Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo is always good for a visit – but during the holiday season it really shines. In fact, the zoo’s annual Wonderland of Lights and Winter Wine & Stein events have become a part of the area’s holiday traditions.
Two popular events that help to make the Lansing holiday season bright every year are held at Potter Park Zoo. Actually, the zoo hosts numerous special events throughout the year.
Potter Park Zoo
1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI 48912
Potter Park Zoo is home to more than 500 animals from 160 different species, many of which are threatened or endangered. Their population includes African lions, Amur tigers, snow leopards, black rhinos, meerkats, lemurs, mandrills and more. The zoo opened in the 1920’s and has been wowing visitors ever since.
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New Year’s Eve is a lot of things: a time to be with friends and loved ones, to remember and reflect, and to eat, drink, dance, and celebrate! English Inn Restaurant and Pub is the perfect place for all of the above – whether you’re taking an end of the year Michigan vacation and are looking for luxurious Lansing lodging or are simply looking for the best venue to ring in the New Year!
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The Lansing JazzFest is seventeen this year, and offering more free music and fun events than ever before. This is a wonderful activity for guests of our Lansing Bed and Breakfast.
Look forward to non-stop music during festival hours thanks to the several venues throughout Old Town. Even more exciting, each artist will play an original composition at Lansing’s JazzFest. Be the first to hear some truly wonderful pieces.
JazzFest 2011 musicians include the incomparable Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystal Quartet, Los Gatos, and Elden Kelly & the Global Roots Jazz Collective. In addition, there will be a variety of special events such as the Cory Allen Guitar Clinic, the Jeff Shoup Drum Clinic, and the Happendance’s Community Dance Project.
JazzFest runs Friday, August 5 from 4:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Saturday August 6 from 1 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in Old Town Lansing. Since it’s an outdoor festival, you may listen to great jazz while admiring the lovely architecture and shops of Old Town. A variety of vendors will sell food, crafts, art, clothing, and more during festival hours. Eat at JazzFest, or bring your appetite back to our Lansing Fine Dining Restaurant or pub.
Additional festival information is available at JazzFest.
Michigan State University Commencement ceremonies begin Friday, May 6, 2011 and continue through Sunday afternoon, May 8. We still have some availability at our Lansing Bed and Breakfast during Commencement weekend at MSU.
Commencement is an exciting time for the whole family. Students, parents, siblings, and grandparents often come together to celebrate this great accomplishment. It is a time to bid farewell to homework (unless graduate school is on the horizon) and to welcome the challenges of entering the workforce full time.
No graduation is complete without a feast. Friends and family congregate around the table to reflect on the past and look ahead to the future. It is a time to laugh over childhood antics and acknowledge the drive and commitment it took to arrive at this moment. Our fine dining Lansing MI restaurant has prepared many graduation feasts over the years – it’s one of our favorite occasions.
The Wharton Center at Michigan State University is host to a broad array of performances. This month alone sees Sarah MacLachlan, the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, and River North Chicago Dance Company; any one of these would be a delightful addition to a night at our Lansing Bed and Breakfast.
Sarah McLachlan performs March 14, 2011, at Cobb Great Hall. She tours to promote her first studio-made album in seven years. Sit back and let the magical sound of her voice stir your soul, and the weekend at our luxurious Lansing lodging is sure to be romantic.
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Our Michigan inn, restaurant, and pub is the ideal place to host your Lansing area holiday parties. We are a large facility with a variety of venues that comfortably accommodate anywhere from sixteen to two hundred guests. Holiday parties may have heavy appetizers and a full bar, or a full sit-down luncheon or dinner; you decide.
The Thames Room (seats 24) features three walls of leaded windows, a fireplace, and views of gardens and the Grand River. The Devonshire Room (seats 50) features rich Honduran mahogany paneled walls, an elegant fireplace, and a baby grand piano. The Oxford Room (seats 16) features a large stone fireplace and expansive views. The Midford Room (seats 32) is the estate’s original dining room and looks directly out to the gardens. Finally, Medovue Hall (50 – 200 guests) is a grand setting with huge arched windows and views over the whole estate.
Our expansive grounds feature formal English gardens and views of the Grand River. There are walking trails throughout the fifteen acres – the perfect place to stroll after a meal. While not much is in bloom at this time of year, the gardens are a delightful place to take in a bit of fresh air or reconnect with an old friend.
Host your company holiday party here and your colleagues and employees will feel appreciated. Host a family party here and everyone will have a good time; there will be no frenzied running in an out of the kitchen while trying to enjoy the company of siblings, children, parents, and long lost cousins. Instead, reconnect over a glass of wine from our award winning wine cellar, or a pint at the pub. Everyone is the guest of honor at our Lansing area DiRoNA restaurant.