Hotel at a Glance: Frankenmuth Motel
Frankenmuth is "Michigan's Little Bavaria," a quaint hamlet with timber-lined buildings, German restaurants, and signs printed in storybook font. The Frankenmuth Motel maintains that spirit, with its charming gingerbread trim and the baby blue-hued cupolas atop its roof. The roadside motel is just a 15-minute walk from downtown.
- Free continental breakfast is available each morning.
- Get caffeinated with free coffee in the lobby.
- German cuisine: Head to the Bavarian Inn Restaurant in town for homemade German-style entrees including schnitzel and golden chicken.
- $30 in gift certificates available for local shopping
Frankenmuth, Michigan: Historic and Family-Friendly Town Dubbed "Michigan's Little Bavaria"
Frankenmuth was settled by a group of German Lutheran immigrants in the mid-1840s, and it retains the charm of that era and some fairy-tale charm. Nicknamed "Michigan's Little Bavaria," the city's downtown has buildings with timber-lined facades (known as the River Place Shops) and cobblestone paths fringed with gardens. Swing by Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, a holiday specialty store the size of one-and-a-half football fields, which brims with ornaments, festive decorations, and other Yuletide bric-a-brac. It's also worth it to cruise down the Cass River on the Bavarian Belle Riverboat, which offers hour-long tours.