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Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Lodge, America’s largest Bavarian-themed resort, has, since its opening, embarked on and completed seven major property project investments totaling $40 million at the lodge, as well as its Family Fun Center.

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(from left) Michael Zehnder, Victoria Zehnder, Judy Zehnder Keller, Jacob Zehnder and Martha Zehnder Kaczynski at the new Bavarian Inn Lodge Outdoor Family Fun Center

Bavarian Inn Lodge opens Outdoor Fun Center

Video games, sandboxes, outdoor dining and yard games offered

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. July 27, 2020 – Families staying or planning a day trip to the Bavarian Inn Lodge can now experience an Outdoor Fun Center as a part of their visit to Frankenmuth.

Located on the Lodge property west of the main entrance, the newly created Outdoor Fun Center features more than 50 video games, large sandboxes, yard games, outdoor dining with a fresh squeezed lemonade stand, bar service and a prize redemption area for the games.

The center will be open daily throughout the summer and fall from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Each night there will be live nightly entertainment and on Fridays and Saturdays, other family activities at the Lodge’s outdoor Schnitzelbank Biergarten from 6-8 p.m.

Reopened on July 1, the Lodge continues to provide the Frankenmuth community and visitors from across the country with a fun, entertaining family experience for young and old alike. Lodge dining is available at both Oma’s Restaurant and the Lorelei Lounge. The indoor Family Fun Center amenities of the Lodge remain closed due to pandemic health guidelines.

Guests should note that social distancing and face covering guidelines remain in place for all guests at the present time.

Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®.  Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge reopening on July 1, 2020

Oma’s and Lorelei reopening as well; dining also available at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant 

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. June 22, 2020 – The Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth is reopening for guests beginning on Wednesday, July 1.

Dining will be available in the Lodge at both Oma’s Restaurant and the Lorelei Lounge. Guests should note that face coverings are required for all guests at the present time.

Preparations are also being made by the Lodge team to open up its recreational areas (the Fun Center, Pools, Water Slides) when Executive Order restrictions are lifted. Information on what is open at the Lodge, capacity guidelines and other safety precautions is being shared with guests prior to their arrival dates.

In addition, the Lodge is offering two special packages for Perks Club members. First, celebrate Frankenmuth’s 175th anniversary with a two-night stay (Sunday-Thursday) for $175 (plus taxes) and get a bottle of wine with a commemorative corkscrew. Rooms based on availability in July 2020.

Also, a “Super Summer” rate will make for a great getaway, starting at $105 (plus taxes) for a Sunday-Thursday night stay. The dates are based on availability between July 1 – August 31, 2020. This deal also includes a voucher to try the signature Reuben Eggroll from Oma’s Restaurant (free with any purchase).

The Perks Club membership fee is $10 and will be charged to a credit card prior to arrival if a membership is not current. These specials are only available for a limited time and must be booked online at: bavarianinn.com/reservations/#/room.

 

In addition to the Lodge reopening, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant reopened on June 3 with limited capacity dining. Currently, reservations are highly encouraged for the Restaurant due to limited seating capacity regulations and can be made online at www.bavarianinn.com or by calling (800) 228-2742. Guests are being asked to wear masks while inside our building until seated at a table and follow social distancing guidelines.

Besides the main dining spaces, guests can also enjoy the Michigan on Main Bar and Grill and the Main Street patio area. Curbside pickup and carryout of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s famous chicken continues to be available as well.

Also, the Castle Shops, which have been reopened since June 3, is operating with the following hours: Sun-Thurs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fri-Sat from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®.  Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

Bavarian Inn Lodge online press room: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

 

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Celebrating over 130 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

Frankenmuth’s Dog Bowl and Balloons Over Bavarian Inn welcomes guests

for two exciting weekends of family fun in August 2020

Frankenmuth, MI – Frankenmuth River Place Shops and Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn are happy to announce the new 2020 dates for the Frankenmuth Dog Bowl festival and Balloons Over Bavarian Inn, taking place August 14 to 16 and August 20 to 23 – not just one, but two weekends of free family fun for visitors to Frankenmuth!

 

Each weekend will feature multiple unique dog events and the opportunity to see hot air balloons fly overhead or twinkle in the night sky during nightly balloon glows. There are also new activities making the events bigger and better than ever to be announced soon – stay tuned to our website and social media platforms for more details!

 

The Dog Bowl festival takes place August 14 to 16 and features the same amazing programming and activities as in the past, including morning and evening flights and nightly balloon glows as part of the first ever Balloons Over Bavarian Inn Fiesta Flight event.

 

The Balloons Over Bavarian Inn’s Competition Flight event will take place the following weekend, from August 20 to 23, with 24 balloonists flying morning and evening flights and hosting nightly balloon glows. The event will also feature additional Dog Bowl activities.

 

All events take place at River Place Shops, 925 S. Main St. Parking is free and located around the German-styled shopping complex and along Weiss Street. With the events spread out on over 25 acres of Bavarian Inn property, there will be plenty of space for guests and canines to enjoy themselves safely.

 

“I look forward to seeing all of our Dog Bowl and Balloons Over Bavarian Inn friends again this year during our two weekends of family fun. We wish everyone continued health in these trying times and remember to stay optimistic!” said Michael Keller Zehnder, Vice President of the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

For updates on Dog Bowl and Balloons Over Bavarian Inn, follow the Facebook pages and website at www.dogbowlfun.com.

For more information, contact Jessica Haynes at jhaynes@bavarianinn.com or 989-598-3241.

Bavarian Inn team members support state and national charities through annual Company Giving Program

Over $21,000 collected by Restaurant and Lodge staff in 2019

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Jan.28, 2020 – Team members of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge raised more than $21,000 over the past year to benefit four different state and national charity programs.

Through the annual Company Giving Program, together Restaurant and Lodge employees collected $21,449 for charities that included the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society and Child Abuse and Neglect programs.

The year-long company campaign wrapped up in December, and the Restaurant’s fundraising total was announced at the annual post-holiday employee party on Jan. 6. Employees raised funds through a number of methods including a voluntary payroll deduction, candy sales, a holiday open house event and other activities throughout the year.

“Bavarian Inn has over 400 caring team members who give so generously each year to help those in need,” said Beth Weiss, chairperson of this year’s Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Company Giving Program. “We look forward to an exciting year of giving in 2020.”

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Celebrating over 130 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

Bavarian Inn Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

 

Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®.  Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

Bavarian Inn Lodge online press room: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

Bavarian Inn Team Members Reach 70-Year Milestone

Dorothy Zehnder and Virgil Celebrate Seven Decades of Service

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Jan. 7, 2020  – The Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge are fixtures in the heart of the Frankenmuth community. Among the many men and women who work for this historic organization, there are also a number of “fixtures,” none more dedicated and long-running than Dorothy Zehnder and Virgil Diamond.

In 2020 Dorothy Zehnder, matriarch of the Bavarian Inn, and Virgil Diamond, a much-respected team member who has done nearly everything for the organization, are each celebrating 70 years of service to the Bavarian Inn and the community.

Dorothy is the true queen of the kitchen and has led the way since 1950. During her seven decades, she raised her family of three children, and now, at 98 years young, still works six days a week checking hundreds of details and mentoring many other team members.

Virgil started working at the former Fischer’s Hotel at age 15. He has done just about everything to help build the Bavarian Inn business during his years as a manager. He currently uses his talents at Frankenmuth River Place Shops with the maintenance and grounds team.

During this celebration year the entire Bavarian Inn team is thankful and excited to honor both Dorothy and Virgil and thank them for their years of dedication and loyalty.

“We consider ourselves lucky to work alongside such great examples of leadership and hard work,” said Amy Zehnder Grossi, general manager of the Restaurant. “What a blessing they have been to our family and our community.”

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Celebrating over 130 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

Bavarian Inn Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

 

Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®.

Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

Bavarian Inn Lodge online press room: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

 

Frankenmuth River Place Shops: http://frankenmuthriverplace.com is an authentic re-creation of a Bavarian village located just minutes from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge. The outdoor mall features more than 35 unique shops and attractions at one location. Visitors enjoy architecture, floral gardens, streams, and waterfalls and, of course, great shopping opportunities.

Bavarian Inn Lodge Hosts Bridal Open House

Learn about planning a wedding at the Lodge and enjoy bridal fashion show

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Dec. 27, 2019 – For those who have considered hosting their wedding in Michigan’s fabled Little Bavaria, the Bavarian Inn Lodge is hosting a one-day Bridal Open House on Sunday, Jan. 12. During the showcase, brides and their guests will have an opportunity to learn all about what makes a wedding in Frankenmuth so memorable and unique.

The event is being presented from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bavarian Inn Lodge, and includes special promotions, giveaways, and a cash bar. A wedding fashion show hosted by Destinations Bridal and Prom kicks off at 1 p.m.

All aspects of having your big day at the Lodge will be showcased, from ceremony packages (both indoor and outdoor) to reception spaces for up to 425 guests, shower and rehearsal dinner options and even overnight bachelorette getaways.

Several of the Bavarian Inn Lodge’s preferred vendors will be on hand so guests can check out all that the Lodge offers for a picture-perfect wedding event. Guests can view sample set-ups and speak with the Lodge’s experienced staff who will be ready to assist in planning a fairytale wedding day.

Admission to the bridal open house is free. For further information check out the event Facebook page at Facebook.com/FrankenmuthBavarianInnLodge or call (989) 652-7200.

Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®.

Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge gets ready to ring in 2020

  • Party for adults with food, fun, and music
  • Family-themed fun offers wide array of party activities
  • Lodge guests: Reserve a room for peace of mind, added convenience 

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Nov. 12, 2019 – Now is the perfect time to book a great New Year’s Eve party in Frankenmuth, as both couples and families can join the countdown to 2020 during two fun-filled activities at the Bavarian Inn Lodge – one designed for adults, and the other especially for families.

For couples looking to enjoy a special New Year’s Eve there is the annual adults-only “New Year’s 2019 Gala.” One of the evening’s highlights will be the Lodge’s signature all-star gourmet buffet from 6:45-8:30 p.m. that includes appetizers such as poached whitefish, smoked salmon and shrimp, and a choice of entrees including famous Frankenmuth chicken and Certified Angus® Prime Rib of Beef. Dinner includes wine service and a choice of decadent desserts like Cherries Jubilee and a chocolate fountain. At midnight a New Year’s Soup Buffet will be offered featuring lobster bisque, chili and an assortment of cheeses.

Also included will be party favors, a champagne toast and New Year’s Day breakfast buffet the following morning.

For dancing, the much sought-after band “Remix” will be taking the stage at 8:30 p.m. and perform everyone’s favorite dance tunes, blending rock and country from the 50s all the way up to today’s contemporary hits. They will fill the night with sounds until 12:30 a.m.

The event price of $90 per person and includes activities throughout the hotel, the buffet, wine service with dinner, a cash bar (from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.), the champagne toast and midnight soup buffet, the New Year’s Day breakfast buffet and all taxes and gratuities.

For a great family-themed New Year’s Eve the festivities include both a sumptuous dinner and breakfast buffet, a “glow into the New Year” necklace for each person, party favors, interactive dances, and a global countdown into the New Year. Families will want to bring a camera and grab a photo with Willy the Dragon. The New Year’s package price of $70 for adults and $43 for children 2-12 includes all taxes and gratuities. Children under two are free.

Seating times for dinner are 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., while breakfast seatings are at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Guests with early dinner seating will have early breakfast seating and guests with late dinner seating will have late breakfast seating.

There will also be a number of fun New Year’s parties throughout the Lodge. Look for entertainment in the courtyard from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. as well as a chance to sing and dance during karaoke in the Ratskeller from 4:30-8:30 p.m. After that the entertainment will continue in the Ratskeller from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

For travelers and late-night party-goers looking for a place to stay during New Year’s Eve, both family and couple Lodge New Year’s Eve packages may be combined with any reservation for one of the Lodge’s 360 comfy Bavarian-themed rooms.

Book either of these fun-filled party options and reserve a guest room by calling the Lodge at (989) 652-7200 or by visiting www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®.

Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

Bavarian Inn Lodge online press room: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

Scarecrow Fest returns with family-friendly fall activities at Frankenmuth River Place Shops

Two weekends of fun in October featuring costumed scarecrows, pumpkin catapult, free entertainment, inflatables, food trucks and more!

 

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Oct. 2, 2019 – Celebrate the magic of fall in Michigan’s Little Bavaria during Scarecrow Fest, a free two-weekend event at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

Scarecrow Fest runs from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20 and Oct. 27 and 27, at River Place Shops, 925 S. Main St., in Frankenmuth. Each weekend features a scarecrow competition spread throughout the downtown district along with fall activities such as the pumpkin catapult, barrel train rides, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting, inflatables and arts and crafts.

Oct. 19 and 20 is Dog Weekend! Head to River Place Shops for high-energy shows by the Rock N Roll K9s Performance Team, featuring tricks, flyball, relay racing, choreographed obedience routines and agility contests. Performances are at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Fest Platz area.

On Sunday, Oct. 20, visitors can join in with their four-legged friends for a pet costume contest at 5:30 p.m. in the Fest Platz as well as doggie trick-or-treating from 5 to 6 p.m. Registration for the contest opens at 10 a.m. at Hello Cats and Dogs, one of the shops located within the complex.

Oct. 26 and 27 is Kids Weekend! Join the fun with cherry pie eating and cherry pit spitting contests sponsored by Cherry Republic both days in the Fest Platz. Registration opens at 10 a.m. at Cherry Republic, one of the shops located within the complex.

The weekend culminates with children’s trick-or-treating from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27 throughout River Place Shops.

For a complete festival schedule, please visit www.frankenmuthriverplace.com.

Frankenmuth River Place Shops: http://frankenmuthriverplace.com is an authentic re-creation of a Bavarian village located just minutes from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge. The outdoor mall features more than 35 unique shops and attractions at one location. Visitors enjoy architecture, floral gardens, streams, and waterfalls and, of course, great shopping opportunities.

FRANKENMUTH, MICH. – Sept. 24, 2019 – The Bavarian Inn Lodge has a new international distinction, as they has been named a regional hospitality winner by LUXLife Magazine.

The global publication, based in Great Britain, annually hosts the LUX Global Hospitality Awards honoring local, regional and global hospitality organizations.

This year, the Lodge was crowned as “Best Family Resort Hotel – Flint & Tri-Cities Michigan” for “demonstrating excellence and commitment to the global hospitality industry.” This is the first year the Lodge has been nominated for the LUXLife awards list.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by this luxury brand,” says Judy Zehnder Keller, president and owner of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge. “We’re proud of our staff and their focus on continuing to offer all of our guests the best products and services possible.”

According to LUXLife’s website, the awards recognize businesses across the entire hospitality space, and therefore they do not consider either geography or size. Also, businesses from across the market are considered, including restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, bars and even gaming premises.

 

About Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Enjoy ‘Funtown Chowdown’ Food Truck Festival With Special Offer from Bavarian Inn Lodge  

FRANKENMUTH, MICH. – September 4, 2019 – The Frankenmuth Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival wraps up its season on Thursday, Sept. 12 with a great combination of family-friendly entertainment and a lineup of food trucks from across Michigan.

For this year’s final festival event, the Bavarian Inn Lodge is offering a special room rate starting at $99 (plus tax). This festival package includes a guestroom with two double beds, $20 food voucher for the Funtown Chowdown Festival and a $10 game card for the Bavarian Inn Lodge’s Family Fun Center.

The Lodge special is available for a limited time only and must be booked online. It cannot be combined with any additional discounts, coupons, gift cards, or vouchers. Credit card payment will be charged within 24 hours of booking and is non-refundable (no date changes will be allowed). Rooms will be assigned the day of check-in.

This year’s final food truck event will run from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the parking lots surrounding Frankenmuth River Place Shops, 925 S. Main St. in Michigan’s Little Bavaria. Festival admission and parking is free. Each Funtown Chowdown event features around 20 food trucks from across Michigan, live music, a beer tent featuring two Michigan craft breweries, plenty of shaded seating, a free children’s play village, and additional activities for families. The event is pet-friendly; animals must be on a 6-foot leash at all times.

The food truck festival is located just steps away from River Place Shops, Frankenmuth’s German-themed outdoor shopping mall with more than 35 shops and attractions such as SugarHigh Bakery, Season 7 winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars; Bead Haven, the largest bead supply store in Michigan, and the Bavarian Belle, a historic paddleboat that offers one-hour narrated tours along the Cass River.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge Named to the Trip Advisor’s Hall of Fame for Certificate of Excellence

Frankenmuth, MI – August 27, 2019 – Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Lodge has yet another distinct honor, this year being named to the Trip Advisor’s Hall of Fame after receiving their latest Certificate of Excellence.

The Hall of Fame designation, which was first launched by Trip Advisor several years ago, was given to the Lodge for receiving the annual Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row, including 2019.

“We’re honored to receive this award as we work diligently to operate the Lodge at the highest level,” says Judy Zehnder Keller, president and owner of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge. “We’re proud of our staff and their focus on continuing to offer all of our guests the best products and services possible.”

The award was announced in August and places the Lodge in a select group of hospitality providers across the country who are annually recognized by visitors. In fact, the Lodge consistently ranks with outstanding guest scores of 4.5 or 5 over a typical 12-month period.

“We continue to rank as Trip Advisor’s most reviewed hotel in all of Michigan, thanks in part to our great family-friendly amenities,” says Zehnder Keller.

The Lodge staff takes all comments and suggestions posted by visitors seriously, answering questions, solving concerns or reviewing suggestions, added Zehnder Keller.

Officials with Trip Advisor said the award distinguishes businesses from competitors while giving potential customers even more reason to choose them.

Both the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, which has also received the Certificate of Honor, and Bavarian Inn Lodge offer family-focused activities throughout the year, with popular events such as the Dog Bowl, an Olympic-style dog event on Memorial Weekend, a Hot Air Balloon Competition and seasonal activities at Halloween, Christmas, Chinese New Year, St. Patrick’s Day and many more.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge online press room: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

Frankenmuth Labor Day ‘Bridge Walk’ going strong after 33 years

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. August 22, 2019 – In 1986, hundreds of Frankenmuth residents and guests came together to walk over the Bavarian Inn Wooden Covered Bridge (Holz Brücke) in honor of Labor Day. 33 years later, the tradition continues, with this year’s Bridge Walk taking place at noon on Monday, September 2.

Beginning on the east side of the 239-foot bridge, which spans the Cass River between the Bavarian Inn Lodge and the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, the walk takes approximately five minutes and ends later at the Fischer Platz outdoor café located at the southwest corner of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Walkers can then enjoy musical entertainment, with all their favorite food and beverages available for purchase.

The walk was the idea of Al and Louise Schneider, a Frankenmuth couple who had in their minds the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk tradition.

“They came up with the idea at home, just thinking out loud about bringing that spirit right here at home in Frankenmuth,” recalls Bavarian Inn President Bill Zehnder. “We’re so happy to play our part in keeping their vision and tradition alive.”

Made with timbers from Oregon and locally sourced shingles for its roof, the bridge was originally built in 1980 and restored four years ago, with 16-foot planks forming the roadway.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Celebrating over 130 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities make a trip to Frankenmuth incomplete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com

About Bavarian Inn Lodge 

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge online press room: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

Bavarian Inn Lodge helps local mountain climber train for upcoming Freedom Challenge ascent

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – July 25, 2019 – The Bavarian Inn Lodge is supporting a local Frankenmuth climber who is preparing to summit Mount Baker in the Cascade Range of Washington state.

Shelly Ginter Conrad has been using the Lodge stairs (in her mountain gear) to train for the upcoming climb, which will help raise funds for worldwide projects that help women and children and bring awareness to the injustices of modern-day human trafficking and slavery.

Over five days in August (Aug. 8-12), Conrad will be part of a small group of women climbing with Operation Mobilization’s Freedom Challenge 2019 event—The Pacific Northwest Glacier Challenge. The group will attempt to summit Mount Baker’s glacier-capped peak of 10,781 feet.

Conrad has said her many years of experience as a teacher, coach, volleyball club director, mentor, and Freedom Challenge Climber have led to this latest challenge and desire to share the message of injustice in the world caused by human trafficking and enslaved women.

The Lodge is excited to support her and is encouraging the entire community to show its support for Conrad and her August climb. For more information about Conrad’s climb and the Freedom Challenge, visit her fundraising website at frankenmuthclimber.com.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn launches second year helping students through tuition reimbursement program

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – July 23, 2019 – As the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Bavarian Inn Lodge enter the second year of a tuition reimbursement program for their team members, those attending Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) are taking advantage of the assistance in large numbers.

Saginaw Valley President Don Bachand said that more than half of the participants in the annual program were enrolled at SVSU last year, helping fuel a successful connection with the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Bavarian Inn Lodge.

“We are grateful to have a dedicated, employee-centered business in this region, and I would like to thank Bavarian Inn for its leadership in giving back to its community and supporting students’ higher education,” said Bachand. “Several SVSU students partook in this program last year, and I expect to welcome many more Cardinals through this $10,000 reimbursement program in the coming academic year.”

The ongoing program is designed to support continuing education and self-improvement among employees attending colleges or universities, noted officials from the Restaurant and Lodge.

It is open to both full- and part-time employees, assists with tuition expenses at accredited colleges and universities for courses leading to an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, or technical degree.

Prospective employees can learn more about the tuition reimbursement program by contacting the Bavarian Inn Restaurant at (989) 652-9941 or the Bavarian Inn Lodge at (989) 652-7200, and learn all about employment opportunities by visiting www.bavarianinn.com/jobs.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Celebrating over 130 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities make a trip to Frankenmuth incomplete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com

About Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge online press room: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

Summer Events Spotlight Competition, Flowers & Fun

Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Grandpa Tiny’s Farm Host August Events

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – July 17, 2019 – The first weekend of August in Frankenmuth will see some amazing athletic competitions as the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Frankenmuth River Place Shops host two annual sporting contests drawing participants from across Michigan and the United States. At the same time, sunflower-lovers can enjoy a day at Grandpa Tiny’s Farm and a unique outdoor dinner.

First up, Aug. 3-4 is the nationally-sanctioned triathlon event TRI-BAVARIA, which pushes competitors to the limits of endurance through a combination of swimming, cycling and running along rural roadways, through the streets of Frankenmuth and in the Cass River, beginning and ending at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

Starting on Saturday, Aug. 3 with the Little Bavaria Kids Splash and Dash for ages six to 14, the competition kicks into high gear on Sunday, Aug. 4 with five adult triathlon and aqua bike events beginning at 7:45 a.m. The highlight is the Olympic Triathlon that includes a 1.5k swim, a 40k bike and a 10k run. A Sprint Triathlon features the return of the favorite 5k run course, a 20k bike and a 500m swim.

The TRI-BAVARIA weekend is organized by the national sport events company 3Disciplines and is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. More information is available at www.3disciplines.com.

At the same time on Saturday, Aug. 3, the challenge will be on in the parking lot north of Frankenmuth River Place Shops to find the strongest man and woman during the sixth annual Michigan Strongest Man and Woman Competition.

The free event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes a series of five unique exercises like a keg toss, yoke lift, stone over bar and vehicle dead-lifts, all to crown the top contestants in each of eight divisions. The competition will also serve as an official Strongman Games Qualifier.

To learn more, visit the event website at MIStrongMan.com. Once there, interested competitors can register to show off their strongman skills. Additional information is available on the Michigan Strongman Facebook page.

As a part of the new Frankenmuth Flower Festival, Grandpa Tiny’s Farm will offer a wonderful Sunflower Festival, including a sunflower you-pick, a flower fun color run and a rare opportunity to enjoy a wine-paired farm to table dinner next to the sunflowers out on the farm.

These new Dinners in the Sunflowers feature a menu prepared by the superb chefs of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Tickets are $70 per person and you must be 21 years or older. The first dinner will be on Aug. 2. Diners can go to Facebook for further event information and to get tickets.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Celebrating over 130 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities make a trip to Frankenmuth incomplete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com

About Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge online press room: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

About Frankenmuth River Place Shops

 

An authentic re-creation of a German-themed village, located just minutes from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge. The outdoor mall features more than 35 unique shops and attractions at one location. Visitors enjoy architecture, floral gardens, streams and waterfalls and, of course, great shopping opportunities. River Place Shops hosts a full year of festival and events, learn more at http://frankenmuthriverplace.com

 

Frankenmuth River Place Shops Press Room: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com/

Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge Named ‘Greatest in the Great Lakes Bay Region’

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – July 8, 2019 – Both the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge have been named “Greatest in the Great Lakes Bay Region” by readers of Great Lakes Bay Magazine.

Announced in the magazine’s July/August issue, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant was awarded first place in the category of “Family Dining.” The Bavarian Inn Lodge placed second in the category of “Banquet Hall.”

Individuals at both locations were also recognized. Amy Zehnder Grossi at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant was named “Greatest Restaurateur.” Over at the Bavarian Inn Lodge, Evan Greskowiak was awarded “Greatest Bartender.”

For more information on these award-winning venues, please visit www.bavarianinn.com.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Celebrating over 130 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities make a trip to Frankenmuth incomplete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com

About Bavarian Inn Lodge 

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge online press room: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

It’s tap takeover time at the Bavarian Inn Lodge

June 28 event at Lorelei Lounge features beers from Short’s, spirits from Iron Fish

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – June 24, 2019 – One of Northern Michigan’s premier craft brewers and an “Up-North” craft distiller will be in the spotlight when the Bavarian Inn Lodge presents a summertime tap takeover event Friday, June 28 from 5-10 p.m. at the hotel-resort’s Lorelei Lounge.

Short’s Brewing Company of Bellaire will be taking over the taps with seven draft selections and six canned varieties.

Michigan’s first farm distillery, Iron Fish Distillery of Thompsonville, will be serving up 10 specialty drinks, including cocktails and “beertails,” featuring newly-released Copper Queen Whiskey, a historic nod to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The event will include giveaways and live entertainment. In addition, the lounge’s full dinner menu is available that evening.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com

The Frankenmuth Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival entices food truck fans from all over. Photo by Emily Kurzer of Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

The Cheese Trap is a popular choice for Frankenmuth fans and cheese lovers alike. Photo by Emily Kurzer of Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival returns for a third season of free family fun at Frankenmuth River Place Shops 

Starts Thursday, May 9

FRANKENMUTH, MICH. – May 7, 2019 – The Frankenmuth Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival returns the second Thursday of May and runs through September, with a delicious combination of family-friendly entertainment and a diverse lineup of food trucks from across Michigan.

Each food truck festival is from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the first event of the season taking place Thursday, May 9 in the parking lots surrounding Frankenmuth River Place Shops, 925 S. Main St. in Michigan’s Little Bavaria. Festival admission and parking is free. The 2019 dates are: May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8 and September 12.

Each event features around 20 food trucks from across Michigan, a live music and beer tent, plenty of shaded seating, free children’s play village, and additional activities for families like face painting, inflatables and Tri City Bubble Ball. The event is pet-friendly; animals must be on a 6 foot leash at all times.

The food truck festivals are located just steps away from River Place Shops, Frankenmuth’s German-themed outdoor shopping mall with more than 35 shops and attractions such as SugarHigh Bakery, Season 7 winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars; Bead Haven, the largest bead supply store in Michigan, and the Bavarian Belle, a historic paddleboat that offers one-hour narrated tours along the Cass River.

Thousands of hungry food truck fans are expected at the first event of the season on May 9, with a variety of cuisine available for purchase that ranges from deep-fried cheese curds, chicken from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, vegan street-style tacos, barbecue, ice cream, and wood-fired pizza.

“We are excited to welcome guests to the third annual Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival, and to see families sharing meals and making memories while in Frankenmuth,” said Michael Keller Zehnder, owner of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Inc., which owns and operates River Place Shops. “We made a big effort in 2019 to bring an even wider variety of cuisine to town, and can’t wait for another great season of food trucks and fun.”

The May 9 food truck lineup includes:

  • The Cheese Trap from Frankenmuth
  • Bavarian Inn Cluck Truck from Frankenmuth
  • Robbie D’s from Saginaw
  • The Patty Wagon from Farwell
  • Nosh Pit Detroit from Hamtramck
  • 3 Lil Pigs BBQ from Midland
  • Bad Wolf BBQ from Freeland
  • The Fish Bowl from Royal Oak
  • Kona Ice from Saginaw
  • Fortune Cooking from Milford
  • Sweet Whimsies from Davison
  • Holy Smokes Food Truck from Grand Blanc
  • Peace Love & Tacos from Brighton
  • D&W Street Eatery from Fenton
  • Wacki Shack from Caro
  • Scalici’s Wood Fired Pizza from Imlay City

Returning again this year is the Battle of the Breweries, with two craft breweries competing to be declared the crowd favorite for each food truck festival date. The winner takes home bragging rights and a custom engraved glass growler commemorating the brewery’s achievement.

This year’s lineup of craft breweries includes:

  • May 9: Founders Brewing Co. from Grand Rapids versus Detroit’s Atwater Brewery
  • June 13: Winner of May event versus Saugatuck Brewing Co. from Douglas
  • July 11: Winner of June event versus Odd Side Ales from Grand Haven
  • August 8: Winner of July event versus Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. from Warren
  • September 12: Winner of August event versus Wolverine Brewing Co. from Ann Arbor

In 2018, Wolverine Brewing Co. from Ann Arbor swept four out of five of the Battle of the Breweries events before falling to Founders Brewing Co. from Grand Rapids.

Also returning is the Masskrugstemmen Challenge. German for “beer stein holding,” the contest includes up to 10 competitors who must raise a filled 1-liter glass Hofbräu München stein to shoulder level and be the last one holding it aloft. It is $10 to participate, and each person keeps the Hofbräu München stein they compete with.

The Masskrugstemmen Challenge take place at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the live music and beer tent at the Funtown Chowdown; first and second place winners will receive gift certificates from River Place Shops.

The 2019 entertainment in the live music and beer tent will include The Bromantics, a wide-ranging and rocking cover band in May, July and August; the Cass River Ramblers, a trio of country and rock musicians in June; and Polka Riot, an energetic multi-musician polka band in September.

For more information about the Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival and the Battle of the Breweries, go to http://frankenmuthriverplace.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/FrankenmuthFoodTruckFestival/

CONTACT:

Jessica Haynes

Director of Marketing and Events

Frankenmuth River Place Shops

989-652-6613, ext. 4

jhaynes@bavarianinn.com

Mother’s Day made special at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge

  • Many options for upcoming Mother’s Day—May 12

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – April 23, 2019 –Make this year’s Mother’s Day memorable by bringing families together to honor moms in Frankenmuth. The Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the nearby Bavarian Inn Lodge are offering moms and families a fun-filled day of dining and spending time together. The big day is fast approaching on Sunday, May 12.

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant will be serving all its signature entrees on Mother’s Day from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Choices include the popular Frankenmuth® Chicken, Chicken and Shrimp Combo, and the Ultimate Five-Meat Family Style Bavarian Dinner. Reservations are being taken at 800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941.

Over at the Bavarian Inn Lodge, a bountiful Mother’s Day buffet awaits, served from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in various banquet and dining rooms. The menu includes a wide variety of breakfast items, salads, main course selections, side dishes and desserts, with live entertainment rounding out the experience. The buffet is priced at $25.50 for adults, $10.99 for children 9-12, and $8.99 for children 5-8, and $4.99 for children 3-4. Kids under 2 dine free. Six percent sales tax and 15 percent gratuity will be added to the check. Reservations may be made by calling 888-775-6343.

Mother’s Day gifts available with dinner

In addition, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is offering special gift items with unique themes. The gift packages are being offered Mother’s Day and on Saturday, May 11, and will be delivered to the woman of honor at her reserved table. Orders for gift packages are required at least two days in advance and must be prepaid. Guests can use credit cards to preorder gifts at 800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941 and may choose from:

  • The “Chocolate Lovers Gift Basket,” which includes ½ lb. homemade fudge, ½ lb. homemade truffles, ½ lb. chocolate clusters, and two chocolate covered pretzel rods.
  • The “Bread & Jam Gift Basket,” which includes stollen (fruit & nut bread), apple cinnamon raisin bread, two half-pints of jam, and homemade truffles.
  • The “Jam Trio,” which includes three jars of assorted homemade jam with a serving spoon.
  • The “Wine Basket,” which includes a bottle of Bavarian Inn private label house wine, buttered pretzels and four truffles.
  • Send a special message to mom by choosing either the Frankenmuth Torte or Black Forest Torte and having it personalized.
  • Families may also order the “Cup of Overflowing Love,” which is a spring flower arrangement in an oversized tea cup.

 

In addition to delicious food and unequaled shopping, families are encouraged to celebrate Mother’s Day all weekend long at the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating over 130 years of service, 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. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com

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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The 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 shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge online press room: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

Two ways to celebrate Easter at Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Lodge

  • Restaurant providing family style dining with signature menu
  • At Lodge, bountiful buffet awaits guests

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. March 29, 2019 – Leave the kitchen behind and celebrate Easter with family and friends by choosing the Bavarian Inn Restaurant or the Bavarian Inn Lodge. Both locations are offering special Easter menus to choose from on Sunday, April 21.

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant will provide dining family style with its Signature Easter Menu, being offered from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. In addition to the popular all-you-can-eat Frankenmuth® style chicken dinner, the restaurant will be serving an all-you-can-eat chicken and baked ham dinner, and “The Ultimate Family Style Bavarian Dinner” which includes a sampling of five meats: smoked pork loin, sauerbraten, bratwurst, schnitzel, and Frankenmuth® chicken.

Other entrees include: broiled Lake Superior whitefish, wiener schnitzel, chicken cordon bleu, and grilled New York strip steak. There is also a combination plate of Frankenmuth® chicken, schnitzel, and sauerbraten. Dinners are served with a range of sides, including cole slaw, buttered noodles, hot vegetable du jour and more.

Call 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941 soon to reserve a table. In addition, guests may preorder Easter baskets delivered tableside by the Easter Bunny, and/or a special dessert torte for a sweet finish to the holiday feast.

Bavarian Inn Lodge is spreading out a Bountiful Easter Buffet to guests between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday.

This brunch buffet includes breakfast favorites like fluffy scrambled eggs, buttermilk pancakes and banana bread, and heartier fare including famous Frankenmuth® chicken, carved roast beef and ham, whipped potatoes with gravy, spaghetti with meat sauce, baked cod and delicious side dishes. Sweet choices include Edelweiss torte, apfel strudel, chocolate mousse, and more.

Easter brunch price is $25.50 for adults. Children between 9-12 eat for $10.99 and children between 5-8 eat for $8.99. The price for children 3-4 is $4.99, and free for kids two and under. A 6% tax and 15% gratuity will be added. Call 888-775-6343 to make reservations soon as prime dining times sell out quickly.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Celebrating over 130 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. 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. Learn more at http://www.bavarianinn.com/.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

 

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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two thrilling waterslides, 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 shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge online press room: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com/

Tiny and Dorothy Zehnder, 1959

Bavarian Inn Remembers Founder William “Tiny” Zehnder

Frankenmuth patriarch would have turned 100 on April 6

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – March 25, 2019 –  April 6, 2019 is a special day at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge, because it marks the 100th birthday of the late William “Tiny” Zehnder, founder of the restaurant and driving force behind Frankenmuth’s transformation into “Michigan’s Little Bavaria.”

Tiny’s journey to Frankenmuth’s patriarch began in 1950, when the Zehnder family purchased Fischer’s Hotel, which sat across the street from his family’s restaurant. Tiny and his young wife Dorothy (a former waitress at Fischer’s) became the managers of Fischer’s, and immediately set about making improvements. But despite a modernized kitchen, improved building design and more, the restaurant still struggled for survival.

Instead of giving up and closing the restaurant, Tiny and his family decided to expand. In 1959, Fischer’s Hotel was renamed the “Bavarian Inn” in keeping with that instantly recognizable architecture and design that was Tiny’s idea and is the hallmark of Frankenmuth today.

As the restaurant and the town around it grew, Tiny continued to work passionately for nearly 50 years, both expanding his restaurant and encouraging other Frankenmuth businesses to adopt the Bavarian theme. Tiny resigned from active management of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant in 2004, but he remained Chairman of the Board of Bavarian Inn, Inc. (the umbrella entity for all Bavarian Inn properties) for the rest of his life.

While he passed away at age 87 in 2006, there’s no doubt that his legacy lives on through the family-run business and the small town it calls home.

“Tiny was called Mr. Frankenmuth, and is the reason Frankenmuth has the German architecture we do,” said Martha Zehnder Kaczynski, Vice President at Bavarian Inn Lodge and Tiny’s granddaughter. “He was doing ‘Branding’ before it had a name. He implemented ‘Farm to Table’ before it was a trend. Tiny was definitely a man ahead of his time.”

Today, Bavarian Inn, Inc. includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and Frankenmuth Gift Shop Inc.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating over 130 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities make a trip to Frankenmuth incomplete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com

The Bavarian Inn Lodge: Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge online press room: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Lodge employees team up to help those in need

Volunteer campaigns raise more than $23,000 for charities in 2018

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – March 13, 2018 – Through their respective campaigns, team members at Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge raised more than $23,500 in 2018 to benefit employee-selected charities.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant raised $15,325 in 2018 through its more than 32-year-old Company Giving Program. The benefiting charity is Wings of Mercy, which provides air transportation to distant medical facilities for patients who can’t afford to fly. Learn more at www.wingsofmercy.org.

The year-long campaign concluded at the end of December and the grand total for fundraising was announced at the post-holiday team member party on January 7. According to Michelle Solgat, co-chairperson of this year’s Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Company Giving Program, team members raised funds for Wings of Mercy through voluntary payroll deduction, candy sales, a holiday open house event and other activities throughout the year. “Bavarian Inn Restaurant,” Solgat added, “has over 400 caring team members who give so generously each year to help those in need. We look forward to an exciting year of giving in 2019.”

Bavarian Inn Lodge team members raised $1,435.50 to be donated to the Child Abuse Network, $1,378 to the American Cancer Society, and $1,285 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Coupled with dollar-for-dollar company matching funds, the campaign was able to raise $8,197 for the three charities.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that Bavarian Inn Lodge team members have surpassed the previous year’s donation totals. Total contributions rose 21 percent from 2017 levels.

Past charities aided by the Bavarian Inn Company Giving Programs include the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, Hospice for Hope, Special Olympics, Special Days Camp and Saginaw Habitat for Humanity.

About 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. 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. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com

 

About Bavarian Inn Lodge
Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Lodge Helps Provide Flint Residents with Sweet Dreams 

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. March 7, 2019 – Several charities help provide comfort to struggling families every year by delivering furniture to those in need. These charities recently helped the Bavarian Inn Lodge find new homes for furniture left over from a recent remodel.

One charity that assisted with this was St. Frances Prayer Center, an organization that serves Flint residents who are compromised by injustice or poverty. The Prayer Center delivers 5-12 beds per week to homes in need. A volunteer heard that the Bavarian Inn Lodge would be replacing beds and helped to get those beds to people in need.

Volunteer Joe Buffa helped coordinate the donation to St. Francis Prayer Center, picked up the items from the Lodge, and assisted in making deliveries to homes in the northern Flint area.

“These donations are getting children off the floor,” said Buffa.

Edna Kujawski at Our Lady Consolata Parish, another charity that helped the Lodge with this effort, confirmed this. “One man said his son was thanking him after the first night he slept on it,” she said.

Another charity that benefited from this donation was Toni’s Lost & Found. In the end, the Lodge donated a total of 90 beds, 145 banquet chairs, 85 lamps and one sofa sleeper to the local charities.

About 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, 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 shows. 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, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn presents $19,000+ to team members in college

Restaurant, Lodge launch higher-ed tuition reimbursement program

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – March 5, 2019 – At a recent special ceremony, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Bavarian Inn Lodge presented more than $19,000 in checks to the first class of participants in its tuition reimbursement program for team members enrolled at colleges and universities.

Company officials said the new program is designed to support continuing education and self- improvement among employees.

The program, open to both full- and part-time employees, assists with tuition expenses at accredited colleges and universities for courses leading to an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, or technical degree.

Prospective employees may learn more about the program by contacting the Bavarian Inn Restaurant at (989) 652-9941 or the Bavarian Inn Lodge at (989) 652-7200, or by visiting www.bavarianinn.com/jobs.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Celebrating 130 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities make a trip to Frankenmuth incomplete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com

About Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

New ‘Ice Haus’ attraction debuts at Bavarian Inn Lodge 

Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings will feature opportunity to explore delightful Frankenmuth winter experience

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Feb. 4, 2019 – A new feature being offered this year by the Bavarian Inn Lodge is expected to stand out, even among regular visitors to the Frankenmuth area: outdoor “igloos” that guests can enjoy food or drink in during winter months.

The “Ice Haus” experience includes a visit to one of three transparent domed structures where food and drink will be served as part of what has become a legendary level of Bavarian Inn Lodge hospitality. The igloos are located in Schnitzelbank Biergarten, in front of the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the Ice Haus experience is a “reservations only” opportunity. Reservations can be made starting at 4:30 p.m., and are available through April 30, weather permitting.

Drop-in guests are welcome at all other times, although there is no service available during drop in. Guests are, however, welcome to visit the Lorelei Lounge, Oma’s Restaurant, or Martha’s Gift Shop to purchase food, beverages and snacks to take and enjoy in the Ice Haus.

“Igloos” are popping up all over Michigan this year. When Lodge President Judy Zehnder Keller did research on these igloos with her 7-year-old grandson Jacob, they knew that they’d be perfect to bring to Frankenmuth — with typical Bavarian flair. The two of them, along with three members of management, visited one to “test out” the igloo environment.

The three igloos are named after the colored lights that they’re decorated with: The Weiss Ice Haus (white), the Blau Ice Haus (Blue), and the Gruen Ice Haus (Green). Each structure is decorated with a different furniture floorplan.

The unique experience does come with a few “standard” rules, including that the Ice Haus be a smoke-free environment.

No outside food or beverages may be brought into the igloos, in accordance with Michigan Liquor Control Commission regulations.

To reserve your Ice Haus, call 989-652-7200.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge online press room: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

Bavarian Inn Lodge celebrates Super Bowl Sunday with special deal

Football fans can enjoy great food and view of big game

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Jan. 22, 2019 – The Bavarian Inn Lodge is offering a special deal for fans who want to watch the 53nd Super Bowl in style on Sunday, Feb. 3.

Whether guests are watching for the sports, the half-time show or the commercials, they can watch it in comfort from one of the Lodge’s standard double bedrooms, which feature 55-inch HD television sets. In addition, the Lodge will provide one large pizza and a pitcher of pop with the room, all for $89 plus tax.

If they’d like to enjoy a bit more company while watching the big game, guests can join other fans in the Lodge’s Lorelei Lounge or Ratskeller. Both locations feature a great view of the game, an extensive beverage selection, and tasty snacks and food.

This special deal must be booked online. Credit card payment will be charged within 24 hours of booking and is non-refundable. No date changes will be allowed. Other coupons or discounts are not allowed with this offer. To book a room, visit https://lodgeres.bavarianinn.com/.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

New Year’s Eve will be filled with fabulous food and fun for people of all ages at the Bavarian Inn Lodge

Plenty of fun for adults, children and families

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Dec. 6, 2018 – Leave your cares behind in 2018 and welcome the New Year at the Bavarian Inn Lodge. The Bavarian Inn Lodge offers it all when it comes to New Year’s Eve fun, with endless food choices and exciting entertainment for everyone.

Adults can make New Year’s Eve a night they will never forget at Bavarian Inn Lodge’s All Star Gourmet Dinner. The dinner runs from 6:45-8:30 p.m. and will include party favors, a complete appetizer and dinner buffet, cash bar, and a champagne toast and soup buffet at midnight.  There will be a live band for dancing and a breakfast buffet the following morning.

The cost for the entire adult package is $89 per person and includes all taxes and gratuities. This package can be combined with any hotel stay at the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

Families can ring in 2019 together at the Bavarian Inn Lodge Family Celebration that will be packed full of fun. The evening will include a cold salad and dinner buffet, soup, a build your own sundae bar and other dessert selections, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Enjoy party favors, interactive dances and a global countdown into the New Year. Willy the Dragon will also be available for photos. Families can also enjoy entertainment at several areas throughout the Lodge. In the morning, a complete breakfast buffet will be served.

The cost for the entire package is $69 for adults; $42 for children ages 2-12 and free for children under 2. The cost per person includes all taxes and gratuities. There are two dinner seatings: 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and two corresponding breakfast seatings: 9:30 a.m. (for early dinner attendees) and 11:00 a.m. (for the late dinner attendees). This package can be combined with any hotel stay at the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

Reservations are required for both of these New Year’s Eve activities and can be made by calling 989-652-7200 or online at bavarianinn.com.

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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, 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 shows. 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com .

Bavarian Inn Lodge named Michigan meeting favorite

By statewide association executive group

November 29, 2018 – The Bavarian Inn Lodge and Conference Center was recently selected by the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) for an Association Choice Award in the category of favorite convention hotel in the Flint/Bay area.

This award celebrates supplier partners that make a difference in the association community. The Lodge was nominated by MSAE members, and finalists were voted on between Oct. 6 and Nov.12 to select the favorite in each category.

Known as an “association for associations,” MSAE is a not-for-profit membership organization that serves similar organizations in a variety of managerial and staff specialist roles. The Bavarian Inn Lodge and Conference Center looks forward to doing even more business with MSAE members.

See the complete list of winners here: http://www.msae.org/ACA

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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, 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 shows. 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com .

Let’s ‘talk turkey:’ Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Lodge planning Thanksgiving Day feasts

Restaurant offers choice of full-service dining, carry-out dinners, desserts

Lodge hosting annual ‘Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet’

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Oct. 23, 2018 – Enjoy Thanksgiving Day in “Michigan’s Little Bavaria” and leave the kitchen behind. The Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the nearby Bavarian Inn Lodge are offering several different dining choices on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22.

At the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, enjoy a traditional full-service dinner with holiday signature dishes, including the restaurant’s famous family-style chicken dinner, or a choice of old-world German specialties. In addition, diners have the opportunity to enjoy the rest of their holiday feast at home, with carry-out desserts, such as apple and pumpkin pies, and apple kuchen. Serving hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant is also offering a complete carry-out turkey dinner, including a 14-16 lb. roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, buttered noodles, Blue Hubbard squash, cole slaw, cranberry relish, Bavarian Inn chicken seasoning, and a loaf of Bavarian Inn backofenbrot bread. Price for the complete dinner is $185, including tax. Apple and pumpkin pies are also available at a special price of $12.

Make your reservation now for Thanksgiving Day, as available times are filling up. To book a table or order take-out dinners, call 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941. Take-out dinners must be pre-ordered by Sunday, Nov. 18, with pickup dates of Wednesday, Nov. 21, and Thursday, Nov. 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

At the Bavarian Inn Lodge, preparations are underway for its annual “Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet.” There, guests will enjoy live piano music and dozens of dishes, ranging from starters and salads, traditional brunch fare, Famous Frankenmuth® Chicken, carved turkey and roast beef, side dishes, and a large selection of desserts. Seating times are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Price is $25.99 for adults, $12.99 for children 8-12, $10.99 for children 5-7, and $4.99 for children 3-4. Kids two and under dine free. Sales tax and 15 percent gratuity will be added to all checks. Limited time slots are still available, so make your reservations now by calling (989) 652-7200.   

Extend the holiday weekend at the festive Frankenmuth Holiday Celebration on Friday, Nov. 23. The fun starts with hot chocolate and cookies served at 6 p.m. at Frankenmuth River Place Shops. The traditional Candle Walk begins there at 6:30 p.m. and continues to the Chamber Platz for the lighting of the Tannenbaum. Finally, Santa will be in the Chamber Pavilion from 7-9 p.m.

About Bavarian Inn

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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. 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. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, 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 shows. 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com .

Judy Zehnder Keller honored by Underground Railroad Inc. for community leadership 

Bavarian Inn Lodge President recognized for strong support of women

Saginaw County, MI, October 2, 2018 –  Judy Zehnder Keller, president of the Bavarian Inn Lodge, will be honored at Underground Railroad’s 3rd Annual Empowerment Dinner and Celebration on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Composer Room of the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Conference Center.

Zehnder Keller is being recognized for her community leadership and commitment to helping others. In particular, she has shown unyielding support of women in leadership throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. She has a long history with Underground Railroad, and has supported its mission to empower survivors and create a culture of safety and respect in Saginaw County. She employs many women and has heard first-hand stories from staff members who experienced physical and emotional abuse. She has also been witness to the strength and courage that survivors of abuse show when rebuilding their lives.

Zehnder Keller built her life on the foundation of service her parents began in the 1950s with the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. She officially began serving at the restaurant at the age of 15 and worked in a variety of roles, eventually creating the Bavarian Inn Lodge in 1986. Zehnder Keller is part of the third generation of Bavarian Inn Zehnders in the family business.

In addition to being president of the Lodge, Zehnder Keller is president of Frankenmuth Gift Shops Inc. and Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, which is celebrating 50 years of business this year.

Underground Railroad is the only provider of emergency shelter and programs for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human slavery in Saginaw County. Annually, over 4,000 families access services.

Underground Railroad is honored to recognize Judy Zehnder Keller for her community leadership and commitment to others by awarding her the 2018 Underground Railroad Empowerment Award.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge
Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom 18 hole indoor mini-golf course. Enjoy the two thrilling waterslides, four pools and three whirlpools throughout the hotel. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. With over 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Scarecrow Festival offer fun fall experience for families at Frankenmuth River Place Shops

Frankenmuth, MI – September 26, 2018 – There is something for everyone at Frankenmuth River Place Shops during the pet and family-friendly Scarecrow Festival from noon to 6 p.m. the weekends of October 13 and 14 and October 20 and 21.

All generations can expect a fun time with activities during both weekends that include pumpkin bowling and painting, arts and crafts, inflatables, a festive barrel train, free entertainment and the ever-popular pumpkin catapult!

October 13 and 14 is Dog Weekend of Scarecrow Fest, so bring the furry members of your family for entertaining performances by the Rock ‘N Roll K9s and enter them into our pet costume contest at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday to win prizes. Dogs can also trick-or-treat at River Place Shops from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sunday only.

Daily performances by the Rock ‘N Roll K9s are set for noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in front of N’Orlin’s and Old Time Photo.

October 20 and 21 is Kids Weekend of Scarecrow Fest and features magic and juggling shows, pie eating and cherry pit spit contest and trick-or-treating for kids from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. on Sunday only.

Daily magic and juggling shows are set for 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Fest Platz near Cass River Bar and Grill.

Shops throughout River Place and downtown Frankenmuth will also have specially-created scarecrows in front of participating businesses for the public to vote and award their favorite of the season.

For more information on these upcoming fun fall weekends, visit frankenmuthriverplace.com.

Frankenmuth River Place Shops: http://frankenmuthriverplace.com is an authentic re-creation of a Bavarian village located just minutes from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge. The outdoor mall features more than 40 unique shops and attractions at one location. Visitors enjoy architecture, floral gardens, streams and waterfalls and, of course, great shopping opportunities.

Amy Zehnder Grossi from Bavarian Inn with Paul Oslund from Great Lakes Bay Magazine.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge Named ‘Greatest in the Great Lakes Bay Region’

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. September 7, 2018 – Both the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge have been named “Greatest in the Great Lakes Bay Region” by readers of Great Lakes Bay Magazine.

Announced in the magazine’s July issue, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant was awarded the title of “Greatest Caterer” as well as “Greatest Kid-Friendly Dining Atmosphere.” The Bavarian Inn Lodge was named the “Greatest Wedding Venue,” and Willy’s Miniature Golf at the Lodge was voted the “Greatest Putt Putt Golf Course.” The Lorelei Lounge & Schnitzelbank Bier Garten. at the Bavarian Inn Lodge won “Greatest Bar to Sing Your Heart Out At.”

Individuals at both locations were also recognized. Amy Zehnder Grossi at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant was named “Greatest Restaurateur.” Over at the Bavarian Inn Lodge, Evan Greskowiak was awarded “Greatest Bartender.”

For more information on these award winning venues, please visit www.bavarianinn.com.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Celebrating 130 years of service, 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. Authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities make a trip to Frankenmuth incomplete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

About Bavarian Inn Lodge

 

Nestled along the Cass River in 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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Marking 32 years, annual Frankenmuth Labor Day Bridge Walk remains a tradition

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. August 27, 2018 – In a state full of lakes, rivers and other waterways, Michigan residents are no strangers to bridges. But one bridge in particular has been a big part of the Labor Day holiday for 32 years.

Since 1986, hundreds of Frankenmuth residents and guests have come together for the Annual Bavarian Inn Wooden Covered Bridge (Holz Brücke) Labor Day Walk. This year it will take place at noon, Monday, September 3.

The bridge, originally built in 1980 and restored three years ago, was made with timbers from Oregon and locally sourced shingles for its roof and 16-foot planks that form the roadway.

This year’s event will once again begin on the east side of the 239-foot structure, which spans Cass River between the Bavarian Inn Lodge and the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Guests staying at the Bavarian Inn Lodge over the Labor Day weekend are invited to join Frankenmuth residents and visitors for the annual tradition. Walkers will arrive approximately five minutes later at the Fischer Platz outdoor café, located at the southwest corner of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Once there, all in attendance will be able to enjoy musical entertainment along with their favorite food and beverages that will be available for purchase.

Today, Bavarian Inn President Bill Zehnder still recalls the vision of Al and Louise Schneider, a Frankenmuth couple who had in their minds the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk tradition.

“One day they were talking at home and thought out loud about the idea of bringing that spirit right here at home in Frankenmuth,” said Zehnder. “We’re grateful for their vision and remain determined to make sure we continue that tradition.”

About Bavarian Inn

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. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

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 and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, 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 shows. 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 there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com .

Frankenmuth River Place Shops take visitors on a historical trip via the Cass River Colonial Encampment July 21-22

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. July 5, 2018 — Visitors to Frankenmuth River Place Shops can experience military life in the 18th century, complete with battle reenactments and weapon demonstrations, during the Cass River Colonial Encampment the weekend of July 21 and 22.

The two-day free event is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and includes more than 250 actors portraying British, French and American soldiers taking part in tactical battle reenactments from the Revolutionary and French and Indian wars.

Other actors will depict voyagers who explored the 18th century American wilderness and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin.

Family-friendly activities include period musical concerts and games, a fashion show, colonial-inspired vendors and tours of authentic campsites set up by reenactors on the east side of River Place Shops and the area near the Covered Bridge.

The Cass River Colonial Encampment has been a window to the past for visitors for 12 years and provides a fun learning experience for the whole family, said Michael Keller Zehnder, vice president of Bavarian Inn, Inc.

“One of my favorite parts of this event is to see parents and their children interacting with the actors and gaining a new appreciation for history and what life was like over a century ago,” Zehnder said. “I know my kids enjoy the event, and am glad Frankenmuth River Place Shops can offer this kind of experience to families from around the region.”

Each day’s schedule kicks off with a Flag Ceremony and March from the Pedestrian Bridge between River Place Shops and the Covered Bridge and Leather Gift Shop, and features a tactical battle reenactment at either the River Place Shops or the historic Covered Bridge located between the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Lodge.

Those interested in participating in this event may still do so. Reenactors can contact Brent Kemmer at kemmerc@hotmail.com. Voyagers can contact Merlyn Hodge at lafalcon@tds.net.

Frankenmuth River Place Shops: http://frankenmuthriverplace.com is an authentic re-creation of a Bavarian village located just minutes from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge. The outdoor mall features more than 40 unique shops and attractions at one location. Visitors enjoy architecture, floral gardens, streams and waterfalls and, of course, great shopping opportunities.

Grandpa Tiny’s Farm Hosts Interseeding ‘Show and Tell’ July 11

Seed to be named ‘Tiny’ after Frankenmuth Patriarch

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – July 3, 2018 – Blue Water and Saginaw County Conservation Districts have chosen Grandpa Tiny’s Farm in Frankenmuth as the site of their “INTERSEED IT” Field Demo Day on Wednesday, July 11.

Running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., this free event will show off the equipment, methods, and programs available to make interseeding a reality. Interseeding can help establish cover crops in Michigan, which is generally difficult due to the climate and other factors. But when done correctly, cover crops can help build soil health, weed control and forage.

This event will take place along the banks of the Dead Creek in Frankenmuth, right in the heart of the Cass River Watershed, using CISCO Farm seeds from Indianapolis.

To honor the namesake of the farm, this seed will be named after William “Tiny” Zehnder, who with his wife Dorothy, founded the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, where Dorothy at 96 years young continues to work six days a week to this day. Grandpa Tiny’s Farm is owned by the William and Dorothy Zehnder Foundation.

A Frankenmuth Chicken lunch will be provided to the first 100 RSVPs at www.interseed.eventbrite.com. Grandpa Tiny’s Farm is located at 7775 Weiss Street in Frankenmuth. Learn more about the farm at www.grandpatinysfarm.com.

The Onion Dome for the Frankenmuth Cheese Haus is traveling nearly 500 miles to arrive in Frankenmuth for its installation on July 11.

Frankenmuth Cheese Haus Will Change Downtown Landscape with New Onion Dome

A Zwiebelturm to Top the Figurinespiel Tower on July 11

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – July 2, 2018 – On Wednesday, July 11, the  Frankenmuth Cheese Haus will forever change the landscape of downtown Frankenmuth when a 23-foot cooper onion dome will be placed on top of the building’s tower, located at 561 South Main St. in Frankenmuth.

The 2,000 pound Zwiebelturm—German for onion dome—will be hoisted in place at 11:00 a.m. The public is invited to witness the event alongside excited host members of the Bavarian Inn Zehnder family. “I’m not aware of many places in America that have a Zwiebelturm. Frankenmuth is unique to have so many and the Cheese Haus is proud to have this one as part of its new building,” said Cheese Haus President Judy Zehnder Keller.

The onion dome, constructed by Campbellsville Industries, will travel 489 Miles from Campbellsville, KY just in time to arrive the day prior to the big event. Once the dome is in place atop the tower, the combined structure will stand 74 feet tall distinctively complimenting Frankenmuth’s Bavarian architectural style.

The Cheese Haus is a top tourist destination for generations of travelers. To accommodate more visitors, the Cheese Haus launched an expansion project earlier this year from its current 2,700 square feet to a new 16,000 square-foot Bavarian-themed building at 545 S. Main St., just steps from its current location with the opening set for this August.

The new, expanded location will offer more room for product sales and demonstrations. The second-floor hospitality area will be able to accommodate groups, motor coach travelers and special events. The new onion tower will also house figurine movements called a Figurinespiel, an animated story about popular cheeses from around the world, and a sundial.

The current Cheese Haus building remains open during the construction and will become retail space in 2019. To keep up with construction updates and the latest information, follow the Cheese Haus on Facebook.

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The Frankenmuth Cheese Haus specializes in the production and sale of imported and domestic cheese. Cheese Haus artisans make homemade cheese spreads including garlic, horseradish, bacon, jalapeno, smokey jalapeno, fiery jalapeno, and a creamy blue cheddar spread. In-store, the staff creates delicious specialty flavored cheeses including chocolate, chocolate mint, chocolate peanut butter, strawberry, and blueberry cheese. These many cheese options are complemented by an abundant variety of crackers, meat, mustards/sauces, and gadgets galore. A special Cheese Haus team also runs the Cheese Trap food truck launched in the summer 2017. Learn more at http://www.frankenmuthcheesehaus.com.

 

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