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Do you ever feel like the years are starting to run together? Like, when your ten-year high school reunion invite arrives and you quickly run some numbers because you were convinced you were eighteen yesterday? Wait, that’s just me? Well, since I’m already sharing fun facts about myself, here’s another one; my driveway is lined with about 12 cherry blossom trees that I look forward to flowering every. single. year.

This is typically where I stop and take a moment to pay homage to the previous homeowners–may God bless their green thumbs.

Thankfully, for the both of us, spring’s beauty isn’t just limited to my driveway.

The entire Greater Lansing area has been popping with color for the past couple weeks and I find myself “oohing” and “ahhing” a little more than usual. From my daily lunchtime walk through downtown, to monitoring social media posts for the day, I am constantly reminded why this is one of my favorite times of the year.

Join me and take a few minutes to browse some of these gorgeous spring photos captured by fellow Instagram users. Let the petal peeping begin!

The most common question I am asked by social, military and religious event planners is ‘what are some creative solutions for planning events on tight budgets?’ Based on the group and their specific needs I have five solid creative budget considerations that can make an event great at a fraction of the cost.

By definition, food trucks are fairly inconspicuous. They’re just, “vehicles equipped with facilities for cooking and selling food.” If you’re more intimately acquainted with any, then you know they’re more akin to ice cream trucks for grownups. These vehicles may not play music as they drive through town (maybe they should?), but it’s pretty exciting when you peek out the office window at lunchtime and see one pulling up.

Parked throughout Lansing are numerous food trucks that offer a variety of cuisines like farm-to-truck fare and down-to-Earth comfort food. With the weather warming up, now is the perfect time to escape your routine and try something a little less conventional. Consider yourself warned though, once you try a food truck it’s easy to convert to the curb-side. So forget dining within four walls, try one of these meals that come from four wheels. 

Great fish is not just for Fridays.
No matter whether its Lenten season or not, the following Lansing area restaurants have great fish dinners. Find perch, cod or haddock – all fried up and served with chips (French fries) or go heart-healthy with some salmon, trout, mackerel or tuna, or try some delicious sushi.

The return of April is welcomed by many and it’s no surprise why. Not only is it the first full month of spring, but it also signals the start of another Lansing Lugnuts baseball season, a week off from school and plenty of Easter celebrations. Whether you’re looking to keep the kids busy over Spring Break or trying secure reservations for Easter brunch, you’ll find these options and plenty of other things to do in Lansing this month.

Do your event attendees love “Up-North Meetings” but struggle with travel time, ability to see the area, golf, really and truly experience the resort activities they look forward to AND attend sessions and network like they’re supposed to?  What if you could cut the travel time out and get right to those highly sought-after up-north amenities? Did you know you could have the best of both worlds? Where? Right in Greater Lansing, Michigan – and in seven easy ways!

This post was submitted by guest blogger Matt Vande Bunte.

You’ve been holed up in a business conference all day and now it’s time to see why your event planners picked Lansing.

Whether you’d rather hit the links for the last few hours of sunlight or hit the bar for distinctive craft beer and spirits, Michigan's Capital region can help you relax. The middle of the Mitten has so much to experience you’ll wish your conference would last another day.

This post was submitted by guest blogger Nate Reens.

I'm a sucker for big, brawny stouts. And coffee. And chocolate. Give me one of the three, I'm a happy camper. Get me two in a brew, I'll salute you. Combine all three, I'll worship the ground on which the brewers walk. 

That's what makes it easy to make the rounds around Lansing, where creative craft beer, soon-to-be legendary liquors and winsome wines are making their mark as part of the Makers & Shakers beer, wine and spirits trail

The thirsty tour around Greater Lansing has grown to 17 stops in just a matter of a few years. The taps, outside of a few mainstays at each brewery, are liable to rotate seasonally, just as the distillers are dedicating time to try new cocktail recipes.  

The next time you decide to go for a leave of libation, keep these stops in mind: