2016, July-Dec

Four-Generation Bavarian Inn Garners MichBusiness Succession Award

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Family Members Keep Business Fresh as Extension of Their Family Bond  

Frankenmuth, MI – December 29, 2016 – The iconic Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn recently received a Succession Success Award as part of this year’s Best of MichBusiness Awards. The Best of MichBusiness recognition event held earlier this month celebrates success at the most exciting and connected business awards and networking opportunity in Michigan. It is powered by MBPA, a statewide association with a sphere of influence that no other organization of its kind can claim, positively impacting more than 150,000 businesses —1 out of every 3 in the state.

Reflecting on the significance of this latest award, third generation owner and current
Bavarian Inn Restaurant President Bill Zehnder attributed the success of the Bavarian Inn to its strong family ties and dedication to future success, along with the commitment of hundreds of team members.

“My father often said, ‘Family is everything,’” said Zehnder. “We continue to live and work by that philosophy. We have a shared history and moral code. We grew up together, worshiped, worked and played together. We truly cherish and respect each other. In business, we adhere to a creed based on our shared values and vision to pave the way for continued success.”

The family, he said, sees work as an extension of a bond and a testimony to its:

  • strengths as a family-owned business
  • contributions to the community
  • commitment to family business best practices.

 

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – the Bavarian Inn Lodge mixes business and pleasure seamlessly. The Lodge offers meeting and event space for up to 500 guests, 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants, along with an expansive family fun center with two water slides and over 150 games — all under one roof. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and are just steps away from downtown shopping and attractions. In 30 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant hosting fun, festive December events

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  • Holiday wine dinner features Leelanau Peninsula favorites
  • Lunch, fun, and games with Queen Elsa and Olaf
  • Solve a New Year’s Eve murder mystery

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – December 5, 2016 – With the Christmas season now in full swing, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is planning a fun and festive December calendar of holiday events.

Thursday, Dec. 8 is a special day for food and wine lovers as the Bavarian Inn hosts its “Holiday Wine Dinner” beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a five-course gourmet menu designed and prepared by 2012 Silver Plate Award-winning chef, Phil Fahrenbruch. Wine pairings and expert commentary will be presented by the Leelanau Peninsula’s Good Harbor Vineyards and Aurora Cellars. Visit www.bavarianinn.com and click on “calendar of events” to view the chef’s menu and the evening’s wines in delicious detail. The $60 per person price includes the meal, featured wines, tax and gratuity.

On Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m., enjoy lunch, coloring, song and dance activities, and fun photo opportunities with Elsa the Ice Queen and Olaf at the Bavarian Inn’s “Lunch with Elsa” event. The $25 per person price includes the famous Frankenmuth® Chicken plate lunch and all activities, tax and gratuity. And don’t forget the camera!

Experience first-hand the tale of “Unlucky Charms” on Dec. 31 as the Bavarian Inn presents its annual New Year’s Eve Murder Mystery Dinner Show beginning at 6:30 p.m. The story unfolds with the O’Toole family coming together following the death of their own Toby O’Toole, with each vying for a piece of Toby’s vast wealth. They’re a family that truly puts the “fun” in dysfunctional! The assignment: solve the mystery while enjoying a festive multi-course New Year’s Eve dinner. The $50 per person package includes meal and the show, a non-alcoholic beverage, tax, and gratuity. Dinner detectives will also discover a cash bar available before and during the investigation.

All of the Bavarian Inn’s December events require reservations and prepayment. To reserve a place (or more) at any of the events, please call 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

 

Bavarian Inn’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill hosts ‘12 Days of Milkshake Stout’

  • A dozen holiday-themed beers tapped nightly, Dec. 1-12
  • Turtle Dove, Chocolate Orange, Vanilla Latte among new flavors

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Nov. 25, 2016 – Calling all “stout-hearted” craft beer lovers for an opportunity to sample a dozen differently flavored “Milkshake Stouts” at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill from Dec. 1-12.

The “12 Days of Milkshake Stout” progressive tap takeover is in partnership with the Rochester Mills Brewing Co., maker of the craft beers, including the original formula known for its smooth texture and surprisingly light body. Guests may purchase a variety of Milkshake Stouts during the free admission event.

“Our patrons look forward to this event each year,” said Bavarian Inn Marketing Manager Mandy Borsenik. “Rochester Mills Brewing produces outstanding craft beers that sell out quickly.”

Each evening beginning at 6 p.m., Michigan on Main will start offering one of the individually-flavored stouts until each keg runs out. A total of 40 bars and restaurants across Michigan will be hosting the progressive tap takeover event. Representatives from Rochester Mills Beer Co. will be on hand select nights to pass out brewery swag and offer patrons a chance to win an invitation to a future new-release party at its brewery.

This year’s “12 Days of Milkshake Stout” limited-edition flavors, in random order, include:

  • Imperial
  • Blueberry Pancake
  • Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Cinnamon Swirl French Toast
  • Turtle Dove – Chocolate Caramel Pecan
  • Bananas Foster
  • Santa’s Breath – Peppermint
  • German Chocolate Cake
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged
  • Chocolate Orange
  • Toasted Marshmallow
  • Vanilla Latte

Michigan on Main Bar and Grill inside the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is a casual and contemporary dining space showcasing Michigan-sourced food along with Michigan craft-brewed beers, Michigan wines and specialty Michigan cocktails.

For more information, visit www.bavarianinn.com, or contact the Bavarian Inn Restaurant at 1-800-BAVARIA or (989)652-9941.

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant employees team up to help feed Michigan’s hungry

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Volunteer campaign packs 9,000 pounds of food, raises $1,000 in donations to Food Bank of Eastern Michigan

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – November 18, 2016 – Through its more than 30-year-old Company Giving Program, employees of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant reached out this year to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to assist the agency in its mission to provide nourishment to the hungry in its 22-county service area.

Bavarian Inn employees gathered to the food bank’s Flint, Michigan, headquarters on Nov. 15 to pack 9,000 pounds of food products for distribution to the region’s needy. In addition, employees raised approximately $1,000 in cash donations to the food bank at the restaurant’s recent Holiday Open House.

According to Bavarian Inn Marketing Manager Mandy Borsenik, past charities aided by the Company Giving Program include the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, Hospice for Hope, Special Olympics, Special Days Camp and Saginaw Habitat for Humanity.

“The Bavarian Inn,” Borsenik added, “has many caring team members who give so generously each year to help those in need. We’re looking forward to an exciting year of giving in 2017.”

About Bavarian Inn

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

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About the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan serves as a common solicitor, storehouse and distributor of food to member non-profit and charitable organizations in 22 counties. Once food arrives at the Food Bank, it is sorted, inspected and made available to partner agencies such as churches, soup kitchens, and food pantries to distribute to those in need. Learn more at www.fbem.org.

 

 

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Bavarian Inn Doll & Toy Shop Joins Local Merchants to Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day on Nov. 12

  • Unique & educational toys highlight event

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Nov. 4, 2016 – Shoppers looking to get a head start on the holidays will discover a collection of unique gifts for the younger set as the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Doll & Toy Shop joins with two other local merchants in observance of “Neighborhood Toy Store Day,” a national event, on Saturday, Nov. 12.

From 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., the Doll & Toy Shop will offer register to win prizes, games and new product demonstrations, balloons, special Toy Store Day pricing, visits with Elsa and Anna (from 2 – 4 p.m.), and more. In addition, shoppers purchasing more than $25 in merchandise at the Doll & Toy Shop will be entered into a grand prize drawing.

Meanwhile at the nearby Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Mother Earth’s Toy Jungle, a store carrying gifts, toys, educational items, and home to Roxie Rex — a life-size baby T-Rex — will have giveaways all day, wheel of prizes, new toy demonstrations, face painting, treats and more.

The Frankenmuth Toy Company and Kite Kraft, 618 S. Main Street, will be debuting its collection of “Best Toys of 2016” from 2-4 p.m. In addition, the shop will be staging game demonstrations with prizes, Crazy Aaron Putty station, and make a postcard for the military to enter big prize drawings.

Neighborhood Toy Store Day is sponsored by the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, which represents smaller, independent toy dealers, and supports those merchants committed to providing children with healthy, quality products that have high play value. To learn more, visit www.astratoy.org.

About Bavarian Inn
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Shops Holiday Open House Nov. 11 to Benefit Local Food Bank

  • Food Bank of Eastern Michigan will receive cash donation
  • Prize drawings starting at noon
  • Shoppers can earn 20 percent discount

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Nov. 1, 2016 – Helping hungry families is the focus of the annual Holiday Open House at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant Castle Shops, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, Covered Bridge & Leather Gift Shop and select stores at Frankenmuth River Place Shops on Friday, November 11.

Shoppers giving a cash donation to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan will receive a 20 percent discount at participating locations.

“Our business philosophy for many years has been to support the worthy organizations in our community that are serving those people in need,” said Amy Zehnder Grossi, General Manager.  “This year we want to assist the Food Bank to feed the hungry while providing our guests with a festive way to start the Holiday season.”

Donating to the Food Bank is not the only way shoppers can get the 20 percent discount. Food donations, which will go to a local food pantry, also earn the discount.

Shoppers should arrive early on Nov. 11 and begin their day by making the cash or non-perishable food donation at any of the locations listed below. Shoppers will then receive a 20 percent discount card valid for use while shopping at the following locations and times:

  • Bavarian Inn Restaurant Castle Shops: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Royal Gift Shop, Souvenirs & Cheers, Chocolate Shop, Candy Corner, Castle Shop Bakery, Doll & Toy Shop, Wine & Beer Shop
  • Covered Bridge & Leather Gift Shop: 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Frankenmuth Cheese Haus: 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Frankenmuth River Place Shops: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Emilie B’s, Hello Cats and Dogs, Funky Skunk, Humor Us, Jerky Joint, Girl Talk, Mother Earth’s Toy Jungle, Enchanted Forest, Woody’s and Your Name Here.

Shoppers will receive a free gift after accumulating $25 in purchases at participating locations.

Many other activities will help get visitors in the holiday spirit:

  • Prize Drawings: Drawings at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant Castle Shops will run hourly starting at noon
  • Free Gift Wrapping: Souvenirs & Cheers Shop, Covered Bridge & Leather Gift Shop
  • Special Goodies and Samples: Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, the Castle Shop Bakery and Candy Corner at Bavarian Inn Restaurant
  • Holiday Demonstrations: Bavarian Inn Restaurant Castle Shops

Santa will return to Frankenmuth River Place Shops every weekend (Saturday/Sunday) starting November 26 through December 18 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to come and tell Santa what they want this Christmas.

About Bavarian Inn
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, 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 is the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

 

Bavarian Inn Offers Two Special ‘Add-Ons’ for Fall Color Tour Enthusiasts

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Fall Harvest Wine Dinner Set for Friday, October 14
Crime & Pun-ishment Murder Mystery Experience Takes Place Friday, October 28

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Oct. 3, 2016 – Fall in Michigan is a crescendo of vibrant crimsons, oranges and golds as millions of acres of trees transform into a breathtaking landscape. This year, visitors to the heart of “the mitten” can add two popular Bavarian Inn events to their mid-Michigan itinerary: the annual Fall Harvest Wine Dinner, Friday, October 14 and the Crime & Pun-ishment Murder Mystery Experience, Friday, October 28.

The Fall Harvest Wine Dinner features a menu designed and prepared by award-winning chef Phil Fahrenbruch, accompanied by wines from around the world and a guest speaker from Republic National Distributing Company, all for just $60 (includes tax & gratuity) per person. Dinner guests will enjoy:
•    Lobster Risotto Cakes with Wolftrap white wine
•    Gorgonzola and Leek Crème Brulee with Finca El Origen Malbec
•    Chilled Avocado Soup with La Vielle Ferme
•    Pistachio/Herb-Stuffed Chicken and Oven-Roasted Beets with Warre’s Warrior Port
•    Cranberry & Bittersweet Chocolate Bar served with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Red Electra Moscato.

Guests will be able to enjoy a more traditional Bavarian Inn “Combination Plate” meal at the 1920’s Murder Mystery Experience as they participate in solving the murder at “Mafia Don’s juice joint,” October 28. The $50 per person event includes:  the meal, non-alcoholic beverage, dessert, show, tax and gratuity.

Both events require advance reservations and prepayment. Anyone interested in attending is urged to call 800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941 to secure a spot.

About Bavarian Inn
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Photo Cutline: The Table Is Set …Your Harvest Wine Dinner spot is waiting at the Bavarian Inn. Seats are limited, so be sure to reserve one in time for the October 14th event.

 

 

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Bavarian Inn Annual ‘Squash Roundup’ Brings Community Together Sept. 24

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Sept. 21, 2016 – A tradition for 51 years, the annual “Squash Roundup” for the Bavarian Inn Restaurant happens Saturday, Sept. 24.

With the help of volunteers, farm hands and community members, tons of Blue Hubbard squash will be harvested from the fields and delivered to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

The Blue Hubbard squash grown by the Fred Weiss Family Farm in Frankenmuth weigh anywhere from 25 to 35 pounds each. Members of the St. Lorenz Lutheran Church Youth Group help unload the truckloads of squash at the restaurant. Last year, the Bavarian Inn processed 70 tons of squash.

A favorite of Bavarian Inn Restaurant guests for a half-century, Blue Hubbard squash is a popular seasonal feature on the menu from October through December. Bavarian Inn co-founder Dorothy Zehnder works her culinary magic with the squash, using it as a side dish, as well as in soups and the Inn’s pumpkin pie.

About Bavarian Inn
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

Do the duathlon: Bavarian Inn proud partners in Powerman North America races

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Frankenmuth hosts Sept. 25 grueling ‘run-bike-run’ events   

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Sept. 7, 2016 – Many of the nation’s and world’s best runners and cyclists are coming to Frankenmuth Sunday, Sept. 25 to compete for $5,000 in cash prizes and a shot at national and world championships in the Powerman North America Duathlon Series, sponsored by the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

The event marks the final regional duathlon contest on the Powerman North America race calendar. Regional winners will qualify for the Powerman North America National Championships Dec. 11 at Silver Springs, Florida. National winners are invited to compete for the best-in-world title at the World Duathlon Championships, held each September in Zolfingen, Switzerland.

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the area around the nearby Bavarian Inn Lodge will be the most popular gathering spot for athletes, their families, supporters, and spectators as the race courses wind around the city, traversing nearby country lanes, through the Frankenmuth business district, and crossing the historic Wooden Covered Bridge (“Holz Brűcke”).

Two classes of races will be going off on race day: the classic Powerman, which encompasses a 10K run, followed by a 60K cycling race, and another 10K run. The second event, the Powerman Sprint, involves a 5K run, followed by a 30K bike race, and another 5K run.

“Last year, we had an incredible weekend in Frankenmuth with athletes from 21 states as well as five countries participating, and many of the athletes had high praise for the courses and venue. It’s a great city, with something for the entire family to do,” said Kenny Krell, Powerman North America’s National Event Director, outlining why Frankenmuth was chosen once again for the races. Krell noted previous partnerships with the Bavarian Inn on the endurance event scene also makes Frankenmuth a host city favorite.

Race day events are expected to get underway following participant registration activities, which take place from 6:30-7:30 a.m. For more information, and to register for the events, please visit www.powermannorthamerica.com.

The Bavarian Inn Lodge is the host hotel for the Powerman North America event, and is offering special rates for participants and their family members. For more information, call 1-855-652-7200 and ask about the Powerman North America rate.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge
Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 150 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 30 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant presents Johnny Cash tribute show

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Legendary ‘Man in Black’ to take stage for restaurant’s dinner show performance Sept. 21

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – August 29, 2016 – Johnny Cash, that country music legend with the haunting, storytelling voice known around the world, will be honored at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant when it presents “The Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute Show” on Wednesday, Sept. 21 as part of the restaurant’s 2016 series of matinee dinner shows. Two performances are scheduled – 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Terry Lee Goffee, a longtime country music artist who regularly performs year-round across the country, totally immerses himself in the Johnny Cash character, in appearance and musical style, from the moment he walks onstage, all the way to the final song. His 30-plus tribute repertoire includes hits such as “I Walk the Line” and “Ring of Fire.”

The show price of $40 includes a hearty Frankenmuth® Chicken plate meal with all the fixings and a non-alcoholic beverage. Tax and gratuity are also included. Reservations and prepayment are required, and may be made by calling 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941.

Also coming up in the Bavarian Inn’s matinee dinner show series is “A Neil Diamond Tribute” starring Jay White on November 29 and 30. All shows feature the Bavarian Inn’s own songstress and musician, Linda Lee. For more information, please visit www.bavarianinn.com.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

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Bavarian Inn Tunes Up for 30th Annual Labor Day Covered Bridge Walk

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – August 23, 2016 – Not able to join the Labor Day five-mile trek across the Mackinac Bridge?  No problem. You can always opt for the Annual Frankenmuth Labor Day Wooden Covered Bridge (Holz Brücke) Walk at noon, Monday, September 5.

For the 30th consecutive year, hundreds of area residents and visitors, led by members of the Bavarian Inn Zehnder family and the Gemuetlichkeit Club, a local American-German cultural group will start on the east side of the span, near the Bavarian Inn Lodge. They’ll cross over the 239-foot-long Bavarian Inn’s Covered Bridge, which was originally installed in 1980 and restored just last year. Walkers will arrive approximately five minutes later at the Fischer Platz outdoor café, located at the southwest corner of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

Once there, all in attendance will be able to enjoy musical entertainment along with their favorite food and beverages that will be available for purchase.

What began 30 years ago as a friendly neighborhood gathering has become a well-established local event. As the story goes, the late Al Schneider and his wife, Louise, were at home chatting, and the topic of Labor Day and the annual Mackinac Bridge walk came up. Avid community supporters, Al and Louise decided that since Frankenmuth had its own iconic bridge, they should start their own bridge walking tradition. Starting with just 10-15 walkers, they did just that, ending the festivities in the Bavarian Inn’s Fischer Platz. They continued the tradition each year thereafter, strolling across the Cass River and adding participants.

“It’s great to see how much both locals and guests enjoy Frankenmuth’s way of celebrating the unofficial end of summer,” said Bavarian Inn President Bill Zehnder. “We are ever grateful to Al and Louise for launching an activity that has become one of Frankenmuth’s most popular events.”

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at http://www.bavarianinn.com/.