Hermann Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Hermann Trip Guide

Founded in the 1800s by German vintners, Hermann (population: 2,600) has retained its small-town character even though thousands come to this Missouri River town each year to explore the area’s famous wine trail.

What to do

Hermann Wine Trail The wine tradition here reaches back almost 175 years, so you’ll find unique trail activities, such as touring underground cellars dug by hand before the Civil War. Some of our favorites of the seven wineries are Hermannhof Winery, Stone Hill Winery, and OakGlenn Vineyards and Winery. (800) 932-8687; hermannwinetrail.com


Historical wine cellars.

Historical wine cellars

Hermann Wurst Haus Make your own sausage in a Summer Sausage Making 101 Class. A tour of the smokehouse and a meal are included with the class. (573) 486-2266; hermannwursthaus.com

Historic Hermann Museum at the German School Explore local Hermann history to learn what life was like 150 years ago. (573) 486-2017; historichermann.com

Where to eat

Vintage Restaurant at Stone Hill Winery It’s worth the wait for a booth tucked into former horse stalls. The menu features German favorites. (573) 486-3479; stonehillwinery.com

The Bank Bar Sip one of 40 kinds of martinis and cocktails on the patio next to a butterfly garden or around the wood bar indoors. The martini and craft cocktail bar is located beneath a boutique hotel. (573) 486-1010; hermannlodging.com

Black Walnut Bistro This upscale, downtown restaurant is only open for dinner. The menu lists a recommended wine pairing with every dish. (573) 486-3298; Black Walnut Bistro on Facebook

Espresso Laine The cafe offers board games for patrons to play while drinking their coffee, tea, or specialty drinks. A variety of toys and games in addition to coffee products can be purchased from the gift shop. (573) 486-2010; espressolaine.com

Where to stay

Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn Visitors choose between an attractive B&B and modern cottages overlooking the Missouri River. (573) 486-4455; hermannhill.com  

The Inn at Hermannhof For no-detail-spared, first-class lodging, look to The Inn at Hermannhof. Stay in a room downtown or in one of several cottages on the East Hill with river views. (888) 268-1422; innathermannhof.com

The Inn at Hermannhof.

The Inn at Hermannhof.

The Cottage Tree Houses For a less traditional stay, climb up into the forest. All of the tree houses have full indoor plumbing, heat and air. The Moonlight Tree House is wheelchair accessible. (573) 486-4300; hermanncottage.com

Alpenhorn Gasthaus The owner is a gourmet cook, so plan on having more than breakfast at this B&B. A hillside of vines honors the original builder's decision to plant grape vines on the property. (573) 486-8228; alpenhorngasthaus.com

For information: Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce (800) 932-8687; visithermann.com


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