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October 29, 2018

Zehnder’s Link to George Washington’s Home

By Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth My grandfather, William Zehnder, Sr. and my grandmother Emilie purchased what was then The New Exchange Hotel in December of 1928. So I would imagine that negotiations for the building were in full swing, if not completed, by the fall of 1928, […]
July 27, 2018
Bavarian Haus and Zehnder's Splash Village

It’s Been 30 Years!

We had been working with Walter and Maria Palmer, the owners of what was then the Bavarian Haus Motel, on various packages and cross promotions of our respective properties. Over the years they also became great friends of our family. As they neared retirement, discussions began whether or not Zehnder’s […]
June 29, 2018
Zehnder's Hotel, circa 1930

July 26, 1930

By Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth I don’t know what my grandparents were thinking. The country was in the throes of the Great Depression and Prohibition had been passed 10 years earlier. The state of the economy was miserable. The logical conclusion would not be to get into […]
April 26, 2018
Zehnder's Mother of the Year Contest

Mother’s Day at Zehnder’s 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 of Frankenmuth. Zehnder’s opened on Mother’s Day in 1929 when 312 […]