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

July Guest Contest Winners 29 Jul 2015, 7:30 am

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).

Relationship Tips Contest:

This simple sentiment takes the cake this month:

"Try to see who can out SERVE the other." - Jerry and Katie Blumhorst, Liberty, MO

We love this book idea from Austin & Rachel:

"Make time to spend together-just the two of you. Date nights and romantic get-a-ways (like Hermann Hill) are important in helping maintain communication and intimacy.
Read together - find a book that both of you enjoy and make time to talk about it- maybe once a week after the kids are in bed or in the mornings over coffee.
Laugh! If you can't laugh at each other, yourselves marriage/your relationship won't be nearly as fun."  - Austin & Rachel Reed, Columbia, MO

Art Contest-

We adore this little couple sketch from Brandon & Karis Briscoe in Vignoles:





Zen Contest-

Eric and Jennifer Kuhl, in Norton, obviously loved their wine...




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

Lewis at the Vet: Companion Animal Hospital in Hermann 28 Jul 2015, 3:24 pm

Companion Animal Hospital in Hermann, Missouri is Lewis' trusted vet. His latest regular check up showed that even though he's been chowing down on scrumptious Hermann Hill leftovers, he is certainly staying in shape with his daily walks with Terry. Overall, Lewis a very healthy and happy dog.






Lewis has been attending visits at Companion Animal Hospital since he was a puppy. Companion has two locations, one in Hermann and one in Montgomery City and specializes in domestic animals as well as grooming, boarding and surgery for pets. The two vets that work for Companion bounce between both locations to help make visits easier for residence in the Hermann area. 


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

Hermann Hill Couples, July 2015 - Keith and Harriet 27 Jul 2015, 7:43 am

Keith and Harriet's love for each other started with a spontaneous motorcycle ride in Smithville, Missouri. Although their friends and family had other plans for who they should have been dating, their attraction to each other was immediate as they both had a love of road freedom. Like Harriet describes in this video, "I always enjoyed riding his motorcycle and other girls didn't like to do that." That spontaneous energy got them through life's twists and turns as they are now celebrating 50 years of marriage at Hermann Hill. 

Keith got a motorcycle when he was a teenager as an attempt to get him out of dangerous car racing. That motorcycle not only gave him a new sense of freedom but helped him find Harriet and throughout their life they have enjoyed long motorcycle trips, car racing and flying as Keith has a private pilot's license.





When we asked them what the secret was to staying in love for 50 years, Keith answered:  
"I don't feel like we've been married 50 years… I guess just feeling like you did when you got married, and knowing that this is the same gal I married and I wanted to be with the rest of my life. The only way I can do that is to treat her right, and act civilized and stay away from the guys that get into trouble and be a family man."   

With all the thrills of racing, flying and riding it seems the couple has had a bit of luck on their side after 50 years. They shared a story with us about how Keith was drafted to the army, but sent home after bootcamp and the couple escaped a long military deployment. Then Harriet shared later about how their wedding day was ruined by a flood that had destroyed her bridesmaids' town. After children, grandchildren and 50 years of love and thrills, this couple is bursting with enthusiasm and devotion. 

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

Chillin' with Sasquatch this August 24 Jul 2015, 2:20 pm





Watch out for Sasquatch on August 22nd at Oak Glenn Vineyards & Winery. Run, eat and party in the woods on the Inaugural Beer & Bagel Off Road Run for Missouri sponsored by Oak Glenn and Tin Mill Brewing Company. Beer & Bagel Off Road Runs have been a 20 year tradition in the heartland of America in five states, starting in Nebraska. Besides the great food and drinks, the big highlight of the event is spotting Sasquatch along the race course. 

Runners can enjoy what the Run is calling "4ish" miles of wooded paths, home-cooked chili, beer from Tin Mill Brewing Company, and your signature Beer & Bagel tee shirt, featuring Mr. Sasquatch himself. The paths change every year making each running experience a new adventure.

Individual and team pricing are available so make this a solo adventure or group effort. After the run, race results will be available online for all those competitive types. Groups of 4 or more will save $5 per runner. Besides your online race results, prizes will be given to the best group costume, best group name, and largest group. Individual male and female will be given for best costume as well. 

Your registration package includes your race entry, pre and post run games, beer, bagels, home cooked chili, a souvenir race bib, your "I'm a drinker with running problem" tee shirt, and of course free photos with Sasquatch. 


Oak Glenn Vineyards & Winery is known for its stunning views and secluded location just two and a half miles east of Hermann on Highway 100. Tin Mill Brewing Company's beer is crafted in accordance to the German Purity Law of 1516 and uses barley and hops straight from Germany, giving you a unique international taste. Tin Mill was established in Hermann in 2005 and is the only true lager microbrewery in the state of Missouri. 

Get more information here and register for your Sasquatch adventure. 


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

Inn Supplier Models for Gatsby Styled Photo Session at Hermann Hill Weddings 22 Jul 2015, 11:15 am









Pineda Photography visited this week to work with our Marketing Manager on an editorial for Hermann Hill Weddings. The photo session included designs by Terraflora and hair and makeup styling by Chelsea Mundwiller. Our Vineyard Inn supplier, Freyja, was the star of this Great Gatsby inspired production. The intention of the photo shoot is to illustrate Hermann Hill Weddings' ability to bring in a gazebo ceremony to the chapel to avoid a rainstorm. The photo session took place on July 20th on a rainy day, with stormy skies, which helped illustrate the editorial even more.

Terraflora designed some simple, yet beautiful pieces, that could easily be translated into several different spaces including feather chair accents and a pillar hydrangea arrangement decorated with crystals and pearls that could be moved from the gazebo to the chapel easily. The Champagne Toast table incorporated beads, feathers and gold sashes. Besides the gazebo and chapel spaces, the photo session included scenes from the Pavilion, bar, and Bride's Room. The Pavilion featured double wrapped knotted chair bows to echo the look of a flapper's accessories and dress and gold place settings appeared at each of the plates at the head table.


  

Hermann Hill Weddings and Pineda Photography hope to publish the editorial in print with a local wedding magazine or digitally wedding blogs. Keep an eye out for beautiful Freyja and our Gatsby styled images in publications soon to come.  




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

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


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

Hermann Hill Couples, June 2015 - Bob & Marilyn 24 Jun 2015, 7:30 am

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

 
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