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Bavarian Inn Restaurant hosts a night of bourbon, cigars and exquisite cuisine

Maker’s Mark Bourbon, cigars highlight summer evening set for June

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – May 28, 2024 – Bourbon, fine dining and superb cigars come together in June for a wonderful evening during the “On the Rocks and Rolled: A Bourbon & Cigar Experience” at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

Planned for Friday, June 14 beginning at 6 p.m., the evening features a four-course meal accompanied by a variety of Maker’s Mark bourbons and a Maker’s Mark cigar from Ashes & Ales that could make a wonderful Father’s Day (June 16) gift.

The first course of the Restaurant’s dinner will be a Cajun chicken étouffée cheesecake complemented with corn relish and picked okra. This will be paired with a one ounce pour of Maker’s Mark Bavarian Inn Private Select Triple B. That will be followed by duck confit cakes with a blackberry bourbon glaze and arugula, along with a one ounce pour of Maker’s Mark Bavarian Inn Private Select Matriarch 100.

For the main course guests will enjoy a grilled ribeye steak with roasted red pepper coulis, garlic herb and cracked black pepper compound butter, bourbon barley risotto and grilled asparagus. This will be served with an Old Fashioned cocktail featuring Maker’s Mark 46.

For the finale, guests will get to enjoy a “Bananas for Bourbon Street” dessert paired with a one ounce pour of Maker’s Mark Cask Strength.

After the meal guests will finish the evening in the Fischer Platz outside of the restaurant for some summer entertainment and a Maker’s Mark cigar provided by Ashes & Ales, along with a Maker’s Mark mint julep.

The cost is $125 per person and includes the meal, listed bourbons, cigar and tax and gratuity. Reservations and pre-payment are required. To reserve go to Eventbrite.com.

Four years ago, the Bavarian Inn created a Private Select Bourbon with Maker’s Mark and more recently added the “Legacy 100” bourbon honoring the Zehnder family’s long-time matriarch, Dorothy Zehnder.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 136 years of service, 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 the late William “Tiny” Zehnder and his late wife Dorothy. 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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.

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About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 38 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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 foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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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Summer party planning now made even easier by Bavarian Inn Restaurant catering team

Catering services offer wide array of meal and price options during graduation season

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – May 21, 2024 – With the summer party season on hand, it’s the perfect time to consider the Bavarian Inn Restaurant for family catering needs, whether it be for a graduation celebration, a milestone birthday or a family reunion.

With over 100 years of experience planning various types of menus, preparing world famous meals, providing excellent service and hosting beautiful events, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is perfectly geared up to offer affordable luxury, flexible dining choices and an array of options to meet any theme or budget need.

Three levels of service are currently available: Frankenmuth Select, Heidelberg Superior and Munich Elite.  Each is designed to fit a wide variety of serving styles, and can be tailored even further to meet any unique preferences.  From a backyard BBQ with disposable service, to an exquisite china & champagne wedding reception, Bavarian Inn can transform any venue!

Famous for Frankenmuth Chicken dinners and German specialties, the Restaurant has been voted best area caterer by Great Lakes Bay Magazine for offering numerous party options with a wide selection of appetizers, salads, entrees and accompaniments, and house made desserts. Whether you desire a lavish multi-course feast or a themed culinary adventure, Bavarian Inn’s team will collaborate with you to create a menu that delights the senses.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy your event as our experienced team manages every aspect of the catering process with seamless efficiency. From setup to teardown, we handle all logistics, (including the dishes!) allowing you to focus on creating unforgettable memories with your guests.

To find out more about current Bavarian Inn Restaurant party planning options and prices call (989) 652-9941 or email to diningsales@bavarianinn.com.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 136 years of service, 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 the late William “Tiny” Zehnder and his late wife Dorothy. 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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.

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Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn celebrates Mother’s Day   with traditional family options at both Restaurant & Lodge 

Takeout dinners available along with Lodge buffet, Restaurant seatings

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – APRIL 26, 2024 – When it comes to celebrating moms on Mother’s Day and honoring the women in our lives, the hard working teams from Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn offer plenty of great choices.

Guests visiting Michigan’s “Little Bavaria” can experience wonderful dine-in, takeout and buffet options throughout Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12) at both the Bavarian Inn Restaurant or Bavarian Inn Lodge.

For guests looking to enjoy a dine-in experience at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, reservations for limited seating are now being taken. The menu features signature entrees for that day, including the “Ultimate Family Style Bavarian Dinner”  as well as a “Frankenmuth Style Chicken and Baked Ham Dinner” and of course the classic “Frankenmuth Chicken © Dinner.”

To make reservations, call the Restaurant at (989) 652-9941.

For those interested in a Mother’s Day Takeout Dinner from the Restaurant, the family meal option serves approximately four people (it can be doubled to serve eight for an extra $100). The four-person meal is $169 (includes taxes) and orders must be received by Thursday, May 9. They can be picked up at designated pick-up times on May 12 at the Castle Shops entrance or designated parking spots for curbside, located on the north side of the restaurant.

The Mother’s Day meal includes a 9-10 pound hickory smoked boneless ham, one quart each of mashed potatoes (with a pint of gravy), baked dressing, buttered noodles, and vegetables. In addition, included are quarts of cole slaw, cranberry relish, a loaf of homemade bread and chicken seasoning. A large apple or lemon meringue pie can be added for $15. Substitutions are not available for the takeout dinner.

To place a dinner order call the Restaurant at (989) 652-9941 or 1-800-BAVARIA.

The Bavarian Inn Lodge is hosting its annual Mother’s Day Buffet on Sunday, May 12 as well, with seating times starting at 11 a.m. in various dining rooms. The cost is $41.95 for adults, $20.95 for 8-12 year olds, $13.95 for 3-7 year olds and free to those two and younger (not including tax and gratuity).

The Mother’s Day Buffet includes a large salad table with strawberry spinach, Caesar, chicken pasta, apple sauce, cole slaw and cranberry relish; rolls and Frankenmuth Cheese Haus garlic cheese spread. Hot items include waffles, scrambled eggs, Frankenmuth Chicken ©, oven roasted prime rib, herb roasted pork loin, grilled chicken, and many sides as well, including potatoes and gravy, a roasted potato/vegetable medley, buttered noodles, baked dressing and an array of vegetables.

For dessert guests can enjoy Bavarian Inn blueberry strudel, rum torte, chocolate mousse, fresh fruit options, lemon squares and pies, assorted cheesecake bites, whipped cream and assorted cheeses.

Call (888) 775-6343 to book reservations for the Lodge Easter Buffet.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 136 years of service, 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 the late William “Tiny” Zehnder and his late wife Dorothy. 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 38 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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 foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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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Unique Bavarian Inn Restaurant dinner to offer Spanish fusion of tapas and tequilas

Four-course feast features unique Tequila pairings

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. April 16, 2024 – Explore bold Spanish tapas and delightful tequila flavors this May when the Bavarian Inn Restaurant hosts a “Tapas and Tequila” evening on Friday, May 3 beginning at 6 p.m.

Featuring an original menu designed and prepared by the Bavarian Inn Restaurant culinary team, the evening includes a four-course dinner along with special tequila pairings.

The evening menu begins a shrimp cocktail étouffée, lamb sliders with tzatziki, pickled fennel, red onions and feta cheese served with Padrecito Premium Organic Tequila Blanco. For the second course, sample cured scallops with tomatillo salsa verde and steak tartare with smoked quail egg yolk, all accompanied with a .5 ounce taste of Cava de Oro Añejo and a tequila Old Fashioned featured Cava de Oro Añejo.

The third course is southwest pork belly porchetta with garlic herb polenta and crispy prosciutto with a .5 ounce pour of Padre Azul Super Premium Tequila Reposado and a traditional margarita featuring Padres Azul Reposado.

For a sweet finish, guests will enjoy margarita bars with candied lime and flake salt.

The event is $75 per person, which includes the meal and listed tequilas, tax, and gratuity. Reservations and prepayment are required at Eventbrite.com.

For information call 989-652-9941 or go to www.bavarianinn.com  and view the calendar of events.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 136 years of service, 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 the late William “Tiny” Zehnder and his late wife Dorothy. 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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.

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Favorite ‘Superheroes’ will bring derring-do to special Bavarian Inn Restaurant luncheon

Activities include lunch, photos, “Superhero Training,” Dance Party and more

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – March 26, 2024 – A marvelous day of fun awaits at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant in April as some of our favorite superheroes join families for a unique “Superheroes Luncheon.”

This fun-filled day is planned for Sunday, April 7 and includes activities galore as well as a special luncheon featuring Frankenmuth® Chicken. The party begins at 11 a.m. in the Restaurant and includes a Superhero Dance Party, Superhero Training and Oath, photo and autograph opportunities (with an autograph book), coloring page, and a special gift for those who attend.

Lunch itself includes homemade bread and butter, a Frankenmuth® Chicken plate, mashed potatoes with gravy, buttered corn, a “Superhero cupcake” and refreshments, including milk, tea, coffee and soft drinks.

The cost is $50 per person and includes lunch, activities, a gift, tax and gratuity. Reservations and prepayment are required and can be made at bavarianinn.com or call (989) 652-9941 or online at bavarianinn.com

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 136 years of service, 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 the late William “Tiny” Zehnder and his late wife Dorothy. 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Bavarian Inn Lodge host Easter dining experiences  

Egg hunt, brunch with Easter Bunny, annual buffet and takeout options and more 

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Feb. 29, 2024 – Families looking to enjoy Easter on Sunday, March 31 have a several dining options thanks to the culinary teams at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

Dining is available on Easter in the Restaurant and during the Lodge’s annual “Bountiful Easter Buffet.” Families can also enjoy brunch with the Easter Bunny at the Lodge and experience a fun Easter egg hunt. Also, for those looking to celebrate at home, the Restaurant is offering a great takeout dinner menu.

Families can hop on over to the Bavarian Inn Lodge for a delicious brunch and egg hunt. Tickets includes brunch buffet, Easter egg hunt, seasonal craft, a visit with the Easter Bunny, and an appearance from Willy and Greta the Dragons.

The Easter Day brunch buffet menu includes Frankenmuth® Chicken, carved ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean Amandine, herb roasted potatoes, buttered corn, cheesy bacon hash bake, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, pecan French toast, bread pudding and assorted Danish, and fruit, along with coffee, tea, milk and juice.

Due to limited seating, reservations and deposit are required no later than Friday, March 22. The cost is $37.95 for adults, $30.95 for children ages 3-12 and free for two and under. Tax and gratuity will be added to all checks. Call (855) 652-7200 to make a reservation.

The Lodge’s Easter buffet menu will include carved ham, roasted strip loin, baked cod, Frankenmuth® Chicken, noodles, scrambled eggs, potatoes, pancakes, strudel, assorted pies, cheeses, salads, fresh fruit, coffee, milk, tea and juice. Seatings are available between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Due to limited seating, reservations are required by March 24.

The buffet is $41.50 for adults, $20.95 for children ages 8-12, $13.50 for children ages 3-7 and free for children under two. Tax and gratuity will be added to all checks.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (888) 775-6343.

For those interested in the Restaurant’s Easter Takeout Dinner, the family meal serves four people and is $169 (includes taxes). A meal for eight, including double portions of the menu items, is also available for an additional $100.

Easter takeout dinner orders must be received by Thursday, March 28 and picked up at designated pick-up times on Sunday, March 21, either at the Castle Shops north entrance or at designated spots for curbside pickup.

The meal includes a 9-10-pound hickory smoked boneless ham, one quart each of mashed potatoes, buttered noodles, baked dressing, and vegetables, with one-pint of gravy, and one-quart of coleslaw and cranberry relish. There is also Bavarian Chicken Seasoning and a loaf of homemade bread. A large apple or lemon meringue pie can be added for an additional $15. Substitutions are not available for the takeout dinner but diners can also ask about adding a custom Easter Basket.

To place a takeout dinner order, call the Restaurant at (989) 652-9941.

For guests wishing to dine at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, an array of its signature dishes will be offered, including family style chicken and more. Reservations are being taken at (989) 652-9941.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

 

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Ring in New Year’s at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant & Lodge

  • Dueling Pianos show includes food, champagne and party favors
  • Family and adult buffets and gala feature food, fun and entertainment

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Dec. 19, 2023 – Ring in the New Year in Frankenmuth this year at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge, which are offering a wide variety of fun options for both adults and families.

Besides a special Dueling Pianos Dinner Show at the Restaurant on Sunday, Dec. 31, there will be New Year’s Eve galas for adults at the Lodge and a family fun party also at the Lodge. Guest rooms at the Lodge for those celebrations are available again this year.

The Dueling Pianos Dinner Show begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes a wonderful meal with dessert, a champagne toast, party favors and the piano sounds of Dueling Pianos, a Midwest-based interactive musical experience that engages the audience and makes guests the stars of the show.

The cost is $100 per person and reservations and prepayment are required. Call (989) 652-9941 to reserve.

At the Lodge, plans are underway for the annual New Year’s Eve Gala where adults can enjoy the Lodge’s signature all-star gourmet buffet, which includes passed hors d’oeuvres, stations for soup and salad, appetizers, seafood, “chef created” items, a hot buffet and desserts. There will be a cherries jubilee station as well as a midnight celebration buffet with lobster bisque, chili, and more.

The evening includes a cash bar from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. with the gourmet dinner from 6:45-8:30 p.m. and entertainment from “Ceyx,” performing everyone’s favorite dance tunes from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Reservations are required and the cost is $130 per person, which includes dinner with wine service, champagne toast at midnight, plus a New Year’s Day breakfast buffet beginning at 9:30 a.m. and all taxes and gratuities. Other activities will be in the Lodge courtyard and the Ratskeller between 8:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. To reserve call (855) 652-7200; make a night of it with one of the Lodge’s 360 guest rooms.

The NYE Family Celebration at the Lodge offers kids and grown-ups music, party favors and a special necklace, a global countdown, an expansive dinner buffet with a cash bar and breakfast buffet the next morning. The buffet includes soup and salad stations and features carved prime rib, Frankenmuth chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, buttered corn and Blue Hubbard squash. The dessert buffet includes a build-your-own-sundae station, Rice Krispie squares and chocolate mousse and includes coffee, tea, milk and sodas.

The family dinner runs from 5-8 p.m. with the breakfast buffet seating between 9:30-11 a.m. Guests can also enjoy after-dinner entertainment in the Ratskeller between 4:30 p.m. (karaoke and music) and 12:30 a.m. as well as DJ Jengel in the courtyard after 8:30 p.m.

The family package, which includes all taxes and gratuities, is priced at $92 for adults, $49 for children ages 2-12, and free for children under age 2.

And, to make the experience even better for late-night revelers, hotel guests are just steps away from their Bavarian-themed guest room, ready to wake up and greet 2024. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (855) 652-7200. Add either of these fun-filled party options to your guest room reservation by calling or visiting www.bavarianinn.com  for more information and to book reservations.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 135 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 37 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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 foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

Delicious family dining options offered by Bavarian Inn for Thanksgiving Day this year 

Enjoy Restaurant dining, take home dinner or take in the Lodge’s annual Harvest Buffet

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Nov. 13, 2023 – Once again the culinary team at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn has created an array of delicious choices for families who want to celebrate Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 23) at home or in Michigan’s “Little Bavaria.”

This year the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is offering a special dining room menu as well as a take-home dinner option, while the Bavarian Inn Lodge’s sumptuous annual Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet takes place beginning with 11 a.m. seatings on Thanksgiving Day.

For those who wish to dine at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, a group of signature entrees is being offered, including the Ultimate Family Style Dinner and all-you-can Frankenmuth Chicken and roast turkey dinners. Other dining room entrees for Thanksgiving Day include Hunter’s Schnitzel, Wiener Schnitzel, broiled whitefish, New York strip steak and a Frankenmuth Chicken plate. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (989) 652-9941.

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant is also offering a complete take home roasted turkey dinner that serves four people. The menu includes a whole roasted (10-14 lb.) turkey and quarts of mashed potatoes (with a pint of gravy), baked dressing, buttered noodles, Blue Hubbard squash, coleslaw and cranberry relish. It also includes Bavarian Inn seasoning and one loaf of Bavarian Inn house made bread. Guests can also add a large apple or pumpkin pie for $15. There are options for adding Frankenmuth chicken as well, but no substitutions are available for the meal package.

The cost of the take home dinner is $159 (plus taxes) and needs to be pre-ordered by 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19. Pickup dates will be Wednesday, Nov. 22 and Thursday, Nov. 23 at designated times in the Castle Shop Bakery’s north entrance. For those who have more mouths to feed, orders can be doubled for an additional $100. To order the dinner call (989) 652-9941.

Preparations are underway for the annual Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet at the Bavarian Inn Lodge. During the buffet, guests will enjoy live piano music and dozens of savory dishes, ranging from starters and salads, traditional holiday fare like Frankenmuth dressing, buttered noodles, whipped potatoes, dressing, mac and cheese, squash, pancakes and eggs, and more, along with famous Frankenmuth Chicken, carved turkey, prime rib, side dishes, rolls and a large selection of traditional desserts like apfel strudel, pumpkin pie, bread pudding and chocolate mousse. A salad bar will offer a wide array of items including tossed salad, cherry pecan salad, cole slaw, German mustard potato salad, marinated mushrooms ala Lodge, navy bean salad and many other accompaniments.

Seating times begin at 11 a.m. in various banquet and dining rooms at the Lodge. The cost is $41.95 for adults, $19.99 for children 8-12, $14.99 for children 3-7, and free for children two and under. Prices include sales tax and 16% gratuity. Reservations are required by calling (855) 652-7200.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating over 135 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 37 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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 foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

Holiday Open House returns to Bavarian Inn Castle Shops, River Place Shops, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus and more

Donations to benefit the Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan; shoppers can earn 20 percent discount

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Oct. 27, 2023 – Assisting the Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan is the focus this year as the annual Bavarian Inn Holiday Open House returns all day long on Friday, Nov. 3 in Frankenmuth.

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Castle Shops, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, Covered Bridge Shop, Frank’s Muth and select stores at Frankenmuth River Place Shops will all be participating.

Shoppers can help by giving a cash donation to the Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan and in return will receive a 20 percent discount card to be used at participating locations. Also, shoppers can earn the discount card by bringing canned and non-perishable food items, which will be donated to a local food pantry.

“The Frankenmuth community and our family business are always honored to support worthy organizations that are trying to help people in need,” said Amy Zehnder Grossi, president of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

Shoppers should arrive early on Nov. 3 and begin their day by making the cash or non-perishable food donation at any of the locations listed below. Shoppers can then use their 20 percent discount card while shopping at the following locations during store hours that day:

  • Bavarian Inn Restaurant Castle Shops: Royal Gift Shop, Souvenirs & Cheers, Chocolate Shop, Candy Corner, Castle Shop Bakery, Doll & Toy Shop, Wine & Beer Shop
  • Covered Bridge Shop
  • Frankenmuth Cheese Haus
  • Frank’s Muth
  • Frankenmuth River Place Shops: Calla Emilie B’s, Hello Cats and Dogs, Funky Skunk, Jerky Joint, Enchanted Forest and Woody’s

Discounts are only valid the day of the Open House. Shoppers will receive a gift after accumulating $25 in purchases at participating locations.

Many other activities, including holiday music, unique gifts and food samples, will help get visitors in the Christmas spirit during the Open House. There will also be hourly prize drawings at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant Castle Shops.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, and Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 135 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

Halloween season kicks off in Frankenmuth with Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s fun ‘Hocus Pocus’ luncheon

Restaurant event features luncheon, the Sanderson Sisters and more

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. Sept. 12, 2023 – A spooky kickoff to Frankenmuth’s Halloween season is taking place on Sunday, Oct. 1 when the Bavarian Inn Restaurant hosts “Hocus Pocus: A Sanderson Sisters Luncheon.”

The luncheon is for all ages and features the magic of Salem’s notorious Sanderson sister sorceresses, a fun musical performance, interactive games, autographs, coloring book activities and more. There will also be a special gift from the sisters themselves.

The event begins at 11 a.m. and includes a Frankenmuth Chicken plate, homemade bread and butter, mashed potatoes and gravy, buttered corn and a spooky cupcake. Milk, tea, coffee and fountain drinks included as well.

The event is $50 per person, which includes the meal and drinks, coloring page and crayons, gift, tax and gratuity. Reservations and prepayment are required. To reserve or for information call 989-652-9941 or go to www.bavarianinn.com  and view the calendar of events. Tickets are required for all children age 2 and up.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, and Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 135 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

Labor Day Bridge Walk tradition continues in Frankenmuth

Media invited to attend this event for photo and video opportunities.

Date:  Monday, Sept. 4, 2023

Time: Noon

Place:  Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant – East end of the Covered Bridge

A 37-year-old community tradition in Frankenmuth continues with the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk hosted by the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Since 1986, hundreds of Frankenmuth residents and guests have come together for the annual Bavarian Inn Wooden Covered Bridge Labor Day Walk.

The walk will take place at noon on Monday, Sept. 4, 2023. The event begins at the east side of the 239-foot structure, which spans the Cass River between the Bavarian Inn Lodge and the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. After the crossing the bridge, Frankenmuth residents and visitors are invited to gather at the Fischer Platz, the restaurant’s outdoor café located along Main Street, to enjoy free musical entertainment along with their favorite food and beverages that will be available for purchase.

The covered bridge (Holz Brücke), originally built in 1980 and restored eight years ago, was made with timbers from Oregon, locally sourced shingles for its roof and 16-foot planks that form the roadway.

Amy Zehnder Grossi, President at Bavarian Inn Restaurant, remembers when Frankenmuth couple Al and Louise Schneider helped start the Labor Day Bridge Walk tradition in their hometown, taking a cue from the Mackinac Bridge Walk.

“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 Grossi. “It’s become a great tradition in our community, and we are excited to host this wonderful time with our friends, neighbors and guests.”

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 135 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

 

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 37 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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 foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

Chicago tribute band revs up September music scene at Bavarian Inn Restaurant

2 fun shows full of music, food and a tribute show by “Old Days Chicago”

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Aug 15, 2023 – Music of the legendary summer band Chicago will rev up Frankenmuth this fall as the Bavarian Inn Restaurant hosts two jazzy rock tribute shows on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

The two shows are planned for 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and will feature the music of Old Days Chicago, a tribute band based in Flint that includes a three-piece brass section. Both shows include a full Frankenmuth chicken dinner and plenty of good dancing music for young and old alike.

Among the hits, Old Days will offer up such classic Chicago songs as “Make Me Smile,” “25 or 6 to 4,” and “You’re the Inspiration.”

Tickets are $60 per person and include a plated chicken dinner (3 pieces) with mashed potatoes and dressing, family-style vegetables, noodle soup, coleslaw and cranberry relish, stollen (and white) bread along with a special “chef’s choice” dessert, coffee, tea, milk or a soft drink.

Reservations and pre-payment are required. Tickets are available via Eventbrite with links at https://www.bavarianinn.com/events/old-days-chicago-a-chicago-tribute-show/. For information call (989) 652-9941.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, and Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 135 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

Beloved Bavarian Inn matriarch Dorothy Zehnder has died at age 101

Leaves a long legacy of service to the Frankenmuth community and Michigan hospitality industry

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – July 10, 2023 – Dorothy Zehnder, beloved matriarch of the Bavarian Inn Zehnder family, died at her home in Frankenmuth on Sunday, July 9, with members of her family by her side.  She was a lifelong member of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.

Zehnder spent more than 85 years working behind the scenes and as the visible face of the well-known Bavarian Inn family and the many community and business operations under their name. She was born on December 1, 1921, in Reese, Michigan, 10 miles north of Frankenmuth.

Funeral services will be held at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church. Details will be released later by her family. She will be buried at St. Lorenz Cemetery alongside her husband of 63 years, William “Tiny” Zehnder, who passed away in 2006. Donations may be made to St. Lorenz Church or to Frankenmuth City Beautification.

Dorothy is survived by her brother Ray Hecht, two children, Bill (Karen) Zehnder and Roxie (Jerry) Westgate, and her son-in-law Don Keller as well 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, William “Tiny” Zehnder, her sister Edna (Hecht) Hegenauer, and her daughter Judy Zehnder Keller.

The family released the following statement:

“We mourn the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, and family matriarch. We extend our thanks for the support from the Frankenmuth community and ask that you help us remember Dorothy for the amazing woman she was and who will remain in our hearts. Our family will continue to uphold the spirit of Dorothy and her legacy to this community.”

 

Dorothy left her mark on this world for over a century and will be missed. She was a true Michigan icon in how she lived her life personally, professionally, and spiritually.

 

 

A Humble Servant Leader

Dorothy’s hospitality and business acumen made her a civic leader, educator, author, and mentor, using her talents with many different restaurants, tourism, governmental, religious, and philanthropic organizations. A humble servant leader is an excellent way to describe Dorothy Zehnder. Even when she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer at age 98, she fought against it to continue giving back to her community.

With over a century of life experience, Dorothy lived through Prohibition, Great Depression, and multiple wars. She saw everything from man landing on the moon to people driving electric cars. All the technological advances from when she started working in 1937 to today helped her develop the Bavarian Inn’s philosophy of “working efficiently old fashioned” as she embraced new trends throughout her life.

Dorothy co-founded the Bavarian Inn with William “Tiny” Zehnder in 1950. She preferred staying out of the spotlight, leaving the promotion to Tiny while she worked in the “back of the house.” She developed most of the recipes used in the restaurant and taught tens of thousands of employees over 70 years the correct method to prepare all the foods served in the 12 dining rooms that seat 1,200 guests.

At full employment, the Bavarian Inn Corporation has approximately 1,000 employees, serves thousands of people in a day and about 900,000 meals annually, and ranks in the top 50 most prominent family-run restaurants in the U.S. Dorothy’s children and their spouses, along with her grandchildren – a total of seven family members – work every day to continue the success story of the Bavarian Inn.

Today the Bavarian Inn Zehnder family’s diverse array of businesses includes the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Castle Shops, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Covered Bridge Shop, Frank’s Muth, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, Bavarian Bleachers, a specialty line of food products, and an online store. The family also runs the William and Dorothy Zehnder Foundation.

 

The next generations have plans for continued development of Tiny and Dorothy Zehnder’s legacy.

 

Cookbook Author and Honoree

A 2020 Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of the Saginaw Lifetime Achievement Award, Dorothy is also the author of three sold-out cookbooks, “Cookies and Bars” published in 1986, “Come Cook with Me,” published in 2011, and the follow-up “From My Kitchen to Yours,” published in 2014. Her cookbook “Come Cook with Me” is filled with stories about Dorothy, cooking, her family, and the German-themed restaurant they created.

In 2013 Dorothy received the Outstanding Achievement in Michigan Tourism award from the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association (MLTA) which recognizes the person who “Serves to promote, protect and grow Michigan tourism to the benefit of all industry segments and our state’s economy.” In addition, the Detroit chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) also recognized Dorothy in 2013 as one of its Top 10 Michigan Business Women.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 135 years of service, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers, and tourists from around the globe have discovered genuine Bavarian hospitality in this 1,200-seat restaurant thanks to the late Dorothy and 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 most outstanding selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 37 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, it has been one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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-foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools, two whirlpools, over 160 video games, a two-level children’s play village, and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 37 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an essential destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 million room nights booked there since its opening and its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

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

‘Tipsy Tea Party’ offers relaxed afternoon of food and fun

Bavarian Inn Restaurant event includes ‘boozy’ teas, fashions and contests

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. May 3, 2023 – A rollicking Sunday afternoon is planned for Frankenmuth this May as the Bavarian Inn Restaurant hosts its first-ever “Tipsy Tea Party.”

The Restaurant’s unique “Tipsy Tea Party” is a perfect chance to dress up and join friends for an afternoon of boozy teas, sweet and savory treats, and fashionable fun. It will be held on Sunday, May 21 starting at 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The tasting menu includes broiled oysters with spinach and brown butter Hollandaise; chicken and pork pate en croute; stuffed Turkish figs with pomegranate arils; salmon mousse canapes; Greek pita spread; steak and blue cheese polenta bites with onion and roasted tomato jam; Caesar salad; tacos with a parmesan crisp shell; jarcuterie; mini cheesecakes and assorted meringue bites, lemon bars and brownie bites.

Along with the food, guests will sample from three alcoholic teas and one non-alcoholic tea available.

On the fashion side there will be contests for Best Dressed, Best Hat, and Best Bling with one lucky winner in each category receiving a prize. A photo area will be available to capture fun moments with friends.

The event is $75 per person, which includes the food, drinks, tax, and gratuity. Reservations and prepayment are required at Eventbrite.com.

For information call 989-652-9941 or go to www.bavarianinn.com  and view the calendar of events.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, and Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

 

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 135 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

Enjoy the Frankenmuth way to celebrate moms at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant & Bavarian Inn Lodge 

Dine in, takeout dinners and Lodge buffet offer plenty of Mother’s Day options

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – APRIL 18, 2023 – Celebrating moms on Mother’s Day is easy this May thanks to the dedicated team at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn.

Guests visiting Michigan’s “Little Bavaria” can experience wonderful dine-in, takeout and buffet options throughout Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14) at either the Bavarian Inn Restaurant or Bavarian Inn Lodge.

For those interested in the Restaurant’s Mother’s Day Takeout Dinner, check out the family meal option serving approximately 6-8 people. The cost is $199 (includes taxes) and orders must be received by Thursday, May 1. They can be picked up at designated pick-up times on May 14 at the Castle Shops entrance or designated parking spots curbside, located on the north side of the restaurant.

The family meal includes a 9-10 pound hickory smoked boneless ham, two quarts each of mashed potatoes (with a quart of gravy), baked dressing, buttered noodles, and vegetables. In addition, included are a quart of cole slaw, a quart of cranberry relish, one loaf of homemade bread and chicken seasoning. A large apple or lemon meringue pie can be added for $15. Substitutions are not available for the takeout dinner.

To place a dinner order call the Restaurant at (989) 652-9941 or 1-800-BAVARIA.

For guests seeking to dine in at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, reservations for limited seating are now being taken. To make reservations call the Restaurant at (989) 652-9941.

The Bavarian Inn Lodge is hosting its annual Mother’s Day Buffet on Sunday, May 14 as well with seating times starting at 11 a.m. in various dining rooms. The cost is $42.50 for adults, $21.50 for 8-12 year olds, $13.95 for 3-7 year olds and free to those two and younger (not including tax and gratuity).

The Mother’s Day Buffet includes various salads including strawberry spinach, Caesar, Oberfranken pasta, tabbouleh with couscous, apple sauce, and cranberry relish; Frankenmuth Cheese Haus garlic cheese spread; waffles, scrambled eggs; Frankenmuth Chicken; carved prime rib; herb roasted carved pork loin, grilled chicken; many side items along including potatoes and gravy, buttered noodles; baked dressing; and an array of vegetables.

For dessert, guests can enjoy Bavarian Inn blueberry strudel, rum torte, chocolate mousse, fruit salad, chocolate mini tarts, Guten Tag cake, lemon squares, whipped cream and assorted cheeses and fruit.

Call (888) 775-6343 to book reservations for the Lodge Easter Buffet.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 37 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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 foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 135 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Four-Course Feast Features Unique Tequila Pairings

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. April 6, 2023 – Explore bold tapas and tequila flavors this Cinco de Mayo when the Bavarian Inn Restaurant hosts a “Tapas and Tequila” evening on Friday, May 5 beginning at 6 p.m.

Featuring an original menu designed and prepared by Silver Plate Award Winner Chef Phil Fahrenbruch (CEC), the evening includes a four-course dinner along with special tequila pairings from the Cava de Oro Anejo tequila collection.

The evening menu begins with a grilled octopus carpaccio with smoked shrimp and citrus salad as well as white truffle risotto with a butter poached lobster medallion served with Cava de Oro Anejo. For the second course, guests will enjoy a grilled skirt steak with white bean and chorizo fricassee as well as a smoked beef brisket empanada with grilled mango and pineapple salsa accompanied by Cava de Oro Extra Anejo.

The third course is fried chickarrones with a hot honey drizzle and pork chili verde with avocado and rice accompanied by Cava de Oro Extra Aged Anjeo. For a sweet finish, guests will get to taste churros and a special flan.

At the end of the event guests can become a mixologist and craft their own classic margarita or tequila sunrise and receive a signature glass.

Cava de Oro is a high quality agave tequila brand and comes from the Tequilera Puerta de Hierro, which produces handcrafted tequilas in El Arenal Jalisco, Mexico. Four varieties are distilled: Plata, Reposado, Añejo and Extra Añejo.

The event is $75 per person, which includes the meal and listed tequilas, tax, and gratuity. Reservations and prepayment are required at Eventbrite.com.

For information call 989-652-9941 or go to www.bavarianinn.com  and view the calendar of events.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, and Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

 

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 135 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

Michigan on Main rolls out new Friday special

April brings new “All you can eat” mac and cheese dinner

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – April 3, (2023) – There’s another reason to enjoy Friday nights at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill with a new dining option during April.

On three Fridays (April 14, 21 and 28), from 4 p.m. to close the Michigan on Main is offering “All you can Eat Mac & Cheese” for guests.

Enjoy mac and cheese and “finish it your way” with pulled pork, ham, broccoli, cheese, bacon, crumb toppings and assorted sauces. A tossed salad and garlic breadsticks are also included. The meal is $15.99 plus tax and will only be available on those select three Fridays in April.

Don’t forget the other weekly specials at the Michigan on Main, including half-off appetizers on Tuesdays (5 p.m. to close); “Adult Happy Meal Night” on Wednesdays that includes a half-pound burger, fries and one Michigan craft beer for only $11.99; and 50-cent Buffalo wings on Thursday (5 p.m. to close).

The Michigan on Main Bar and Grill is a casual and contemporary dining space showcasing Michigan-sourced food along with 17 Michigan craft-brewed beers, Michigan wines and specialty Michigan cocktails.

For more information, visit www.bavarianinn.com, or contact the Bavarian Inn Restaurant at 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941.

About Michigan on Main Bar and Grill

Located inside the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is a casual and contemporary dining space showcasing Michigan-sourced food along with Michigan craft-brewed beers, Michigan wines and specialty Michigan cocktails.

 

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, and Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

 

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating o135 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

Heroic luncheon features favorite ‘superheroes’ at Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Activities include lunch, Superhero Training, Dance Party and more

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – March 29, 2023 – Experience a marvelous day with some of our favorite superheroes as Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Restaurant hosts a unique family “Superheroes Luncheon” on Sunday, April 16.

This fun-filled day is for young and old alike who want to meet their favorite superheroes. There will be activities galore, and a special luncheon featuring Frankenmuth Chicken. The party begins at 11 a.m. in the Restaurant and includes a Superhero Dance Party, Superhero Training and Oath, photo and autograph opportunities, a coloring page, and a special gift for those who attend.

Lunch itself includes homemade bread and butter, a Frankenmuth Chicken plate, mashed potatoes with gravy, buttered corn, a “Superhero cupcake” and refreshments, including milk, tea, coffee and soft drinks.

The cost is $50 per person and includes the lunch meal, activities, a gift, tax and gratuity. Reservations and prepayment are required and can be made at bavarianinn.com or call (989) 652-9941 or online at Eventbrite.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, and Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 135 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Bavarian Inn Lodge host fun family events during Easter season  

Scavenger hunt, breakfast and lunch with Easter Bunny, egg hunts and buffet

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – March 7, 2023 – Families looking for fun activities and wonderful Easter Sunday dining options will discover an array of events and activities for young and old alike at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge in April.

There will be a scavenger hunt throughout the Restaurant, “Bunny” breakfast and Easter egg hunt at the Lodge, a “Bunny” lunch at the Restaurant, the Lodge’s annual Easter buffet and a great takeout dinner menu from the Restaurant for those celebrating at home.

From April 1 through May 1 there will be an Easter egg scavenger hunt with a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. Hunt for wooden eggs hidden in decorations throughout the Restaurant. Write the answer found on the back in an entry form provided and turn the form in for a chance to win (two winners will be selected when the hunt is over).

On Sunday, March 26 guests can enjoy a festive family morning with a buffet, an Easter egg hunt and a visit with the Easter Bunny at the Lodge. There will also be crafts and a visit from Willy the Dragon.

The buffet menu will include carved ham, bacon, sausage and egg casserole, scrambled eggs, tater tots, waffles, French toast, bread pudding, muffins, Danishes, fresh fruit, coffee, milk, tea and juices. Seatings are at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Due to limited seating, reservations are required by March 24.

The breakfast is $30.95 for adults, $21.95 for children ages 8-12, $16.95 for children ages 2-8 and free for children under two. Tax and gratuity will be added to all checks.

The Restaurant will be offering a Bunny Lunch on Sunday, April 2 at 10:30 a.m. with a special luncheon meal and activities including a balloon artist, magic show, photo ops and a visit from the Easter Bunny, who will offer a special gift.

The lunch will include homemade bread and jam, a Frankenmuth Chicken plate, mashed potatoes and gravy, buttered corn, Easter dessert, and milk, coffee or soft drinks. The cost is $40 per person including tax and gratuity. Reservations and pre-payment are required through Eventbrite.

 

 

 

For those interested in the Restaurant’s Easter Takeout Dinner the family meal serves 6-8 people and is $199 (includes taxes). Orders must be received by Thursday, April 6 and picked up at designated pick-up times on April 9 either at the Castle Shops north entrance or at designated spots for curbside pickup.

The meal includes a 9-10-pound hickory smoked boneless ham, two quarts each of mashed potatoes, buttered noodles, baked dressing and Blue Hubbard squash along with one pint of gravy, one quart of coleslaw and cranberry relish, Bavarian Chicken Seasoning and a loaf of homemade bread. A large apple or lemon meringue pie can be added for an additional $15. Substitutions are not available for the takeout dinner, but diners can also ask about adding a custom Easter Basket.

To place a takeout dinner order, call the Restaurant at (989) 652-9941.

For guests wishing to dine in at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, reservations for limited seating are now being taken. To make reservations call the Restaurant at (989) 652-9941.

The Bavarian Inn Lodge is also hosting its annual “Bountiful Easter Buffet” on Sunday, April 9 with seating times from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in various banquet and dining rooms. The cost is $41.50 for adults, $20.50 for 8-12 year olds, $13.50 for 3-7 year olds and free to those two years and younger (tax and gratuity will be added to each check).

The Easter Buffet includes a wide-ranging list of flavorful items including (but not limited to) the following: cranberry almond and Italian pasta salad, coleslaw, spring salad, marinated mushrooms, cheeses and spreads, rolls and snap pea salad. There will also be pancakes, scrambled eggs, famous Frankenmuth Chicken, carved Kassler Ripchen, herb roast strip loin, baked cod in herb butter, buttered noodles, baked dressing, whipped potatoes and gravy and steamed vegetables with herb butter. Dessert choices include Bavarian Inn Apfel Strudel, Edelweiss Torte, Lodge banana bread, chocolate mousse, Guten Tag sheet cake, mini chocolate peanut butter pies and fruit salad.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (888) 775-6343.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, and Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

 

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating over 134 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

 

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 36 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 4th generation Bavarian Inn Zehnder family members, 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 foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills with weekend family karaoke. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

 

Michigan on Main offers new monthly specials

Friday specials include either a fish plate or seafood pasta

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Feb. 24, (2023) – From now through April 7, Friday nights will be a great time to visit the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill as it offers up two new food specials.

Each Friday, from 11 a.m. to close, the Michigan on Main will offer two new seafood specials to choose from (for dine-in only).

Diners can enjoy either a cod plate that includes cole slaw and a dinner roll or all-you-eat seafood pasta. The meals are $22.99 plus tax and will only be available on Fridays in March and the first week of April.

Other weekly special at the Michigan on Main include half-off appetizers on Tuesdays (5 p.m. to close); “Adult Happy Meal Night” on Wednesdays that includes a half-pound burger, fries and one Michigan craft beer for only $11.99; and 50-cent Buffalo wings on Thursday (5 p.m. to close).

The Michigan on Main Bar and Grill is a casual and contemporary dining space showcasing Michigan-sourced food along with 17 Michigan craft-brewed beers, Michigan wines and specialty Michigan cocktails.

For more information, visit www.bavarianinn.com, or contact the Bavarian Inn Restaurant at 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941.

About Michigan on Main Bar and Grill

Located inside the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is a casual and contemporary dining space showcasing Michigan-sourced food along with Michigan craft-brewed beers, Michigan wines and specialty Michigan cocktails. 

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, and Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 135 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

Popular German Wine Dinner returns to Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Five-Course Feast Features Unique German Wine Pairings, Wine Expert

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. Feb. 14, 2023 – An indulging taste of Germany beckons to wine lovers as the Bavarian Inn Restaurant once again offers its popular spring “German Wine Dinner” on Friday, March 24 beginning at 6 p.m.

Featuring an original menu designed and prepared by Silver Plate Award Winner Chef Phil Fahrenbruch (CEC), the evening includes a five-course dinner along with special wine pairings.

The evening’s menu begins with a take on shrimp ceviche served with Dachshund Riesling. This will then be followed by the soup du jour, Vietnamese beef tendon, accompanied by Villa Wolf Medium Sweet Dornfelder. The third course is a golden beet salad with apples, beets, spinach, goat cheese and candied almonds accompanied by Loosen Bros. Dr. L Sparkling Riesling.

The main course will be a braised pork shank in red wine gravy and parsnip mashed potatoes served with Villa Wolf Gewürztraminer. For a sweet finish, guests will enjoy a brioche French toast with apple cranberry compote and vanilla bean ice cream. This will be accompanied by St. Christopher Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese.

Guest speaker Maggie Thompson from Imperial Wine will describe the characteristics of the German wines over the course of the evening. Guests will receive exclusive wine purchase offers following the meal; there is limited availability for select specialty wines.

The event is $100 per person, which includes the meal and listed wines, tax, and gratuity. Reservations and prepayment are required at Eventbrite.com.

For information call 989-652-9941 or go to www.bavarianinn.com  and view the calendar of events.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, and Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

 

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 135 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

February at Michigan on Main heats up with fun

Trivia Nights on tap, music entertainment and daily specials

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Feb. 3, (2023) – Looking for a fun time during the cold days of February? Look no further than the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill.

Throughout February, the Michigan on Main will offer free music entertainment on Friday evenings, trivia nights on Monday evenings and a delicious array of weekly specials.

Each Friday from 6-8 p.m., guests can enjoy free music entertainment along with their dinner. Four local artists are being featured: Jon Webb, on Feb. 3; Ean Elliott on Feb 10; Bob Hughes on Feb. 17 and GlenBrooke Moretz on Feb. 24.

On four Monday nights the Michigan on Main will host a trivia competition from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Each night will have a different theme to test everyone’s knowledge with two rounds of 10 questions each. One winner will get a prize.

A sports-themed trivia night will be held on Feb, 6, a Valentine’s-themed one on Feb. 13, Michigan-themed on Feb. 20, and finally beer-themed on Feb. 27.

Weekly specials at the Michigan on Main include “All you Care to Eat Chicken Tenders” which includes coleslaw and French fries for $12.99 on Monday; half-off appetizers on Tuesdays (5 p.m. to close); “Adult Happy Meal Night” on Wednesdays that includes a half-pound burger, fries and one Michigan craft beer for only $11.99 (5 p.m. to close); and 50-cent Buffalo wings on Thursday (5 p.m. to close).

The Michigan on Main Bar and Grill is a casual and contemporary dining space showcasing Michigan-sourced food along with 17 Michigan craft-brewed beers, Michigan wines and specialty Michigan cocktails.

For more information, visit www.bavarianinn.com, or contact the Bavarian Inn Restaurant at 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941.

About Michigan on Main Bar and Grill

Located inside the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is a casual and contemporary dining space showcasing Michigan-sourced food along with Michigan craft-brewed beers, Michigan wines and specialty Michigan cocktails.

 

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, and Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

 

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating o135 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

Artwork: Concept of expansion rendering

Video of Michael Keller Zehnder, Lodge President, making announcement: https://logoscommunications-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/sue_logos-communications_com/ERC-jbuchxxJqEC3RDJmKKABAsP_cN78Ng6_YAZylwEq3w?e=HJEXCS 

Major indoor water park expansion planned at Bavarian Inn Lodge

December 13 groundbreaking planned

$80 million project will add 20-plus new attractions, including many water slides, wave pool and adult swim up bar

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – November 21, 2022 – A major expansion of the Bavarian Inn Lodge, one of Frankenmuth’s major attractions, is planned to begin soon as the Lodge seeks to dramatically expand its water park amenities and Family Entertainment offerings.

A groundbreaking ceremony is planned to take place on Tuesday, December 13 at 10 a.m., for the $80 million project. When completed, the new amenities will make the Bavarian Inn Lodge Michigan’s largest indoor water park and family entertainment center, at more than 140,000 square feet of family fun.

The new expansion will open to guests in the spring of 2024, with some of the new family fun center areas opening in late fall of 2023. The General Contractor for the expansion is R.C. Hendrick & Son, Inc., who have built all previous six phases of the Lodge.

“We are truly raising the bar on fun at the Lodge, creating unique attractions and new types of experiences within our resort,” said Michael Keller Zehnder, President of the Bavarian Inn Lodge. “This expansion will help us to advance our goal of creating fun and enjoyable experiences for all ages. We are reimagining family fun and see this as an exciting project for all of Frankenmuth.”

The current Family Fun Center will remain in operation throughout the project, said Zehnder, with no disruptions to the Lodge’s conference and banquet center, guest rooms and all of the hotel amenities already in place, including current family water slides, pools and restaurants. More exciting details will be released throughout the stages of construction.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn, and more.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 36 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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 foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

Bavarian Inn matriarch, Dorothy Zehnder, celebrating 101st birthday December 1

Wishing Dorothy a Happy Birthday this year

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Nov. 18, 2022 – Dorothy Zehnder, beloved co-founder of the family-owned Bavarian Inn Resort that includes the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth Gift Shops Inc. and Frankenmuth River Place Shops, will celebrate her 101st birthday on Thursday, Dec. 1.

At 101 years young, Dorothy still maintains close contact with her family and her favorite places, like the kitchens at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

“Even at 101, Dorothy still loves what she does,” says granddaughter Amy Zehnder Grossi. “She loves good food, being with people, and playing card games — and she’s still great at it, too.”

For more than 85 years, Dorothy has been instrumental with the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn and the many operations under that name. Besides the restaurant, the diverse array of businesses include the Bavarian Inn Castle Shops, the Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Covered Bridge Shop, Frank’s Muth retail store, a specialty line of food products, a family foundation and an online store.

A Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of the Saginaw Lifetime Achievement Award, Dorothy is also the author of three cookbooks, “Cookies and Bars” published in 1986, “Come Cook with Me,” published in 2011, and the follow-up “From My Kitchen to Yours,” published in 2014. Her most recent cookbook “From My Kitchen to Yours” is filled with stories about Dorothy, cooking, her family and the German-themed restaurant they created.

Dorothy, growing up on a farm in nearby Reese, Michigan, founded the Bavarian Inn with her late husband, William “Tiny” Zehnder. At full employment the Bavarian Inn Corporation has approximately 1,000 employees, serves thousands of people in a day and more than 900,000 meals annually, and ranks in the top 50 largest family-run restaurants in the USA.

Dorothy’s children and their spouses, along with 4 of her grandchildren – a total of 8 family members – work every day to continue the success story of the Bavarian Inn. Dorothy loves spending time with her children, 10 grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildren.

Fans of Dorothy are invited to send her birthday greetings by email: events@bavarianinn.com. Dorothy and her immediate family will celebrate her 101st birthday with a 101 Dalmatian themed party. At 101, Dorothy still loves a good party!

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth Gift Shops Inc., and Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 36 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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 foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating over 134 years of service, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality in this 1,200 seat restaurant 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

New Year’s Eve celebrations to take over Bavarian Inn Resort

  • Dueling Pianos offer a night of entertainment
  • Gala party for grown-ups with food, music and fun
  • Family-themed party offers wide array of food and fun activities

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Nov. 15, 2022 – Those looking for a fun way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Frankenmuth this year can ring in 2023 at the Bavarian Inn Resort where plans are underway for a big night of parties for hotel and restaurant guests alike.

At the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, guests can enjoy the New Year’s Eve Dueling Pianos Dinner Show, starting at 6 p.m. Piano group Cool 2 Duel will be returning to the restaurant to play a musical repertoire ranging from Country to Today’s Hits. Audiences will be able to enjoy the entertainment along with hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet meal, delicious desert and a champagne toast to ring in the new year. A full cash bar will be available all evening.

Tickets for this event are $100 and can be purchased through https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ring-in-2023-with-cool-2-duel-at-the-bavarian-inn-restaurant-tickets-429736201547.

In addition, the Bavarian Inn Lodge is offering two special parties for hotel guests.

Adults who partake in the annual New Year’s Eve Gala will enjoy the Lodge’s signature all-star gourmet buffet, which includes passed hors d’oeuvres, stations for soup and salad, appetizers, seafood, “chef created” items and a hot buffet and desserts. There will be a cherries jubilee station as well as a midnight soup buffet with lobster bisque, chili, and more. Other highlights include carved prime rib, smoked salmon, Frankenmuth® chicken, Vietnamese pork lettuce rolls, shrimp cocktail ceviche and whitefish remoulade.

The evening includes a cash bar from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. with the gourmet dinner from 6:45-8:30 p.m. and entertainment from “Ceyx,” performing everyone’s favorite dance tunes, from the 50s up to today’s contemporary hits from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Reservations are required and the cost is $129 per person, which also includes other activities throughout the hotel, a champagne toast at midnight, plus a New Year’s Day breakfast buffet beginning at 9:30 a.m. and all taxes and gratuities. The other parties will be in the Lodge courtyard and the Ratskeller between 8:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

The NYE Family Celebration at the Lodge offers kids and grown-ups music, party favors, a global countdown and an expansive dinner buffet with a cash bar and breakfast buffet the next morning. The buffet includes soup and salad stations and features carved prime rib, Frankenmuth® chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, chicken nuggets, mac and cheese, buttered corn and Bavarian Inn Blue Hubbard squash. The dessert buffet includes build-your-own-sundae station, Rice Krispie squares and chocolate mousse and includes coffee, tea, milk and sodas.

The family dinner runs from 5-8 p.m. with the breakfast buffet seating between 9:30-11 a.m. Guests can also enjoy after-dinner entertainment in the Ratskeller between 4:30 p.m. (karaoke and music) and 12:30 a.m., as well as DJ Jengel in the courtyard after 8:30 p.m.

The family package, which includes all taxes and gratuities, is priced at $89 for adults, $49 for children ages 2-12, and free for children under age 2.

And, to make the experience even better for late-night revelers, hotel guests are just steps away from their comfy European-themed guest room, ready to wake up and greet 2023.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (989) 652-7200. Add either of these fun-filled party options to your guest room reservation by calling or visiting www.bavarianinn.com  for more information and to book reservations.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Resort is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, and Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 36 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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 foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating over 134 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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.

Thanksgiving Day is a delicious celebration with family dinner options from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge

Enjoy Restaurant take home dinner or take in the Lodge’s annual Harvest Buffet

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Nov. 3, 2022 – The culinary team at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Resort have created an array of wonderful choices for families who want to celebrate Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 24) at home or in Michigan’s “Little Bavaria.”

This year the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is offering a take-home dinner option, while the Bavarian Inn Lodge’s sumptuous annual Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant offering a complete take home roasted turkey dinner that serves four people. The menu includes a whole roasted (10-14 lb.) turkey and quarts of mashed potatoes (with a pint of gravy), baked dressing, buttered noodles, Blue Hubbard squash, coleslaw and cranberry relish. It also includes Bavarian Inn chicken seasoning and a loaf of Bavarian Inn house made bread. Guests can also add a large apple or pumpkin pie for $15. There are options for adding Frankenmuth chicken as well, but no substitutions are available for the meal package.

The cost of the take home dinner is $149 (plus taxes) and needs to be pre-ordered by 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20. Pickup dates will be Wednesday, Nov. 23 and Thursday, Nov. 24 at designated times in the Castle Shop Bakery’s north entrance. For those who have more mouths to feed, orders can be doubled for only $100 more. To order the dinner, call (989) 652-9941.

Preparations are underway for the annual Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet at the Bavarian Inn Lodge. During the buffet, guests will enjoy piano music and dozens of savory dishes, ranging from starters and salads like cherry pecan salad, creamy coleslaw, German mustard potato salad and more, to traditional holiday fare like Frankenmuth Chicken, carved turkey, prime rib.  Many favorite side dish options will be included, Frankenmuth dressing, buttered noodles, whipped potatoes, dressing, mac and cheese, and much more!  Traditional desserts will make the meal complete featuring apfel strudel, pumpkin pie, bread pudding and chocolate mousse.

Seating times are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the cost is $41.95 for adults, $19.99 for children 8-12, $14.99 for children 3-7, and free for children two and under. Prices include sales tax and 16% gratuity. Reservations are required by calling (989) 652-7200.

About Bavarian Inn Resort:  The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn is a Midwest Resort destination for families and groups alike, who seek enjoyable experiences in lodging, dining, shopping, special events, and conference/meeting services. The resort experience includes Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the ResidenZ at Bavarian Inn.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating over 134 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: For over 36 years, nestled along the banks of the Cass River in Frankenmuth, is one of the state’s largest indoor water park hotels. The Lodge, currently managed by the 3rd and 4th generation Bavarian Inn family members, 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 foot Family Fun Center houses two thrilling water slides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 160 video and redemption games, a two-level children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, nightly entertainment year-round and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. Banquet facilities can accommodate events for 2-500 guests to enjoy Old World Charm with modern technology and delicious meals. In over 36 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 2.5 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: https://bavarianinnlodge.logos-communications.com

Prominent business leader, Judy Zehnder Keller, has died

Legacy includes Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Restaurant & Lodge, Cheese Haus & multiple retail stores.

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – October 19, 2022 – One of Frankenmuth’s legendary businesswomen, Judy Zehnder Keller, died peacefully at her home in Frankenmuth on October 19, 2022 with members of her family by her side.

A long-time entrepreneur, community leader, women’s advocate, working mother, wife and grandmother, Zehnder Keller was the eldest daughter of the Bavarian Inn Zehnder family founders Tiny and Dorothy Zehnder. She was 77.

Zehnder Keller, a Frankenmuth native, would always say she, “fries chicken and makes beds for a living.” We all know she has done so much more over the last 60-plus years when she officially started working at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant in 1960 with her parents. Founder and president of the Bavarian Inn Lodge, she built the resort in 1986 and led it through six expansions. She helped develop and manage other family businesses in the community such as the Schnitzelbank Shop, Covered Bridge Shop, Frank’s Muth, and numerous retail stores within Frankenmuth River Place Shops. She was also the owner of the Frankenmuth Cheese Haus and in 2018 led its expansion to a new location on Main Street. In June 2022, she designed and donated Frankenmuth’s “Sister City Chair” in recognition of the 60th Anniversary relationship between Frankenmuth, Michigan and Gunzenhausen, Germany.

Public funeral services will be held at Cederberg Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Underground Railroad, CAN Council, and the German Heritage Fund at the Frankenmuth Community Foundation. She will be interned at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.

Zehnder Keller is survived by her husband of 53 years, Don Keller, along with her children, Michael Keller Zehnder (Kimberly), Martha Zehnder Kaczynski (John), and William Zehnder Keller and 5 grandchildren.

The family released the following statement:

“Today we mourn the passing of our beloved wife, mother and grandmother and thank the entire community for its support during this time. Judy Zehnder Keller was a true pioneering businesswoman in our community and her legacy will be long remembered by those who love the Bavarian Inn and our family’s commitment to this community.”

Following her graduation from Frankenmuth High School in 1963, Zehnder Keller attended Michigan State University where she earned her BA in Hotel and Restaurant Management, her master’s degree in Educational Psychology, and according to her, a doctorate in the card game pinochle.

After working 25 years at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Zehnder Keller decided to take the family business in a new direction and develop a piece of property on the east side of the Covered Bridge that is the present site of the Bavarian Inn Lodge. Today the Lodge is a top hospitality resort in all of Michigan with 360 guest rooms, indoor waterpark, family fun center, restaurants and conference space.

Throughout her career, Zehnder Keller was honored with many awards, a few of them including:

National Restaurant Association “Outstanding Women in Food Service Round Table Award,” the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association’s “Hotelier of the Year,” Michigan State University’s “Industry LEADER of the Year” and “Alumna of the Year,” both from The School of Hospitality Business. She also earned additional recognition as “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” and ranked 10th out of 200 national finalists in Start Up Nation’s “Leading Moms in Business.” She was also recipient of the local Jaycees’ top honor, the Herbert L. Keinath Distinguished Service Award, for selfless local community contributions.

Though she was honored by many recognitions, Zehnder Keller was a true servant leader and didn’t care who received credit as she was interested in positive change for her community. Zehnder Keller was the first female Frankenmuth City Council Member (12 years). She was the first female Rotary Club member (1991) and first female president (2007-08). She was also chairperson for the Frankenmuth Sister City Committee for 22 years and served on the Frankenmuth Downtown Development Authority for 23 years. Appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm, Zehnder Keller served two terms on the Michigan Travel Commission and on the Michigan Hotel/Motel Board of Directors.

A unique opportunity arose when she was appointed by President Ronald Reagan for the Presidential Commission for the German-American Tri-Centennial, joining the delegation in Germany with then Vice President George H.W. Bush. She has had many leadership positions and assisted numerous organizations, ranging from CAN Council, Underground Railroad, American Red Cross, United Way, Convention & Visitor Bureaus, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Commission, Concordia University, and more. One of her favorite opportunities was being a coach for her son and daughter’s Little League games. Usually, she would wear her baseball hat and the team’s T-shirt over her German work uniform.

Today the William (Tiny) and Dorothy Zehnder family’s diverse array of businesses includes the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Castle Shops, Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Covered Bridge Shop, Frank’s Muth, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, Frankenmuth Gift Shops Inc., a specialty line of food products, and an online store. The family also runs the William and Dorothy Zehnder Foundation.

When asked, Zehnder Keller would say she “believes that life’s journey is not to arrive at the gravesite safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to slide in sideways, totally worn out, shouting…. HOLY MOSES….WHAT A RIDE!!!”

Well, Judy Zehnder Keller did just that and lived her life to the fullest in all aspects!

Murder mystery evening comes to Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Interactive dinner includes evening of food, fun and a mystery dinner world premiere

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Oct. 5, 2022 – Murder at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant? Well, not exactly, but the restaurant will be the scene of the crime as it hosts a musical world premiere of “The Worst Murder Mystery Ever.”

This unique murder mystery dinner is planned for Friday, Oct. 21 from 6-9 p.m. and includes dinner and a highly entertaining, interactive murder mystery with fellow diners and performers. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7:15 p.m.

Written by Natalie Slawnyk with original music by JT Sutherland, the story line for the evening involves Taylor, an experienced producer who has had a bad string of luck with the latest round of murder mystery shows.

No matter how hard Taylor has tried, each show has had major problems and has cost the theater money. Concerned, the theater company board decided to hire a critic to independently evaluate tonight’s performance. If things do not go well, Taylor will be fired. With Taylor’s reputation and job on the line, extra measures have been taken to make sure tonight’s performance of “The Murder at Castle White” goes EXACTLY as planned. What could possibly go wrong?

For those who want to add to the fun, costumes are encouraged, with prizes awarded.

The menu includes a family-style three-meat dinner with Frankenmuth Chicken, Hunter’s Schnitzel, and Kasseler Rippchen as well as garlic mashed potatoes, vegetables, buttered noodles and a dessert. Milk, tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available a part of the meal.

Reservations are required. Cost is $75 per person and includes show, dinner and tax and gratuity.

Tickets can be purchased at EventBrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bavarian-in­n-restaurant-murder-mystery-dinner-ticke­ts-395961049157).

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Celebrating over 131 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. 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.

Scarecrow Fest offers pumpkin-themed activities at Frankenmuth River Place Shops 

Frankenmuth, Michigan – Celebrate autumn with two themed weekends of Scarecrow Fest at Frankenmuth River Place Shops in October.

Scarecrow Fest takes place from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16 and October 22 and 23 at River Place Shops, 925 S. Main Street in Frankenmuth. Activities include pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, arts and crafts, barrel train rides and the always-popular pumpkin catapult along with free family entertainment for each themed weekend. Some activities require a small fee – the event is free to attend.

Scarecrow Fest will feature traditional trick-or-treating from the stores. The schedule for each weekend includes dog or child costume parades around the outdoor shopping complex.

October 15 and 16 is Dog Weekend! Free entertainment will include high-energy shows by the Rock N Roll K9s Performance Team featuring tricks, relay racing, choreographed obedience routines and agility contests. Performances are at 11:00 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the Festival Platz near the Cass River Bar and Grill.

On Sunday, Oct. 16, guests can enter their four-legged friends in the Pet Costume Contest at 5 p.m. in the Fest Platz. Pre-registration is required for the contest from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Hello Cats and Dogs located at River Place Shops.

October 22 and 23 is Kids Weekend! Free family entertainment options include a Halloween-themed music,  yard games, magician, arts and crafts, along with a costume parade on Sunday, October 23 with traditional trick-or-treating around the complex.

For a full schedule, visit the Frankenmuth River Place Shops website.

Scarecrow Fest also includes a community-wide scarecrow-decorating contest. The public can view and vote for their favorite displays located throughout Frankenmuth and River Place Shops.

CONTACT:

Monika Sedik

Director of Events

Frankenmuth River Place Shops

989-652-6613, ext. 4

msedik@bavarianinn.com

Watch out as “villains” take over Bavarian Inn Restaurant for a fiendishly fun family luncheon in October

Activities include a “villain” show, photo opportunities, full luncheon and more

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Sept. 20, 2022 – Everyone’s favorite villains from movies and more will be spending a spellbinding afternoon at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Restaurant on Sunday, Oct. 2 during a unique family “Villain Luncheon.”

This fun-filled day is for young and old alike who want to experience a wicked good time. There will be activities galore, and a special luncheon featuring Frankenmuth Chicken. The villain-themed party begins at 11 a.m. in the Restaurant. There will be entertainment by the villains themselves, photo and autograph opportunities, a coloring page, and a special “villain” gift for those who attend.

Lunch itself includes homemade bread and butter, Frankenmuth Chicken plate, mashed potatoes with gravy, buttered corn, a “villain cupcake” and refreshments, including milk, tea, coffee and soft drinks.

The cost is $50 per person and includes the lunch, activities, a gift from the villains, tax and gratuity. Reservations and prepayment are required and can be made at bavarianinn.com or call (989) 652-9941 or online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-villainous-luncheon-tickets-402733345277.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Celebrating over 131 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. 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.

Savor the end of summer at the Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival September 8

August 24, 2022 – FRANKENMUTH, MICH. – Head to Frankenmuth River Place Shops for the last Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival of 2022, taking place September 8 with approximately 25 food trucks from across Michigan and family-friendly activities.

The food truck festival is from 2 to 9 PM on Thursday, September 8 at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, 925 S. Main St. in Michigan’s Little Bavaria. Festival admission and parking is free.

Each food truck festival will showcase special activities and entertainment along with a variety of food. This month celebrates Oktoberfest! In addition to food trucks from across Michigan, guests will enjoy music entertainment, and a beer tent. There will also be plenty of shaded seating, and additional activities for families like face painting and inflatables. The event is pet-friendly; animals must be on a 6-foot leash at all times.

The food truck festival takes place on the east side of River Place Shops, Frankenmuth’s Bavarian-themed outdoor shopping complex with more than 40 shops and attractions. A variety of cuisine is available for purchase. Food trucks accept both cash and credit or debit cards; an ATM is also available onsite.

“We are excited to continue to offer a family-friendly environment and a community dinner like no other,” said Michael Keller Zehnder, owner of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn, Inc., which owns and operates River Place Shops.

The September 8 food truck lineup includes:

  • All City Dogs Street Cuisine
  • Bad Wolf BBQ
  • Batter Up Waffle Co.
  • Cheese Trap
  • Cluck Truck
  • Clyde’s Pit BBQ
  • Crazy Asian Yum Yum
  • From Scratch
  • Grand Traverse Pie Co.
  • Heaven on a Roll
  • J’ American Soul
  • Jay’s Dogs, LLC
  • Kona Ice of Saginaw
  • LumberJill Concessions
  • MI- strEATS
  • Nom Nom Ninja
  • Northern Smoke BBQ
  • Olvera’s BBQ
  • Scalici’s Wood Fired Pizza
  • Sweet Spinners
  • The Cruisin’ Chef
  • The Patty Wagon
  • Underground Cookie Club
  • Weezie’s Funnel Cakes
  • Whole Enchilada Mobile Kitchen
  • Wonder Burger
  • YaEatYet?

This lineup is subject to change according to food truck availability. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/464856338674908 .

Rockin’ Elton John dinner takes over Bavarian Inn Restaurant

2 fun shows full of music, food and a tribute show by the “Rocket Man”

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Aug 2, 2022 – Frankenmuth will be alive with the rocking sounds of “Benny and the Jets,” “Tiny Dancer,” and “Rocket Man” when the Bavarian Inn Restaurant hosts two special Elton John tribute dinners on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

The two shows will begin at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. respectively, featuring the music of famed “Rocket Man” Elton John. Both shows include a full Frankenmuth chicken dinner and plenty of good music from entertainer Tommy Lee Thompson as the legendary John.

Thompson started his “Elton John Experience” in 2011 and has been entertaining audiences across the country with the show that brings to life the essence of Elton John’s music and mannerisms like no one else can.

Tickets are $60 per person and include a plated chicken dinner (3-pieces) with mashed potatoes and dressing, family-style vegetables, noodle soup, coleslaw and cranberry relish, stollen (and white) bread along with a special “chef’s choice” dessert, coffee, tea, milk or a soft drink.

Reservations and pre-payment are required. Tickets are available via Eventbrite and online at bavarianinn.com. For information call (989) 652-9941.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating over 132 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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’s “Cluck Truck” takes on metro Detroit

Food truck will visit southeast Michigan communities throughout summer

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – July 12, 2022 – Besides numerous stops in Frankenmuth, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s famous food truck, known as the “Cluck Truck,” will pay visits to various metro Detroit communities throughout July, August and September.

The truck, which features snacks, sandwiches, entrees, and sweets reflecting some of the Bavarian Inn’s customer favorites, will visit Plymouth, South Lyon, Armada and Commerce Township, bringing a wide array of delicious food items. At the same time the truck will also venture to the west side of Michigan and take part in the Kentwood “End of Summer” food truck festival.

First up is the City of Plymouth’s “Bumpers, Bikes & Bands” on Sunday, July 17 at 11 a.m. at 149 W Liberty St. Five days later (July 22) at 6 p.m. the truck will be found at the Commerce Township “Concerts in the Park” evening at 1485 E Oakley Park Rd.

The truck will stop at South Lyon East High School on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. for an awesome fundraiser.

During the Cider Dayze Festival at Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill, 17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada, foodies can find the truck on Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 28 starting at noon.

Prior to a Saturday, Sept. 17 visit to Kentwood for the “End of Summer Food Truck Festival” the Bavarian Inn Truck will be home in Frankenmuth for the “Funtown Chowdown” (Aug. 11, Sept. 8) as well as the Frankenmuth Auto Fest (Sept. 10).

Some of the tasty “Cluck Truck” fare offered includes a Bavarian Pretzel with sweet German Mustard Sauce, Traditional Bavarian Bratwurst, Frankenmuth® Chicken, Potato Cheese Puffs, Buttered Noodles, Loaded Pretzel Bites and more! Visitors can also quench their thirst with a frosty Bavarian Inn draft Root Beer.

For more information, contact 1-989-652-9941 or clucktruck@bavarianinn.com.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating over 132 years of service, 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, striving to serve more Michigan-grown and produced foods and Michigan-produced beverages than any other restaurant. Nestled within the 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 Restaurant online press room: https://bavarianinn.logos-communications.com/