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.

By The editors of MidwestLiving.com

What to do

Hermann Wine Trail Visiting the seven wineries along the trail provides a good intro to the Missouri River town founded in the 1800s by German settlers. hermannwinetrail.com

Historical wine cellars

Hermann Wurst Haus Shop for bacon any day (as well as bratwurst, cheese and more). hermannwursthaus.com

Historic Hermann Museum at the German School Exhibits explore life here 150 years ago. historichermann.com

Stone Hill Winery Founded in 1847, this is the oldest of the seven wineries on the Hermann Wine Trail. Tours and tastings are held daily. stonehillwinery.com

Where to eat

Espresso Laine The cafe offers board games for patrons to play while drinking their coffee, tea or specialty drinks. espressolaine.com

Vintage Restaurant at Stone Hill Winery It's worth the wait for a booth tucked into former horse stalls. The menu features German favorites. stonehillwinery.com

Where to stay

Alpenhorn Gasthaus The owner is a gourmet cook, so plan on having more than breakfast; a four-course dinner is served Fridays and Saturdays (reservations required). alpenhorngasthaus.com

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. hermanncottage.com

Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn Visitors choose between an attractive B&B and modern cottages overlooking the Missouri River. hermannhill.com

The Inn at Hermannhof For no-detail-spared lodging, try The Inn at Hermannhof. The stay includes luxury inn rooms as well as historic stone hillside cottages built in the mid-1800s. innathermannhof.com

The Inn at Hermannhof.

For more information visithermann.com

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