If you’re looking for an escape from the world of hustle and bustle, you’ve come to the right place. The historic English Inn Restaurant and Pub, located in Eaton Rapids, MI, is exactly that and so much more. The old world flavor of the Medovue Estate, which serves as our home along the Grand River, offers peace and refined relaxation.
Just 30 minutes northeast of the English Inn’s borders, however, there is another place where time seems to stand still: Meridian Historical Village.
Into The Past
The construction of Meridian Historical Village began in 1973, not 1873, but all of the buildings really are from the 19th century.
The village was constructed in Okemos’ Central Park, overlooking Lake Catherine, as a way to preserve and enliven local history. The Friends of Historic Meridian formed as a nonprofit volunteer organization in 1974 to maintain and preserve the village.
The historic buildings that make up the village came from around the region. Moved into place and then restored to offer visitors a peep into the day to day lives of 19th-century settlers.
The buildings include a classic one-room schoolhouse, farmhouse and barn, general store, inn, chapel, and log cabin. The village is also home to Michigan’s only remaining plank road tollgate house. But don’t worry – visiting Meridian Historical Village is free (but donations are certainly appreciated)!
Meridian Historical Village
5151 Marsh Rd, Okemos, MI 48864
Meridian Historical Village grounds and trails are open all year long. The historic buildings are open to the public on Saturdays, from 10am to 2pm, May through October.
Southern Michigan Lodging
The English Inn Restaurant & Pub in Eaton Rapids is your answer to fine dining and accommodations! The English Inn offers luxurious guest rooms, a fine dining restaurant, and English pub. And all in a historic mansion on 15 acres of beautifully manicured grounds overlooking the Grand River. Best of all, it is all less than half an hour’s drive from the Capital City, Lansing! Do yourself the favor and book your stay at The English Inn Restaurant & Pub today!
Just a half hour from Lansing, MI, The English Inn Restaurant & Pub is an oasis of old-world beauty and class – the perfect place to celebrate the New Year. Whether you’re enjoying an extended stay in one of our guest rooms or cottages or just visiting the pub and restaurant, our New Year’s Eve Dinner Special is designed with you in mind!
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The English Inn Restaurant & Pub has a long tradition of serving outstanding meals year ’round, so you know the English Inn New Year’s Eve Special is something to savor: a Prix-Fixe, four course dinner that includes your choice of appetizer, our house salad, a selection of our most premier entrees, and one of the many delectable desserts from our dessert tray – all for only $69 per person!
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One of the biggest Bridal Shows in the Midwest takes place Sunday, January 8, 2012, from 11 a.m to 4:30 p.m. at the Lansing Center. The English Inn, a Michigan Wedding Venue, will be there. We suggest prospective brides and grooms visit our Eaton Rapids, Michigan Restaurant and Inn before or after the show.
The Bridal Show features gowns, tuxedos, cakes, wedding venues, and entertainment. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see what various businesses offer, and to narrow down your own choices. You may not walk out with a dress, but you may walk out with the name of the dressmaker you must have.
Our Michigan Wedding Venue is in Eaton Rapids, not far from the Bridal Show in Lansing. Stop by to see what we look like before or after the show. Enjoy a drink in our English pub, or a full meal in our dining room. Stroll through our exquisitely maintained grounds.
Whether you’re planning a winter wedding, a spring wedding, a summer wedding or a distant fall wedding, we can help. Our private rooms are suitable for intimate weddings of fewer than twenty, or large weddings of two hundred. We will provide a full meal or serve appetizers, drinks, and cake. The choice is yours; our wedding planners will help make your dream wedding come true.
We’re hosting a Bridal Show at our Eaton Rapids Lodging on Sunday, February 20, 2011. Between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., future brides will have the opportunity to speak with wedding planners and caterers. A variety of wedding dresses will also be on display.
Bring your mother, your sister, and your best friend. Planning a wedding is often stressful, but it should be fun. For one wintry afternoon, don’t agonize over whether or not you should invite your second-cousin-once-removed (and his five children). Instead, gaze upon glorious wedding gowns and imagine yourself in them. Sample a wedding cake. Sip champagne.
We look forward to filling our Lansing Michigan Wedding Venue with prospective brides. While we enjoy all aspects of running a restaurant and inn, we have to admit that weddings are among our favorite events.
For more information about the February 20, 2011 Bridal Show, please call (517) 663-2500.
It seems that every year there is at least one proposal at our Lansing Michigan restaurant during the holidays. Some couples decide to host their wedding here, too, which is always exciting for us. We even know people who return year after year to celebrate their anniversary here. Now that’s a tradition we support!
Now that the holiday season has concluded, it’s time for many couples to turn their attention to their upcoming weddings. Our luxurious Lansing Bed and Breakfast and restaurant is an ideal venue for weddings both large and small. Whether you are planning a winter wedding or waiting until spring, summer, or even next fall, consider hosting your wedding at The English Inn.
We offer several wedding packages and are happy to work with couples interesting in creating their own. We have many years experience hosting weddings for twenty and weddings for two hundred – let us help your wedding be both delightful and memorable. Call 800-858-0598 for more information, and start planning your Lansing wedding.
Simply put, The English Inn is a spectacular venue for Lansing weddings.
We offer numerous wedding packages and will help you create your own option should none of ours feel quite right. Our Lansing Inn features several intimate spaces ideal for smaller ceremonies and receptions, while the ballroom in newer Medovue Hall comfortably holds 200 guests. Couples hoping for an outdoor ceremony will find our historic grounds ideal; intimate ceremonies are wonderful in the English Gardens, while The Pergola on the Grand is a scenic spot for larger outdoor ceremonies.
Our Michigan inn and restaurant was originally the home of auto baron Irving Jacob Reuter, who had it built in 1927. The mansion welcomed many of the biggest names in the Automotive Industry through 1936, when the Reuters retired to Florida. Great pains were taken to maintain many original features when the building was converted to an inn, restaurant, and conference center in 1989. The pergola, swimming pool, fishpond and gardens are as they were when the Reuters resided here.
Since we are an inn, there is no need for the wedding party to stay elsewhere. Let us take care of everything so you can enjoy your wedding.
Lansing and the surrounding area are fortunate to have Michigan State University – the whole community benefits from the wide variety of concerts, art shows, lectures and sporting events offered by the MSU. Many guests of our Eaton Rapids luxury inn come to town to see or participate in activities at the university.
This week, on Thursday, October 28, 2010, the MSU College of Music celebrates Two Hundred Years of Chopin, part of the West Circle Music Series. There is still space available at our Lansing area bed and breakfast, so give us a call and come to down for an evening of delightful piano music.
Pianists Panayis Lyras, Deborah Moriaty, Alan Nathan, Dereck Polischuk, Minsoo Sohn, George Vatchnadze and Ralph Votapek will take on Chopin. Expect to hear Opus 73 to the Barcarolle in F-sharp minor, Gondo in C major for Two Pianos, and Op. 60, among others. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., but a preview lecture by Carol Hess begins at 6:45 p.m.
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The Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University is running a fascinating exhibit entitled Designing Women of Postwar Britain: Their Art and the Modern Interior. Treat yourself to a little history and culture – come to town for the exhibit and stay in our luxury Lansing Michigan inn.
Wartime rarely allows for such frivolities as fashion – on the body or in the home. During World War II in England, people made due with what they had – anything extra went toward the war effort. Once the war was over, color and hope slowly started to return to people’s lives. Then, in 1950’s England, three women helped launch an artistic revolution that dramatically impacted textile design: Lucienne Day, Marian Mahler, and Jacqueline Groag. Interior fabric design would never again be the same.
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