or part of their stay. "The best gift we've ever received" is a remark we hear time and again.

Back by popular demand: $20 bonus vouchers enhance the value of your gift.

Here's how it works : For every $200 worth of gift certificates you purchase during the month of December, we'll include a $20 bonus voucher to the Hermann Hill gift shop, which the recipient can redeem for anything from a Hermann Hill mug to a bottle of one of our famous sauces. (You could, of course, use the voucher yourself. We'll never tell.)

We're giving away gift baskets to guests who book multiple-night getaways before the end of the year.

Stay three or more consecutive nights in one of our Inn suites between now and the end of the year and we'll present you with a free Chocolate Lover's Basket, a $99 value. Stay three or more consecutive nights in a Riverbluff cottage and you'll receive a free Grilling Basket with a chocolate sauce bonus, a $79.50 value.

Can't stay three nights? Book a two-night weekend stay at the Inn in December and we'll bill your Saturday stay at the Friday rate.

The Hermann Hill Top Ten list

We receive so many requests for our signature Hermann Hill recipes that we've posted an online cookbook, featuring 10 of our favorites, including those famous cookies we deliver to Inn guests at bedtime.

Sales Room Employee Award

This month's winner is Charlene Penn of Adam Puchta Winery, who will receive $50 in Hermann Bucks and a bottle of Hermann Hill Port Chocolate Raspberry Sauce. Chuck and Lisa Hill of Imperial, Missouri, winners of the guest card drawing, will receive a $100 Hermann Hill gift certificate.

Charlene Penn (Adam Puchta) and Ray Berlener (Stone Hill) are both multiple winners of this award. So this month we're having a face-off. December guests will vote to decide which of these great sales room hosts will claim the overall prize for 2009.

The holiday season has arrived. Call 573-486-4455 or visit our secure website today to order Hermann Hill gift certificates for all the special folks on your list.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Peggy, Terry, Fred, Gracie and the entire Hermann Hill team.

Your innkeepers,