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East Lansing Film Festival 2022 – 25th Anniversary

September 30th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

East Lansing Film FestivalMichigan’s largest and second oldest film festival, the East Lansing Film Festival (ELFF), celebrates 25 years in 2022 and this year’s festival promises to be extra special! November 2nd through the 10th, 2022.

ELFF celebrates the silver screen with a week long, world-class exhibition of independent films in Lansing every year. The festival’s 9 days see over 100 films, including feature-length films, short subject, and documentaries.

Festival films are chosen for their alternate viewpoints, cultures, and backgrounds in the hopes that they will be enlightening as well as entertaining. Many of the films even premiere at the festival. Exciting!

So exciting, in fact, that even celebrities attend. Screenings at the East Lansing Film Festival draw not just fans but also industry insiders. Big names like Oliver Stone, Michael Moore, and Bruce Campbell, to name but a few past luminaries.

This will be doubly true at this year’s festival. 2022 marks ELFF’s silver anniversary and attendees can expect lots of special events and guests. Most of the details are still under wraps but excitement is building for Michigan’s largest and most diverse film event.
East Lansing Film Festival 2022

East Lansing Film Festival 2022

October 30th through November 7th
Visit elff.com for tickets and more information. You can also follow the festival on Facebook.

Looking to make this year’s film festival even better? Consider accommodations at the English Inn Restaurant & Pub.

Our Eaton Rapids inn is located on the banks of the Grand River, just a half hour’s drive from the city, yet a world away when it comes to peace and quiet. Our historic country estate lets you step back to a grander, more genteel time with sculpted gardens, plush accommodations, and an on site, award winning restaurant and English pub.

Book your stay at The English Inn Restaurant & Pub today!

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Discover Color on a Michigan Fall Foliage Drive

August 12th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Michigan Fall Foliage DriveThere’s nothing quite as arresting as nature decked out in its bright, autumn colors and fall 2022 is set to be more colorful than ever. Here at The English Inn, we’re surrounded by beautiful countryside, a front row seat to the annual Michigan fall foliage show!

Summer is a wonderful time and it’s always sad to see it go but at least we have multi-hued autumn to soften the blow. That’s especially true for Michigan’s fall 2022. We’re expecting a warm September and early October, which should result in brighter, more vibrant colors come mid to late October, when the colors peak.

Our Eaton Rapids bed and breakfast, The English Inn, is located on a 15-acre estate overlooking the Grand River. Our groomed gardens and nature trails are always lovely but this is especially true in fall when the leaves change. Enjoy a traipse along the grounds or take it all in with a drink from the comforts of our English Pub.

Our location in Eaton Rapids surrounds us with a scenic countryside of woodlands, rivers, and farms. In fact, we’re part of one of Michigan’s most popular fall foliage drives. A 150 mile loop tour that runs through Grand Ledge, Hastings, Battle Creek, and Eaton Rapids.

Take a Michigan Fall Foliage Drive

Michigan Fall Foliage DriveMichigan is full of stunning scenery that only gets better with the onset of autumn’s color change. Our local fall color tour starts off at in nearby Lansing, MI.

Here, we recommend a visit to Fenner Nature Center and Woldumar Nature Center. Both offer miles of walking trails through wooded and landscaped areas full of native plants and wildlife.

Next, head northwest to Grand Ledge, MI to visit Fitzgerald Park. The park’s riverside trail along a 300-million-year-old natural rock overhang is always fascinating but under autumn’s sway? Gorgeous!

Next on our itinerary is Hastings, MI southwest of Grand Ledge on the Thornapple River. You know those stunning stock images of lakes lined with thick ribbons of autumn color? Well, a large number of them are taken at Thornapple Lake in Hastings’ Charlton Park. The park is seasonal but visitors are free to enjoy the views all year long.

Head south towards Gull Lake and Turners Corner for a stop by the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. Here you’ll find trumpeter swans, Canadian geese, and ducks, and more at the 180-acre Sanctuary. The country roads north of the Sanctuary offer up even more color.

Next it’s southeast to Battle Creek, MI, home of the Kellogg’s cereal company and site of the Sojourner Truth Monument. Here you can take in the Leila Arboretum and explore some of the Linear Park pathway’s 17-plus miles. The city’s self-guided Heritage Mile Walking Tour is also worth considering.
Michigan Fall Foliage Drive

Home Again, Jiggety-Jig

Turning back towards Eaton Rapids and your room at The English Inn, we still have a number of potential attractions to consider.

Leaving Battle Creek and heading northeast, we pass by the Bernard W. Baker Great Sandhill Crane Sanctuary, one of the first of its kind. Walk the 2 mile Meadow and Marshland Trail to watch for some 200 species of birds and other wildlife.

Still have some energy? Instead of continuing northeast, consider a jog down to Marshall, MI to see some of the unusual architecture in its National Historic Landmark District. Nearby Albion, MI is home to the Whitehouse Nature Center at Albion College with 25 forested acres with walking trails, ponds, and arboretum, and more.

Now it’s home, heading north through Springport’s rolling countryside, to Eaton Rapids. Your room and The English Inn Restaurant and Pub await you with food, drink, and accommodations to soothe the road from your brow as you look back on the day’s wonders. Perfect.

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Attend Michigan JazzFest and Bluesfest 2022

July 10th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Michigan JazzFest 2022 and Michigan Bluesfest 2022Music lovers visiting the Lansing area this summer won’t want to miss Michigan JazzFest (August 4-6) or Michigan Bluesfest (September 15-17) if they can help it. Both festivals draw great bands and artists, along with thousands of fans, to Lansing’s Old Town every year. Best of all, both are less than a half hour’s drive from The English Inn Restaurant & Pub!

One of the best things about life here on the Medovue Estate in Eaton Rapids, MI is that it’s quiet, calm, and just a short drive away from all the lights and excitement of Lansing. People visit us as a respite to the noise and stress of the modern world.

A stay in one of our rooms, dinner at our restaurant, a drink in our pub, or even just a simple walk on the grounds will quickly sooth any wrinkles in your brow and lift the weight of the world from your shoulders.

Here on the Medovue Estate, you’re surrounded by soothing, old world and natural beauty with Michigan’s Capitol City just minutes away. Shop, site-see, attend events like Michigan JazzFest 2022, and balance it all with the quiet comforts of a stay at The English Inn. Perfect!

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It’s Eaton & Ingham County Fair Season!

June 10th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Ingham County Fair 2022Summer is nearly here and with it two of the state’s finest county fairs! Both Eaton County Fair and Ingham County Fair 2022 are just weeks away … and less than 20 minutes from The English Inn Restaurant & Pub!

Who doesn’t like a county fair? Cotton candy and carnival rides, tractor pulls, livestock, horse racing, fireworks, loads of live entertainment, and more! Whether you live in the area or are just stopping by for a visit, it’s hard to beat such good, clean fun like a county fair.

Michigan, like most states, is home to numerous county fairs and two of the state’s biggest and best are held within easy driving distance of our Lansing-area inn. In fact, Ingham County Fair is almost 170 years old!

While the historic English Inn may seem worlds away from a county fair, we’re actually just minutes from both. Consequently, you can spend as much time as you like at the fair, knowing that the comforts of your room at English Inn are just a short drive away.

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Meridian Historical Village – Doorway to the Past

May 14th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Meridian Historical VillageStep back into the past with a visit to the 19th century via Meridian Historical Village in Okemos, MI. This popular and unique attraction is home to a 7 historic buildings, a variety of special events, and is only a half hour from The English Inn.

Many guests of The English Inn Restaurant & Pub visit or stay with us, in part because of our elegant and warm, old world feel. While the modern world has numerous wonders and conveniences we’ve come to rely on, sometimes it’s nice to slow down and simplify a bit.

English Inn is located on the historic Medovue Estate in Eaton Rapids, MI. Our manicured grounds and lush, 1920’s mansion offer peace and refined relaxation with modern conveniences in an old world setting.

Those who enjoy this calmer, slower world will also likely enjoy a visit to Meridian Historical Village in Okemos, MI.

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Attend East Lansing Art Festival 2022

April 10th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

East Lansing Art Festival 2022Get set for East Lansing Art Festival 2022! This outdoor, two-day celebration of art and culture features over 180 juried artists, live music, an international food court, and more! May 21st through the 22nd, 2022 in downtown, East Lansing, MI.

If you enjoy art, you do not want to miss East Lansing Art Festival 2022. The annual, juried fine art festival has been a mid-Michigan tradition since 1964, attracting hundreds of artists and thousands of art fans to East Lansing’s downtown every year.

2022 marks a hopeful return to a full festival after two years of pandemic-related restrictions and limitations. This means getting back to 180 or more artists in attendance and a return to an interactive artist area. Who wouldn’t enjoy meeting and speaking with talented artists about their work? Fascinating!

East Lansing Art Festival 2022 also sees a return to a full stage lineup, with 12 live performances on the schedule. Attendees can also enjoy free activities and artist demonstrations.

Another popular festival feature is the international-style food court. Here you’ll find local vendors offering an array of delicious global flavors. Yum! Even better, the MSU Spring Arts and Crafts show is held simultaneously and just across the street from the festival.

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Lansing Lugnuts 2022 Season Schedule

March 18th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Lansing Lugnuts 2022Spring is just around the corner and with it comes baseball season. In the Lansing area, that means the Lansing Lugnuts, whose home games at Jackson Field are less than a half hour from The English Inn Restaurant & Pub!

There’s nothing quite like attending a baseball game. The sun on the stands, the cheering and jeering fans, a hot dog and a drink, and all the action on the field. Does it get any better?

The Lansing Lugnuts are a Minor League Baseball team of the High-A Central and the Oakland Athletics’ Class A Midwest League affiliate. The team has won two Midwest League championships and hosted four Midwest League All-Star Games. The Lugnuts have produced 156 Major League players over the years, with more than 20 former Lugnuts currently active in the Majors. The Lugnuts regularly draw 300,000 fans a season and hold the MiLB attendance record for a club’s inaugural season.

Better yet, the convenient location of our Lansing area bed and breakfast makes catching one of the Lugnuts’ home games a snap. The English Inn is just a half hour from the capital city in Eaton Rapids, MI. This means you can have all the noise and adventure you want but still have somewhere quiet and serene to retire to. The perfect combination!

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Ski Woldumar Nature Center, Fitzgerald Park, & More

February 11th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Ski Woldumar Nature CenterIf the sight of snow on the ground has you hankering to get your skis on, you’re in luck. The Eaton Rapids area is home to a number of excellent cross-country ski and snowshoe opportunities at wonderful places like Woldumar Nature Center, Fitzgerald Park, and more.

The English Inn’s convenient location, just south of Lansing, MI in Eaton Rapids, puts us within easy distance of just about anything you could want to do. Shopping, dining, live entertainment, museums, hiking, boating, touring, and so much more.

What you may not have realized is that you can add skiing and snowshoeing to that list, as well. While the nearest ski resort, https://www.mtbrighton.com/Mt. Brighton, is an hour away, opportunities for cross-country skiing are much closer.

You say you left your skis or snowshoes at home? Not a problem! Many of the destinations below offer equipment rentals and there are a number of outfitters in the area that can help get you on your way. Just let us know what it is you’re wanting to do and we’ll help point you in the right direction.

We love sharing Michigan with our guests!

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The Picture Perfect Eaton Rapids Wedding Venue

January 14th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Eaton Rapids Wedding VenuePlanning your nuptials and looking for the perfect Eaton Rapids wedding venue? Look no further! The English Inn has breathtaking indoor and outdoor event spaces overlooking the Grand River and can accommodate weddings of all sizes.

With spring just around the corner, now is the time to make plans for your big day!

The English Inn’s historic estate along the Grand River is easily one of the most popular and romantic wedding venues in the Lansing, MI area. With 16 acres of groomed gardens and our classic, Tudor revival mansion, the photo opportunities are endless.

Don’t forget that the English Inn is also home to a popular and award-wining, fine dining restaurant. This makes having fresh, on-site food and service for your reception a snap!

Better yet, we offer a wide variety of ceremony services and options.

The Ultimate Eaton Rapids Wedding Venue

Eaton Rapids Wedding VenueThe English Inn can accommodate weddings of almost any size. From grand ceremonies of up to 200 guests to more intimate events of 50 people or less.

One of our most popular outdoor wedding ceremony locations is the Pergola on the banks of the Grand River. Here you are surrounded by a garden with a lightly bubbling fountain that echoes the sounds of the nearby river. So lovely.

Inside, for larger wedding parties, we have the Grand Ballroom, with its crystal chandeliers and vaulted ceilings overlooking the river. For smaller ceremonies there are four different dining rooms to choose from, each one offering its own unique experience.

The English Inn is also a popular Lansing-area bed and breakfast, with 18 plush rooms for your bridal party, family, and guests.

A romantic and historic Eaton Rapids wedding venue able to accommodate indoor or outdoor weddings and receptions of up to 200 people, with award-winning on-site catering and accommodations. Why would you go anywhere else?

Call today and ask for our special events coordinator to set up a meeting or tour! 517-663-2500

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English Inn New Year’s Eve Dinner Special & Gift Certificates

December 7th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

English Inn New Year's Eve Dinner Special 2021Close out 2021 in style with the English Inn New Year’s Eve Dinner Special! Our specially prepared, four-course holiday dinner, served in posh, historic surroundings, is the perfect way to top off your year – and without breaking the bank!

The English Inn Restaurant & Pub is equally famous in the Lansing-area for both peerless accommodations and fine dining. Our historic, 1927 Tudor Revival mansion, located on the lush, 15-acre Medovue Estate overlooks the Grand River and is just a half-hour’s drive from downtown Lansing.

Entering the estate, you’ll discover an oasis of old-world beauty and class mostly long forgotten. The classic architecture of the mansion features handcrafted mahogany, marble, and slate details and is surrounded by acres of sculptured gardens. It is the perfect venue for that special holiday dinner, wedding reception, anniversary, or just a chance to unwind in rarefied surroundings.

Our restaurant has received numerous awards over the years, including the DiRoNA (Distinguished Restaurant of North America), the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, and the Open Table Diner’s Choice. Along with our award-winning fine cuisine, we also offer an extensive, nationally recognized wine cellar. Visitors also enjoy relaxing with a pint or two in our intimate Dickens’ English pub.

2021 English Inn New Year’s Eve Dinner Special

English Inn New Year's Eve Dinner Special 2021The 2021 English Inn New Year’s Eve Dinner Special is a four course meal including salad and your choice of appetizer, entree, and delectable dessert at only $99 per person. Alcohol and other beverages are additional with your prepaid reservation for parties of 2 to 6.

Reservations for the 2021 English Inn New Year’s Eve Dinner Special are always popular and will not last long. Reserve your table now before they’re all gone!

You say you missed out or can’t make it on New Year’s Eve? No problem! The English Inn restaurant is open all through the holiday season and with special, early dinner hours! Enjoy fine dining in our dining room, pub, or outdoor conservatories this holiday season.

See December’s dinner menu and book your dinner reservation today!

English Inn Gift Certificates

English Inn New Year's Eve Dinner Special 2021Give the gift of travel and relaxation this holiday season with a gift certificate to the English Inn Restaurant & Pub. An English Inn Gift Certificate is much more than your average present, it’s the gateway to a sublime experience!

English Inn Gift Certificates have no set amount or restrictions. Consequently, they can be used for a meal at our award winning restaurant, or drinks in our English-style pub. They can also be put towards a stay in one of our historic inn’s luxurious guest rooms or cottages.

English Inn Gift Certificates never expire and may be purchased in one of two ways:
Call 517-663-2500 and receive an elegantly designed, English Inn Gift Certificate printed on heavy card stock for you to fill out and present. English Inn Gift Certificates are also available online for instant delivery. Simply print the gift certificate out for your recipient. So easy!

Happy Holidays!

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