I like Frankenmuth, Michigan.
It’s the ‘little bavaria’ of Michigan (like Helen, Georgia) – but in all its kitschy-ness, it really appeals to me! Most all of the buildings have an alpine-style architecture, even including the chain hotels.
Frankenmuth is famous for two other things: Bronner’s, the world’s largest Christmas store, and fried chicken – from competing Zehnder’s and Bavarian Inn.
Bronner’s is a *fabulous* place to pick up ornaments for friends for their Christmas trees….and they have a HUGE selection of Department 56 — in fact, they had a non-sectarian Krispy Kreme building that Av got. Yay!
As for the fried chicken, we’ve had Zehnder’s before, so this time we tried Bavarian Inn. Bavarian Inn’s chicken dinner was good, but not quite as good as Zehnder’s.