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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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Potter Park Zoo – Not Your Typical Zoo

September 6th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Potter Park Zoo MandrillAnimal lovers and anyone looking for a fun time out will enjoy visiting Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, Michigan. Not only is it just 20 minutes from The English Inn, it’s also not your typical zoo!

Beautifully landscaped Potter Park Zoo is nestled in an old oak forest along the Red Cedar River, in the heart of Michigan’s Capital City. The 100-acre park, gardens, and zoo opened in 1920 and are home to nearly 600 animals, representing well over 160 different species.

Visitors are treated to African lions, Amur tigers, snow leopards, black rhinos, meerkats, lemurs, mandrills, and a great many others. With such a variety of residents, there is always something new and exciting to see at the zoo. More than at your average zoo, in fact.

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Visit Fenner Nature Center

August 9th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Fenner Nature CenterFenner Nature Center is 130 plus acres of forests, fields, trails, and ponds in the heart of Lansing, MI. Visitors enjoy exploring the trails, visiting the art gallery, or just sitting back and taking it all in.

The Carl G. Fenner Nature Center has a long and storied history, stretching back to 1959. The brainchild of Carl G. Fenner, it was originally known as”Arboretum Park,” and included bison, longhorn cattle, and a replica log cabin!

The center has changed mightily over the years, updating its name and goals as our understanding of the natural world evolves. Today it serves as a public environmental education center where people can learn about nature or simply get close to it.

Best of all, Fenner Nature Center is less than a half hour’s drive from English Inn Restaurant & Pub. In fact, our seemingly remote location in Eaton Rapids puts all of Lansing’s attractions at your fingertips. Come enjoy the peace and serenity of our historic country estate without sacrificing access to the charms of Lansing.

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Fitzgerald Park and the Ledges of Grand Ledge

July 12th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Ledges Trail in Fitzgerald Park

“Ledges Trail, Grand Ledge, Michigan” by Guettarda
is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Looking for a unique and beautiful place to get out into nature? Explore Grand Ledge’s Fitzgerald Park and discover The Ledges, an ancient and beautiful series of sandstone cliffs along the Grand River.

Folks may not realize it but Grand Ledge, MI gets its name from an actual grand ledge – or a series of them, anyway. Known as “The Ledges,” the mile long, 300 million year old, sedimentary rock outcropping rises as much as 60 feet (18 m) above the shores of the Grand River.

This unique formation is the largest outcropping of rocks in Central Michigan. Local native tribes knew the area as “Big Rocks” and came here each spring to tap the sugar maples. A spiritualist summer campground was established here in 1894 and the Ledges Playhouse Theater pavillion they built still stands.

The property became a public park in 1919 and has remained a popular Grand Ledge attraction ever since.

Grand Ledge is located northwest of Lansing, MI just a short, half hour’s drive from The English Inn in Eaton Rapids. It would be easy to make a fun day-trip out of your visit. The town is full of fun shops, good restaurants, and lovely Victorian homes.

Spend the day investigating the area, then enjoy the short drive back to our Eaton Rapids inn, restaurant, and pub!

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Explore the Trails at Harris Nature Center

May 10th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

a frog at Harris Nature CenterLooking to get outdoors for a much needed nature break? Harris Nature Center, in Okemos, MI is just what the doctor ordered with 5 miles of nature trails along the banks of the beautiful Red Cedar River.

Harris Nature Center (HNC) is located in Okemos, MI on the banks of the Red Cedar River. All less than a half-hour’s drive from our Lansing-area restaurant, pub, and bed and breakfast, The English Inn.

The Center’s main mission is protecting and preserving the Red Cedar River ecosystem. Public access allows people to learn more about the natural world and see for themselves the stunning natural beauty that is being preserved here.

The preserve’s 48 acres are natural habitat to a broad array of animals. Visitors may see white-tail deer, red-tailed hawks, pileated woodpeckers, many kinds of turtles, snakes, frogs, salamanders, and toads.

Trails at the HNC take you through the connected forests, meadows, and along the Red Cedar River. In winter, these same trails become a popular cross-country skiing and snowshoeing destination, with equipment rentals available at the Center.

Harris Nature Center also rehabilitates wild animals for future release or permanent care, depending on their level of recovery. You can meet many of these permanent residents inside the center and even “adopt” one.

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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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