Sunday, October 5, 2014
Fun in Frankenmuth
From time to time, GrandDad Fabulosa and I like to forget for a while that we are grandparents... homeowners... responsible adults... and sneak out of town for a little one-on-one time. Where we go matters far less than just being alone together and having a little fun. This past weekend we hopped into the car and found ourselves heading up to Michigan. Frankenmuth, Michigan, to be precise.
The town was founded in 1845 by a group of Lutheran missionaries from what was then the kingdom of Bavaria. Their mission was "to bring the word of God" to the Chippewa tribal people. Their settlement in the new world became Frankenmuth.
I've been to Bavaria, people, and if that's too far to travel, this little town is a pretty nice alternative. Charming, colorful, and family-friendly. What a super place to spend a weekend!
For starters, this is a great place to indulge in a little "retail therapy." Everywhere you look are interesting shops: quality woolen and leather goods, wines and spirits, jewelry, health foods, artisan candies and fudge, clothing, craft beers, toys... you name it.
Frankenmuth also boasts the world's largest year-round Christmas shop.
Like German food? I do! But Frankenmuth also has a long tradition of family-style chicken dinners.
As for GrandDad and myself, we enjoyed a hearty meal at the Bavarian Inn, established in 1888 as the Union House Hotel, now a Michigan historic site. Our dinner included Frankenmuth's famous chicken along with sauerbraten, schnitzel, sauerkraut, potato puffs and stollen bread. Es war himmlisch!
And the fact that it was served to us by a friendly, handsome young waiter wearing lederhosen was just a bonus. For me, anyway.
We also attended a wine and chocolate tasting at a local winery. Our favorite was the Peach and Honey wine.
And yes, it came home with us. But not that waiter, more's the pity. (Ach du lieber!)
Are there other things to do in Frankenmuth besides eat, drink and shop? Ja, auf jeden Fall!
You could visit the local historical museum...
... or the brewery museum.
Take a ride through town in a horse-drawn carriage...
... or along the river aboard the Bavarian Belle.
My love and I had a wonderful getaway weekend in Frankenmuth, Michigan. I recommend you check it out for yourself. But before you do, heed this one bit of Granny's advice:
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