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!
Spring begins March 20th this year and the oncoming warmth of the season brings renewal, greening, and – of course! – maple sugaring time! Every year, the maple harvest begins anew. Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend celebrates Michigan’s oldest crop: pure Michigan maple syrup!
Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend is actually three weekends:
Southern Michigan – March 17th & 18th
Northern Lower Michigan – March 24th & 25th
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – March 31st & April 1st
Maple farms here in the Lansing area will be celebrating Michigan Maple Syrup Weekend March 17th and 18th.
These special weekends provide you with the opportunity to experience the maple sugaring process at one of Michigan’s many maple farms. Maple farms and sugar houses across the state will open their doors to eager, maple-loving visitors. Guests will see tapped trees, learn the harvest process, and smell the amazing scent of boiling maple sap.
Maple is used for more than just syrup. It is also used to make maple candy, maple cream, maple sugar, and more! Many of the participating maple farms will not only provide an overview of the maple sugaring process but also a taste. Some will have samples of syrup, others may offer a full pancake breakfast! Many will have a variety of homemade maple treats, like maple taffy, to sample – yum!
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