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frankenmuthFrankenmuth is known as Michigan’s Little Bavaria.  The German influence is apparent the moment you drive into this small town located in the lower thumb area of Michigan.  I have visited Frankenmuth several times during my lifetime.  Usually several family members get together and we caravan our way to Frankenmuth.

bronnersThe drawing factor for us the first time was Bronners – the year round Christmas store.  Bronners is the first store on the way into town.  It sits on several acres and has grown over the years we have been visiting.  The grounds are decorated for Christmas year round.  Inside you walk into a magical world of lights, tree ornaments, lawn decorations and greenery.  Any thing Christmas related can be found at this gigantic and awesome store.

zehndersAfter shopping for several hours at the Christmas wonderland of Bronners, we headed into town to see what else Frankenmuth had to offer.  Hopefully, something to eat because all that shopping had worked up an appetite.  He happened upon The Bavarian Inn that advertised a family style chicken dinner.  We had to check it out.  We waited in line.  Finally seated in the massive dining room, order our dinner and waited for the food to arrive.  We were brought dinner rolls, bread, butter, salad, and several dressings.  Soon the chicken was brought along with mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans, and homemade noodles.  Those noodles were the best and I almost could make my meal just those noodles.  Delicious!  There are shops to purchase the freshly baked breads and noodles from our dinner to enjoy at home.

Heading further into town, the German style shops offer almost any thing hand crafted including hand-tooled leather items to intricate music boxes.  One of my favorite places in town is the School Haus Mall.  An abandoned school is transformed into a collection of specialized shops.  My favorite little store was the ‘mercantile’ offering old fashioned hard candy, treats, kitchen gadgets, and many household items.  There are flag stores, quilt stores, book stores, and so much more.  It was a fabulous find on our adventure.

Frankenmuth offers much more to its visitors beyond the shopping and eating.  Enjoy the indoor water park, space museum, brewery tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, or narrated river boat cruises.  More than one day is needed to discover and enjoy all Frankenmuth has to offer.  Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, and RV Parks are available for an overnight stay each greeting their guests with a warm “Wilkommen.”  Check out this quaint little town.  You will not be sorry.

Have you visited Frankenmuth?  What was your favorite thing in Frankenmuth?