Come with Me to Frankenmuth

On the way home from Detroit we stopped in the quaint little town of Frankenmuth, Michigan. Founded by German settlers in the 1800’s it has become a great place to visit during the many festivals in Frankenmuth throughout the year. We got a chance to spend a little time walking down the main street and acting like tourists. We saw several people working on flower gardens and preparing the town for this weekend’s World Expo of Beer featuring over 300 beers for tasting.

We were on the way home from Bloomfield Hills, the swanky side of Detroit, where I had my six month checkup with the awesome Dr. Joel Kahn, my metabolic cardiologist.  My husband and I both enjoyed our visit with Dr. Kahn and we learned some new things that hopefully will help me get my heart stronger. More about that later.

Bavarian InnWe originally planned to eat at the Cracker Barrel at mile marker 122, but when I saw the signs for Frankenmuth I changed my mind. We opted instead to play “tourist” and have some German cuisine at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth.

I ordered the German Sampler from the appetizer menu that came with pretzel bites to dip in the bowl of artichoke and Hofbräu cheese sauce. The appetizer also included 3 potato puff cakes (Kartoffelkäseknödel) and 3 ham and cabbage dumplings (Kohl und Schinken Knödel). Don’t ask me to pronounce the German names, especially since I have my mouth full…it’s Bavari-yummy.

My husband ordered their famous fried chicken platter. His came with potatoes and gravy in a bowl. He thought the gravy was soup and he tried to drink it. Wow…that’s a surprise, huh? Just a little potatoes with your gravy?

I just wish we were there to hear and see the Glockenspiel (musical bells) on the clock tower.  At Noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m., and 9 p.m. each day the Bavarian Inn Glockenspiel plays several selections which are immediately followed by figurine movement depicting the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Beneath the bells is a large stage where carved wooden figures moving on tracks act out the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

After eating lunch I wasn’t ready to get back in the car again without walking around and getting some of my Fitbit steps. So we headed down main street and drank in the sights like tourists visiting for the first time. I’ve been to Frankenmuth a few times to drop off my sheep’s wool for processing at Zeilinger Wool Company.

Woolen Mill FrankenmuthAnother wool processing company is on main street and has been for over a century. The Woolen Mill has been making woolen quilt batting for a long time. They process wool too and they sell some lovely quilts and other home décor items.

At the back of the store there is a big window that peeks into the working areas of the woolen mill. The basement is lined with old bathtubs where they wash the wool in batches. They make sure to keep my sheep’s wool separate from the other orders they might do that same day.

Woolen Mill carding equipmentThe upstairs work area sports the old carding equipment and features other old equipment as well as a bed with a quilt. It’s kind of a museum of sorts that you can see while you shop. We watched a video of the wool preparation process and how they make their woolen quilting batts. Everything is so cozy in the shop that my husband mistook the cat lying on the bed for our cat, it looked so real.

Frankenmuth horse drawn carriageWe walked while we noticed others took a more leisurely method of transportation. Horse drawn carriages trot through town taking visitors for a guided tour by the many shops and other attractions. There is a lot to see, we only scratched the surface.

Frankenmuth Chocolate HausI don’t know how I did it, but I passed by the Zac & Mac Chocolate Haus with only a picture to show for it. I’ve gained to much weight this past year and I had to refrain from any decadent pleasures on this beautiful day. I’m saving a visit to that shop the next time I come. Something to look forward to, huh? I wanted to make sure you knew where to find the chocolate since Bavaria is known for this amongst many other things… the Brother’s Grimm.

The town has murals of the many fairy tales as homage to the Brothers Grimm. We dined under one of the three murals of Cinderella while across our section on the opposite wall was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The stairway to the restrooms featured the Piped Piper and the stereo system played German polkas while I danced my way back and forth to the dining room.

Frankenmuth fountain and Lager MillWe didn’t have time to visit everything I’d like to see, but I got a quick picture of the fountain and the Lager Mill in the distance for a reminder of more things to visit when we come back again. The Frankenmuth Museum features the Lager Mill and more.

The fountain’s couple must be dancing a German polka because whenever I visit Frankenmuth I end up dancing all around the town. I love this town…even if I didn’t hear the “Chicken Polka” during my stay. Somehow I’ll live to see another day! Hopefully I’ll be back again soon and I hope you enjoyed your virtual visit to Frankenmuth. Someday you ought to see it for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.