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Color Cruise and Island Festival

September 27th, 2010 by insideout

October 8, 9, 10, 2010.

If you’re staying at our Lansing bed and breakfast the weekend of October 8 – 10, 2010, we hope you’ll have time to check out the Fall Color Festival in nearby Grand Ledge.

Take a scenic cruise aboard the Princess Laura Riverboat, or rent a canoe and explore the Grand River on your own. The 60 foot high sand ledges in Grand Ledge are simply spectacular when viewed from the river – especially when dressed in glorious fall colors.

The Island Festival includes plenty of traditional fall activities such as apple cider pressing, kettle corn popping, and pumpkin painting. In addition, there will be demonstrations on blacksmithing, woodcarving, spinning and weaving, among other old-time activities.

For more information about the festival, please call (517) 627-5170 or (517) 627-2154. For more information about our Lansing bed and breakfast, please call 1-800-858-0598 or email: englishinn@comcast.net.

Lansing JazzFest

August 3rd, 2010 by insideout

It’s almost time for the 16th Annual JazzFest in Lansing’s Old Town. Each year, fantastic artists from the region and nation perform at this free community event, which is close to our Michigan bed and breakfast.

The 2010 festival begins at 4pm Friday August 6th and and noon on Saturday, August 7th. Both days it runs until midnight, a schedule that allows many musicians to take the stage and plenty of time for visitors to browse the art galleries and shops of Lansing’s pretty Old Town.

Derrick Gardner and the Jazz Prophets to perform at JazzFest in Lansing.

Unique to the Lansing JazzFest is the fact that each artist is asked to play one original composition during their performance. Look forward to hearing Etienne Charles and Folklore – a wonderful blend of calypso, steel pan, and African Shango drumming. Stanley Jordan will bring his innovative approach to playing guitar to the stage; and Mt. Zion Soundz of Praize will stir your soul with their gospel singing. To see a complete list of the JazzFest performers, please see the JazzFest website.

Before and after attending JazzFest, enjoy luxurious accommodations at our Lansing inn. Lunch outside on our terrace Friday and Saturday afternoons so you’ll have plenty of energy to focus on the music once you arrive at the festival. And you will love our comfortable beds after hours on your feet.

Common Ground Music Festival

June 17th, 2010 by insideout

Now is the time to make your plans to attend the Common Man Music Festival at Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing, July 12 – 18, 2010. There are still some openings at our Lansing bed and breakfast during the festival.

Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing, July 12 - 18, 2010

Common Ground Music Festival is more than just a series of concerts. It is “an event for all your senses”, featuring some of the most impressive contemporary musicians in the nation, food and many activities for everyone.

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Old Town Lansing

June 10th, 2010 by insideout

When guests of our Lansing bed and breakfast ask for travel tips, we always mention Old Town. There is almost always something interesting happening there, from First Sunday Gallery Walks to monthly jam sessions in Burchard Park. Whether you are in town for business or for pleasure, you must make time for Old Town.

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What Makes a Good Wedding?

May 20th, 2010 by insideout

Everyone will have a slightly different answer to this question. For some, the ideal wedding involves the bride, the groom, and a person to make the union legal. For others, the ideal wedding must include lots of friends and families, a delicious feast, and dancing.

In the end, nothing else matters but the two of you.

Most folks would agree, however, that it is important to have a plan and be well organized. That’s where we can help your Michigan wedding be all you want it to be.

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Puppets of Asia at the MSU Museum

May 12th, 2010 by insideout

When next at our Lansing bed and breakfast, take time to visit the MSU Museum. Now through November 7, 2010, Sticks, Strings and Shadows: Puppets of Asia is on display in the Ground Floor Gallery.

Delicate, ornate Asian puppets at the MSU museum.

These elegant, slender marionettes are part of a recently acquired collection at the Michigan State University Museum. Dorris Neilson of Avoca, Michigan, collected the puppets over the course of twenty years. Among other items, in Indonesia she found shadow puppets, in Sri Lanka and Myanmar (formerly Burma) she acquired string marionettes, and in Indonesia she picked up a rod puppet. Ms. Neilson was a school teacher; she carefully documented her travels and acquisition so that she could share them with her students. The MSU Museum has greatly benefited from her thoroughness.

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A Gift for Mother’s Day

April 28th, 2010 by insideout

This year, give your mother something extra special for Mother’s Day: a gift certificate for a stay at our Lansing bed and breakfast.

Let Mom decide when she wants to travel. You are simply providing the motivation to go. She’ll love strolling our grounds and dining at our restaurant. She can travel with her spouse, a friend, or you – the choice is hers.

Here’s another idea for a Mother’s Day Gift: start planning a family reunion at our Lansing bed and breakfast. Bring everyone together to celebrate family, and mom. Reserve one of our banquet rooms and spend hours reconnecting and enjoying each others company.

Enjoy lovely views from our restaurant.

Enjoy lovely views from our restaurant.

A Weekend of Wildflowers

April 22nd, 2010 by insideout

Woldumar Nature Center is one of Lansing Michigan’s treasures. It is located along the Grand River, and includes 1.25 miles of shoreline within it’s 178 acres. More than five miles of trails through prairie, pine forests, and woodland are open from dawn to dusk, year round.

Enjoy a relaxing weekend at our Lansing Bed and Breakfast and the Woldumar Nature Center

Enjoy a relaxing weekend at our Lansing Bed and Breakfast and the Woldumar Nature Center

The next time you are staying at our bed and breakfast Lansing, take some time to stroll the grounds of Woldumar. The center’s event calendar is worth a glance, for you may want to come to town specifically for one event or another.

The weekend of May 8 and 9, 2010, Woldumar is hosting a Wildflower Weekend. The center will be open from 9 – 5 on Saturday, and 9 – 4 on Sunday, although trails will be open from dawn to dusk.

There will be wildflower walks and pontoon floats down the Grand River; all eyes will be on finding signs of spring in the environment. Saturday’s walks will be guided by a naturalist, while Sunday’s walks are self-guided.

Look for new art to adorn your walls at the art show and sale (the theme of the work is nature’s beauty). Improve your gardening skills and understanding in several Garden and Nature Seminars, where a variety of outdoor topics will be discussed.

Woldumar Nature Center is about ten miles north of our Lansing bed and breakfast. A day at the center is a lovely addition to a relaxing stay at our inn.

MSU Spring Commencement

April 12th, 2010 by insideout

Spring Commencement for Michigan State University is fast approaching. The first degrees will be handed out May 6, 2010, and they are followed by a series of ceremonies on May 7, 8, and 9. Law degrees will be awarded on May 14, 2010. If you have a student at MSU, reserve your room at our Lansing Bed and Breakfast Inn now.

Three cheers for your MSU graduate!

Three cheers for your MSU graduate!

College is hard work, and graduation is cause for celebration. Toast your successful student during dinner at our Lansing restaurant. We can comfortably accommodate large groups, so gather together friends and family for this happy occasion. Should the graduates want to discuss the ups and downs of the past years together, they may do so comfortably and safely in our Lansing pub.

You are welcome to stroll through our English gardens with your MSU graduate, remembering similar walks together many years ago. Graduation marks a new phase in your relationship, and moments like these are to be cherished. Let us help by providing a comfortable place for you to stay.

Toast the Women in Your Life

March 9th, 2010 by insideout

March is the month for women. International Women’s Day and National Women’s History Month are two reminders that it is important to recognize and honor the women in our lives – our mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters.

Treat the women in your life to a night at our Eaton Rapids bed and breakfast. Let them stay in one of our elegant rooms, in the height of comfort. Dine in our elegant restaurant, or more casually in the English pub. Raise your glass to the women you love.

You will awaken to fresh coffee outside your door. A full, gourmet breakfast is served weekend mornings, and a satisfying Continental breakfast is served during the week.

Everyone likes to feel appreciated. Sometimes all it takes is making time for one another. Perhaps you simply want to treat the women you love to an elegant meal at our Lansing area inn. Your appreciation will shine forth with lunch or dinner, at the pub or in the more formal dining room.

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