While researching my recent trip to Kansas City, I read about the region, places to visit and some of the events going on in Missouri in the fall. From Oktoberfest celebrations to vineyard tours, there is plenty to do in the heartland. Today I present just a few of things I found to do in the Show Me State this fall…

Oktoberfest in Hermann, MO

FFHOFFirst, you have to love a good old fashioned Oktoberfest celebration, and by all accounts the Oktoberfest in Hermann, MO is one of the best in the Midwest.

About Oktoberfest in Hermann, MO: “Oktoberfest is held the first four weekends of October and has become a fall tradition for thousands of people. Each weekend there are special activities around town, held amid the spectacular fall colors of Missouri’s most beautiful town. Here is what the editors had to say about Oktoberfest: ‘There’s no better way to get to know a town or region than to attend one of the many festivals around the state. Perhaps the best reflection of a town’s heritage is the Oktoberfest held in Hermann. Attend this event and you will be eating sauerkraut with the most German of Missourians.’ —Rural Missouri Magazine”

Learn more about Hermann, MO’s Oktoberfest here.

Hermann Wurst Haus

FFHWWhile in Hermann, MO you have to stop by the Hermann Wurst Haus to continue your German-themed trip. Or if you can’t make it to Hermann for Oktoberfest, you can bring a little of it to you wherever you are by visiting Hermann Wurst Haus’s online shop.

About Hermann Wurst Haus: “The Hermann Wurst Haus is located in historic, downtown Hermann, Missouri. Mike and Lynette Sloan, owners of the Hermann Wurst Haus, opened the doors on September 1, 2011. Combined they have more than 60 years of experience in the meat processing business and produce more than 40 varieties of fresh and smoked sausages and bratwursts. All sausages and bratwurst are handcrafted in-house by two-time hall of famer, Wurstmeister Mike Sloan. Wurstmeister Mike has won more than 350 national, state and regional awards; including 13 best of show honors.”

See more about Hermann Wurst Haus here.

Visit Hermann Wurst Haus’s online shop here.

Montelle Winery

FFMONTMeanwhile. Missouri’s countryside offers a few wonderful vineyard you can visit. Like Montelle Winery in Augusta, MO.

About Montelle Winery in Augusta, MO: “The Augusta region was nationally known for its wine during the 19th century, but Prohibition halted the state’s winemaking for decades. Then, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a few pioneering souls began to refurbish the old vineyards and winery buildings. One of these pioneers was Clayton Byers, who founded Montelle Vineyards in 1970. The winery was later purchased in 1998 by present owner and wine maker Tony Kooyumjian. The secret to our success in producing outstanding wines is our vineyards. The Augusta area was chosen as the first viticultural area in the United States because of our unique soils, microclimate, and history, and it is our mission to produce wines that exemplify the uniqueness of this eleven square mile area. Our philosophy is to farm our vineyards with a respect for the land and the environment.”

Visit Montelle Winery online here.

Noboleis Vineyards

FFNVAlso in Augusta is Noboleis Vineyards, makers of fine wine and offering vineyard tours and wine tasting.

About Noboleis Vineyards: “Taste our award-winning wines, and enjoy the views of our vineyards set amidst the rolling hills of Augusta. Whether it’s our barrel fermented Vidal Blanc that has been compared to a fine Chardonnay, or our 2006 Reserve Norton that has aged to perfection, we have wine for the driest to sweetest palates.”

Learn more about Noboleis Vineyards here.