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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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The Bavarian Inn Lodge Hosts their first ever Bavarian Inn Spirits & Culinary Creations Fest!

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – May 9, 2024- The Bavarian Inn is thrilled to announce the first-ever Bavarian Inn Spirits & Culinary Creations Fest!

This festival will take place on June 15th, 2024 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at one of Frankenmuth’s most iconic historical locations, the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

Delighted to showcase diversity in this event, the Bavarian Inn recognizes its multifaceted clientele and caters to those looking to expand their palettes in distinctive cuisine. During this unique culinary experience, the Bavarian Inn will offer 60+ food and beverage stations featuring provisions from around the globe. Prestige brands including Heaven Hill, Gallo, Blue Ridge Spirits, MS Walker, Sovereign, Iron Fish Distillery, and many more will be providing attendees with a multitude of alcoholic beverage options.

Guests can also expect to explore the traditional Frankenmuth fan-favorites of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant along with the diverse tastes of its affiliates. Some enticing menu items the Bavarian Inn will feature are their beef sliders, pasta in the parmesan wheel, a pretzel and nacho station, German Charcuterie display, specialty items from Frankenmuth Cheese Haus and Jerky Joint, a dessert station including chocolate fountain and more.

In addition to the wide range of food and beverage stations, The Bavarian Inn will be offering live chef demonstrations throughout the festival. Attendees will gain exclusive insight into the skills and techniques used by renowned chefs in sushi rolling and spaetzle. These educational workshops are crafted for those who wish to elevate their culinary prowess during the event.

Enjoyment does not cease at the tastings, demonstrations, and educational experiences offered at the festival. Local performers will provide live music entertainment throughout the event to add to the celebratory atmosphere.

Attendees will also be given the opportunity to upgrade to the VIP package and receive access to a Special VIP brunch including a Quiche Lorraine, Eggs Benedict, Wing Shooters, Bloody Mary bar, Mimosas and more. Additionally, package holders will gain access to premium menus, exclusive bottles, and unparalleled food and beverages not available to general admission attendees.

The Bavarian Inn Spirits & Culinary Creations Fest is expected to become one of Frankenmuth’s signature events, showcasing the vibrant food and beverage scene while adding another draw for visitors to Michigan’s Little Bavaria.

Visit https://www.bavarianinn.com/events/bavarian-inn-spirits-culinary-creations-fest/ to purchase your ticket and make a plan to join us in celebrating summer’s beginning with world-class culinary and spirit-filled experiences in a fun-filled atmosphere.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 37 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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 Dog Bowl back in action May 25 and 26 with free family fun at Frankenmuth River Place Shops 

April 30, 2024 — The world’s largest Olympic-style festival for dogs and their people returns to Michigan’s Little Bavaria over Memorial Day weekend at Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

The 18th annual Frankenmuth Dog Bowl festival is on May 25 and 26. The event will feature hundreds of dogs competing in events like DockDogs® and Disc Dogs of Michigan competitions, border collie sheep herding demonstrations, a pet parade and costume contest, trick competitions, and doggie fun run races.

The festival is free to attend and takes place at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, 925 S. Main St. Dogs are welcome but must be on a 6-foot leash.

More than 100,000 visitors are expected to visit Frankenmuth over Memorial Day weekend to watch exciting displays of athleticism by hundreds of competing dogs. Some events such as the Annual Canine Cruise on the Cass River require a registration fee.

“Our events team has worked very hard to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all of our guests, whether they are humans or canines,” said Michael Zehnder, owner of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Inc., which owns and operates Frankenmuth River Place Shops. “We are looking forward to a doggone fun weekend and the return of Bavarian Inn’s signature Memorial Day weekend festivities.”

Part of the festival is Balloons Over Bavarian Inn, featuring 23 hot air balloon pilots from across the country who will take to the skies for morning and evening competitions and return to River Place Shops for nightly balloon glows throughout the weekend.

Visitors have the chance to see the hot air balloons light up and interact with pilots and their crews on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from 9 to 10 p.m. as part of the Balloon Glow Village event.

The 2024 Frankenmuth Dog Bowl concludes with the Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth fireworks show, sponsored by Pepsi, at 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. The fireworks are visible from across Frankenmuth and can be best viewed from the large field east of River Place Shops.

For a full schedule of events, visit dogbowlfun.com/events.

For more information, contact Bethany Childs at Bchilds@bavarianinn.com or 1-800-600-0105, ext. 4.

Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn celebrates Mother’s Day   with traditional family options at both Restaurant & Lodge 

Takeout dinners available along with Lodge buffet, Restaurant seatings

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – APRIL 26, 2024 – When it comes to celebrating moms on Mother’s Day and honoring the women in our lives, the hard working teams from Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn offer plenty of great choices.

Guests visiting Michigan’s “Little Bavaria” can experience wonderful dine-in, takeout and buffet options throughout Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12) at both the Bavarian Inn Restaurant or Bavarian Inn Lodge.

For guests looking to enjoy a dine-in experience at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, reservations for limited seating are now being taken. The menu features signature entrees for that day, including the “Ultimate Family Style Bavarian Dinner”  as well as a “Frankenmuth Style Chicken and Baked Ham Dinner” and of course the classic “Frankenmuth Chicken © Dinner.”

To make reservations, call the Restaurant at (989) 652-9941.

For those interested in a Mother’s Day Takeout Dinner from the Restaurant, the family meal option serves approximately four people (it can be doubled to serve eight for an extra $100). The four-person meal is $169 (includes taxes) and orders must be received by Thursday, May 9. They can be picked up at designated pick-up times on May 12 at the Castle Shops entrance or designated parking spots for curbside, located on the north side of the restaurant.

The Mother’s Day meal includes a 9-10 pound hickory smoked boneless ham, one quart each of mashed potatoes (with a pint of gravy), baked dressing, buttered noodles, and vegetables. In addition, included are quarts of cole slaw, cranberry relish, a loaf of homemade bread and chicken seasoning. A large apple or lemon meringue pie can be added for $15. Substitutions are not available for the takeout dinner.

To place a dinner order call the Restaurant at (989) 652-9941 or 1-800-BAVARIA.

The Bavarian Inn Lodge is hosting its annual Mother’s Day Buffet on Sunday, May 12 as well, with seating times starting at 11 a.m. in various dining rooms. The cost is $41.95 for adults, $20.95 for 8-12 year olds, $13.95 for 3-7 year olds and free to those two and younger (not including tax and gratuity).

The Mother’s Day Buffet includes a large salad table with strawberry spinach, Caesar, chicken pasta, apple sauce, cole slaw and cranberry relish; rolls and Frankenmuth Cheese Haus garlic cheese spread. Hot items include waffles, scrambled eggs, Frankenmuth Chicken ©, oven roasted prime rib, herb roasted pork loin, grilled chicken, and many sides as well, including potatoes and gravy, a roasted potato/vegetable medley, buttered noodles, baked dressing and an array of vegetables.

For dessert guests can enjoy Bavarian Inn blueberry strudel, rum torte, chocolate mousse, fresh fruit options, lemon squares and pies, assorted cheesecake bites, whipped cream and assorted cheeses.

Call (888) 775-6343 to book reservations for the Lodge Easter Buffet.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 136 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 the late William “Tiny” Zehnder and his late wife Dorothy. 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/

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 38 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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

The Bavarian Inn Lodge hosts a Swift Night for the enjoyment of Taylor Swift fans

March 13, 2024- FRANKENMUTH, MICH. – The Bavarian Inn Lodge is excited to invite all “swifties” to their Swift Nights on Friday, Apr. 5 and Saturday, Apr. 6! The Lodge will be hosting three party times, the first on Friday going from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m, the second on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the third on Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Throughout the party, a live Swift DJ will be playing all of Taylor Swift’s classics and top hits. Guests will have the opportunity to make and take home friendship bracelets, dance with fellow swifties, and get professional photos taken in front of a Swift-themed decorated backdrop! Digital prints of these photos will be available to all guests.

Attendees can also look forward to a gourmet Nacho and Pretzel bar served with a refreshing glass of pink lemonade. The Nacho and Pretzel bar will include a variety of toppings and flavors to personalize the meal. Additionally, a cash bar with an enticing range of Swift-themed mocktails and cocktails will be provided for all guests to enjoy.

Guests will also be encouraged to enter the multiple contests being hosted during the event for a chance to earn a prize. Some of the contests will include a Best Dressed Era, Lyric Challenge, Dance Off and so much more!

This event is just a week away from the release of Swift’s new album “The Tortured Poets Department.” As Taylor Swift fans anticipate the release of Swift’s new music, the Bavarian Inn Lodge hopes to bring the local fans together to celebrate Swift’s accomplishments from the year and enjoy the company of fellow Swifties!

The cost is $65 per person and reservations and payment are required. The first Saturday event is currently sold out, but there are still tickets available for the Friday night and second Saturday night event. Call 1-855-652-7200 to reserve a ticket or visit https://www.bavarianinn.com/product/swift-night/.

And, to make the enchanted experience even better for late-night revelers, hotel guests are just steps away from their Bavarian-themed guest room. Add on your stay and book a reservation by calling (855) 652-7200 or visiting www.bavarianinn.com.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 37 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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 Restaurant and Bavarian Inn Lodge host Easter dining experiences  

Egg hunt, brunch with Easter Bunny, annual buffet and takeout options and more 

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Feb. 29, 2024 – Families looking to enjoy Easter on Sunday, March 31 have a several dining options thanks to the culinary teams at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

Dining is available on Easter in the Restaurant and during the Lodge’s annual “Bountiful Easter Buffet.” Families can also enjoy brunch with the Easter Bunny at the Lodge and experience a fun Easter egg hunt. Also, for those looking to celebrate at home, the Restaurant is offering a great takeout dinner menu.

Families can hop on over to the Bavarian Inn Lodge for a delicious brunch and egg hunt. Tickets includes brunch buffet, Easter egg hunt, seasonal craft, a visit with the Easter Bunny, and an appearance from Willy and Greta the Dragons.

The Easter Day brunch buffet menu includes Frankenmuth® Chicken, carved ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean Amandine, herb roasted potatoes, buttered corn, cheesy bacon hash bake, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, pecan French toast, bread pudding and assorted Danish, and fruit, along with coffee, tea, milk and juice.

Due to limited seating, reservations and deposit are required no later than Friday, March 22. The cost is $37.95 for adults, $30.95 for children ages 3-12 and free for two and under. Tax and gratuity will be added to all checks. Call (855) 652-7200 to make a reservation.

The Lodge’s Easter buffet menu will include carved ham, roasted strip loin, baked cod, Frankenmuth® Chicken, noodles, scrambled eggs, potatoes, pancakes, strudel, assorted pies, cheeses, salads, fresh fruit, coffee, milk, tea and juice. Seatings are available between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Due to limited seating, reservations are required by March 24.

The buffet is $41.50 for adults, $20.95 for children ages 8-12, $13.50 for children ages 3-7 and free for children under two. Tax and gratuity will be added to all checks.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (888) 775-6343.

For those interested in the Restaurant’s Easter Takeout Dinner, the family meal serves four people and is $169 (includes taxes). A meal for eight, including double portions of the menu items, is also available for an additional $100.

Easter takeout dinner orders must be received by Thursday, March 28 and picked up at designated pick-up times on Sunday, March 21, either at the Castle Shops north entrance or at designated spots for curbside pickup.

The meal includes a 9-10-pound hickory smoked boneless ham, one quart each of mashed potatoes, buttered noodles, baked dressing, and vegetables, with one-pint of gravy, and one-quart of coleslaw and cranberry relish. There is also Bavarian Chicken Seasoning and a loaf of homemade bread. A large apple or lemon meringue pie can be added for an additional $15. Substitutions are not available for the takeout dinner but diners can also ask about adding a custom Easter Basket.

To place a takeout dinner order, call the Restaurant at (989) 652-9941.

For guests wishing to dine at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, an array of its signature dishes will be offered, including family style chicken and more. Reservations are being taken at (989) 652-9941.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

 

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

 

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Bavarian Inn’s partnership with Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan for the 2023 Giving Program

Over $37,000 raised by Bavarian Inn Corporation in 2023

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – January 19, 2024 – Bavarian Inn Corporation partnered with the Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan as their charity selection for their annual giving program in 2023 to raise over $37,000!

Bavarian Inn Corporation was able to support the Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan by collecting $37,246 through the company’s annual giving program.

The Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan is a faith-based nonprofit organization that has locations in Bay City and Saginaw. Their mission is to provide support to the hurting and homeless of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Their locations include the Women’s Emergency Shelter, the Good Samaritan Women’s Shelter, the Good Samaritan Men’s Shelter, the Samaritan Youth Center, and Labadie Lofts. In collaboration with surrounding churches, corporations, and service agencies they offer shelter, care, meals, permanent housing, and faith-based support to those in need. During operation, they have served 93,501 meals and provided 64,233 nights of shelter.

The year-long charity campaign came to a close in December. The fundraising total was then announced at the annual post-holiday employee parties in January. The Bavarian Inn’s team members were able to support the non-profit all year through voluntary payroll deductions and various fundraising efforts. Some of the team members even got to volunteer for the day at the Saginaw location to support hands-on in the kitchen.

 

 

 

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, and Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

 

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

Bavarian Inn Lodge opens new amenities as massive expansion project continues

New laser tag arena, ice cream & candy shop and prize redemption store opening in Family Fun Center

 

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Dec. 21, 2023 – The first wave of openings of the Bavarian Inn Lodge’s Family Fun Center and water park expansion are set to open this month, completing the first portions of the massive $80 million project that will create Michigan’s biggest indoor water park and family fun center.

At more than 140,000 square feet, the water park project includes 16 water attractions, a laser tag arena, a mini-bowling center for families as well as a large rope climbing course and a two-story rock climbing wall.

The three new areas that began operation this month include a laser tag arena, known as the Dragon’s Lair; Emilie’s Eis, an ice cream and candy shop; and the Treasure Haus, a brand new redemption store for the family fun center games and tickets.

The Dragon’s Lair is a new 2,500-square foot laser tag arena with lights, fog machines and other fun effects. Players traverse a dragon’s castle and do battle among the fields and castles of Germany to play against your opponent.

Emilie’s Eis will feature 24 ice cream flavors with cake cones, waffle cones and sundae creations with lots of topping options. The Lodge has worked with a third-generation family owned and operated company, Guernsey Farms Dairy, located in Novi, Michigan, to supply amazing ice cream for the shop.

The shop is named in honor of a fifth generation Zehnder, Emilie Zehnder, who loves ice cream as much as her great-grandfather Tiny (William) Zehnder (founder of the Bavarian Inn). It will also feature candy and chocolates from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant Bakery as well as elaborate caramel apples.

The 1,800-square foot Treasure Haus is a beautifully brand new “ticket redemption store” where families and children will be able to shop for prizes by redeeming tickets won on the hundreds of games in the Lodge’s popular Family Fun Center.

Even during construction, the Lodge’s Family Fun Center has remained in operation throughout the project, as well as the other hotel amenities already in place, including current family water slides, pools and restaurants.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 135 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/

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 37 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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

Ring in New Year’s at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant & Lodge

  • Dueling Pianos show includes food, champagne and party favors
  • Family and adult buffets and gala feature food, fun and entertainment

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Dec. 19, 2023 – Ring in the New Year in Frankenmuth this year at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge, which are offering a wide variety of fun options for both adults and families.

Besides a special Dueling Pianos Dinner Show at the Restaurant on Sunday, Dec. 31, there will be New Year’s Eve galas for adults at the Lodge and a family fun party also at the Lodge. Guest rooms at the Lodge for those celebrations are available again this year.

The Dueling Pianos Dinner Show begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes a wonderful meal with dessert, a champagne toast, party favors and the piano sounds of Dueling Pianos, a Midwest-based interactive musical experience that engages the audience and makes guests the stars of the show.

The cost is $100 per person and reservations and prepayment are required. Call (989) 652-9941 to reserve.

At the Lodge, plans are underway for the annual New Year’s Eve Gala where adults can enjoy the Lodge’s signature all-star gourmet buffet, which includes passed hors d’oeuvres, stations for soup and salad, appetizers, seafood, “chef created” items, a hot buffet and desserts. There will be a cherries jubilee station as well as a midnight celebration buffet with lobster bisque, chili, and more.

The evening includes a cash bar from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. with the gourmet dinner from 6:45-8:30 p.m. and entertainment from “Ceyx,” performing everyone’s favorite dance tunes from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Reservations are required and the cost is $130 per person, which includes dinner with wine service, champagne toast at midnight, plus a New Year’s Day breakfast buffet beginning at 9:30 a.m. and all taxes and gratuities. Other activities will be in the Lodge courtyard and the Ratskeller between 8:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. To reserve call (855) 652-7200; make a night of it with one of the Lodge’s 360 guest rooms.

The NYE Family Celebration at the Lodge offers kids and grown-ups music, party favors and a special necklace, a global countdown, an expansive dinner buffet with a cash bar and breakfast buffet the next morning. The buffet includes soup and salad stations and features carved prime rib, Frankenmuth chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, buttered corn and Blue Hubbard squash. The dessert buffet includes a build-your-own-sundae station, Rice Krispie squares and chocolate mousse and includes coffee, tea, milk and sodas.

The family dinner runs from 5-8 p.m. with the breakfast buffet seating between 9:30-11 a.m. Guests can also enjoy after-dinner entertainment in the Ratskeller between 4:30 p.m. (karaoke and music) and 12:30 a.m. as well as DJ Jengel in the courtyard after 8:30 p.m.

The family package, which includes all taxes and gratuities, is priced at $92 for adults, $49 for children ages 2-12, and free for children under age 2.

And, to make the experience even better for late-night revelers, hotel guests are just steps away from their Bavarian-themed guest room, ready to wake up and greet 2024. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (855) 652-7200. Add either of these fun-filled party options to your guest room reservation by calling or visiting www.bavarianinn.com  for more information and to book reservations.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 135 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/

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 37 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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’s Vice President, Martha Zehnder Kaczynski Honored with Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award

 

November 28, 2023 – FRANKENMUTH, MI – Martha Zehnder Kaczynski, Vice President of the Bavarian Inn Lodge,  received the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award at the recent Association of Fundraising Professional Mid-Michigan Chapter’s National Philanthropy Day event. This prestigious recognition was given to Zehnder Kaczynski during the event held on November 14th at Saginaw Valley State University.

 

The Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award is a testament to Zehnder Kaczynski’s unwavering dedication to philanthropy and her exceptional contributions to the community. This esteemed accolade acknowledges individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, commitment, and success in fundraising efforts to support charitable causes with exceptional skills in coordinating and motivating groups of volunteers for fundraising projects.

 

Martha Zehnder Kaczynski’s tireless commitment to philanthropy has left an indelible mark on the community. Her passion for making a difference and her innovative approaches to fundraising initiatives have significantly impacted numerous charitable organizations which is evident by the giving circle she coordinated for nine year, Saginaw Leadership Cares. SLC was the 2014 class project for the Leadership Saginaw program through the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce.

 

Zehnder Kaczynski’s remarkable achievement underscores the Bavarian Inn’s longstanding commitment to social responsibility and community engagement. Her leadership and philanthropic endeavors have fostered a culture of giving back and making a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

 

In accepting this prestigious award, Martha Zehnder Kaczynski expressed her gratitude and shared, “The Saginaw Leadership Cares giving circle was fortunate to partner with the Saginaw Community Foundation. Over the last 9 years, we heard from 81 organizations and awarded funds to 27 Saginaw County 501©3 organizations totaling $155,827.97. It was an honor to organize and lead this giving circle to see how we are helping our community and neighbors.”

 

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) empowers individuals and organizations to practice ethical fundraising through professional education, networking, research and advocacy. To learn more about this organization and find a chapter near you, visit afpglobal.org.

 

 

 

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About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 37 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 4th generation Bavarian Inn Zehnder family members, 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 37 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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

Fast and furious pinball tournaments take over Bavarian Inn Lodge Family Fun Center

Bi-weekly competitions include numerous prizes, giveaways

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Sept. 14, 2023 – Want to try your luck at pinball? This fall the Bavarian Inn Lodge is hosting a series of fast and fun Pinball Tournaments for all ages.

Held in the Lodge’s expansive Family Fun Center with more than 160 high-end games, the competitions are open to “pinball wizards” who are interested in showcasing their skills.

The competitions will be held every other Monday evening at the Lodge and include Target Match Play events, a Mini Side Tournament and a “Beat the Tech” competition. All events begin at 6:30 p.m. with sign up opening at 6 p.m.

These fun events will include multiple giveaways and prizes to the winners.

The Target Match Play Tournament features seven machines for play with players randomly grouped by the Match Play software. Scoring for each round includes 3, 2, 1 and zero with the first 50 percent of the field to reach 12 points moving on to the playoff round. Playoffs will include group play, three per round.

A Mini Side Tournament will also be going on during the finals. Any players on site can play, even if they did not qualify for the regular tournament.

The cost is $5 per person ($1 goes to IFPA pinball association), while the remainder is paid out to the top four players in the tournament.

Also back by popular demand is the Lodge’s “Beat the Tech” competition where players will compete in one game against a Lodge tech employee.

For further information, go the Lodge’s website.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 37 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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

Beloved Bavarian Inn matriarch Dorothy Zehnder has died at age 101

Leaves a long legacy of service to the Frankenmuth community and Michigan hospitality industry

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – July 10, 2023 – Dorothy Zehnder, beloved matriarch of the Bavarian Inn Zehnder family, died at her home in Frankenmuth on Sunday, July 9, with members of her family by her side.  She was a lifelong member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.

Zehnder spent more than 85 years working behind the scenes and as the visible face of the well-known Bavarian Inn family and the many community and business operations under their name. She was born on December 1, 1921, in Reese, Michigan, 10 miles north of Frankenmuth.

Funeral services will be held at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church. Details will be released later by her family. She will be buried at St. Lorenz Cemetery alongside her husband of 63 years, William “Tiny” Zehnder, who passed away in 2006. Donations may be made to St. Lorenz Church or to Frankenmuth City Beautification.

Dorothy is survived by her brother Ray Hecht, two children, Bill (Karen) Zehnder and Roxie (Jerry) Westgate, and her son-in-law Don Keller as well 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, William “Tiny” Zehnder, her sister Edna (Hecht) Hegenauer, and her daughter Judy Zehnder Keller.

The family released the following statement:

“We mourn the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, and family matriarch. We extend our thanks for the support from the Frankenmuth community and ask that you help us remember Dorothy for the amazing woman she was and who will remain in our hearts. Our family will continue to uphold the spirit of Dorothy and her legacy to this community.”

 

Dorothy left her mark on this world for over a century and will be missed. She was a true Michigan icon in how she lived her life personally, professionally, and spiritually.

 

 

A Humble Servant Leader

Dorothy’s hospitality and business acumen made her a civic leader, educator, author, and mentor, using her talents with many different restaurants, tourism, governmental, religious, and philanthropic organizations. A humble servant leader is an excellent way to describe Dorothy Zehnder. Even when she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer at age 98, she fought against it to continue giving back to her community.

With over a century of life experience, Dorothy lived through Prohibition, Great Depression, and multiple wars. She saw everything from man landing on the moon to people driving electric cars. All the technological advances from when she started working in 1937 to today helped her develop the Bavarian Inn’s philosophy of “working efficiently old fashioned” as she embraced new trends throughout her life.

Dorothy co-founded the Bavarian Inn with William “Tiny” Zehnder in 1950. She preferred staying out of the spotlight, leaving the promotion to Tiny while she worked in the “back of the house.” She developed most of the recipes used in the restaurant and taught tens of thousands of employees over 70 years the correct method to prepare all the foods served in the 12 dining rooms that seat 1,200 guests.

At full employment, the Bavarian Inn Corporation has approximately 1,000 employees, serves thousands of people in a day and about 900,000 meals annually, and ranks in the top 50 most prominent family-run restaurants in the U.S. Dorothy’s children and their spouses, along with her grandchildren – a total of seven family members – work every day to continue the success story of the Bavarian Inn.

Today the Bavarian Inn Zehnder family’s diverse array of businesses includes the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Castle Shops, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Covered Bridge Shop, Frank’s Muth, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, Bavarian Bleachers, a specialty line of food products, and an online store. The family also runs the William and Dorothy Zehnder Foundation.

 

The next generations have plans for continued development of Tiny and Dorothy Zehnder’s legacy.

 

Cookbook Author and Honoree

A 2020 Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of the Saginaw Lifetime Achievement Award, Dorothy is also the author of three sold-out cookbooks, “Cookies and Bars” published in 1986, “Come Cook with Me,” published in 2011, and the follow-up “From My Kitchen to Yours,” published in 2014. Her cookbook “Come Cook with Me” is filled with stories about Dorothy, cooking, her family, and the German-themed restaurant they created.

In 2013 Dorothy received the Outstanding Achievement in Michigan Tourism award from the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association (MLTA) which recognizes the person who “Serves to promote, protect and grow Michigan tourism to the benefit of all industry segments and our state’s economy.” In addition, the Detroit chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) also recognized Dorothy in 2013 as one of its Top 10 Michigan Business Women.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 135 years of service, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers, and tourists from around the globe have discovered genuine Bavarian hospitality in this 1,200-seat restaurant thanks to the late Dorothy and 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 most outstanding 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.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 37 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, it has been one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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, two whirlpools, over 160 video 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 musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 37 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an essential destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 million room nights booked there since its opening and its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

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

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Artwork: Concept of expansion rendering

Video of Michael Keller Zehnder, Lodge President, making announcement: https://logoscommunications-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/sue_logos-communications_com/ERC-jbuchxxJqEC3RDJmKKABAsP_cN78Ng6_YAZylwEq3w?e=HJEXCS 

Major indoor water park expansion planned at Bavarian Inn Lodge

December 13 groundbreaking planned

$80 million project will add 20-plus new attractions, including many water slides, wave pool and adult swim up bar

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – November 21, 2022 – A major expansion of the Bavarian Inn Lodge, one of Frankenmuth’s major attractions, is planned to begin soon as the Lodge seeks to dramatically expand its water park amenities and Family Entertainment offerings.

A groundbreaking ceremony is planned to take place on Tuesday, December 13 at 10 a.m., for the $80 million project. When completed, the new amenities will make the Bavarian Inn Lodge Michigan’s largest indoor water park and family entertainment center, at more than 140,000 square feet of family fun.

The new expansion will open to guests in the spring of 2024, with some of the new family fun center areas opening in late fall of 2023. The General Contractor for the expansion is R.C. Hendrick & Son, Inc., who have built all previous six phases of the Lodge.

“We are truly raising the bar on fun at the Lodge, creating unique attractions and new types of experiences within our resort,” said Michael Keller Zehnder, President of the Bavarian Inn Lodge. “This expansion will help us to advance our goal of creating fun and enjoyable experiences for all ages. We are reimagining family fun and see this as an exciting project for all of Frankenmuth.”

The current Family Fun Center will remain in operation throughout the project, said Zehnder, with no disruptions to the Lodge’s conference and banquet center, guest rooms and all of the hotel amenities already in place, including current family water slides, pools and restaurants. More exciting details will be released throughout the stages of construction.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn, and more.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 36 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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

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Bavarian Inn Lodge wins 2023 Tripadvisor Choice Award

 Great Traveler reviews land the Lodge a place among travelers’ favorites

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – June 16, 2023 – The Bavarian Inn Lodge has been recognized by Tripadvisor as a 2023 Travelers’ Choice award winner.

The award celebrates businesses that have received great traveler reviews from travelers around the globe on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months. As challenging as the past year was, the Lodge is in the top 10 percent of hotels worldwide on TripAdvisor, consistently delivering positive experiences.

“We are thrilled that our guests continue to find great experiences at the Lodge,” said Michael Keller Zehnder, president of the Lodge. “This honor is another great example of how what we in the Frankenmuth community and for the entire State of Michigan impacts travelers from around the world.”

According to Zehnder the Lodge books 2.5 million room-nights annually.

“The Travelers’ Choice Awards recognize the best in tourism and hospitality, according to those who matter most: your guests,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “Ranking among the Travelers’ Choice winners is always tough — but never more so than this year as we emerge from the pandemic. Whether it’s using new technology, implementing safety measures, or hiring outstanding staff, I’m impressed by the steps you’ve taken to meet travelers’ new demands. You’ve adapted brilliantly in the face of adversity.”

Late in 2022, the Lodge began a major expansion to enlarge the amenities in the water park section of their resort. When completed in 2024, the new amenities will make the Lodge Michigan’s largest indoor water park and family entertainment center, with more than 140,000 square feet of family fun to add to the draw of Frankenmuth for tourists from Michigan and across the country.

 

To see traveler reviews and popular amenities visit the Lodge’s Tripadvisor review page.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 37 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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

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Bavarian Inn Lodge brings back weekly Sunday brunch

Popular indoor courtyard Sunday brunch returns beginning in June

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – June 13, 2023 – The Bavarian Inn Lodge is bringing back its highly popular Sunday Brunch Buffet beginning on Sunday, June 18.

The weekly buffet, offering a wide range of delicious Bavarian Inn favorites, will be available on each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Lodge’s indoor courtyard.

Among the featured menu items will be assorted signature Bavarian Inn dishes as well as seasonal fare, carved meat stations, pasta and egg stations, Frankenmuth specialty foods, a dessert station and much more. Bloody Marys and Mimosas will also be available for purchase.

The cost of the Sunday brunch is $35.95 for adults, $15.95 for ages eight to 12 and $12.95 for ages three to seven. Children under three will eat for free.

Reservations are suggested with availability for seating based on a first come, first serve basis. To make a reservation call (989) 652-7200.

The Lodge continues its major expansion to enlarge the water park amenities in the resort. When completed in 2024, the new amenities will make the Lodge Michigan’s largest indoor water park and family entertainment center, at more than 140,000 square feet of family fun, and add to the draw of Frankenmuth for tourists from Michigan and across the country.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 37 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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

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Precast concrete planks for $80M water park expansion at Bavarian Inn Lodge to be lifted in place

Media invited to attend this event for photo and video opportunities.

Date: The installation will take place over several days, starting Wednesday, June 14 and ending Tuesday, June 20, 2023.

Place: Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge – Northeast corner construction site for new water park expansion

NOTE: Please let us know you are coming, so we can direct you to the best place to film and/or take photos. Contact Joanna Nelson at 989-480-7927

 

Massive precast concrete columns, beams and planks, will be lifted into place with a 300-ton crane over the newly constructed foundation for the Lodge fun center expansion. This area is a small portion of the $80M water park and family entertainment center expansion due to open in Spring of 2024. R. C. Hendrick & Son, Inc. is managing the expansion.

Construction on the project is well underway and when complete the expansion will significantly add to the Lodge’s water park amenities and Family Entertainment offerings, adding 20-plus new attractions such as water slides, wave pool and adult swim up bar. When completed, the new amenities will make the Bavarian Inn Lodge Michigan’s largest indoor water park and family entertainment center, at more than 140,000 square feet of family fun.

 

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

Enjoy the Frankenmuth way to celebrate moms at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant & Bavarian Inn Lodge 

Dine in, takeout dinners and Lodge buffet offer plenty of Mother’s Day options

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – APRIL 18, 2023 – Celebrating moms on Mother’s Day is easy this May thanks to the dedicated team at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn.

Guests visiting Michigan’s “Little Bavaria” can experience wonderful dine-in, takeout and buffet options throughout Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14) at either the Bavarian Inn Restaurant or Bavarian Inn Lodge.

For those interested in the Restaurant’s Mother’s Day Takeout Dinner, check out the family meal option serving approximately 6-8 people. The cost is $199 (includes taxes) and orders must be received by Thursday, May 1. They can be picked up at designated pick-up times on May 14 at the Castle Shops entrance or designated parking spots curbside, located on the north side of the restaurant.

The family meal includes a 9-10 pound hickory smoked boneless ham, two quarts each of mashed potatoes (with a quart of gravy), baked dressing, buttered noodles, and vegetables. In addition, included are a quart of cole slaw, a quart of cranberry relish, one loaf of homemade bread and chicken seasoning. A large apple or lemon meringue pie can be added for $15. Substitutions are not available for the takeout dinner.

To place a dinner order call the Restaurant at (989) 652-9941 or 1-800-BAVARIA.

For guests seeking to dine in at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, reservations for limited seating are now being taken. To make reservations call the Restaurant at (989) 652-9941.

The Bavarian Inn Lodge is hosting its annual Mother’s Day Buffet on Sunday, May 14 as well with seating times starting at 11 a.m. in various dining rooms. The cost is $42.50 for adults, $21.50 for 8-12 year olds, $13.95 for 3-7 year olds and free to those two and younger (not including tax and gratuity).

The Mother’s Day Buffet includes various salads including strawberry spinach, Caesar, Oberfranken pasta, tabbouleh with couscous, apple sauce, and cranberry relish; Frankenmuth Cheese Haus garlic cheese spread; waffles, scrambled eggs; Frankenmuth Chicken; carved prime rib; herb roasted carved pork loin, grilled chicken; many side items along including potatoes and gravy, buttered noodles; baked dressing; and an array of vegetables.

For dessert, guests can enjoy Bavarian Inn blueberry strudel, rum torte, chocolate mousse, fruit salad, chocolate mini tarts, Guten Tag cake, lemon squares, whipped cream and assorted cheeses and fruit.

Call (888) 775-6343 to book reservations for the Lodge Easter Buffet.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 37 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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 135 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 Restaurant and Bavarian Inn Lodge host fun family events during Easter season  

Scavenger hunt, breakfast and lunch with Easter Bunny, egg hunts and buffet

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – March 7, 2023 – Families looking for fun activities and wonderful Easter Sunday dining options will discover an array of events and activities for young and old alike at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge in April.

There will be a scavenger hunt throughout the Restaurant, “Bunny” breakfast and Easter egg hunt at the Lodge, a “Bunny” lunch at the Restaurant, the Lodge’s annual Easter buffet and a great takeout dinner menu from the Restaurant for those celebrating at home.

From April 1 through May 1 there will be an Easter egg scavenger hunt with a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. Hunt for wooden eggs hidden in decorations throughout the Restaurant. Write the answer found on the back in an entry form provided and turn the form in for a chance to win (two winners will be selected when the hunt is over).

On Sunday, March 26 guests can enjoy a festive family morning with a buffet, an Easter egg hunt and a visit with the Easter Bunny at the Lodge. There will also be crafts and a visit from Willy the Dragon.

The buffet menu will include carved ham, bacon, sausage and egg casserole, scrambled eggs, tater tots, waffles, French toast, bread pudding, muffins, Danishes, fresh fruit, coffee, milk, tea and juices. Seatings are at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Due to limited seating, reservations are required by March 24.

The breakfast is $30.95 for adults, $21.95 for children ages 8-12, $16.95 for children ages 2-8 and free for children under two. Tax and gratuity will be added to all checks.

The Restaurant will be offering a Bunny Lunch on Sunday, April 2 at 10:30 a.m. with a special luncheon meal and activities including a balloon artist, magic show, photo ops and a visit from the Easter Bunny, who will offer a special gift.

The lunch will include homemade bread and jam, a Frankenmuth Chicken plate, mashed potatoes and gravy, buttered corn, Easter dessert, and milk, coffee or soft drinks. The cost is $40 per person including tax and gratuity. Reservations and pre-payment are required through Eventbrite.

 

 

 

For those interested in the Restaurant’s Easter Takeout Dinner the family meal serves 6-8 people and is $199 (includes taxes). Orders must be received by Thursday, April 6 and picked up at designated pick-up times on April 9 either at the Castle Shops north entrance or at designated spots for curbside pickup.

The meal includes a 9-10-pound hickory smoked boneless ham, two quarts each of mashed potatoes, buttered noodles, baked dressing and Blue Hubbard squash along with one pint of gravy, one quart of coleslaw and cranberry relish, Bavarian Chicken Seasoning and a loaf of homemade bread. A large apple or lemon meringue pie can be added for an additional $15. Substitutions are not available for the takeout dinner, but diners can also ask about adding a custom Easter Basket.

To place a takeout dinner order, call the Restaurant at (989) 652-9941.

For guests wishing to dine in at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, reservations for limited seating are now being taken. To make reservations call the Restaurant at (989) 652-9941.

The Bavarian Inn Lodge is also hosting its annual “Bountiful Easter Buffet” on Sunday, April 9 with seating times from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in various banquet and dining rooms. The cost is $41.50 for adults, $20.50 for 8-12 year olds, $13.50 for 3-7 year olds and free to those two years and younger (tax and gratuity will be added to each check).

The Easter Buffet includes a wide-ranging list of flavorful items including (but not limited to) the following: cranberry almond and Italian pasta salad, coleslaw, spring salad, marinated mushrooms, cheeses and spreads, rolls and snap pea salad. There will also be pancakes, scrambled eggs, famous Frankenmuth Chicken, carved Kassler Ripchen, herb roast strip loin, baked cod in herb butter, buttered noodles, baked dressing, whipped potatoes and gravy and steamed vegetables with herb butter. Dessert choices include Bavarian Inn Apfel Strudel, Edelweiss Torte, Lodge banana bread, chocolate mousse, Guten Tag sheet cake, mini chocolate peanut butter pies and fruit salad.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (888) 775-6343.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, and Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

 

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating over 134 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/

 

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 36 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 4th generation Bavarian Inn Zehnder family members, 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 with weekend family karaoke. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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 offers Super Bowl weekend for fans

Special includes free pizza, pop and more

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. Feb. 1, 2023 – Football fans looking for a great way to experience the Super Bowl in Frankenmuth can now book a special Bavarian Inn Lodge weekend deal on February 11 and 12.

Guests who book both dates will enjoy a room with two beds, one large deluxe pizza and a pitcher of soft drinks as well as wristbands for each guest to use in any of the Lodge’s four pools, three hot tubs and two water slides.

Costs for the Super Bowl deal start at $328.90 plus taxes and fees. Cancellation Policy: This reservation is nonrefundable and payment for reservation is charged within 24 hours of booking. This offer cannot be combined with any additional discounts, coupons, gift cards, or vouchers. Room numbers assigned day of check-in. Must be booked online.

Guests must be an active Perks Club member to receive this rate. The membership fee of $15 will be charged to a credit card prior to arrival if your membership is not current.

Other than the pools, Lodge amenities including the indoor Family Fun Center and various dining options are also available.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, and Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 36 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 4th generation Bavarian Inn Zehnder family members, 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 with weekend family karaoke. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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

Groundbreaking for $80M water park expansion at Bavarian Inn Lodge on December 13

Media invited to attend this event for photo, video and interview opportunities with Lodge ownership. Local officials have also been invited to participate.

Date:  Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Time:  10 a.m.

Place: Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge – Front entrance, just over the Wooden Covered Bridge. In case of inclement weather, ceremony will be at the Lodge Conference Center.

 

A groundbreaking photo opportunity for media is planned for the $80 million expansion of an indoor water park and family entertainment additions at the Bavarian Inn Lodge on Tuesday, December 13 at 10 a.m.

The expansion will significantly add to the Lodge’s water park amenities and Family Entertainment offerings, adding 20-plus new attractions such as water slides, wave pool and adult swim up bar. When completed, the new amenities will make the Bavarian Inn Lodge Michigan’s largest indoor water park and family entertainment center, at more than 140,000 square feet of family fun.

The new expansion will open to guests in the spring of 2024, with some of the new family fun center areas opening in late fall of 2023. The General Contractor for the expansion is R.C. Hendrick & Son, Inc., who have built all previous six phases of the Lodge.

 

“This next phase of our development is focused on creating unique attractions and new experiences for all guests at our resort,” said Michael Keller Zehnder, President of the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

 

“Our family business is proud to be a longtime partner to another Michigan family business, the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn, and we look forward to making their vision become a reality,” said Chip Hendrick, R.C. Hendrick & Son, Inc.

 

The current Family Fun Center will remain in operation throughout the project, said Zehnder, with no disruptions to the Lodge’s conference and banquet center, guest rooms and all of the hotel amenities already in place, including current family water slides, pools and restaurants.

 

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn, and more.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 36 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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 matriarch, Dorothy Zehnder, celebrating 101st birthday December 1

Wishing Dorothy a Happy Birthday this year

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Nov. 18, 2022 – Dorothy Zehnder, beloved co-founder of the family-owned Bavarian Inn Resort that includes the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth Gift Shops Inc. and Frankenmuth River Place Shops, will celebrate her 101st birthday on Thursday, Dec. 1.

At 101 years young, Dorothy still maintains close contact with her family and her favorite places, like the kitchens at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

“Even at 101, Dorothy still loves what she does,” says granddaughter Amy Zehnder Grossi. “She loves good food, being with people, and playing card games — and she’s still great at it, too.”

For more than 85 years, Dorothy has been instrumental with the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn and the many operations under that name. Besides the restaurant, the diverse array of businesses include the Bavarian Inn Castle Shops, the Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Covered Bridge Shop, Frank’s Muth retail store, a specialty line of food products, a family foundation and an online store.

A Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of the Saginaw Lifetime Achievement Award, Dorothy is also the author of three cookbooks, “Cookies and Bars” published in 1986, “Come Cook with Me,” published in 2011, and the follow-up “From My Kitchen to Yours,” published in 2014. Her most recent cookbook “From My Kitchen to Yours” is filled with stories about Dorothy, cooking, her family and the German-themed restaurant they created.

Dorothy, growing up on a farm in nearby Reese, Michigan, founded the Bavarian Inn with her late husband, William “Tiny” Zehnder. At full employment the Bavarian Inn Corporation has approximately 1,000 employees, serves thousands of people in a day and more than 900,000 meals annually, and ranks in the top 50 largest family-run restaurants in the USA.

Dorothy’s children and their spouses, along with 4 of her grandchildren – a total of 8 family members – work every day to continue the success story of the Bavarian Inn. Dorothy loves spending time with her children, 10 grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildren.

Fans of Dorothy are invited to send her birthday greetings by email: events@bavarianinn.com. Dorothy and her immediate family will celebrate her 101st birthday with a 101 Dalmatian themed party. At 101, Dorothy still loves a good party!

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth Gift Shops Inc., and Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 36 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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 134 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 in this 1,200 seat restaurant 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/

New Year’s Eve celebrations to take over Bavarian Inn Resort

  • Dueling Pianos offer a night of entertainment
  • Gala party for grown-ups with food, music and fun
  • Family-themed party offers wide array of food and fun activities

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Nov. 15, 2022 – Those looking for a fun way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Frankenmuth this year can ring in 2023 at the Bavarian Inn Resort where plans are underway for a big night of parties for hotel and restaurant guests alike.

At the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, guests can enjoy the New Year’s Eve Dueling Pianos Dinner Show, starting at 6 p.m. Piano group Cool 2 Duel will be returning to the restaurant to play a musical repertoire ranging from Country to Today’s Hits. Audiences will be able to enjoy the entertainment along with hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet meal, delicious desert and a champagne toast to ring in the new year. A full cash bar will be available all evening.

Tickets for this event are $100 and can be purchased through https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ring-in-2023-with-cool-2-duel-at-the-bavarian-inn-restaurant-tickets-429736201547.

In addition, the Bavarian Inn Lodge is offering two special parties for hotel guests.

Adults who partake in the annual New Year’s Eve Gala will enjoy the Lodge’s signature all-star gourmet buffet, which includes passed hors d’oeuvres, stations for soup and salad, appetizers, seafood, “chef created” items and a hot buffet and desserts. There will be a cherries jubilee station as well as a midnight soup buffet with lobster bisque, chili, and more. Other highlights include carved prime rib, smoked salmon, Frankenmuth® chicken, Vietnamese pork lettuce rolls, shrimp cocktail ceviche and whitefish remoulade.

The evening includes a cash bar from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. with the gourmet dinner from 6:45-8:30 p.m. and entertainment from “Ceyx,” performing everyone’s favorite dance tunes, from the 50s up to today’s contemporary hits from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Reservations are required and the cost is $129 per person, which also includes other activities throughout the hotel, a champagne toast at midnight, plus a New Year’s Day breakfast buffet beginning at 9:30 a.m. and all taxes and gratuities. The other parties will be in the Lodge courtyard and the Ratskeller between 8:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

The NYE Family Celebration at the Lodge offers kids and grown-ups music, party favors, a global countdown and an expansive dinner buffet with a cash bar and breakfast buffet the next morning. The buffet includes soup and salad stations and features carved prime rib, Frankenmuth® chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, buttered corn and Bavarian Inn Blue Hubbard squash. The dessert buffet includes build-your-own-sundae station, Rice Krispie squares and chocolate mousse and includes coffee, tea, milk and sodas.

The family dinner runs from 5-8 p.m. with the breakfast buffet seating between 9:30-11 a.m. Guests can also enjoy after-dinner entertainment in the Ratskeller between 4:30 p.m. (karaoke and music) and 12:30 a.m., as well as DJ Jengel in the courtyard after 8:30 p.m.

The family package, which includes all taxes and gratuities, is priced at $89 for adults, $49 for children ages 2-12, and free for children under age 2.

And, to make the experience even better for late-night revelers, hotel guests are just steps away from their comfy European-themed guest room, ready to wake up and greet 2023.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (989) 652-7200. Add either of these fun-filled party options to your guest room reservation by calling or visiting www.bavarianinn.com  for more information and to book reservations.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, and Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 36 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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 134 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.

Frankenmuth Dog Bowl wins national awards 

Event honored with Pinnacle Awards for best event/program, best event website

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – November 8, 2022 – The world’s largest Olympic-style festival for dogs and their people has been honored by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) through its Pinnacle Awards program.

The 65th annual awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments and creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world.

Awards were handed out in 73 different categories, and the Frankenmuth Dog Bowl received a gold award for Best Event Website (budget under $100,000) and a silver award for Best Event/Program Within an Event to Benefit a Cause (budget under $100,000). Awards were presented during the IFEA convention in September.

The Frankenmuth Dog Bowl festival, in May at the River Place Shops, draws more than 100,000 visitors for competitions, border collie sheep herding demonstrations, a pet parade and costume contest, trick competitions and doggie fun run races. It is free to the public and will celebrate 17 years in 2023.

The festival is part of Frankenmuth Dog Bowl, Inc. – a nonprofit organization that advocates for responsible pet ownership through educational programs and world-class events like the annual Dog Bowl!.

“Our entire team works very hard to create great experiences for all of our guests, whether they are humans or canines,” said Michael Zehnder, owner of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Inc., which owns and operates River Place Shops. “We are proud to be honored by the IFEA.”

Thanksgiving Day is a delicious celebration with family dinner options from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge 

Enjoy Restaurant take home dinner or take in the Lodge’s annual Harvest Buffet

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Nov. 3, 2022 – The culinary team at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Resort have created an array of wonderful choices for families who want to celebrate Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 24) at home or in Michigan’s “Little Bavaria.”

This year the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is offering a take-home dinner option, while the Bavarian Inn Lodge’s sumptuous annual Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant offering a complete take home roasted turkey dinner that serves four people. The menu includes a whole roasted (10-14 lb.) turkey and quarts of mashed potatoes (with a pint of gravy), baked dressing, buttered noodles, Blue Hubbard squash, coleslaw and cranberry relish. It also includes Bavarian Inn chicken seasoning and a loaf of Bavarian Inn house made bread. Guests can also add a large apple or pumpkin pie for $15. There are options for adding Frankenmuth chicken as well, but no substitutions are available for the meal package.

The cost of the take home dinner is $149 (plus taxes) and needs to be pre-ordered by 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20. Pickup dates will be Wednesday, Nov. 23 and Thursday, Nov. 24 at designated times in the Castle Shop Bakery’s north entrance. For those who have more mouths to feed, orders can be doubled for only $100 more. To order the dinner, call (989) 652-9941.

Preparations are underway for the annual Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet at the Bavarian Inn Lodge. During the buffet, guests will enjoy piano music and dozens of savory dishes, ranging from starters and salads like cherry pecan salad, creamy coleslaw, German mustard potato salad and more, to traditional holiday fare like Frankenmuth Chicken, carved turkey, prime rib.  Many favorite side dish options will be included, Frankenmuth dressing, buttered noodles, whipped potatoes, dressing, mac and cheese, and much more!  Traditional desserts will make the meal complete featuring apfel strudel, pumpkin pie, bread pudding and chocolate mousse.

Seating times are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the cost is $41.95 for adults, $19.99 for children 8-12, $14.99 for children 3-7, and free for children two and under. Prices include sales tax and 16% gratuity. Reservations are required by calling (989) 652-7200.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating over 134 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/

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 36 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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

Prominent business leader, Judy Zehnder Keller, has died

Legacy includes Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Restaurant & Lodge, Cheese Haus & multiple retail stores.

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – October 19, 2022 – One of Frankenmuth’s legendary businesswomen, Judy Zehnder Keller, died peacefully at her home in Frankenmuth on October 19, 2022 with members of her family by her side.

A long-time entrepreneur, community leader, women’s advocate, working mother, wife and grandmother, Zehnder Keller was the eldest daughter of the Bavarian Inn Zehnder family founders Tiny and Dorothy Zehnder. She was 77.

Zehnder Keller, a Frankenmuth native, would always say she, “fries chicken and makes beds for a living.” We all know she has done so much more over the last 60-plus years when she officially started working at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant in 1960 with her parents. Founder and president of the Bavarian Inn Lodge, she built the resort in 1986 and led it through six expansions. She helped develop and manage other family businesses in the community such as the Schnitzelbank Shop, Covered Bridge Shop, Frank’s Muth, and numerous retail stores within Frankenmuth River Place Shops. She was also the owner of the Frankenmuth Cheese Haus and in 2018 led its expansion to a new location on Main Street. In June 2022, she designed and donated Frankenmuth’s “Sister City Chair” in recognition of the 60th Anniversary relationship between Frankenmuth, Michigan and Gunzenhausen, Germany.

Public funeral services will be held at Cederberg Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Underground Railroad, CAN Council, and the German Heritage Fund at the Frankenmuth Community Foundation. She will be interned at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.

Zehnder Keller is survived by her husband of 53 years, Don Keller, along with her children, Michael Keller Zehnder (Kimberly), Martha Zehnder Kaczynski (John), and William Zehnder Keller and 5 grandchildren.

The family released the following statement:

“Today we mourn the passing of our beloved wife, mother and grandmother and thank the entire community for its support during this time. Judy Zehnder Keller was a true pioneering businesswoman in our community and her legacy will be long remembered by those who love the Bavarian Inn and our family’s commitment to this community.”

Following her graduation from Frankenmuth High School in 1963, Zehnder Keller attended Michigan State University where she earned her BA in Hotel and Restaurant Management, her master’s degree in Educational Psychology, and according to her, a doctorate in the card game pinochle.

After working 25 years at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Zehnder Keller decided to take the family business in a new direction and develop a piece of property on the east side of the Covered Bridge that is the present site of the Bavarian Inn Lodge. Today the Lodge is a top hospitality resort in all of Michigan with 360 guest rooms, indoor waterpark, family fun center, restaurants and conference space.

Throughout her career, Zehnder Keller was honored with many awards, a few of them including:

National Restaurant Association “Outstanding Women in Food Service Round Table Award,” the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association’s “Hotelier of the Year,” Michigan State University’s “Industry LEADER of the Year” and “Alumna of the Year,” both from The School of Hospitality Business. She also earned additional recognition as “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” and ranked 10th out of 200 national finalists in Start Up Nation’s “Leading Moms in Business.” She was also recipient of the local Jaycees’ top honor, the Herbert L. Keinath Distinguished Service Award, for selfless local community contributions.

Though she was honored by many recognitions, Zehnder Keller was a true servant leader and didn’t care who received credit as she was interested in positive change for her community. Zehnder Keller was the first female Frankenmuth City Council Member (12 years). She was the first female Rotary Club member (1991) and first female president (2007-08). She was also chairperson for the Frankenmuth Sister City Committee for 22 years and served on the Frankenmuth Downtown Development Authority for 23 years. Appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm, Zehnder Keller served two terms on the Michigan Travel Commission and on the Michigan Hotel/Motel Board of Directors.

A unique opportunity arose when she was appointed by President Ronald Reagan for the Presidential Commission for the German-American Tri-Centennial, joining the delegation in Germany with then Vice President George H.W. Bush. She has had many leadership positions and assisted numerous organizations, ranging from CAN Council, Underground Railroad, American Red Cross, United Way, Convention & Visitor Bureaus, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Commission, Concordia University, and more. One of her favorite opportunities was being a coach for her son and daughter’s Little League games. Usually, she would wear her baseball hat and the team’s T-shirt over her German work uniform.

Today the William (Tiny) and Dorothy Zehnder family’s diverse array of businesses includes the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Castle Shops, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Covered Bridge Shop, Frank’s Muth, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, Frankenmuth Gift Shops Inc., a specialty line of food products, and an online store. The family also runs the William and Dorothy Zehnder Foundation.

When asked, Zehnder Keller would say she “believes that life’s journey is not to arrive at the gravesite safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to slide in sideways, totally worn out, shouting…. HOLY MOSES….WHAT A RIDE!!!”

Well, Judy Zehnder Keller did just that and lived her life to the fullest in all aspects!

Scarecrow Fest offers pumpkin-themed activities at Frankenmuth River Place Shops 

Frankenmuth, Michigan – Celebrate autumn with two themed weekends of Scarecrow Fest at Frankenmuth River Place Shops in October.

Scarecrow Fest takes place from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16 and October 22 and 23 at River Place Shops, 925 S. Main Street in Frankenmuth. Activities include pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, arts and crafts, barrel train rides and the always-popular pumpkin catapult along with free family entertainment for each themed weekend. Some activities require a small fee – the event is free to attend.

Scarecrow Fest will feature traditional trick-or-treating from the stores. The schedule for each weekend includes dog or child costume parades around the outdoor shopping complex.

October 15 and 16 is Dog Weekend! Free entertainment will include high-energy shows by the Rock N Roll K9s Performance Team featuring tricks, relay racing, choreographed obedience routines and agility contests. Performances are at 11:00 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the Festival Platz near the Cass River Bar and Grill.

On Sunday, Oct. 16, guests can enter their four-legged friends in the Pet Costume Contest at 5 p.m. in the Fest Platz. Pre-registration is required for the contest from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Hello Cats and Dogs located at River Place Shops.

October 22 and 23 is Kids Weekend! Free family entertainment options include a Halloween-themed music,  yard games, magician, arts and crafts, along with a costume parade on Sunday, October 23 with traditional trick-or-treating around the complex.

For a full schedule, visit the Frankenmuth River Place Shops website.

Scarecrow Fest also includes a community-wide scarecrow-decorating contest. The public can view and vote for their favorite displays located throughout Frankenmuth and River Place Shops.

CONTACT:

Monika Sedik

Director of Events

Frankenmuth River Place Shops

989-652-6613, ext. 4

msedik@bavarianinn.com

Savor the end of summer at the Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival September 8

August 24, 2022 – FRANKENMUTH, MICH. – Head to Frankenmuth River Place Shops for the last Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival of 2022, taking place September 8 with approximately 25 food trucks from across Michigan and family-friendly activities.

The food truck festival is from 2 to 9 PM on Thursday, September 8 at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, 925 S. Main St. in Michigan’s Little Bavaria. Festival admission and parking is free.

Each food truck festival will showcase special activities and entertainment along with a variety of food. This month celebrates Oktoberfest! In addition to food trucks from across Michigan, guests will enjoy music entertainment, and a beer tent. There will also be plenty of shaded seating, and additional activities for families like face painting and inflatables. The event is pet-friendly; animals must be on a 6-foot leash at all times.

The food truck festival takes place on the east side of River Place Shops, Frankenmuth’s Bavarian-themed outdoor shopping complex with more than 40 shops and attractions. A variety of cuisine is available for purchase. Food trucks accept both cash and credit or debit cards; an ATM is also available onsite.

“We are excited to continue to offer a family-friendly environment and a community dinner like no other,” said Michael Keller Zehnder, owner of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn, Inc., which owns and operates River Place Shops.

The September 8 food truck lineup includes:

  • All City Dogs Street Cuisine
  • Bad Wolf BBQ
  • Batter Up Waffle Co.
  • Cheese Trap
  • Cluck Truck
  • Clyde’s Pit BBQ
  • Crazy Asian Yum Yum
  • From Scratch
  • Grand Traverse Pie Co.
  • Heaven on a Roll
  • J’ American Soul
  • Jay’s Dogs, LLC
  • Kona Ice of Saginaw
  • LumberJill Concessions
  • MI- strEATS
  • Nom Nom Ninja
  • Northern Smoke BBQ
  • Olvera’s BBQ
  • Scalici’s Wood Fired Pizza
  • Sweet Spinners
  • The Cruisin’ Chef
  • The Patty Wagon
  • Underground Cookie Club
  • Weezie’s Funnel Cakes
  • Whole Enchilada Mobile Kitchen
  • Wonder Burger
  • YaEatYet?

This lineup is subject to change according to food truck availability. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/464856338674908 .

 

 

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