Do you need ideas for day trips? Hermann is a great place to visit with so many wonderful things to do in the area. Check out our list of some popular day trip ideas near Hermann Hill.
Wood Hat Spirits
20 minutes North of Hermann MO, Wood Hat Spirits is a locally owned and operated distillery crafting everything from bourbon’s to liquors from field to glass and a must see for guests staying at Hermann Hill. For $5 guests can taste, tour and even take a souvenir shot glass home. Gary the owner says these hand-crafted spirits are unique, like turning a hat out of wood, it is what you carve away that gives it shape.
Located just 10 minutes from historic Hermann, MO, Eco Zipline Tours takes you through one of a kind tree top canopy’s through valleys reminiscent of the Rhine Valley. This zip line offers something for all ages with 3 courses to choose from. Come as a group or as a couple for these exhilarating experience through the forest. 314-326-0140
Shrine of Starkenburg
Just on the other side of the Missouri River in the town of Rhineland, the Shrine of Starkenburg is fascinating. Visitors can read about the history of the shrine, which is well documented throughout the grounds, and learn about “Weisse Dame” or “White Lady”, an image that has been at the Shrine since 1852, and find out how Starkenburg got its name.
Endless Summer Winery
Endless Summer Winery is a small family winery with very unique wines. The extensive garden landscaping enhances the scenic view, which provides a great place to sit and enjoy their wine. The Pecan wine (with raisins for added body) is their signature wine and has nutty, smooth, buttery notes, which only make you want more.
Loutre Shores Country Club
Loutre Shores Country Club is located 1.5 miles north of Hermann, MO at the edge of the beautiful Rhine Valley in the heart of Missouri’s Wine Country. The rolling hills of the Rhine Valley provide a beautiful setting for one of the most challenging nine hole courses you’ll find anywhere. The course features lush, zoyzia covered fairways and tees, beautiful greens, and scenic lake that ads to the challenge Let Hermann Hill’s staff know if you would like us to set up a tee time for you
The Katy Trail is one of the longest railroads that has been converted into a walking path. Guests can walk, or bikes on the trail. If you want to ride the Katy Trail by bicycle but don’t want to haul your own bike Ride Rest and Go Bicycle Shop in Hermann will rent you a bike for the day. Don’t forget Hermann Hill will pick up guests ridding the Katy Trail at the Mckitric trail head.
Lost Creek Vineyard is situated adjacent to the Katy Trail and is a perfect stop whether biking or driving – there is actually a “Lost Creek” which is the eastern boundary of the property, and flows to the river. Lost Creek Vineyard is just up the hill from the village of Gore, which was a “Whistle Stop” on the KATY line. Join them for one of Hermann Hill’s staff favorite their fabulous peach sangria’s and a sunset hay ride down on the Banks of the Missouri River.
Crane’s Country Store
Crane has been a familiar name in Williamsburg and the surrounding area for more than 100 years. Now it is more commonly known for the family’s country store located at exit 161 on Interstate 70. Today, Crane’s Country Store is a must-see if you’re traveling through central Missouri. It is a true old-fashioned general store, one of the top-rated general stores in the state.
The Crane family opened its first store in 1898 at Mineola, MO, just east of Williamsburg. There have been several name changes through the years from Harrison and Crane to Crane & Son to the current store, Crane’s Country Store, which was built in 1926. Through hard work and word of mouth, Crane’s Country Store has grown by leaps and bounds.
Merchandise includes Carhart Clothing groceries and produce, nuts and bolts, gadgets, shoes and boots, gas and ice, and just about anything else you’d expect to find in a general store of yore. While at the store, take time to look at the unique items the family has collected through the years that are stashed in every nook and cranny.
More things to do around Hermann
There are so many things to do in and around Hermann. Guests coming out Hwy 44 can enjoy these places on their way to Hermann Hill or during their stay.
- Astral Glass – Located 16.2 miles from Hermann in New Haven, Missouri’s arts district is Astral Glass Studio and the home to of Lewis’s special friend a three legged Kitty. Watch as they create gorgeous works of art or enjoy live glass blowing every Saturday and Sunday. Astral Glass creates more than just works of art but also jewelry and fused glass pieces.
- Pinckney Bend – A few blocks from Astral Glass you will find Pickney Bend. Pickney Bend has been serving award winning hand-crafted spirits for over 5 years and is a faviorite of Hermann Hill Guests. For $5.00 take a taste and a tour of the distillery, enjoy our stff’s faviorite Gin and Tonic and learn how they derived the name Pickney Bend from a town that once stood not far from the distillery.
- Röbller – Taking supreme advantage of the picturesque countryside is Röbller Vineyard and Winery in New Haven, MO. The rich soils and gentle slopes combine to provide excellent growing conditions while offering a spectacular view of the region. Their wines focus on French hybrid varieties and European styling in blends. The tasting room offers gift items along with cheese and sausage. Special events throughout the year include Bar-B-Que & Blues, Jamaican Sun splash. We encourage Hermann Hill guests to go out and try their incredible wines.
- Bias – Mention the gnome and the game they play. Nestled atop a bluff overlooking the rich Missouri River bottom-lands, Bias Winery was the first winery in Franklin County. In 1997 they became the first Winery in Missouri, and second in the nation, to combine both a Winery and Microbrewery, adding great micro-brewed beers to our accomplishments. Many Hermann Hill guests join them in the spring for the Adult Easter Egg Hunt or the Gnome Scavenger Hunt for good wine and a fun time.
Here are some from South and West of Hermann.
- Swiss Meat – Swiss meat and Sausage Company is located 12 miles south of Hermann has been a local favorite of Hermann Hill’s guests and even Jamie and Booby Dean with the Food Network show “Road Tested.” They feature award winning brats and smoked meats of every variety including Buffalo and elk and are the official Brat of Mizzou Football. If you forget your coolers on your next stay don’t worry you can order online and Swiss meats will ship to you anywhere in the country.
- Wenwood Farm Winery – The owners of Wenwwod Farm Winery located 36 miles south west of Hermann have a long history in the wine making business and an even longer history in the family farm. Tom and Kathy opened Wenwood Farm Winery in 2000 when they purchased kathy’s fourth generation century farm. Tom has had an interest in wine making since he was 14 years old. Living in Wissconsin he worked at a winery for many years. The rustic country setting and gallery is a perfect place for guests to unwind with a delicious glass of wine or join them for open air events almost every Saturday.
- White Mule – The White Mule is situated on a turn of the century farm stead 28 miles south of Hermann and is a beautiful country drive for Hermann Hill guests. The Scholtachs bought the neighboring farm in 2004 from one of the oldest farming families who continued to use White Mules to farm into the 1980’s. The vineyard winery still hosts the friendly, beautiful white mules and features classic Missouri wine and great steak and fried chicken dinners on Friday and Saturday Nights. Come out and wine and dine and enjoy the beautiful peaceful White Mules that are still on the farm today.
Here are more in Hermann:
- Wurst Haus – The Wurst Haus meat and sausage shop features more than 47 varieties of award-winning Bratwurst and German Sausage as well as Grand Champion House-Smoked Bacons, Gourmet Foods, Gifts and house made Wurst Haus beers and craft sodas. Their delicious meat products are available at their Deli and Market and nation-wide through online shipping. Open 7 days a week, offering FREE samples of Wurstmeister Mike’s outstanding bratwurst and sausages, Hermann Hill guests inevitably come back with something.
- Tin Mil Brewing Company – Hermannhof – Located in a landmark 100 year old tin mill in historic downtown Hermann, Tin Mill Brewing Company is the only true lager microbrewery in the state of Missouri and one of the few German style microbreweries in the country. Their beers are all brewed in accordance with the German Purity Law of 1516, also known as Reinheitsgebot (pronounced: rye hots gee bot). You will often find many Hermann Hill guests at the Lager House enjoying one of their fine beers. You’ll find the celebration and atmosphere of a true German Pub right down to our authentic Isar Tankards from Munich.
- Deutscheim State Historic Site – Visit a significant part of German-American history – and early Missouri settlement – at Deutschheim State Historic Site. Stroll through the restored 1840s and 1850s buildings and explore how German-Americans settled the Hermann area and developed the basis for a Missouri wine industry. Grapevines planted more than 100 years ago can still be seen on the property as can a number of historic artifacts. Many Hermann Hill guests enjoy their gift shop where you can purchase everything from books to German cookie molds.
- German School Buildings -Located in the 1871 German School Building, the Historic Hermann Museum is home to an extraordinary collection of treasures from Hermann’s past and is a must see on your next stay at Hermann Hill. Tours of the German School are self-guided, but volunteers are on hand to answer questions. Several who attended the German School enjoy sharing stories about their school days with visitors. Currently on display are items dating to the early 1800s. In one corner is a loom from the Civil War era that was used in the Berger area. Other displays include a collection of Hoeschel Pottery that was made in Hermann’s Frenchtown section that was donated by Mrs. Graf as well as a river room that shows the rich history of Hermann’s River Culture. Items from the former Sohns Bros. Winery include a picture given by Virgil Sohns that shows Hermann’s Hungry Five Band performing at the Lions Club Convention in St. Louis in 1932.
- Oak Glenn Vineyards & Winery – OakGlenn Vineyards & Winery is situated high on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. One of the first things you’ll encounter when visiting them is the breathtaking view of the river valley. Many of our Hermann Hill guests like to listen to the Live entertainment featured on their outdoor patio or stage most Saturday and Sunday evenings in April through November.
- Chamber Office – Our Welcome Center is staffed by friendly volunteers who can help you plan your day when staying at Hermann Hill.
- The Missouri Bridge – The Missouri River Bridge features an 8-foot wide pedestrian section for biking or walking. The bridge is a great way for guests to access the Katy Trail Bike path to Mckitric.
- Stone Hill Winery – Perched prominently on one of the largest hills, with a commanding view of the town of Hermann is Stone Hill Winery. Established in 1847, Stone Hill grew to be the second largest winery in the United States. The wines were world renowned, winning gold medals in eight world’s fairs, including Vienna in 1873 and Philadelphia in 1876. Today, Stone Hill is Missouri’s oldest and most awarded winery. On your next stay at Hermann Hill experience the oldest winery in the country – taste award-winning wines, browse historical buildings and cellar, enjoy a delicious meal at the Vintage or join them for one of the many events throughout the year.
- Adam Puchta Winery – Adam Puchta Winery located just outside of Hermann in the middle of a scenic valley is the oldest family winery in the Country. Hermann Hill guests can enjoy a picnic lunch in the beautiful country side while partaking of award winning wines. Browse their gift shop or learn and sample their wide variety of wines. Or try two of Hermann Hill’s staff faviorites Hunters Red or Adam’s Choice.
- Hermann Area District Hospital – Keep in mind that for just $7 a day, you have all-day access to Hermann Area District Hospital’s treadmills, stair steppers, free weights and amazing trainers.