I am always looking for great places to go for a girls weekend. Hermann, Missouri is such a place! I had a chance recently to spend a fun weekend there and I’m already looking forward to a return visit.
Located 90 minutes from downtown St. Louis and 3 hours from Kansas City, the City of Hermann was established as a German settlement in 1837. It has everything you need for a great girls getaway . . . places to eat, places to sleep and places to enjoy hanging out with friends.
One of my favorite ways to get to Hermann is on the train. Amtrak services Hermann 4 times per day . . . with 2 east-bound trains and 2 west-bound trains. You can take a morning or afternoon train from Kansas City or St. Louis (or any stop along the way) to Hermann every day.
The train station is located along the Missouri River and within walking distance of places to stay and eat. Once you arrive in Hermann a popular and convenient way to get around is the Hermann Trolley. They offer pickup at the train station or most of the local bed and breakfasts. The trolley is the perfect way to enjoy the wineries in the area and let someone else do the driving.
I arrived in Herman for my girls weekend on a Thursday evening and checked into my B & B. I’ve stayed at quite a few B & B’s in Hermann and they are all unique and cater to different tastes. You can check out lodging options here.
My next stop was the Barrel Bar for dinner. This is one of my favorite places in Hermann . . . probably because I have spent so many fun times here with friends and family. It is located at 206 East First Street. This was our only stop on Thursday night because it was late and we wanted to save our energy for the next day.
Friday morning we slept in a bit then headed to Sharp’s Corner Bar (414 Market Street) for breakfast. Not a “fancy” place, but it has great food and lot of local “atmosphere”. The staff is friendly and the prices are great. It also has a MegaTouch game (that turned out to be addictive!) While we waited for more friends to join our group, we got pretty competitive with our game (and actually racked up the top ten scores on the machine.)
Lunch found us back at the Barrel Bar as more friends continued to arrive in Hermann. Eventually we headed to a nearby Mexican restaurant for dinner.
Saturday morning finally had our whole group in Hermann and ready to make some memories. We were there to celebrate my youngest daughter’s upcoming wedding. After lunch we arranged for the trolley to pick us up at our B & B and we headed out to explore some of the local wineries. We paid a flat fee of $15 for the day on the trolley and could go as many places as we wanted to for that price.
Our first stop was the Adam Puchta Winery. They have some of my favorite wines there. It is, however, a place that is really better to visit on a warm, beautiful day since they don’t have any indoor seating for guests. They do have an indoor tasting room so you can try their wines no matter what the weather is like.
The trolley picked us back up from the Adam Puchta Winery and took us on to our next stop . . . Stone Hill Winery. There you can visit their tasting room or gift shop, hang out and enjoy some great wine, take a tour of their wine cellar or eat in their restaurant.
Stone Hill is a very special place to me since my oldest daughter got married there a couple of years ago. (We lucked out with a beautiful 80 degree day in November that was even too warm to wear the jacket I had searched for weeks to find and knew I would need since it was November!) So besides Hermann being a great place for a girls getaway, I would highly recommend it as a beautiful place to get married. (My daughter’s wedding is featured in a book of Stone Hill weddings inside the gift shop.)
Our final winery stop of the day was Hermannhoff Winery. There we had a chance to grab some snacks and hang out by the fire.
We had late dinner reservations so we hung out for awhile at Simon’s (4 Schiller Street). Dinner was at the Black Walnut Bistro (222 East First Street) which has amazing food. By the time dinner was over I was ready to walk back to my B & B and call it a night.
Sunday morning we were back at the Sharp’s Corner Bar for another great breakfast. They were actually scheduled to be closed that morning, but opened up just for our group! After that I headed to the train station to catch the west-bound train heading to Kansas City.
It was a perfect girls weekend. Lots of laughs and good times. We were there on a quiet weekend without any special events, but there are plenty of festivals if you want to enjoy even more activities. I think I would like to be there for a weekend during Octoberfest on my next visit.
Have you ever been to Hermann? What was your favorite winery? B & B? Restaurant? I’m taking suggestions for my next trip!