The Greater Lansing Blog



Author: Lori Lanspeary, CTA

Lori has been an enthusiastic cheerleader for the Lansing area for over 10 years now. She still gets excited about all the fun things there are to see and do in the region yet can't believe that there's only 48 hours in a weekend. Besides cheering on the Spartans in sports, she loves a great classic car show, a beautiful botanical garden and a nice chilled glass of wine. 

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Valentine's dates are traditionally spent with the one you love no matter whether it’s your spouse, significant other or best friend. This is the perfect occasion to celebrate all of the love you enjoy together. Here are a few Greater Lansing restaurants that make a good dining experience even more special.  Great menus, intimate surroundings and unique touches make all the difference.

Want to know what to do and see when you visit Greater Lansing? Need a great overview map of the area, a handy list of upcoming major festivals and events and 150 things to see and do? Find all the answers in our 2017 Greater Lansing Official Visitor Guide. With 80 pages of hotels, restaurants, attractions and an assortment of insider picks, we’re sure you’ll find just what you’re looking for.

Whether you're visiting from out of town or have lived here your whole life, it's pretty clear that Michigan’s capital city Lansing looks pretty spectacular when December rolls around. With some big red ornaments, a rooftop-lit skyline and the state Christmas tree aglow, you can’t help but admire the view.

Whether you want to spark a memory, give the gift of time together, create a lasting experience or start a new tradition, these unique Lansing gift ideas will be a great alternative to the same old “stuff” and will be sure to please.

There’s something absolutely magical about Lansing’s Silver Bells in the City. It’s a whirlwind combination of a whole bunch of my favorite things, Nothing I like better than a festive parade, spectacular fireworks, the illumination of Michigan’s official Christmas tree and a ton of live music.

Stroll through the campus of Lansing Community College in downtown Lansing and you can't help but stop and admire over a dozen colorful sculptures strategically placed around every corner. Inspirational, evocative and whimsical, these works of art create a welcoming and even happy environment. Art, it's been said, can increase mental acuity, increase critical thinking and reduce stress levels. Surrounding students with art then, seems to be a very good idea.

Did you know that there are 14 artisan beverage makers in the Lansing area, with three additional breweries waiting in the wings to open their doors? Pick up one of the Greater Lansing Makers & Shakers brochures and find all you need to know about the growing made-in-Lansing *potent potable offerings.

With the cool air arriving, now is the time to plan a trip to take in some great fall festivals in Greater Lansing. We can’t think of a better feeling than putting on your favorite boots, pulling out that cozy sweater and heading out to enjoy all that fall has to offer.

I Spy...Lansing

September 13, 2016 by Lori Lanspeary, CTA

Walk around in downtown Lansing and you can find an abundance of details that might just be overlooked if you’re intent on just getting somewhere. Slow down and look closer and take notice of workmanship that you just don’t see in newer buildings. This is craftsmanship at its finest. If you look, you can see that the buildings are telling you their story.

Summer’s not over quite yet. Grab your girls, your best friends or the fam and plan on a great getaway to Greater Lansing. Festivals, great patio dining, great one of a kind attractions and outdoor adventure awaits.