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Capital City Film Festival, 2012

March 19th, 2012 by insideout

The Capital City Film Festival will be in Lansing April 12-15, 2012.

Lansing Michigan luxury lodging and fine dining.

Enjoy dinner by the fireplace after attending the 2012 Capital City Film Festival.

This Film Festival celebrates homegrown talent: films made by Michigan filmmakers, often in Michigan. Cinephiles, don’t miss this! Make your travel plans now at The English Inn, a Lansing area Bed and Breakfast.

In addition to outstanding feature films, shorts, and documentaries, The Capital City Film Festival hosts engaging discussions about filmmaking and the film industry. Live music rounds out the experience. This is a terrific opportunity for anyone and everyone who enjoys good film.

The English Inn is located close to Lansing, in Eaton Rapids. Enjoy luxurious lodging and fine dining during your stay. Call (800) 868-0598.

Please visit Capital City Film Festival for tickets and additional information.

Relics of the Big Bang

March 5th, 2012 by insideout

“Relics of the Big Bang” is a fantastic new planetarium show at Abrams Planetarium, at MSU. It  leads viewers on a grand adventure: “a journey of exploration through the unknown mysteries of the universe.” Along the way, some of the most cutting edge work being done today by CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) is revealed: research that extends from Geneva, Switzerland to East Lansing, Michigan. The information is presented in a concise and clear way, so even people unfamiliar with this type of research should find it interesting. It may also boggle the mind.

MSU Planetarium Show near Lansing Inn.

Expand your mind. See "Relics of the Big Bang" at Abrams Planetarium.

Learn more about the Large Hadron Collider and the ATLAS detector. Explore Dark Matter and the Higgs Particle. It will rock your world.

You’ll want time to digest what you’ve seen. The best place to do that is over dinner at our Lansing area fine dining restaurant. See “Relics of the Big Bang” at 4:00 p.m. some Sunday, then head to The English Inn for dinner and a metaphysical discussion. Don’t worry, the food will help keep you grounded.

“Relics of the Big Bang” also shows at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. If you prefer to have your mind blown on a full stomach, have an early dinner at our Lansing restaurant and then see the show.

Please see Relics of the Big Bang for more information.

The Lansing Boat Show

February 24th, 2012 by insideout

The Lansing Boat Show is this weekend, February 24-26, 2012. Dream of floating on big water during sun drenched summer days. Seeing these boats will inspire you to do what it takes to have one.

Lansing boat show, February 24-26, 2012.

Stop by the English Inn Pub for drinks after the Lansing Boat Show, February 24-26, 2012.

After hours of boat browsing at the Lansing Center, come by the English Inn Pub for drinks and tasty pub food. Raise your glasses to the boat you will one day have, or perhaps to the one you just purchased.

Two Dine for $42 Near Lansing

January 12th, 2012 by insideout

Dining out at a good restaurant is one of the great joys in life, at least for us. To eat good food without having to prepare it is heavenly.

Dinner can be both outstanding and affordable at The English Inn.

Yet we all know that dining out can get expensive. Each of us deals with that in our own way: some of us dine out less frequently; some of us share entrees; some of us forego wine with our meals; and some of us wait for dining specials.

As avid foodies, we want people to be able to enjoy gourmet food and an accompanying wine in a lovely setting. That’s why we’re offering a Two Dine for $42 special through February 9, 2012.

Call a good friend or grab your spouse and head to our Lansing area Fine Dining Restaurant, The English Inn. Our special includes two salads, two entrees, and a bottle of wine. Can you believe that? As we know, a bottle of wine alone can cost more than $42.

It’s January, and there is still no snow on the ground. The holidays are behind us, and it seems a long time until the next special occasion. It’s easy to feel a little glum at this time of year.


Instead, treat yourself and a friend to a great meal at The English Inn, our Lansing area fine dining restaurant. Linger over dinner, enjoying good conversation and excellent food, and feel good about it. After all, you’re worth it.

Happy Thanksgiving from The English Inn

November 24th, 2011 by insideout

The Devonshire - a handsome room for any special occasion.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at The English Inn to all of our guests, diners, family and friends. We appreciate your kindness, your business, your support.

We love what we do, and one of the reasons we love it is because of all the terrific people we get to meet. During the course of the year, we’ve welcomed people from all over the country and all over the world to our Lansing Bed and Breakfast and Fine Dining Restaurant. We’ve hosted your weddings, your retirements, your birthday celebrations, and your anniversary celebrations. What could be more fun than that?

Thank you for making what we do such a pleasure. To you, we raise our glasses.

For Those Who Do Not Hunt

November 17th, 2011 by insideout

Pheasant, Leighton Moss December 2008

Don’t let the hunters have all the fun this hunting season.

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.

The Ultimate Getaway Gift

November 11th, 2011 by insideout

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.

The Somerset room - a romantic retreat.

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.


REO Speedwagon, Not Just a Band

October 3rd, 2011 by insideout

Some folks think of rock music when they hear the words, “REO Speedwagon”. But folks who have visited the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum near our Lansing Michigan Bed and Breakfast think of a 1923 car. An Oldsmobile, to be exact.

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The 1996 GM EV1 Electric Vehicle.

Michigan has always been the heart of the American Automobile empire. Detroit is the king of automobile manufacturing, of course, and for many years Lansing was a queen thanks to R.E. Olds. Just two years after the REO Motor Car Company opened its doors to the public in 1905, it had gross sales of over four million dollars.

Trucks and automobiles are no longer manufactured in Lansing, but the legacy of R.E. Olds remains. See it at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum.

The museum’s collection is comprised of 60 cars and trucks ranging from the 1886 Oldsmobile Steam Carriage to the 2003 Cadillac CTS. Anyone and everyone who has ever admired a good looking automobile will enjoy visiting the Transportation Museum. See the inspiration for the band, a 1923 REO Speedwagon, and a 1932 REO Amb/Hearse. See a 1953 Oldsmobile NASCAR Race Car and a 1948 Oldsmobile Futuramic. The 1985 Olds Cutlass Salon ‘Darth Vader’ is not to be missed, nor is the 1996 GM EV1 Electric Car. The list goes on and on.

If you’re traveling to Lansing for business, take a break and check out the museum (your colleagues may well join you). If you’re staying at our Lansing area Bed and Breakfast for pleasure, consider adding the museum to your itinerary. It’s fascinating to see how cars and trucks have morphed over the decades.

How to best follow a trip to the Olds Museum? How about a luxurious meal at the English Inn, built in 1927 for the General Manager and President of the Oldsmobile Corporation.

Additional information may be found at R.E. Olds Transportation Museum.

Plan a Golf Getaway

August 30th, 2011 by insideout

Hawk Hollow golf course!

Hawk Hollow Golf Course.

Our Lansing Michigan Bed and Breakfast is close to several outstanding golf courses, making it an ideal destination for a golf getaway.

Hawk Hollow Golf Course is one of the most highly regarded courses in the state. Golf Digest has awarded it 4.5 out of 5 stars, so it’s definitely worth a look. Our Michigan lodging is just 30 minutes from Hawk Hollow, making it a convenient destination, as well. Please visit Hawk Hollow for more information.

Charming Bonnie View Golf Course is just across the street from the English Inn. It’s known as much for its lovely scenery as for the challenging greens. A 9 hole course, it allows ample time for our guests both to golf and enjoy other attractions in Eaton Rapids and Lansing.

If you haven’t hit that little ball enough this year, plan a golf getaway at the English Inn. We hope you’ll enjoy post-game feasts at our Lansing fine dining restaurant (and drinks at the pub) as much as the golfing itself.


Summer at the Riverwalk Theatre

July 20th, 2011 by insideout

The Riverwalk Theatre is one of Lansing’s true gems. Housed in what was once an old warehouse by the river, Riverwalk Theatre produces an impressive number and variety of shows each year. Last season alone, Riverwalk fans had the chance to see 4 children’s shows, 4 original play readings, 3 Black Box shows, 2 grand musicals, 7 special events, 3 dramas, and 1 comedy. Phew! The best part? All were worth seeing.

Flaming Idiots opens July 21, 2011, at the Riverwalk Theatre.

We are always happy to suggest guests of our Lansing Bed and Breakfast take in a show at the Riverwalk Theatre.

The 2011 – 2012 season (also known as Season 23) opens this week with Flaming Idiots. Written by Tom Rooney and directed by Josh Martin, Flaming Idiots follows two average fellows who decide to open a restaurant. They expect to find their fortune, but instead find hilarity. It is sure to make you laugh. Flaming Idiots runs July 21 – 24, and 28 – 31.

Laughing Wild takes the stage August 4 – 7, 11 – 14. This strongly worded comedy on the Black Box Stage is wonderfully outside the box. What do you get when a man, a woman, a dangerous tuna fish can, and dreams meet up with the congregants of the Harmonic Convergence in Central Park? The answer is great fun at the Riverwalk Theatre.

Make an evening of it. Enjoy an early dinner at our Lansing Fine Dining Restaurant before the show, and a drink at the pub afterwards.

Please see Riverwalk Theatre for additional information and tickets.

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