An area attraction that I found very enjoyable was Astral Glass Studio in New Haven, MO. Just 15-20 minutes from Hermann, the glass studio is a unique artistry shop where you can watch glassblowers make a variety of glass objects, then take home your very own hand-blown souvenir. On Saturdays and Sundays, glass blowers Gary Rice, Nick Phillips and Lance Stroheker work in the glass-walled blowing room so that visitors can watch them make their glass art. Three rows of seating allows guests to sit and watch comfortably for as long as they wish. I stayed for over an hour, watching the artists at work and perusing the studio’s shelves of glasswork for sale. Owners Gary and Judy Rice are very amicable people, and I shared an interesting conversation with them about the world of glassblowing. I asked a question about how they made a certain intricate-looking glass rose, and Gary responded by getting Nick to go in and make one especially for me. This was a really neat place to go, and a great place to pick up one of a kind gifts or souvenirs from your visit to Hermann and New Haven.
133 Front St.
New Haven, MO
From Hermann, follow Hwy 100 East about 15 miles to New Haven. Stay on Hwy 100 through town until you get to Miller Street. Turn left onto Miller St. and follow until you cross the railroad tracks at Front Street. Since Front St. is one-way, go past it and take a left on Main Street, then a left on Olive Street, then a left onto Front St. Astral Glass is near the end of Front St.
Parking spaces along Front Street, Olive Street
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Peggy and Terry Hammer
Your Hermann Missouri Bed and Breakfast Hosts
My husband and I visited the Astral Glass Studio Sat Sept 26. They made three different pieces while we were their and always took the time to explain the process. Then they made a recommendation for lunch at a place called "Somebody's" a few stores down and it was delicious. Definetely worth the trek to New Haven. Very nice town!
We did the opposite, eating at "Somebody's" first where the waiter recommended checking out the glass company. My wife, of course, hearing glass, had to stop in. We were the only one's in the store and were made to feel right at home. We ended up buying two beautiful pieces, an ornament and a blue, milky-white vase. The Hermann area never ceases to amaze me. Every visit is a new adventure!