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2011/211: Summer Roadtrip, Michigan Part 2

Friday, July 8 we spent all day in Frankenmuth, nicknamed Michigan’s Little Bavaria. Many of you know that I grew up in Germany (even if it wasn’t Bavaria), so it probably won’t come as a surprise that we had to include this town in our adventures, and spend more than just a few hours there.
This was by no means relaxing, we did a LOT of walking (boy, did walking all those miles on the treadmill those last couple of years come in handy!! My feet didn’t hurt at all!). Our day started mid morning when only a few other people seemed to be around. This place wakes up in the evening and gets really crowded. We checked out a lot of the stores, did some wine tasting, watched the Glockenspiel at Noon, had a late lunch at the Frankenmuth Brewery, sampled some cheeses at the Cheese Haus (they had chocolate cheese, that was surprisingly delicious, especially the chocolate peanut butter cheese!). We went back to the hotel to get the car to drive to Bronner’s, supposedly the world’s largest Christmas store, because it was too far to walk, especially after walking around all day. It certainly is a HUGE store, and I browsed most of it by myself while Greg and the kids waited patiently at the snack bar. Check out their Trivia page!
After leaving Bronner’s, we walked next door to the Silent Night Chapel, which is a replica of Stille Nacht Kapelle in Oberndorf, Austria, where the Christmas carol “Silent Night” was first performed in 1818.

Frankenmuth is such a pretty town, and Sara loved it so much, she said she wanted to move there 🙂

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11 responses

  1. Wine, cheese and beer… I like your priorities! How cool is that place? I’m sure that thoughts of Christmas in July is therapy for a sweltering Texan! We are off on our own adventure today, “see” you next week!

    30. July, 2011 at 05:32

    • The beer was all Greg’s! 😉
      All that Christmas store needed was some snow! LOL

      Have fun on your adventure!

      30. July, 2011 at 16:34

  2. doreen3boys

    oh my gosh, you must’ve been in heaven! but ewww on chocolate cheese, eeww. I wouldn’t even try that. eww. how did you do the slideshow? love it!

    30. July, 2011 at 09:11

    • LOL my first thought was “eewww!!”, too, but then I tried it anyway. It really didn’t taste like cheese at all. But then… you’re not a big chocolate fan, so you probably wouldn’t like it.

      The slideshow was pretty easy. After you upload the pictures, you click on the “add picture” icon again, and click the “From Gallery” tab at the top. Scroll all the way down and click “add slideshow”.

      30. July, 2011 at 16:38

  3. Love the ‘accounting’ of your road trip – both in words..and images. Sounds like great fun!!!

    30. July, 2011 at 11:15

  4. Hey, I’ve been to Bonner’s. Wish I had known about the brewery nearby. I would have much preferred going there with my Dad while the rest of the family shopped. 🙂

    1. August, 2011 at 06:54

  5. Hee, hee, love the shot of Sara in motion!

    1. August, 2011 at 15:35

  6. what a great little town!! like a tiny taste of Europe.

    1. August, 2011 at 20:08

  7. A little Bavaria / Germany – in USA. Interesting. It’s funny you have all these European tracks over there (oh – we have a Disneyland in Paris too!!!!). I know that there are several (small) towns with Danish descendants, buildings, traditions and more……..

    2. August, 2011 at 11:05

  8. Best chicken EVER in The ‘Muth as we Michiganders call it. That was the one and only thing I craved when I was pregnant: Frankenmuth chicken! Yumn!!!!

    3. August, 2011 at 10:28

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