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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.

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.

2011 Muelder Summer Carillon Series

July 10th, 2011 by insideout

This summer, as for the past 14 summers, the MSU College of Music is putting on it’s annual Muelder Carillon Series at the MSU Beaumont Tower. Performances take place Wednesday evenings 6 – 7 p.m., now through August 3, 2011. If you happen to be staying at our Lansing Bed and Breakfast midweek this summer, we hope you’ll check it out.

Beaumont Tower

Stretch out with a picnic on the lawns by Beaumont Tower during the Muelder Summer Carillon Concerts.

All are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and picnic baskets. Perhaps you want to enjoy a glass of wine while with your music before returning to our Lansing fine dining restaurant for dinner. The setting is lovely and the atmosphere relaxed.

The 2011 Summer Carillon Series:

  • July 13, Eddy Mariën, Belgium, and Tom Lee, United States
  • July 20, Ray McLellan, Michigan State University Carillonneur
  • July 27, Stefano Colletti, France
  • August 3, Sally Harwood, Michigan State University

More information is available at Muelder Summer Carillon Series.

Shopping East Lansing

June 27th, 2011 by insideout

Enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday evenings in East Lansing.

Spend a day browsing the shops of East Lansing the next time you stay at our Lansing Michigan Bed and Breakfast.

The largest used book shop in the state is located in East Lansing. It’s easy to lose yourself for an entire day in the Curious Book Shop, three stories of books and vintage magazines. It rivals Powell’s Books, in Portland.

Flat, Black and Circular is the place to go to find new and used CD’s, DVDs, and vinyl records. Visit the Record Lounge for a wide selection of local music.

Kirabo Fair Trade showcases a wide variety of items from more than 30 countries: jewelry, clothing, toys, home decor, and even coffee and tea.

Fun vintage clothing and accessories are available at Scavenger Hunt, while artistic, handcrafted handbags and jewelry are found in Silver & Beyond.

A live music series takes place during the summer on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 – 9 p.m. After you’ve shopped, drop on the lawn around Fountain Square until you recover enough to return to our Lansing Bed and Breakfast.

Please visit East Lansing shops for more shopping choices.

The Lansing Symphony

May 10th, 2011 by insideout

The 2011/2012 schedule for the Lansing Symphony Orchestra was released on May 1, and subscriptions are now on sale. Treat yourself to a season subscription to the Lansing Symphony, and plan to stay at our Lansing Bed and Breakfast when you’re in town for the concerts.

The Lansing Symphony season is comprised of two series – MasterWorks and Chamber Music – as well as a variety of select performances. In the upcoming season, we look forward to The Music of Billy Joel, Big Band Swing, Sunny Wilkinson and her Jazz Trio, and the traditional Holiday Pops Performance.

Giora Schmidt performs at the Lansing Symphony on September 16, 2011.

The MasterWorks Series begins with A Bold Beginning on September 16, 2011, when Giora Schmidt will once again bring his “lush and shapely sound” (The New York Times) to Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. It concludes with Fantasies and Fairy Tales on May 10, 2012 – a program of Ravel, Rachmaninoff, and Stravinsky.

The Chamber Series begins with Doublereedorama! on September 25, 2011, when one may indulge in the melodic sounds of the Oboe, English Horn, and Bassoon. The series concludes with The Music of J.S. Bach and Sons on April 22, 2012, which includes the superb Trio Angelique, comprised of two flautists and an organist.

In our humble opinion, the best way to begin each evening at the Lansing Symphony is with a gourmet meal at our fine dining Lansing MI restaurant. The best way to conclude the evening is with a drink at our English Pub.

For additional information and tickets, please visit the Lansing Symphony.

Southeast Michigan Wine Celebration

April 5th, 2011 by insideout

Wine tasting along the SE Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail, April 9 – 10, 2011.

Today’s pioneers don’t need to travel by wagon across thousands of miles of dangerous terrain. Today’s pioneers are boldly creating wine in Southeast Michigan. Meet these brave people this weekend, April 9 – 10, 2011, during the Southeast Michigan Wine Celebration.

Our Lansing Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of Southeast Michigan, close to several of the wineries on the SE Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail. Spend a night or two at the English Inn as you traverse the countryside in search of local vineyards and wine.

At each participating winery, wines will be paired with appetizers or desserts prepared by local chefs. The food should pair excellently with the poured wines and help cleanse your palate between bottles. It will be a gustatory delight for oenophiles and foodies.

Participating SE Michigan wineries include:

  • Burgdorf Winery
  • Sleeping Bear Winery
  • Cheery Creek Cellars
  • Château Aeronautique Winery
  • Sandhill Crane Vineyards


Allow your days to culminate with a meal at our fine dining Lansing MI restaurant at the English Inn and Pub, then retire to your luxurious room.

Advance tickets for the SE Michigan Wine Celebration must be purchased by April 7, 2011. For more information contact (517) 764-0679 or visit Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail.

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