In just a short drive from the Lansing State Capitol you can find a genuine slice of Midwestern hospitality in Greater Lansing's nearby small towns. Take a step back in time and stroll the quaint downtown streets, browse unique shops and eateries, peruse the local farmers market and soak up the serene ambience of small-town living. Many have hotels, inns and B&B’s nearby making it the ideal weekend getaway!
(20 miles from Lansing State Capitol) Downtown Charlotte features a number of great restaurants, pubs, a farmers market, specialty shops, and many historic sites and buildings. Here you will also find a great deal of neighborhood parks providing opportunities for a fun day in the sun.
Don’t miss: Michigan Nordic Fire Festival, a 3-day event in February featuring battles, blacksmiths, archery, axe throwing, swinging swords, feats of strength, unique crafts, food, mead and more!
(9 miles from Lansing State Capitol) Just north of Lansing this family-friendly city boasts a quaint downtown shopping district nestled along the banks of the Looking Glass river. Enjoy the amenities of small town living such as a farmers market, vast agricultural lands, beautiful parks, multiple commercial districts and recreational areas including Sleepy Hollow State Park, and numerous inland lakes and rivers.
Don’t miss: Looking Glass Brewing Company located in a repurposed historic church and complete with stained-glass windows and a seasonal Biergarten.
(10 miles from Lansing State Capitol) Nestled on the banks of the Grand River, Dimondale is a quaint village with a small-town atmosphere. Here you can find numerous parks and recreation activities including a paddle through history on the Middle Grand River Heritage Water Trail, a must do for kayakers, canoeists and anglers alike. Or grab some fresh locally produced and grown food at the local farmers market.
Don’t miss: Dimes Brewhouse offering craft beers, ciders, wines, hard seltzers, non-alcoholic kombuchas, sodas, and even sparking tea!
(18 miles from Lansing State Capitol) Called the Island City, this idyllic community is located at the juncture of the Grand River and Spring Brook. Enjoy a quiet walk alongside the river or discover the abundant downtown district, where you can get a cup of java, grab some tasty goods at the farmers market or sit in one of our nearby parks.
Don’t miss: The English Inn, a gorgeous English Tudor mansion-turned Bed & Breakfast perfect for a romantic getaway or dinner date.
(10 miles from Lansing State Capitol) Just a short drive west of Lansing, situated along the Grand River, this picturesque city got its name from the river and the 500-million-year-old sandstone ledges that tower along its banks—known as the Ledges. In the heart of downtown Grand Ledge discover historic buildings filled with unique shops, places to grab a bite to eat or quench your thirst with a microbrew. Family-friendly parks, scenic views of the Ledges and the local farmers market also can be found in a short walk along the Grand River.
Don’t miss: The Ledges at Fitzgerald Park, 300 Million-year-old rock formations that jut from the shore of the Grand River.
(15 miles from Lansing State Capitol) Nestled in the heart of mid-Michigan you’ll find Mason—Hometown U.S.A. Downtown features the historic courthouse surrounded by well-preserved turn-of-the-century buildings. Explore shops to find that something special—from antiques, books, and crafts to quilting supplies, toys, and more. Restaurants treat you to many flavors—from early morning lattes, lunchtime sandwiches, and afternoon ice cream cones to relaxing evening dining. Just blocks from the courthouse you can also find the local farmers market, a walking trail, skate park and roller hockey rink.
Don’t miss: The historic, well-known family owned Kean's Store Company, complete with tin ceilings and charming decor, provides an endless selection of gifts and collectibles.
(20 miles from Lansing State Capitol) Famous for its mint production due to the rich black soil that surrounds this agricultural community, St. Johns also boasts a beautifully preserved downtown area. Stretching out from the exquisite Clinton County courthouse you will find the inviting streetscape of downtown St. Johns. Explore endless and diverse boutique shops, galleries, eateries and cafés, as well as the local farmers market hosted just outside of the Clinton County courthouse.
Don’t miss: Oh Mi Organics with over 200 flavors of delicious gourmet chocolate that is free from gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, sesame, fish, and all nuts (except coconut)!
(19 miles from Lansing State Capitol) Feel the charm throughout downtown Williamston, Victorian architecture, shopping, wonderful restaurants, beautiful family-friendly parks and much more are to be discovered in this charming community. This historic town is situated on the Red Cedar River and is known for its antique stores and well-kept neighborhoods.
Don’t miss: Old Nation Brewing Company, home of the famous M-43 N.E. IPA.
(1 mile from Lansing State Capitol) Old Town is Lansing's original downtown and boutique district. Known for its art and creativity, the neighborhood’s historic Victorian buildings are filled with galleries, dining, boutiques, specialty shops, parks and more. This is the place for exceptional customer service and that little something extra.
Don’t miss: The Lansing River Trail and starting in June, ARTpath—a temporary art exhibit showcasing local artists and collaborators from across Michigan in a 3.5 mile stretch of the Lansing River Trail.
(1 mile from Lansing State Capitol) Originally home to the R.E. Olds Motor Company, today REO Town is thriving community where people meet to create, experience, and share art, food, and culture. The renovated streetscape on Washington Avenue is now home to a dynamic and diverse community of restaurants, retail shops, and professional services.
Don’t miss: The Robin Theatre, an eclectic listening room in a converted 100 year-old storefront featuring local and touring musicians, sketch/standup comedy, film, poetry, plays and more!