The Vinchester Inn, Hermann Missouri

 

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After deciding when to visit Hermann, Missouri for the first time, my next step in planning this road trip was to find the right accommodations. As you might know, from reading my posts, I prefer a unique place to stay, something with a story connected to it, if possible.

I found it!

The Vinchester Inn, Hermann Missouri, not only provided an ideal place from which to explore the town, it has a lovely backstory. Hermann hosted a movie crew last December, for the filming of A Christmas Vintage, available to watch on Prime. This sweet inn could easily be the subject of a Hallmark Movie as well.

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The Vinchester Inn Details

This cozy inn, featuring 11 rooms and an event center, is located at 129 East 3rd Street in the heart of Hermann’s historic downtown. There is a parking lot behind the inn, with entrance into the main level. And parking is available on 3rd Street as well. Entrance from the street is on ground level with a flight of stairs to the main level above.

There are rooms available with king sized beds or two extra long full sized beds. Plus there is an accessible room with a queen bed. Three rooms come with a balconies that overlook 3rd Street.

Amenities include:

50” TV with DirectTV

Beekman 1802 bath amenities

Mini-fridge

Bistro table with chairs

In-room controlled heat and AC

Free Wi-Fi

Indoor, secure bike storage

Guest laundry

Filtered water (bottle filler in lobby)

Rooms are simple, clean, modern, and highly functional. While the inn has some of the most reasonable rates in town, the traditional hotel experience is elevated with plush linens and thoughtful details.

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The Vinchester Inn – 3rd Street entrance

The Vinchester Inn Story

In March 2018, sisters Hannah, Lindsey and Madison inherited the property from their dad, Rick Hessler.

According to the sisters, their dad Rick will always be the heart and soul of the inn. When he was innkeeper, Rick loved meeting and talking to new people, patronizing Hermann’s many pubs and wearing his lederhosen during Oktoberfest.

He designed and created his own original alpine-style hat many years ago, using a grey herringbone fedora, old twine and pheasant tail feathers. In honor of him and his love for Hermann, his daughters created replicas of his signature hat and started selling them around town. A new Hermann tradition was born. Guests can pick up a hat in the lobby to accompany them on winery tours. It is sure to add to the fun.

In 2021, Hannah and her husband Miles moved to Hermann to become the full time owners/operators of The Vinchester Inn. They can be spotted walking their pup, Nellie, or found at one of their other properties in town: The Schiller House – a Bed & Beverage House, The Fancy Pheasant General Store and Evergreen, a cocktail bar.

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Rick’s hat and his photo, in the inn’s lobby.

What I Appreciate About The Vinchester Inn

Greg and I enjoyed a wonderful overnight stay in Hermann, at The Vinchester Inn. In no particular order, here’s what I appreciate about the inn.

Easy Check In and Check Out

We stayed at the inn midweek. I booked our room online through this LINK. Before arrival I received an emailed guide for our stay that contained everything we needed to know about checking in and checking out. I received a phone number in case I had any questions.

Texts before arrival provided more details about checking in.

The key to the room was in an envelope on the counter in the lobby. And when we checked out, we simply popped the key back in the envelope and dropped it into a box on the same counter.

Speaking of the lobby, there’s a nicely done coffee/tea bar there with a Keurig, an ice machine and a filtered water dispenser. These items are all complimentary. There’s also a selection of snacks and cold beverages in a refrigerator that are available for a small fee. The honor system is used. You drop the money into a box and take your items.

I made cups of hot tea for myself. And we filled our metal water containers a couple of times at the dispenser.

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Coffee, tea and distilled water available in the lobby of The Vinchester Inn.

Very Comfortable Room

Our double room with a balcony was so comfy and clean. The decor was simple yet cute, with framed photography featuring Hermann. The bed linens were luxurious and the bed wonderful to sink into at the end of a day of exploring the town. I don’t normally sleep well, the first night in a new location, but I did this night!

The tv is a SmartTV. I accessed my Prime Video account so that we could continue watching a British series we started at home.

The mini fridge was handy for keeping leftovers chilled. I also appreciated plugins next to the beds, for charging cell phones, and reading lights mounted over the beds.

And the bathroom was large and exceptionally clean, with a hair dryer, enough towels for two days and toiletries.

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Charming Vinchester Inn double room.
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The Vinchester Inn bathroom. It also contains a tub with shower.

The Balcony

I loved the balcony with our room and made sure to book one of the rooms that had one. The weather was mild while we were there and it was fun to sit out on the balcony. In late afternoon, as the sun set and before we went to dinner, I lit the tabletop oil lamp and watched the dancing flame.

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View of room looking toward balcony door.
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Loved The Vinchester Inn balcony.

Bistro Table and Chairs

I enjoy having additional seating available, besides the bed. The balcony held a small table and two chairs. And a bistro table and twin chairs provided seating inside. Our room also contained an upholstered chair.

A hanging light in the corner, above the bistro table and chairs, made the area cozy.

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Bistro table inside with two chairs.

Recycling Bins

I love an accommodation that employs eco friendly practices. The Vinchester Inn encourages recycling with bins placed conveniently outside the back entrance.

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Recycling bins at The Vinchester Inn.

I Highly Recommend The Vinchester Inn, Hermann Missouri

We enjoyed a wonderful stay at The Vinchester Inn. I look forward to a return visit to Hermann, hopefully next spring or perhaps for Oktoberfest. When we return, I’ll stay at The Vinchester Inn again.

If you visit this charming town, I highly recommend a stay at the inn. You won’t be disappointed!

For more info about The Vinchester Inn, click HERE. 

And for things to do in Hermann, check out this POST.

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Enjoying the balcony

 

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Explore Charming Hermann MO

 

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I just realized something this week. I’ve created a new travel tradition, staying in a different town or city every December. The last three years I’ve stayed in three different cities…Springfield, MO, Edinburgh, Scotland and now, Hermann, MO, enjoying the seasonal decor and holiday spirit in each destination.

Although I’ve visited the first two locations before, the third destination carried the thrill of being new to me.

Come explore charming Hermann MO with me and see why you will want to add this small town to your travel list.

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Charming Hermann MO

Hermann is a small town tucked into the Missouri River Valley, in the heart of wine country. Known for its vineyards, wineries and breweries, this German town with red brick buildings and a variety of shops, restaurants and bars offers visitors plenty to do and see.

Hermann was founded in 1837 by Germans from Philadelphia, with the goal of creating the “heart of German America”. Here the founders hoped to continue traditional German culture and establish a self supporting community built upon farming, commerce and industry. The town is named after Hermann der Cherusker, a Germanic leader who defeated the Romans in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD.

The early settlers discovered that the area supported the growing of grapes and vineyards and wineries clustered around the town, as a result. The Prohibition shut down Hermann’s thriving wineries, however they revived in the 1960s.

Today Hermann has seven wineries in the area that produce one-third of Missouri’s wine. Designated in 1983, it is one of the first federally recognized American Viticultural Areas.

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Explore Charming Hermann MO – vineyard near the historic downtown area.

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You can spend a weekend in Hermann….or a week…and find plenty to explore in the area. I recently spent a couple of days there and look forward to a return visit.

Wineries and Breweries

The vineyards and wineries contribute to the town’s tourism, due to winery and brewery tours and tastings. Wineries to visit include Stone Hill Winery, the largest in Missouri, Hermannof Winery located on First Street in town and Adam Puchta Winery, the oldest continuously family owned winery in the US. It’s been owned and operated by the same family since 1855,

Local wines and brews are offered at Hermann restaurants, so it is easy to sample a variety.

And you can participate in the Hermann Wine Trail, riding trolleys to each of the wineries for wine tastings.

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The Hermannof Winery is in town, at the east end of First Street.

Restaurants and Cafes

For a small town, population 2185 in 2020, Hermann offers a wide variety of choices for meals. From cozy breakfast spots, like Ainsley’s Place to pubs such as the Corner Tavern to large restaurants like Tin Mill Restaurant you can find great food and drinks here.

Hermann is a very walkable town, with the historic district a five block by four block area. Greg and I parked our car at Vinchester Inn on Third Street and walked to nearby cafes and shops.

We enjoyed our first meal in town at 4th Street Pizza. Happily, they offer vegan options, from salads to pizza to pasta.

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Explore Charming Hermann MO – there are a variety of restaurants in town.

Walk the Town

My favorite activity in any town is to explore on foot. Hermann’s architecture and historic sites are so beautiful and interesting. On the historical tour that we took, we learned that the houses and buildings are made from brick because red clay is plentiful in the area. All the Colonial and Federal Style red brick buildings add continuity and great charm to the town.

From our comfortable inn (watch for an upcoming post on Vinchester Inn) we branched out, walking up and down the streets. For December, the weather was perfect. I enjoyed taking a LOT of photos and I loved the Christmas decor and lights throughout town.

Hermann boasts a variety of shops as well. We popped into several while we explored. My favorites on this trip: Blondie’s Toy Shop, Buy the Book Etc, Missouri’s Trading Post, Old Vine Kitchen Emporium, The Olive Branch and Ralph and Millies.

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Beautiful example of the architecture in Hermann.
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Explore Charming Hermann MO – a cute shop on First Street with a “husband waiting area”.

Museum and Historic Tours

I always seek out a historic tour when I visit a destination for the first time. Hermann offers the Deutschheim State Historic Site Tour. One gets a glimpse of German life in the town in the mid 19th century and learns about the founding of Hermann with an extremely knowledgeable guide.

We started in the Julius Hundhausen 1890 house and then toured Pommer House, with its attached violin and piano shop, both built in 1840. And finished the two hour tour with the 1840s Strehly House with its attached winery and basement printing press. Hermann’s first German newspaper was published weekly here. Tours are offered daily from April – October and Thursday through Sunday, November – March.

Museums include the City of Hermann Caboose Museum, the Hermann Fire Company Museum and Historic Hermann Museum and German School. Most of the wineries and breweries offer tours of their facilities as well. And Hermann Farm’s mission is to educate the public on the significance of Missouri’s winemaking heritage.

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The Pommer House and garden.

Hermann Riverfront

Nestled along the Missouri River, Hermann relied on that wide, flowing river to survive during its early settlement years. Today the riverfront offers a place to picnic or play or sit in benches and watch the river roll by. There are public restrooms here and a covered pavilion with picnic tables.

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Explore Charming Hermann MO – riverfront

A Christmas Vintage

Last year, actors and camera crews and directors descended on Hermann, to film a movie. The quaint town provided the perfect backdrop for the story that involves two competing winery families.

A Christmas Vintage released a couple of weeks ago, on Prime. I watched the movie before visiting Hermann and had fun walking around locating where scenes were shot. We enjoyed talking to the inhabitants of Hermann about the movie too. Many locals served as extras in the film and actual shops and restaurants were used.

The community theater is showing the movie this weekend. I would love to see it on a big screen.

If you can’t make it to Hermann now…watch A Christmas Vintage to see just how cute the town is.

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A Christmas Vintage was filmed in Hermann last year. it’s available to watch on Prime.

Festivals

Throughout the year, Hermann offers festivals that are fun for the locals and bring in visitors.

March

Wurstfest brings together professional meat processors from all over Missouri. Activities include amateur sausage making competitions, kraut making classes, German music and dancing and the famous wiener dog races.

April

For the Hermann Antique Show, antique dealers around the world gather to bring the best in country antiques.

May

Maifest is an old fashioned celebration of spring and Hermann’s German Heritage. Enjoy parades, music, singing, dancing and good food. Children play games and participate in Maypole dances while visitors explore beer gardens and the outdoor market.

June

The Hermann Garden Tour features private gardens. And the Hermann Plein Air Festival takes place this month as well.

July

Freedomfest celebrates the 4th with food booths, games, parades and music at the riverfront.

August

Experience the Missouri Bourbon Festival hosted by Copper Mule Distillery and the Hermann Blue Oval Rally to show off Model A Fords to Mustangs.

September

Hogshead Smokefest, an annual charity event, features an amateur BBQ competition.

October

Every weekend in October Hermann hosts Oktoberfest with German Heritage, good food and good beer, wine and music. The Arts & Crafts Festival takes place mid October as well. And at the end of the month is the Witches & Wine Festival.

November – December

And for the six weeks leading into Christmas, Hermann celebrates the season with German holiday traditions. a parade, Christmas markets, Carriage Rides and many other holiday events.

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The Hofgarten where one of the Christmas Markets sets up on the weekends.

Have you heard of Hermann MO?

I think you will agree, Hermann MO is a fun town to explore. The peak season is March through the end of October with special holiday events in December. January and February is considered the off season, allowing the town to rest and prepare for a busy time ahead.

With all of the festivals, there’s something for everyone here. And in between those festivals, the town itself offers a beautiful setting for a weekend getaway.

Check out the Visit Hermann website and then let me know what you’d enjoy most in this charming little German town.

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Wine cask from the 1700s.

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