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Hermann Hill Bed and Breakfast Vineyard Inn in Hermann, Missouri.
The innkeepers really thought of everything when they were designing these suites. Being on the second floor, there was a cathedral ceiling, clerestory windows (sort of small dormers along the roof line), ceiling fans, and plenty of recessed lighting. Plenty of towels were provided, including larger towels for the hot tub. The hot tub had a stereo system in it and speakers that rose, but we hadn’t brought CDs along – it would have been nice if we could have played our iPod through there. The walls were somewhat plain and we commented that we probably would have put up a few more paintings but it really was a great, private space. This is the type of place you don’t want to leave. We sure weren’t ready to go after three nights!
We didn’t stay at the inn proper but at one of the cottages. We felt the amenities in the cottage where we stayed were superior. The inn states that all of its accommodations offer Wi-Fi, which may be important to some people. We were on vacation and as such, were computer-free for the week. You can’t go wrong with this place.
The B&B serves guests breakfast. Since we were in a cottage, the refrigerator was stocked with breakfast fixings for the three days we’d be there. In addition there was soda, plenty of bottled water, coffee, waffle makings, fruit, and popcorn (for the microwave). Here is the one area where they could improve. We had let them know ahead of time that Lori was allergic to mushrooms. When we checked in, we were given a sheet of paper explaining the breakfasts for the three days we would be staying there. Right away we saw something that had mushrooms in it and pointed it out to the woman who checked us in. She said if we let them know ahead of time then she was sure there would be no mushrooms in the food. Unfortunately, there was nothing on the food to indicate they had left off the mushrooms and it was a sort of egg and cheese casserole. There was something dark in it and we couldn’t tell if it was mushrooms or not (there were two casseroles). So Keith tried his first. He still wasn’t sure. Lori tried hers and said she thought it was sausage, but we were a little nervous, as you can imagine.
Here is the issue – we had read some guest comments on TripAdvisor that said the innkeepers provided instructions for re-heating the breakfast entrees. We weren’t given any instructions so we had to guess at how long to do the stuff in the microwave (Lori was in charge of that). Since they took the time to write up a sheet telling us what the breakfasts were the three days we were there, it would have been nice if they had provided instructions, such as “re-heat for one minute on high in the microwave.” Perhaps this is something they usually do but forgot for us? Honestly, that is our only knock on the place, but providing instructions would have really helped. The food we were provided was good but we were a little uneasy about whether it contained mushrooms and how long to heat it. As it turned out, Lori didn’t have any reaction so obviously it was mushroom free.
They also provided chocolate cakes in the shape of a heart (they said cookies but they were really more like individual cakes) – those had heating instructions, and they provided a raspberry chocolate sauce to put on top.
N/A – we had wine we picked up at the various wineries we visited.
We really had very little interaction with the people (and that was our choice – we wanted privacy). The woman who checked us in was nice. She spoke so quickly that we had trouble catching everything but she was smiling the entire time. On our first night we noticed we were short a wine glass and didn’t want them to think we had broken it so we left a note for the maid. We also said there were no aromatherapy scents for the aromatherapy fireplace. She left us a note stating that she had replaced the missing wine glass and also that she lit the pilot light on both the aromatherapy and the gas fireplace, and left us some scents. Because it was late summer, apparently they don’t generally keep the pilot lights lit, but it was very cool so she decided to turn them on. One day when we got back she was just finishing up in our suite and she actually talked to us for a little – she was very nice and told us what a great place it was to work.
Hermann is in Missouri’s wine country. We visited a number of area wineries – check our Missouri Travelogue for more details.
Simon’s on the Waterfront - 4 Schiller Street, Hermann, MO 573-486-2030
El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant – 710 South Market Street, Hermann, MO 573-486-0407
Vintage Restaurant at Stone Hill Winery – 1110 Stone Hill Highway, Hermann, MO 573-486-3479
Keith had a salad with bleu cheese dressing, followed the German Schnitzel with sides of spaetzle and potato pancakes (both sides were incredibly and authentically German). Lori had two appetizers: the German onion tart and the sausage sampler. We love German food and whenever we travel and can find a real German restaurant, we take advantage of it. The food was wonderful, as was the service. Of course, their own wines were available and we actually got one of the most expensive bottles on the menu – a reserve chardonnel that was a very reasonably priced $26.99. We enjoyed the experience and would definitely return.
This is a sleepy little town but there are a couple bars downtown. Simon’s on the Waterfront had a bar attached to it which features live music. We ventured in there but it was smoky so we opted not to stay.
We visited Missouri in late August/early September. The locals in this area told us the weather at this time is generally hot and humid, but we lucked out. While we were there the humidity was extremely low and highs were only in the 70s, with night temperatures dropping down to the low 60s/high 50s. Please note this was unusual – but we sure enjoyed the beautiful weather!
We really felt the place we stayed was simply spectacular and even if you aren’t into wineries, it makes for a splendid getaway. See our Missouri travelogue for more ideas.