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Live the Wildlife – at Woldumar Nature Center

March 2nd, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Woldumar Nature CenterWhat better way to reawaken your senses after months of winter than a spring walk in the woods? Woldumar Nature Center, located just 15 minutes from English Inn, offers more than 180 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and wildlife to explore along the Grand River.

The English Inn Restaurant & Pub is also nestled along the Grand River, here in Eaton Rapids, MI. The historic grounds of the estate that our Eaton Rapids inn calls home includes sixteen acres of manicured gardens and walking trails that you can explore during your stay or visit.

For a more in-depth dip into the natural world, however, it’s hard to beat Woldumar Nature Center.

Trails and Wildlife

First time visitors to Woldumar should make the Visitor Center their first stop for information about the trails and center.

The grounds contain more than 180 acres of wetlands, prairie, old orchards, and forests of maple, beech, and pine. There is even a lagoon and river shoreline to explore. All of it easily accessible via the more than five miles of easy, well maintained hiking trails that meander through the property.

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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!

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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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