Hermann Hill Vineyard Inn & Spa, Riverbluff Cottages and Wedding Chapel

711 Wein Street P.O. Box 555, Hermann, Missouri 65041
Innkeeper(s): Peggy & Terry Hammer
 

Where do Terry and Lewis go? 30 Jun 2015, 9:06 am








Lewis is a very happy dog, spending much of his day greeting guests that come to Hermann Hill, roaming around the garden and accompanying Terry on landscaping trips in his truck. However, walking is particularly exciting for Lewis.

Every morning Terry and Lewis take the 3 Mile Walk out out through the woods and onto the streets of Hermann, but instead of going down onto First Street, they take a detour and turn north, cross the bridge and take a walk out under the Katy Trail underpass and back. Early morning walks keeps both Terry and Lewis healthy and gives them some good bonding time before their Hermann Hill adventures kick in for the day. Lewis is after all, man's best friend. 

Here is Lewis walking with general manager, Leslie, while Terry is out of town:






Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

Stone Hill's Cajun Festival: Cajun Concert on the Hill 29 Jun 2015, 3:07 pm


Germans go Cajun as Stone Hill Winery’s Annual Cajun Festival spices up Hermann the weekend of July 10-12th. Every year Stone Hill brings up an authentic band from the bayou of Louisiana. This year the band in attendance will be: Brett Denais & T-Rouge, straight from Baton Rouge.





Other events scheduled to happen over the weekend include Cajun dancing, taught and preformed by authentic Cajun dancers, mouth-watering Cajun food, and of course, tours to the wineries with available tastings for wine, beer and more.  One, two and three day passes are available for purchase on Stone Hill’s site here






A Trip Advisor review about Stone Hill’s Cajun Concert of the Hill reads: “The addition of the Cajun band performances in July made the place more festive, and together with the food, it is definitely a draw. $12 per person to watch the Cajun band perform, with the wine cellar tour and free wine tasting thrown in, this price is unbeatable. Lots of parking available, there are two places to eat here at Stone Hill; the pavilion and The Vintage Restaurant, a converted horse stable, which serves really good food, home made desserts, and excellent wines. Stone Hill is quite a ways from the hub of things, but you can always take the trolley.”




Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

June Guest Contest Winners 28 Jun 2015, 6:00 pm


There are three different guest contests to enter when you stay at Hermann Hill to win Gift Certificates:

1 - The Zen Contest: Guests can win a $50 gift certificate and a Zend Garden of their own
2 - The Art Contest: The best art sketch gets a $50 gift certificate and a copy of their drawing
3 - The Relationship Tips Contest: offering guests the opportunity to share tips about how to keep a relationship strong and healthy. Winners get a $100 gift certificate (we pick 2).

The Relationship Tips Winners:

"I am sure we do most of the things all successful couples do - laugh, communicate, reminisce, relax, etc. But I find that what keeps out love going is keeping my secret. For as long as we have been together, I have managed to keep this secret. I must never forget it and spend everyday protecting my secret. It is my task to keep her oblivious to the fact that: she is out of my league."

Justin Moon writing of his wife Mary, Park Hills, MO


"Create together! Create memories by watching the sunset from the hot tub, or walking down to watch the sun rise from the gazebo. Create conversation by sharing your deepest thoughts, hopes and dream over your favorite bottle of Hermann wine. Create fantasy, dancing on the deck under a million stars. Create a time of peace and meditation and bring that tranquility from Hermann Hill into everyday life. Create tradition. We've been coming yearly since our 10 year wedding anniversary and it has become a time that even 4 years later, we both look forward to, with excitement and anticipation."

David & Beth Brownell, Kansas City, MO



Art Contest Winner: Katie Niermann, St. Charles, MO - Virginia Seeding Premium Spa Suite








Zen Garden Contest Winner: Brad & Rhonda Welty, St. Charles, MO - Vidal Premium Spa Suite









Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn


Hermann Hill Couples, June 2015 - Bob & Marilyn 26 Jun 2015, 12:46 pm

Coming from humble beginnings, Bob and Marilyn spent their lives in love, travel and laughter. These high school sweethearts from Albany, Missouri, married after growing up together as a jock and a cheerleader. After high school, Bob went to college near Kansas City and Marilyn supported him on a secretary’s salary. Bob eventually became a football coach and the couple had their first baby by the time he graduated.

The couple moved back to Albany, as struggling new parents, and Bob coached there for several years and the couple had two more children. On a teacher/secretary salary, the couple still didn’t feel financially stable, so they went to Iowa when Bob was offered a new coaching job there. In Iowa, the had their youngest child and then stayed there for a little over 30 years. Despite their financial struggles, Marilyn always supported Bob and their children in football and track and two out of four of their children became State Champions. 



During their ups and downs, they discovered their camping and biking vacations to be their escapes. Bob mentioned that some of their biggest adventures included trips to Colorado and a biking trip that took them up Copper Mountain over to Vail Pass. They also shared that they felt so lucky to be in their eighties and still be able to bike frequently, travel, and enjoy their grandchildren.


Bob and Marilyn were staying at Hermann Hill on their way to the Katy Trail to meet up with some friends on a biking adventure. Many of our summer guests enjoy renting bikes, or bringing their own to Hermann, and spending their days on the Katy Trail. Then many guests come back to our spa in the evening for our Katy Trail Biker’s Massage. For guests that prefer to stay in town instead of bike, our Signature 3-Mile Walk offers a subtle but great work out while enjoying the historic wine town of Hermann, Missouri.

Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

Misty Mornings at Hermann Hill 26 Jun 2015, 9:13 am

As many of you know, the historic wine town of Hermann sits in the Missouri River Valley, lending itself to beautiful foggy mornings as the fogs rise from the river. One of our favorite photographs was taken in August early one morning while the fog was lifting off of our Vineyard Inn. The image appears as an icon on our website and Facebook page and is often met with the expression “Is that in the United States?”



Early bird guests can catch this special misty landscape from their private balcony overlooking Hermann, or from out dining deck where this stunning misty photo was taken, capturing St. George Church floating on a cloud of fog:




Here is a little glimpse into a quiet morning at Hermann Hill Inn & Spa, shot on June 16th at around 6:20 am. This little video features the first few steps of our 3 Mile Walk which takes guests through a forested area behind the Inn and out into the historic town of Hermann.




We often think of our River Bluff Cottages as our “sunset” location and the Vineyard Inn as our “sunrise” location, but the River Bluff Cottages prove equally as beautiful in the rain or morning fog. Here is Wedding Chapel from early Spring, also in the morning mist and rainy fog:  

  








Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

Our New Fire Pit Table Feature 2 Jun 2015, 1:01 pm


We are excited to present our brand new dinning deck fire pit table. Echoing the beauty of the smaller fire pit tables in the Vidal and Seyval Premium Spa Suites, the dinning deck fire pit table has a beautiful stone top finish with a variation of color. Six dark wicker chairs surround it, giving 3 couples the chance to have breakfast or pizza together.


Don't forget about our Signature Hermann Hill Pizzas! Cook your own pizza out on our deck in the evening when you aren't feeling up to a night on the town. Now with our dinning specials, which are included in our multiple night stays, guests can enjoy a variety of different Hermann Hill favorites including our new taquitos and rice dinner.



Guests are welcome to the dinning deck at anytime to enjoy pizza, margaritas, their gourmet breakfast or just sit and look over the historic town of Hermann. Now that summer is here, we are seeing guests out on the deck more than ever.



Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

May Guest Contest Winners 31 May 2015, 4:00 pm

Over the last few months we've offered guests three different contests to win Hermann Hill Gift Certificates:

1 - The Zen Contest: Guests can win a $50 gift certificate and a Zen Garden of their own
2 - The Art Contest: The best art sketch gets a $50 and a get a copy of their drawing
3 - The Relationship Tips Contest: offering guests the opportunity to share tips about how to keep a relationship strong and healthy. Winners get a $100 gift certificate.


May’s Relationship Contest Winners

"Surprise each other with little things to let your spouse know that you love them!
Take time for each other. When you have kids at home, you spend so much time doing things with and for the kids, you loose track of each other. REMEMBER: the kids will move out and then it’s YOU TWO AGAIN!! Make the most of times when you can have a little get away! Relax & enjoy your time with each other."
-       Julie & David Danner, Cottage 401

“If you find yourself focusing on “me” instead of “we” your ship is off-course. Re-focus on what counts: The Happiness of WE.”  - Chuck & Marilyn Peacock, married 40 years: St. Peters, MO



 The Art Contest Winner:

A mystery guest left this whimsical little sketch behind. If you can claim it, please give us a call (573.486.4455) and mention the initials and the date on the back of the page.









































The Zen Contest Winner:

John & Pam VonFange, in the Seyval Premium Spa Suite, were thinking about the beach while at Hermann Hill... 






Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

Handsome Lewis is Loving Summertime Brides 27 May 2015, 12:57 pm



 



Even though Clark is gone at the farm, Lewis has been spending his days alone in bliss. He is still happily greeting guests at our Vineyard Inn location and is frequently seen following Terry around the property. 

Peggy recently prepared him for summer by taking him to the groomers. “Lewis got skinny!” has been the repeated statement around the Inn from guests and employees. Shaving Lewis down keeps him cool in the heat of the summer, just like a big brown sheep, making him much happier outside, greeting guests and playing in the vineyard.




He was recently photographed by Patrick Pope, mingling with Sara, a recent Hermann Hill bride while she and her bridal party were doing some portraits at the Inn. The wedding photographer and bride happily featured the photo on their Facebook profiles, making Lewis a little Internet star for the day.  

Here's a little video of Lewis enjoying the herb garden watering, a daily chore for him. We have two herb gardens on our properties. The one at the Inn supplies herbs for morning breakfasts and the one at the Chapel provides herbs for wedding reception meals. 



Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

Hermann Hill Couples, May 2015 - Richard & Linda 27 May 2015, 7:30 am

I met Richard & Linda one early May morning on our new dinning deck. They were enjoying the view with their signature Hermann Hill breakfast, which included waffles and strata. Celebrating 47 years of marriage in December, this softhearted couple had a background in social work and special education, which was the connecting point of their relationship.

According to two different stories told by this couple, they unofficially met in college when Richard was taking a class to complete his courses in social work and Linda was just trying to fill her schedule to complete her education degree. Richard noticed that Linda very infrequently came to class, even though she always set the curve.  

Their real connection was made at church, when Richard’s nephew with special needs, brought them together. Linda had been teaching a special education class at church, where Richard’s nephew, Ricky, was attending. She was noticed by Richard’s brother and sister-in-law and was invited to the youth group in the evenings, which Richard sponsored.  


 
Linda shares her side of their tale first over breakfast with this touching sentiment: “So, our match maker was this individual with special needs… Everyone has a gift to bring, and Ricky brought us together.”

Linda told me that she was a retired special education teacher after 44 years and Richard noted that his nephew was the reason he was inspired to go into social work in the first place. Linda’s sentiment really shines through the story of their independent career choices as well as their lives together. After 47 years of marriage, my heart overflows when realizing what they have contributed apart and together in their lifetime.

If you’d like to plan a Hermann Hill anniversary celebration for your parents, friends or even a surprise for your spouse call 573-486-4455 and let us help you plan an anniversary to remember. 




Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

April Hermann Hill Guest Contest Winners 29 Apr 2015, 12:48 pm

Over the last few months we've offered guests three different contests to win Hermann Hill Gift Certificates:

1 - The Zen Contest: Guests can win a $50 gift certificate and a Zen Garden of their own
2 - The Art Contest: The best art sketch gets a $50 and a get a copy of their drawing
3 - The Relationship Tips Contest: offering guests the opportunity to share tips about how to keep a relationship strong and healthy. Winners get a $100 gift certificate.

April's Relationship Contest Winners:

Dick & Linda Beckman from Indiana:

"I had a young lady ask me, what our secret of 46 years of marriage was. Simply put, I told her there are no secrets. Marriage is a journey you must commit to making with your spouse. Sharing hardship as well as joys. You have to learn from each other and appreciate the smallest joys of life. Marriage can carry you through the toughest times. If you give yourself completely, the rewards are never ending. Enjoy each day being with each other."

Andrew & Amy Kuhl from Quincy, IL:

"Marriage - it takes work to make it work! Sometimes that "work" is in the form of a romantic getaway. In life we can all get caught up in the everyday hustle of running kids, making dinner, laundry, cleaning, and our careers. However we have to remember to stop, relax, and drink wine!"


This month's Zen Contest Winner sweetly featured baby feet! Babymoon anyone?

Actually this month's Zen Winners are Larry & Jeanne from Chesterfield, MO, who are featured as our first Hermann Hill Couple Interview. They celebrated their 62 years of marriage at Hermann Hill on April 10th. Check out their story here.



Art Contest Winner of the month: Tracey Alexander from Freeburg, IL, illustrated a stay at Hermann Hill, including an adorable drawing of our cookies and Port Sauce! 




A few lovely notes shared with us:

Mallory Fechte, from St. Louis, MO writes to her husband:

"Ryan, you picked the perfect place for us to celebrate our anniversary. You are so perfect, sometimes I wonder how you fell in love with me (by sometimes, I mean, mostly always). I love you, Mallory"


Tim & Sue Wacker from Wentzville, MO write:

"We've never been ANYWHERE that you can just show up with a change of clothes and nothing else, because EVERYTHING else is provided for you!! Not worrying about ANYTHING gives us a chance to really RELAX and enjoy each other's company... Romance is automatic when it's as peaceful as it can be here!"



Peggy and Terry Hammer
Owners & Innkeepers
Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn

 
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