Back in February, Brian and I had a weekend away planned for my birthday. We had planned for a B&B stay in the Missouri wine country. Which is certainly less inspiring than California wine country, but suitably close and convenient. And if you know me at all, you know my favorite type of wine is suitably close and convenient! But Rowan came down with a viral rash and was just feeling pretty yuck, so we postponed. And it was probably a good idea since things look a bit more green and floral this time of year.
The grounds of the wineries were lovelier than I expected, and the tours of the cellars was downright delightful. At the risk of shocking you, my favorite part was the actual tasting. Which is why I don't have any pictures of that part, besides a quick selfie from my phone.
The cellars were covered in black spots where portabella mushrooms were grown in lieu of casks of wine during prohibition.
The town was quaint and pretty, but it also felt empty, which was surprising for Memorial Day weekend. But we enjoyed the quiet away from the kiddos for a couple of days. Brian still managed to make friends everywhere we went, despite the thin crowds. He's such a social guy, and is so friendly and curious about other people, while I tend to take a while to warm up to others. He balances me out so well, and getting away together was a great reminder of just how much I need him around.
We ate good food, drank decent wine, and reconnected on our quick trip away. You can't really ask for more on a weekend trip. Brian even found a dog or two to love on.
If you ever find yourself in the middle of Missouri, Hermann is a great little German town just to the west of St. Louis. But if you're listening, Army, a duty station near Napa wouldn't go unappreciated. Just saying.