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The Picture Perfect Eaton Rapids Wedding Venue

January 14th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Eaton Rapids Wedding VenuePlanning your nuptials and looking for the perfect Eaton Rapids wedding venue? Look no further! The English Inn has breathtaking indoor and outdoor event spaces overlooking the Grand River and can accommodate weddings of all sizes.

With spring just around the corner, now is the time to make plans for your big day!

The English Inn’s historic estate along the Grand River is easily one of the most popular and romantic wedding venues in the Lansing, MI area. With 16 acres of groomed gardens and our classic, Tudor revival mansion, the photo opportunities are endless.

Don’t forget that the English Inn is also home to a popular and award-wining, fine dining restaurant. This makes having fresh, on-site food and service for your reception a snap!

Better yet, we offer a wide variety of ceremony services and options.

The Ultimate Eaton Rapids Wedding Venue

Eaton Rapids Wedding VenueThe English Inn can accommodate weddings of almost any size. From grand ceremonies of up to 200 guests to more intimate events of 50 people or less.

One of our most popular outdoor wedding ceremony locations is the Pergola on the banks of the Grand River. Here you are surrounded by a garden with a lightly bubbling fountain that echoes the sounds of the nearby river. So lovely.

Inside, for larger wedding parties, we have the Grand Ballroom, with its crystal chandeliers and vaulted ceilings overlooking the river. For smaller ceremonies there are four different dining rooms to choose from, each one offering its own unique experience.

The English Inn is also a popular Lansing-area bed and breakfast, with 18 plush rooms for your bridal party, family, and guests.

A romantic and historic Eaton Rapids wedding venue able to accommodate indoor or outdoor weddings and receptions of up to 200 people, with award-winning on-site catering and accommodations. Why would you go anywhere else?

Call today and ask for our special events coordinator to set up a meeting or tour! 517-663-2500

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English Inn New Year’s Eve Dinner Special & Gift Certificates

December 7th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

English Inn New Year's Eve Dinner Special 2021Close out 2021 in style with the English Inn New Year’s Eve Dinner Special! Our specially prepared, four-course holiday dinner, served in posh, historic surroundings, is the perfect way to top off your year – and without breaking the bank!

The English Inn Restaurant & Pub is equally famous in the Lansing-area for both peerless accommodations and fine dining. Our historic, 1927 Tudor Revival mansion, located on the lush, 15-acre Medovue Estate overlooks the Grand River and is just a half-hour’s drive from downtown Lansing.

Entering the estate, you’ll discover an oasis of old-world beauty and class mostly long forgotten. The classic architecture of the mansion features handcrafted mahogany, marble, and slate details and is surrounded by acres of sculptured gardens. It is the perfect venue for that special holiday dinner, wedding reception, anniversary, or just a chance to unwind in rarefied surroundings.

Our restaurant has received numerous awards over the years, including the DiRoNA (Distinguished Restaurant of North America), the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, and the Open Table Diner’s Choice. Along with our award-winning fine cuisine, we also offer an extensive, nationally recognized wine cellar. Visitors also enjoy relaxing with a pint or two in our intimate Dickens’ English pub.

2021 English Inn New Year’s Eve Dinner Special

English Inn New Year's Eve Dinner Special 2021The 2021 English Inn New Year’s Eve Dinner Special is a four course meal including salad and your choice of appetizer, entree, and delectable dessert at only $99 per person. Alcohol and other beverages are additional with your prepaid reservation for parties of 2 to 6.

Reservations for the 2021 English Inn New Year’s Eve Dinner Special are always popular and will not last long. Reserve your table now before they’re all gone!

You say you missed out or can’t make it on New Year’s Eve? No problem! The English Inn restaurant is open all through the holiday season and with special, early dinner hours! Enjoy fine dining in our dining room, pub, or outdoor conservatories this holiday season.

See December’s dinner menu and book your dinner reservation today!

English Inn Gift Certificates

English Inn New Year's Eve Dinner Special 2021Give the gift of travel and relaxation this holiday season with a gift certificate to the English Inn Restaurant & Pub. An English Inn Gift Certificate is much more than your average present, it’s the gateway to a sublime experience!

English Inn Gift Certificates have no set amount or restrictions. Consequently, they can be used for a meal at our award winning restaurant, or drinks in our English-style pub. They can also be put towards a stay in one of our historic inn’s luxurious guest rooms or cottages.

English Inn Gift Certificates never expire and may be purchased in one of two ways:
Call 517-663-2500 and receive an elegantly designed, English Inn Gift Certificate printed on heavy card stock for you to fill out and present. English Inn Gift Certificates are also available online for instant delivery. Simply print the gift certificate out for your recipient. So easy!

Happy Holidays!

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Potter Park Zoo Wonderland of Lights 2021 and Other Area Holiday Events

November 8th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Potter Park Zoo Wonderland of Lights 2021The holidays are nearly upon us and the excitement is in the air. Everywhere you look there are bright lights, festive decorations and the calendar is loaded with fun events to attend. Things like Wonderland of Lights at Potter Park Zoo, Lansing’s Silver Bells In the City, East Lansing’s Winter Glow and more!

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all the end of the year holidays always bring such a warm and happy glow with them. Who doesn’t enjoy the sight of twinkling holiday lights in an otherwise cold and dark winter’s night? If you plan on being in the Lansing area this holiday season, you’ll find plenty to enjoy throughout both November and December.

Here at The English Inn Restaurant & Pub, we’ll be decorating the estate in its holiday finest and planning scrumptious holiday dinners. We are so looking forward to sharing the joys of the holiday season with you!

Our Lansing area restaurant and inn may be located outside the city – but only just. The fun and bustle of Lansing and other area hot spots are just minutes away from our quiet country estate. The best of both worlds: an exciting playground to explore with a quiet and comfortable homebase to return to. Perfect!

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“The Undying Murders” Murder Mystery Dinner Show at The English Inn!

October 9th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

The Undying Murders Murder Mystery Dinner Show at The English InnHomicide and intrigue are on the menu when The Live Action Fun Factory presents an interactive murder mystery dinner show at The English Inn. Come enjoy an evening of fine dining as you help solve the crime of “The Undying Murders” – Sunday, October 24th, 2021.

Dining at The English Inn Restaurant & Pub is already a worthy experience. Our award winning restaurant is located in the historic grand manor of Medovue Estate, just a half hour from Lansing, MI in Eaton Rapids, overlooking the Grand River.

Medovue, a classic two-story, Tudor Revival mansion surrounded by 15 acres of beautifully manicured grounds, was built by the Reuter family in 1927. Though the world has changed mightily since then, the estate retains much of its original beauty and charm and is the one of the area’s most popular dinner destinations.

Add a murder mystery dinner show to the mix and you have an evening of fun and intrigue you do not want to miss!

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Bonnie View Golf Course & Others Near English Inn

September 17th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Bonnie View Golf CourseLooking to get some time in on the links during your Eaton Rapids getaway? Great idea! You’ll be happy to know that the highly-rated Bonnie View Golf Course is just minutes up the road from The English Inn.

There are many different ways to enjoy the great outdoors but for some of us, the best way is with a set of clubs. There’s nothing quite like a good game of golf for clearing your mind, stretching those muscles, and getting out into the fresh air. Any real opportunity to practice your swing on manicured greens in a serene setting should not be missed.

Luckily, for golf-loving guests of The English Inn, such opportunities are within easy reach. Not only are there a variety of courses to choose from in the local area, one of the most popular is our next door neighbor.

Bonnie View Golf Course

Bonnie View Golf Course is located at 194 S Michigan Road in Eaton Rapids, MI. This is literally just 3 minutes up the road from our Lansing-area bed and breakfast, The English Inn. If a person felt so motivated, they could even walk there in about ten minutes, it’s that close by.

Bonnie View Golf Course offers a challenging but fun, 9-hole public golf course, designed by Jerry MacCay. The course measures 3191 yards from the longest tees and features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.

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Common Ground Music Festival 2021

August 7th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Common Ground Music Festival 2021Common Ground Music Festival 2021 is on! After more than a year of delays and postponements, Michigan’s premier, outdoor music event of the summer is back. Saturday, September 11th, 2021 at Jackson Field in Lansing, MI.

Common Ground Music Festival is a beloved annual event, drawing big name entertainers and large crowds to Mid-Michigan for over 20 years. More than 500 different artists have performed at the festival, and from many genres: rock, R&B, country, hip hop, and more.

The guest list typically includes local, regional, and big name, national acts. More than 40 Grammy Award winners and over 25 Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame inductees have graced Common Ground’s stages. The event attracts more than 50,000 people to downtown Lansing every year.

Common Ground 2021

This year’s event differs quite a bit from past years.

After multiple cancellations and postponements due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s festival has been scaled back to one day. Though initially scheduled for early July 2021, as is typical, the date was moved to September 11th, 2021.

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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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