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Recently, I was blessed with the opportunity to have a little “girls night” with a few of my old college roomies! We all just so happened to have the same night off, and we decided going somewhere close would be our best bet. Two of us currently live in St.Louis and the other in Columbia. Hermann is about equidistant for all of us, and none of us had ever visited so it was an easy choice!
Hermann is known for its selection of wineries, a quaint downtown, and beautiful scenery. With only 24 hours to spend, we wanted to try and see as much of it as possible. We checked in at our hotel, the Hermann Crown Suites, which is situated within walking distance of several shops and restaurants. It’s a fairly new business, recently renovated, and good pricing for the amount of room we had! The building itself was erected in the 1800’s.
Just a short walk away, we ate dinner at The Black Walnut Bistro. This restaurant had 4 and 5 star reviews on Yelp, and we wanted a good place to sit down and catch up.. The food was excellent and the service too, but the price was a little expensive for me and the small room had terrible acoustics that made it difficult to have a good conversation.
After dinner we headed over to Sugar Momma’s, a cute little pie shop that was right next door to our hotel! It’s adorable windows were decked out and definitely enticed us in. I love a good window display (haha). We met Sugar Momma herself, Mrs. Tammy Bruckerhoff, who helped us choose our pie slices for dessert! There were so many pies to choose from, plus she had candy everywhere – we needed direction. Sugar Momma was so kind and welcoming, and she gave us some fantastic insider tips on where to go the next day. We said our goodbyes and headed up to our room to devour our precious pie slices.
The next morning we were up by nine (which is sort of ridiculous because we all love sleep AND it was raining). We walked (okay…ran) across the street to a little hometown donut shop called Battocletti’s Bake Shop for breakfast. We had heard some locals praising it, and it was pretty busy when we got there. The donuts are good, and cheap too – but be warned they only take cash. Luckily I had a few bucks in my wallet [not normal] and we got to indulge.
Adam Puchta Winery was our next stop. If it wasn’t raining so much, I bet there would have been plenty more visitors but we pretty much had the place to ourselves! They have a small tasting room, a big selection, and a very pretty outside set-up. There wasn’t a tour for us to take at this winery, so we didn’t stay very long.
One of the largest (and probably the most popular) wineries in town is called Stone Hill Winery. It was easy to find, had plenty of parking, and the hosts were friendly. We took a tour of the cellars and our tour guide was full of fun stories of the owners and what happened to the winery during prohibition. The winery cellars were once used to grow Portabello mushrooms! The main building had three tasting rooms, a live band playing by the atrium, and a huge store room where they sold bottles and cases.
My favorite meal of our trip had to be the lunch we ate at Stone Hill. The owners had transformed an old barn into a restaurant, and we sat in what used to be a horse stable. We were all a little chilled from the rain so it was nice to sit down and get some warm food – which was amazing! I’ve never really had German food before, and here it was a specialty. The white bean and sausage soup hit the spot. I had a grilled chicken salad on a croissant, and the girls both had the daily special – sausage stuffed onion on mashed potatoes covered with white wine gravy. They give huge portions, so we were filled to the gills by the time we were done. I definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone!
From lunch we had to part ways. For 24 hours, I think we did a fantastic job of getting the most out of our trip! I would love to go back again. I think a weekend trip would be perfect for a couple wanting a small getaway.
Have you been to Hermann, MO? Is there something I missed that I should add to my list next time I visit? Comment below and Let me know!
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