Whenever summer comes along I always try and find time to get away with my family. Sometimes my trips are lengthy and drawn out, but sometimes we can find gems in our own backyard. This is the case in visiting Frankenmuth, Michigan.
My family has visited Frankenmuth, Michigan in the past but we had never explored the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge. Both the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge are staples in Frankenmuth and as you enter Main street, the iconic look of the Bavarian Inn restaurant let you get a true feel for what the town is all about.
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. My Readers Receive HALF OFF Bavarian Inn Restaurant with this exclusive coupon .
About the Bavarian Inn Lodge: 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, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants -- all under one roof. The Lodge's 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 29 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.
We fully explored the village on the first day of our visit and of course my kids wanted to try out all of the free samples that they could for cheese, fudge and more. There was live music outside the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and hearing the clock bells chiming is truly a site you have to experience.
After a number of hours of exploring shops and the history of Frankenmuth we returned to the Bavarian Inn Lodge to allow the kids to have some fun at the waterpark and in the family fun center. The Bavarian Inn Lodge has four pools with two water slides. They even offer one pool that is for adults only if parents want a time out without kids.
The pools were very warm and they stated that they keep the temperature at a constant 84 degrees but to be honest it felt even warmer than that. The two water slides are quite different, with one that offers the ability to ride as a single or a double and even shoots you into a funnel before bringing you out at the end. The second is an individual ridge without tube and you are in the dark for some of the ride too. Both water slides were a ton of fun and my kids (and I) climbed the stairs over and over again to take advantage of the speed and the fun. When we were done with the slides we checked out the waterfall pool, and this pool seemed to have less kids swimming in it when we were there, but the kids enjoyed having the ability to stand under the waterfall and the room to swim underwater too.
We also took advantage of the 18 hold miniature golf course and while some of the holes were harder than others, each hole was unique and a ton of fun.
The arcade has over 150 games and you can get 40 credits by reloading a $1 card which will last kids some time. Most games were 2 credits a piece with some that were less and some that were more (4 credits seemed to be the largest number that I found).
The family fun center has late hours and the time flies by with the fun that you are having. You may find that you need to sleep in the morning after like we did!
On day two we explored more of Frankenmuth but also had dinner at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. The restaurant has many dining rooms and the first thing that you notice is the fact that all staff are dressed in traditional German garb. The food is a mix of Frankenmuth Chicken and German Dishes. Many of the dishes are offered family style so you can share items with the family and friends that you have with you.
We tried some of the German dishes and Frankenmuth Chicken and could not have been happier with the choice of food. We had a server by the name of Carlie and she was amazing. She told us that she had worked there for four years and you could tell that she loved what she did. The service was top notch and the food was just as good. We had a ton of food that was left over and we decided to pack it up to bring it home and thus we could enjoy the food for a second day too.
In visiting the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Bavarian Inn Restaurant get ready to get taken back in time for an experience that you will not forget!
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