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Lansing Silver Bells In The City 2022 & Other Holiday Events

November 3rd, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

The English Inn Restaurant and Pub holidays 2022It’s holiday time once again and you can feel the excitement building for time off with family, friends, and fun, festive events. When it comes to this latter, the Lansing area has plenty to offer, and then some.  Beloved traditional events like Lansing Silver Bells In The City, Potter Park Zoo’s Wonderland of Lights, the MSU’s annual Arts and Crafts Holiday Show, and so much more!
There’s nothing like the end of the year holidays to put a smile on your face and a glow in your spirit. Home and stores are brightly lit, people are in good spirits, and the scent of chocolate and spice seems to be everywhere.

Those coming to the Lansing area during the holiday season will find no end of fun things to do and see, and we welcome you to The English Inn Restaurant & Pub. Our convenient location, on a manicured country estate in Eaton Rapids, is only a half hour’s drive from the bright lights of the city. Guests of our inn enjoy all the noise and excitement of the city that they want to, knowing there’s a quiet and secluded retreat to return to.

We’re also home to The English Inn restaurant, an award winning, popular dining destination located just steps from your room. Add in the manicured beauty of our historic estate and it’s hard to imagine wanting to stay anywhere else.

Lansing Silver Bells in the City 2022

November 18th, 5pm to 10pm
Silver Bells in the City is Lansing’s hugely popular, holiday event. The beloved annual tradition sees the city come to life with sparkling lights, bright decorations, and a host of  holiday themed events.

Silver Bells Village – 5pm to 9pm
Shop ’til you drop at Silver Bells Village. This perfect, one-stop-shopping event features a wide range vendors selling a broad array goods and delicious refreshments.

Lansing Silver Bells In The City 2022 Light ParadeThe 25th Annual Electric Light Parade – 6pm
You don’t want to miss Lansing’s annual Electric Light Parade! The popular event, held in downtown Lansing,  features lighted floats and vehicles, horse drawn carriages, marching bands, and, of course, the arrival of Santa. Wonderful holiday fun.

The Lighting and Community Sing
The annual tree lighting takes place after the parade, in front of the State Capitol. This is followed by a community sing, lead by top 20 American Idol contestant, Jacob Moran.

Firefly Drone Light Show & Fireworks
A dazzling, holiday-themed drone light show and fireworks display over the Capitol dome (weather permitting) follows the tree lighting and community sing.

Learn more at www.silverbellsinthecity.org.

2022 Lansing Area Holiday Events

Lansing Silver Bells in the City may be one of the area’s biggest holiday events – but it’s not the only one!

Silver Bells 5KNovember 19th
Come join in or watch the 12th Annual Silver Bells 5K Race. This year’s costume contest categories are holiday traditional, festive sweater, and holiday movies.

Potter Park Zoo Wonderland of Lights 2022Wonderland of Lights at Potter Park Zoo – November 19th through December 23rd
Come see Potter Park Zoo transformed into a winter wonderland! Every year, around the holidays, Potter Park decorates with thousands of lights and holiday displays. The event includes cookies, crafts and – of course! – animal encounters.

Lansing Turkey TrotNovember 24th in Downtown Lansing
Earn the calories of your Thanksgiving dinner at the 2022 5k Lansing Turkey Trot run/walk. Start time is 9am and there is a virtual option.

Mason Tree Lighting & Lighted ParadeNovember 25th in Mason, MI
Enjoy an old fashioned Christmas celebration at the 20th Annual Mason Holidays Celebration. Event includes a tree lighting, lighted parade, caroling, and more.

59th Annual MSU Arts and Crafts Holiday Show – December 3rd & 4th
The annual MSU Arts & Crafts Holiday Show is one of the largest in the state with thousands of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted items from new and returning vendors. A great holiday shopping opportunity.

East Lansing Winter Fest (aka Winter Glow) – December 10th
Winter Fest is East Lansing’s annual, free, outdoor winter festival. This popular event has a little something for everyone with ice carving, carriage rides, holiday farmers market, live music tent, yummy holiday treats, and so very much more.

Meridian Historical Village Christmas In The VillageChristmas in the Village at Meridian Village – December 10th
See Meridian Historical Village and its volunteers decorated in their holiday best to transport you back to a 19th century Christmas. A fun, unique, and educational holiday experience.

And More …

There isn’t enough room to list all of the area holiday events and more are being added every day. Now is the time to solidify your holiday plans and we hope you’ll choose a stay at The English Inn Restaurant & Pub. We even offer flexible gift certificates with no set amount, restrictions, or expiration date.

English Inn Gift Certificates may be purchased in two ways: For a more elegant gift, order via phone (517.663.2500), and we’ll mail you one of our gift certificates, professionally printed on heavy card stock. Do you live in the Lansing area? You may also pick up our pre-printed gift certificates in person.

If you need your certificate sooner rather than later, you may also purchase our gift certificates online. Once the transaction is completed, you’ll receive your gift certificate immediately via email and ready to print out. Home printed certificates feature the same elegant design as our professionally printed ones, so you can gift with confidence.

Learn more on our specials and packages page. Happy Holidays from all of us here at The English Inn Restaurant & Pub!

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Explore the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

October 16th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Eli and Edythe Broad Art MuseumLovers of art and architecture will enjoy a visit to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. The museum, also known as the MSU Broad, exhibits significant art from around the globe, in a stunning building designed by internationally known architect Zaha Hadid.

There’s nothing quite like a visit to an art museum. That’s because, when you’re viewing art, you’re communing with the artist, in a way. Getting a glimpse inside their head to see what and how they think. Fine art is not just beautiful or fascinating but inspirational, informative, thought provoking, or moving. One often comes away from a good art museum feeling refreshed, thoughtful, and motivated.

If you agree than you will not want to miss an opportunity to visit the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. The museum opened its doors on the MSU campus, in East Lansing, in 2012. It is named in honor of two longtime supporters of the university and the arts.

The 46,000-square-foot museum was built to replace the much smaller Kresge Art Museum. Many come just to take in the building’s multifaceted exterior of pleated stainless steel and glass. More beauty awaits inside, however.

Visiting the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Eli and Edythe Broad Art MuseumThe MSU Broad collection contains over 10,000 works from around the globe, both ancient and modern. These include Greek and Roman antiquities, pre-Columbian sculpture and vessels, and a variety of media from all around the world. The collection is still growing, now with an emphasis on contemporary works.

The museum dedicates over 70 percent of its considerable square-footage to exhibition space. The clever beauty of Zaha Hadid’s architecture creates unconventional spaces in which to experience the art. Soaring planes come together at unique angles to direct the light and serve as interior walls and ceilings. Exhibits include permanent and rotating works from the collection and displays from visiting exhibitions.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is located at 547 E. Circle Drive in East Lansing, MI, just under a half hour’s drive from the door of The English Inn. Spend the afternoon exploring the museum then head back to the Inn for a a refreshing drink in the pub, dinner at our restaurant, or just to relax in the comforts of your room. Perfect!

Visit the museum website for more information. You can also find the museum on Facebook.

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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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