Monday, August 6, 2012

Joys of Summer: Frankenmuth, Michigan

Famous Covered Bridge

We meandered the streets of Frankenmuth Sunday afternoon.

The weather took a turn for the better after a rain last night and we had normal temperatures:  low eighties.

I just about did some cartwheels.  Except I didn't.

Because I CAN'T.

Frankenmuth is a small German farming community/tourist attraction not too far from our hometown.

It's something that we probably take for granted, and we don't go up nearly often enough.  I've shown you Frankenmuth in the winter, but I don't believe I've ever shown you her beauty in the summer.

Beautiful flowers and gorgeous gardens are everywhere in this "neat as a pin" small Midwestern town.

The main attraction for most of the year is the CHRISTmas store, the largest in the world, open almost every day of the year, and gigantic superstore of everything CHRISTmas, but we didn't set foot in there today, it's too darn pretty out to go inside.

There was a pleasant breeze blowing and the skies were beautifully blue and puffy clouds danced around.  Flags and pennants are everywhere and the stiff breeze made them snap crisply.

Stroll along with me, won't you down the hill and into town?

It's called "Little Bavaria" and has strong German and Lutheran roots.

A war memorial.

See all that red, white and blue?

Zehnder's Famous Chicken Dinners...

A beautiful front veranda extends all the way across the front of this grand old building.

I am just in love with that vintage red, white and blue neon sign...

And how neat is that sculpture of a CHICKEN made completely with flowers and ornamental grass?!  

Even on top of those grain silos is an American flag flyin' high!!

Town is just loaded with beautiful oldies like this charmer...everywhere you look.

This LOOKS like a statue here, but it was a street actor.  If you put money in his basket, then he would bow, or give you a fist bump, it was fun watching people be shocked by him!  

I wanted to stand and stare a while longer to see how he got those permanent wrinkles in the suit elbow, etc....I want to know how.

And the famous Bavarian Inn...right across the street from Zehnders!  And they both are world famous for their chicken dinners!

And a fun old-fashioned General store...with a room FULL of old-fashioned candy.

Is your mouth watering yet?! 

There are riverboat tours, carriage rides...

Almost every weekend is some sort of festival or other.  This particular weekend was a farm festival. 

Pleasant scenes everywhere and a wonderful meal if you care to eat after all your walking, sightseeing and shopping.  Don't need a meal?  How about some taffy or fudge?!

On the way home, we took the back roads.

Farm after farm, all neat as a pin...

Our sweet corn isn't ready yet, so we stopped to buy some from this little stand for dinner.

And we found a cute little schoolhouse in a country park on a back road that I'd never seen before.  (Is it not adorable?  A great destination for children's black and white pictures.)

I made a mental note to bring Levi and Audrey here next time they are in Michigan.  

I hope your Monday goes well and it's sunny and pleasant in your neck of the woods!  

PS:  All photos today were brought to you by iPhone 4.  I tell you, one day the big, fat camera will be phased right out by these awesome cameras. There are a few kinks that need to be worked out....but it's so much more pleasant to wander a town for hours with a camera not much larger than a credit card tucked into your pocket --much easier than a three or four pound camera hanging from your neck!  


Mary Ann Potter said...

This brought back some memories for me, Joni. When we still lived in Michigan, my father-in-law used to take us all out to dinner at Zehnder's. He only did that once a year. That was a special treat. Lovely photos. We haven't been to Frankenmuth since the late seventies.

Echoes From the Hill said...

Oh, I want to be there! What a beautiful place. Your photos are wonderful!
I have wonderful childhood memories of my grandparent's cabin in Michigan. Haven't been in Michigan in a very long time.

Anonymous said...

Lovely pictures! Thanks for sharing with me from Oregon whose never been to Michigan, Linda G. at rgranch

mary your sis said...

MMMMM; my mouth is watering for some of Zehnders famous noodles with crumb toppings and fried, crispy chicken. And, I'd love to see the Glockenshphiel play at Bavarian Inn. Frankenmuth is beautiful. Thanks for sharing photo's.