Shopping and Fudge and Wine... OH MY!
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We arrived in Frankenmuth and went straight for our hotel. We stayed at the brand new (opened May 31st) Marv Herzog hotel. This place had only 38 rooms. We had a private balcony overlooking the Cass River, were only steps from downtown, free snacks and drinks in the evening (yes, beer and wine included • 2 per person were free), an AWESOME hot breakfast, a large room with 2 queen-sized beds (down blankets). Needless to say, it was a GREAT hotel. I’ll stay there again. For you wondering “And how much did she pay for THAT?” Ready, with my AAA discount, only $140 after taxes. I know, pretty affordable considering the awesome accommodations.
First item of business was to walk uptown and shop at the neat little stores.
River Place seems to be the place to shop. There are your typical chain stores like Yankee Candle, there are unique stores like a pet store that sells all things pets (We bought a sign to hang in the kitchen that says “We got rid of the kids • the cats were allergic”), day spas, and your typical tourist trap t-shirt shop.
We carried the wine back to the hotel and relaxed. We enjoyed our free drinks (more wine for me) and listened to the live music on the patio and overlooked the river.
Time to eat! Eating is very important in Frankenmuth and I highly recommend eating at either Zender’s or the Bavarian Inn. They are across from each other and the center of downtown. Get the family style chicken dinner. For $19, you get (all homemade and German-style and unlimited): Chicken noodles, cranberry sauce, potato salad, different types of bread, ice cream, seasonal vegetable, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatos, bean salad, an entire plate of breaded chicken (which was moist and VERY yummy • and I’m chicken-picky), and a few more sides I know I’m forgetting. If you leave hungry, it’s all your own fault. They gave us little cakes for our many celebrations, too (we were celebrating 3 birthdays, a graduation, and an anniversary). If I had to pick between the two restaurants, I’d pick the Bavarian Inn for the atmosphere.
The next morning, we went back uptown a bit because it’s so pretty. We had to go to a gas station and buy a cooler and ice for our leftovers from the night before! Mom and Dad went to this really cool clock store while I stocked up on more beads. Then it’s out to the World of all things Christmas.
Broner’s brags to be the world’s largest Christmas store, and I’ll believe it! This place looks like Christmas exploded in one location. The neatest part of the store is just outside the building. There’s a dedication to the song “Silent Night”. They’ve built a replica of the chapel in
Time to shop. Lo and Behold, Santa was shopping that day as well. My favorite part of the store is the room where the founder of the store has his extensive nativity collection from all over the world.
Dan and I have the