Slice of Life: A Trip To “Little Bavaria”

Hello readers! A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of having a weekend mini-vacation/getaway to Frankenmuth, Michigan aka “Little Bavaria”. The city’s name is a combination of two words: “Franken” represents the Province of Franconia in the Kingdom of Bavaria, where the original settlers were from and the German word “Mut”(muth) means courage. The area was settled and named in 1845 by conservative Lutheran immigrants from Roßtal area of Franconia (now part of Bavaria) in Germany, but didn’t become a city until 1959.

I’ve traveling to this nice, little cultural/tourist town since I was kid and every time I visit I have an absolute blast. Here are some fun facts about places to visit in the city:

  • Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, which bills itself as “the World’s Largest Christmas Store”
  • The strong influence of Franconian-style architecture can be found in most areas of the city
  • Zehnder’s restaurant is a popular restaurant choice to eat a delicious chicken dinner
  • The Frankenmuth Brewery is one of the oldest breweries in Michigan
  • Birch Run, a city located outside of Frankenmuth, is a great destination for shoppers (tons of outlet stores)

I did a lot of shopping, and I mean a lot. Book buying was huge chunk of my trip, as I ended up going to three bookstores. So as a result I’ll have a new book haul that will come out next week. Besides shopping, I enjoyed walking around getting some fresh air, taking a riverboat tour, eating some good food, and getting lost in the deep abyss that is known as an arcade (that place is entrancing). Here are some pictures of places I visited and highlights of my trip:

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Frankenmuth Brewery. I’m not really a beer drinker, so I didn’t  try any German beer. The food was quite tasty though.
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Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland! I’m a Christmas enthusiast so I spent two hours wandering around the store and singing along to xmas songs. I took A LOT of pictures, but I will spare you by sharing only a few.
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(Outside) I though it was pretty cool to see how many miles from local and global destinations the store was. The store gets visitors from all around the world (over two million people annually) and there are virtually ornaments for anything.
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Pretty lights! (section for Christmas Around the World)
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Work it Santa!

 

 

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Downton Abbey village set. I was nerding out! (And yes there are Downton Abbey ornaments, but I ended up buying a Doctor Who Dalek Ornament instead)

 

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Charlie’s Book Nook (located in the Riverplace Shops)
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Enjoying my daily morning coffee at the Harvest Coffee Shop.
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But of course no coffee shop is complete without its library! (Harvest Coffee Shop)

 

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Bavarian Inn Lodge. I didn’t stay there on this trip, but it’s, by far, my favorite hotel in the city.

And that’s all folks! Hope you enjoyed this post! Stay tuned for my upcoming book haul post to see what I bought.

*All photos were taken by me with my Android phone

 

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