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!
Other attractions at the museum include a nearly complete collection of Michigan license plates, early traffic signals and signs, and an extensive archive of automobilia. There’s even a bicycle collection that shows the connection between this humble mode of transportation and the automobile.
The R. E. Olds Transportation Museum
240 Museum Drive, Lansing, MI 48933
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sundays, 12pm to 5pm
(closed Sundays, November through March)
Lansing Area Lodging
Lansing, MI is just a half hour’s drive from The English Inn, Restaurant and Pub, located on the beautifully manicured and historic Medovue estate, nestled along the Grand River in Eaton Rapids, MI. Our Lansing area bed and breakfast offers uncommonly plush, old world accommodations, attentive service, and a full service restaurant and pub. Book your stay at The English Inn Restaurant & Pub today!
It’s almost time for the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival: June 23rd & 24th, 2017. Acclaimed local, regional, national, and even international jazz artists make this free, annual festival one of the season’s first must-attend events!
The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival is a free, two-day music festival. Attendees are treated to a variety of excellent jazz, activities, and special events, like the popular Kozmic Picnik & Second Line Parade.
The Kozmic Picnik is held on the lawn at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU on June 24th from noon to 3pm. Attendees are invited to spread out their blankets and enjoy an afternoon picnicking to avant-garde jazz. Musicians for the event are BassDrumBone, percussionist and composer Kahil El Zabar, and tenor saxophonist David Murray.
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The Capitol City Film Festival (CCFF) exposes Mid-Michigan movie lovers to international and local films, engaging seminars, and unique musical performances in this four day festival, taking place April 11 -14, 2013. The festival celebrates and promotes filmmakers with an emphasis on Michigan-made, homegrown talent. This is only the third annual festival, so your attendance can help to start a new cultural tradition in Lansing!
Tickets for this event are ridiculously cheap. Get a full festival pass for only $50, or attend individual screenings for around $5 per film. You can purchase tickets in advance on Brown Paper Tickets.
2013 Capitol City Film Festival Highlights
While the festival is packed with exciting films and activities, here are a couple items off the schedule which jumped out at us:
Andrew Bird: Fever Year, Saturday April 13, 5:30 p.m. at the Lansing Public Media Center (2500 S. Washington) Andrew Bird is an impressive and ethereal musician with loads of talent. The film follows the acclaimed musician’s rigorous touring year, which culminates with Bird in a perpetual fever as he crosses the finish line on crutches from an onstage injury.
Tchoupitoulas, Sunday April 14, 1 p.m. at the Michigan Historical Museum (702 W Kalamazoo St). Tchoupitoulas (pronounced CHOP-a-TWO-liss) is a lyrical documentary that follows three adolescent brothers as they journey through one night in New Orleans, encountering a vibrant kaleidoscope of dancers, musicians, hustlers, and revelers parading through the lamplit streets. The filmmakers fully immerse us into the New Orleans night, passing through many lively and luminous locations and introducing us to the people who make the city their home.
Coming to Lansing for the Film Festival? Stay for the Whole Weekend!
We invite you to be our guests at the English Inn, a graceful bed and breakfast outside Lansing. We are located on the estate of auto baron Irving Jacob Reuter. He designed his Tudor-style home in 1927. We have lovingly maintained the home and property for you to enjoy.
Fall is hunting season in Michigan. Avid hunters use reserved vacation time, take leave of absences from work, and bid their families “farewell.” They hunt for black bear in October, deer the last two weeks of November, and pheasant in December. It’s an exciting time of year for hunters and all who enjoy wild game.
However, not all hunters are married to hunters. While many women enjoy the sport, the majority of hunters are men. When hunting season opens, many women kiss their hunters goodbye and look forward to spending time with them in a few weeks or months. Some 1.1 million hunting licenses were sold in Michigan this year; by our calculations, that means there are a lot of women wandering about without their men.
Ladies, if this sounds familiar, consider planning a few special activities for yourselves this hunting season.
Plan a Girlfriends Getaway at our Lansing Area Bed and Breakfast. Enjoy a leisurely dinner in our fine dining restaurant, or a more casual meal in our pub. You’ll quite likely be spending a lot of time cooking once the hunters return, so why not let someone else cook for you now.
Plan a holiday shopping extravaganza in nearby Lansing, or a Spa Day. Go to the movies or take in a concert. Spend an afternoon sampling wine at nearby Burgdorf’s Winery and Country Mill Winery, or ask about Michigan wines here at our Lansing pub and restaurant. Go to the Ladies’ Weekend Expo at the Lansing Center, November 18-20, and enjoy a fashion show, craft making, and vendors featuring cosmetics, jewelry, and clothing.
Ladies, don’t sit home alone while your men are stalking game in the woods. Have some fun of your own. Grab a girlfriend, and head to our Lansing area inn and restaurant.
Now that October has passed, the holidays are rushing towards us. Before we know it, we’ll be sitting down to our Thanksgiving feasts with friends and family. Christmas will be just a blink of an eye after that.
This means it’s time to start thinking about gifts.
The Ultimate Getaway Package at our Lansing area Bed and Breakfast is an ideal gift for people you know and love well. It includes one night in one of our most luxurious guest rooms, a gourmet Champagne Dinner for two, and a delicious breakfast.
Who would want an Ultimate Getaway at our Lansing Inn and Restaurant?
Couples with young children. Indeed, they would be forever indebted to the person who offers to watch their children for a night while they enjoy a romantic night in our luxurious Michigan Bed and Breakfast.
Hardworking graduate students. They live from one grueling semester to the next, and can’t even imagine what it would be like to bask in luxury for an evening.
Newlyweds. They are home from the honeymoon but still feel the need for romance.
Your parents. They’ve given you so much in life. Why not give them something special in return.
Please see our Specials & Packages page for more details about the Ultimate Getaway Package at The English Inn.
The W.J. Beal Botanical Garden at Michigan State University is a special place.
The oldest continually operating university botanical garden in the country, Beal Botanical Garden is a haven for observation, growth, and peace. Students go to Beal Botanical Garden to make use of an unparalleled outdoor laboratory. Guests of our Michigan Bed and Breakfast go there to bask in its beauty.
Beal Botanical Garden is located on the campus of Michigan State University, approximately 20 miles northeast of our Lansing area Bed and Breakfast. Self-guided tours of the garden are encouraged through the use of detailed plant labels. Some folks go there to learn about specific plants, visiting the Lanscape Plants or the Wetlands areas. Others go simply for the opportunity to walk and sit in a lovely, peaceful setting.
More information about the gardens may be found at Beal Botanical Gardens.