There’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
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.
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.
Michigan is home to 3,000 miles of cross country skiing trails and has beautiful terrain for snowshoeing. Michigan ranks second in the nation for number of skiing areas found across the state. While it’s true most of the bigger, Michigan ski resorts are a ways off, there are numerous, easily accessible areas to snowshoe or ski Lansing and the Lansing area
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Woldumar Nature Center was the result of the efforts of the Woldumar Nature Association, who formed in the mid ’60’s to develop a conservation education program for young people. Gladys Olds Anderson, daughter of automotive pioneer Ransom Eli Olds, donated half of her dairy farm land to the association and Woldumar Nature Center was born.
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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.
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.