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Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Lodge, America’s largest Bavarian-themed resort, is expanding yet again by making an exciting multi-million dollar investment to its Family Fun Center.

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Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth River Place Shops Sponsor Athletic Events Aug. 1

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Frankenmuth plays host to triathlon, strong man contest

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – July 27, 2015 – Two big athletic events are taking place Saturday, Aug. 1 in Michigan’s scenic “Little Bavaria.”  The Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge and Frankenmuth River Place Shops are sponsors of the events.

The annual Bavarian Inn Experience, with a cash prize purse of $8,000, ranks as one of the Midwest region’s premier triathlon venues. It features Olympic and Sprint Triathlon events beginning at 7:45 a.m. at the Cass River and continuing across the picturesque countryside. A pair of “aquabike” events have been added this year, too.

Olympic Triathlon athletes will be tested with a 1,500-meter swim, a 40,000-meter bike ride, and 10,000-meter run while Sprint Triathlon participants will go all out for about half those lengths. Aquabike events include a 1,500-meter swim and 40,000-meter bike ride for participants on the Olympic side while Sprint athletes will contend with a 500-meter swim and 20,000-meter ride.

The Bavarian Inn Experience ends at noon with an awards ceremony open to the public at the Festival Platz followed by a celebration with famous Bavarian Inn chicken dinners, brats and beverages for purchase. Also that day, beginning at 11 a.m., the state’s strongest men and women will test their mettle and muscular power as Frankenmuth hosts its third Michigan Strong Man Competition.

The contest takes place at the Covered Bridge and Leather Gift Shop parking lot in downtown Frankenmuth, and includes five feats of physical fortitude – from car and truck lifting, to toting cement-filled beer kegs. And, there’s the classic contest from the World’s Strongest Man event from 1988 – the Kern’s Sausage Hold, where athletes “meat” their match by trying to hang on to a huge row of hanging sausages until their body says, “no more!”  Visit www.mistrongman.com to learn more.

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.

Bavarian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) 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 29 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®.

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

 

A Breed Apart: Bavarian Inn Lodge Welcomes
Specialty Dog Shows

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Resort caters to canines, owners, handlers for events

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. –  July 1, 2015 – Frankenmuth, a town known for its charm, family-style chicken dinners, and festivals, is also becoming the city of choice for national and regional specialty dog shows thanks to the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

Over the past 14 years, the Lodge has formed partnerships with several specialty breed dog clubs to become the “go-to” host hotel for show dogs, their owners, handlers, and judges for their events. Clubs include the Newfoundland Club of America, Leonberger Club of America, along with clubs representing owners of Scottish Deerhounds, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Italian Greyhounds, and Portuguese Water Dogs, to name a few.

While many other hotel-resort properties forbid or discourage dogs as guests, the Bavarian Inn Lodge takes the time to work with specialty dog show organizers, taking into consideration the time of year the event is scheduled, days of the week, and the number of guest rooms to be booked by owners, handlers, and judges. Dogs are permitted at the Lodge only for these specialty show events (unless they are service dogs for registered guests).

During the show dates, guest rooms hosting the dogs receive special preparation for the comfort and easing the worry for dogs and owner-handlers alike. The special treatment accorded by the Bavarian Inn Lodge to dog show guests is the reason show organizers keep coming back. The Lodge Housekeeping Department implements a series of unique procedures to adjust all guest rooms with “show dogs.” This assures a pristine room for the next arriving guest.

“I have worked with many other venues for planning dog shows, but the Bavarian Inn Lodge excels above all the others,” says Sandee Lovett, member of the Newfoundland Club of America National Specialty Committee. The Lodge has hosted the Newfoundland Show five times since 2001. “The staff was always professional, thoughtful, caring, and made us feel like a member of the family.”

In addition to serving as the host hotel, the Bavarian Inn Lodge helps connect specialty dog show organizers to nearby venues for their events through the Frankenmuth Parks and Recreation Department. There, organizers may choose from the expansive Harvey Kern Pavilion, Heritage Park, and the picturesque Cass Riverfront for grooming and staging areas, show rings, and vehicle and RV parking.

“The Lodge is phenomenal, and very accommodating to work with,” adds Amy Lane, member of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America and Newfoundland Club of America. “The staff bends over backwards to accommodate us in a comfortable fashion, and they sincerely welcome our dogs. They help us out with arranging RV parking, carts for transport from the resort to the nearby show site, even special entertainment. I’ve been all over the country participating in dog shows. The Bavarian Inn Lodge is the absolute best place.”

The Bavarian Inn Lodge is within a short driving distance from Flint Bishop International Airport and MBS Airport in Saginaw, and within easy walking distance to a host of attractions, restaurants, and shopping. The Lodge itself offers dog show guests a wide range of dining and recreation options, making it a special place to be on the canine show calendar.

Bavarian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) 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 29 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®.

 

Looking for a Great Place to Get Away With Your Family This Summer?
Try the Bavarian Inn Lodge – Winner of a 2015 Family Vacation Critic Favorite Award

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• 35,000 Square Foot Family Fun Center Features
o Two Dramatic Waterslides, Three Pools and Two Whirlpools
o Play Areas and more than 150 Video and Redemption Games
o Willy’s Kingdom Indoor Mini-Golf Course
o Entertainment and Special Events

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Photo caption: Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course is popular for Bavarian Inn Lodge guests of all ages.

June 4, 2015 – Frankenmuth, MI – For the second year in a row, the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth joins a choice group of properties nationwide selected for the 2015 Family Vacation Favorite Award from Family Vacation Critic, a popular online resource for parents looking for a family-friendly place to vacation.

According to Family Vacation Critic Editor-in-Chief Lissa Poirot, “The Family Vacation Critic Favorite winners represent hotels that truly excel as family-friendly properties. Because awards are only given to hotels that receive a high rating from both our team of experts and family travelers who have stayed at the property, the Family Vacation Critic Favorite Hotels designation offers parents a credible stamp of approval to use when searching for the perfect hotel for their family.”

“We truly are a family business and have a pretty good handle on what vacationing families really want when they stay with us,” said Martha Zehnder Keller, Bavarian Inn Lodge vice president of sales and marketing. “We’re absolutely thrilled to be recognized by Family Vacation Critic and its staff of inspectors as well as its legions of families who offer insights based on their own personal experiences,” she continued.

The Lodge’s Family Fun Center demonstrates its family-friendly focus with a host of video games and play areas for all ages, a newly-renovated 18-hole “Willy’s Kingdom” mini-golf course and an indoor water park, complete with three pools, two whirlpools and two swirling water slides. It continues its family focus by providing a number of family suites so Mom and Dad can have their own mini-vacation, knowing the kids are safe in an adjoining room.

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Bavarian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) 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, more than 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 29 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®.

 

 

Let’s ‘meat:’ Jerky Joint grand opening June 12 at Frankenmuth River Place Shops
• Store set to carry 300-500 varieties of meaty treats
• Could be largest selection in U.S. – in one location
• National Jerky Day is June 12

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FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – May 29, 2015 – There’s a new “meating” spot coming to the Frankenmuth River Place Shops. Jerky Joint – the destination for all varieties of dried, smoked, and cured meats – is planning a grand opening at the popular shopping destination on Friday, June 12 in conjunction with National Jerky Day.

The 700 square foot location at 925 South Main St., Frankenmuth is expected to carry 300-500 different varieties of jerky – all raised and produced in the U.S. – together with exotic meats, pickled foods, seasonings, rubs, and sauces to delight home cooks and grillers.

In addition to the familiar and flavorful beef and turkey jerkies, Jerky Joint will also feature exotic jerkies made of alligator, kangaroo, buffalo, and salmon – to name a few.

And, customers can buy a “Jerky Bouquet,” a container loaded with a variety of jerky and sauce combinations. What a perfect idea for Father’s Day giving.

“We believe that we will have the largest selection of jerky available in the U.S. at one location,” said William Zehnder Keller, manager, Frankenmuth River Place Shops. He imagined the Jerky Joint concept and supervised the store’s creation from the ground up. Keller noted that jerky products will be sourced from Michigan producers as near as Bay City, Grand Rapids, and Traverse City, and as far away as Austin, Texas.

Keller pointed to a Huffington Post business report which declared jerky products as “the hottest snack in America,” primarily due to its portability and high protein content favored by active Americans. Jerky is a gigantic business, notes a recent IRIWorldwide report, as total dollar sales in the meat snack category grew from $1.58 billion in 2009 to nearly $2.5 billion last year. A 2014 Nielsen Global Survey of Snacks labeled jerky among one of the world’s fastest-growing snack food categories.

The June 12 Jerky Joint grand opening will begin at 11 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce. The big day’s events include music by Marty Viers & the Music Doctors with their brand of tropical/sunshine rock-inspired tunes, a jerky tasting bar, the prize-awarding “wheel-o-meat,” and a drawing for a Jerky Bouquet.

Store hours for Jerky Joint are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m.to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Beginning in July and continuing through Sept. 6, the shop will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. To learn more about Jerky Joint, visit the store on Facebook with the search title “jerky joint frankenmuth.”

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

Restoration Complete: Frankenmuth’s Iconic Covered Wooden Bridge Now Open

Frankenmuth, MI – May 14, 2015 – After being closed for several weeks due to restoration and reconstruction, the Bavarian Inn’s covered bridge that spans the Cass River has reopened for all vehicle, horse and foot traffic. Prior to its makeover, the 239-foot-long bridge, now called Bavarian Inn’s Covered Bridge (Holz-Brücke), had survived 35 years of Michigan’s winters and summers and more than 4 million vehicle crossings.

The reconstruction was led by Tim Gilmour of Gilmour Construction in Frankenmuth. Lumber from Lapeer Hardwoods in Lapeer, Michigan was used to replace the bridge’s cedar shingles and new roadway planking along with 7200 hand pounded nails in the roadway alone. The reconstruction was entirely financed by the Bavarian Inn Zehnder family, and used no tax dollars.

The covered bridge was installed in January 1980 by New Hampshire craftsmen after being built on the river bank over the course of two years. Structural framing timbers from Oregon and locally sourced 3-foot-long shingles were used for the roof along with 16-foot-long 4x8s for the planked roadway.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant: (bavarianinn.com) Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark, 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.  [Press Room: http://www.logos-communications.com/bavarianinn/]

Bavarian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) 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, 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 29 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®.

 

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Editors: See photos from last year’s event at http://dogfunfest.com/photo-gallery/

Frankenmuth River Place Shops host ninth annual Dog Bowl 2015

• World’s largest Olympic style event for dogs
 Expected to draw 50,000 humans, over 5,000 dogs

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. May 8, 2015 – Do you have a canine athlete in your house? Dogs and their owners are invited to the annual Dog Bowl 2015 this Memorial Day Weekend on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Frankenmuth River Place Shops in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Friends, family and, of course, dogs will have a great time participating or spectating this unusual, fun-filled, free admission event. It is the world’s largest Olympic-style event for dogs.

“We encourage families to bring their pets and create some great memories,” says Michael Zehnder, General Manager at the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Dog Bowl event chairman. “With or without a dog, you’ll have a great time enjoying these dog Olympics.”

Dog Bowl 2015 is a free family event, featuring more than 29 events and competitions, with 22 events for pets and their owners to join in on. Whether it’s watching dogs nearly break world records at the DockDogs Distance Diving Competition, rocking with the Rock ‘N’ Roll K-9’s Performance Team or enjoying Silly Pet Tricks, everyone will find something to enjoy at this year’s event. New activities at this year’s Dog Bowl include selfie stations, Police K9 Demonstrations, Paws With A Cause Demonstration and the Doggie Fashion Show. Learn more by visiting www.dogbowlfun.com.

Dog Bowl 2015 events include:

Dock Dogs Diving Competitions – Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Several world records were nearly broken during last year’s competition! Children love to stand poolside to literally “feel” the action as they are sprayed by the resulting splashes. All competitors are strongly encouraged to pre-register online at www.dockdogs.com. On-site registration will be available as long as open slots remain.

Barn Hunt – Frankenmuth River Place Field, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 fee. An exciting new sport, where dogs use their hunting instincts to search through a course of straw bales to signal their owner when a rat is found. The rat will be unharmed and encased in a tube.

Disc Dog Competitions, considered by many spectators as the highlight event of the weekend, will be expanded this year to include two World Qualifying Disc Dog Competitions. On May 23, the Skyhoundz U.S. Open Qualifier will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (www.skyhoundz.com). May 25 brings the Ashley Whippet Invitational (www.ashleywhippet.com). Over 80 dogs will compete as they demonstrate a variety of skills. Some are set to music, while other challenges are for distance and speed. Judges score on the originality and skill of both the dog and the handler.

Doggie Dash De Lure Races – Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Watch professionally trained dogs race through an obstacle course chasing a lure pulled by ropes and pulleys for the fastest times. If your dog likes to chase squirrels, they can attempt the course, too.

Agility Course includes demonstrations and various competitions daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those interested in trying their “paw” at agility courses are welcome and will have the opportunity to be instructed by professional trainers.

Annual Canine Cruise on the Cass River begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 23. Humans can join for a $3 fee; dogs are free.

New this year is the Police K-9 Demonstration – Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the River Place Shops Field. The Saginaw Valley Police Canine Association and BlueLine Police K-9 will exhibit the world of police K-9’s. Narcotics detection, handler protection and criminal apprehension will be demonstrated at this event.

Rock ‘N’ Roll K-9’s Performance Team will perform tricks, relay racing, limbo competitions and choreographed obedience routings and more – all to a Rock ‘N’ Roll musical show.  Performance times are Saturday 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The new Paws With A Cause Demonstration – 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Festival Platz. Spectators will witness a trained PAWS Assistance Dog in action and learn about what the dogs are trained to do.

Border Collie Sheep Herding Demonstrations – Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. The demonstrator selects children from the audience to attempt to herd sheep better than one Border Collie. Border Collies will demonstrate their skill set and instincts as they control and move a herd of sheep within a six-acre fenced area.

Annual Pet Parade – Saturday at 1p.m. Come join the parade with your dog! It starts in the south entrance parking lot of River Place and travels north on Main Street, then east over the Wooden Covered Bridge and ends at the east parking lot. Spectators are invited to bring lawn chairs and view the parade from sidewalks along the route.

Enter your dog into the Best Canine Costume Contest – 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. This entertaining event blends the “creativity” of owners with their pets’ “tolerance” for wearing the costume in public.

Visit the Festival Platz Stage Saturday, May 23 at 1:45 p.m. to hear the stories of the winners for the 2015 Dog Bowl King and Queen Award.

Watch the debut of the Doggie Fashion Show at the Festival Platz Stage on Saturday, May 23 at 2 p.m. This is the place to check out the latest in furry fashion.

Dog owners have the opportunity to show off to the public the unique (silly) tricks they have taught their canine at the Silly Pet Tricks event at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Dog owners can sign up on site.

Is your dog fast?  Sign up on site for the 25 Yard Small Doggie Fun Run Race on Saturday at 3 p.m. or the 50 Yard Big Doggie Fun Run Race on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Wiener Dog Races will be held for the hottest little hounds in town at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Festival Platz Stage. All wiener dogs are welcome. Bring your dog and register at 4 p.m. on the day of the event.

New to this year’s Dog Bowl are the Selfie Stations. The stations will be set up for owners to take pictures with their dogs.

More than 20 dog rescue agencies from across Michigan will be attending and looking for homes for many of their “prized pooches.”

Dog Bowl 2015 will also host 40 exhibitors offering unique pet-related products and services, inflatable games for children, and face painting for a small fee.

To print a detailed schedule for Dog Bowl 2015 visit www.dogbowlfun.com.  For more information, call 1-800-600-0105. Remember, admission to the event is free!

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Editors: Photos available at www.flickr.com/photos/frankenmuthfun/sets/

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‘Balloons Over Bavarian Inn’ Event Expects 216 Hot Air Balloon Launches Over Frankenmuth on Memorial Weekend

Annual event a Bavarian Inn Lodge tradition

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. May 11, 2015 – Thirty-six of the best hot air balloon pilots in the Midwest will be competing in this year’s “Balloons Over Bavarian Inn” event in Frankenmuth Memorial Day weekend, May 22 -25, 2015.

During this competition, pilots will fly hot air balloons for accuracy in flight tasks and have to land on targets on the ground in six flight attempts over the weekend. The first flight will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 22. There will be flights at 6 a.m. and 7 p.m on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24. The final flight is a 6 a.m. on Monday, May 25. The free event is sponsored by the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn, Gordon Food Service, Pepsi, and many other supporters.

“The competing pilots are from three surrounding states and are from as far away as Iowa. Ten of these pilots rank in the top 100 in North America,” states Jim Engel, chief operating officer, Bavarian Inn Lodge and event chairman. Engel is working with key leaders who have hosted national  and world hot air balloon championships to orchestrate the competition over and around Frankenmuth.

Pilot Larry Coan of Livonia, MI will be returning to this year’s competition. Coan has been steadily listed as one of the top 50 pilots in the United States. He will be flying his hot air balloon called “Superfluous.”

Held in conjunction with Dog Bowl 2015, the balloon championship features an elite group of 36 balloon teams, assembled by a core team of balloon pilots and local planners. Derrick Jones, competition director for Balloons Over Bavaria states, “The Frankenmuth balloon events have become one of the favored Midwest balloon events because of the family friendly aspect of Frankenmuth; the unique architecture to fly over, and the tie-in with the Dog Bowl Olympic events and the Tour De Frankenmuth cycling events.”

Spectators will experience the village of balloons at the Balloon Glow Event on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings at River Place Field, giving them an opportunity to walk amongst 15 tethered hot air balloons that glow in the evening sky. Spectators can meet the pilots and crew, get autographs and even take pictures with their children inside or next to the pilot and his basket.

Piloting hot air balloons is a growing sport that is sophisticated and technical. The use of websites to track wind speeds and directions for every thousand foot level combined with the use of GPS technology allows pilots to better target their destination. This brings an unparalleled precision to the sport. During the morning and evening flights, the pilots will navigate their balloon to certain targets, placed and assigned to them by the officials.

Experience balloon launches and flyovers at River Place Field each morning and evening of Memorial Day Weekend.  See a complete schedule for the Balloons Over Bavaria  Balloon Championships at www.dogfunfest.com/balloons/.   Follow the action on Facebook by liking “Balloons Over Bavaria” & Frankenmuth Hot Air Balloon Glow Village.  Twitter Updates @BalloonsInMuth. Admission to balloon events is free.

Bavarian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) 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, 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 29 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®.

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn’s Guest Loyalty Program Named Silver Award Winner in Loyalty360 Awards Competition
• Joins the ranks of world’s most recognizable brands
• Perks Club boasts more than 21,000 ‘family members’

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FRANKENMUTH, Mich. April 27, 2015 – The Bavarian Inn Lodge and the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s “Perks Club” guest loyalty program has been selected as the Silver Award winner in the Best Reward/Loyalty Program category at the second annual Loyalty360 Awards. The program recognizes the world’s best and most innovative customer appreciation programs.

Now in its 16th year, the Perks Club has more than 21,000 “family members,” who enjoy award points, special members-only discounts and priority status for Bavarian Inn Lodge and Bavarian Inn Restaurant reservations. Shopping points are awarded for every dollar spent on all purchases within the Bavarian Inn companies, which includes the Castle Shops, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, Covered Bridge and Leather Gift Shop as well as the 14 company-owned shops within Frankenmuth River Place

The Bavarian Inn and its Perks Club program join a field of more than 60 Loyalty360 finalist contestants which comprise some of the world’s most valuable and recognizable retail, travel, hospitality, restaurant and financial services companies, including Coca Cola, Caesar’s Entertainment and Air Canada.

“We’re very proud to have achieved this level of recognition,” said Nancy Sommer, the Bavarian Inn’s Perks Club manager. “This would not have been possible if not for the efforts of our staff who promote the benefits of the Perks Club, enroll new members, maintain our Perks Club member accounts and distribute member awards.”

Winners of the Loyalty360 Awards were announced April 27 at the annual Loyalty Expo in Orlando, Florida.

To learn more about the Perks Club, please visit www.bavarianinn.com .
About the Bavarian Inn Lodge, Restaurant and its sister Perks Club properties

Bavarian Inn Restaurant: (bavarianinn.com) 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.

ian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) 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 100 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 29 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®.
Frankenmuth River Place Shops: (http://frankenmuthriverplace.com/) is an authentic re-creation of a Bavarian village located just minutes from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge.  The outdoor mall features more than 40 shops and attractions at one location. Visitors enjoy architecture, floral gardens, streams and waterfalls and, of course, great shopping opportunities.

About Loyalty360: Loyalty360 is an unbiased, market driven, voice of the customer focused clearinghouse and think-tank that is committed to bringing loyalty to the forefront as a critical marketing strategy. A trusted source for cutting-edge research, best practices, and networking opportunities, Loyalty360 gives members the expert insights and guidance they need to better understand loyalty and develop programs that effectively engage their customers and employees and build stronger relationships with them. With over 70,000 monthly visitors and 115,000 monthly page views to Loyalty360.org, and 500,000 followers collectively on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, Loyalty360 is a prolific resource for loyalty, customer experience and brand/customer engagement strategy. Learn more at http://loyalty360.org.

Bavarian Inn Lodge President Honored by Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association
Judy Zehnder Keller Named RD Musser Hotelier of the Year

2015 HOTELIER OF THE YEAR - Judy Zehnder Keller recognized with the RD Musser Hotelier of the Year Award, the highest recognition provided by Michigan's lodging community. The award was presented at the Governor's Conference on Tourism at the Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids, at the Stars of the Industry Banquet, before more than 1,000 industry peers. Pictured with Zehnder Keller are Ron Cichy, professor, Michigan State University School of Hospitality Business, and Shonda Johnson, area general manager, Detroit Renaissance Center.

2015 HOTELIER OF THE YEAR – Judy Zehnder Keller recognized with the RD Musser Hotelier of the Year Award, the highest recognition provided by Michigan’s lodging community. The award was presented at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism at the Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids, at the Stars of the Industry Banquet, before more than 1,000 industry peers. Pictured with Zehnder Keller are Ron Cichy, professor, Michigan State University School of Hospitality Business, and Shonda Johnson, area general manager, Detroit Renaissance Center.

Frankenmuth, MI – March 24, 2015 – Judy Zehnder Keller, the force behind the creation and success of the Bavarian Inn Lodge, has been chosen as the RD Musser Hotelier of the Year by the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association.  Although this is the first year that it bears the Musser name, the hotelier of the year award is presented annually to “a visionary owner or general manager” in the state of Michigan who has:

• Maintained the highest standards of inn keeping over the expanse of his/her career.

• Continually sought to surpass expectations by mentoring rising associate stars and developing new practices that positively impact the guest experience.

• Recognized the importance of striking a balance between property/staff investment and long term viability and profits.

• Been a volunteer who has contributed time, effort and resources to the betterment of the community and the greater industry that he/she serves.

The award was presented at the Star of the Industry Awards Dinner held Monday evening, March 23rd in conjunction with the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.

In receiving the award, Zehnder Keller noted that her credo is to try to make every stay memorable for every guest and that she fully believes that the effort begins with every single staff member. “If we can have fun and create enjoyable experiences among ourselves, it naturally flows that we are better able to create enjoyable experiences for our guests,” she said.

Zehnder Keller is known for her dogged determination to respond to the voice of the customer and stay ahead of accommodation trends that are important to the multi-generational family groups that are the Lodge’s target demographic. Why else would she pursue six major project investments since the 1986 opening of one of America’s largest Bavarian-themed resorts and conference centers?

“Let our family serve your family,” is not just a slogan for Zehnder Keller. The Bavarian Inn organization is something she has been a part of since childhood.  Often telling people she is simply following the example of her 93-year-old mother, Dorothy, who she sees as teacher, mother, role model, philanthropist, activist, mentor and business leader and who still works in the Bavarian Inn kitchen. Zehnder Keller has built her life on the foundation of service that her parents began in the 1950’s with the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. She officially began working at the restaurant at the age of 14 and worked in a variety of roles for 25 years before building the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

In a fourth generational business, Zehnder Keller has served thousands of families who have made the Bavarian Inn Lodge Trip Advisor’s® highest ranked and most reviewed family resort in Michigan with currently over 2575 reviews. When she learned of the distinction, she simply stated: “The ranking is important because it is determined by guests and there is no greater reward than exceeding your customers’ expectations.”
Zehnder Keller is a pioneer and role model with a long line of “firsts:” first female Frankenmuth City Council Member where she served for 12 years; first female Rotary Club member in 1991 and then president in 2007-08. She continues to mentor men and women inside and outside the corporation.

Her numerous awards include statewide recognition as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2002).  Zehnder Keller also ranked 10th out of 200 national finalists in Start Up Nation’s 2011 Leading Mothers in Business competition. In 2012, Zehnder Keller, along with daughter Martha Zehnder Keller, made history by receiving Michigan State University’s prestigious “Industry Leader of the Year” and “Emerging Leader of the Year” awards, becoming the first mother and daughter to claim the honors presented by The School of Hospitality Business at MSU. She also received the Jaycees top honor – the 2011 Herbert L. Keinath Distinguished Service Award – given for selfless contributions to the local community.

Zehnder Keller attended Michigan State University where she received a M.A. in Educational Psychology and a B.A. in Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management.

Today, Frankenmuth is visited by over 3 million tourists each year. The Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge are important to the Michigan economy, employing hundreds of workers and keeping tourism dollars in the state; the Bavarian Inn is the largest consumer of Michigan agricultural products.

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge (http://www.bavarianinn.com/): The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 100 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 29 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®.

The Michigan Lodging & Tourism Association was formed in 1905 and while it has undergone a variety of name changes, it has always been the only statewide trade association representing Michigan’s lodging and tourism industries. MLTA represents hundreds of hotels, motels, resorts, and bed & breakfasts, comprising over 50,000 guest rooms. MLTA membership also includes categories for allied/suppliers, convention and visitor bureaus, colleges and universities, students, attractions and transportation operators. Headquartered in Lansing, the MLTA provides a full range of association services. To learn more, go to: http://www.milodging.org/

 

 

4th Generation Bavarian Inn Garners Outstanding Family Business Award
Ten Family Members Keep Business Vital as an Extension of Their Family Bond 

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Photo caption: Ten Bavarian Inn family members work together to continue the success of the  iconic Frankenmuth company: (seated from left) William Zehnder Keller, Karen Zehnder, Martha Zehnder Keller, Michael Zehnder, (standing from left) Katie Zehnder, Amy Zehnder Grossi, Bill Zehnder, Dorothy Zehnder, Don Keller, Judy Zehnder Keller.

Frankenmuth, MI – March 23, 2015 – The iconic Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn received the Outstanding Family Business award from Saginaw Valley State University’s (SVSU) College of Business and Management at its second annual Best in Business awards ceremony held Friday, March 13 on the SVSU campus in Kochville Township, MI.

In presenting the award, the college noted: “The Bavarian Inn Lodge and Restaurant offers visitors the chance to explore over 40 shops, yearly festivals and events, and a taste of classic German architecture. It employs more than 400 people and serves over a half million meals each year, and is annually ranked among the top independent U.S. restaurants.”

Meeting the SVSU Business College’s award criteria of being an established family-owned business headquartered in the Great Lakes Bay Region, the Bavarian Inn also had to demonstrate:

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

Reflecting on the significance of this latest award, third generation owner and current restaurant president Bill Zehnder, attributed the success of Bavarian Inn to strong family ties. “My father often said, ‘Family is everything,’” Bill commented. “We continue to live and work by that philosophy. We have a shared history and a shared 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. Work is an extension of our family bond.”

Bavarian Inn Restaurant: (bavarianinn.com) 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.

Bavarian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) 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 100 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 29 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®.

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

 

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn’s Guest Loyalty Program
Celebrates 16 Very Loyal Years
• Bavarian Inn a pioneer in offering one location loyalty program
• 21,000-plus members in Perks Club

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Frankenmuth, MI – March 18, 2015 – What’s it like to have more than 21,000 “family members?” “It’s awesome!” says Jim Engel, COO of the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Engel’s family members are actually members of the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Restaurant’s extended family, the Perks Club. Founded in 1999, the Perks Club is one of the largest private loyalty and rewards programs in the country.

“Many people have told us how they came to Frankenmuth as children and are now bringing their children and grandchildren,” Engel says. “As we continued to hear this from our guests, it became evident that we needed to reward these guests for coming back all these years and being loyal to us.”

What prompted a private loyalty program as opposed to a third-party version? “We knew we had loyal guests of the Bavarian Inn and we knew we saw them frequently, but we truly did not know who they were,” states Nancy Sommer, Perks Club manager. “Recognizing these guests was important for our business and rewarding them for their loyalty was even more important. By creating our own program, we were able to tailor our rewards more to individuals because we learned more about them as people, not just as membership numbers.

“All of our members have their own unique spending patterns,” Sommer continues. “It is very important to appeal to each member of our Club. While most overnight with us, some only dine with us, while others are primarily shopping guests. We offer benefits that appeal to the varied interests of our members and encourage them to visit more frequently.”

Most of the Bavarian Inn Perks members have been in the Club for years. There is very low attrition, with thousands of new member referrals coming from existing members. “We have been studying loyalty clubs of other hotel chains and airlines for years,” stated Engel. “We have not been able to find a significant independent resort running a club like ours anywhere else in the country. With a 16-year history, we believe we are pioneers in offering a diverse and robust loyalty program for a single location.”

Perks Club members pay a small fee for membership, with 10 points awarded for every dollar spent on all purchases within the Bavarian Inn companies: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, Castle Shops, Covered Bridge and Leather Gift Shop and 14 company-owned shops within Frankenmuth River Place. Reward certificates are generated at each $200 level.

Members also receive priority dining reservations at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant whenever possible and priority status on lodging waitlists as well as a complimentary dinner at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant during the month of their birthday along with a complimentary dinner for the second adult member on the same account during that member’s birthday month. For the fun of it, miniature golf at the Lodge is also free for members on Wednesdays.

Six informational Perks Club newsletters mailed each year play an additional part in the success of the program. “Our newsletters are packed full of special benefits, member-only promotions and reduced offers for lodging, dining and shopping. Our office can always tell when the newest edition of the newsletter has reached members’ households. Our members are calling to make reservations for dinner and special events as well as reservations for lodging at reduced rates. We definitely know they are reading them,” laughs Sommer.

“We are very proud of the success of our Perks Club” says Judy Zehnder Keller, owner and president of the Bavarian Inn Lodge. “Having a formal loyalty program has helped us find out who our best customers are and we have developed long-term, personal relationships with them.”

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge, Restaurant and its sister Perks Club properties
Bavarian Inn Restaurant: (bavarianinn.com) 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.

Bavarian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) 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 100 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 29 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®.

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

 

 

 

Make Bavarian Inn Lodge Your Destination for Easter Sunday Brunch

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March 17, 2015 – Frankenmuth, Mich. — Make your Easter Sunday special and stress free by letting the Bavarian Inn Lodge spoil your family and friends with their bountiful Easter brunch. Easter Sunday falls on April 5th this year and the brunch will run from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The brunch includes not only tasty breakfast items like fluffy scrambled eggs, buttermilk pancakes and banana bread, but also all the food that the Bavarian Inn is known for: the famous Frankenmuth chicken®, carved roast beef and ham, whipped potatoes with gravy, spaghetti with meat sauce, baked cod and delicious side dishes. Be sure to leave room for dessert – choices include Edelweiss torte, apple strudel, chocolate mousse and more.

The cost for this special Easter brunch is $22 for adults; $10.50 for children 9-12; $8.95 for children 5-8; children under 4 are free. Tax and gratuity will be added to the check. Reservations are recommended. Call (989) 652-7200 or visit www.bavarianinn.com to make a reservation or for more information.

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge (bavarianinn.com): The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 100 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 29 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®.

 

 

Frankenmuth Iconic Wooden Covered Bridge to Close for Repairs

Bridge facts:
• Opened: January 1980
• Scheduled closure: intermittently March 16, 2015 to April 17, 2015
• Length: 239 feet; Width: 28 feet
(Roadway: 19 feet, Walkway: 4’6” on each side)
• Used 163,288 board feet of lumber
• Weight: 230 tons; Load capacity: 18 tons
• 4 million vehicle crossings to date

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Frankenmuth, MI – March 12, 2015 – After 35 years of Michigan winters – and Michigan summers – and more than 4 million vehicle crossings, the Bavarian Inn’s Covered Bridge (the Holz-Brücke in German) spanning the Cass River in Frankenmuth is having some work done.

Replacing the shingles and roadway planking will begin Monday, March 16, 2015 and last for about four weeks, depending on Michigan’s unpredictable weather. The bridge will be closed to vehicles intermittently during that time (see below for closure schedule). Access to the Bavarian Inn Lodge, Bavarian Inn Restaurant, and Frankenmuth River Place Shops will be available from the Weiss Street entrance. Pedestrians will be able to cross the bridge using a walkway.

There will be a number of Bavarian-themed signs that will direct guests to the alternate entrance.

“Like any bridge or roadway in Michigan, time and weather have taken its toll on our wooden covered bridge,” said Bill Zehnder, president of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn, Inc. “Maintaining the bridge is a necessity for the safe passage of our guests and Frankenmuth visitors.”

He added that the roof covers and protects the wooden bridge underneath, so the deterioration of the shingles exposes the structure to potential wear.  The covered bridge was installed in January, 1980 after nearly two years of construction on the riverbank. New Hampshire craftsmen used structural framing timbers from Oregon – in some cases 32 feet long – and locally sourced and sawn 3-foot long shingles for the roof and 16-foot long 4x8s for the planked roadway.

The necessary repairs will be made by a Michigan team headed up by Tim Gilmour of Gilmour Construction in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Gilmour has a long history with wooden craft projects. The planking will be locally sourced and sawn by Dennis Miller from Lapeer Hardwoods in Lapeer, Michigan.

If Mother Nature cooperates, the bridge will hopefully reopen for both (gasoline-and horse-powered) vehicular traffic around Friday, April 17, 2015.

Bridge closure schedule
Monday March 16, 2015 to Friday April 3, 2015:
Closed Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 10:30 am only
April 6 – 10, 2015: No bridge construction
April 13 – 17, 2015:
Closed Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 10:30 am only
One pedestrian walkway open at all times during repairs

Bavarian Inn Restaurant: (bavarianinn.com) Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark, 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.  [Press Room: http://www.logos-communications.com/bavarianinn/]

Bavarian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist attractions – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two waterslides, a miniature golf course, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses over 100 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. In 29 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®.

 

Tasty chicken, family fun and yes — fabulous weddings!

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Bavarian Inn Lodge Named a Winner in the Knot Best of Weddings 2015
Feb. 17, 2015 – Frankenmuth, Mich. —The Bavarian Inn Lodge is a wedding destination for weddings of all sizes and shapes and it has the accolades to prove it. Once again the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been selected as a winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot.

Located on the banks of the Cass River, the Bavarian Inn Lodge is just a short walk from the attractions, shops, restaurants and accommodations of one of Michigan’s leading destinations.

“Tradition and convenience intertwine at the Bavarian Inn Lodge, where we handle all the details – ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, dining, and lodging – everything to make your wedding a treasured experience,” said the Lodge’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing Martha Zehnder Keller. “We promise to help you create a memorable wedding filled with extraordinary flavor and unparalleled hospitality.”

In 2015, only 2 percent of the 250,000 local wedding professionals listed on TheKnot.com have received this distinguished accolade. The Knot Best of Weddings 2015 provides an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed a sample of almost one million real reviews across the various vendor categories that a bride or groom would want in order to inspire, plan and pull off their own unique wedding.

For more information about planning a wedding at the Bavarian Inn, visit http://www.bavarianinn.com/weddings/at-the-lodge/ or call a special event coordinator at Bavarian Inn Lodge – 877-213-7664.

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge (bavarianinn.com): The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one 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 100 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 29 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®.

Bavarian Inn debuts new website

 Easy and enjoyable web experience awaits visitors at www.bavarianInn.com

• New design adapts to all devices for information ‘on the go’

Feb. 10, 2015 – Frankenmuth, Mich. — Visitors to the joint website maintained by the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the companion Bavarian Inn Lodge, www.bavarianinn.com, have a pleasant surprise in store – a fresh, new website design that makes finding information about the twin tourist meccas and booking a dining table or guestroom easier than ever before.

Improved features of the new website include:

• An easy-to-read and responsive page design, formatted to fit all major browsing devices, including laptop, tablet, and smartphone. For travelers planning their Frankenmuth journey at home or “on the go,” the new design makes getting to Michigan’s most popular tourist destination even more fun.

• A clean and easy-to-navigate homepage, providing visitors a quick path across the wide range of “dine, stay, shop, and play” choices offered by the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge. In addition, conference, special event and wedding planners can take advantage of the dedicated pages devoted to conference facilities, catering options, and wedding packages available at both locations.

• Making dining or guestroom reservations at the new site has become easier than ever, with dedicated reservation links on each www.bavarianinn.com webpage, eliminating the need to search for separate reservation pages.

• In addition, the website’s special events calendar has been improved, making the much-visited calendar more visually attractive and easier to read.

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.

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge:
The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels. The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 100 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 29 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.
Bavarian Inn Lodge online press room: http://www.logos-communications/bavarianinnlodge

 

 

Celebrate ‘Super Sunday’ at the Bavarian Inn Lodge

Party Time Package’ makes entertaining easy for football classic

Jan. 23, 2015 – Frankenmuth, Mich. — Looking for a respite from the local sports bar, or the requisite “chips, dips and cheeseball” at the neighbors’ gathering? Here’s a winning play: celebrate “America’s game” on “Super Sunday,” Feb. 1 at the Bavarian Inn Lodge as they offer a special party time package for football fans.

The Bavarian Inn Lodge “Super Sunday” package includes a discounted $89 (plus tax) guestroom rate that accommodates four guests per room, plus a large deluxe pizza and pitcher of your choice of soft drink. Guests can enjoy the big game (and those creative commercials) on their private high-definition TV,  and enjoy a warm and comfortable overnight stay in the European-decorated rooms.

In addition, the lodge restaurants will be offering guests its tasty seasonal weekend menu selections. And, if looking for fun and camaraderie on game night, the Bavarian Inn’s Lorelei Lounge will be airing the premiere “pigskin” event of the season on its big-screen TVs, and guests can enjoy a championship selection of beverages and snacks while cheering on their favorite team.

Fans are invited to book a room now at www.bavarianinn.com , or by calling  (989) 652-7200 to make a reservation or for more information.

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge (bavarianinn.com): The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in Michigan’s No. 1 tourist destination – Frankenmuth – is the one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels. The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two water slides, a miniature golf course, 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 100 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 29 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®.

 

Chinese New Year fest: Trot over to the Bavarian Inn Lodge

 Celebrate the Year of the Goat

• Games, crafts, family fun, and food await

Jan. 13, 2015 – Frankenmuth, Mich. — Celebrate the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Goat – in China, that’s 4712 – in grand fashion at  the Bavarian Inn Lodge as they offer multiple celebrations of China’s most important holiday throughout the months of January and February.

The 2015 Chinese New Year’s Celebration of the Year of the Goat will be held every weekend in January including Jan. 16-19, 23-24, 30-31 and Feb. 6-7, 13-15, 20-21, and 27-28, 2015. Special festivities for children and family members are held from 6 to 8 p.m. and include:
• Crafts
• Coloring
• Musical Chairs for Prizes
• Various Dances
• Parade with Willy the Dragon
• And MORE!

These special events are open to the public as well as hotel guests. A full dinner menu will be offered and available in the Lorelei Lounge.

Call (989) 652-7200 or visit www.bavarianinn.com to make a reservation or for more information.

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge (bavarianinn.com): The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in Michigan’s No. 1 tourist destination – Frankenmuth – is the one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels. The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two water slides, a miniature golf course, 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 100 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 29 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®.

 

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?’
Bavarian Inn Lodge offers two ways to ring in 2015

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FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – November 18, 2014 – “Maybe,” as the old seasonal song says, “it’s too early in the game.” But it’s time to start thinking about fun and festive ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve, and the party professionals at the Bavarian Inn Lodge are planning a pair of big holiday events – one for adults, and the other especially for families.

Grown-ups can enjoy a sumptuous gourmet dinner buffet – from an array of appetizers to decadent desserts – and groove to the latest (and not-so-latest) dance tunes, from rock to country, at the Bavarian Inn’s 2015 Gala Celebration. The event includes parties throughout the hotel, wine servings with dinner, a cash bar, a champagne toast and soup buffet at midnight, plus a New Year’s Day breakfast buffet, and all taxes and gratuities. The $85 per person celebration package may be combined with any guest room reservation.

The family-themed New Year’s Eve party offers a bountiful dinner buffet sure to appeal to young and old alike, including a “Build Your Own Sundae” bar, and other special desserts, together with dancing and fun with the Bavarian Inn’s own Willy the Dragon!  The hotel will also offer a DJ and family karaoke throughout the evening. Like the adult celebration package, the family festivities include a hearty New Year’s Day breakfast buffet. The family package is priced at $65 for adults, $40 for children ages 2-12, and free for kids under 2. This family package may also be combined with any guest room reservation.

Reservations are required for both events, and may be made by calling the lodge at (989) 652-7200 or by visiting www.bavarianinn.com  for more information and to book party and guest room reservations.

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge (bavarianinn.com): The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in Michigan’s No. 1 tourist attraction – Frankenmuth – is among the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two water slides, a miniature golf course, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. Their expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses over 100 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 28 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®.

 

Bavarian Inn Lodge hosts 2 Halloween parties to entertain both families and grown-ups

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Oct. 24, 2014 – The Bavarian Inn Lodge is the scene for two back-to-back Halloween evening parties – one geared toward families, and the second an adults-only event.

The “Family Fun Party” takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lodge’s River Rooms, featuring a Halloween parade, trick or treating with Willy the Dragon, pumpkin bowling and decorating, holiday crafts, and a costume contest, together with other surprises in store.

And, grown-ups are invited to gather at the Lorelei Lounge for an evening of music and dancing from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Drink specials will be served, including specialty martinis, seasonal craft beers and the Bavarian Inn Lodge’s exclusive “Voodoo Juice.” Guests are welcome to arrive in costume and compete for a variety of prizes for the best and most unique outfits.

A full dinner menu will be available at both parties. Admission is free to both events, and open to Lodge guests and non-guests alike. In addition, the Lodge is offering special room rates that evening for overnight guests.

For more information, please visit www.bavarianinn.com and click on calendar of events.

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge (bavarianinn.com): The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in Michigan’s No. 1 tourist attraction – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two water slides, a miniature golf course, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. Their expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses over 100 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 28 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®.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Lodge offer tasty options
for Thanksgiving Day

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FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Oct. 22, 2014 – A stress-free holiday away from a busy, cluttered kitchen awaits families taking advantage of three different Thanksgiving Day dining options at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth.

At the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, guests can enjoy the restaurant’s traditional full-service dinner, offering holiday fare, including roast turkey and roast duck, as well as the restaurant’s famous family-style chicken dinner, along with German specialties. In addition, diners have the opportunity to enjoy the rest of their holiday feast at home, with carry-out desserts, such as apple and pumpkin pies, and apple kuchen. Serving hours are 11 a.m. – 9.p.m.

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant is also offering a complete carry-out turkey dinner, including a 14-16 lb. roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, baked dressing, buttered noodles, Blue Hubbard squash, cole slaw, cranberry relish, Bavarian Inn Chicken Seasoning, and a loaf of Bavarian Inn Backofenbrot bread. Price for the complete dinner is $165 including tax. Apple and pumpkin pies are also available at a special price of $10.
Reservations are recommended. For dinner reservations, and to order take-out dinners, call 1-800-BAVARIA. Take-out dinners must be pre-ordered by Nov. 24.

Meanwhile, the Bavarian Inn Lodge will be hosting its “Thanksgiving Day Harvest Buffet” with seating times available from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The bounteous menu offers main courses of famous Frankenmuth chicken, carved roast turkey, carved roast beef, and linguini with marinara sauce. Accompaniments include a full array of appetizers, salads, and side dishes, as well as nine different dessert choices, ranging from traditional German sweet treats like Black Forest torte and apple strudel, to traditional favorites like pumpkin pie and chocolate mousse.

And, there will be live piano music for Bavarian Lodge holiday diners. The buffet is priced, exclusive of 6% tax and 15% gratuity, at $22.50 for adults, $11.50 for children 9-12, $9.50 for kids 5-8, and little ones 4 years and younger dine free. Reservations are required, and may be made by calling the Lodge toll-free at 1-855-652-7200 or 989-652-7200.

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.

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge (bavarianinn.com): The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in Michigan’s No. 1 tourist attraction – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two water slides, a miniature golf course, two gift shops, a 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center with over 100 video and redemption games, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 28 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®.

Family-Friendly Bavarian Inn Lodge Recognized With National Award

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Oct. 15, 2014 – Frankenmuth, MI – Joining a select group of properties nationwide, the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth has received the 2014 Family Vacation Favorite award from Family Vacation Critic, a popular online resource for parents looking for a family-friendly place to spend a weekend or a longer vacation.

“We’re thrilled to be recognized by Family Vacation Critic and its staff of inspectors as well as its legions of families who judge places to stay by the reactions of their own families,” said Martha Zehnder Keller, Bavarian Inn Lodge vice president of sales and marketing. “We are a family business and have a pretty good handle on what families really want when they stay with us.”

The Family Fun Center within the Lodge reflects that, with its host of video games, its 18-hole “Willy’s Kingdom” mini-golf course – and its indoor water park, complete with three pools, two whirlpools and two swirling water slides.

The Lodge continues its focus on being family-friendly by providing a number of family suites so Mom and Dad can have a mini-vacation on their own, knowing the kids are safe in an adjoining room.

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge (bavarianinn.com): The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in Michigan’s No. 1 tourist attraction – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two water slides, a miniature golf course, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. Their expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 100 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 28 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®.

 

Frankenmuth River Place Shops host scarecrow festival
Harvest season event offers bushels of family fun

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FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Sept. 29, 2014 – Scarecrows, pumpkins, and fun – oh my!

Harvest season and Halloween comes together as one big celebration as the Frankenmuth River Place Shops present “Scarecrow Festival 2014,”  It’s a two-weekend event taking place Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26 at the shops, 925 S. Main St., Frankenmuth.

Scarecrows, those straw-filled sentries of fields and gardens, are the stars of the show as businesses throughout Frankenmuth put their creative skills to the test by designing and fabricating specially-themed scarecrows. Visitors are encouraged to stop by each of the shops to view the scarecrows and vote for their favorites.

Pumpkins, as well, have a big role at this year’s festival. Back by popular demand, River Place Shops will deploy the pumpkin catapult, where kids are invited to pick out a pumpkin, and launch it more than 50 yards in hopes of hitting the target. In addition, pumpkin bowling and pumpkin painting are also part of the fun, and visitors can view unique pumpkin designs created by third and fourth graders from Frankenmuth List Elementary School and St. Lorenz School.

And, dogs will rule at Scarecrow Festival 2014 as the “Rock-N-Roll K-9 Performance Team” presents a high-energy show featuring tricks, relay racing, choreographed obedience routines, and agility contests with three performances each afternoon Oct. 18 and 19.

In addition, comedy performances by Michigan’s Funnyman Joel Tacey take place during the Oct. 25-26 weekend with two performances each afternoon.

Other activities include a children’s costume parade, trick-or-treating, face painting, a straw bale maze, and inflatables, making for a full bushel of family fun events. For a complete festival schedule and store hours, please visit www.frankenmuthriverplace.com.

Getting “crabby” to help kids: Just ahead of the Scarecrow Festival, the River Place Shops will play host to the 18th Annual “Crabby” Clam & Lobster Fest to benefit the Johnny Burke Children’s Foundation. The event takes place Oct. 10-11 and offers guests a selection of dinners featuring lobster tail, king crab, steamed clams, and chicken. For more information, please visit http://thejbcf.org.

About Frankenmuth River Place Shops: Frankenmuth River Place Shops (www.frankenmuthriverplace.com ) is an authentic re-creation of a Bavarian village located just minutes from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge. The outdoor mall features more than 40 shops and attractions at one location. In addition to great shopping opportunities, visitors can enjoy historic architecture, floral gardens, streams, waterfalls, a full-service day spa, video arcade, tons of fudge, candies, popcorn, and ice cream.

Tee it up: Bavarian Inn Lodge mini-golf course gets revamp

Guests at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth enjoy the newly revamped Willy's Kingdom 18-hole mini-golf course.

Guests at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth enjoy the newly revamped Willy’s Kingdom 18-hole mini-golf course.

The newly revamped Willy's Kingdom 18-hole mini-golf course at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth features three new LED-illuminated trees, each glowing with 5,000 lights.

The newly revamped Willy’s Kingdom 18-hole mini-golf course at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth features three new LED-illuminated trees, each glowing with 5,000 lights.

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Sept. 11, 2014 – Guests and visitors at the Bavarian Inn Lodge have a new place to play. The Lodge recently completed an entire facelift of its popular “Willy’s Kingdom” 18-hole mini-golf course, with new colors, features, and a whole lot more.

Located inside the Lodge’s sprawling Family Fun Center, the mini-golf course now sports new turf in a variety of colors, together with new foliage, décor, and lighting. The lighting improvements include three new LED-illuminated trees, each glowing with 5,000 lights. The largest of the trees, standing 20 foot tall, regularly changes colors to further delight indoor golfers.

“Renovation of the course began in April and was just completed last month,” said Martha Zehnder Keller, Bavarian Inn Lodge vice president of sales and marketing. “We were able to make all of the upgrades gradually during the busy summer months in order to keep the course open for our guests.”

She added that in the short time the course remodeling was completed, the Lodge has received many positive comments from guests about the improvements. “The course offers a fun and relaxing golfing experience for youngsters and grown-ups, and a great way for couples and families to spend time together,” she added.

After their round, mini-golfers can catch some “19th hole” fun, food and relaxation at the Family Fun Center’s Rathskeller lounge and restaurant, which offers cafeteria-style dining from morning to night, plus a full-service lounge featuring more than 70 beers and malt beverages, and weekend karaoke.

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge (bavarianinn.com): The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in Michigan’s No. 1 tourist attraction – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two water slides, a miniature golf course, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. Their expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 100 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 28 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®.

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Bavarian Inn family members lead the Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk in Frankenmuth.

Bavarian Inn family members lead the Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk in Frankenmuth.

 

Labor Day Bridge Walk — In Frankenmuth!
Bavarian Inn Family Leads Short March Over Historic Holz-Brücke Covered Bridge

Frankenmuth, MI – August 25, 2014 – If you want to participate in a traditional Labor Day bridge walk but are unable to join the usual crowd traversing Michigan’s five-mile-long Mighty Mac, you just might want to join the Tiny and Dorothy Zehnder family for their annual Labor Day walk across the Holz-Brücke Covered Bridge in nearby Frankenmuth.

The historic, hand-constructed wooden bridge across the Cass River serves as the main entrance to the iconic Bavarian Inn Lodge. The walk is a celebration of the painstaking labor and “little miracle” it took to make the bridge a reality.

The annual event has been taking place since the mid-80’s and was started by Frankenmuth residents Al and Louise Schneider. In keeping with custom, the walk will begin at 12 noon on the east side of the bridge, Sept. 1. The five-minute walk concludes at the Fischer Platz outdoor entertainment café, located at the southwest corner of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant next to the Glockenspiel where participants can choose to enjoy delicious fare and entertainment.

“The Labor Day bridge walk reminds us of the vision and determination of our family through the years and inspires all of us to do our best to help our guests enjoy the uniqueness of Frankenmuth as we mark the unofficial ending of summer,” said Bavarian Inn Restaurant President Bill Zehnder.

The 230-ton, 239-foot covered bridge was built by the family corporation with Tiny and his brother Eddie Zehnder managing the project. It originally linked the Bavarian Inn complex with additional parking across the Cass River, but became the gateway to the Bavarian Inn Lodge in 1986. New Hampshire bridge builder Milton Grāton, along with his son and grandson, hand-crafted the bridge over the course of a year with wood that originated in Oregon and Alpena, Michigan.

The bridge was originally constructed on a rise of land east of the river, and later moved to its home over the Cass River. That arduous process required a capstan, which was turned by nearly everyone in town — plus a team of champion oxen — over the course of several days during a particularly cold January in 1980.

As the story goes, media was on hand to cover the bridge’s final installation. As the capstan was to be turned one final time — with cameras rolling — it didn’t budge, but was frozen in place. As the local pastor from St. Lorenz started to give the benediction, the bridge broke free of the ice and inched into place. “It was a miracle,” remembers Dorothy. Afterward, everyone in town joined in a gratitude-inspired chicken dinner.

Over the years, the walk commemorating the building of the bridge has grown into an annual celebration with hundreds of participants including members from the local Gemuetlichkeit Club, an American-German cultural group that celebrates Bavarian culture with special events throughout the year.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist attractions – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, two water slides, three whirlpools, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses over 100 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. In 28 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®. [Press Room: http://logos-communications.com/bavarianinnlodge/]

Bavarian Inn Experience Triathlon set for August 2

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FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – July 25, 2014:  From the moment they start in the gentle Cass River, through the biking portion in the third-richest farming valley in the world, to the final run along cobblestone streets and scenic bridges, participants in the Bavarian Inn Experience Triathlon will be soaking up the scenery as much as they are burning calories.

To make it even more interesting there’s a $2,500 prize for the fastest male and female participants in the Olympic version of the event. Second and third-place prizes are $1,000 and $500.

It all begins at 7:45 AM on Saturday, August 2 in the river and ends at Noon with the public invited to an awards ceremony and party at the Frankenmuth River Place Shops for brats, beer and music by the Bromantics.

There are several options for participants:
Olympic Triathlon: 1,500 meter swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Sprint Triathlon: 500 meter swim, 20k bike, 5k run
Olympic Aquabike: 1,500 meter swim, 40k bike
Sprint Aquabike: 500 meter swim, 20k bike

Information, registration and maps of the event are available at http://donatelifetriathlon.com/Events/TheExperience@Frankenmuth.aspx
Event sponsors are: Tri For Life, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Bavarian Inn Restaurant, and Bavarian Inn Lodge. Proceeds from the event support the work of Tri for Life.

About the sponsors:
About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: (bavarianinn.com) Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. 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.  [Press Room: http://www.logos-communications.com/bavarianinn/]

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist attractions – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, two water slides, three whirlpools, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses over 100 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. In 28 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®.

About Frankenmuth River Place Shops: Frankenmuth River Place Shops (www.frankenmuthriverplace.com) is an authentic re-creation of a Bavarian village located just minutes from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge. The outdoor mall features more than 40 shops and attractions at one location. In addition to great shopping opportunities, visitors can enjoy historic architecture, floral gardens, streams, waterfalls, a full service day spa, video arcade, tons of fudge, candies, popcorn and ice cream.

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Clicking And Scrolling Vacationers Advise
Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Lodge and Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Frankenmuth, MI – July 24, 2014 – “The 2014 Trip Advisor® Certificate of Excellence Awards say it all!” says Judy Zehnder Keller, president and founder of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge. “They say we’re doing our job: providing an excellent experience for our guests.”

The awards, only given to a select group of hospitality providers across the country, are in recognition of what actual visitors would advise prospective visitors. Bavarian Inn Lodge Ranks at a 4.5 of 5 score and Bavarian Inn Restaurant a 4.0 of 5 score.

The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge is Trip Advisor’s most reviewed hotel in all of Michigan, thanks in part to its two new family-friendly, four-story waterslides and completely revamped indoor 18-hole mini-golf course.

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant, also a Certificate of Excellence winner, has just completed a significant renovation of its own with the addition of the Michigan on Main Bar and Grill. “This allows us to spotlight on our longstanding emphasis on Pure Michigan foods and enhance our focus on artisanal beers,” says Amy Zehnder Grossi, general manager. “It has people talking. The buzz we’re hearing is phenomenal.”

The Trip Advisor comments aren’t just read and acted on by prospective vacationers and diners. “Our team is constantly monitoring the site,” says Zehnder Keller. “We see what guests like and strive to exceed that bar for their next visit. If, for some reason, we haven’t met expectations then we do everything we can to make adjustments. If there’s anything we like to hear, it’s five words: ‘We’re planning our next trip!’”

One reason guests look forward to coming back is the benefits offered to the 20,000-plus members of the Perks Club. Zehnder Keller explains that Club members “get special rates and exclusive offers that are tailored to them. It’s our way of showing members how much we value them.”

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

Bavarian Inn Lodge official heads statewide meeting professionals organization

Bethany Curtis, Bavarian Inn Lodge director of sales.

Bethany Curtis, Bavarian Inn Lodge director of sales.

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – June 30, 2014 – Bethany Curtis, director of sales at the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Conference Center, has been named 2014 president of the Michigan Chapter – Meeting Professionals International (MMPI).

And just recently, Michigan Meetings + Events Magazine also honored Curtis as its “Supplier of the Year” for her work in promoting business travel and tourism in the Great Lakes State. Last year, Curtis was presented with the MMPI President’s award for assisting the chapter president in making sound decisions for the chapter, as well as having a great knowledge of its working budget and strategic planning.

Curtis has been affiliated with the Bavarian Inn for 15 years.

“We’re proud to have Bethany as a part of the Bavarian Inn family for the energy and experience she brings to our group sales activities,” said Judy Zehnder Keller, third generation owner, as well as founder and president of the Lodge. “In this new leadership role at MMPI, Bethany will serve as a great statewide ambassador for Michigan’s hospitality industry.”

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge (bavarianinn.com): The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in Michigan’s No. 1 tourist attraction – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two water slides, a miniature golf course, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. Their expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 100 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 28 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®..

About the Michigan Chapter – Meeting Professionals International: Meeting Professionals International’s vision is to build a rich global meeting industry community making its members successful in building human connections to: Knowledge, Ideas, Relationships and Marketplaces. MPI is committed to delivering success for its 22,000 worldwide members by providing innovative professional development, generating industry awareness and creating business development opportunities. The MPI Michigan Chapter supports that vision and provides professional development and networking opportunities for meeting professionals in the state of Michigan. The Michigan Chapter was founded in 1979 and currently serves over 300 meeting professionals throughout the state. For more information, please visit http://www.mmpi.org

Double Down: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Restaurant
Win Two ‘Best Of’ Awards

Lodge Sales Chief Named ‘Supplier of the Year’

Supplier of the Year: Bethany Curtis of the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

Supplier of the Year: Bethany Curtis of the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – May 30, 2014 – Readers of Michigan Meetings + Events magazine have chosen the Bavarian Inn Lodge and the Bavarian Inn Restaurant their favorites in two major categories at the publication’s ninth annual “Readers Choice Best Of Awards” program, held yesterday in Detroit.

Magazine readers, consisting of convention and meeting planners, suppliers, and tourism industry leaders chose the Bavarian Inn Restaurant as “Best Restaurant with Private Dining Space.”

Michigan Meetings + Events also honored Bethany Curtis, Bavarian Inn Lodge Director of Sales, as its “Supplier of the Year” for her work in promoting meetings and conferences in the Great Lakes State.

“Receiving two major awards for the lodge and restaurant is a tribute to the dedication and hard work among our family members and our entire culinary and hospitality team to provide the finest service, food, and amenities to our guests,” said Judy Zehnder Keller, third generation owner, as well as founder and president of the Lodge. Finalists in this year’s award program represented top-rated restaurants and resorts from across Michigan.

The Bavarian Inn Lodge was among three finalists for the category of “Best Service,” as well as for “Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space  – More than 200 Rooms.”

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge: The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist attractions – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two waterslides, a miniature golf course, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses over 100 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 28 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®.

About the 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.
Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com

Hot air balloons over Frankenmuth Memorial Day weekend

Bavarian Inn Lodge, Gordon Food Service Host ‘Balloons over Bavaria’ Championships

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. May 7, 2014 – Thirty of the most experienced hot air balloon pilots in the nation will float over the Frankenmuth skies at “Balloons over Bavaria,” the seventh annual  hot air balloon event hosted on Memorial Day weekend, May 23 -26, 2014.

Balloonists will compete and fly for accuracy in flight tasks and hitting targets, on the ground, in six flight attempts over the weekend. The free event is sponsored by the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn and Gordon Food Service, along with with many other supporters.

“The competing pilots are from three surrounding states and are from as far away as Iowa. Ten of these pilots rank in the top 100 in North America,” states Jim Engel, chief operating officer, Bavarian Inn Lodge and event chairman. Engel is working with key leaders who have hosted national  and world hot air balloon championships to orchestrate the competition over and around Frankenmuth.

Pilots from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan will compete to win the competition.  Six flight attempts will occurr at approximately 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET from Friday evening through Monday morning.  A number of new balloons will be joining in this year, so spectators can look forward to new sights and colors flying and glowing at this year’s event.

Held in conjunction with Dog Bowl 2014, the balloon championship features an elite group of 30 balloon teams, assembled by a core team of balloon pilots and local planners. Derrick Jones, competition director for Balloons Over Bavaria states, “The Frankenmuth balloon events have become one of the favored Midwest balloon events because of the family friendly aspect of Frankenmuth; the unique architecture to fly over, and the tie-in with the Dog Bowl Olympic events and the Tour De Frankenmuth cycling events.”

In addition to viewing the balloon competition, visitors will experience the Balloon Glow Village on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at River Place Field, giving them an opportunity to walk under and amongst 15 tethered hot air balloons that glow and flicker in the evening sky. This free event allows spectators to meet the pilots, get autographs and even take pictures with their children in / or next to the pilot and his basket.

A highlight of the event is the free fireworks display on Sunday, May 25 at approximately 9:45 p.m. Bring the entire family to see hot air balloons glowing under a shower of patriotic fireworks, with a special salute to military service personnel.

Piloting hot air balloons is a growing sport that is sophisticated and technical. The use of websites to track wind speeds and directions for every thousand foot level combined with the use of GPS technology allows pilots to better target their destination. This brings an unparalleled precision to the sport. During the morning and evening flights, the pilots will navigate their balloon to certain targets, placed and assigned to them by the officials.

Experience balloon Launches and flyovers at River Place field each morning and evening of Memorial Day Weekend.  See a complete schedule for the Balloons Over Bavaria  Balloon Championships at www.dogfunfest.com/balloons/.   Follow the action on Facebook by liking “Balloons Over Bavaria” & Frankenmuth Hot Air Balloon Glow Village.  Twitter Updates @BalloonsInMuth. Admission to balloon events is free.
About the Bavarian Inn Lodge (bavarianinn.com): The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in Michigan’s No. 1 tourist attraction – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two water slides, a miniature golf course, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. Their expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 100 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 28 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®.

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May’s a merry month for ‘Dog Bowl 2014,’ ‘Balloons over Bavaria

River Place Shops ‘going to the dogs,’ 30 pilots going ‘up, up, and away’

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FRANKENMUTH, Mich. April 25, 2014 – Memorial Day weekend in Michigan’s number one tourist destination promises to be exciting as two annual events – Dog Bowl 2014 at the River Place Shops May 24 and 25, and the 7th Annual “Balloons over Bavaria’ competition May 23-26 – return to Frankenmuth.

Dog Bowl 2014, an Olympic-style event with more than 20 contests to test pups’ athletic prowess, attracts dogs and their owners from across the country. Friends, family and especially the dogs themselves are sure to have a great time as participants or spectators at this fun-filled free event. Learn more by visiting www.dogbowlfun.com .

The “Balloons over Bavaria” weekend will host 30 of the nation’s most experienced hot air balloon pilots, who will test their flying, landing, and target skills over six flight attempts over the weekend, and will display their colorful aircrafts in the Balloon Glow Village each evening. The event will conclude Sunday evening with a spectacular fireworks display. Also a free event, “Balloons over Bavaria” is sponsored by the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn and Gordon Food Service, together with many other area supporters. See a complete schedule for the “Balloons over Bavaria” Balloon Championships at www.bavarianinn.com/play/dog-bowl-and-hot-air-balloon-championship .

About the Bavarian Inn (bavarianinn.com):
The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in Michigan’s No. 1 tourist attraction – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two water slides, a miniature golf course, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. Their expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 100 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 28 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®.

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.

 

 

Appetizers, Entrees, Desserts and More Delight Moms, Guests
At Annual Bavarian Inn Lodge Mother’s Day Buffet

The scenic Bavarian Inn Lodge offers a hearty "willkommen" to its annual Mother's Day buffet.

The scenic Bavarian Inn Lodge offers a hearty “willkommen” to its annual Mother’s Day buffet.

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. April 24, 2014 – From an array of appetizers and salads, through a tasty trail of entrees and desserts, there’s plenty to please moms and their families at the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge annual Mother’s Day Buffet on Sunday, May, 11, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This year’s menu features 11 types of appetizers, together with brunch entrees, and traditional main course favorites such as Famous Frankenmuth® chicken, champagne chicken, carved roast beef, and carved smoked pork loin in the Bavarian Kassler Rippchen style. In addition, guests may choose from a generous variety of Bavarian Inn Lodge desserts, including Bavarian torte and cherry strudel.

And, moms and guests will be sure to enjoy the live dining room entertainment, making this Mother’s Day event even more festive.

Cost is $21 for adults, $9.95 for children 9-12, $8.25 for children 5-8, and children under four dine free. (Sales tax and 15% gratuity are added to check.) Reservations are required and may be made by calling 1-888-775-6343. See the complete menu at http://bavarianinn.com/dine/holiday-dining/

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge (bavarianinn.com): The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in Michigan’s No. 1 tourist attraction – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two water slides, a miniature golf course, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. Their expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 100 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 28 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®.

 

Bavarian Inn Award Winning Chefs Are Secret Weapons

(L. to R.) Bavarian Inn Executive Chef Phil Fahrenbruch, Bavarian Inn Lodge Purchasing Manager Mark Brooks and Bavarian Inn Sous Chef Tyler Stark show off their culinary awards.

(L. to R.) Bavarian Inn Executive Chef Phil Fahrenbruch, Bavarian Inn Lodge Purchasing Manager Mark Brooks and Bavarian Inn Sous Chef Tyler Stark show off their culinary awards.

Bavarian Inn Sous Chef Tyler Stark's Boeuf Pota la Gasconne recently won a Silver Award from the Flint/Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Culinary Federation.

Bavarian Inn Sous Chef Tyler Stark’s Boeuf Pota la Gasconne recently won a Silver Award from the Flint/Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Culinary Federation.

Frankenmuth, Mich. April 14, 2013 –The Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge are known for serving the kind of good food and providing experiences that keep bringing guests back for more. It was recently revealed that behind the quality of their cuisine and service is a powerful dose of culinary talent.

Twenty-three-year-old Bavarian Inn Sous Chef Tyler Stark just received a Silver award from the Flint/Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) for his Boeuf Pota la Gasconne entry (see photo) in the Zehnder’s Snowfest Hot Food Competition. Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management at Northwood University, Stark already has an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management from Mott Community College.

Bavarian Inn Lodge Purchasing Manager Mark Brooks was named 2013 Chef of the Year by the Flint/Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF). A 22-year veteran of the Bavarian Inn Corporation, Brooks began as a Bavarian Inn dishwasher, working his way up through the ranks and earning a degree from the Culinary Institute of America. In addition to being singled out as Chef of the Year, Brooks also serves as 2013 vice president of the Flint/Saginaw ACF.

Joining Brooks in heading up the local ACF chapter is its president, Bavarian Inn Executive Chef Phil Fahrenbruch. Fahrenbruch has also been recognized as one of only nine operator executives selected to receive the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association’s (IFMA’s) 2012 Silver Plate Award, a top honor based on an individual’s outstanding industry achievements and commitment to innovation. He was also the 2009 ACF Chef of the Year and has been with the Bavarian Inn for more than 21 years.

“We are very lucky to have such talent in the ranks of our team members all helping to create memorable experiences for our guests,” said Bavarian Inn Restaurant president Bill Zehnder. “It is always nice to have our staff recognized by their peers in the culinary industry,” he continued.  “It is the talent of our employees that is at the heart of the outstanding success of the Bavarian Inn Corporation through the years, fulfilling the overall mission to ‘let our family serve your family’.”

After 125 years of service (2013), the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is a Michigan landmark where generations of diners have discovered true Bavarian hospitality – 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.

With more than 25 years of experience, the 360-room Bavarian Inn Lodge boasts: an indoor waterpark with two extraordinary slides, four indoor pools and three whirlpools, family fun center, 18-hole indoor miniature golf course, two restaurants, two gift shops, free WiFi internet and a conference center that can accommodate up to 500 people.

Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Castle Shops, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, Covered Bridge & Leather Gift Shop, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the Bavarian Inn Lodge. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge Opens its Doors to Spring

Feb. 24, 2014 – Frankenmuth, Mich. — Believe it or not Spring is just around the corner and the Bavarian Inn Lodge has multiple events lined up to welcome in warmer weather and their guests.

The luck of the Irish will be in the air throughout the entire month of March. For four weekends in a row, February 28, March 1, 14-15 and 21-22 from 6 to 8 p.m. the public and guests of the Bavarian Inn Lodge will be treated to crafts, a parade with Willy The Dragon, musical chairs, various dances and more. There will also be a full dinner menu available in the Lorelei Lounge.

The St. Patrick’s Day fun does not end at The Lodge, there is also plenty of fun to be had at the Funky Skunk in Frankenmuth’s River Place Shops. Join the Funky Skunk on Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for everything Irish. The day’s event will include special discounts, drawings for official Guinness merchandise, live Irish music by Marty Viers and the Music Doctors from 1 to 5 p.m. and free samples.

Spring breakers won’t be left out of the fun at the Bavarian Inn Lodge. Free family fun for kids of all ages will take place over two weekends, March 28-29 and April 4-5 from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests of the Bavarian Inn Lodge and will be treated to crafts, a parade with Willy The Dragon, musical chairs, various dances and more. There will also be a full dinner menu available in the Lorelei Lounge. The public is welcome to attend.

Call (989) 652-7200 or visit www.bavarianinn.com to make a reservation or for more information.

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge (bavarianinn.com): The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in Michigan’s No. 1 tourist destination – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two water slides, a miniature golf course, 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 100 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 27 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®.

 

The scenic covered bridge is an ideal backdrop for a Bavarian Inn Lodge wedding.

The scenic covered bridge is an ideal backdrop for a Bavarian Inn Lodge wedding.

Bavarian Inn Lodge Receives WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award

Frankenmuth, Mich. Feb. 11, 2014 — Bavarian Inn Lodge was recognized recently by WeddingWire with a Couples’ Choice Award 2014. The winners are determined by recent reviews in recognition of excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry. The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards are selected solely based on the reviews from past clients on WeddingWire, the nation’s largest wedding review website, featuring over 1 million newlywed reviews.

“The Bavarian Inn Lodge team works hard to provide all guests with an all-around great experience during their time with us,” explains Martha Zehnder Keller, vice president of sales and marketing for Bavarian Inn Lodge. “We are honored to receive the Couples’ Choice distinction from WeddingWire and extremely proud of our team for their hard work and excellent service.”

WeddingWire’s annual awards program represents the top 5 percent of the WeddingWire local vendor community, comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States and Canada. Professionals across all service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, are recognized based on their overall achievements throughout the previous year.

Time-honored tradition and contemporary convenience intertwine at the Bavarian Inn Lodge, where Michigan weddings are an imaginative, historic experience of one to three days of romance and fun in world-famous Frankenmuth, Mich. Long before the advent of the extreme destination wedding, the Bavarian Inn has provided a unique and family-friendly destination for countless couples and their guests.

The Bavarian Inn Lodge expertly accommodates all wedding-centric activities and details including bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, family brunches; and recommendations for florists, wedding cakes, DJs, musicians, spas, salons, horse-drawn carriages, décor specialists, photographers, and ordained ministers.

With 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, great accommodations and guest amenities offers brides and grooms alike the opportunity to leave the details to the Bavarian Inn staff and focus on enjoying their wedding festivities.

About the Couples’ Choice Awards™  The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ recognizes the top 5 percent of local Wedding Professionals from the WeddingWire Network throughout the United States and Canada that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ are awarded solely based on the reviews from over 200,000 newlyweds. Awards are determined by a combination of excellence in four factors: overall rating (quality), total number of reviews (quantity), review performance from 2013 (recency), and consistency of reviews from year to year (consistency).

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge (bavarianinn.com): The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in Michigan’s No. 1 tourist attraction – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two water slides, a miniature golf course, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. Their expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 100 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 28 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®.

All dressed up for Chinese New Year: The lobby at the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

All dressed up for Chinese New Year: The lobby at the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

Gallop Over to the Bavarian Inn Lodge
as they Celebrate the Year of the Horse

Jan. 17, 2014 – Frankenmuth, Mich. — Celebrate the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse in grand fashion at  the Bavarian Inn Lodge as they offer multiple celebrations throughout the month of January.

The 2014 Chinese New Year’s Celebration of the Year of the Horse will be held every weekend in January including Jan. 17-19, 24-25, 31 and Feb. 1, 2014. Special festivities for children are held from 6 to 8 p.m. and include:
• Crafts
• Parade with Willy the Dragon
• Musical Chairs
• Various Dances
• And MORE!

These special events are open to the public as well as hotel guests. A full dinner menu will be offered and available in the Lorelei Lounge.

Call (989) 652-7200 or visit www.bavarianinn.com to make a reservation or for more information.

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge (bavarianinn.com): The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in Michigan’s No. 1 tourist destination – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two water slides, a miniature golf course, 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 100 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 27 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®.

 

 



A Picture Doesn’t Speak A Thousand Words —  A Video Does!

Click here to link to the animated video showing the Stixx Family planning, then enjoying a family vacation at the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

Congratulations to Angie Lang, server in Oma’s Restaurant at the Bavarian Inn Lodge, for being selected as the 2013 Frankenmuth Bavarian Princess in early June! Also Melanie Dohrmann from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant was part of the Bavarian Princess Court. Enjoy these photos.

2013 Frankenmuth Bavarian Princess

 

Bavarian Inn Hosts Annual Dog Bowl

2013 Dog Bowl

2013 Dog Bowl

Bavarian Inn Hosts Balloon Festival

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Dorothy Zehnder Wins MTLA Award

Dorothy Zehnder and Michigan Governor Snyder

River Place Showcases Spring Fashions

River Place Shops

 

Bavarian Inn Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Frankenmuth Historical Association Celebrates Bavarian Inn 125-Year Anniversary

Frankenmuth Historical Association Booklet

Lodge Employee Donates Hair

 

Lock of Love Hair Donation

Kendra Pavlovski and Judy Zehnder Keller

Bavarian Inn Lodge: Thumbs Up from Trip Advisor

Lodge Opens $3 Million Waterslide Expansion

Guests of all ages enjoy new waterslides.

Guests of all ages enjoy new Bavarian Inn Lodge waterslides.

Video Clips Bavarian Inn Lodge Waterslides

Video B-Roll: New Waterslides

Judy Zehnder Keller video clip

Judy Zehnder Keller video clip 2

Voters Keep Family Fun Center Name

Lodge Salvages Historic Area Glass Blocks in $3-Million Expansion

Judy Zehnder Keller, president and founder of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge, with sons Woody Keller Zehnder (center) and Michael Keller Zehnder, who work in the family business, are excited about the installation of the Carling Brewery glass block windows in the new waterslide tower at the Lodge.

 

The former Heileman Brewing Company of Frankenmuth

The former Heileman Brewing Company of Frankenmuth

Bavarian Inn Lodge Extends Family with Generations of Suppliers

Photo Caption: The Zehnder family, including Bavarian Inn co-founder Dorothy Zehnder, gather with multiple generations of the various family-owned businesses that have worked on the Bavarian Inn Lodge as the 6,000-pound roof was raised four stories to cap the Lodge’s new waterslide tower. Photo Credit: Terry T. Brown

“Raise the Roof” Celebration and Media Event Video

Raise The Roof In Frankenmuth Press Release

Media Advisory: Raise The Roof In Frankenmuth Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m.

Construction Continues at Bavarian Inn Lodge

 

Groundbreaking Zehnder and Hendrick families Sept 2012 compressed

Four Generations of Bavarian Inn Zehnders & R.C. Hendrick & Son Officials! Back Row (L-R) Chip Hendrick, Judy Zehnder-Keller, Michael Zehnder, Don Keller, Amy Zehnder-Grossi, Dorothy Zehnder, Bill Zehnder & Alexia Zehnder, Tony Leuenberger & Dan LaPan Front Row: Young Jacob Keller-Zehnder, Luke Grossi & Sophia Grossi.

Bavarian Inn Lodge Construction Video

Construction B-roll

Judy Zehnder-Keller Construction B-roll

Bavarian Inn Asks Friends to Rename Fun Center

Bavarian Lodge Expansion Makes Times Square

Bavarian Inn Lodge Expands: Press Release



Architectural Drawing of expansion


Bavarian Inn Lodge: Logo (tif)


Bavarian Inn Lodge Fact Sheet



Judy Zehnder Keller, President and Founder, Bavarian Inn Lodge