We have been learning together, both our businesses and visitors, as we have been navigating what operating looks like in the time of COVID. We've been able to invite you back safely while still keeping the hospitality of Frankenmuth alive. We might be biased, but we have some of the best fans in the world. You have been visiting us by the hundreds on the weekends. Seeing our shops, restaurants, and streets full once again warms our hearts and we are happy to see so many wearing masks and practicing social distancing when possible.
The pent-up demand for travel was something we were hoping for, but did not fully expect as we moved from warm summer weather to cool fall days. While we love to see visitors exploring Frankenmuth again, we also want to provide a few tips and suggestions to make the most of your trip.
Consider a weekday trip.
Weekends, per usual, are extremely busy. If you’re looking to travel when there are less crowds and more room to social distance, we encourage you to visit Sunday through Thursday, if you have flexibility.
Hotel rates are better midweek.
Because our weekends are so busy, our hotels are offering incredible deals and packages for those who stay on a weeknight (Sunday thru Thursday). Take advantage of these offers while you can!
Wait times are longer.
No trip to Frankenmuth is complete without a stop at Bronner’s, but due to current indoor capacity restrictions, guests should expect a wait to enter the building on busy weekends. This wait will only increase as we head into the holidays, so we highly recommend visiting on a weekday or planning your schedule accordingly. Our restaurants are also experiencing longer wait times due to restricted seating capacity.
Virtual learning turned field trip.
Frankenmuth is a great place for those who want to learn outside of virtual schooling. Visit the Frankenmuth Historical Museum for educational programming ideas, like a pioneer living experience or the log house tour. Explore the Michigan Heroes Museum where you’ll have the opportunity to examine military history through the eyes of Michigan citizens who served our nation’s military and space programs. Bring the whole family for an educational excursion and turn it into a vacation.
Make a reservation when dining out.
A great way to avoid long waits at restaurants is to check apps like OpenTable to make a reservation before you visit, or call ahead. Some restaurants even have text programs that will send a message to your phone when your table is ready, allowing you to shop or sightsee while you wait.
We are all in this together, our front-line staff are doing the best they can with the current restrictions while following all of the new safety protocols. Have grace and remember kindness always wins.
Bring your mask.
While masks are not required in outside spaces, we encourage the use of them, especially on busy weekends where it may not be possible to social distance. If you forget it at home, stop in the Visitor Center for a complimentary one.
Our businesses continue to uphold excellent cleaning and safety measures to ensure your trip is nothing less than fantastic. We ask that you continue to help us as well by washing and sanitizing your hands often, staying home if you feel sick, and distancing yourself from those who did not travel with you. As we navigate this “new normal,” we thank you for being kind and considerate to our hospitality workers. They are just as excited to greet you as you are to visit!