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Tour and Taste at Top Lansing Breweries

November 13th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

discover Lansing breweriesIf you’re a fan of fresh and unique, regional craft beers then you’re going to love the Lansing-area beer scene. The number and variety of Lansing breweries is enough to excite any beer lover and the location of our Lansing-area inn makes visiting them a snap!

The craft beer explosion that washed over the country has seen beer ascending to a position once inhabited primarily by wine. Beer tourism, beer tastings, brewery tours, and even beer collecting and trading have exploded.

Not only is trying new beers fun and exciting, doing so gives you a real taste of a region. Not just through the beer but also through the people you meet and the sights you see.

Our Eaton Rapids inn, restaurant, and pub is less than a half-hour’s drive from Lansing. This puts all the best of the city at your fingertips while providing you with a quiet and comfortable retreat to return to.

So come along with me as we highlight some of the top Lansing breweries!

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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
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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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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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Lansing Michigan Events Near The English Inn

May 11th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Lansing Michigan Events Near The English InnSummer is rapidly approaching and, as it does, things are both literally and figuratively heating up! Planning on being in the area this spring? You’ll be happy to hear there are plenty of Lansing Michigan events planned near our Eaton Rapids inn!

Last time out, we talked about all the great antique-shopping opportunities near The English Inn. As I’m sure you already know, that’s not all there is to in our area!

While it’s true that Eaton Rapids is smaller and more remote than Lansing, that’s the appeal! Our home, on the historic Medovue Estate, is a calm oasis of manicured gardens and old world splendor along the Grand River. A soothing contrast to Lansing’s endless hustle and bustle.

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