Thinking of taking a drive for a weekend get-a-way? With Fall foliage now showing it’s colors and the cool crisp air now chilling the air a drive up north can be just the trip you need. One of the best destination cities off of 23 north is Frankenmuth, Michigan’s own little Bavaria!
As you follow the roadside signs, you can’t miss the many Santa Claus statues that appear everywhere.
The first most inspiring stop is Bronner’s CHRISTmas wonderland! A 2.2 acre store dedicated to all things Christmas and holidays. With ornaments in every shape, theme and size. Plan to spend at least an hour roaming around and taking in all the displays and sights. Christmas music plays non-stop and transports you back to a childhood state of wonder.
After Bronner’s, you can travel into downtown Frankenmuth. Weekdays are less busy during the fall, winter and spring then weekends. Plan on parking in one of the big parking lots that are away from main street. This can be a interesting experience if you drive through the covered bridge to the bigger parking lot. It offers a wonderful view of the river and scenery.
For meals check out, Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth that offers fabulous all-you-can-eat family style chicken dinners plus a full menu of other tasty meals. That is if you have not filled up on fudge or taffy from one of the candy shops such as the Frankenmuth Fudge kitchen or Zak’s Kandy Haus. Both candy shops offer up to 20 different flavors of fudge and all kinds of chocolate covered goodies.
Also for tasty snacks, check out the Frankenmuth Cheese Haus. They offer samples of all of the cheeses that they sell and also sell wines and meat sausages. This long opened store has been in business for many years and offers 140 kinds of cheese. Make sure to take a picture with the mouse and cheese statue outside the store front.
For Pet lovers, Raining Cats and Dogs offers all the luxury items a pet or pet owner could want. They also help to support local animal rescues and adoptions. From beautifully decorated jeweled collars to doggy hiking backpacks and breed artwork, They are the cat’s meow of pet fashion’s.
Bronner’s CHRISTmas wonderland
25 Christmas Lane
Zehnder’s of Frakenmuth
730 South main street
Frakenmuth Fudge Kitchen
Zak’s kandy Haus
636 South main street
Frakenmuth Cheese Haus
561 South main street
Raining cats and dogs
646 South main street