The Marv Herzog Hotel is the perfect place for couples, families, and friends looking to enjoy the Bavarian-style village of Frankenmuth, Michigan, which draws millions of tourists with its festivals throughout the year.
Local golf courses include Fortress Golf Course, which hosts special events, tournaments, clinics, and junior programs during the season, and Timbers Golf Club, which is notable for the manner in which the native grasses, woodlots, and ponds are incorporated into its design.
Marv Herzog Hotel Rooms & Suites
This thirty-eight-room boutique hotel was designed and decorated in the style of an alpine lodge with memorabilia of the hotel’s namesake – a renowned musician, bandleader, and Frankenmuth native – proudly displayed. Each guest room includes a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker, and select rooms include Jacuzzis and private balconies with views of the Cass River or the village.
Amenities include free Wi-Fi, free underground parking, a riverfront Biergarten, a twenty-four hour gift shop, a free Deluxe Breakfast each morning, which includes eggs, biscuits and gravy, sausage, French toast, and Belgian waffles. There is also lighter fare such as fruit and yogurt, as well as free beer, cocktails, wine, soft drinks, and snacks each evening at the hotel’s daily reception, where guests can mingle with fellow vacationers.
Marv Herzog Hotel Dining
Nearby restaurants include the kid-friendly Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth, which features all-you-can-eat, family-style dinners with golden chicken, specialty breads, noodle dishes, coleslaw, and homemade ice cream. Other menu options include Homemade Liver Spread, a creamy blend of liver sausage, boiled eggs, and pickles; Hunter’s Schnitzel (Jäger Schnitzel), a tender loin of pork lightly coated with seasoned bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, served with a mushroom cream sauce; and a selection of German beers and wines. Gluten-free and vegetarian menus are available.
Zehnder’s Restaurant also features an all-you-can-eat family-style menu. Other menu options include House Made Cranberry Relish; Michigan Cherry Salad with Char-grilled Chicken Breast topped with aged parmesan cheese, sunflower seeds, and a honey mustard dressing; Apple Walnut Stuffed Chicken Breast served on a bed of rice pilaf and topped with an apple cider sauce; Broiled White Lakes Whitefish with a lemon herbed butter sauce; and Mini Morel Empanadas stuffed with morel mushrooms, green onions, and parmesan cheese and topped with a red pepper coulis. Take out, kids’, gluten-free, and vegetarian menus are available.
Tiffany’s Food & Spirits serves Italian-style fare with menu options such as char-grilled Canadian Walleye; PastaPitza, which is a pizza topped with a pasta dish such as fettuccine alfredo, tortellini marinara, or chicken marsala; the Roast Beef Sandwich with thinly sliced meat marinated in stock with Italian seasoning and pepperoncini and served on ciabatta; the Rachel Sandwich with turkey, Swiss cheese, and coleslaw topped with thousand island dressing served on marble rye; and Carmel Banana Cheesecake Bites, which is deep fried and topped with chocolate syrup. A kid’s menu is also available.
St. Julian Winery hosts events and classes like Wine and Cheese Pairing, which teaches the best combinations for optimum taste; Wine Blending Parties where you create your own “Meritage,” including naming your blend and creating a label; Wine 101, which teaches attendees the basics of wine, including wine terminology, wine anatomy, varieties of grapes, wine production, and more; and the MOMosa Weekends, which salute the ladies in your life with a selection of sparkling wines and mimosas. The winery’s available stock includes Blue Heron with a crisp acid structure and overlays of pear and mango; A&G Brandy, an aged brandy with notes of vanilla, hazelnut, butterscotch, toast, chocolate, and anise; BR Chancellor Noir, with aromas of chocolate covered espresso beans and sweet cherry vanilla, and a ripe currant, black raspberry, and Bing cherry flavor; and BR LH Vidal Blanc, with tangy caramelized apple and apricot notes and a mineral accent.
Things to do Nearby
The local festivals include Zehnder’s Snowfest, which has snow sculpting and ice carving competitions, a children’s area, fireworks, and a Michigan Apple Recipe contest with dessert, sandwich, and pasta categories, a cookie decorating contest, a warming tent, and live entertainment. The Holiday Celebration Candlewalk kicks off the Christmas season and includes Christmas carols, a visit from Santa, and the lighting of the village’s Christmas tree.
The Scarecrow Festival takes place in October and features uniquely costumed scarecrows, live entertainment, trick or treating, a pumpkin display, a physics lesson that involves a pumpkin catapult, pumpkin bowling, and kids’ activities such as face painting, pumpkin painting, balloon sculptures, and Inflatables Stations.
The Wein and Stein, which also takes place in October, involves a night of beer, wine, and snack tasting at numerous local establishments. The Crabby Clam & Lobster Fest features king crab, clam, barbeque chicken, and lobster dinners. Admission is free, and the event includes live entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Johnny Burke Children’s Foundation. The Bavarian Festival Parade takes place in June, and features Bavarian-style floats, bands, and street performers. Volkslaufe (“the people’s race”) takes place in July, and includes runs and walks of various lengths from 5k to 20k, food, entertainment, and fireworks. The Cass River Colonial Encampment, which also takes place in July, features seventeenth century historical reenactors.
The Frankenmuth Music Festival, another July event, celebrates Polish, German, and Slovenian style ethnic music. The Keepsake Arts & Crafts Shows draw huge crowds of shoppers, and they take place on various dates throughout the summertime, featuring the work skilled local artisans and a food tent by Zehnder’s.
Of course no Bavarian-style village would be complete without an Oktoberfest, and Frankenmuth is no exception. The 2016 Oktoberfest starts on the evening of September 15th and runs until ten o’clock on September 18th. It includes German-style food, a large wooden dance floor, souvenirs, and plenty of drinks to choose from.
Other local attractions include Bavarian Belle Riverboat Tours, which include an hour long narrated tour. Tours are available from early May through mid-October, and can accommodate groups and charters of up to one hundred and fifty people. Extended tours are available for charters. The open-air upper deck is canopied, while the lower deck is fully enclosed and has restrooms. Snacks and soft drinks are available during the tour.
The Riverplace Shops boast more than forty retailers, including Bead Heaven, catering to jewelry makers; the Michigan Shoppe, which sells Michigan themed souvenirs made in Michigan; The Sugarhigh Bakery, which offers gourmet cakes, hand made gelato, and vegan sweets as well as sugar and gluten-free treats; The Jerky Joint, which specializes in jerky, exotic meats, pickled foods, rubs, and sauces; The Great Lakes Olive Oil Company, which sells a variety of oils (with infusions such as chipotle, harissa, herbe de Provence, Milanese gremolata, black truffle, blood orange, butter, basil, and rosemary), vinegars, and related accessories; Frankenmuth Old Time Photo, where patrons can have their photographs taken while wearing authentic period costumes; La Crèpe du Jour, a French café offering sweet and savory crepes as well as coffee drinks and bottled beverages; and Wild Birds Unlimited, which offers an extensive line of backyard birdfeeders and related equipment.
Rooms start at $108 per night.
Marv Herzog Hotel, 501 S Main St, Frankenmuth, MI 48734 website, Phone: 989-652-4700
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