Hotel and Site Information

LOCATION . . . Frankenmuth is located in the thumb area of Michigan, just a few minutes off I-75 between Flint and Saginaw. Northbound traffic on I-75, use exit 136; southbound traffic on I-75, use exit 144. Directions to the Lodge from anywhere in the United States is located at

THE SITE . . .

Show headquarters is the picturesque Bavarian Inn Lodge which is nestled on the banks of the Cass River, adjacent to Heritage Park and the spacious Harvey Kern Pavilion. The Bavarian Inn Lodge features 354 rooms and suites, a seven- acre Family Fun Center (with five indoor pools, two whirlpools, children’s play area, mini golf, game room, exercise room, and Ratskeller Lounge), Oma’s Restaurant, and Lorelei Lounge. A short scenic walk over the covered bridge leads to Main Street, which is home to over 100 specialty shops and other well-known restaurants. The show rings, grooming, and vendors will be in Heritage Park, including the Harvey Kern Pavilion, just across a bike path from the hotel. The distance from the tower entrance of the hotel to the show ring in Heritage Park is just slightly over .2 of a mile. You can see an aerial view of the hotel and show grounds on the NCA Specialty website.

The Kern Pavilion affords the Newfoundland Specialty show some flexibility in dealing with the potential weather challenges a late April/early May dog show presents. However, it is important that all fanciers work together, in the spirit of good sportsmanship, to make the logistics of this show site work.

Michigan’s climate in late April/early May is unpredictable; come prepared for all kinds of weather. Plan to bring warm clothing; that is, clothing that can be layered, hats, gloves, rain gear, and warm boots. The average high temperature for the week of the Specialty is 62 degrees, and the average low temperature is 40 degrees.


AIR TRAVEL & AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION . . . Nearby airports are Bishop (Flint) and MBS (Midland-Bay City-Saginaw in Freeland); each are located approximately 35 minutes from Frankenmuth. Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus, Michigan is approximately 11/2 - 2 hours away - depending on traffic and road construction. Exhibitors are encouraged to coordinate their airport arrival and departure times to share the cost of the van.

The following local car service will have a full sized van available  that can accommodate dogs and crates: Contact: Custom Transport, LLC of Saginaw, Michigan (ask for Karen). • 989.284.4484.We are confident you and your Newfoundland(s) will, once again, enjoy the conveniences of this site and the opportunities to experience the  Old  World charm of Michigan’s “Little Bavaria.”

ROOM RESERVATIONS . . . We have reserved all 354 hotel rooms at the Bavarian Inn Lodge; but  reservations must be mailed, and may not be postmarked prior to January 9, 2018. (Reservations postmarked prior to January 9, 2018 will be returned.) Reservations must be made on the reservation form on pages 14-15 and include a deposit of one night’s lodging. The reservation form may be duplicated.

Please be considerate when making reservations. Every year unneeded reservations are made, only to be can­celled at a later date, creating unnecessary confusion for potential guests and the hotel staff. (To avoid making duplicate reservations, those who preregistered at the 2017 Specialty will receive confirmation of their room reservation prior to January 8.) If you must cancel reservations, please do so as early as possible. Reservations must be cancelled by March 1 to receive a full refund.

BAVARIAN INN PERKS CLUB . . . Planning to attend future NCA National Specialties hosted at the Bavarian Inn Lodge? Newfoundland fanciers may wish to benefit from additional hotel amenities by signing-up for the Bavarian Lodge’s Perks Club. Sign-up on-line.

BE A CONSIDERATE GUEST . . . In 2001, the Newfoundland National was the first dog show ever held at the Bavarian Inn Lodge/Heritage Park. In fact, until that time, animals were not permitted in the hotel. The hotel man­agers took a chance when they permitted the NCA to hold our Specialty there, and we did not disappoint them. Because our guests took good care of the facilities, the NCA’s positive reputation paved the way for future dog shows  for other breed clubs. Please do your part to uphold our reputation as considerate guests. Exercise your dogs in designated areas only and use the plastic bags and trash receptacles provided to facilitate clean up. We need everyone’s help in keeping the hotel rooms and show grounds, including grooming areas, clean. The Newfoundland Club of America and the Bavarian Inn Lodge reserve rights to enter locked hotel rooms if it believes a dog or dogs inside are in distress, or left unattended or unsecured..


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