At a bed and breakfast, what is more important to you, the bed, or the breakfast? At the Midtown Bed and Breakfast in Frankenmuth, Michigan, a spectacular breakfast is more than just a meal. Put some eclectic fellow travelers around the breakfast table with the gracious host Diane preparing the meal, and her dad, a fifth generation native holding court and listen to the laughs and the sparkling conversation unfold.
There is something about sitting around a table over a well-prepared meal with guests eager to connect with others in a relaxed atmosphere that makes a bed and breakfast stay so enjoyable and Midtown B&B is one of the better examples of this from what we have found in our travels.
Read about Diane's story on her website. She is a former flight attendant who came back home to Frankenmuth to transform a 1910 house to a comfortable place of welcome.
Frankenmuth, northeast of Detroit, is an enclave of German heritage. The village is the legacy of 15 Germans who settled in the mid 1800s. The Zehnder family and the Bronner family are credited with making Frankenmuth a tourist destination. Zehnder's restaurant and Bronner's Christmas store are the anchors of course. But the Midtown B&B gives a more personal insight to the hardy folks who made their lives here.
Diane's father, Arnie, now 88 still has the German accent of his youth. Growing up on a farm outside the village, Arnie says he spoke only German at home, and did not learn English until he went to school.
Arnie's mother was a Zehnder. Her uncle started Zehnder's Restaurant, where nearly 1,000 people dine every day, most on the famous all-you-can-eat chicken dinner.
While the multi-course breakfast unfolds, Arnie keeps the food and conversation flowing around the table as Diane brings in other courses. Fresh fruit, pastries, an egg casserole, french toast and the highlight for me, a German sausage meatloaf are more food than you can imagine at one meal.
Arnie makes a point of getting to know everybody by name and be sure to ask him what it was like to grow up in the town. A member of America's "Greatest Generation," Arnie is a World War II veteran. He was drafted off the farm and ended up stationed in Germany at the end of the war where he even found the village of his ancestors.
Diane brings the sophistication of a world traveler with a down home sensibility to making people feel comfortable and welcome.