Frankenmuth has been one of the top tourist towns in Michigan for decades. A trip to Michigan’s Little Bavaria, though, can be very expensive. Of course, staying during the week instead of on the weekend will save you money. There are specific times of year, though, when prices in the town dip considerably. These are the times of year when you can save the most money when traveling to Frankenmuth.
Between Christmas and New Year’s Eve
Frankenmuth turns into a ghost town two days after Christmas until New Year’s Eve. Once people have picked over Bronner’s (the world’s largest Christmas store) on the day after Christmas, people disappear off the streets, and the hotels go vacant. The best deals of the year on hotel stays will be found during this time of year. Many of the stores will still run clearance sales until the day before New Year’s Eve, when travel picks up, so there are still hundreds of deals to find while shopping. Some of the local papers will also run coupons for local shops in Frankenmuth in an attempt to draw more traffic.
If you are brave enough to deal with the potential harshness of a Michigan winter, you will be rewarded with savings in Frankenmuth. The weather will usually keep travelers away from Michigan’s Little Bavaria, so the prices drop all over town. Three-night stays for the price of two are popular at even the top hotels in the area, and the restaurants are likely to give deals as well to keep the staff busy. Last year’s merchandise will go on sale all down the shopping strip as retailers stock the new spring outfits and trinkets. This is one of my favorite times of year to head to Frankenmuth, as there is room to move around, and one-on-one customer service is possible at even the busiest stores.
The middle part of May will bring Sale Fest to Frankenmuth, with most of the stores participating to give some of the best deals of the year. While you will save money on your shopping, you will pay more for a hotel room if you are going to be spending the night. The World Expo of Beer will usually immediately follow Sale Fest, so rooms will be at a premium for one of the town’s busiest weeks of the year. If you plan on doing excess shopping, sacrificing the extra money for lodging might be well worth the trip.
Late October and Early November
Bronner’s and the other stores in the area begin rushing to get out all of the stock for the holiday season in late October and early November. Deep clearance prices will be found as merchants do what they can to open up as much space as possible for the items people will be breaking down the doors to get at during the month of holiday shopping. I have purchased $100 spring jackets in late October for $10 as the prices plummet.