Bob & Elsie's Adventures travel blog

Silent Night Memorial Chapel

Silent Night Memorial Chapel

Silent Night Memorial Chapel

Inside the Silent Night Memorial Chapel

Christmas Explosion

Ginger Bread Dolls

More lights

More Christmas

Outside the Silent Night Memorial Chapel

Building in Frankenmuth


Frankenmuth park

Some of the flowers

Some more of the flowers


The flower chicken at The Famous Chicken Restaurant

Just when I thought we had all the fun we could have while in Michigan we made one last stop in Birch Run, where we stayed at the Pine Ridge Campground for 3 nights. That’s a good place to stay if you want to visit the outlet mall there and Frankenmuth, MI. Birch Run is located just 5 miles south of Frankenmuth. Frankenmuth is called Michigan’s Little Bavaria, and most of the town is decorated in the Alpine style, it’s really charming. The streets are lined with some amazing landscaped gardens and there are over 400 locally grown flower baskets that provide beautiful views wherever you look. You can take horse and carriage rides through town or take a riverboat ride along the Cass River. We had dinner at one of the larger restaurants famous for their Fried Chicken, Zehnder’s. Frankenmuth is also the home of Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas Store, now that’s something to see, like a Christmas explosion. We didn’t get to see the store at night when the outside is decorated with thousands of lights; it must be a sight to see. Also located at Bronner’s is a replica of the Silent Night Memorial Chapel, the original Silent Night Chapel is in Oberndorf, Austria at the site of the St. Nicholas Church where “Silent Night” was first sung on Christmas Eve in 1818.

Our next stop on our way to New York was the Milan Travel Park in Milan, OH. It was a nice campground, clean and well maintained, there was only one small problem… was located in an industrial and commercial area, near railroad tracks and several motels and for some reason we had absolutely no TV reception the entire 4 days we stayed there. That wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be, I did miss my morning shows but in the evening we caught up on re-watching some of our DVD’s. We didn’t do much sightseeing in the area but did drive to Sandusky, OH about 9 miles up the road on the shores of Lake Erie.

We spent the last three days in Westfield, NY, yahoo, finally back in New York State. Even though Bob was born in NY he still thinks of Texas as home, but for me “I Love New York”. We stayed at the Westfield/Lake Erie KOA right across the road from the shore of Lake Erie. This is a really beautiful area of New York; we spent some time near here last summer so again we didn’t do much sight seeing, mostly spent our days relaxing and enjoying the summer weather.

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