Frankenmuth, Michigan

March 12, 2013
My younger sister bought a new house last year, and she had been repeatedly asking me to come and visit her in Michigan.  Due to my hectic schedule, I was unable to until this past weekend.  I took advantage of my three full days off to have a nice, relaxing time catching up my sis and her husband.

My sis thought it might be fun to visit Frankenmuth, otherwise known as Michigan's Little Bavaria.  I thought it was cool that she took me here because this is where she got engaged after watching fireworks here on the Fourth of July.  For lunch, we stopped at the Bavarian Inn.  Afterwards, we browsed around the city and checked out the area's specialty stores.  Fudge seemed to be a big seller here.

Next, checked out River Place, which has over 40 different stores. If you have a sweet tooth, it is worth checking out.  There is a candy shop, a place that has crepes, and a cupcake store.  I resisted those temptations, but I could not pass up trying some gourmet popcorn at The Popcorn Wagon.  They had regular popcorn along with some flavors that I expected them to have like cheddar cheese and kettle corn, but they also had some crazier kinds such as grape or apple pie.  I ended up buying a small bag of Chunky Monkey, which contained a mix of banana, chocolate, and peanut butter popcorn.
Chunky Monkey
Some of the other flavors for sale
My sis at the River Place shops
We then headed over to Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, which claims to be the largest Christmas store in the world.

Inside Bronner's
You could easily get lost in the store--luckily the sections are labeled with huge numbers overhead.  Here, I believe you can pick up any ornament you've ever dreamed of.  There are ornaments for hobbies, occupations, pets, and everything and anything related to Christmas/winter.  Since I have a terrible sweet tooth, one of my favorite sections was full of dessert related ornaments!

My grandmother used to give an ornament to each grandchild every year.  She did this starting from our birth year, so I have a nice collection, thanks to her.  Because of this tradition, I thought it might be fun for my sister and I to go through the store and pick out an ornament for each other as a souvenir from Frankenmuth.  

The ornament my sister got for me isn't that "Christmas-y," but it is really beautiful!  She got it in the Ornaments from Around the World section.  My ornament is made in Italy from hand blown glass.  The designs were also hand painted.  I love it!!

Overall, I had a great time and hope to go back to visit my sister in Michigan again.  Hopefully it won't take me another year to get there again!
4 comments on "Frankenmuth, Michigan"
  1. I had such a great time too! Come back any time!!!! <3

  2. Ah, I know Frankenmuth! I grew up in Windsor, ON, just across from Detroit, and we'd always visit Frankenmuth in the wintertime. Lots of good food and a ton of Christmas decorations. Nice photos! :)


  3. I live in Michigan but I've never been to Frankenmuth! But this totally makes me want to go!!! :) Sounds like so much fun and so cute!!


    1. My sister told me not to get my hopes up because she knows I've traveled a lot, but I liked it there. We had a great time! I hope you get to visit--I bet it would be very festive around Christmastime.