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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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Sue Voyles
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Bavarian Inn Lodge offers two ways to ring in 2018

  • Gala for grown-ups with food, fun, and music
  • Family-themed party offers wide array of activities
  • Party guests: Reserve a room for peace of mind, added convenience

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – December 12, 2017 – Couples and families alike can join the countdown to 2018 with two fun-filled New Year’s Eve activities at the Bavarian Inn Lodge – one for adults, and the other especially for families.

Grown-ups at the annual “New Year’s 2017 Adult Gala” will enjoy the Lodge’s signature all-star gourmet buffet, which includes appetizers such as smoked salmon and shrimp, a choice of entrees including Certified Angus® Prime Rib of Beef with wine service included, and a choice of decadent desserts. The big-in-demand band “Remix” will be performing everyone’s favorite dance tunes, from the 50s all the way up to today’s contemporary hits. The event price of $88 per person includes activities throughout the hotel, wine service 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 family-themed New Year’s Eve party offers kids and grown-ups a bountiful meal, including appetizers, dinner, and a “build your own sundae” dessert buffet, together with dancing and fun with the Bavarian Inn’s own Willy the Dragon. Guests can dance and sing their favorite songs at karaoke events in the Fun Center. Like the adult celebration package, the family festivities include a New Year’s Day breakfast buffet. The family package, which includes all taxes and gratuities, is priced at $68 for adults, $41 for children ages 2-12, and free for kids under age 2.

And, to make the experience even better and more convenient for late-night revelers, both New Year’s Eve packages may be combined with any lodge guestroom reservation for one of the lodge’s 360 comfy European-themed rooms.

Book either of these fun-filled party options and reserve a guest room by calling the lodge at (989) 652-7200 or by visiting www.bavarianinn.com .

Bavarian Inn Lodge

Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 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.

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Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Lodge planning Thanksgiving Day feasts

Choice of full-service dining, carry-out dinners, desserts at Restaurant

At the Lodge, annual ‘Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet’ beckons diners

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Oct. 26, 2017 – Families and friends can spend Thanksgiving Day in Frankenmuth and leave the kitchen behind. The Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the nearby Bavarian Inn Lodge are offering several different dining choices on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23.

At the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, guests can savor a traditional full-service dinner, offering holiday signature dishes, the restaurant’s famous family-style chicken dinner, or a choice of old-world 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.

In addition, the restaurant is offering a complete carry-out turkey dinner, including a 14-16 lb. roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, 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 $175, including tax. Apple and pumpkin pies are also available at a special price of $12.

Make your reservation now for Thanksgiving Day, as available times are filling up. To book a table, and to order take-out dinners, call 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941. Take-out dinners must be pre-ordered by Sunday, Nov. 19, with pickup dates of Wednesday, Nov. 22, and Thursday, Nov. 23 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

At the Bavarian Inn Lodge, preparations are underway for its annual “Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet.” There, guests will enjoy live piano music and dozens of dishes, ranging from starters and salads, traditional brunch fare, Famous Frankenmuth® Chicken, carved turkey and roast beef, side dishes, and a large selection of desserts. Seating times are available from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Price is $24.99 for adults, $12.99 for children 8-12, and $10.99 for children 5-7. Kids four and under dine free. Sales tax and 15 percent gratuity will be added to all checks. Limited time slots are still available, so act now to make your reservations by calling (989) 652-7200.   

Friday, Nov. 24 is another ideal day to stay in Frankenmuth for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That day marks the festive Frankenmuth Holiday Celebration, which starts with hot chocolate and cookies served at 6 p.m. at Frankenmuth River Place Shops. Then the Candlewalk begins at 6:30 p.m. and continues to the Chamber Platz for the lighting of the Tannenbaum. Finally, Santa will be in Chamber Pavilion from 7-9 p.m.

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 160 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.

Frankenmuth River Place Shops host ‘Scarecrow Fest 2017’

  • Two-weekend event on Oct. 14-15 and Oct. 21-22 features themed scarecrows, entertainment, contests
  • Fun with pumpkins: catapult, bowling

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Sept. 22, 2017 – Harvest and Halloween converge for one big seasonal celebration as the Frankenmuth River Place Shops present “Scarecrow Fest 2017,” a two-weekend event for grown-ups, kids, and pets taking place Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 14-15 and Oct. 21-22 at the shops, 925 S. Main St., Frankenmuth.

Scarecrows are the stars of the show as River Place merchants and businesses across Frankenmuth go all out to create specially-themed scarecrows. Visitors are encouraged to stop by each of the shops to view the scarecrows and cast a “straw vote” for their favorite.

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 (splat!) hitting the target. In addition, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting, and arts and crafts are also part of the fun.

Both weekends will let guests enjoy Grandpa Tiny’s Farm Barrel Train. Children will also be able to “jump for joy” on fun inflatables.

Dogs rule again at Scarecrow Fest 2017 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. 14 and 15. On Sunday, Oct. 15, guests and their four-footed friends will enjoy doggie trick-or-treating as well as a pet costume contest.

There will be magic and comedy shows on both Oct. 21 and 22. Other activities during this weekend include cherry pie eating and cherry pit spit contests, as well as face painting. On Oct. 22, dress up the youngsters for trick-or-treating.

For a complete festival schedule, please visit www.frankenmuthriverplace.com .

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 unique shops and attractions at one location. Visitors enjoy architecture, floral gardens, streams, and waterfalls and, of course, great shopping opportunities.

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Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk remains a hit with Frankenmuth residents

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. August 25, 2017 – If the idea of walking across one of Michigan’s iconic bridges is on your bucket list, you needn’t go all the way to the Mackinac Bridge this coming Labor Day.

In fact, there’s another tradition that hundreds of Frankenmuth residents and guests have come to appreciate for 31 years: The Annual Bavarian Inn Wooden Covered Bridge (Holz Brücke) Labor Day Walk, which will take place at noon, Monday, September 4.

The Bridge, originally built in 1980 and restored just two years ago, was made with timbers from Oregon and locally sourced shingles for its roof and 16-foot planks that form the roadway.

This year’s event will once again begin on the east side of the 239-foot structure, which spans Cass River between the Bavarian Inn Lodge and the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Walkers will then gather at the Fischer Platz outdoor café.

The Bridge Walk tradition was birthed by Al and Louise Schneider, a Frankenmuth couple whose pride for their community led them to suggest the first event, which was attended by just over a dozen walkers.

Today, Bavarian Inn President Bill Zehnder still recalls the vision of the Schneiders, who had in their minds the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk tradition.

“One day they were talking at home and thought out loud about the idea of bringing that spirit right here at home in Frankenmuth,” said Zehnder. “We’re grateful for their vision and remain determined to make sure we continue that tradition.”

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

About 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®.

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Organizers of Frankenmuth Food Truck Festival ‘Amazed’ by Strong Turnout

Success in event featuring a variety of food vendors will be repeated in the future

FRANKENMUTH, Mich.—August 14, 2017—It’s quite apparent to the folks at Frankenmuth River Place Shops that getting people out to a Thursday evening event is just a matter of creating a fun and tasty environment.

And that’s exactly what happened last Thursday, August 10, when Frankenmuth River Place Shops put on its First Annual Food Truck Festival from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“For a first-time event, this exceeded all our expectations and it’s clear that guests enjoyed the variety of food offerings, beverages and activities,” said Amy Smock, General Manager. “We appreciate the comments and suggestions we received from attendees and will take everything into consideration when planning our next event!”

An estimated 5,000-plus Frankenmuth residents and visitors flocked from around the state to the east parking lot of the River Place Shops in what organizers are calling a “huge” success, thanks in large part to a great line up of food trucks:

The Cheese Trap (Gourmet grilled cheese)

Fortune Cooking (Asian-Fusion)

K & J Grill (Burgers and Sandwiches made with local ingredients)

Bad Wolf BBQ

Kona Ice (tropical shaved ice)

The Philzone (Chicago Italian beef sandwich, etc.)

T&T Authentic Mexican

Marconi’s Pizza (Detroit Pizza & Cheese bread)

From Scratch Comfort Cruizine (Mediterranean)

The availability of beer and wine rounded out the Food Truck Festival, say organizers.

WIOG 102.5 held a live remote from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., with other activities throughout including music, inflatables, face painting, yard games, children’s play zone, battle bubble balls and a children’s prize giveaway wheel.

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.

Who’s Michigan’s strongest man, woman? Bavarian Inn sponsors statewide competition August 5

Fifth year in Frankenmuth brings fantastic feats of fortitude

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – July 27, 2017 – Those who have watched “The World’s Strongest Man” series on ESPN have been treated to some bizarre tests of muscle power – men and women pulling semis, flipping enormous tires, and toting concrete-filled beer kegs, to name just a few.

And now, the quest is on to find the strongest man and woman in Michigan as the Bavarian Inn and the Covered Bridge & Leather Gift Shop sponsors its fifth “Michigan Strongest Man and Woman Competition” Saturday, August 5 on the gift shop grounds, 775 S. Main St., Frankenmuth. The action begins at 11 a.m.

Five events during the day will determine which two athletes from each of three divisions (novice division excluded) will receive a coveted invitation to compete in the 2017 North American Strongman National Championships Nov.10 and 11 in Las Vegas.

To learn more, please visit the event website at MIStrongMan.com. Once there, interested competitors can register to show off their strongman skills. Additional information is available on the Michigan Strongman Facebook page.

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/.

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History Comes to Life at Frankenmuth’s Cass River Colonial Encampment

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. June 20, 2017 — Visitors to Frankenmuth River Place Shops will have a chance to experience history like never before on July 15 and 16, during the annual Colonial Encampment.

This all-day event will feature tactical battle reenactments, a flag raising, musket firing, period concerts, games, a fashion show and many other events. Visitors will be able to tour military camps and shop at historical vendors.

With more than 250 actors, the annual event, which is free to attend, reenacts troops from the Revolutionary and French and Indian wars battling each other with everything from cannons to bare hands. Lighter moments are also featured, with historical actors playing voyageurs exploring the vast American wilderness from those times.

Frankenmuth’s Cass River property features a historic wooden bridge, which provides a perfect backdrop for this event.

“This event is a fun learning experience for the whole family,” said Michael Keller Zehnder, Cass River Encampment Event Coordinator and General Manager of the Bavarian Inn Lodge, who is thrilled to see history come to life.

If you are interested in participating in this family-fun event, reenactors can contact Brent Kemmer at kemmerc@hotmail.com Voyagers can contact Merlyn Hodge at lafalcon@tds.net.

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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Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with Two Free Events at Frankenmuth River Place Shops

Dog Bowl and Balloons Over Bavarian Inn Welcome Families, 4-footed Friends

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. May 15, 2017 — If you’re looking for a fun and stress-free way to spend your Memorial Day Weekend, Frankenmuth River Place Shops has you covered with two family-friendly events featuring free general admission.

Balloons Over Bavarian Inn is a Bavarian Inn tradition that many look forward to all year. Starting Friday, May 26, hot air balloonists from all over the Midwest will take to the skies over Frankenmuth. Spectators will be able to experience the launches and flyovers until Monday, May 29.

But spectators won’t just be watching these balloons from afar. At night, Frankenmuth transforms into the Village of Balloons, where guests can walk among 15+-plus inflated and tethered balloons, interacting with the pilots and crew.

Meanwhile, the 11th Annual Dog Bowl is gearing up to see 5,000 dogs running, jumping, and diving all over Frankenmuth. Happening on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28, this event is the perfect thing for any dog owner — or dog lover.

If you have a dog, they can compete in a number of events, including Dock Dogs Distance Diving Competitions, Barn Hunt, Disc Dog Competitions, Agility Course, Wiener Dog Races, Pet Retail Vendors, and more! Or you can just watch as these energetic pups compete for the prize. This family fun event is said to be the world’s largest Olympic-style event for dogs, with most events free of charge.

Both of these events are in their 11th year, and are well-loved in their respective circles. Balloons over Bavarian Inn provides a fun, competitive atmosphere for balloonists, many of whom have been flying every year since the event began. And there are many dog lovers who have had the Dog Bowl marked on their calendar for months.

Now, your family can also experience the joy of these long-running events. Both offer free general admission, making them a favorite among many families.

Information on Balloons Over Bavarian Inn can be found at www.frankenmuthriverplace.com/balloons/. Information on Dog Bowl 2017 can be found at www.dogbowlfun.com or call 1-800-600-0105.

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 unique shops and attractions at one location. Visitors enjoy architecture, floral gardens, streams and waterfalls and, of course, great shopping opportunities.

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SAY CHEESE! Frankenmuth Cheese Haus Brings Food Truck to Frankenmuth

The Cheese Trap Hits the Road this Summer with Gourmet Grilled Cheese,
Fried Cheese Curds, Specialty Sandwiches, and more.

Frankenmuth, Mich., May 10, 2017 – The team behind Frankenmuth Cheese Haus is delighted to announce its newest culinary project, The Cheese Trap food truck. The Cheese Trap is an extension of the popular gourmet outpost at 561 S. Main St. in Frankenmuth, which serves specialty cheeses, spreads, dips, candies, meats and gifts.

The Cheese Trap will “hit the road” starting in May and will make stops throughout Frankenmuth and the Midwest’s most popular summer festivals. Priding itself on serving Frankenmuth’s “Premier Gourmet Grilled Cheese,” the truck will feature items from the Frankenmuth Cheese Haus melted on top of fresh baked bread from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Highlights include Fried Cheese Curds, Potato Tots and Mac & Cheese Bites with Wasabe Sake Sauce or Legendary Bourbon Sauce. Fresh squeezed lemonade and fresh brewed iced tea with flavor shots will also be available.

The Cheese Trap will also be a major hit at parties and corporate events, serving up to 300 guests. For details and availability, call (989) 284-6294.

Menu items include:

The Quad – Ultimate grilled cheese with cheddar, mozzarella, Bleu and garlic cheese spread on multigrain bread.

Backyard Brisket – Big backyard BBQ topped with horseradish cheese spread and a secret bourbon sauce.

Bavarian Ham & Cheese – ham, Swiss, Franconian mustard on pretzel bread.

Cheese Haus Summer Dreamin’ – a Haus favorite with fried summer sausage, cheddar, mayo, and garlic cheese spread on sourdough.

To keep up with The Cheese Trap updates, follow their team on Facebook.

The Frankenmuth Cheese Haus specializes in imported and domestic cheese. Cheese Haus artisans make homemade cheese spreads including Garlic, Jalapeno, Horseradish, Bacon, Smokey Jalapeno, and a three-cheese spread, Father Bolgers.  In-store they create delicious, specialty flavored cheeses including: Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Strawberry, and Blueberry cheese.  Cheese selections are complemented by an abundant selection of crackers, meat, and mustards/sauces. Learn more at http://www.frankenmuthcheesehaus.com.

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This year’s Dog Bowl set for May 27-28 in Frankenmuth

  • Dog owners and lovers100,000 strongexpected to attend
  • Event is worlds largest Olympic-style event for canines
  • 5,000 dogs will ‘howl’ with delight

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. May 3, 2017 – Dog owners throughout Michigan and beyond have already marked and blocked off their calendars this Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 as Dog Bowl 2017 gets set to release its usual dose of canine energy and dog lovers’ enthusiasm.

Taking place in iconic Frankenmuth and now in its 11th year, this FREE family fun event is said to be the world’s largest Olympic-style event for dogs, with most events free of charge.

The high-energy weekend will showcase the usual (or unusual) dogs running, jumping, diving and retrieving, all around Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

With 25-plus great events such as Dock Dog Diving and Disc Dog Competitions, Wiener Dog Races, Best Costume Contest, Pet Retail Vendors, and Dog Bowl King and Queen, this Memorial Day Weekend in Frankenmuth is a real highlight for those with even a hint of enthusiasm for our canine friends—many of them just like family (or more so!).

Information on Dog Bowl 2017 is already on the www.dogfunfest.com website. For more information, call 1-800-600-0105. Remember, general admission to the event is free!

Make Mother’s Day ‘wunderbar’ at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Bavarian Inn Lodge

Restaurant offers signature entrees

Lodge’s Mom’s Day buffet: Something to please everyone

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – May 1, 2017  – Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14 promises to be a special time in Frankenmuth, with both the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the nearby Bavarian Inn Lodge offering moms and families a fun-filled day of dining, shopping, and spending time together.

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant, with founding matriarch and two-time cookbook author Dorothy Zehnder overseeing her 67th year in the kitchen, will be serving all its signature entrees on Mother’s Day from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Choices include the popular Frankenmuth® Chicken and Shrimp combo, and the Ultimate Five-Meat Family Style Bavarian Dinner. All moms dining in the restaurant that day will receive a free gift from the restaurant’s Castle Shops. Reservations are being taken at 800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941.

Over at the Bavarian Inn Lodge, a sumptuous spread awaits moms and families at its ever-popular Mother’s Day buffet, served from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in various banquet and dining rooms. The menu includes a wide variety of breakfast items, appetizers, main course selections, side dishes and desserts, with live entertainment rounding out the experience. The buffet is priced at $23.50 for adults, $10.50 for children 9-12, and $8.95 for children 5-8. Kids under 4 dine free. Six percent sales tax and 15 percent gratuity is added to the check. Reservations may be made by calling 1-888-775-6343.

Mother’s Day gifts available with dinner, buffet

In addition, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is offering special gift items with unique themes. The gift packages for Mother’s Day and on Saturday, May 13, will be delivered right to mom or other special lady at her reserved table. Orders for gift packages are required at least two days in advance and must be prepaid. Guests can use credit cards to preorder gifts at 1-800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941 and may choose from:

  • The “Chocolate Lover’s Gift Basket” includes ½ lb. homemade fudge, ½ lb. homemade truffles, ½ lb. chocolate clusters, and 2 chocolate covered pretzel rods.
  • The “Bread & Jam Gift Basket” includes stollen (fruit & nut bread), apple cinnamon raisin bread, two half-pints of jam, and homemade truffles.
  • The “Jam Trio” includes three jars of assorted homemade jam with a serving spoon.
  • Send a special message to mom by choosing either the Frankenmuth Torte or Black Forest Torte and having it personalized.

New this year, spoil your mom with a box of Moms’ Michigan-made cookies, filled with 10 assorted gourmet cookies made with Michigan ingredients. Families may also have a single rosebud or orchid corsage presented to mom at her table.

At the Bavarian Inn Lodge, guests can preorder with their reservation a special $25 Mother’s Day gift package which includes a floral ceramic mug, gourmet caramel popcorn, the Bavarian Inn’s own chocolate truffles, and Bavarian chocolate gourmet coffee.

In addition to delicious food and unequaled shopping, families are encouraged to celebrate Mother’s Day all weekend long at the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

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

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.

Press Room: http://logos-communications.com/bavarianinnlodge/

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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.