Hit the Road
Five one-tank road trips to satisfy your wanderlust.
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As the ground defrosts and the days grow longer, the desire to hit the open road grows stronger. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled travel guides to five close-to-home cities: Hermann, Missouri; Arrow Rock, Missouri; St. Louis; Eureka Springs, Arkansas; and Bentonville, Arkansas. From quaint, historic towns at the foot of the Ozark Mountains and Missouri wine country, to a locals’ guide to big-city living, we’ve found something to suit anyone’s tastes for escape. All that’s left to do is pick a weekend getaway, pack a bag and let Google Maps do the rest.
Distance: 188 miles; 3 hours
Stretch your legs in Columbia, Missouri, where you can grab a scoop of uniquely flavored homemade ice cream from Sparky’s (gas station slushie or lavender honey, anyone?) or a slice from staple Shakespeare’s Pizza.
Captain Wohlt Inn | Photo courtesy of the Captain Wohlt Inn
REASONS TO GO
It’s believed that Hermann’s resemblance to the Rhine Valley is why scouts from the German Settlement Society of Philadelphia chose it as the site for its colony. Now, though it’s known as part of Missouri wine country, the city still has a soft spot for its culture and history. Plan to spend a few days taking in attractions like the Deutschheim State Historic Site and Katy Trail, and browse shops like Saleigh Mountain Leather Co., Hermann’s Attic Antique Mall and Type Styles.
Stone Hill Winery, Hermann | Photo courtesy of visit MO
Tasteful travels await you on the Hermann Wine Trail, which journeys to seven of the area’s family-owned wineries, including Stone Hill. For those looking to swig instead of swirl, Hermann is also home to Tin Mill Brewing Company and Pinckney Bend Distillery. Make a day of family-friendly adventures with forest canopy tours by Eco Zipline Tours or a walking tour that tells more of Hermann’s story.
Located downtown, the Black Walnut Bistro is worth a visit for a romantic evening or casual dinner of handmade pastas, specialty mac ‘n’ cheese and center-cut steaks. For those looking to dine on German fare, Hermann Wurst Haus is the premier meat, sausage and deli shop that carries 47 varieties of award-winning bratwurst and German sausage as well as grand champion house-smoked bacons and more. Before hitting the road, satisfy your sweet tooth with the nostalgic candy and homemade pies at Sugar Momma’s.
Built in the 1860s, the Alpenhorn Gasthaus is a “true old-style” brick B&B that made Midwest Living’s list of “50 Romantic Midwest Getaways” for its private accommodations and hot tub under the stars. The Food Channel for its gourmet meals, multi-course fine dining, cooking classes and candlelit wine cellar, which tops off a romantic weekend away. The Captain Wohlt Inn comprises four residences — three of which are on the National Historic Registry — and can accommodate any need, be it a small business meeting, family trip, friendly reunion or romantic getaway. Among the manifest of amenities are fresh gourmet breakfast, a butterfly and bird garden, lawn games, a barbecue grill and a pergola.
Adam Puchta Bistro, hermann | Photo Courtesy of Adam Puchta Winery
SAVE THE DATES
May 20-21: Enhance your experience of the city’s rich German roots through Maifest, an old-fashioned celebration of spring that features German music, dancing, food, parades, Maypole dancers, children’s games and beer gardens.
June 17: The quickest way to a Midwesterner’s heart — live music, good food and brews — can be found at Tin Mill Brewery’s annual Rhythm & Brews festival.