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Amateur Astronomer? Check out Public Viewing Nights at Fox Observatory

February 14th, 2013 by insideout

Fox Observatory is  located inside Fox Park in the far northwest corner. This is an open air observatory so please dress for the weather and wear sensible footwear for the 200 yard walk from the parking lot.

March 2 and 23 are Saturday public viewing nights at Fox from 8 until 11 p.m.; the cost is $2 per person or $5 per family. Local area astronomer, Jason Blaschka, will be on hand during public observation nights to answer questions about the night sky.

Observation nights will not be held on nights with more than 30% cloud cover. You may call the Observatory at 517-645-6666 to check on sky conditions.


See a beautiful night sky during Public Viewing Nights at Fox Observatory

This is a great way to shake up date night and try something new with your partner. Enjoy a delicious meal at the English Inn Restaurant before heading to Lansing for the viewing. Then, return to our bed and breakfast for a great night’s sleep after your flirtation with the heavens.

Other Upcoming Events at Fox Observatory

Messier Marathon: On Saturday, March 9 at 6 p.m. observe all 110 objects in astronomy’s most famous catalog in one night! Object order and log sheets are provided and experienced astronomers will be there to help you along. Note: Binoculars or a telescope are required. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks and drinks to share as only coffee is provided. Program starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, and continues throughout the night. Cost is $5 per person.

Astrophotography Nights: Bring your camera and work with experienced photographers to capture photos of our beautiful night sky on Saturday, March 16 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Program fee is $5 per person. For more information and program registration, please e-mail Jason Blaschka at

Enjoy Fine Lodging and Dining At the English Inn

Treat you and your loved one to a relaxing and romantic stay at our scenic Inn just outside of the Lansing area. We have a full restaurant on site and a delicious breakfast is included in your stay.


Time for a Romantic Dinner

February 13th, 2012 by insideout

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, meaning it’s time for a romantic dinner.

Romantic Lansing area restaurant

The English Inn is ideal for romantic Valentine's Day dinners.

If you love to cook, perhaps you’re planning to wow your lover with an amazing home cooked meal. Perhaps you’re planning to take the afternoon off to prepare his or her favorite dishes. Perhaps you’re at the market right now, shopping for the freshest ingredients you can find.

Then again, maybe you just want to be able to enjoy a romantic dinner with your lover, without having to hop up and serve it. Maybe you don’t like to cook. Maybe Valentine’s Day should be special for both of you.

Maybe you should look into dinner at The English Inn.

Let us prepare a feast for you at our Lansing Michigan fine dining restaurant. Sip wine from our award winning wine list. Share a plate of Caviar. Dive into a bowl of Lobster Bisque. Try our Stuffed Quail, or Duck Cassoulet, or simply delicious Classic Filet Mignon. Dare we even mention dessert?

The English Inn is elegant. It can turn any day into a special day, and a special day into an unforgettable one.

Happy Valentine’s Day.



Pop The Question

January 21st, 2012 by insideout

If you’ve been thinking about popping the question, and are just waiting for the perfect time and place, we have a suggestion.

If everything goes as planned, this could be you.

Bring the object of your affection to The English Inn, our Lansing area Bed and Breakfast and fine dining restaurant. Come for the night or come for a leisurely dinner. Many places around the inn are perfect for proposals: the dining room (over champagne or a glass of wine), the guest rooms (private and luxurious), the gardens (even in winter), the pergola overlooking the Grand (the breathtaking view).

You may want to consider our Ultimate Getaway Package, which includes luxury accommodations, a champagne dinner for two, breakfast, and a commemorative lithograph of your stay with us. How many people have a lithograph of the moment they popped the question? How wonderful!

The charming country setting of our Lansing area Bed and Breakfast is inherently romantic. Make the most of it. Pop the Question during a romantic getaway here, perhaps some time around Valentine’s Day. Even if you know the answer will be yes, it doesn’t hurt to set the right mood.

Later, when you’re deciding on a wedding venue, consider saying your vows where you first promised you would. In years to come, you may even decide to celebrate your anniversary with a trip to our Michigan inn. Now that’s romantic.

Host Your Holiday Party at The English Inn

December 5th, 2011 by insideout

It’s that time a year once again; let the holiday office parties begin!

Host your Holiday Party at grand Medovue Hall.

This year, instead of perching on desks and huddling around copy machines at the office, head to The English Inn. Our Lansing area fine dining restaurant is the ideal place for any work party, whether your business is comprised of ten people or two hundred.

We have several banquet and meeting rooms. Occupy one room or several, as you need:

* The Oxford Room is a warm space with a large stone fireplace. Seats 16.

*The Thames Room features three walls of leaded-glass windows overlooking our gardens and the Grand River. Seats 24.

*The Midford Room overlooks our formal gardens, which are lovely even when draped with snow. Seats 32.

*The Devonshire Room is elegant and understated, with mahogany paneled walls and a black marble fireplace. Seats 50.

*Medovue Hall is a grand ballroom with two chandeliers, mirrors, tapestries, and large arched windows overlooking the estate. Comfortably holds 50, 75, or up to 200 guests.

Many office parties gather simply for appetizers and drinks. Imagine tucking into Tarte Flambé, a disk of baked puff pastry filled with Italian cream cheese and topped with bacon and caramelized onion. Spinach Puffs, Chicken Rumaki (marinated chicken breasts on skewers), Foie Gras… these are some of the offerings you’ll find at our Lansing Michigan Restaurant. Complete lunches and dinners are available as well.

Holiday parties are a great way to create a positive atmosphere at work. They’re a way of showing your employees how much you appreciate them.





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.

Lansing Michigan Fine Dining

November 2nd, 2010 by insideout

We strive to create a penultimate dining experience at our Lansing fine dining restaurant. Whether you are here for a wedding reception, a conference, to celebrate a special occasion, or simply to enjoy some good food, it is our goal that you leave 100% satisfied.

Fennel ecrusted salmon.

Start your meal with tasty duck sausage wrapped in a flaky pastry, classic bourguignonne style escargot, or the romantic caviar for two. For an entrée, try lobster stuffed walleye – this poached walleye wrapped around lobster mousse will melt in your mouth. Indulge in our Prime Rib of Beef, so tender, or share our Chateaubriand for Two. Find the perfect wine for your meal in our extensive, award winning wine list.

Come to our Lansing area fine dining restaurant to celebrate your engagement or your fiftieth wedding anniversary. Come to celebrate a victory football game at MSU or the graduation of your child. Host a meal for your Board of Directors, or gather together your high school class – whatever the occasion, you’ll find The English Inn Restaurant the ideal venue.

We are members of DiRoNA: Distinguished Restaurants of North America. For more information, please visit DiRoNA.

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