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Admire Fall Colors by Water

October 17th, 2011 by insideout

Fall colors throughout Michigan are peaking. Red, orange, yellow, and russet leaves are everywhere: along country lanes, in rolling forests, and lining the banks of rivers, streams, and lakes. If surrounding yourself with colorful fall foliage makes you happy, now is the time to do it.


Fall foliage reflected in Lake Michigan.

One of the most wonderful ways to experience fall colors in Michigan is from the water. Water is everywhere in Michigan. It borders the state to the east, west, and north. It is found in the more than 36,500 miles of rivers and streams that flow through here.

This fall, get out on the water and admire fall colors as they’re reflected in the water under your feet.

Several places near our Eaton Rapids Bed and Breakfast offer boat rentals:

  • Burchfield Park, on the Grand River.
  • The Grand Fish in Lansing, on the Grand River.
  • U-Rent-Em Canoe Livery in Hastings, on the Thornapple River.


Spend a few hours in a canoe or kayak, meandering up the Grand or Thornapple Rivers, or circumnavigating a small lake. The fall colors will be magnificent and the fresh air will be invigorating. It will undoubtedly stimulate the appetite.

After your paddle, stop by the pub at our Eaton Rapids inn and restaurant. Satisfy your thirst with a pint of ale and stave off hunger with a Black Angus Burger or a hearty French Dip sandwich. Then wander through our grounds and admire fall colors along the Grand River from a higher elevation. You may even be inspired to stay the night.

Lobster Fest at The English Inn

June 6th, 2011 by insideout

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

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.

Mother’s Day at The English Inn

April 29th, 2011 by insideout

Mothers do so much for their families throughout their lives. They rise in the night to feed and care for us when we’re babies. They feed us, kiss our owies, and hug us tight. They oversee homework, drive us to activities, cheer at our games and hold us after defeats. Best of all, they love us for who we are.

Once a year, our society reminds us to honor our mothers. Mother’s Day in 2011 is May 8. May your plans now.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at our Eaton Rapids Fine Dining Restaurant. Treat her to a fabulous lunch or dinner with the whole family. Share your meal in our main dining area, or reserve one of our banquet rooms. We have private rooms perfect for as few as 16 guests and as many as 50.

Or invite your mother to a weekend at our Lansing Bed and Breakfast. Visit the shops and galleries of Lansing’s Old Town, take in a show, and raise your glass to Mom in our English pub. She’ll most appreciate the time you spend together – the fact that you thought to whisk her away.

A Mother´s Kiss  [123/365]

Treat your mom to something special on Mother's Day - because she has always loved you.





Easter Dinner at The English Inn

April 21st, 2011 by insideout

We’re serving Easter Dinner from noon to 7 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011. Join us at our Eaton Rapids restaurant to celebrate Easter and the arrival of spring.

Enjoy an elegant Easter Dinner at our Eaton Rapids fine dining restaurant.

The dining areas at our Lansing Bed and Breakfast will be warm, inviting, and filled with fragrant scents from Easter Dinner. Wouldn’t you like to have your Easter dinner here – enjoying the company of friends and family? Hunt for eggs in the morning, head to church if you are so inclined, and then make your way to the English Inn Restaurant when your tummies start to rumble in the afternoon.

There may not yet be leaves on the trees, but there is warmth in the sunlight. We invite you to stroll the grounds of our historic Lansing Bed and Breakfast before or after your Easter meal. Take in expansive views of the Grand River as you walk through the woods to our pergola. See what is first to bloom in our English Gardens. Give thanks for the arrival of spring.


February 2nd, 2011 by insideout

Enjoy the snow while it's here.

Snow, snow, snow!

It’s easy to grumble about the snow. If it comes down hard, fast, and heavy enough, it can impact our work and play schedules for days. Simple things like restocking the cupboards become challenging. Travel becomes an odyssey, and once you get to where you were going, you may find it closed.

Case in point, our Eaton Rapids, Michigan, Restaurant is closed today due to heavy snows.

Nonetheless, snow is also cause for celebration, for snow days are not without their merits. Parents home from work with their children home from school suddenly have time for snow ball fights and building snow forts. Such hard work must be followed by a steaming mug of hot chocolate and a cuddle with a book, preferably by a hot fire. What was going to be an ordinary day is suddenly transformed into something magical, the memories of which will warm hearts for years.

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