Visit Hermann, Missouri by Train for Wineries, Bed and Breakfasts, and More

I’ve been wanting to share some of my favorite weekend trips with everyone and Hermann, Missouri is one of them.  Since we live in the southern part of Illinois, not far from St. Louis, this is an easy trip.

Hermann is one of our favorite places to ride on our motorcycle, but you can also get there by Amtrak train.  You can take Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner line from St. Louis and arrive in Hermann in one and one-half hours.

The number one reason to visit Hermann is their wine.  In and around Hermann are about seven different wineries  Several of the wineries have seating outside like Hermannhof Winery and Adam Puchta Winery.

The second reason I like Hermann is because it is a quaint little town with many bed and breakfasts.  Try to reserve a room several months in advance because they book up quickly.  Here is a city map of Hermann and lodging options

Besides the wineries, Hermann also has the Tin Mill Brewery and Black Shire Distillery which are my third and fourth reasons for liking Hermann.  Black Shire distills vodka, gin and whiskey and recently opened a beautiful historic place in the countryside for tours.  The Tin Mill Brewery is located in downtown Hermann and offers food like pizza, burgers and bratwurst  Some people don’t like to drink wine so having a microbrewery and distillery are nice options.

Finally, there are several good German restaurants to eat in Hermann.  The Wurst Haus in downtown Hermann is a great stop for lunch.  It serves a variety of bratwursts and even gives free samples.  Sides include red cabbage, sauerkraut and German potato salad  For a nice dinner, visit the more upscale Stone Hill Winery and Restaurant  The restaurant is made from a converted carriage house and has plenty of ambience and character.

Click your glasses together at Hermann and have a great time.

The Black Shire Distillery has a beautiful tasting room on a historic farm outside of Hermann. Image Source
The Black Shire Distillery recently started giving tours at its historic site outside of Hermann.  They distill vodka, gin and whiskey.
The Black Shire Distillery is located on a historic site that dates back to 1842.
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Hermann is a beautiful little town with German heritage that lies along the Missouri River. It has wineries, bed and breakfasts and a brewery.
Overview of Hermann, Missouri Image Source

Two Little Known Things You Should Know before Going to Washington D.C.

My husband and I recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for the first time.  In a one-mile stretch known as the National Mall you will see the Lincoln Memorial situated on the west end and the United States Capitol on the east end.  In between is the Reflective Pool, Washington’s Monument and The White House, among other memorials and museums.

While we had planned to visit many of the memorials and sites in D.C., there were two things we didn’t know when we arrived that I would like to share to make your trip to D.C. a little easier.

Thing to Know #1

The Metro is the public transportation system that runs below ground and above ground in the greater D.C. area and it costs to ride.  It does not take you to the National Mall area.  The free (yes, free) Red Circulator Bus does take you all around the mall.  It makes a continuous loop all day around the mall every ten minutes and makes stops for people to get off and on. 

Thing to Know #2

My husband I didn’t know that finding food would be hard to find in the mall area.  There are a few scattered ice cream vendors and some of the museums have snack bars, but that is it.  Someone finally told us to take the free Red Circulator Bus to the Columbus Circle stop at Union Station (see map below).  Inside Union Station is a large variety of (about 40) fast food places to eat including a Chick-Fil-A, Johnny Rocket’s and McDonald’s.  Here is a link to the food directory in Union Station .  Source 

Knowing both of these facts about D.C. will help your trip more enjoyable and take some of the stress about navigating the many memorials and museums in Washington D.C.

A view of the Reflective Pool and Washington’s Monument in the National Mall

Union Station, a working train station, with food courts on the main level and lower level. Image Source
Snapshot of part of the Free Red Line Bus route (hollow red line route) that circulates the Mall area every ten minutes.