Six fall drives that end in cozy retreats

Originally published at: on September 23, 2012
Scott Deffenbaugh predicts that fall will arrive early this year in the Missouri Ozarks. And he has one of the best seats in the house for monitoring autumn colors.

Deffenbaugh and his wife, Jodi, own Round Spring Retreat, a single guesthouse located about 400 feet from their home on a ridge top near Eminence. The view from the rental cottage looks down on the Current River with the wooded hills of the Mark Twain National Forest as a backdrop.

“It’s already changing down here,” Deffenbaugh said the first week in September. “The sumac came out early, bright red and orange, and we’re starting to see the browns, reds and yellows of the oaks and hickories.” Continue Reading This Article

The Inn at Hermannhof

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We were thoroughly impressed by the level of detail and service at this distinctive lodging.

The Inn at Hermannhof is sophisticated and first class all the way. You can stay at the main inn in downtown Hermann or in a cluster of individual Haus Wineries on East Hill that overlook the Hermannhof Winery and have bird’s- eye views of the town and Missouri River. The phenomenal main inn, which dates to the 1800s and has eight suites, is furnished throughout with antiques and exquisite handmade reproduction furniture. Accessories are mostly German folk art: painted chests, rural landscapes and nature motifs. No detail has been spared — from 1800s-appropriate paint colors and custom trim to bedding and fabulously appointed bathrooms. Guest perks include complimentary bottles of wine and containers of cheese. Continue Reading This Article


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