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Step Back in Time at the Michigan History Museum

July 16th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Carl the White Pine at the Michigan History MuseumHistory buffs and those looking for a fun way to spend a few hours will be happy to learn that the Michigan History Museum is scheduled to reopen August 6th, 2021!

The Michigan History Museum, like so many attractions, has been closed to the public, due to coronavirus, since spring of 2020. News of its reopening is joyful, indeed, and a real sign that things are slowly getting back to normal.

The museum is located in the Michigan Library and Historical Center building in downtown Lansing. This is just a quick drive from our Lansing area hotel, The English Inn, Restaurant & Pub.

It is easy to make a fun, full day of your visit. The Michigan State Capitol building, bustling downtown, and the Lansing River Trail are all within easy walking distance of the museum.

Exploring the Museum

The Michigan History Museum offers four levels and more than 25 permanent and changing exhibits. The topics fully explore the state’s rich history, from pre-contact up through to the late 20th century. Plan to spend at least 90 minutes at the museum, if not longer.

Museum exhibits include interactive computers, audio-visual presentations, and a variety of hands-on elements. One of the biggest surprises are the live, three-story tall trees growing INSIDE the museum on the second level. The nearby, two-story high, relief map of Michigan is also a big hit.

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Saddle Up at Sundance Riding Stables

June 20th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Sundance Riding Stables Guided Trail Ride

Sundance Riding StablesLooking to get back in the saddle or just wanting to check horseback riding off your bucket list? Great idea. Sundance Riding Stables offers horseback riding for riders of all skill levels and is less than 20 minutes from The English Inn.

There’s nothing quite like a leisurely trail ride through the country on the back of a gentle, well trained horse. The fresh open air, unspoiled scenery, and the big, beautiful animal beneath you combine for an experience that is equal parts thrilling, calming, and unlike anything else.

Sundance Riding Stables offers guided trail rides and riding lessons in the Lansing area for riders of all skill levels, advanced to beginner.

Guided Trail Rides

Sundance Riding Stables Guided Trail RideSundance Riding Stables guided trial rides take you through the beautiful meadows and woods of their 200 acre spread. Trail rides last an hour, giving you plenty of time to soak up the views and experience. Watch for wildlife while you’re on the trail, you may see deer, wild turkeys, and more!

Prospective trail riders will be asked about their past riding experience to help choose the appropriate mount. Don’t worry if your answer is none. Sundance trains riders and their stable of horses includes many gentle animals perfect for the beginning rider. Guided trail rides are walk and trot only, making for a safe and easy ride.

Have a little one under 8 who wants to ride? They can’t be on a full size horse but Sundance will rent you a pony for parent led pony rides around the facility. Fun for everyone!

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Le Chat Gourmet Culinary Arts Cooking School

May 24th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Le Chat Gourmet Culinary Arts cooking schoolLe Chat Gourmet Culinary Arts is a highly regarded, hands-on cooking school for adults and kids located in Eaton Rapids, MI just five minutes from The English Inn.

When it comes to truly good food, they say the real joy is in the making and the sharing. Most of us appreciate a well crafted gourmet meal but how many of us can create one?

There’s no reason for the time-honored culinary arts to remain a mystery to you if you don’t want them to. Le Chat Gourmet, a celebrated local cooking school located conveniently close to our Michigan bed and breakfast, is here to help.

A Lansing Area Cooking School

Le Chat Gourmet Culinary Arts has been offering hands-on cooking and baking classes, with an emphasis on fresh ingredients, since 2003. Classes at the school are designed for all experience levels and cover a wide range of dishes and styles. Students actively participate in the entire cooking process, from food prep to plating, and dine on the results.

Chef Denene Vincent, founder and operator, is a gourmet chef with over 25 years of international cooking experience. Chef Vincent holds master gardener and art degrees and hosted the popular Great Lakes Kitchen television show. She is a true farm to table chef, emphasizing locally grown, seasonal ingredients in her classes and dishes.

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Lansing Lugnuts 2021 Season Schedule – The ‘Nuts Are Back!

April 12th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Lansing Lugnuts schedule for 2020The Lansing Lugnuts 25th season gets a do-over in 2021 with 20 six-game series, including 60 home games. Opening Day is May 4th and at home on Jackson Field, with the Lugnuts taking on the Lake County Captains.

2020 was set to be a special, 25th anniversary year for the Lansing Lugnuts, but fate had other plans in store, as we’re all too well aware. Now, things are slowly getting back to normal. One sure sign of this is the return of Minor League Baseball. In the Lansing area, that means the Lansing Lugnuts.

The Lansing Lugnuts are 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 154 Major League players with 26 former Lugnuts currently active in the Majors. The team also still holds the MiLB attendance record for a club’s inaugural season and regularly draw 300,000 fans a season.

2021 promises a return to the excitement and fun of live and in person MiLB. The Lansing Lugnuts will undoubtedly up this ante with lots of special, 25th anniversary promotions and events.

Best of all Jackson Field (previously Cooley Law School Stadium/Oldsmobile Park) is less than a half hour from The English Inn Restaurant & Pub. Enjoy all the noise and excitement of a Lansing Lugnuts MiLB game, then come back to the peace and comfort of your room at our historic Lansing-area bed and breakfast.

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The Turner-Dodge House – Window on the 19th Century

March 13th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Turner-Dodge HouseStep back in time to the 19th century with a visit to the 1855 Turner-Dodge House, aka Dodge Mansion, a beautifully restored historic house museum in Lansing, MI.

The Turner-Dodge House has stood in Old Town Lansing for more than 160 years. It was one of the first large homes to be built in Lansing and was home to several generations of an important pioneer family.

The house gets its Turner-Dodge name from the first families to live here. Marion and James Turner built the house in 1858 after moving to Lansing from Mason. James operated a mercantile store and Marion was a school teacher. Later, James would also speculate in real estate and build a foundry.

Abby Turner, Marion and James’ daughter, married Frank Dodge in 1888. The couple bought the house after they married, enlarging and redesigning it to accommodate the expanding family. A renovation that completely changed the house’s appearance.

The Turners and Dodges were more than just wealthy white landowners. They were true pioneers who helped to develop Michigan’s capitol city. They were also progressive, supporting higher education for women, the abolition of slavery, and liquor control.

The family lived in the house until 1958, when it was sold to the Great Lakes Bible College. The city of Lansing purchased the mansion in 1974 and, after substantial renovation, opened it as a historic house museum.

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The English Inn Restaurant & Pub Is In The News!

February 23rd, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

The English Inn Restaurant and PubThe English Inn Restaurant & Pub was happily surprised to find itself in the news a lot recently. Last week we gave away 100 four course meals as a way to thank the community and were very gratified by the response.

We’ve all been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic for a year or more now and it has provided challenging times for everyone. Here at the English Inn Restaurant & Pub, as with most everywhere, business ground to a near halt.

Despite this, and in the face of hardships of their own, the surrounding community rallied to our aid. Not only did they order take out meals from the English Inn Restaurant but also provided cash tips for our staff. Some even gave Christmas presents to our staff’s children!

As a member of the community, we also appreciated the hard work and sacrifice we saw around us on a daily basis. First responders and front line workers like paramedics, food service workers, caregivers, postal workers, and others who have done selfless acts.

Consequently, we really wanted to give back.

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Indoor Dining Is Back at The English Inn!

January 28th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Indoor Dining at The English InnThe English Inn is excited to announce that we’ll be once again opening our doors for indoor dining on February 1st, 2021! Michigan state’s latest pandemic order, which goes into effect February 1st, eases restrictions on indoor dining at restaurants – and we’re more than ready!

We’ve been very grateful for all the wonderful people who have supported us throughout this last year. The response to our To-Go Menu, Outdoor Conservatory Dining, and Guest Room Delivery dinners has been fantastic.

That being said, like everyone, we’re quite excited to see a return to indoor dining!

Of course, it’s not a 100% return to normal but a necessary baby step. Though there is now enough light at the end of the tunnel to partially illuminate the dining room, we’re not out of the woods yet!

This new Michigan State order is set to last three weeks, until Sunday, February 21st, 2021. With any luck, things will look even rosier then and we’ll see a further loosening of health and safety restrictions.

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Getting Married? Explore our Eaton Rapids Wedding Venue

December 13th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

English Inn: The Most Romantic of Lansing MI Wedding VenuesCome experience the stunning beauty of The English Inn. A beautiful Eaton Rapids wedding venue with breathtaking indoor and outdoor event spaces overlooking the Grand River.

Our outdoor spaces include the Pergola on the Grand and our English Gardens. The Pergola is situated on the banks of the Grand River and surrounded by stunning gardens. The English Gardens are also perfect for a ceremony, plus 16 acres of natural scenery for idyllic photo opportunities.

Inside Medovue Hall we have the Grand Ballroom, with its crystal chandeliers, vaulted ceilings and Palladian windows overlooking the river. For smaller gatherings we have four distinctive dining rooms. Each one offers a unique reception experience.

Our estate setting offers the convenience of having your ceremony, reception, and lodging all in one, perfect wedding venue. View catering options and additional details for Intimate Weddings via our Intimate Weddings Info Packet (PDF).

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Tour and Taste at Top Lansing Breweries

November 13th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

discover Lansing breweriesIf you’re a fan of fresh and unique, regional craft beers then you’re going to love the Lansing-area beer scene. The number and variety of Lansing breweries is enough to excite any beer lover and the location of our Lansing-area inn makes visiting them a snap!

The craft beer explosion that washed over the country has seen beer ascending to a position once inhabited primarily by wine. Beer tourism, beer tastings, brewery tours, and even beer collecting and trading have exploded.

Not only is trying new beers fun and exciting, doing so gives you a real taste of a region. Not just through the beer but also through the people you meet and the sights you see.

Our Eaton Rapids inn, restaurant, and pub is less than a half-hour’s drive from Lansing. This puts all the best of the city at your fingertips while providing you with a quiet and comfortable retreat to return to.

So come along with me as we highlight some of the top Lansing breweries!

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Mason Antiques Shops – Shop for Rare Treasures in Mason, MI

October 16th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Mason antique shopsFans of antiques will be happy to know that a number of popular shops can be found nearby in Mason, MI. In fact, it would be easy to plan an entire day around Mason antiques shopping.

For antiques fans, there’s nothing quite as fun as perusing a variety of shops for unknown treasures. With most shopping, you go in with a list or idea of what it is you’re after. When it comes to antique shopping, however, most of the joy comes from discovery and surprise. You never know what you’ll find!

That’s why towns like Mason, with its concentration of antiques shops, are so appealing.

While most towns have at least one antiques shop or flea market to poke through, a collection of such shops is a good sign. Clusters of antiques shops can mean competitive prices and a wider selection. Two things shoppers of any stripe can appreciate!

This describes the Mason antiques scene well. Large shops supporting numerous independent vendors and displaying a wide range of fine antiques. Further, the town has been known for its antiques since the 70’s, so you know you’ll be looking at some serious vendors.

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