Bavarian Inn Lodge History
Phase I of the Lodge was built in 1985-6. The Lodge opened on February 20, 1986 with 100 Guestrooms, Oma's Restaurant, Lorelei Lounge, Martha's Gift Shop, Game Room, a Pool and Whirlpool, and the River Rooms Convention area. The Lodge sits on 7 acres along the Cass River on what used to be the Weiss Family Farm. Today we have 360 Guestrooms (268 Standards; 46 Kings; 24 Whirlpools; 17 Family Suites, and 5 mini suites) and 350 Employees. The tour of the Lodge will take you from the Lobby and Courtyard through the Lorelei Lounge, the River Rooms, the Composer Rooms, and all the way through the Fun Center and Ratskeller to the Waterfall Pool. This tour is approximately 1/8th of a mile - one way.
Front Desk Lobby - Our Lobby was built to give a hearty welcome to our guests - its massiveness; the large beams and high ceiling give it a European look. It is decorated accordingly with tapestry hangings, Alphorns, cowbells, woodcarvings, and oxen yokes. The mural on the wall shows how the Zehnder Holz Brücke (Holzs Brickay a wooden bridge) was pulled across the Cass River by Buck and Bright, a pair of oxen. Notice the loft with its seasonal decorations and the woodcarvings below the Front Desk. When guests enter we wish them "Willkommen" and when they leave we say "Auf Wiedersehen".
Holz BrückeHolzs Brickay - Covered Wooden Bridge 239 feet long, weights 230 tons. Only known cover bridge with Dormers.
Willkommen - Vill-come'-n ~ Welcome
Herzlich Willkommen - A warm and hearty welcome
Auf Wiedersehen - Good-bye
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