Hermann's second annual Country Fair, September 11-12 at the Hofgarten, will be a celebration of rural life, with music, food, farm critters, and dozens of displays and demonstrations.

The Hermann Wedding Trail this Sunday will give engaged couples and their families a chance to see firsthand why Hermann is the perfect choice for a Wine Country wedding.

Stop by the Chapel between 11:30 and 3:30 to see what's new and to sample delicious appetizers, entrées and beverages from our catering menu. You'll have a chance to meet with wedding coordinators, Chef Rhonda, and local wedding vendors. A Riverbluff Cottage will be open for tour—our gift to every bridal couple is a Cottage stay on their wedding night.

Also happening this Sunday . . .

  • The River City Cruisers Car Show from 11:00 to 4:00 at the City Park will feature hundreds of vintage autos.
  • Historic Hermann is celebrating the completion of major renovation projects with a dedication ceremony at the German School.

On September 24-25, teams from around the Midwest will fire up their grills for the BarBQ & Brats Festival, a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event.

Oktoberfest, Hermann's most popular festival, is just around the corner. We look forward all year to four weekends of glorious fall color, oom-pah bands and brats on the grill.

October weekends fill up months in advance. We recommend a weekday stay as a great way to enjoy Hermann in the fall . . . minus the crowds.

The Hermann Vintners Association has a couple of great Wine Trails planned for the end of the year. The Holiday Fare Wine Trail, November 20-21, will feature festive food and wine pairings. A new event, the Say Cheese Wine Trail, December 11-12, will showcase classic wine and cheese pairings.

Wine Trail tickets ($30/person) may be purchased online or from the Hermann Welcome Center, 800-932-8687.

Hermann's Calendar of Events

Did you Know?

Giving back is a fundamental part of our philosophy at Hermann Hill.

  • Our Summer Solstice promotion included a $10 donation to the National Brain Tumor Society for every reservation. As a result, we were able to send a $940 check to this worthy cause. 
  • All the money collected from in-room refrigerators at the Inn, plus a matching donation from Hermann Hill, goes to the Hermann Food Pantry. We recently gave this organization a much-appreciated check for $500, along with a box of groceries.




Dear [fname],

We've cooked up some great new incentives for weekday stays this month.

Good things await Hermann Hill guests who book multiple-night, Sunday through Thursday, stays during the month of September.

  • For Cottage guests . . . a reusable, eco-friendly grilling bag that includes our Naked Grilling Sauce, brats, buns, kraut, assorted mustards, and a basting brush and mug ($45 value). Stay a third night and we'll add a Hermann Hill apron and a second bottle of sauce ($63 value).
  • For Inn guests . . . a reusable, eco-friendly chocolate bag that includes our Port Chocolate Raspberry Sauce, two cocoa mugs and assorted hot cocoas ($45 value). Stay a third night we'll add a Deneen pottery crock ($63 value).

Our gift to those who serve—a free room on Veterans Day

We're giving away all our rooms on Veterans Day, and have already received confirmations from 15 service members (13 retired and two on active duty), who will stay here as our guests on November 11. Nominations for this honor were submitted by Hermann Hill guests. Our local VFW Post held a drawing to determine the winners.

Our Veterans Day salute also will include a cocktail reception at the Chapel Pavilion, with music by John Berkemeyer's Band,  "JB & Spam." We'll be accepting donations that evening for the Franklin County Honor Flight program. 

We’ve also organized a “mail call” for this event. If you know one of the veterans staying with us, send them a letter or email c/o Hermann Hill. Your message will be waiting in their room when they arrive.

Meet Chef Rhonda

Chef Rhonda David, who runs our Chapel catering operation, has been getting rave reviews from Hermann Hill guests since June of 2001. This summer, she’s been especially popular with Cottage guests, who have been picking fresh herbs from her kitchen garden. Rhonda and her husband, Lou, have a daughter, Annie, age four. 

Last month's "threads" winners share their anniversary stories.

Jean and Joe of Fort Worth, Texas, write . . . This thread really began many years ago on our honeymoon when we first encountered Stone Hill Winery’s tasting room in Branson. We always wanted to visit the actual winery, so for our 20th anniversary we drove all the way from Fort Worth to Hermann.

The first evening of our stay we dined at Stone Hill Winery’s Vintage Restaurant. Later that night, Terry brought us thick, heart-shaped, still-warm cookies, along with vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate-raspberry port sauce made from Norton grapes grown right outside our door. Our memories are a bit hazy after that; we think we passed out because we were so stuffed.

The next morning we enjoyed a gourmet breakfast in Hermann Hill’s sunlit kitchen and took in the view of the picturesque town below, a panorama that reminded us of the Rhine Valley. Hermann well deserves its reputation as Missouri’s most beautiful town.

Hermann Hill made a wonderful base camp from which to investigate the pleasures of Hermann’s wineries. Stone Hill's cellars are the largest series of vaulted cellars in America. The standout here is the Norton. Given an open mind and half a chance, this underdog American grape can astonish you with depths of blackberry and cassis our amateur palates have only tasted before in Cabernet Sauvignons. Can you tell we are Norton fans?

At the end of the day we headed back to our romantic suite, where luxurious, smooth-as-satin Egyptian cotton sheets made drifting off to sleep a pure pleasure. Our only regret is that we only booked two nights. Next time we’ll know to stay longer!

Teresa and Paul of  St. Charles, Missouri, write . . . We’ve been spending our wedding anniversary at Hermann Hill since 1996. This year was extra special—our 25th. Arriving at the Inn, we found a dozen red roses waiting in our room. Our hostess soon arrived with two glasses of wine and an appetizer tray, which we enjoyed on our balcony.

The next morning's delicious breakfast was fiesta soufflé, cheesy potatoes, sausages, a fruit cup and a flower-pot muffin. Afterward, we headed for the garden and rang the gongs 25 times in celebration of our anniversary. That afternoon we put out the "do not disturb" sign, opened a bottle of Rosé and climbed into the Jacuzzi with scented oil.

On our final day at the Inn, breakfast was mushroom quiche, baby potatoes, bacon, fruit cup and a blueberry flower-pot muffin. As a special anniversary surprise, the ladies brought in a bouquet of yellow daisies. Needless to say, at check-out, we made sure to do "Same Time Next Year" in the Norton room.

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Isn't it time to make a few romantic memories of your own? Call 573-486-4455 today to plan your Hermann Hill getaway.

Your innkeepers,

PS/Over the last five months, 20 couples have brought their dogs with them to Hermann Hill, as part of an experiment to determine if we can be a pet-friendly property. We're continuing to develop and monitor a pet policy, which is now posted online.