The Frankenmuth Oktoberfest

Celebrations at the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest - Photo Credit - Leigh Wolf

Celebrations at the Frankenmuth Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest began in Germany over 200 years ago, originally to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig. Since then, it has become an annual tradition in Germany with over 5 million visitors.

If a visit to Germany for Oktoberfest isn’t in the cards, you should consider a visit to Frankenmuth – Michigan’s “Little Bavaria” – this weekend for their annual Oktoberfest celebration. The Frankenmuth Oktoberfest began in 1990, to honor the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany. In 1996, the event was given an official blessing by the city of Munich, the first city given that distinction. Germany’s Hofbraeuhaus Brewery shipped its beer to Frankenmuth for their 1997 celebration, the first time it had been shipped outside of the country.

Oktoberfest Dancing - Photo Credit - Leigh Wolf

Oktoberfest Dancing

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End of Summer Inspiration

Photo by - Chris Arace

M37 Road Trip

While summer isn’t quite over, it is starting to wind down, and you may be thinking about planning one more big trip or even a few more day trips before the leaves start to change and the weather begins to cool. When we asked our fans planning a vacation if they prefer to get there fast and take the highways, or enjoy the journey, taking back roads and making stops along the way, most of them said they enjoyed taking their time.

With that in mind, one of our Facebook fans was recently inspired by our barn photo theme, and took her kids out for a barn hunt of their own! Some of the other recent photo themes have been sunrises & sunsets, and lighthouses. Maybe it’s time to go on a lighthouse road trip with family and friends! It’s a great opportunity to see beautiful lighthouses and experience some areas of the state you may have never seen before.

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Hessel Antique Boat Show – A Unique Event

Hessel, Michigan can be found on the beautiful shores of the Les Cheneaux Islands in the Upper Peninsula, and this Saturday, antique boats will take to the waters in the Straits of Mackinac during the Hessel Antique Boat Show & Festival of Arts, one of the largest of its kind in the nation.

Entries arrive each August from as far away as California and Florida to show their dinghies, rowboats, canoes, launches, sailboats, utilities, runabouts and large cruisers. Restored boats dating back to the early 1900’s are registered for this very unique show.

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