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

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Jonathan and Wendy Winkel with their children, Gwenneth and Rowan

Frankenmuth’s ‘Grandpa Tiny’s Farm’ welcomes new managers

Planting the seeds for May 1 grand reopening

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – April 3, 2017 – Grandpa Tiny’s Farm, a working heritage farm and longtime visitor attraction in “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” is getting ready to welcome guests for the new season, and is now under new management.

Jonathan and Wendy Winkel of Frankenmuth have been named the new managers of the farm, once owned and operated by the late William “Tiny” Zehnder, who with his wife Dorothy, founded the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, which Dorothy continues to operate to this day. The farm is owned by the William and Dorothy Zehnder Foundation, and was formerly managed by the Ed and Lillian Sergent family, who recently retired.

“We’re excited to keep the heritage and traditions of Grandpa Tiny’s Farm alive with our array of barnyard animals – baby chicks, goats, rabbits, sheep – and some other surprises coming this May,” said Wendy Winkel, pointing out that “Tiny” Zehnder worked on the farm regularly, even while running The Bavarian Inn full-time, out of a passion for agriculture and love of growing food.

Grandpa Tiny’s Farm features tractor-pulled wagon tours, a petting zoo, museum, granary, fitness trail and a farm store selling seasonal products, including produce, eggs, and honey. While the 60-acre farm now produces a variety of crops such as corn, oats, wheat, alfalfa and pumpkins, vegetable gardens and a u-pick lavender field await visitors for the 2017 season.

In addition, the Winkels are planning major exterior and interior renovations to the main farm building, known as “Tiny’s Big Barn,” to enable the site to host events like weddings, parties and family reunions.

“The educational part of the farm is what I’m most excited about,” said Wendy Winkel. “We have been hobby farmers for many years, and I can’t wait to show everyone how even the smallest of yards can produce food, even if you don’t wish to keep bees and chickens in your own yard.”

Monday, May 1 is the grand reopening date for the farm, located at 7775 Weiss Road in Frankenmuth. Visitor hours are 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily through October, and weekends only in November and December. Learn more at www.grandpatinysfarm.com.

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Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Lodge making Easter dining easy

  • Restaurant rolls out signature menu, bunny-delivered tableside treats
  • At the Lodge, a bountiful buffet awaits

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. March 23, 2017 – There’s no need to spend countless hours cooking and baking this Easter weekend with the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge ready to welcome families and friends, and each location offering special Easter menus to choose from.

Family-style dining is the hallmark of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, which is presenting its Easter Signature Menu on Saturday, April 15, and Easter Sunday, April 16, from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. In addition to the popular all-you-can-eat Frankenmuth® Style Chicken dinner, the restaurant will be serving an all-you-can-eat Frankenmuth® Style Chicken and Ham dinner, and “The Ultimate 5 Meat Family Style Bavarian Dinner,” which includes smoked pork loin, sauerbraten, bratwurst, schnitzel, plus Frankenmuth Chicken. Also on the menu: Broiled Lake Superior Whitefish, Wiener Schnitzel, Chicken Cordon Bleu, and Grilled New York Strip Steak.

In addition, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is offering diners the opportunity to pre-order Easter baskets and treats, personally delivered tableside by the Easter Bunny on both Saturday and Sunday. Guests may pre-order a personalized Frankenmuth or Schwarzwalder Easter torte to top off their holiday feast. Prepayment is required, and orders must be placed at least two days ahead of table reservation date. Visit http://www.bavarianinn.com/dine/holiday-dining to view the array of gift and torte choices, and call 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941 to place an order and to reserve a table.

It’s Easter “brunchtime” at the Bavarian Inn Lodge –  Let the Bavarian Inn Lodge spoil your family and friends with their bountiful Easter Sunday brunch on April 16 from 11 a.m. – 4 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: 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, apfel strudel, chocolate mousse, and more.

The cost for this special Easter brunch is $23.50 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 required. Call 888-775-6343 to make your reservation today.

About Bavarian Inn

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

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

Bavarian Inn Lodge

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

Judy Zehnder Keller to Be Honored As The

‘2017 Can Council Child Advocate of the Year’

SAGINAW, MI – February 10, 2017: CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region will honor Judy Zehnder Keller (Frankenmuth) as the 2017 Child Advocate of the Year. The award will be presented Thursday, February 23rd at Horizons Conference Center during the 24th Annual CAN Council Mardi Gras Auction.

Since 2000, the CAN Council’s Child Advocate of the Year Award has annually honored an outstanding individual or group for being extraordinarily committed to making the Great Lakes Bay Region a better place for children and families. Past recipients include Richard J. Garber, Chip Hendrick, William (Bill) McNally, the dental team of Paul W. Allen, DDS, The Honorable Faye M. Harrison, AGP & Associates, Inc., and Al Doner of New Executive Mortgage.

Judy Zehnder Keller is the president and owner of the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, Michigan, which she designed and built in 1986.  Now in its 4th generation of active management, the Bavarian Inn Corporation is something Judy has been a part of since childhood.

When asked about her profession, Judy proudly says, “I fry chicken and make beds for a living”. Those that have worked with and for Judy know that she is also a fierce advocate for the well-being of her family, friends and staff!

Mrs. Judy Zehnder Keller has been a longtime supporter of the CAN Council and our mission to build communities where children are free from abuse and neglect. Suzanne Greenberg, President and CEO of the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region shared, “Judy’s contribution to the children and families of the Frankenmuth community as well as the Great Lakes Bay Region reaches far beyond chicken and tourism.”  We welcome the community to join us on February 23rd as we honor one of our region’s most passionate child advocates—Judy Zehnder Keller as our 2017 Child Advocate of the Year!

About the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region
The CAN Council is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect through its nationally-accredited and award-winning education, awareness, intervention and advocacy programs. It is the only nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region devoted to this cause. Founded in 1979, the CAN Council has consistently grown over the past 37 years to meet the needs of the community’s children and families. For more information, visit CANcouncil.org or call (989) 752-7226.

 

Bavarian Inn Employees Raise Funds to Help Others

Volunteer Campaigns Raise $18,500 for Charity in 2016

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Jan. 30, 2017 – Through its more than 30-year-old Company Giving Program, Bavarian Inn Restaurant employees raised a total of $12,586 to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, assisting the agency in its mission to provide nourishment to the hungry in 22 Michigan counties. The total was announced and a check for the entire amount was presented to the charity at a post-holiday employee party, Jan. 9.

According to Joe Putnam, 2016 chairperson of the Bavarian Inn Company Giving Program, the funds were raised through voluntary payroll deduction, candy sales, a holiday open house event and other activities throughout the year that were coupled with $5,000 in matching funds from the Frankenmuth landmark. “Bavarian Inn Restaurant has over 400 caring team members who give so generously each year to help those in need,” he said.

Bavarian Inn Marketing Manager Mandy Borsenik explained that, based on the purchasing power of the Food Bank, the group’s 2016 donation equates to approximately $75,516 in food to help the less fortunate.  She also listed past charities aided by the Company Giving Program:  Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, Hospice for Hope, Special Olympics, Special Days Camp and Saginaw Habitat for Humanity.

At the same time, nearly 300 employees at the nearby Bavarian Inn Lodge raised a total of $2,959 in 2016 employee donations that were matched dollar-for-dollar by the Lodge for a total contribution of $5,918. By employee choice, the contributions were awarded to: Child Abuse Network, American Cancer Society and Make a Wish Foundation.

“The Bavarian Inn Zehnder family has always encouraged charitable contributions to the local community so it is no surprise that our employees have voluntarily followed suit in helping the less fortunate among us,” commented Lodge Marketing Manager Joanna Stratman. “We expect to see similar efforts in 2017,” she concluded.

About Bavarian Inn

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

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

Bavarian Inn Lodge

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

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

 

About the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan

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

 

 

 

Super Bowl Sunday Web Deal at Bavarian Inn Lodge!

Great View, Food and Fun Are Waiting—Rain or Shine

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Jan 24, 2017 – Looking for a different way to watch the 51st Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 5? Whether you’re cheering for the AFC or the NFC champs, the Bavarian Inn Lodge is a great place to watch and celebrate the annual showdown.

The Lodge is offering a special deal that must be booked online. Under its terms, Perks Members can book a standard room with a Large Deluxe Pizza and Pitcher of Pop for just $90 plus tax! Anyone not already a Perks Member can join for just $10, qualifying them for the special deal.

Instead of fighting the crowds at Houston’s NRG Stadium, guests can view the game on 55-inch HD television sets from the comfort of their rooms or join others in the Lodge’s fun and friendly Lorelei Lounge or Ratskeller for a great view of the big game, an extensive beverage selection, tasty snacks and food.

The “Party Time Package” covers a maximum four guests per room. To make reservations, call 888-775-6343 or visit 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 150 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 30 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.