Frankenmuth, Michigan

Is anyone else here totally obsessed with Christmas?? I really hope I’m not the only one raising my hand high. I seriously love Christmas time and can’t get enough of it. It’s probably why I celebrate Christmas in July every year, I start listening to Christmas music as soon as Halloween is over, and I drag my hubby to Frankenmuth every November.

Why Frankenmuth you might ask? Well. It’s home to Bronner’s,  the world’s largest Christmas store. BUT I have to tell you, there is SO MUCH MORE to Frankenmuth than just Bronner’s. Fondly known as Michigan’s Little Bavaria, it’s packed full of shopping, festivals, chicken and German flair that so many people end up missing.
So, if you’re looking for a little bit of Christmas magic, along with a whole lot of fun, just keep reading. Here are my favorite places to visit in Frankenmuth!
Where to Stay: Don’t stay in Birch Run. Seriously. I know… it’s home to the outlets. I know that it has your Bdubs and McDs. But seriously, stay in Frankenmuth. You’ll be so so so happy you did! I highly recommend The Bavarian Inn. This picturesque lodge looks like it hopped straight off the pages of a fairy tale, and it’s right in the middle of town. And not only are you close to everything… they have an authentic Glockenspiel. It’s also home to the beautiful covered bridge made completely of wood. I mean… how could you not want to stay here?!
Where to Eat: Okay. If you’ve never been to Frankenmuth you have to eat at Zehnder’s. They literally have world famous chicken. And you can’t miss out on that. It’s super good, and you will love it. Just be prepared to wait in a line that wraps around the building even on a random Saturday in November. So, we skip the line at Zehnder’s and head down to Frankenmuth Brewery. It’s one of the oldest breweries in the country, and stands as Michigan’s oldest craft brewery. Their beer is delicious (we have approx. 37 growlers at home because Trev can’t leave without one) and we absolutely love their wood fired pizza. We order the same thing every year because it’s that dang good.
Don’t Forget Dessert: Don’t listen to all those people on Trip Advisor that say the best place for something sweet is the fudge place. It’s not. Their fudge is good and all, but it literally has NOTHING on fudge from Mackinac Island. Personally, I think the best place to cure a sweet tooth is SugarHigh Bakery. Ever heard of a little show called Cupcake Wars? Oh yeah. They totally won that. And I mean, how can you not want to eat a cupcake from someone who won Cupcake Wars?! I promise, you won’t be disappointed. Every cupcake I’ve ever tried has been seriously delicious. But, if cupcakes aren’t your jam, you can pick up some old fashioned candy at the Country Store.
What to Do: Frankenmuth may be little, but I can promise that you will never be bored. Shopping, zip lining, river boats, the possibilities are endless! However, I would highly recommend checking out The River Place Shops and The Cheese Haus. (That’s right. We make cheese tasting/buying an activity. And you should too.)
Bronner’s: Alright so technically Bronner’s should be under “What To Do” but the place is so big, I figured it deserved a category of it’s own. The second you walk in, you’re probably going to be a bit overwhelmed with the sheer massiveness of it all. It’s kind of like Christmas has just smacked you in the face, and you’re still in shock. No matter where you look, you’re going to see Christmas. Lights, trees, lawn decorations, and ornaments. You name it, they have it. And no. I’m not kidding. Have you always wanted to decorate your Christmas Tree with breakfast shaped ornaments? They’ve got em. How about ornaments from around the world? They’ve got those too. More into choosing your ornaments by color? Just head to section 10 E. I tend to think that if they don’t have it, they don’t make it. You could literally spend HOURS in the store and still not be able to look at everything. I highly suggest going in with a plan, grabbing a map and making your way to the things you want to see most. It’s always super busy, and it’s helpful to know where you’re going!
How we spend our day:  While we have stayed in Frankenmuth before, we personally like to just go up for the day. Being only an hour from Metro Detroit, it’s a quick day trip for us. We like to get up first thing in the morning, so we get to Bronner’s before 10 am. It’s still busy, but not nearly as busy as it is in the afternoon! We like to get a special ornament (we started getting them the first year we visited, and now get one every year!) and wander around looking at all the sparkly Christmas things! Then we head to the brewery for lunch, and wander around downtown. We finish up at The River Place Shops and grab a cupcake for the drive home. We always leave looking like this:
A little bit sleepy, and a whole lot of happy! 
So what are you waiting for? Head to Frankenmuth this weekend. I pinky promise, you will love it!

I’m so happy tomorrow is finally Tuesday! I can’t wait to talk more about San Antonio! I’m off to eat some pulled pork nachos and settle in for the night. I’m super excited for Dancing with the Stars! Enjoy what’s left of your Monday!


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