If you’re ready for some good, old fashioned American fun, Charlotte Frontier Days Festival is right around the corner: September 4th through the 7th, 2014!
Every September, for the past 44 years, Charlotte, Michigan has donned a giant pair of cowboy boots and ushered the excitement of the Charlotte Frontier Days Festival onto the main stage. Part rodeo, part county fair, part flea market, part arts and crafts festival, ALL fun for everyone!
If you’re an equestrian staying with us here at The English Inn, Eaton Rapids and the surrounding area offers the perfect landscape for horseback riding. The region features many scenic trails and parks, including some lovely trails along our waterways. There may be just as many riding stables and farms that cater to the horseback riding pastime as there are places to ride, whether you ride as a hobby or a sport.
Travel to the neighboring township of Mason, less than 20 minutes from our Inn and Restaurant in Eaton Rapids, to the Ingham County Fair, a 158-year tradition in this state!
Open this year from July 29 – August 3, there is free daily parking, and gate admission for adults is only $8. $5 for children and free for those over 62 or under 2 years old.
Here are some event highlights taking place at this year’s Ingham County Fair:
Battle of the Bands: Monday, July 29 at 6 p.m.
SJO Super Cross Champion Series – Car Races: Tuesday July 30 at 7 p.m.
Wolverine Pullers – Tractor Pulls: Wednesday July 31 at 7 p.m.
Michigan Dynamometer Association – Light/Heavy Horse Pulls: Thursday August 1 at 10 a.m.
USA Demolition Derby – Auto Enduro: Thursday August 1 at 7:30 p.m.
USA Demolition Derby – Figure 8 & Truck Demo: Friday August 2 at 7:30 p.m.
USA Demolition Derby – Figure 8 & Car Demo: Saturday August 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Other great entertainment at the fair includes:
Bingo: Try your luck in the Bingo Tent, located near the Rayner Park “D” Gate, behind the Farm Bureau Restaurant.
Chainsaw Wood Carver: Ben will amaze you with the beauty of his creations. Free Daily Shows at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. All items created will be auctioned at 6:00 pm on Saturday, August 4 in the Main Arena.
Children’s Day is Tuesday July 30th: Special activities for the kids in the Ash Street Arena beginning at 1 p.m. including races, eating contests and even an egg throwing contest!
Treat yourself to exquisite lodging at the English Inn.
Food Contests: See who made the best pie, cookies and more.
Circle of Life Exhibit: Witness the live birth of animals, including cows, rabbits and miniature donkeys, as well as the hatching of baby chicks. The “Circle of Life” Exhibit is located in Crops Building near the food court. This exhibit is to educate fair visitors about the importance of animal agriculture. Vet students from Michigan State University will be on site throughout the week.
2011 has been a good year for us here at The English Inn. That’s because of you.
Thank you all for coming to our Eaton Rapids restaurant and inn throughout the year. Thank you for celebrating your special occasions with us, and for stopping by the pub after work for a pint. Thank your for hosting your weddings here, and for returning for your anniversaries. Thank you for bringing your office here for holiday work parties, and for having your retirement parties here. We enjoy sharing the special moments in your life.
We wish you all the very best in 2012. Happy New Year!
The English Inn, our Eaton Rapids Michigan Bed and Breakfast, is just 30 minutes from the Michigan Capitol, the Michigan Historical Museum, and the Hall of Justice. We all admire these buildings as we travel past them, but it’s good to be reminded that it is possible to tour them, as well.
Visit the Michigan Hall of Justice.
A good place to start is the Michigan Historical Museum, located near the Capitol and the Hall of Justice. The Museum contains many items from the state’s past, from the First Peoples who lived here prior to the arrival of Europeans, to the present. Special Exhibits change frequently. For up to date information, please visit Michigan Historical Museum.
The Michigan Hall of Justice is truly splendid. This six story limestone masterpiece, crowned with a glass dome, stands at the west end of the capitol mall. The words “freedom, truth, equality, and justice” are etched in the marble entrance, an invitation to citizens. Walk-in visitors are welcome, and refreshments may be found at a café in the south wing. Tours are available for groups of eight or more; please call 517.373.7229 for reservations.
The Michigan State Capitol is no less impressive than the Hall of Justice that faces it. The rotunda is a work of beauty, seen from the outside or from the floor beneath it. The Michigan State Capitol welcomes visitors. Tours are offered frequently, though they do tend to fill far in advance. Tour Information is available at Michigan State Capitol.
Whether you are staying at our Bed and Breakfast near Lansing for business or pleasure, you will surely enjoy visiting the Michigan Capitol, the Hall of Justice, and the Michigan Historical Museum.
Every summer there’s a Dam Festival at the Historic Miller Property, which is about five miles from our luxury Michigan Bed and Breakfast and restaurant. This year it will take place on August 27, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Linger over dinner at The English Inn after the Dam Festival.
The Dam Festival was created so folks could learn about the history of Eaton Rapids, the surrounding area, and indeed the heartland of America. It celebrates the way things used to be “back in the day”. Visit a one-room schoolhouse, learn why Eaton Rapids was once known as the “Ice Cream Capital of the World”, and then enjoy a scoop or two at the historic ice cream parlor. See a blacksmith shop, an old general store, and one of the longest old barns in the state, as well.
Tours of the dams around Eaton Rapids will also be offered on Saturday, August 27. Dam tours are fascinating, especially since the heart of Eaton Rapids is entirely surrounded by water.
Act like a local and spend the weekend at our luxurious Eaton Rapids Michigan lodging. Enjoy the Dam Festival by day, and dinner at our gourmet, DiRoNA restaurant in the evening. A stroll through our expansive gardens to the pergola overlooking the Grand River is the perfect way to end any day.
For additional information about the Dam Festival, please visit Eaton Rapids Area Historical Society.
Lobster Fest runs Sundays – Thursdays through June here at The English Inn fine dinning Lansing MI restaurant. This is a thrilling event for lobster fans. Indeed, for those of us who love to eat these peculiar looking crustaceans, there is nothing better than throwing away our dignity, donning a bib, and cracking into a fresh lobster.
Steamed lobster at The English Inn - one of the best meals you'll ever have.
Lobster Bisque is a standard appetizer here at The English Inn. Prepared with cream, brandy, and sherry, it melts hearts and woos all who taste it. We have also long offered a delicate Lobster Stuffed Walleye, featuring lobster mousse. Rarely do we have whole lobsters.
Certainly lobster is a rare treat for many these days. It was not always so. Before Europeans arrived on the shores of America, lobsters were so plentiful that Native Americans used them as bait for fishing and as fertilizer for their fields. Catching lobsters was easy – they could be scooped out of the water along the shore. Colonialists considered lobster to be “food for the poor” – a fact we find astounding today. Prisoners and indentured servants were regularly served lobsters, and tired of eating them.
These days, some people would consider spending a few nights in prison if lobster were served.
Lobster is best served unadulterated, accompanied only by warm, melted butter. That’s how you’ll find it when you come to Lobster Fest at the restaurant at our Lansing Bed and Breakfast. Hope to see you there, with butter on your chin.
The inn was built in the late 1920s as a private residence for auto baron Irving Jacob Reuter and his wife Janet. It is in the Tudor Revival style, with elegant wood-paneled rooms and large windows. Admire the architecture inside and out, as well as the expansive grounds overlooking the Grand River.
This historic Michigan inn is ideal for weddings, corporate retreats, and special events. Come for a visit, and if you like what you see, speak with us about hosting your next special event at the inn.
Dine outdoors this summer at our DiRoNA recognized restaurant.
DiRona stands for Distinguished Restaurants of North America. According to their website, the goal of this non-profit organization “is to recognize restaurants that strive for consistent excellence, and to help consumers find the very best in distinguished dining…. A DiRōNA restaurant is not classified by seating numbers or gross sales, but by the attention to detail shown in every aspect of your dining experience: hospitality, cuisine, ambiance, service.”
At some point in the recent past, anonymous judges from DiRoNA dined at our Michigan fine dining restaurant and were pleased by their experience. We are honored that our Eaton Rapids inn, restaurant and pub is one of only four restaurants in the state of Michigan awarded entrance into DiRoNA.
We are thankful for the hard work and dedication of our team – without you, we could never have done this. We’d also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of you who let us feed you.
We hope you’ll make time to come dine with us this summer. Stay at night or two at the inn, or simply come for a good meal.