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Discover The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

January 12th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

1938 REO Speedwagon Fire Truck at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

“1938 REO Speedwagon Fire Truck” by Joe Ross
is licensed under CC BY SA 2.0

If you’re a gearhead, history buff, or fan of design you’ll love visiting The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in nearby Lansing, MI. The museum’s extensive collection of auto memorabilia and over 60 vehicles that range from 1886 through to 2003!

Ransom Olds founded Olds Motor Works in 1897, in Lansing, Michigan. Olds was a true pioneer in the automotive industry. He created the moving assembly line, used to build the world’s first mass-produced car: the Curved Dash Oldsomobile.

Olds left Oldsmobile in 1905 to start a new automotive manufacturing company in Lansing, the REO Motor Car Company. REO Motor Company produced vehicles from 1905 to 1975, concentrating primarily on trucks after the mid 1930’s. You may recognize the name of one of its vehicles as also belonging to a popular 1970’s and 80’s rock band: REO Speedwagon.

Visiting The Museum

The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum traces more than a century of automotive history with thousands of pieces of memorabilia and a large collection of rare and classic vehicles.

The collection includes classics like the 1886 Oldsmobile Steam Carriage, a 1901 Oldsmobile Curved Dash, and a 1953 Oldsmobile NASCAR Race Car. They also have a 1927 REO Wolverine, a 1938 REO Speedwagon Fire Truck, and ‘Darth Vader, a custom 1985 Olds Cutlass Salon factory one-off.

With the rotating nature of the museum’s vehicle collection, you never know what gems you’ll see!

Other attractions at the museum include a nearly complete collection of Michigan license plates, early traffic signals and signs, and an extensive archive of automobilia. There’s even a bicycle collection that shows the connection between this humble mode of transportation and the automobile.

Oldsmobile Aerotech Aurora V8 at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

“Oldsmobile Aerotech Aurora V8” by Joe Ross
is licensed under CC BY SA 2.0

The R. E. Olds Transportation Museum

240 Museum Drive, Lansing, MI 48933
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sundays, 12pm to 5pm

(closed Sundays, November through March)

Guided tours of the Museum are available with at least a weeks notice. Learn more at www.reoldsmuseum.org. You can also visit the museum on Facebook.

Lansing Area Lodging

Lansing, MI is just a half hour’s drive from The English Inn, Restaurant and Pub, located on the beautifully manicured and historic Medovue estate, nestled along the Grand River in Eaton Rapids, MI. Our Lansing area bed and breakfast offers uncommonly plush, old world accommodations, attentive service, and a full service restaurant and pub. Book your stay at The English Inn Restaurant & Pub today!

English Inn Gift Certificates – Give The Gift of Relaxation

December 13th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Give the gift of English Inn Gift CertificatesLooking for that perfect gift this holiday season? How about one of comfort and relaxation with English Inn gift certificates!

The English Inn Restaurant & Pub is more than just a Michigan bed and breakfast. More than just an award winning, Lansing-area restaurant. Our location on the historic 15-acre Medovue Estate, overlooking the Grand River in Eaton Rapids, MI qualifies us as a bona fide destination all on our own.

The English Inn restaurant is one of the area’s most popular dinner destinations and the lush beauty of our sculpted grounds are a sought out Lansing wedding venue. And all just a half hour from the bright lights of Lansing, in Eaton Rapids, MI.

English Inn Gift Certificates

Now you can give the gift of an English Inn experience with English Inn Gift Certificates!

Our Gift Certificates are flexible, with no set amount, no restrictions, and no expiration date. Use a gift certificate for diner at the English Inn restaurant, a round of drinks in the pub, a stay in one of our luxurious guestrooms – or all three!

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Silver Bells In the City and Other Area Holiday Events

November 15th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Silver Bells in the City 2019The end of the year holidays are rapidly approaching so now is the time to make those holiday getaway plans. Silver Bells In the City, Winter Glow, and many other seasonal events here in the Lansing area are coming right up!

If you’re thinking of enjoying the festivities in the Lansing-area, now is the time to acquire your accommodations.

The English Inn Restaurant & Pub in Eaton Rapids is just a half hour’s drive from the city. When it comes to refined relaxation, however, the plush appointments and attentive service of our Eaton Rapids bed and breakfast is worlds away!

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

Silver Bells in the City 2019

November 22nd

Silver Bells in the City is one of the biggest and most popular annual holiday events in the Lansing area. Every year the city is set to glowing with thousands of sparkling lights, festive decorations, and tons of happy fun.

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Attend East Lansing Film Festival 2019!

October 6th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

East Lansing Film Festival 2019Grab the popcorn and find your seat – it’s time for East Lansing Film Festival 2019! Michigan’s largest film festival (and second oldest, by the way), returns to the screens October 30th through November 7th, 2019.

If you enjoy movies that make you think, motivate you to act, drive you to discuss, or just plain rile you up, you’ll love the East Lansing Film Festival. The films chosen for exhibition present alternate viewpoints, cultures, and backgrounds with the intent of both enlightening and entertaining audiences.

Now celebrating its 22nd year, the festival screens feature-length as well as short subject films, documentary, and student films. The festival often premieres a number of the films on its schedule, which never fails to amp up the excitement!

Another exciting aspect of the festival are the celebrities it attracts. Directors, writers, producers, stars, and other industry insiders often attend the festival either as special guests or as celebrity attendees. Past festivals have such big names as Oliver Stone, Michael Moore, and Bruce Campbell.

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Old Town BluesFest is Michigan BluesFest 2019!

September 3rd, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Old Town BluesFest 2019 Michigan BluesFest 2019Old Town BluesFest 2019, now Michigan BluesFest 2019, is just weeks away: Thursday through Saturday, September 19th through the 21st, 2019 at various venues in Lansing, Michigan.

Michigan BluesFest has been a Lansing tradition since 1994. Originally an OctoberFest celebration, the event was moved to September and renamed “Old Town BluesFest” in 2002. Now it’s simply Michigan BluesFest.

Whatever the name, this festival attracts some of the best local, regional, and national artists to Lansing every year – along with thousands of happy fans.

This year’s fest promises more of the same at a variety of stages around Old Town Lansing. Venues for Michigan BluesFest 2019 include stages at both North and South Turner Streets, Turnaround Lounge, and UrbanBeat.

While primarily a music festival, that’s not all you’ll enjoy. Old Town BluesFest also includes music workshops, excellent food and drink, craft vendors, and more! Plus, the festival location in Old Town means you’ll be surrounded by art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and lovely historic buildings.

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Greater Lansing Balloon Festival and Sun Dried Music Fest 2019

August 2nd, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Greater Lansing Balloon Festival 2019If your plans have you in the Lansing area around the end of August, there are a couple of annual events you should be aware of. Both the Greater Lansing Balloon Festival and Sun Dried Music Festival 2019 are scheduled for the weekend of the 23rd.

It seems like there is always something going on in our area. Fairs, festivals, concerts, dinners, holiday events, and more. The English Inn’s location in Eaton Rapids has us surrounded by the action; an opulent oasis of peace and comfort to retreat to after a day or evening of fun.

Upcoming August events illustrate this perfectly.

Greater Lansing Balloon Festival 2019, for example, is held in Lansing, MI just 15 minutes to the north of The English Inn Restaurant & Pub. Sun Dried Music Fest 2019, on the other hand, is held in Mason, MI – also just 15 minutes from our Michigan Inn but to the east, this time.

Whatever it is you hope to do in the Lansing area – sight see, enjoy a sumptuous meal, attend an event, get married, or simply relax – The English Inn is here for you!

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Eaton County Fair & Ingham County Fair 2019

July 1st, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Ferris Wheel at a carnivalIt’s officially fair season and The English Inn is conveniently located between two of the state’s finest: Eaton County Fair 2019 (July 8-13) and The 165th annual Ingham County Fair (July 29 – August 3, 2019).

Both fairs are less than 20 minutes away from our Lansing area inn, restaurant, and pub, The English Inn.

County fairs are an excellent way to spend a summer evening. The noise and lights of the midway, the smell of popcorn and cotton candy, laughter, calliope music, and good, old-fashioned fun.

Our location along the Grand River in Eaton Rapids puts us in the unique position of being just minutes from two excellent and time honored fairs. Both the Eaton and Ingham County Fair are worth your time.

And with The English Inn’s fine lodging and dining so close by, there is absolutely you miss it?

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Common Ground Music Festival 2019 – 20 Years of Music

June 14th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Common Ground Music Festival 2019Common Ground Music Festival is dropping a bit early this year. The four-day, live music extravaganza, typically held in July, is scheduled for June 27th through the 30th, 2019. If you’re looking for somewhere spectacular to stay during the event, you’ve come to the right place!

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Common Ground Music Festival, an event known for the big name acts it brings to Lansing, MI every year. More than 500 artists have graced the festival’s stages, including local, regional, and national acts.

The festival is held on 2 stages in downtown Lansing’s lovely Adado Riverfront Park, located along The Grand River. For larger crowds, there is the Auto Value Main Stage. This stage includes large video walls that provide the sense of a front row experience no matter where your seat. The Sparrow Stage, located well away from the big stage in north end of the park, offers a more intimate experience. The two stages provide multiple performances throughout the festival.

Common Ground includes a wide variety of food and drink offerings, long with the genre-spanning constellation of talent. There will be a customer lounge in the Terminal bar near the Sparrow Stage, along with other offerings located throughout the park.

Don’t miss Michigan’s premier outdoor music event of the summer!

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Cruise The Grand River Aboard the Michigan Princess Riverboat!

May 11th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Michigan Princess RiverboatTake your vacation to a whole new level with a cruise down the Grand River aboard a replica of a classic, 19th century steamboat. The Michigan Princess!

The Michigan Princess is a full-size, three level riverboat built after the fashion of the iconic, paddle-wheel riverboat of the old South. No expense was spared to make the riverboat as genuine as possible while also including the modern conveniences we’ve all come to expect.

The Michigan Princess, for example, is fully enclosed with climate control, unlike those she was modeled after. Further, this riverboat offers fine dining, live entertainment, refreshing cocktails, and an exciting selection of cruises!

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Step Back In Time At Meridian Historical Village

April 13th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Meridian Historical VillageMeridian Historical Village, located in Okemos, MI’s Central Park, offers a free window to the past through seven restored historical buildings and a variety of special events.

If you’re looking for an escape from the world of hustle and bustle, you’ve come to the right place. The historic English Inn Restaurant and Pub, located in Eaton Rapids, MI, is exactly that and so much more. The old world flavor of the Medovue Estate, which serves as our home along the Grand River, offers peace and refined relaxation.

Just 30 minutes northeast of the English Inn’s borders, however, there is another place where time seems to stand still: Meridian Historical Village.

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