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Discover Color on a Michigan Fall Foliage Drive

August 12th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Michigan Fall Foliage DriveThere’s nothing quite as arresting as nature decked out in its bright, autumn colors and fall 2022 is set to be more colorful than ever. Here at The English Inn, we’re surrounded by beautiful countryside, a front row seat to the annual Michigan fall foliage show!

Summer is a wonderful time and it’s always sad to see it go but at least we have multi-hued autumn to soften the blow. That’s especially true for Michigan’s fall 2022. We’re expecting a warm September and early October, which should result in brighter, more vibrant colors come mid to late October, when the colors peak.

Our Eaton Rapids bed and breakfast, The English Inn, is located on a 15-acre estate overlooking the Grand River. Our groomed gardens and nature trails are always lovely but this is especially true in fall when the leaves change. Enjoy a traipse along the grounds or take it all in with a drink from the comforts of our English Pub.

Our location in Eaton Rapids surrounds us with a scenic countryside of woodlands, rivers, and farms. In fact, we’re part of one of Michigan’s most popular fall foliage drives. A 150 mile loop tour that runs through Grand Ledge, Hastings, Battle Creek, and Eaton Rapids.

Take a Michigan Fall Foliage Drive

Michigan Fall Foliage DriveMichigan is full of stunning scenery that only gets better with the onset of autumn’s color change. Our local fall color tour starts off at in nearby Lansing, MI.

Here, we recommend a visit to Fenner Nature Center and Woldumar Nature Center. Both offer miles of walking trails through wooded and landscaped areas full of native plants and wildlife.

Next, head northwest to Grand Ledge, MI to visit Fitzgerald Park. The park’s riverside trail along a 300-million-year-old natural rock overhang is always fascinating but under autumn’s sway? Gorgeous!

Next on our itinerary is Hastings, MI southwest of Grand Ledge on the Thornapple River. You know those stunning stock images of lakes lined with thick ribbons of autumn color? Well, a large number of them are taken at Thornapple Lake in Hastings’ Charlton Park. The park is seasonal but visitors are free to enjoy the views all year long.

Head south towards Gull Lake and Turners Corner for a stop by the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. Here you’ll find trumpeter swans, Canadian geese, and ducks, and more at the 180-acre Sanctuary. The country roads north of the Sanctuary offer up even more color.

Next it’s southeast to Battle Creek, MI, home of the Kellogg’s cereal company and site of the Sojourner Truth Monument. Here you can take in the Leila Arboretum and explore some of the Linear Park pathway’s 17-plus miles. The city’s self-guided Heritage Mile Walking Tour is also worth considering.
Michigan Fall Foliage Drive

Home Again, Jiggety-Jig

Turning back towards Eaton Rapids and your room at The English Inn, we still have a number of potential attractions to consider.

Leaving Battle Creek and heading northeast, we pass by the Bernard W. Baker Great Sandhill Crane Sanctuary, one of the first of its kind. Walk the 2 mile Meadow and Marshland Trail to watch for some 200 species of birds and other wildlife.

Still have some energy? Instead of continuing northeast, consider a jog down to Marshall, MI to see some of the unusual architecture in its National Historic Landmark District. Nearby Albion, MI is home to the Whitehouse Nature Center at Albion College with 25 forested acres with walking trails, ponds, and arboretum, and more.

Now it’s home, heading north through Springport’s rolling countryside, to Eaton Rapids. Your room and The English Inn Restaurant and Pub await you with food, drink, and accommodations to soothe the road from your brow as you look back on the day’s wonders. Perfect.

Attend Michigan JazzFest and Bluesfest 2022

July 10th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Michigan JazzFest 2022 and Michigan Bluesfest 2022Music lovers visiting the Lansing area this summer won’t want to miss Michigan JazzFest (August 4-6) or Michigan Bluesfest (September 15-17) if they can help it. Both festivals draw great bands and artists, along with thousands of fans, to Lansing’s Old Town every year. Best of all, both are less than a half hour’s drive from The English Inn Restaurant & Pub!

One of the best things about life here on the Medovue Estate in Eaton Rapids, MI is that it’s quiet, calm, and just a short drive away from all the lights and excitement of Lansing. People visit us as a respite to the noise and stress of the modern world.

A stay in one of our rooms, dinner at our restaurant, a drink in our pub, or even just a simple walk on the grounds will quickly sooth any wrinkles in your brow and lift the weight of the world from your shoulders.

Here on the Medovue Estate, you’re surrounded by soothing, old world and natural beauty with Michigan’s Capitol City just minutes away. Shop, site-see, attend events like Michigan JazzFest 2022, and balance it all with the quiet comforts of a stay at The English Inn. Perfect!

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Meridian Historical Village – Doorway to the Past

May 14th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Meridian Historical VillageStep back into the past with a visit to the 19th century via Meridian Historical Village in Okemos, MI. This popular and unique attraction is home to a 7 historic buildings, a variety of special events, and is only a half hour from The English Inn.

Many guests of The English Inn Restaurant & Pub visit or stay with us, in part because of our elegant and warm, old world feel. While the modern world has numerous wonders and conveniences we’ve come to rely on, sometimes it’s nice to slow down and simplify a bit.

English Inn is located on the historic Medovue Estate in Eaton Rapids, MI. Our manicured grounds and lush, 1920’s mansion offer peace and refined relaxation with modern conveniences in an old world setting.

Those who enjoy this calmer, slower world will also likely enjoy a visit to Meridian Historical Village in Okemos, MI.

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The Picture Perfect Eaton Rapids Wedding Venue

January 14th, 2022 by Corey A. Edwards

Eaton Rapids Wedding VenuePlanning your nuptials and looking for the perfect Eaton Rapids wedding venue? Look no further! The English Inn has breathtaking indoor and outdoor event spaces overlooking the Grand River and can accommodate weddings of all sizes.

With spring just around the corner, now is the time to make plans for your big day!

The English Inn’s historic estate along the Grand River is easily one of the most popular and romantic wedding venues in the Lansing, MI area. With 16 acres of groomed gardens and our classic, Tudor revival mansion, the photo opportunities are endless.

Don’t forget that the English Inn is also home to a popular and award-wining, fine dining restaurant. This makes having fresh, on-site food and service for your reception a snap!

Better yet, we offer a wide variety of ceremony services and options.

The Ultimate Eaton Rapids Wedding Venue

Eaton Rapids Wedding VenueThe English Inn can accommodate weddings of almost any size. From grand ceremonies of up to 200 guests to more intimate events of 50 people or less.

One of our most popular outdoor wedding ceremony locations is the Pergola on the banks of the Grand River. Here you are surrounded by a garden with a lightly bubbling fountain that echoes the sounds of the nearby river. So lovely.

Inside, for larger wedding parties, we have the Grand Ballroom, with its crystal chandeliers and vaulted ceilings overlooking the river. For smaller ceremonies there are four different dining rooms to choose from, each one offering its own unique experience.

The English Inn is also a popular Lansing-area bed and breakfast, with 18 plush rooms for your bridal party, family, and guests.

A romantic and historic Eaton Rapids wedding venue able to accommodate indoor or outdoor weddings and receptions of up to 200 people, with award-winning on-site catering and accommodations. Why would you go anywhere else?

Call today and ask for our special events coordinator to set up a meeting or tour! 517-663-2500

English Inn New Year’s Eve Dinner Special & Gift Certificates

December 7th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

English Inn New Year's Eve Dinner Special 2021Close out 2021 in style with the English Inn New Year’s Eve Dinner Special! Our specially prepared, four-course holiday dinner, served in posh, historic surroundings, is the perfect way to top off your year – and without breaking the bank!

The English Inn Restaurant & Pub is equally famous in the Lansing-area for both peerless accommodations and fine dining. Our historic, 1927 Tudor Revival mansion, located on the lush, 15-acre Medovue Estate overlooks the Grand River and is just a half-hour’s drive from downtown Lansing.

Entering the estate, you’ll discover an oasis of old-world beauty and class mostly long forgotten. The classic architecture of the mansion features handcrafted mahogany, marble, and slate details and is surrounded by acres of sculptured gardens. It is the perfect venue for that special holiday dinner, wedding reception, anniversary, or just a chance to unwind in rarefied surroundings.

Our restaurant has received numerous awards over the years, including the DiRoNA (Distinguished Restaurant of North America), the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, and the Open Table Diner’s Choice. Along with our award-winning fine cuisine, we also offer an extensive, nationally recognized wine cellar. Visitors also enjoy relaxing with a pint or two in our intimate Dickens’ English pub.

2021 English Inn New Year’s Eve Dinner Special

English Inn New Year's Eve Dinner Special 2021The 2021 English Inn New Year’s Eve Dinner Special is a four course meal including salad and your choice of appetizer, entree, and delectable dessert at only $99 per person. Alcohol and other beverages are additional with your prepaid reservation for parties of 2 to 6.

Reservations for the 2021 English Inn New Year’s Eve Dinner Special are always popular and will not last long. Reserve your table now before they’re all gone!

You say you missed out or can’t make it on New Year’s Eve? No problem! The English Inn restaurant is open all through the holiday season and with special, early dinner hours! Enjoy fine dining in our dining room, pub, or outdoor conservatories this holiday season.

See December’s dinner menu and book your dinner reservation today!

English Inn Gift Certificates

English Inn New Year's Eve Dinner Special 2021Give the gift of travel and relaxation this holiday season with a gift certificate to the English Inn Restaurant & Pub. An English Inn Gift Certificate is much more than your average present, it’s the gateway to a sublime experience!

English Inn Gift Certificates have no set amount or restrictions. Consequently, they can be used for a meal at our award winning restaurant, or drinks in our English-style pub. They can also be put towards a stay in one of our historic inn’s luxurious guest rooms or cottages.

English Inn Gift Certificates never expire and may be purchased in one of two ways:
Call 517-663-2500 and receive an elegantly designed, English Inn Gift Certificate printed on heavy card stock for you to fill out and present. English Inn Gift Certificates are also available online for instant delivery. Simply print the gift certificate out for your recipient. So easy!

Happy Holidays!

“The Undying Murders” Murder Mystery Dinner Show at The English Inn!

October 9th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

The Undying Murders Murder Mystery Dinner Show at The English InnHomicide and intrigue are on the menu when The Live Action Fun Factory presents an interactive murder mystery dinner show at The English Inn. Come enjoy an evening of fine dining as you help solve the crime of “The Undying Murders” – Sunday, October 24th, 2021.

Dining at The English Inn Restaurant & Pub is already a worthy experience. Our award winning restaurant is located in the historic grand manor of Medovue Estate, just a half hour from Lansing, MI in Eaton Rapids, overlooking the Grand River.

Medovue, a classic two-story, Tudor Revival mansion surrounded by 15 acres of beautifully manicured grounds, was built by the Reuter family in 1927. Though the world has changed mightily since then, the estate retains much of its original beauty and charm and is the one of the area’s most popular dinner destinations.

Add a murder mystery dinner show to the mix and you have an evening of fun and intrigue you do not want to miss!

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Common Ground Music Festival 2021

August 7th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Common Ground Music Festival 2021Common Ground Music Festival 2021 is on! After more than a year of delays and postponements, Michigan’s premier, outdoor music event of the summer is back. Saturday, September 11th, 2021 at Jackson Field in Lansing, MI.

Common Ground Music Festival is a beloved annual event, drawing big name entertainers and large crowds to Mid-Michigan for over 20 years. More than 500 different artists have performed at the festival, and from many genres: rock, R&B, country, hip hop, and more.

The guest list typically includes local, regional, and big name, national acts. More than 40 Grammy Award winners and over 25 Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame inductees have graced Common Ground’s stages. The event attracts more than 50,000 people to downtown Lansing every year.

Common Ground 2021

This year’s event differs quite a bit from past years.

After multiple cancellations and postponements due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s festival has been scaled back to one day. Though initially scheduled for early July 2021, as is typical, the date was moved to September 11th, 2021.

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The Turner-Dodge House – Window on the 19th Century

March 13th, 2021 by Corey A. Edwards

Turner-Dodge HouseStep back in time to the 19th century with a visit to the 1855 Turner-Dodge House, aka Dodge Mansion, a beautifully restored historic house museum in Lansing, MI.

The Turner-Dodge House has stood in Old Town Lansing for more than 160 years. It was one of the first large homes to be built in Lansing and was home to several generations of an important pioneer family.

The house gets its Turner-Dodge name from the first families to live here. Marion and James Turner built the house in 1858 after moving to Lansing from Mason. James operated a mercantile store and Marion was a school teacher. Later, James would also speculate in real estate and build a foundry.

Abby Turner, Marion and James’ daughter, married Frank Dodge in 1888. The couple bought the house after they married, enlarging and redesigning it to accommodate the expanding family. A renovation that completely changed the house’s appearance.

The Turners and Dodges were more than just wealthy white landowners. They were true pioneers who helped to develop Michigan’s capitol city. They were also progressive, supporting higher education for women, the abolition of slavery, and liquor control.

The family lived in the house until 1958, when it was sold to the Great Lakes Bible College. The city of Lansing purchased the mansion in 1974 and, after substantial renovation, opened it as a historic house museum.

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Fitzgerald Park and the Ledges of Grand Ledge

July 12th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

Ledges Trail in Fitzgerald Park

“Ledges Trail, Grand Ledge, Michigan” by Guettarda
is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Looking for a unique and beautiful place to get out into nature? Explore Grand Ledge’s Fitzgerald Park and discover The Ledges, an ancient and beautiful series of sandstone cliffs along the Grand River.

Folks may not realize it but Grand Ledge, MI gets its name from an actual grand ledge – or a series of them, anyway. Known as “The Ledges,” the mile long, 300 million year old, sedimentary rock outcropping rises as much as 60 feet (18 m) above the shores of the Grand River.

This unique formation is the largest outcropping of rocks in Central Michigan. Local native tribes knew the area as “Big Rocks” and came here each spring to tap the sugar maples. A spiritualist summer campground was established here in 1894 and the Ledges Playhouse Theater pavillion they built still stands.

The property became a public park in 1919 and has remained a popular Grand Ledge attraction ever since.

Grand Ledge is located northwest of Lansing, MI just a short, half hour’s drive from The English Inn in Eaton Rapids. It would be easy to make a fun day-trip out of your visit. The town is full of fun shops, good restaurants, and lovely Victorian homes.

Spend the day investigating the area, then enjoy the short drive back to our Eaton Rapids inn, restaurant, and pub!

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