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Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Restaurant, one of America’s largest and oldest restaurants, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

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Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth River Place Shops Sponsor Athletic Events Aug. 1

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Frankenmuth plays host to triathlon, strong man contest

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – July 27, 2015 – Two big athletic events are taking place Saturday, Aug. 1 in Michigan’s scenic “Little Bavaria.”  The Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge and Frankenmuth River Place Shops are sponsors of the events.

The annual Bavarian Inn Experience, with a cash prize purse of $8,000, ranks as one of the Midwest region’s premier triathlon venues. It features Olympic and Sprint Triathlon events beginning at 7:45 a.m. at the Cass River and continuing across the picturesque countryside. A pair of “aquabike” events have been added this year, too.

Olympic Triathlon athletes will be tested with a 1,500-meter swim, a 40,000-meter bike ride, and 10,000-meter run while Sprint Triathlon participants will go all out for about half those lengths. Aquabike events include a 1,500-meter swim and 40,000-meter bike ride for participants on the Olympic side while Sprint athletes will contend with a 500-meter swim and 20,000-meter ride.

The Bavarian Inn Experience ends at noon with an awards ceremony open to the public at the Festival Platz followed by a celebration with famous Bavarian Inn chicken dinners, brats and beverages for purchase. Also that day, beginning at 11 a.m., the state’s strongest men and women will test their mettle and muscular power as Frankenmuth hosts its third Michigan Strong Man Competition.

The contest takes place at the Covered Bridge and Leather Gift Shop parking lot in downtown Frankenmuth, and includes five feats of physical fortitude – from car and truck lifting, to toting cement-filled beer kegs. And, there’s the classic contest from the World’s Strongest Man event from 1988 – the Kern’s Sausage Hold, where athletes “meat” their match by trying to hang on to a huge row of hanging sausages until their body says, “no more!”  Visit www.mistrongman.com to learn more.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 150 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 29 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®.

Frankenmuth River Place Shops: (http://frankenmuthriverplace.com/) is an authentic re-creation of a Bavarian village located just minutes from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge.  The outdoor mall features more than 40 shops and attractions at one location. Visitors enjoy architecture, floral gardens, streams and waterfalls and, of course, great shopping opportunities.

 

Restoration Complete: Frankenmuth’s Iconic Covered Wooden Bridge Now Open

Frankenmuth, MI – May 14, 2015 – After being closed for several weeks due to restoration and reconstruction, the Bavarian Inn’s covered bridge that spans the Cass River has reopened for all vehicle, horse and foot traffic. Prior to its makeover, the 239-foot-long bridge, now called Bavarian Inn’s Covered Bridge (Holz-Brücke), had survived 35 years of Michigan’s winters and summers and more than 4 million vehicle crossings.

The reconstruction was led by Tim Gilmour of Gilmour Construction in Frankenmuth. Lumber from Lapeer Hardwoods in Lapeer, Michigan was used to replace the bridge’s cedar shingles and new roadway planking along with 7200 hand pounded nails in the roadway alone. The reconstruction was entirely financed by the Bavarian Inn Zehnder family, and used no tax dollars.

The covered bridge was installed in January 1980 by New Hampshire craftsmen after being built on the river bank over the course of two years. Structural framing timbers from Oregon and locally sourced 3-foot-long shingles were used for the roof along with 16-foot-long 4x8s for the planked roadway.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant: (bavarianinn.com) Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark, 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.  [Press Room: http://www.logos-communications.com/bavarianinn/]

Bavarian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels. The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, 150 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 29 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®.

 

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn’s Guest Loyalty Program Named Silver Award Winner in Loyalty360 Awards Competition
• Joins the ranks of world’s most recognizable brands
• Perks Club boasts more than 21,000 ‘family members’

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FRANKENMUTH, Mich. April 27, 2015 – The Bavarian Inn Lodge and the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s “Perks Club” guest loyalty program has been selected as the Silver Award winner in the Best Reward/Loyalty Program category at the second annual Loyalty360 Awards. The program recognizes the world’s best and most innovative customer appreciation programs.

Now in its 16th year, the Perks Club has more than 21,000 “family members,” who enjoy award points, special members-only discounts and priority status for Bavarian Inn Lodge and Bavarian Inn Restaurant reservations. Shopping points are awarded for every dollar spent on all purchases within the Bavarian Inn companies, which includes the Castle Shops, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, Covered Bridge and Leather Gift Shop as well as the 14 company-owned shops within Frankenmuth River Place

The Bavarian Inn and its Perks Club program join a field of more than 60 Loyalty360 finalist contestants which comprise some of the world’s most valuable and recognizable retail, travel, hospitality, restaurant and financial services companies, including Coca Cola, Caesar’s Entertainment and Air Canada.

“We’re very proud to have achieved this level of recognition,” said Nancy Sommer, the Bavarian Inn’s Perks Club manager. “This would not have been possible if not for the efforts of our staff who promote the benefits of the Perks Club, enroll new members, maintain our Perks Club member accounts and distribute member awards.”

Winners of the Loyalty360 Awards were announced April 27 at the annual Loyalty Expo in Orlando, Florida.

To learn more about the Perks Club, please visit www.bavarianinn.com .
About the Bavarian Inn Lodge, Restaurant and its sister Perks Club properties

Bavarian Inn Restaurant: (bavarianinn.com) Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

Bavarian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels. The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 100 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 29 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®.

Frankenmuth River Place Shops: (http://frankenmuthriverplace.com/) is an authentic re-creation of a Bavarian village located just minutes from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge.  The outdoor mall features more than 40 shops and attractions at one location. Visitors enjoy architecture, floral gardens, streams and waterfalls and, of course, great shopping opportunities.

About Loyalty360: Loyalty360 is an unbiased, market driven, voice of the customer focused clearinghouse and think-tank that is committed to bringing loyalty to the forefront as a critical marketing strategy. A trusted source for cutting-edge research, best practices, and networking opportunities, Loyalty360 gives members the expert insights and guidance they need to better understand loyalty and develop programs that effectively engage their customers and employees and build stronger relationships with them. With over 70,000 monthly visitors and 115,000 monthly page views to Loyalty360.org, and 500,000 followers collectively on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, Loyalty360 is a prolific resource for loyalty, customer experience and brand/customer engagement strategy. Learn more at http://loyalty360.org.

Bavarian Inn’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill Adds Outdoor Seating

Scheduled completion by Memorial Day weekend

FRANKENMUTH, Concept drawing Full restaurant with patioMich. April 22, 2015 – Just in time for sunny skies and warmer temperatures, guests will be able to enjoy food and beverages “al fresco” at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill. The popular eatery is adding a 50-seat patio off the south side of the restaurant.

The patio area will include a walk-up bar, a custom dual-level fireplace, and entryways from the restaurant. Its anticipated opening is expected in time for the Memorial Day weekend – the official kick-off of the busy summer season.

The patio project is being built by Michigan companies William Bronner & Son Contractors, Inc. of Frankenmuth and Hagen Excavating of Saginaw.

Michigan on Main Bar and Grill 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. Patio guests will have full bar service plus a special patio version of the Michigan on Main menu.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Show Mothers Love at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn

Restaurant and Lodge Help Families Give Special Treats for Mother’s Day, May 10

Frankenmuth, MI – April 20, 2015 Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn is dedicated to helping you shower your special someone with love on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015. Both the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge are available to give moms a perfect day of dining, shopping, and relaxing.

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant will offer its signature entrees on Mother’s Day from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., including Frankenmuth Chicken® and Shrimp, and also the Ultimate 5-Meat Family Style Bavarian Dinner. All moms dining in the Restaurant on Mother’s Day will receive a free gift from the Castle Shops. To make a reservation, call 800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941.

The Bavarian Inn Lodge is serving a special holiday buffet sure to please everyone at the table on May 10 starting at 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. in various banquet and dining rooms. The menu includes a wide variety of starters, breakfast items, main dishes and mouthwatering desserts. Guests will also enjoy piano music. Reservations can be made at 1-855-652-7200 or 989-652-7200.

“No one deserves to be celebrated more than a mom,” said Bavarian Inn Lodge President Judy Zehnder Keller. “Because we know the challenges of raising a family, my mother Dorothy, my sister-in-law Karen and I work extra hard to give mothers the special treatment they’ve earned.”

For the mother who has everything, Bavarian Inn Restaurant offers special gift items with unique themes. The following are just a sampling of the gift packages available on Mother’s Day and also on Saturday, May 9 and they can be delivered right to mom at her table. Orders for gift packages are required at least two days in advance. Guests can use credit cards to place their orders at 1-800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941.

  • ·         “Dorothy’s Cookbook Package” includes an autographed copy of Dorothy Zehnder’s new cookbook, From My Kitchen to Yours, along with a 3 oz. bottle of Bavarian Inn Chicken Seasoning.
  • ·         The “Pure Indulgence Gift Basket” includes Gourmet Turtle Apple, ½ lb. Homemade Truffles and a bottle of Bavarian Inn Private Label Piesporter Wine.
  • ·         The “Bread & Jam Gift Basket” includes Stollen Bread (fruit & nut bread), Apple Cinnamon Raisin Bread, two half-pints of Jam, and Homemade Truffles.
  • ·         The “Jam Trio” includes three jars of assorted homemade jam with a serving spoon.

“Mother’s Day only comes once a year,” said Dorothy Zehnder. “It’s important to show mothers, grandmothers and that special someone how much you love them. Holidays like this are about creating lasting family memories, which the Bavarian Inn loves to help provide.”

In addition to delicious food and unequaled shopping, families are encouraged to celebrate Mother’s Day all weekend long at the Bavarian Inn.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant: (bavarianinn.com) Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

Bavarian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, 150 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 29 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®.

 

Twist and Shout: Celebrate National Pretzel Day April 26 and April 27 at Bavarian Inn Restaurant
• National Pretzel Day is Sunday, April 26
• Bavarian Inn celebrates April 26 and April 27
• Learn how to make one of Germany’s (and America’s) most popular snacks

FRANKENMUTH, Mich.- April 15, 2015 – Whether they’re dipped in your favorite mustard, stuffed with gooey cheese, or covered in decadent chocolate, there’s no question that snack lovers on both sides of the Atlantic love pretzels, a baked treat dating back to medieval times.

Last year the Bavarian Inn Restaurant served more than 17,000 pretzels with more than 6,400 guests participating in pretzel rolling experiences.

This year in observance of National Pretzel Day, Sunday, April 26, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is offering a fun pretzel rolling experience where guests learn the history of the pretzel. With hands-on, step-by-step instructions, guests will “roll their own” using the twists and turns perfected by the Bavarian Inn’s expert pretzel bakers.

National Pretzel Day originated in Pennsylvania when Governor Ed Rendell – whose state boasts an abundance of German family pretzel bakers – declared it an official observance in 2003.

On Sunday, April 26 and Monday, April 27, the Bavarian Inn is offering its pretzel rolling experience for half price – $2.50 versus the regular $5.00 per person. The event takes place at 2:30 p.m.

A minimum two-hour advance reservation and prepayment are required. For more information about National Pretzel Day at Bavarian Inn Restaurant, call 1-800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941. You can also visit www.bavarianinn.com and click on “special events.”

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

The Month of May is Brimming Over with Music and Merriment
at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Enjoy Hello Kitty, Elvis, Cinderella and Flavors from Around the World

April 9, 2015 – Frankenmuth, Mich. — From Tea with Hello Kitty, the music of Elvis Aaron Presley, Jr., an enchanted lunch with Cinderella and friends, and an evening of wines from around the world, there will be plenty to do at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant as they offer multiple events during the month of May.

Hello Kitty fans will be welcomed at the Restaurant to have tea with Hello Kitty on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. The event includes photo opportunities, glitter tattoos and balloon art. On the menu for this special event is Bavarian Inn pasta salad, Frankenmuth® chicken, mashed potatoes, buttered corn and mini hot fudge sundaes. The event costs $30 per person and includes the meal, tea, keepsake tea cup, Hello Kitty gift and more. Reservations are required.

“Elvis” will be in the house Wednesday, May 13  at 11:00 a.m. and Thursday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Elvis Aaron Presley, Jr., a musician and entertainer, is a gift to all who enjoy the songs of his idol – the late “King of Rock-and-Roll.” His loving renditions of Elvis hits, as well as his performance of his own music will captivate the entire audience. His looks, style and demeanor have captivated audiences worldwide and are a testament to the “King’s” legacy. The matinee show includes a hearty chicken plate luncheon, coffee or soft drink, tax and gratuity for $40 per person. Reservations are required.

Explore tastes of wine and food from around the world at the Restaurant’s Spring Wine Dinner, Friday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. The event, featuring a guest speaker representing National Wine and Spirits, offers a five-course menu of food and select wine pairings. Bavarian Inn chefs and National Wine and Spirits wine experts will offer:

• Ricotta gnocchi with grilled shrimp in a creole tomato sauce, with a Montes Cherub Rosé of Syrah from Chile

• Savory egg trio, paired with Bodega Norton Late Harvest Chardonnay from Argentina

• Thai beef salad with a kalbi dressing, accompanied by Castillo de Monséran Garnacha from Spain

• Chicken Ballontine served over risotto with grilled asparagus and ramps, with Nobilissima Pinot Grigio from Italy

• Strawberries and cream pretzel delight, served with Bodega Norton Late Harvest Merlot from Argentina.

The Spring Wine Dinner is priced at $55 per person, with reservations and prepayment necessary.

If you loved the new Cinderella movie, take it one step further by having lunch with Cinderella and Friends at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant on Sunday, May 31 at 11:00 a.m. Diners will be treated to singing by Cinderella and Belle, a coloring page, photo opportunities and a chance to learn a dance from the princesses. Lunch includes Frankenmuth® chicken plate, homemade bread, mashed potatoes topped with delicious gravy, vegetable, a royal dessert, along with milk, tea, coffee or soft drink.

Cinderella and Friends lunch is $20 per person which includes lunch, a gift from Cinderella, tax and gratuity. Reservations and prepayment are required.

To reserve your spot for any of these events, call 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941 or visit www.bavarianinn.com for more information.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

Sweet retreat: Bavarian Inn’s Candy Corner & Chocolate Shop
gets complete makeover
Bigger, brighter look awaits Castle Shop guests

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FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – March 25, 2015 – Just in time for Easter, workers are putting the finishing touches on a complete renovation of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Candy Corner and Chocolate Shop, where guests will experience new, bright and colorful displays, along with improved access to the shop’s vast selection of sweet sensations.

Located in the ground floor in the Castle Shops at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, the Candy Corner and Chocolate Shop offers an impressive selection of imported, novelty and retro candy. Guests can watch as the shops’ “candymeisters” and chocolatiers create mouth-watering chocolate clusters, truffles, fudge, brittles and gourmet candy-covered apples.

According to Jim Dohrmann, the Bavarian Inn’s retail division manager, “The basic footprint of the shops stays the same, but the look is completely up to date. Walls are new, ceilings are higher, cabinets are new, colors are brighter, and walkways are opened up. Our guests will definitely notice the changes.”

Dohrmann added, “We will continue to sell many of the same popular products our guests have come to know and love, such as our signature Turtle Apples, Glockenspiel Mice, and our assorted brittles, Jelly Belly candy, taffy, suckers and more. And we’ll be adding some new and exciting products.”

Renovation of both shops will be complete the week before Easter.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

4th Generation Bavarian Inn Garners Outstanding Family Business Award
Ten Family Members Keep Business Vital as an Extension of Their Family Bond 

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Photo caption: Ten Bavarian Inn family members work together to continue the success of the  iconic Frankenmuth company: (seated from left) William Zehnder Keller, Karen Zehnder, Martha Zehnder Keller, Michael Zehnder, (standing from left) Katie Zehnder, Amy Zehnder Grossi, Bill Zehnder, Dorothy Zehnder, Don Keller, Judy Zehnder Keller.

Frankenmuth, MI – March 23, 2015 – The iconic Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn received the Outstanding Family Business award from Saginaw Valley State University’s (SVSU) College of Business and Management at its second annual Best in Business awards ceremony held Friday, March 13 on the SVSU campus in Kochville Township, MI.

In presenting the award, the college noted: “The Bavarian Inn Lodge and Restaurant offers visitors the chance to explore over 40 shops, yearly festivals and events, and a taste of classic German architecture. It employs more than 400 people and serves over a half million meals each year, and is annually ranked among the top independent U.S. restaurants.”

Meeting the SVSU Business College’s award criteria of being an established family-owned business headquartered in the Great Lakes Bay Region, the Bavarian Inn also had to demonstrate:

• its specific strengths as a family-owned business
• its contributions to the community
• its family business best practices.

Reflecting on the significance of this latest award, third generation owner and current restaurant president Bill Zehnder, attributed the success of Bavarian Inn to strong family ties. “My father often said, ‘Family is everything,’” Bill commented. “We continue to live and work by that philosophy. We have a shared history and a shared moral code. We grew up together, worshiped, worked and played together. We truly cherish and respect each other. In business, we adhere to a creed based on our shared values and vision. Work is an extension of our family bond.”

Bavarian Inn Restaurant: (bavarianinn.com) Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

Bavarian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 100 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 29 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®.

Frankenmuth River Place Shops: (http://frankenmuthriverplace.com/) is an authentic re-creation of a Bavarian village located just minutes from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge.  The outdoor mall features more than 40 shops and attractions at one location. Visitors enjoy architecture, floral gardens, streams and waterfalls and, of course, great shopping opportunities.

 

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn’s Guest Loyalty Program
Celebrates 16 Very Loyal Years
 Bavarian Inn a pioneer in offering one location loyalty program
• 21,000-plus members in Perks Club

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Frankenmuth, MI – March 18, 2015 – What’s it like to have more than 21,000 “family members?” “It’s awesome!” says Jim Engel, COO of the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Engel’s family members are actually members of the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Restaurant’s extended family, the Perks Club. Founded in 1999, the Perks Club is one of the largest private loyalty and rewards programs in the country.

“Many people have told us how they came to Frankenmuth as children and are now bringing their children and grandchildren,” Engel says. “As we continued to hear this from our guests, it became evident that we needed to reward these guests for coming back all these years and being loyal to us.”

What prompted a private loyalty program as opposed to a third-party version? “We knew we had loyal guests of the Bavarian Inn and we knew we saw them frequently, but we truly did not know who they were,” states Nancy Sommer, Perks Club manager. “Recognizing these guests was important for our business and rewarding them for their loyalty was even more important. By creating our own program, we were able to tailor our rewards more to individuals because we learned more about them as people, not just as membership numbers.

“All of our members have their own unique spending patterns,” Sommer continues. “It is very important to appeal to each member of our Club. While most overnight with us, some only dine with us, while others are primarily shopping guests. We offer benefits that appeal to the varied interests of our members and encourage them to visit more frequently.”

Most of the Bavarian Inn Perks members have been in the Club for years. There is very low attrition, with thousands of new member referrals coming from existing members. “We have been studying loyalty clubs of other hotel chains and airlines for years,” stated Engel. “We have not been able to find a significant independent resort running a club like ours anywhere else in the country. With a 16-year history, we believe we are pioneers in offering a diverse and robust loyalty program for a single location.”

Perks Club members pay a small fee for membership, with 10 points awarded for every dollar spent on all purchases within the Bavarian Inn companies: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, Castle Shops, Covered Bridge and Leather Gift Shop and 14 company-owned shops within Frankenmuth River Place. Reward certificates are generated at each $200 level.

Members also receive priority dining reservations at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant whenever possible and priority status on lodging waitlists as well as a complimentary dinner at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant during the month of their birthday along with a complimentary dinner for the second adult member on the same account during that member’s birthday month. For the fun of it, miniature golf at the Lodge is also free for members on Wednesdays.

Six informational Perks Club newsletters mailed each year play an additional part in the success of the program. “Our newsletters are packed full of special benefits, member-only promotions and reduced offers for lodging, dining and shopping. Our office can always tell when the newest edition of the newsletter has reached members’ households. Our members are calling to make reservations for dinner and special events as well as reservations for lodging at reduced rates. We definitely know they are reading them,” laughs Sommer.

“We are very proud of the success of our Perks Club” says Judy Zehnder Keller, owner and president of the Bavarian Inn Lodge. “Having a formal loyalty program has helped us find out who our best customers are and we have developed long-term, personal relationships with them.”

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge, Restaurant and its sister Perks Club properties

Bavarian Inn Restaurant: (bavarianinn.com) Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

Bavarian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool and whirlpool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 100 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 29 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®.

Frankenmuth River Place Shops: (http://frankenmuthriverplace.com/) is an authentic re-creation of a Bavarian village located just minutes from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge.  The outdoor mall features more than 40 shops and attractions at one location. Visitors enjoy architecture, floral gardens, streams and waterfalls and, of course, great shopping opportunities.

 

Frankenmuth Iconic Wooden Covered Bridge to Close for Repairs

Bridge facts:
• Opened: January 1980
• Scheduled closure: intermittently March 16, 2015 to April 17, 2015
• Length: 239 feet; Width: 28 feet
(Roadway: 19 feet, Walkway: 4’6” on each side)
• Used 163,288 board feet of lumber
• Weight: 230 tons; Load capacity: 18 tons
• 4 million vehicle crossings to date

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Frankenmuth, MI – March 12, 2015 – After 35 years of Michigan winters – and Michigan summers – and more than 4 million vehicle crossings, the Bavarian Inn’s Covered Bridge (the Holz-Brücke in German) spanning the Cass River in Frankenmuth is having some work done.

Replacing the shingles and roadway planking will begin Monday, March 16, 2015 and last for about four weeks, depending on Michigan’s unpredictable weather. The bridge will be closed to vehicles intermittently during that time (see below for closure schedule). Access to the Bavarian Inn Lodge, Bavarian Inn Restaurant, and Frankenmuth River Place Shops will be available from the Weiss Street entrance. Pedestrians will be able to cross the bridge using a walkway.

There will be a number of Bavarian-themed signs that will direct guests to the alternate entrance.

“Like any bridge or roadway in Michigan, time and weather have taken its toll on our wooden covered bridge,” said Bill Zehnder, president of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn, Inc. “Maintaining the bridge is a necessity for the safe passage of our guests and Frankenmuth visitors.”

He added that the roof covers and protects the wooden bridge underneath, so the deterioration of the shingles exposes the structure to potential wear.  The covered bridge was installed in January, 1980 after nearly two years of construction on the riverbank. New Hampshire craftsmen used structural framing timbers from Oregon – in some cases 32 feet long – and locally sourced and sawn 3-foot long shingles for the roof and 16-foot long 4x8s for the planked roadway.

The necessary repairs will be made by a Michigan team headed up by Tim Gilmour of Gilmour Construction in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Gilmour has a long history with wooden craft projects. The planking will be locally sourced and sawn by Dennis Miller from Lapeer Hardwoods in Lapeer, Michigan.

If Mother Nature cooperates, the bridge will hopefully reopen for both (gasoline-and horse-powered) vehicular traffic around Friday, April 17, 2015.

Bridge closure schedule
Monday March 16, 2015 to Friday April 3, 2015:
Closed Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 10:30 am only
April 6 – 10, 2015: No bridge construction
April 13 – 17, 2015:
Closed Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 10:30 am only
One pedestrian walkway open at all times during repairs

Bavarian Inn Restaurant: (bavarianinn.com) Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark, 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.  [Press Room: http://www.logos-communications.com/bavarianinn/]

Bavarian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist attractions – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two waterslides, a miniature golf course, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses over 100 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. In 29 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®.

 

Bavarian Inn’s ‘Michigan on Main’ Bar and Grill
Hosting Annual Bell’s Brewery Oberon Ale Release
Enjoy a first sip of summer on March 23

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. March. 2, 2015 – One of the most anticipated craft beer releases of the upcoming season takes place Monday, March 23, from 5-7 p.m. at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s “Michigan on Main’ Bar and Grill, which is hosting a party to celebrate the annual release of Bell’s Brewery Oberon Ale.

It’s one of the most popular seasonal brews produced by the Kalamazoo and Comstock, Michigan, brewers as “Michigan on Main’ stays true to its theme of focusing its food and beverage menu on Michigan-made products, celebrating Michigan’s agricultural diversity.

According to Bavarian Inn President Bill Zehnder, “Michigan on Main” is the only venue in the Frankenmuth area to host the Oberon Ale release. The event includes games, giveaways, prizes, and one-on-one discussion time with Bell’s Brewery representatives. In addition, “Michigan on Main” will have on its menu expertly-matched food pairings to compliment Bell’s Oberon Ale.

Available only until September, Bell’s Oberon Ale is a wheat ale described as a “classic summer beer,” with a spicy hop character blended with mild fruity aromas.

For more information, go to www.bavarianinn.com and view the calendar of events.

Michigan on Main Bar and Grill 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 Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant Lines Up Lots of Fun for Children
to Mix and Mingle with Special Guests

Cinderella

Feb. 23, 2015 – Frankenmuth, Mich. —Mingle with the Easter Bunny or mix with royal princesses at two upcoming special events at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant this coming March.

On Saturday, March 21, the restaurant will host The Bunny Lunch that starts at 11:00 a.m. The day will include lunch, visits with the Easter Bunny, a magic show, photo opportunities, an Easter-themed coloring page and a balloon artist. The lunch costs $18 per person and includes a gift from the Easter Bunny.

For the little princess in your life, the Bavarian Inn is hosting a Lunch with Cinderella and Friends on Saturday, March 28. The enchanted luncheon starts at 2 p.m. and includes singing by Cinderella and Belle, photo opportunities, a coloring page and a special dance lesson by Cinderella herself.  The lunch costs $20 per person.

Both events feature a Frankenmuth® Chicken plate lunch, along with dessert and soft drink. Reservations and prepayment are required for both events. Call 1-800-BAVARIA or visit www.bavarianinn.com to make a reservation or for more information.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

Bavarian Inn Restaurant presents German Wine Dinner
• Savor a culinary tour of Germany’s wine-growing regions
 5-course feast on March 13 features exclusive food and wine pairings

German Wine Dinner March 2013-2

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. Feb. 16, 2015 – Some of Germany’s most beloved wines – and the historical and romantic places that produce them – will be featured at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s German Wine Dinner, which takes place Friday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m.

The Inn is teaming up with Josulete Wines, a Michigan-based distributor, to present an exclusive collection of fine German vintages for guests to enjoy, and the 2012 Silver Plate Award winner, Bavarian Inn Executive Chef Phil Fahrenbruch, has planned a five-course parade of creative food and wine pairings.

The starter course is pastrami-cured salmon served with an English pea and ramp purée, accompanied by a Hofkeller Wűrzburg Silvaner Kabinett Trocken, produced in Germany’s Romantic Road region. Hofkeller is the oldest documented wine estate in Germany, dating back to 1128.

The next course features a serving of chashu pork belly soup with a wine from the Baden-Kaiserstuhl region – Bickensohler Gewűrztraminer Kabinett, followed by a grilled asparagus and pickled tomato salad with feta cheese, together with the Bavarian Inn’s own Liebfraumilch.

The entrée is a beef brisket with braised blaukraut, served with a Weingut Kőster-Wolf Spätburgunder Rotwein from Rheinhessen, Germany’s largest wine growing region. The Kőster-Wolf family has been producing wines since 1648.

The dessert course is a rhubarb strawberry shortcake with ginger crème, paired with a Weingut Eduard Kroth Riesling Spätlese from the enchanting Mosel River region.

Cost for this special food and wine event is $55 per person, with reservations and prepayment required. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941. For more information, go to www.bavarianinn.com and view the calendar of events.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

 

Bavarian Inn Restaurant presents
‘Scrapbook Weekend’ March 6-8

Hobbyist holiday brings scrapbook creators together

ScrapbookinginFamilyCrestroomatBavarianInnRestaurant

Feb. 12, 2015 – Frankenmuth, Mich. — Scrapbooking – long one of the most popular crafts in the nation – comes to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant March 6-8 as it presents “Scrapbook Weekend 2015.”

The event offers scrapbook creators and their fellow hobbyists the opportunity to get together for the weekend in a fun and creative atmosphere while experiencing Bavarian Inn food and hospitality.

The weekend restaurant package, priced at $175 per person, includes all meals from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, the Bavarian Inn’s pretzel-rolling experience, a 10% discount coupon valid all weekend at the Inn’s Castle Shops, and upon departure Sunday afternoon, each guest receives a 10-piece chicken meal value pack to bring home to friends and family. And, there will be plenty of time for scrapbooking and socializing – until 2 a.m. each day.

Overnight accommodations are available at the Bavarian Inn Lodge at a discounted room rate of $125 plus 11% tax per night for up to four guests. “Scrapbook Weekend” attendees planning overnight stays should call 888-775-6343 for reservations, and reference group number 11Z10Q. Discount rate is based on room availability.

Reservations are required for the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s “Scrapbook Weekend.” To reserve a place, and for more information, call 1-800-BAVARIA or visit www.bavarianinn.com.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

 

Bavarian Inn Debuts New Website

• Easy and enjoyable web experience awaits visitors at www.BavarianInn.com

• New design adapts to all devices for information ‘on the go’

Feb. 10, 2015 – Frankenmuth, Mich. — Visitors to the joint website maintained by the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the companion Bavarian Inn Lodge, www.bavarianinn.com, have a pleasant surprise in store – a fresh, new website design that makes finding information about the twin tourist meccas and booking a dining table or guestroom easier than ever before.

Improved features of the new website include:

• An easy-to-read and responsive page design, formatted to fit all major browsing devices, including laptop, tablet, and smartphone. For travelers planning their Frankenmuth journey at home or “on the go,” the new design makes getting to Michigan’s most popular tourist destination even more fun.

• A clean and easy-to-navigate homepage, providing visitors a quick path across the wide range of “dine, stay, shop, and play” choices offered by the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge. In addition, conference, special event and wedding planners can take advantage of the dedicated pages devoted to conference facilities, catering options, and wedding packages available at both locations.

• Making dining or guestroom reservations at the new site has become easier than ever, with dedicated reservation links on each www.bavarianinn.com webpage, eliminating the need to search for separate reservation pages.

• In addition, the website’s special events calendar has been improved, making the much-visited calendar more visually attractive and easier to read.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant:
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge:
The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist destinations – Frankenmuth – is one of the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotels. The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, an adult-only pool, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses two dramatic waterslides, three pools and two whirlpools, over 100 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 29 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.
Bavarian Inn Lodge online press room: http://www.logos-communications/bavarianinnlodge

 

Bavarian Inn Restaurant to Host Murder Mystery Dinner Show
 ‘Murder at the Masquerade’ seeks dinnertime detectives
• Interactive fun for New Year’s Eve

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – December 15, 2014 – Spend New Year’s Eve with others like yourself who want to share a delicious meal and solve a crime at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, which is hosting a special New Year’s Eve event.

Finish off 2014 with a bang (literally!) at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s “Murder at the Masquerade Dinner Show” beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Guests will enjoy a four-course feast of soup du jour, tossed salad, cranberry almond chicken breast, side dishes, and a chef’s choice dessert, while trying to catch a killer in a roomful of masked faces. The $45 per person price includes dinner, entertainment, non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity.

Reservations and prepayment are required.  To reserve, please call 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Ring in the Season at Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s
Annual Holiday Wine Dinner
5-course feast features specially-paired vintages

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Dec. 1, 2014 – An evening of food and festivity awaits diners and wine aficionados as the Bavarian Inn Restaurant hosts its annual Holiday Wine Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 11 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Silver Plate Award-winning Chef Phil Fahrenbruch has designed and will prepare a five-course feast paired with specially-selected wines representing traditional growing regions, along with a few surprises for added fun.

Appetizer courses feature Seared Beef Carpaccio with Asparagus & Radish Salad, finished with a Horseradish & Truffle Aioli, and paired with Pedroncelli Winery’s Friends.red from Sonoma County. The second starter is Citrus-Marinated Grilled Shrimp atop a Pea & Prosciutto Risotto Cake, accompanied by White Pine Wine Cellar’s White Expression from St. Joseph, Michigan.

The soup course is a warming Leek, Apple and Thyme Soup served with Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Semi Sweet Pinot Grigio, produced by Ontario’s Pelee Island Winery.

The entrée is Honey-Roasted Pork with Butternut Squash Puree and Apple-Cranberry Jus, paired with Silver Lake Winery’s “Roza” Riesling from Washington State.

And for dessert, Chef Fahrenbruch presents a sweet surprise: Dark Chocolate Tart topped with bruléed Marshmallow, and served with Cocoa Vino – CV Chocolate Wine – from Michigan’s Temperance Distilling Company.

Dinner price is $55 per person, and includes the meal, wines, tax, and gratuity. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 1-800-BAVARIA or (989)652-9941.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Matriarch Still Stirs the Kettle As She Turns 93
Dorothy Zehnder Oversees Bavarian Inn Operations
 Works almost every day at Bavarian Inn Restaurant
• Released 2nd cookbook this year featuring 195 recipes
• Works with 9 other family members across corporation

Dorothy Zehnder photo

Frankenmuth, MI – Nov. 20, 2014 – While many people her age are coping with the limitations of their advancing years, Dorothy Zehnder is still going strong, working in the kitchen of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant almost every day as she celebrates her 93rd birthday, December 1.  Born and raised in Reese, Michigan, this dynamo is not only in charge of one of the nation’s largest independent restaurants, she also still oversees the family’s business operations with help from her children and grandchildren.

Dorothy began working as a young waitress at what was then Fischer’s Hotel in the 1940s.  Just a few years later in 1950, she and late husband Tiny Zehnder and his family bought the restaurant, changed its name and began as the new managers. In time, Dorothy developed the complete lunch and dinner menus the Bavarian Inn still serves today.  What is an average day like for Dorothy?  She says there’s nothing she doesn’t do:  food preparation, ordering, quality control, cleanliness, production systems, developing new menu items, promotion and marketing.

In addition, she authored a very personal tome in 2011, “Come Cook With Me,” a collection of recipes, wisdom, photos and stories from her years at the helm of the Bavarian Inn.  Earlier this year, she released a new book, “From My Kitchen to Yours,” that features 195 hand-picked family-favorite recipes from her vast 1,000-plus personal collection. This newest edition contains more recipes, kitchen tips and memories from both her family life and the restaurant.  Both publications were completed while she continued her daily duties at the restaurant.

According to Dorothy, the Frankenmuth “All you care to eat family-style chicken dinners” originated at Fischer’s Hotel. Today’s Bavarian Inn chicken is a variation of those early dinners. Ever the perfectionist, Dorothy’s late husband Tiny began experimenting with the recipe, eventually changing from the original pan-fried hens to the lightly breaded, fried smaller birds that are served today. The success of Tiny’s experiment is evidenced in the nearly 350 tons of chicken served each year at the restaurant.

Like its predecessor, “From My Kitchen to Yours” contains a number of Bavarian Inn signature recipes that have never been published before. Priced at $24.99, the cookbook is available at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Castle Shops, Bavarian Inn Lodge, online or by phone. Anyone interested in ordering “From My Kitchen to Yours,” can call 1-800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941, extension 3332 or order online at http://onlinestore.bavarianinn.com/
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About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Lodge offer tasty options
for Thanksgiving Day
_Family Style Chicken Dinner

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Oct. 22, 2014 – A stress-free holiday away from a busy, cluttered kitchen awaits families taking advantage of three different Thanksgiving Day dining options at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth.

At the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, guests can enjoy the restaurant’s traditional full-service dinner, offering holiday fare, including roast turkey and roast duck, as well as the restaurant’s famous family-style chicken dinner, along with German specialties. In addition, diners have the opportunity to enjoy the rest of their holiday feast at home, with carry-out desserts, such as apple and pumpkin pies, and apple kuchen. Serving hours are 11 a.m. – 9.p.m.

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant is also offering a complete carry-out turkey dinner, including a 14-16 lb. roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, baked dressing, buttered noodles, Blue Hubbard squash, cole slaw, cranberry relish, Bavarian Inn Chicken Seasoning, and a loaf of Bavarian Inn Backofenbrot bread. Price for the complete dinner is $165 including tax. Apple and pumpkin pies are also available at a special price of $10.

Reservations are recommended. For dinner reservations, and to order take-out dinners, call 1-800-BAVARIA. Take-out dinners must be pre-ordered by Nov. 24.

Meanwhile, the Bavarian Inn Lodge will be hosting its “Thanksgiving Day Harvest Buffet” with seating times available from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The bounteous menu offers main courses of famous Frankenmuth chicken, carved roast turkey, carved roast beef, and linguini with marinara sauce. Accompaniments include a full array of appetizers, salads, and side dishes, as well as nine different dessert choices, ranging from traditional German sweet treats like Black Forest torte and apple strudel, to traditional favorites like pumpkin pie and chocolate mousse.

And, there will be live piano music for Bavarian Lodge holiday diners. The buffet is priced, exclusive of 6% tax and 15% gratuity, at $22.50 for adults, $11.50 for children 9-12, $9.50 for kids 5-8, and little ones 4 years and younger dine free. Reservations are required, and may be made by calling the Lodge toll-free at 1-855-652-7200 or 989-652-7200.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Learn more at
www.bavarianinn.com.

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge (bavarianinn.com): The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in Michigan’s No. 1 tourist attraction – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two water slides, a miniature golf course, two gift shops, a 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center with over 100 video and redemption games, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 28 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®.

 

Press on: Bavarian Inn plans Fall Harvest Wine Dinner
Seasonal tastes paired with vintages from Chateau Chantal

Dine and Vine - The Bavarian Inn teams with award-winning Michigan winery Chateau Chantal to present a delicious and memorable feast.

Dine and Vine – The Bavarian Inn teams with award-winning Michigan winery Chateau Chantal to present a delicious and memorable feast.

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – September 30, 2014 – Fire-flecked fall colors and that light chill in the air sets the stage for one of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s most popular events of the season – the annual “Fall Harvest Wine Dinner,” taking place Friday, Oct. 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Guests will experience a five-course menu of seasonal dishes designed and prepared by Bavarian Inn Chef Phil Fahrenbruch, the 2012 Silver Plate Award Winner. Dishes will be accompanied by wines from award-winning winery Chateau Chantal, located on Northern Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula.

The special menu begins with duck confit crostini paired with a Pinot Grigio and roasted butternut squash ravioli served with a Chardonnay. The salad course features an apple and curried chicken salad accompanied by a Pinot Blanc. The main course is a Tuscan marinated steak and mixed grilled vegetables served with a Malbec. And for dessert, Chef Fahrenbruch presents a rustic peach tart with vanilla bean ice cream, paired with Chateau Chantal’s Late Harvest Riesling.

And, to further enhance the experience, dinner guests will be joined by Mark Johnson from Chateau Chantal, who will provide expert commentary and insight on the evening’s wines.

The event is priced at $55 per person, which includes the five-course dinner, featured wines, tax, and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 800-BAVARIA or 989.652.9941.

About Bavarian Inn
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

About Chateau Chantal
Chateau Chantal is a unique development that combines a winery, vineyards, bed and breakfast, residence, six private home sites, and winding roads, all of which combine to create a “retreat into the Old World.’ The 65-acre site sits high atop a ridge 12 miles north of Traverse City, Michigan on the beautiful and historic Old Mission Peninsula. Chateau Chantal crafts many styles of wine, allowing the grape to dictate the style. To learn more, please visit www.chateauchantal.com.

 

During the annual squash roundup, members of the St. Lorenz Lutheran Church Youth Group unload Blue Hubbard squash at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. This year's roundup takes place Sept. 27, 2014.

During the annual squash roundup, members of the St. Lorenz Lutheran Church Youth Group unload Blue Hubbard squash at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. This year’s roundup takes place Sept. 27, 2014.

From Farm to Table: Bavarian Inn’s ‘Squash Roundup’ a Source for Harvest Season’s Most Popular Dishes

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – Sept. 18, 2014 – One of the most anticipated events on the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s autumn calendar involves a vegetable – a BIG vegetable.

It’s the annual “Squash Roundup” taking place Saturday, Sept. 27 when dozens of tons of Blue Hubbard squash, grown by the Fred Weiss family farm in Frankenmuth, are harvested from the fields and delivered to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. The squash – weighing in anywhere from 25 to 35 pounds apiece – are unloaded at the restaurant by members of the St. Lorenz Lutheran Church Youth Group, creating gigantic bluish-grayish “squash mountains,” attracting many curiosity seekers among restaurant guests and visitors alike.

Blue Hubbard squash live up to their big size with big flavor, as well. Their deep orange flesh has a sweet and nutty taste, making it a natural for a variety of cooking techniques in the Bavarian Inn kitchen. It is here where Bavarian Inn founder Dorothy Zehnder works her culinary magic, adding her own secret recipe of seasonings and butter to each batch.

The prepared squash is a popular seasonal feature on the Bavarian Inn’s menu from October through December. Diners may enjoy squash dishes as soups, as savory side dishes, and for dessert lovers, the squash is as a key ingredient for the Inn’s delicious pumpkin pies.

About Bavarian Inn
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

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The Bavarian Inn's family-style chicken dinner is just one of more than 30 delicious chicken dishes served at the inn.

The Bavarian Inn’s family-style chicken dinner is just one of more than 30 delicious chicken dishes served at the inn.

Bavarian Inn’s ‘From My Kitchen to Yours’ Now Available

Matriarch Dorothy Zehnder to Personally Sign New Cookbook, Sept. 6 and 13

Frankenmuth, MI – Sept. 2, 2014 – In a much-anticipated reprise of her successful 2011 “Come Cook With Me” collection of recipes, wisdom, and stories comes Bavarian Inn 92-year-old matriarch Dorothy Zehnder’s newest tome, “From My Kitchen to Yours.”  Featuring 195 hand-picked, family-favorite recipes from her vast 1,000-plus personal collection, this 196-page edition features more recipes, kitchen tips and memories from both her home and the restaurant.

Like its predecessor, the newest publication contains a number of Bavarian Inn signature recipes that have not been revealed before. The cookbook is now on sale to the public, and can be purchased in person at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Bavarian Inn Lodge, ordered online or by phone. Dorothy will be on hand in person with food samples for a book signing on the lower level of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant from 2-3 p.m., Saturday, September 6 and 13.

Coincidentally, the book launch ties in perfectly with the restaurant’s annual celebration of September as National Chicken Month. In addition to picking up a copy of “From My Kitchen to Yours,” Bavarian Inn guests will also have the opportunity throughout the entire month to savor one of the more than 30 delicious chicken dishes, like the Chicken Breast Imperial and Cordon Bleu offered in its main dining room as well as several new offerings in its Michigan on Main Bar and Grill.

According to lore, the first Frankenmuth “All you can eat family-style chicken dinners” were first served at Fischer’s Hotel, the precursor of today’s Bavarian Inn. Today’s chicken is a variation of the dinners first served by Fischer’s. Ever the perfectionist, Dorothy’s late husband Tiny began experimenting with the recipe, eventually changing from the original pan-fried heavy hens to the lightly breaded, fried smaller birds served today. The success of Tiny’s experiment is evidenced in the nearly 350 tons of chicken served each year at the Restaurant.

Anyone interested in ordering “From My Kitchen to Yours,” can call 1-800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941, extension 3332 or order online at http://onlinestore.bavarianinn.com.

About Bavarian Inn: Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.  [Press Room: http://www.logos-communications.com/bavarianinn/]

 

Enjoy the bounty: the best food and beverages the Great Lakes State has to offer at the Bavarian Inn's  "Purely Michigan Dinner."

Enjoy the bounty: the best food and beverages the Great Lakes State has to offer at the Bavarian Inn’s “Purely Michigan Dinner.”

Bavarian Inn Restaurant hosts ‘Purely Michigan Dinner’
Enjoy some of the Great Lakes State’s tastiest dishes

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – August 28, 2014 – Diners will have the opportunity to enjoy a creative collection of Michigan home-grown, home-produced foods and beverages as the Bavarian Inn Restaurant presents its “Purely Michigan Dinner” Friday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

This six-course event brings together food and beverage pairings with the cooperation of nearly a dozen growers, brewers, and other suppliers from across the Great Lakes State.

According to Bavarian Inn President Bill Zehnder, the Inn hosts this special dinner event to showcase the excellence and diversity of Michigan’s farms, orchards, wineries, and breweries that are putting the state on foodie radar screens across the country, as the menu features products from places like Traverse City, Bay City, Imlay City and Bridgman.

“The Bavarian Inn,” Zehnder noted, “uses more ‘Pure Michigan’ products than most other restaurants. The abundance of quality Michigan-produced meats, produce, wines and beers has provided Bavarian Inn chefs a delectable palette to create a menu with something to please everyone.”

The dinner begins with a savory starter: a shredded goat tostada topped with pico de gallo, accompanied by Tapistry Brewing Co.’s Enigma Double IPA. Enigma is brewed with brown sugar and a quartet of Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, and Simcoe hops.

Next, a seasonal fresh tomato soup is presented with a parmesan-crusted grilled three-cheese sandwich, followed by melon and prosciutto over arugula with parmesan and a light dressing, served with a “haus-made” pretzel roll. This is served with a late harvest Riesling.

A braised pork shank over barley risotto is the main course, served with a mixed grilled seasonal vegetable medley, accompanied by Tapistry Brewing’s Gretel Dunkelweiss, a complex, flavorful wheat beer with notes of banana and chocolate. For dessert, Bavarian Inn chefs will be serving a Michigan apple bread pudding.

In addition, guests will learn more about Michigan’s “growing” food and beverage reputation from some of its most renowned entrepreneurs, including Krista Glei from Glei’s Orchards & Greenhouses in Hillsdale, and Greg Korson, owner of Tapistry Brewing Co. The Bavarian Inn’s Bill Zehnder and Chef Phil Fahrenbruch will also be addressing attendees.

Besides great food and drink, the “Purely Michigan Dinner” provides an opportunity for guests to educate themselves about shopping for and using in their home kitchens locally-produced products. “Right now, at the peak of the growing season and the rest of the year, consumers can directly make a positive impact on our state’s economy. It benefits our farmers, ranchers, and those businesses producing food and beverage products made right here in Michigan,” Zehnder said.

Reservations are required for the evening, and may be made by calling 1-800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941. The price is $55 per person, and includes the six-course meal, featured beverages, tax, and gratuity.

About Bavarian Inn
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn family members lead the Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk in Frankenmuth.

Bavarian Inn family members lead the Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk in Frankenmuth.

 

Labor Day Bridge Walk — In Frankenmuth!
Bavarian Inn Family Leads Short March Over Historic Holz-Brücke Covered Bridge

Frankenmuth, MI – August 25, 2014 – If you want to participate in a traditional Labor Day bridge walk but are unable to join the usual crowd traversing Michigan’s five-mile-long Mighty Mac, you just might want to join the Tiny and Dorothy Zehnder family for their annual Labor Day walk across the Holz-Brücke Covered Bridge in nearby Frankenmuth.

The historic, hand-constructed wooden bridge across the Cass River serves as the main entrance to the iconic Bavarian Inn Lodge. The walk is a celebration of the painstaking labor and “little miracle” it took to make the bridge a reality.

The annual event has been taking place since the mid-80’s and was started by Frankenmuth residents Al and Louise Schneider. In keeping with custom, the walk will begin at 12 noon on the east side of the bridge, Sept. 1. The five-minute walk concludes at the Fischer Platz outdoor entertainment café, located at the southwest corner of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant next to the Glockenspiel where participants can choose to enjoy delicious fare and entertainment.

“The Labor Day bridge walk reminds us of the vision and determination of our family through the years and inspires all of us to do our best to help our guests enjoy the uniqueness of Frankenmuth as we mark the unofficial ending of summer,” said Bavarian Inn Restaurant President Bill Zehnder.

The 230-ton, 239-foot covered bridge was built by the family corporation with Tiny and his brother Eddie Zehnder managing the project. It originally linked the Bavarian Inn complex with additional parking across the Cass River, but became the gateway to the Bavarian Inn Lodge in 1986. New Hampshire bridge builder Milton Grāton, along with his son and grandson, hand-crafted the bridge over the course of a year with wood that originated in Oregon and Alpena, Michigan.

The bridge was originally constructed on a rise of land east of the river, and later moved to its home over the Cass River. That arduous process required a capstan, which was turned by nearly everyone in town — plus a team of champion oxen — over the course of several days during a particularly cold January in 1980.

As the story goes, media was on hand to cover the bridge’s final installation. As the capstan was to be turned one final time — with cameras rolling — it didn’t budge, but was frozen in place. As the local pastor from St. Lorenz started to give the benediction, the bridge broke free of the ice and inched into place. “It was a miracle,” remembers Dorothy. Afterward, everyone in town joined in a gratitude-inspired chicken dinner.

Over the years, the walk commemorating the building of the bridge has grown into an annual celebration with hundreds of participants including members from the local Gemuetlichkeit Club, an American-German cultural group that celebrates Bavarian culture with special events throughout the year.

About Bavarian Inn Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.
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Bavarian Inn matriarch serving up new cookbook
Pre-orders being accepted for new title: “From My Kitchen to Yours”

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – August 4, 2014 – What’s cooking these days at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant? This new treat isn’t on the menu, but it comes directly from the Inn’s founder, Dorothy Zehnder, who has just published her newest cookbook, “From My Kitchen to Yours,” arriving at the Inn and online this September.

It’s a much-anticipated reprise. Dorothy’s cookbook, “Come Cook With Me,” was produced in 2011, and featured an 80-year collection of recipes, wisdom, and stories from her own kitchen and proved so popular that Dorothy is back at it again.

Now at age 92, Dorothy has again selected for “From My Kitchen to Yours” a new and tasty variety of 195 family-favorite recipes from her vast 1,000-plus personal collection. This newest 196-page edition features more stories, kitchen tips, recipes, stories from home and the restaurant, and memories from Dorothy’s family members, blending together this new tribute to family, friends, and food.

Like the previous edition, “From My Kitchen to Yours” contains several of the Bavarian Inn’s signature recipes that have not been revealed before in any publication.

Readers will also learn about Dorothy’s own recipe for success. Taking a word from her very own pages, Dorothy shares her begeistern (German for done with passion or enthusiasm). As she says, “That’s how I approach each new day at home or in the kitchen.”

Dorothy has been in the Bavarian Inn’s kitchen since day one – more than 60 years ago. And that’s where you’ll still find her six days and up to 60 hours a week.

Pre-orders for “From My Kitchen to Yours” are now being accepted. This cookbook sells for $24.99 regular price. Members of the Bavarian Inn Perks Club may pre-order the book at a special discount price of $19.99 now through August. To pre-order, call 1-800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941, extension 3332, or pre-order online at http://onlinestore.bavarianinn.com. Interested in learning more about the Perks Club? Go to www.bavarianinn.com and click on the “Perks Club” tab.

About Bavarian Inn
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.
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End of Summer Beach Town Tap Takeovers at Michigan on Main Bar and Grill

Attention Beer Aficionados – Month-long Opportunity to Enjoy Michigan Beach Towns’ Finest

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – August 4, 2014 – First it was “Firkin Fridays” and now it is “Tap Takeover” from 11 a.m. to close EVERY DAY from Friday, August 15 through Sunday, September 14. Instead of the usual one-time tasting opportunity of a typical tap takeover, visitors to the Michigan on Main Bar and Grill will have an ENTIRE MONTH to experience beers from West Michigan Beach Town Breweries right in Frankenmuth!

General Manager Amy Zehnder Grossi explained that the new casual restaurant located inside the Bavarian Inn will dedicate all 12 of its taps to special craft beers that originate from well-known beach towns located along the shores of Lake Michigan. “We thought it would be fun to end the summer by bringing the taste of Michigan’s beach town beverages inland to pair with the Michigan products that we already feature at the restaurant,” she commented.

According to Zehnder Grossi, popular menu items like the Michigan Ale Brat, a foot-long homemade bratwurst on a pretzel bun served with mustard-ale dipping sauce, and the grilled pork Michigan Medallions that are lightly glazed with a beer-infused mustard sauce, as well as sharable appetizers like the Brew Wings seem like natural accompaniments for the tap takeover.

In addition to enjoying its taste, every patron who purchases a craft beer during the tap takeover will also receive an entry for a summer prize package giveaway that will be randomly drawn at the end of the month-long tap takeover.

About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: (bavarianinn.com) Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. 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. [Press Room: http://www.logos-communications.com/bavarianinn/]

 

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Bavarian Inn Experience Triathlon set for August 2
Frankenmuth MI – July 25 2014:  From the moment they start in the gentle Cass River, through the biking portion in the third-richest farming valley in the world, to the final run along cobblestone streets and scenic bridges, participants in the Bavarian Inn Experience Triathlon will be soaking up the scenery as much as they are burning calories.

To make it even more interesting there’s a $2,500 prize for the fastest male and female participants in the Olympic version of the event. Second and third-place prizes are $1,000 and $500.

It all begins at 7:45 AM on Saturday, August 2 in the river and ends at Noon with the public invited to an awards ceremony and party at the Frankenmuth River Place Shops for brats, beer and music by the Bromantics.

There are several options for participants:
Olympic Triathlon: 1,500 meter swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Sprint Triathlon: 500 meter swim, 20k bike, 5k run
Olympic Aquabike: 1,500 meter swim, 40k bike
Sprint Aquabike: 500 meter swim, 20k bike

Information, registration and maps of the event are available at http://donatelifetriathlon.com/Events/TheExperience@Frankenmuth.aspx
Event sponsors are: Tri For Life, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, Bavarian Inn Restaurant, and Bavarian Inn Lodge. Proceeds from the event support the work of Tri for Life.

About the sponsors:
About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: About Bavarian Inn Restaurant: (bavarianinn.com) Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. 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.  [Press Room: http://www.logos-communications.com/bavarianinn/]

About Bavarian Inn Lodge: (bavarianinn.com) Nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist attractions – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, two water slides, three whirlpools, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses over 100 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. In 28 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®. [Press Room: http://logos-communications.com/bavarianinnlodge/]

About Frankenmuth River Place Shops: Frankenmuth River Place Shops (www.frankenmuthriverplace.com) is an authentic re-creation of a Bavarian village located just minutes from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge. The outdoor mall features more than 40 shops and attractions at one location. In addition to great shopping opportunities, visitors can enjoy historic architecture, floral gardens, streams, waterfalls, a full service day spa, video arcade, tons of fudge, candies, popcorn and ice cream.

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Clicking And Scrolling Vacationers Advise
Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Lodge and Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Frankenmuth, MI – July 24, 2014 – “The 2014 Trip Advisor® Certificate of Excellence Awards say it all!” says Judy Zehnder Keller, president and founder of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge. “They say we’re doing our job: providing an excellent experience for our guests.”

The awards, only given to a select group of hospitality providers across the country, are in recognition of what actual visitors would advise prospective visitors. Bavarian Inn Lodge Ranks at a 4.5 of 5 score and Bavarian Inn Restaurant a 4.0 of 5 score.

The Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge is Trip Advisor’s most reviewed hotel in all of Michigan, thanks in part to its two new family-friendly, four-story waterslides and completely revamped indoor 18-hole mini-golf course.

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant, also a Certificate of Excellence winner, has just completed a significant renovation of its own with the addition of the Michigan on Main Bar and Grill. “This allows us to spotlight on our longstanding emphasis on Pure Michigan foods and enhance our focus on artisanal beers,” says Amy Zehnder Grossi, general manager. “It has people talking. The buzz we’re hearing is phenomenal.”

The Trip Advisor comments aren’t just read and acted on by prospective vacationers and diners. “Our team is constantly monitoring the site,” says Zehnder Keller. “We see what guests like and strive to exceed that bar for their next visit. If, for some reason, we haven’t met expectations then we do everything we can to make adjustments. If there’s anything we like to hear, it’s five words: ‘We’re planning our next trip!’”

One reason guests look forward to coming back is the benefits offered to the 20,000-plus members of the Perks Club. Zehnder Keller explains that Club members “get special rates and exclusive offers that are tailored to them. It’s our way of showing members how much we value them.”

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Bavarian Inn Lodge offer family-focused activities throughout the year, with popular events such as the Dog Bowl, an Olympic-style dog event on Memorial Weekend, a Hot Air Balloon Competition and seasonal activities at Halloween, Christmas, Chinese New Year, St. Patrick’s Day and many more.

Bavarian Inn's Michigan on Main Bar and Grill offers guests a variety of Michigan beers, wines and beverages.

Bavarian Inn’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill offers guests a variety of Michigan beers, wines and beverages.

 

Bavarian Inn’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill
Hosting ‘Firkin Fridays’ for Michigan beer aficionados
It isn’t what you think it is
FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – June 20, 2014 – The growth and “outpouring” of interest in Michigan’s craft brewing industry makes its way to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s new Michigan on Main Bar and Grill for “Firkin Fridays,” a celebration of all that is Michigan beer, beginning Friday, June 27, at 7 p.m., and continuing each fourth Friday through November.

Michigan on Main Bar and Grill boasts 13 Michigan microbrews on tap to choose from. Featured brands for “Firkin Fridays” will be Battle Creek’s Arcadia Brewing Co. on June 27, New Holland Brewery of Holland on July 25, and Saugatuck Brewing Co. on August 22, with upcoming featured brewers to be announced. Special pricing will be in effect at $3.50 per pint serving. The “Guest Firkin Tapper” for the June 27 event will be Tom Taylor from the popular Frankenmuth Lager Mill.

In addition, each “Firkin Friday” offers Michigan on Main’s full menu of Michigan sourced and inspired appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrees, all served in a fun, casual atmosphere.

Now for the “firkin” truth: The term originates in Great Britain. A firkin is a fourth of a barrel of beer, or 10.79 U.S. gallons. So, each fourth Friday at Michigan on Main now through November offers Bavarian Inn Restaurant guests a great opportunity to sample the state’s bounty of craft beers with creative food pairings.
For more information, call the Bavarian Inn Restaurant at 1-800-BAVARIA or 989-652-9941.

About Bavarian Inn
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Avast, me hearties! Bavarian Inn Restaurant plans “Pirate Day” family fun and adventure

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – June 2, 2014 – Travel, treats, and treasure await mateys young and old alike as the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant hoists the Jolly Roger for its first-ever Pirate Day on Saturday, June 28, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The day begins with a Cass River cruise aboard the “Bavarian Belle.” While on the cruise, passengers will don their pirate gear and join in a treasure hunt for booty aboard the ship. Prizes will be awarded to the most successful scallywag searchers.

Once docked ashore, the “pirates for a day” will enjoy a private luncheon at the Bavarian Inn, featuring Famous Frankenmuth™ Chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, and vegetables.

Following lunch, the Bavarian Inn will present a pirate-themed magic show, designed to amaze and delight this special audience. In addition, there will be plenty of photo opportunities throughout the day.

The Pirate Day package is priced at $30 per person, and includes the riverboat excursion, luncheon, pirate accessories, all activities, tax, and gratuity. Advance registration and payment for Pirate Day is required. To get on board, call the Bavarian Inn at 1-800-BAVARIA or (989)652-9941.

About Bavarian Inn
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Double Down: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Restaurant
Win Two ‘Best Of’ Awards
Lodge Sales Chief Named ‘Supplier of the Year’

Supplier of the Year: Bethany Curtis of the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

Supplier of the Year: Bethany Curtis of the Bavarian Inn Lodge.

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. – May 30, 2014 – Readers of Michigan Meetings + Events magazine have chosen the Bavarian Inn Lodge and the Bavarian Inn Restaurant their favorites in two major categories at the publication’s ninth annual “Readers Choice Best Of Awards” program, held yesterday in Detroit.

Magazine readers, consisting of convention and meeting planners, suppliers, and tourism industry leaders chose the Bavarian Inn Restaurant as “Best Restaurant with Private Dining Space.”

Michigan Meetings + Events also honored Bethany Curtis, Bavarian Inn Lodge Director of Sales, as its “Supplier of the Year” for her work in promoting meetings and conferences in the Great Lakes State.

“Receiving two major awards for the lodge and restaurant is a tribute to the dedication and hard work among our family members and our entire culinary and hospitality team to provide the finest service, food, and amenities to our guests,” said Judy Zehnder Keller, third generation owner, as well as founder and president of the Lodge. Finalists in this year’s award program represented top-rated restaurants and resorts from across Michigan.

The Bavarian Inn Lodge was among three finalists for the category of “Best Service,” as well as for “Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space  – More than 200 Rooms.”

About the Bavarian Inn Lodge:.About the Bavarian Inn Lodge: The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist attractions – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two waterslides, a miniature golf course, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses over 100 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 28 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®.

About the Bavarian Inn Restaurant: Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn.
Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com

Celebrate New Season in Style with Food, Wine Pairings
At Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Spring Wine Dinner

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. April 28, 2014 – The Bavarian Inn Restaurant will be joining with Petoskey’s Mackinaw Trail Winery to offer food and wine lovers an evening of exciting sips and tastes at the restaurant’s Spring Wine Dinner, Friday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m.

The event, featuring a guest speaker from Mackinaw Trail Winery, offers a four-course menu of food and select wine pairings. Bavarian Inn chefs and Mackinaw Trail wine experts will offer:

• Portobello ravioli and grilled asparagus, with a late harvest Riesling

• Grilled beef rib slider on a caramelized Asiago roll, pommes frites, and truffle horseradish aioli, paired with Mackinaw Trail’s Big Red

• Chicken schnitzel cordon bleu and quinoa vegetable pilaf, with Pinot Gris
• Pecan chocolate truffle cake and vanilla bean ice cream, with blackberry wine.

The Spring Wine Dinner is priced at $55/person, with reservations and prepayment necessary. To reserve, call 1-800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941.

About the Bavarian Inn
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Bavarian Inn Celebrates Earth Day Every Day with Shuttle Fueled by Used Cooking Oil

Bavarian Inn's new bio-diesel shuttle runs on the recycled cooking oil used to cook its famous Frankenmuth chicken dinners.

Bavarian Inn’s new bio-diesel shuttle runs on the recycled cooking oil used to cook its famous Frankenmuth chicken dinners.

Frankenmuth, Mich., April 21, 2014 – How will you celebrate Earth Day 2014?  If you happen to be in Frankenmuth, you can ride the Bavarian Inn’s shuttle that transports guests between its Restaurant, Lodge and nearby River Place Shops. At the same time, you can indulge in a wide variety of locally produced food items.

The new environmentally-friendly shuttle is propelled by bio-diesel fuel derived from recycled cooking oil, much of which was used to cook the world famous chicken dinners the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has been serving guests for more than a century.

“For many years we safely discarded our used fryer oil through a local disposal company,” said Bill Zehnder, third generation owner and current restaurant president.  “About four years ago we partnered with Clean Air Biofuels LLC, a Michigan company that began paying us for the used oil in order to convert it into bio-diesel fuel. Now that we have our very own bio-diesel shuttle, we’re able to recycle our own used oil to propel the shuttle, making it a renewable fuel source that originates in our kitchen and ends up in our fuel tank.”

Visitors who dine while visiting Frankenmuth can take comfort in the thought that the Bavarian Inn procures many of its food staples locally as the largest single consumer of Michigan agricultural products, a practice that benefits the environment by eliminating long-distance shipping while also supporting local farmers. During the course of a year, the Bavarian Inn will serve 1.5 tons of whitefish, 2,650 gallons of sauerkraut, more than 1,500 bushels of apples, 125 tons of potatoes and enough dark beer to float a battleship. Such notable levels are bound to increase with the recent addition of Bavarian Inn’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill, a casual area that occupies the restaurant’s former Roof Garten space and focuses on “Michigan Fare” as well as Michigan craft beer, wine and spirits.

“Our business has been evolving for more than 125 years and we need to continue to evolve to keep the Bavarian Inn relevant as our guests’ tastes change,” said Zehnder. “That means not only listening to our guests, providing healthy options, exceptional value and great service, but also going green both within our Restaurant and by recycling a by-product from our kitchen to create a cleaner form of transportation.”

Another feature of the new shuttle that shows the Bavarian Inn’s continued adaptation to today’s world is its barrier-free adaptation that includes a lift to accommodate two wheelchairs or one mobility vehicle. This is a feature that guests have often inquired about and now are able to use on a regular basis.

The new shuttle began transporting the Inn’s guests last summer as the latest example of the Frankenmuth property’s commitment to “green” initiatives. Other well-established, environmentally-friendly initiatives include recycling paper, metal, cardboard and plastic cups.  To conserve water Bavarian Inn changed its flower box irrigation system. It also cultivates a fresh herb garden that grows on the restaurant grounds. Changes have also been implemented to reduce electrical use.

About Bavarian Inn
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

Bavarian Inn Award Winning Chefs Are Secret Weapons

(L. to R.) Bavarian Inn Executive Chef Phil Fahrenbruch, Bavarian Inn Lodge Purchasing Manager Mark Brooks and Bavarian Inn Sous Chef Tyler Stark show off their culinary awards.

(L. to R.) Bavarian Inn Executive Chef Phil Fahrenbruch, Bavarian Inn Lodge Purchasing Manager Mark Brooks and Bavarian Inn Sous Chef Tyler Stark show off their culinary awards.
Bavarian Inn Sous Chef Tyler Stark's Boeuf Pota la Gasconne recently won a Silver Award from the Flint/Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF).

Bavarian Inn Sous Chef Tyler Stark’s Boeuf Pota la Gasconne recently won a Silver Award from the Flint/Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF).

Frankenmuth, Mich. April 14, 2013 –The Bavarian Inn Restaurant and the Bavarian Inn Lodge are known for serving the kind of good food and providing experiences that keep bringing guests back for more. It was recently revealed that behind the quality of their cuisine and service is a powerful dose of culinary talent.

Twenty-three-year-old Bavarian Inn Sous Chef Tyler Stark just received a Silver award from the Flint/Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) for his Boeuf Pota la Gasconne entry (see photo) in the Zehnder’s Snowfest Hot Food Competition. Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management at Northwood University, Stark already has an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management from Mott Community College.

Bavarian Inn Lodge Purchasing Manager Mark Brooks was named 2013 Chef of the Year by the Flint/Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF). A 22-year veteran of the Bavarian Inn Corporation, Brooks began as a Bavarian Inn dishwasher, working his way up through the ranks and earning a degree from the Culinary Institute of America. In addition to being singled out as Chef of the Year, Brooks also serves as 2013 vice president of the Flint/Saginaw ACF.

Joining Brooks in heading up the local ACF chapter is its president, Bavarian Inn Executive Chef Phil Fahrenbruch. Fahrenbruch has also been recognized as one of only nine operator executives selected to receive the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association’s (IFMA’s) 2012 Silver Plate Award, a top honor based on an individual’s outstanding industry achievements and commitment to innovation. He was also the 2009 ACF Chef of the Year and has been with the Bavarian Inn for more than 21 years.

“We are very lucky to have such talent in the ranks of our team members all helping to create memorable experiences for our guests,” said Bavarian Inn Restaurant president Bill Zehnder. “It is always nice to have our staff recognized by their peers in the culinary industry,” he continued.  “It is the talent of our employees that is at the heart of the outstanding success of the Bavarian Inn Corporation through the years, fulfilling the overall mission to ‘let our family serve your family’.”

After 125 years of service (2013), the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is a Michigan landmark where generations of diners have discovered true Bavarian hospitality – 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.

With more than 25 years of experience, the 360-room Bavarian Inn Lodge boasts: an indoor waterpark with two extraordinary slides, four indoor pools and three whirlpools, family fun center, 18-hole indoor miniature golf course, two restaurants, two gift shops, free WiFi internet and a conference center that can accommodate up to 500 people.

Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Castle Shops, Frankenmuth Cheese Haus, Covered Bridge & Leather Gift Shop, Frankenmuth River Place Shops, and the Bavarian Inn Lodge. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

 

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Bavarian Inn Cuts Ribbon for Michigan on Main Bar and Grill

New Venue Capitalizes on Michigan food products, to create a locally-inspired “second meal” for Frankenmuth visitors

The Zhender family celebrates the grand opening of its new Michigan on Main Bar and Grill, located at Frankenmuth's Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

The Zhender family celebrates the grand opening of its new Michigan on Main Bar and Grill, located at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

Frankenmuth, Mich., April 2, 2014 – Michigan’s quintessential destination for German-style cuisine just broadened its culinary offerings, capitalizing on its extensive use of Michigan food products, to create a locally-inspired “second meal” for Frankenmuth visitors. The Bavarian Inn Restaurant officially celebrates the re-opening of its former Roof Garten as the new Michigan on Main Bar and Grill with a VIP ribbon cutting at 11 a.m., April 8.

In its first major dining renovation since 1987, the world-famous Frankenmuth® style chicken dinner restaurant has transformed its former Roof Garten into a casual and contemporary dining space showcasing Michigan-sourced food along with Michigan craft-brewed beers, Michigan wines and specialty Michigan cocktails.

Hosted by the third-generation Zehnder family, the ribbon cutting will include representatives of the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce, local business leaders and area residents. It will feature food samples, coupons for return visits and prizes. This official event unveils a completely renovated space including a new bar, tables, color scheme and flooring, with European undertones and Michigan-inspired overtones. The changes only affect one dining room within the Bavarian Inn Restaurant — the remainder of the building will continue its legacy of serving famous Frankenmuth style chicken dinners.

“We’ve created a unique place that emphasizes tasty Michigan-sourced food, while providing patrons with a different option for their ‘second meal’ in Frankenmuth,” explained Bill Zehnder, Bavarian Inn President. “We are hoping that the casual atmosphere, affordability and convenience of Michigan on Main Bar and Grill right on Frankenmuth’s Main Street will encourage everyday use for lunch or dinner, as well as make it a natural place to congregate with friends.”

Michigan on Main Bar and Grill builds on the increasing popularity of locally crafted beers, Michigan made wines and of course, popular Michigan-inspired cuisine. General Manager Amy Zehnder Grossi focused on creating a distinct menu, mixing Michigan-sourced foods and beverages to allow guests a tasty trip around the Great Lakes State in the convenience of one locale.

Start the trip with the Sparty Tailgate Party featuring breaded portabella mushrooms, grilled cheese sticks, potato cheese puffs and choice of brew wings; cross the bridge with the delectable Mighty Mac sandwich with hickory smoked ham, cheddar cheese, crisp apple and mixed greens drizzled with honey mustard ale sauce ensconced in a house-made pretzel bun; or go coastal with the Great Lakes, featuring what else but fresh catch from the lakes that make Michigan; or go for color with the Maize & Blue Salad that includes artisanal greens tossed with seasonal vinaigrette, dried Michigan cranberries, apples, house-made granola and blue cheese.

To wash it down, let the taste buds travel to Traverse City, Fennville and Old Mission Peninsula for inspiring Michigan wines; take a road trip to places such as Midland, Birmingham, Detroit and Cheboygan for Michigan-brewed beers; or set sail with specialty cocktails such as the Michiganrita featuring Hopquila produced in Holland.

“This culinary tour of our great state is the perfect venue for local residents and business people seeking a convenient luncheon meeting spot as well as families and visitors looking for a casual and affordable place to dine while visiting Frankenmuth,” said Zehnder Grossi.
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About Bavarian Inn
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com,

Michigan on Main Bar and Grill Hosts the Oberon Release From Bell’s Brewery!
New Bavarian Inn Space Toasts Seasonal Ale – March 24

Frankenmuth, Mich., March 17, 2014 – Marking its first formal introduction of a seasonal Michigan brew, the Bavarian Inn’s new Michigan on Main Bar and Grill will host a celebration to honor the official release of Bell’s Brewery’s Oberon, Monday, March 24 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

“Since the goal of Michigan on Main is to turn the spotlight on Michigan products, we felt it is very appropriate to join in the release of this summer ale by hosting a special celebration,” said Bavarian Inn President Bill Zehnder. “From the very beginning, we wanted to build on the increasing popularity of locally crafted beers and the Oberon release presents a perfect opportunity to focus on a popular Michigan-made brew,” he continued.

General Manager Amy Zehnder Grossi explained that the celebration will include trivia games, giveaways, prizes and opportunities to meet with representatives of Bell’s Brewery to discuss the brew’s “spicy hop character blended with mild fruity aromas” to create a “classic summer beer.” She feels that the Michigan-inspired food items that are the hallmarks of the new dining space like the Michigan Brew Wings or Michigan Ale Brat are perfect complements to the new Oberon release.

Opened earlier this month, Michigan on Main Bar and Grill is the first major renovation to the Bavarian Inn since 1987. The world famous Frankenmuth style chicken dinner restaurant decided to turn its former Roof Garten into a casual dining space within the traditional dining experience of the Bavarian Inn in order to showcase Michigan-sourced food along with Michigan craft-brewed beer, Michigan wines and special Michigan cocktails.

Marty Viers & the Music Doctors will provide live Irish music throughout the March 15 event at the Funky Skunk in Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

Marty Viers & the Music Doctors will provide live Irish music throughout the March 15 event at the Funky Skunk in Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

Erin Go Braugh! Celebrate at The Funky Skunk

Frankenmuth, Mich. – March 10, 2014 – Looking for authentic Irish goods and some funky Irish fun in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day? Then, head over to Michigan’s Little Bavaria! Seriously. Nestled within The River Place Shops sits The Funky Skunk — a purveyor of authentic Irish memorabilia. On Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the store will kick-up its typical Irish vibe a few notches to offer a plethora of specials and samples, accompanied by live music.

This year’s festivities include:

• Specials! All day long the store will offer special discounts and offers.

• Samples galore! Guinness cupcakes from Sugar High Bakery; green lemonade and hot chocolate; cheddar ale soup; Cheese Haus Irish Cheddar and Irish Whiskey.

• Free stuff! Green beads to all who walk through the door; every purchase earns a spin on the wheel of prizes; drawings for official Guinness merchandise.

• Songs! Live Irish Music by Marty Viers & the Music Doctors.

The Funky Skunk buyers travel to Ireland to bring patrons quality Irish wares. Guests are treated to Michigan’s largest selection of Guinness merchandise as well as unique Emerald Isle selections such as Hanna Hats, Tara’s Diary jewelry, and Carringdon sweaters.

Can’t swing a trip to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day? No problem. Just swing by the River Place Shops in Frankenmuth, Mich., to The Funky Skunk for pure Irish fun!

About Frankenmuth River Place Shops
Frankenmuth River Place Shops (www.frankenmuthriverplace.com) is an authentic re-creation of a Bavarian village located just minutes from the Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge. The outdoor mall features more than 40 shops and attractions at one location. Visitors enjoy architecture, floral gardens, streams and waterfalls, and of course great shopping opportunities. http://frankenmuthriverplace.com/newsletter/

 

Construction at the new Michigan on Main Bar and Grill

Construction at the new Michigan on Main Bar and Grill

Bavarian Inn to Offer Michigan Fare at New Bar and Grill
Roof Garten Becomes Michigan on Main for “Second Meal” in Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth, Mich., Feb. 26, 2014 – Capitalizing on extensive use of Michigan food products along with patron needs for a somewhat different “second meal” while visiting Frankenmuth, the Bavarian Inn announces a major renovation that is converting its Roof Garten into the Michigan on Main Bar and Grill.

In its first major dining renovation since 1987, the world-famous Frankenmuth style chicken dinner restaurant is turning the former Roof Garten into a casual and contemporary dining space in order to showcase Michigan-sourced food along with Michigan craft-brewed beer, Michigan wines and special Michigan cocktails, according to Bavarian Inn President and owner Bill Zehnder.  “We wanted to create a unique place that emphasizes the tasty Michigan-sourced food that our guests have come to enjoy in our traditional dining rooms and, at the same time, provide them with a different option for their ‘second meal’ in Frankenmuth,” Zehnder said. “We also see it as a way to build on the increasing popularity of locally crafted beers and Michigan made wines,” he continued.

With construction currently underway, General Manager Amy Zehnder Grossi is focusing on fine- tuning menu items like the Michigan Ale Brat, a foot-long homemade bratwurst on a pretzel bun served with mustard ale dipping sauce; grilled pork Michigan Medallions made with Michigan apples and caramelized onions and lightly glazed with a beer-infused mustard sauce; and the Maize & Blue Salad that includes artisanal greens tossed with seasonal vinaigrette, dried Michigan cranberries, apples, house-made granola and blue cheese. With entrée items reasonably priced from $6 to $20, Zehnder Grossi explained that there will also be plenty of sharable appetizers for those who want to congregate with friends while enjoying a favorite beverage.

“We are hoping this new dining option will have broad appeal to local residents, business people seeking a convenient luncheon meeting spot as well as families and tourist groups looking for a casual and affordable place to dine while visiting Frankenmuth,” said Zehnder Grossi.

Scheduled to re-open under its new banner in early March, Bill Zehnder explained that the space will be totally renovated with a new bar, tables, color scheme and flooring, incorporating a look that is still European but includes Michigan-inspired contemporary décor. He also emphasized that the changes will only affect the current Roof Garten portion of the Bavarian Inn and that the remainder of the building will continue to serve its famous Frankenmuth style chicken dinners.

“We are hoping that the casual atmosphere, affordability and convenience of Michigan on Main Bar and Grill right on Frankenmuth’s Main Street will encourage everyday use for lunch or dinner, as well as make it a natural place to congregate with friends,” said Zehnder.

The Bavarian Inn, which began life as the Union House, has been owned by just two families and is now in its seventh generation of management. Today the restaurant seats 1,200 guests in 12 dining rooms and serves over 600,000 meals annually.

About Bavarian Inn
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com.

Every little girl can be a princess at "Princess Fantasy Day" at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

Every little girl can be a princess at “Princess Fantasy Day” at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

Events Galore for the Young and Old Coming Up
at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Feb. 7, 2014 – Frankenmuth, Mich. — From lunch with the Easter Bunny to a Martini Night, there will be plenty to do at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant as they offer multiple events throughout the coming months.

Kicking off the event lineup will be a Valentine weekend, February 14-16, that will include activities for couples and families. Participants can pre-order fun packages to complete their Valentine’s celebration that will be delivered directly to their table. Packages for kids include fun activities and Valentine gifts, and the packages for couples include chocolates, sweets and wine.

A night of Martinis & More will take place on Friday, March 28 and starts at 6:00 p.m. and includes dinner, make-up sessions, cocktail making, photo opportunities, entertainment and more! Participants can also enjoy after-hours shopping with special discounts at Let’s Talk Girl Talk, Amy’s Accessories, Calla Lilies and Emilie B’s located in Frankenmuth River Place Shops.

On Saturday, March 29, the restaurant will host a Bunny Lunch that starts at 11:00 a.m. The event will include lunch, visits with the Easter Bunny, a magic show, photo opportunities and learning about the German Easter tradition of Osterbrunnen.

For the little princess in your life, the Bavarian Inn is hosting a Princess Fantasy Day on Saturday, April 5. The event, which begins at 11:00 a.m., will include a carriage ride, a princess runway, crafts, dancing and a special enchanted luncheon.

Scrapbookers will love the weekend event that the Bavarian Inn has planned for April 11-13. The weekend will include lots of time for scrapbooking as well as Bavarian Inn food throughout the three days and some fun German themed activities. Hotel accommodations are also available at a discount for participants.

Do you have a Hello Kitty fan in your life? Have tea with Hello Kitty on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. The event includes a Bavarian Inn meal, tea, keepsake tea cup, Hello Kitty gift and more.

Reservations and prepayment are required for all events. Call 800-BAVARIA or (989) 652-9941 or visit www.bavarianinn.com to make a reservation or for more information.

About Bavarian Inn
Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn. Learn more at www.bavarianinn.com

Pictured (l. to r.) Justin Cain, Bavarian Inn Retail Supervisor/Corporate Giving Chair, Belinda Laughlin, Field Services Manager for Special Olympics Michigan, and Amy Zhender Grossi, General Manager of Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

Pictured (l. to r.) Justin Cain, Bavarian Inn Retail Supervisor/Corporate Giving Chair, Belinda Laughlin, Field Services Manager for Special Olympics Michigan, and Amy Zhender Grossi, General Manager of Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

Bavarian Inn Restaurant Shares Back Through Corporate Giving Program

Jan. 7, 2014 – Frankenmuth, MI – On January 6, 2014, Bavarian Inn Corporate Giving Chair Justin Cain, along with Bavarian Inn General Manager Amy Zehnder Grossi, presented the 2013 Corporate Giving check in the amount of $8,600 to Special Olympics Michigan. Belinda Laughlin, Field Service Manager for the Northern and Upper Peninsula Regions accepted the check on behalf of Special Olympics Michigan, saying, “Special Olympics Michigan is proud to accept this check and it comes at a perfect time.  The donation amount will completely cover the cost of Area 22 participants attending the State Winter Games that will be held at Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City from February 5-7, 2014.”

For over 15 years Bavarian Inn Restaurant team members have been giving back to community organizations through its Corporate Giving Program. This is a program that was established to help those organizations that help others. Each year an organization is chosen and then Bavarian Inn team members spend the year raising funds through various activities such as auctions, candy sales, donating for the privilege of wearing jeans on a designated day, etc.  At the end of the year, funds are tallied and then matched by the Bavarian Inn’s Dorothy Zehnder family. The highlight is always the team appreciation party in early January when the Corporate Giving Check is presented.

The program has grown, contributing more than $77,000 over the past 15 years with some past recipients being American Cancer Society, Child Abuse and Neglect Council, and the Saginaw Veterans Center.

As Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s second year as the Corporate Giving Chair, Justin Cain, Retail Supervisor, is proud to have been a part of the program. “It was such a pleasure to see our team members really get into the donation fun. From the excitement of Chinese auctions to the simplicity of being able to wear jeans to work, they were having fun, but at the same time knew they were helping a worthy organization,” commented Cain. “I personally enjoyed the opportunity to present the check to Ms. Laughlin. It allowed me and all of our entire Bavarian Inn Team Members, to partially see the end result. We are pleased that our contribution will cover participants’ cost of the Winter Games.”

 

Dorothy Zehnder and Bavarian Inn Honored at Great Lakes Bay Regional Business Event: State of Michigan Pays Tribute to Bavarian Inn Matriarch and 125-Year-Old Property

Bill Rustem, Director of Strategy for Governor Rick Snyder, presents Dorothy Zehnder with the special tribute.

Bill Rustem, Director of Strategy for Governor Rick Snyder, presents Dorothy Zehnder with the special tribute.

 

Bavarian Inn Calls Past and Present Employees to March in Parade

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Bavarian Inn Restaurant Hosts Purely Michigan Dinner

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Bavarian Inn

Everyone Loves Pretzel Rolling at Bavarian Inn

Everyone Loves Pretzel Rolling at Bavarian Inn

Pretzel Rolling is a Good Time

Pretzel Rolling is a Good Time

 

Celebrate National Pretzel Day

Dorothy Zehnder and Michigan Governor Snyder

Dorothy Zehnder and Michigan Governor Snyder

Dorothy Zehnder Wins MTLA Award

River Place Showcases Spring Fashions

River Place Shops

River Place Shops

Press release Dorothy NAWBO award

Frankenmuth Historical Association Celebrates Bavarian Inn’s 125th Year Anniversary

Bavarian Inn Celebrates 125 Years of Service

Frankenmuth Historical Association Booklet Submission

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