What a great day we had in Frankenmuth, Michigan. First, we visited the World’s Largest Christmas Market, Bronner’s! I have been bugging Mr. Papa to get an artificial tree for safety reasons for years. Our real trees are beautiful for about a week, and then no matter how careful I am to water the tree every day, the quickly become dangerously dry in the desert climate.
Bronners was the perfect place to seek out a new tree and all the decorations needed for it. The whole place is as big, if not bigger than a football field. They not only have every kind of novelty decoration you could think of, but lots of example trees decorated to give customers plenty of ideas for theme trees.
Mr. Papa looked around and found lots of decorated trees that he liked. The tree departments was full of lots of realistic pre-lit and un-lit artificial trees in sizes ranging from a few feet to over 14 feet. The trees seemed to be much better quality and more realistic than the ones I priced at Loews and Home Depot last year.
The lady in their tree department was very courteous and helped us to select this tree. Then we found a very nice lady in the decor department who helped us select all the decorations we needed for a theme tree. After checking out every themed tree display in the store, we decided to go with shades of gold. Our selections included many different sizes, shapes, textures and shades of oranaments in golds and brown. We hope we bought enough to fill the tree.
I almost got really panicked as we were adding up the total cost of ornaments, the sales lady hit a multiply key insted of an add and our preliminary price was about three times what I wanted to pay. We readded and I was much relieved at the lower price.
After our wonderful shopping trip to Bronners I celebrated the new tree while Mr. Papa mourned the loss of his hard earned money at Frankenmuth’s famous Bavarian Inn. Most of us had the “all you can eat” chicken dinner.
This wonderful meal includes lots of pieces of lightly battered fried chicken, cole slaw, noodles, soup, mashed potatoes, squash, cranberry sauce, and more!!!’ The Bavarian Inn and the Zehnders Restaurant across the street have been owned by the same family for over 50 years, both specializing in all you can eat chicken dinners.
The Bavarian Inn, however, features traditional Bavarian architecture and even has a German built Glockenspeil in the buildings tower.
The decor even featured a picture of one of our favorite tourist spots in Germany, Rottenburg. The food was fantastic and well worth the 90 minute drive to Frankenmuth. We are still full the next morning. This was my second visit to Frankenmuth,and I hope to return again to this quaint Bavarian village in the heart of Michigan.