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Frankenmuth, Michigan
August 2012
At the suggestion of our cousin Theresa, we stopped for a few days in Frankenmuth. We stayed at the massive Bavarian Inn. Like a lot of other things in the German themed town, it's owned by the Zehnder family. We enjoyed a few delicious German meals at their Bavarian Inn Restaurant and a "famous" chicken dinner at their original establishment, Zehnder's of Frankenmuth. We also spent one entire day at Bronner's Christmas Village. After six hours in the store, including a stop for lunch, we probably only saw 10% of the ornaments they have for sale. I can't count how many times we walked back and forth across the covered bridge that leads to the hotel!

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2-001 Bavarian Inn 2-002 Bavarian Inn 2-004 Bavarian Inn
The Bavarian Inn is huge
We stayed at the Bavarian Inn
Looking off our balcony at the Bavarian Inn
2-009 Koch Family Photos 2-010 Koch Family Story 2-011 Zehnder's Covered Bridge
We were in the Koch room so we had their family photos on our walls
We were in the Koch room so we had their family history on our wall
We walked across Zehnder's Covered Bridge more times than I could count
2-013 Cass River 2-017 Zehnder's Sign 2-019 Bavarian Inn Restaurant
The Cass River seen from Zehnder's Covered Bridge
Zehnder's is famous for their chicken dinners
Bavarian Inn Restaurant is home to some fantastic German food
2-020 Bavarian Inn Restuarant 2-021 Visitor Center 2-024 Frankenmuth Taffy Kitchen
Bavarian Inn Restaurant is home to some fantastic German food
Frankenmuth Visitor Center
After a week on Mackiniac Island, we couldn't eat any more fudge or candy
2-025 Shaped Cheeses 2-026 Cheese Haus Sign 2-028 Frankenmuth Brewery
Unique cheese at the Cheese Haus
Cheese Haus
We had a delicious lunch and a short tour at Frankenmuth Brewery
2-030 Zehnder's Covered Bridge 2-031 River Place, Waterfall & Bridge 2-034 Waterfall
We walked across Zehnder's Covered Bridge more times than I could count
River Place contains a lot of interesting shops
Waterfall at River Place
2-035 Bavarian Inn Restaurant 2-037 Bavarian Inn Glockenspiel 2-038 Bavarian Inn Glockenspiel
Bavarian Inn Restaurant is home to some fantastic German food
Bavarian Inn's Glockenspiel performs the Pied Peper several times a day
Bavarian Inn's Glockenspiel performs the Pied Peper several times a day
2-039 Bavarian Inn Glockenspiel 2-040 Zehnder's 2-041 Zehnder's Covered Bridge
Bavarian Inn's Glockenspiel performs the Pied Peper several times a day
Zehnder's is famous for their chicken dinners
Zehnder's Covered Bridge as seen from our balcony
2-042 View from Room 2-045 Zehnder's Covered Bridge 2-046 Willkommen 2012 Sign
Our view of the Cass River from our balcony
Zehnder's Covered Bridge
Willkommen 2012
2-047 Mom in Chef Cutout 2-048 River Place Shops 2-050 River Place Shops
My mother can't resist a wooden cutout
River Place Shops
River Place Shops
2-052 Frankenmuth Clock Shop 2-054 River Place Shops 2-055 Miniature Covered Bridge
Frankenmuth Clock Shop
River Place Shops
This miniature version of Zehnder's Covered Bridge was a gift for Tiny Zehnder's 82nd birthday.
2-057 Bavarian Belle Life Ring 2-058 Bavarian Inn 2-061 Cass River
We took a ride on the Bavarian Belle
Looking up at the Bavarian Inn from the Bavarian Belle on the Cass River
Cruising the Cass River
2-062 Frankenmuth Brewery 2-065 Mom in Lavender 2-066 Kern's Sausage
We had a delicious lunch and a short tour at Frankenmuth Brewery
My mother among the lavendar
I wish we could have brought some German sausage home with us
2-068 Frankenmuth Clock Shop 2-070 Visitor Center Entrance 2-072 Frankenmuth Banner
Frankenmuth Clock Shop
Frankenmuth Visitor Center
Michigan's Little Bavaria
2-073 Rummel Platz 2-074 Zehnder Covered Bridge & Cass River 2-077 Frankenmuth Brewery
Rummel Platz
The view from our table at Frankenmuth Brewery
Touring Frankenmuth Brewery
2-078 Star of the West Milling Company Truck 2-079 Zehnder's 2-080 Zehnder's Sign
Star of the West Milling is in Frankenmuth
Zehnder's is famous for their chicken dinners
Zehnder's is famous for their chicken dinners
2-081 Google Streetview Car 2-082 Bavarian Inn Glockenspiel 2-085 Bavarian Inn Glockenspiel
We spotted a Google Streetview car in Frankenmuth
Bavarian Inn's Glockenspiel performs the Pied Peper several times a day
Bavarian Inn's Glockenspiel performs the Pied Peper several times a day
2-086 Lager Mill 2-087 Bavarian Belle 2-088 Gunzenhausen Sign
The Lager Mill is a museum that traces Frankenmuth's beer brewing history. Oh, and they sell beer too.
The Bavarian Belle passes by our balcony
Gunzenhausen, Germany is Frankenmuth's sister city
2-090 Cass River & Bavarian Inn 2-092 Zehnder's Chicken Dinner 2-093 Zehnder's Sign
Looking across the Cass River to Bavarian Inn
The much advertised famous Zehnder's chicken dinner
Zehnder's is famous for their chicken dinners
2-095 Zehnder family Stained Glass Window 2-098 Bronner's Christmas Wonderland 2-099 Carolers
Stained glass windows pay homage to the Zehnder family
We spent almost a whole day at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Carolers outside Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
2-102 Bronner's Christmas Wonderland Olympics 2-103 Wally Bronner Ball 2-105 Donut Ornments
Gingerbread and London 2012 Summer Olympic soccer, a perfect match.
Wally Bronner's giant Christmas ball greets customers
In case you need to decorate Homer Simpson's Christmas tree, doughnut ornaments
2-106 Bronner's Christmas Wonderland 2-107 Vegetable Ornaments 2-108 Mom with Snowmen
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland selection of ornmants goes on forever
To balance the doughnut ornaments, they have veggie ornaments. I bought the garlic one for my tree.
My mother found her long lost snowman family
2-109 Blue Ornaments 2-110 Bronner's Christmas Wonderland 2-112 Bronner's Silent Night Memorial Chapel
Ornaments are arranged by color
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland selection of ornmants goes on forever
Bronner's Silent Night Memorial Chapel
2-113 Bronner's Silent Night Memorial Chapel 2-116 Bronner's Christmas Float 2-118 Frankenmuth Sign
Bronner's Silent Night Memorial Chapel
Christmas parade float outside Bronner's
Frankenmuth's official shield
2-119 Stollen & White Bread 2-120 Roulade & Potato Bites 2-121 Kasseler Rippchen, Schnitzel, Sauerbraten & Sauerkraut
The stollen & fresh white bread at Bavarian Inn
Roulade & potato bites at Bavarian Inn
Kasseler rippchen, schnitzel, sauerbraten & sauerkraut at Bavarian Inn
2-122 Koch Door Sign
We stayed in the Koch Room at Bavarian Inn

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