My three girlfriends and I stayed at Serenity Place Guest House and Spa while on a girl’s weekend in April, 2012. My experience with SPGHS was overall positive and I would recommend this guest house for anyone looking for an inexpensive girl’s weekend away.
We arrived at the house late Friday evening and picked up the key in a prearranged location for letting ourselves into the house. The owner/employees are not there in the evening, so you have the run of the place (nice for a bunch of cackling old hens like ourselves).
Having done no research on where we would be staying myself (my friends had already settled on a location when I signed on for the trip) I had no preconceived notions as to where we would be staying. I was SO pleasantly surprised at the cleanliness and comfort of the Guest House.
I’m guessing that the house was built sometime in the 1920s or 1930s, the owner and her family have remodeled it to be a quaint little cottage. The first floor doubles as the spa, the bedrooms are upstairs. There are two large sleeping quarters, each with a queen bed and one with a futon, the other with a daybed and trundle. The beds were quite comfortable, the futon is, well, a futon.
Each bedroom is large enough to hang out in, but there really isn’t another “living” area to lounge around. They both have a television and dvd/vcr and the house has it’s own library of girly dvds and videos. There were also games and we indulged in our love of Mexican Train dominoes.
The bathroom is Spic and Span clean. It has a shower and toilet and the four of us had no problem using it to get ourselves ready in the morning. I wonder how a larger group would do?
As part of our package, breakfast was provided. Each morning of our stay we ate breakfast at “Kate’s Place” which is really the Alpenhorn Bed and Breakfast. April, the owner of SPGHS made the arrangements. Funny story, in the morning when we were headed to breakfast we kept trying to find Kate’s Place on our GPS or our iPhones and only when we texted April did we find out that Kate’s is actually named the Alpenhorn. Later in the day, the local shopkeepers or service providers in town, while making conversation, asked us where we ate breakfast. Each time we responded that we ate at the Alpenhorn. Each time they would give us a puzzled look until they figured out that we were actually referring to Kate’s.
The spa portion of our stay was not exactly what I expected and, knowing what I know now, I probably would only book a massage with Fran. The ultimate hand package and ultimate foot package were not manicures/pedicures; instead they were a hand massage and a paraffin wax treatment and a foot massage with a moisturizing mask. Ehhhh. The massages were nice, but apparently they are not licensed to use tools to give mani/pedis, so, just something to note.
One other spa item to note: Since most spa goers are from out of town and in Hermann to enjoy the wineries, I would suggest anyone booking spa appointments for Saturday book for first thing in the morning so that you can have the whole afternoon for touring and tasting. If possible I would recommend doing the spa on Friday afternoon or Sunday morning before you leave, that way Saturday is open for wine.
Lowlights of the trip: this is a small thing, but apparently making arrangements required numerous phone calls between the owner and my girlfriend who arranged the trip. I would suggest the owner/employees make a list of all the questions they need answered and send one email communication.
Highlights of trip: The employees/owners seem to be some of the nicest people we’ve encountered while traveling together. The house provided comfortable, clean accommodations. Run, don’t walk to Kate’s/Alpenhorn B&B for breakfast. Book Fran for the best massage of your life; that woman has a gift.
I would definitely stay at the SPGHS again for a girl’s weekend.