|Love the chicken-shaped floral!|
Loehe wrote the pastor of a nearby settlement in Michigan and together they selected the location along the Cass River, naming it "Frankenmuth". The German word "Franken" represents the Province of Franconia in the Kingdom of Bavaria, and the German word "Muth" means courage, thus the city name Frankenmuth means "courage of the Franconians". The emigrants departed from Nuernberg on April 5, 1845. They reached New York Harbor on June 8, after 50 days of sailing. From there they made their way to Michigan via steamboat, train and then sailing ship. According to all accounts it was a harrowing journey with numerous boat and train accidents along the way. They finally arrived at their new colony on August 18, 1845. And we think travel is slow and tedious today!
As you can see in the photos on this posting, the town capitalizes on the Bavarian theme. It makes for a pleasant days outing or several relaxing days in the countryside. The town is filled with little shops, candy stores, its own micro-brewery and restaurants all of which are pleasant to visit. This trip I was there in the summer and everything was in full bloom.
|Flowers at Bavarian Inn|
If you decide to spend the night in Frankenmuth (which I would recommend), you’ll need to select from one of the many hotels. You’ll want one on Main Street that is an easy walk to all of the shops and restaurants. Hotel parking is a must as the town’s public parking areas often fill up. Taking in all of downtown Frankenmuth is easy to do on foot, but you’ll need your car for those shopping trips to Bronner’s.
|Marv Herzog Hotel|
Frankenmuth actually has its own river boat and while it may look like the Dixie Queen it’s actually the Bavarian Belle paddle boat. Other smaller craft are also available for boat tours as are kayacks and other water toys. My balcony (third and top floor) overlooked the river and patio and was comfortable for two people. Request the river facing rooms on the second and third floor when booking.
My room was large, nicely done and had a lovely overstuffed sitting chair with reading lamp. WiFi was also included and amazingly fast. If you and an adult companion are coming to Frankenmouth, Marv Herzog is the hotel of choice. While the Herzog offers complimentary cocktails and appetizers, you'll still need to select a restaurant for dinner.
Bavarian Inn Restaurant: The Bavarian Inn offers classic foods from Germany's Bavarian region, which I have visited. Like there, they maintain traditional costumes to keep the tourists happy. The restaurant offers the classic chicken famous across the street, as well as all of the German dishes. Today though I opted for the fresh (never frozen) Lake Superior white fish, which was broiled. I selected traditional German side dishes like the sweet/sour red cabbage and the spaetzle. All of it was very good, along with the beer made specifically for the Inn and kept on draft.
|Skip the Apple Strudel|
|Waiters in Bavarian Costume|
|Bronner's Christmas Wonderland|