We went to Frankenmouth yesterday. We arrived a few minutes before "fried chicken on the cob land" [Zehnder's] opened, so we headed over to look at all the touristy junk at the General Store. But, lo and behold, it was empty of everything but a brand new coffee and sandwich shop and... all the cool flour mill machinery. The woman behind the counter encouraged us to go look at all three floors and there were little signs explaining what each machine did. It was the highlight of the trip.
Then we headed over to eat our famous fried chicken [props to the 80 year old waitress in a frilly Bavarian dress and hat bent over under those heavy trays of family style goodness]. We were served soft white bread with strawberry jam when we sat down. And the soup bowl of gravy was delicious.
Then down to the local toy store where we got some awesome Playmobil toys.
Then to Christmas land - Bronner's - where Jack had a huge temper tantrum because I went to the ladies' room without him.
Finally, to River Place, which is one of those creepy little artificial outdoor malls with weird specialty shops, like a pewter store, a frog themed store, a flavored popcorn store [yummy, i got cherry and caramel, mmm...], and strangely, a year-round haunted house with some gruesome life-size monsters hanging around the front door. We didn't go in, but Jack says that was his favorite part of the day.