It’s time for a vacation!

It’s not too late for a vacation close to home!

Summer is the most popular time for people to vacation, with August being the second most common time to take a trip just behind July. And could we all use a vacation! Studies show that people who go on vacation return to work full of energy and are less stressed. They’re also more productive. But a vacation can also be costly.

While vacations are great, there are logistics and costs to consider. We have the solution for no-hassle planning and affordability: vacation close to home at the Bavarian Inn Lodge!

While people from all over the world travel to the Bavarian Inn Lodge for a great vacation, for Michigan residents, our central location means we are likely right in your own backyard – or perhaps within shouting distance. So why not take advantage of this? Unlike most people, you won’t have to go to great lengths to get to the Bavarian Inn Lodge, yet you’ll still be able to have the same awesome experience!

Vacation location, location, location

The central loca

tion of Frankenmuth in the heart of the Great Lakes Bay Region makes it an ideal vacation destination when you want less travel and a great vacation close to home. How much drive time are we talking?


Drive times select cities:

Vacation close to home this summer and enjoy short drive times to your destination. All times are approximate.

  • Ann Arbor, 1hr 20min
  • Battle Creek, 2hr
  • Bay City, 30min
  • Detroit / Detroit Metro, 1hr 30-45min
  • Flint, 30min
  • Grand Rapids, 2hr
  • Kalamazoo, 2hr 20min
  • Lansing, 1hr 15min
  • Midland, 45min
  • Saginaw, 25min

Activities for all interests

Stay, dine, and play at the Bavarian Inn Lodge! We’ve got something for everyone.


Relax and sleep in one of our unique rooms. Each guest room carries a piece of history.

Along with the help of the community, we sifted through documents and photographs to bring you a mini history of a Frankenmuth family that was the first to settle here or that was influential in shaping the Frankenmuth we love today. Every time you stay with us, you can learn about one of the families that made our Little Bavaria so special!


Celebrate breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks with us! You can vacation close to home while enjoying authentic cuisine prepared with handed-down recipes from the “old world.”

Enjoy one of our world-famous chicken dinners! Or choose from a menu of gluten-free or vegetarian entrees. We also have a kids’ menu. For adults, sign up for wine tasting or beer sampling. We specialize in authentic German cuisine, but we also have all-American options.

As with our activities, we have something for everyone!

  • Authentic German food
  • Gluten-free options
  • Allergy-sensitive upon request
  • Kids’ menu
  • German wine
  • German beer


With four pools, two waterslides, and three whirlpools, there is never a dearth of water to swim and play in at the Bavarian Inn Lodge. We also designate one pool and one whirlpool for adults only for your couple’s retreat. So kick back and relax!

Something for everyone!

Whether you like to explore nature outside or play games indoors, we have plenty of things to do at the Bavarian Inn Lodge!

Take a stroll on 13 acres of beautiful riverfront while enjoying the natural surroundings and calming water!

Inside you can also swim, play mini-golf and/or arcade games, shop at 40 unique boutiques and shops throughout the Lodge and Restaurant, and more. We also have fun activities like traditional pretzel making with our chef. We’ve got something for everyone!

  • Go for a stroll
  • Swim
  • Play indoor mini-golf
  • Play arcade games
  • Shop
  • Participate in fun activities
  • And more!

Explore Frankenmuth

Staying at the Bavarian Inn Lodge provides a trip with more than you’ll ever be able to do in one visit. Exploring Frankenmuth’s Downtown attractions is an experience you won’t regret. Check out the city’s calendar of events.

There are exciting things in store when you vacation close to home!

Contact us

Ready to plan a vacation close to home? Call us or book your reservation online today!

Also check out our packages and specials! A fan of festivals? There are plenty going on in Frankenmuth. Check our calendar to plan your trip around your favorite activities and celebrations! We look forward to seeing you soon.