Bikes, Barks and Balloons

FRANKENMUTH, MI – May 14, 2015–The 9th Annual Tour de Frankenmuth, a two-day cycling weekend returns to Frankenmuth on May 23 and 24, 2015. The Tour de Frankenmuth includes a bike race and cycling tour of Michigan’s Thumb and is one of many Bikes, Barks and Balloons Memorial Day Weekend activities. The public is invited to participate in any or all of our events over the weekend.
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The Zehnder’s Mom and Me Winners Are…

[PHOTOS] Thank you to all of our Mom and Me contest participants! Zehnder’s social media fans submitted their mother/daughter look-alike photos for a chance to win great prizes! Zehnder’s Social Media Committee selected the top 3 finalists and our fans voted for their favorite and the votes are in. First place is Lynette of Birch Run, Michigan, second place is Jen of Lapeer, Michigan and third place is Teresa of Grand Blanc, Michigan.
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Zehnder’s Mother of the Year Winner

Thank you to all who entered the Zehnder’s annual Mother of the Year contest.  Congratulations to Cindy Hodges from Breckenridge, Michigan for winning Zehnder’s Mother of the Year contest! Her daughter Nancy Hodges-Mayer submitted the winning poem. Cindy received a Mother’s Day dinner for 10 of her family members at Zehnder’s Restaurant; a Zehnder’s overnight package for four at Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark; and a recognition plaque. Congratulations Cindy!

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Zehnder’s Covered Bridge Update

Zehnder's Wooden Covered Bridge in 1980

As early as 1962 discussions began between my father Eddie Zehnder and his brother William (Tiny) Zehnder, Jr. about building a covered bridge in Frankenmuth. Of course a wooden covered bridge would be a tourist attraction but practically speaking, both brothers owned property on the other side of the river, the Bavarian Inn wanted to develop additional parking and a hotel; the bridge was a necessity.
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Check Out What’s New at The Fortress

As golf season gets underway in Frankenmuth, we are very excited to announce a few changes by The Fortress Golf Course for 2015. This year brings many new programs, and various improvements created to grow the game in the area for all ages. As we have stated in previous newsletters, the staff addition of P.G.A. Professional Kyle Martin will be a welcome addition to the course, bringing his vast experience of instruction and club fitting to guests.
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We Are Family!

Back by popular demand, is our Spring Friends and Family promotion. Zehnder’s Friends and Family is an opportunity for you our valued guests to receive our Zehnder’s discount. Click here to download the coupon.
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Celebrating Mother’s Day Since 1929

In 1928, William Zehnder, Sr. purchased the Exchange Hotel in Frankenmuth by trading his farm and borrowing $4,000. He remodeled the hotel to give it the look of Mt. Vernon, the
home of George Washington, and renamed it Zehnder’s. Zehnder’s opened on Mother’s Day in 1929 when 312 diners were served family style chicken dinners for $1 per person. Since that day, millions of guests have visited Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth making it the largest family restaurant in America.
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Zehnder’s Mother of the Year Contest

Frankenmuth, Michigan, April 10, 2015 – Zehnder’s opened its doors for business on Mother’s Day, 1929, when Zehnder’s chefs served up a total of 312 chicken dinners. Since then, hundreds of thousands of guests have participated in the Mother’s Day tradition at Zehnder’s and Zehnder’s has come to know Mother’s Day as one of the busiest days of the year.
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Celebrate Spring

By Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth

Having flirted with a week or so of mild temperatures it was rather disappointing when I awoke this morning to a fresh blanket of snow. I’m not one of those individuals that look forward to winter and when it seems to hang on well into March, it’s like company that has overstayed their welcome.
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Are You Ready for Some Golf?

After another long winter, The Fortress is ready and would like to welcome Kyle Martin to the Zehnder’s team as our new Golf Pro. Kyle is a P.G.A. Professional and completed his Management and Golf degree at Ferris State University. Most recently, he has worked with the King Par Golf Academy and conducted their instructional programs and individual lessons. Also in 2014, he coordinated The Fortress Junior Golf Program so he is no stranger to our organization.
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