I spotted signs for Frankenmuth as I drove through Michigan for the first time a couple years ago on my way to Petoskey. I had to fight the urge to stay the course, as I so wanted to detour to check out the Bavarian style buildings, view the covered bridge and Glockenspiel, search for gnomes and visit the World’s largest Christmas store. I stayed the course, only because I didn’t have any time to spare and made a mental note to plan a future trip to the area.
Since driving past Frankenmuth that first time, I have managed to return to the area to explore twice and Frankenmuth did not disappoint. Whether you’re looking for a destination to visit with kids, a girlfriend getaway or a romantic couples trip, Frankenmuth has activities to make sure your trip is not one you’ll soon forget. Did you know you can Celebrate Christmas Every Day of the Year in Frankenmuth?
You can also see a replica of the Silent Night Chapel. But perhaps what Frankenmuth is most known for are the chicken dinners served at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.
About the Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 130 years of service in 2018, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer.
Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.
I dined at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant on both of my previous visits to Frankenmuth. The restaurant and downtown area is conveniently located a short walk across the river from The Bavarian Inn Lodge.
About the Bavarian Inn Lodge
The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels. The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof.
The Lodge’s expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke. In 30 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked since its opening and its top rating on TripAdvisor.
The Bavarian Inn Lodge has some great deals for your visit to Frankenmuth available. You can see the current offers here.
Visitors to the area won’t want to miss either of these Frankenmuth icons. Couples can enjoy a relaxing horse and carriage ride, a wine tasting cruise along the river, or shopping in the Frankenmuth River Place Shops, an authentic re-creation of an entire Bavarian Village a short walk from the Bavarian Inn or browse the Castle Shops located beneath the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.
If you plan to shop, make sure you sign up for special offers before your arrival to receive free gifts with minimum purchases, half off special items and more. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for gnomes while you’re shopping. Pick up a gnome hunt sheet at the Frankenmuth Visitor Center, find 10 of the gnomes on the list and return it for a fun prize.
Watch this short video to see how fun your date night to Frankenmuth could be.
Have you been to Frankenmuth? What would you suggest for couples to do in the area?
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