Double Down: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Restaurant Win Two ‘Best Of’ Awards

Lodge sales chief named magazine’s ‘supplier of the year’

Readers of Michigan Meetings + Events magazine have chosen the Bavarian Inn Lodge and the Bavarian Inn Restaurant their favorites in two major categories at the publication’s ninth annual “Readers Choice Best Of Awards” program, held yesterday in Detroit.

Magazine readers, consisting of convention and meeting planners, suppliers, and tourism industry leaders chose the Bavarian Inn Restaurant as “Best Restaurant with Private Dining Space.”

Michigan Meetings + Events also honored Bethany Curtis, Bavarian Inn Lodge Director of Sales, as its “Supplier of the Year” for her work in promoting meetings and conferences in the Great Lakes State.

“Receiving two major awards for the lodge and restaurant is a tribute to the dedication and hard work among our family members and our entire culinary and hospitality team to provide the finest service, food, and amenities to our guests,” said Judy Zehnder Keller, third generation owner, as well as founder and president of the Lodge. Finalists in this year’s award program represented top-rated restaurants and resorts from across Michigan.

The Bavarian Inn Lodge was among three finalists for the category of “Best Service,” as well as for “Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space – More than 200 Rooms.”

The Bavarian Inn Lodge, nestled along the Cass River in one of Michigan’s top tourist attractions – Frankenmuth – is the state’s largest Indoor Water Park Hotel! The Lodge has 360 European-themed guest rooms, including whirlpool and family suites, four indoor pools, three whirlpools, two waterslides, a miniature golf course, two gift shops, two lounges and two restaurants — all under one roof. The expansive 35,000 square feet Family Fun Center houses over 100 video and redemption games, a two-story children’s play village and Willy’s Kingdom indoor mini-golf course. Guests can also enjoy live, year-round, nightly entertainment and test their own musical skills during weekend family karaoke shows. In 28 years of business, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has been an important destination for travelers, evidenced by the 1.25 million room-nights that have been booked there since its opening, along with its top rating on TripAdvisor®.

Celebrating 125 years of service in 2013, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark. Generations of diners, lodgers and tourists from around the globe have discovered true Bavarian hospitality thanks to Dorothy and her late husband William “Tiny” Zehnder. Guests experience the old-world European charm of the Bavarian Inn – whether it’s the famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods or Michigan’s greatest selection of German beer. Bavarian Inn also prides itself on being one of the top consumers of Pure Michigan agricultural products. Nestled within a backdrop of authentic German architecture, a variety of shops and other fun activities, a trip to Frankenmuth would not be complete without a visit to the Bavarian Inn.

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