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You’ve arrived for a weekend getaway and you’re ready to explore! But — it’s downpouring with no end in sight, suddenly sleeting — it’s just too hot out to handle! Now what?
When your itinerary includes outdoor gallivanting but Mother Nature has other plans, look to this guide for weatherproof ways to make the most of a day indoors in Frankenmuth!
Breakfast: Step inside Honey B's Eatery and any weather woes will soon give way to delicious scents, sustainable food selections, and warm Biscuits & Gravy (vegan, if you prefer). Experience an indoor Parisian cityscape at La Crepe du Jour, complete with patio tables, French music, and made-to-order French-style crepes. Or start your day with a sweet treat at N'Orlins Beignets & Coffee. Beignets, or French-style donuts dusted with powdered sugar, make for a memorable breakfast and double as a delicious mid-day snack!
Mid-Morning: Keep warm, dry, and cozy inside Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland with more than 50,000 trims and gifts to choose from — including the chance to purchase hand-personalized ornaments for the perfect souvenir!
No matter the weather, it’s always nice inside shops along Main Street! Visit Frankenmuth Cheese Haus for more than 270 specialty cheeses (even chocolate-flavored cheese). Discover homemade Bavarian-style sausages and a variety of German foods at Kern's Sausages and Willi's Sausage Co., and sample decadence and delight inside Zak & Mac’s Chocolate Haus, Frankenmuth Fudge Kitchen, and Frankenmuth Taffy Kitchen. Shop one-of-a-kinds, apparel, and unique gifts inside Adorn Boutique, White House Boutique, Rapunzel's, Creative Lane, Frank's Muth, and Amazin' Mitten, among many others.
Lunch: Enjoy Sicilian pizza, homemade pasta, and hearty sandwiches inside turn-of-the-century Tiffany's Food & Spirits, complete with stained-glass chandeliers. Step into Michigan on Main to select from Michigan-sourced foods & 17 Michigan craft brews on tap, or grab a casual lunch inside a neighborhood pub, T-Dub's.
Whether it’s sweltering or sub-zero outside, enjoy your time as a German baker inside the Bavarian Inn Restaurant with a Pretzel Rolling Experience! Learn traditional rolling methods and technique, and eat your piping-hot creation once it’s baked!
Mid-Afternoon: Visit Frankenmuth River Place Shops to browse more than 40 stores and attractions, all in one space. Gather at “The Meating Spot” inside the Jerky Joint, experience “The Hottest Shop on the Planet” at Pepper Palace, find souvenirs at The Michigan Shoppe and I Love Frankenmuth, and enjoy a massage at Serendipity Wellness Spa while you break from the elements.
Or spend a spirited afternoon indoors while tasting your way through Frankenmuth! Sample the infamous Solera Cream Sherry at St. Julian Winery, step inside Frankenmuth FunShips for Michigan wines expertly paired with handmade chocolates, and try Modern Craft Winery for wine tasting that’s “anything but routine”. Spend time inside Grand Traverse Distillery, a premier micro-distillery that serves handcrafted, small-batch vodka, whiskey, gin, rum — and Black Star Farms wines, too.
Dinner: Forget about the weather as you dine on world-famous chicken dinners, complete with multiple courses served family style, at Zehnder's of Frankenmuth or Bavarian Inn Restaurant. After dinner, saunter about their lower levels to experience German flavors, baked goods, and unique gifts at Zehnder's Marketplace and Bavarian Inn Castle Shops.
Evening: Step into the night inside Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie to experience “a gathering place built on the love of wine”! Or linger over an extensive wine, beer, and innovative cocktail list at The Station 100. Look for live blues music on weekends at Slo’ Bones BBQ Smokehaus, and tour the historic, two-level Frankenmuth Brewery before bringing in the night on its enclosed patio with ceiling-to-floor glass windows overlooking the scenic Cass River.
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