When German immigrants founded the breweries that eventually became Frankenmuth Brewery in 1862, they knew one thing for sure about beer: “It’s good for you.” This motto still steers the brewery today, which operates out of a four-story, 28,000-square-foot building where brewmasters engineer pilsners, hefeweizens, and other beers. Exposed brick and ample brewing equipment dot Frankenmuth’s dining room, where hand-tossed pizzas join Bavarian-style bratwursts with caraway-seed sauerkraut on a menu of hearty pub food. On warm days, an outdoor patio seats up to 250 diners who can admire the Bavarian Belle riverboat as it barrels up the Cass River, then duck inside for a free brewery tour. Frankenmuth Brewery distributes its signature root beer and beers by the keg, bottle, and dewdrop throughout Michigan and across the country.
Since 1888, the Bavarian Inn has transported visitors to an Old World village whose whimsical fairy-tale spires and cascading waterfalls sprawl across 13 acres of riverfront. Amid the restaurant's polished oak confines, strong-armed contenders in the Bavarian Strongman contest will hoist a 1-liter glass stein of Hofbräu into the air, then keep it there until either their brawny bicep gives out or their arm snaps off at the shoulder. The current claimed world record for holding time is 19 minutes. Those who outlast all foes in their round progress to the state finals on August 14, where they'll face off against an entire gaggle of brew-bearing Michiganders in order to win a trip to New York City, ultimately vying for a chance to win a trip to Germany during Oktoberfest. Win or lose, contestants will get to add their souvenir stein to their collection of less impressive teacup- and Coke-lifting trophies—and drink the beer it contains as a reward for their feat of strength.
At 307 acres, Apple Mountain has enough to space to entertain regardless of the season. In the winter, when the resort gets 52 inches of snow on average, the whooshing sounds of skiing fill the 12 slopes, which have snow-making capabilities, lights for night skiing, a ski lodge, and oversight from the National Ski Patrol and PSIA-certified instructors. When the weather warms up because all the cold air has been breathed up by everyone, the pinging sounds of golf clubs take over the 18-hole golf course, which was designed by John Sanford.
Though Macy's is primarily known for its clothing and home decor, the renowned department store is just as adept at feeding its customers as it is at fashionably clothing them. Inside the retail haven's many locations, casual eateries welcome shoppers with classic American dishes updated with fresh ingredients. Lighter plates, such as chopped salads and turkey sandwiches, are served up alongside favorites including grilled burgers and Alaskan cod and chips. Hearty, homestyle entrees of oven-baked meatloaf, chicken pot pie, and macaroni and cheese complete the menu.
Deep in the kitchen at Taboon, chefs fold tender meats and fresh vegetables into a menu of authentic Middle Eastern–style specialties. They sizzle up lamb, beef, and shrimp shish kebabs, and stuff warm pita bread with crispy falafels and tangy tahini. To complement their selection of sandwiches, platters, and dips, the chefs also serve fruit smoothies and juices.