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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 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