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Where it always feels like Christmas

If you live in Southeast Michigan or Southwestern Ontario, and need an extra boost to get you into the Christmas mood this year, I know just the place -Frankenmuth, Michigan!

Frankenmuth is a Bavarian-style village located not far from Flint, Michigan. It offers shopping, dining, accomodation and recreation – and of course, those famous chicken dinners! I never used to understand why everyone got so excited about the chicken dinner – until I had one myself. OMG, the food -awesome!

The town always has a Christmas-y feel, especially at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. Larger than a single football field, the store is wall-to-wall ornaments, trees, decor, cards, wrap and more. It’s even located at 25 Christmas Lane, and at this time of year they pull out all the stops.

Just next door to Bronners is Zehnders Hotel & Splash Village. Offering family suites, an indoor water park and even family-oreinted movies in the lobby, we found it a great place to stay. There are always a variety of packages and special rates available. Zehnder’s also offers a free shuttle for guests into town, to their flagship restaurant, where you can have – you guessed it – their chicken dinner. Once you’ve landed at the restaurant, the rest of the downtown shops are an easy walking distance.

Even if you can’t get there before the holiday, be sure to check it out as an easy getaway!

Wonder-full places

The Bay of Fundy has not made the short list for the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

It’s too bad; as I’ve been learning this year in Cultural Heritage Tourism, it would have been good for the region – and the country – if we were able to lay claim to a Wonder of the World.

However, Canada is home to 15 UNESCO World Heritage sites – that’s pretty impressive! Looking at the list, I’m sorry to say I’ve only had the privilege of visiting two of them; I’ve seen the Rideau Canal a couple of times, and drove through the Rockies several years ago. It was a lovely afternoon spent wandering in Banff, Alberta. I even got to horseback ride!

Note: If you go to Banff, bring money. Lots of money. Buying a sweatshirt to cope with the unseasonably cold August days that year would have cost more than my entire souvenir budget.

Here are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Canada can lay claim to:

I’ll have to make it my mission – or one of my goals -to get to more on the list. How many have you visited, and what did you think of them?