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Wonderful Lansing Wedding Venue

January 3rd, 2011 by insideout

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!

Let our chefs design a wedding cake just for you.

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.

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:

Historic Michigan Inn

August 25th, 2010 by insideout

If you enjoy historic buildings, you’ll enjoy staying at our Eaton Rapids, Michigan inn.

Host your next event at Medovue Hall.

The inn was built in the late 1920s as a private residence for auto baron Irving Jacob Reuter and his wife Janet. It is in the Tudor Revival style, with elegant wood-paneled rooms and large windows. Admire the architecture inside and out, as well as the expansive grounds overlooking the Grand River.

This historic Michigan inn is ideal for weddings, corporate retreats, and special events. Come for a visit, and if you like what you see, speak with us about hosting your next special event at the inn.

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.

Why Wait for the Weekend for Your Wedding?

July 26th, 2010 by insideout

Weekend weddings are traditional, but marrying mid-week can be just as lovely. True, it requires guests to take a little time off, but aren’t you worth it?

Weddings are special occasions, no matter the day of the week.

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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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Michigan Golf Retreat

May 3rd, 2010 by insideout

When was the last time you went away, just you and your golf clubs?

We suggest you wait no longer, and plan a golfing holiday soon. Stay at our Eaton Rapids lodging, and golf at one of the many golf courses near the inn. Bonnie View Golf Course, just down the road, is said by many to be the best golf course in the area. Chisholm Hills and Branson Bay Golf Clubs are also nearby – both are 18 hole courses with gently rolling terrain and woods.

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Charlotte’s Courthouse Square

March 17th, 2010 by insideout

Charlotte, MI is a charming town about 15  miles east of our Lansing MI bed and breakfast. It is a lovely place to pass an afternoon while you are staying at the inn. The main street of Charlotte has many fine shops, and there are several good eateries in town.

The Courthouse in Charlotte

The Courthouse in Charlotte

After you explore a bit, head to the 1885 Courthouse Museum. You’ll find an authentic 1900’s farm kitchen there, along with a Victorian Parlor. Visit a One Room School House, and a 19th Century Doctor’s Office. In addition, there is a Military Exhibit featuring historic uniforms and interesting information about older military practices.

The Eaton County Hall of History gives a fairly detailed history of every town in Eaton County, and the Native American Exhibit talks about the First Peoples of this region.

The Courthouse Museum is a great way to learn about the history of this part of Michigan. You are sure to find it worth the trip whether you live in Michigan or come from out of state. Architecture buffs will appreciate the beauty of the building, and history buffs will appreciate the exhibits.

When you return from Charlotte, enjoy a light meal and drink in the pub of our Michigan bed and breakfast, or a more formal dinner in the restaurant. It is a refreshing way to close the day.

Wedding Open House

February 16th, 2010 by insideout

Take the first steps toward planning your wedding this Sunday.

Take the first steps toward planning your wedding this Sunday.

Sunday, February 21, 2010, our Lansing Michigan inn is hosting a Wedding Open House from 11am to 3pm.

Weddings require so much planning and so many decisions, it can be hard to know where to start. On Sunday, take the first steps toward creating your special day.

More than 20 of the finest wedding professionals in Michigan will be on hand to field questions and offer general suggestions. You may meet the person who will help you realize your perfect wedding. While you are here, taste appetizers, enjoy a drink, and sample wedding cakes.

This is also a great opportunity to learn about the wedding venues here at our Lansing area inn. We have lovely settings for both intimate and large indoor weddings. Outdoor weddings may be in our lush gardens or in the pergola in the woods, overlooking the Grand River.

We hope this event will help you crystallize your wedding plans. We also expect it to be fun.

Lansing Area Conference Center

February 9th, 2010 by insideout

The next time you need to congregate members of your business, consider hosting your meeting at our Lansing area inn. Getting out of the office is good for morale, especially if you are in an elegant setting, with excellent food and drink.

Here at our Lansing area inn, we strive to create the best possible experience for your business meetings. With five distinct rooms available, you are sure to find an area that suits your tastes and needs.

Get down to business in The Midford Room

Get down to business in The Midford Room

Honduran mahogany paneled walls lend an air of sophistication to The Devonshire Room, which comfortably seats fifty. The Midford Room is the original dining room of this Tudor Revival Home, and easily accommodates 32 guests. Views of the Grand River make The Thames Room a delightful setting for twenty-four people, while the stone fireplace and terrazzo floors make The Oxford Room a cozy choice for intimate winter meetings of sixteen or less.

Should you need to host a large group, Medovue Hall is for you. Originally built in 1927, it’s marble foyer and elegant features create a sophisticated ambiance that will enhance any business meeting. It is perfect for up to 200 guests, but can also comfortably hold as few as 50 people.

Your event will be a success if people are pleased with the food. Knowing this, we make the meals a priority. Mingle over hors d’oeuvres and cocktails before settling down to a lunch of pecan encrusted pork or seared salmon, or a dinner of filet mignon or chicken oscar. These are just a few of the options; your guests will have an ample selection of entrees, guaranteeing they all find something they will enjoy.

Sometimes it makes good business sense to treat your people to something special. They will certainly feel appreciated after meeting at our historic Lansing area Conference Center.

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