February 2021 CTA Newsletter

Just a friendly reminder you’re invited to a fun virtual meet up! - TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER!

Virtual MeetingThursday, February 18, 2021
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
During this fun interactive hour, you will hear updates on our local tourism industry and have a chance to re-connect with fellow CTAs. Please come ready to share something you learned about the community during the pandemic over the past year. (For example: Did you take a virtual tour of a local attraction? Did you learn something new?)

Please register NOW! Today is you last chance!

Zoom link and details will be sent after registration. We look forward to seeing you soon!

If you have questions about anything CTA, please contact Melissa Nay at mnay@lansing.org, Beth Jespersen at bjespersen@lansing.org or Julie Pingston at jpingston@lansing.org

CTA Renewal Points in a Virtual World

Even though the opportunities to get out and about for CTA renewal points seem limited these winter days, there are many options for outdoor or virtual activities that will make CTA renewal seem easy.  Take the full virtual tour of an attraction, watch a virtual performance or have an outdoor experience.   Log your points and you’ll easily have enough for renewal!  Here are some of the options throughout the community.  Share any you discover with us!  Thank you to Siri Rainone, CTA for the assistance in compiling this information.

Michigan State Capitol Building

The Capitol has created a number of virtual tours to experience the history and beauty of this working building.  Two tours are listed here and there are many others on their Facebook page created through FB Live including a tour of the outside grounds.

MSU Broad Museum

  • The Broad Museum is currently open with limited hours.  Check the website to make a reservation to visit in advance.  Two of the current exhibitions have local connectivity to our region (Interstates of Mind and Seeds of Resistance).  https://broadmuseum.msu.edu/visit
  • The Broad also offers online tours of some of the current exhibitions as well as some at home art experiences.   https://broadmuseum.msu.edu/MSU-Broad-Online

MSU Museum

Potter Park Zoo

  • The Zoo is open every day with a timed entry system. Indoor areas are closed (including the Feline & Primate House and Bird & Reptile House) but animals are outside if possible.   https://potterparkzoo.org/

MSU Walking Tours

Meridian Outdoor Marketplace

Fenner Nature Center

  • Fenner has more than 4 miles of trails open from 8:00 am to dusk and the indoor nature center is open with limited hours.  https://mynaturecenter.org/

Harris Nature Center

Woldumar Nature Center

Ingham County Parks

Take a Walk on the Lansing River Trail

  • The Lansing River Trail now stretches all the way from Waverly Road to Old Town! You can also catch the Trail from Potter Park and into MSU. Altogether, over 16 miles of paved trail pass through numerous parks and natural areas, as well as through Downtown Lansing. 
  • This video shows a time warp of the trail from beginning to end in 16 minutes.  https://www.lansingrivertrail.org/

Lansing Symphony Orchestra

  • The LSO is offering on-demand digital concerts from the symphony as well as an archive of their “LSO At Home” series featuring performances that keeps the music playing.  https://www.lansingsymphony.org/

Wharton Center for Performing Arts

  • The Wharton Center continues to offer virtual opportunities until they are able to return to live performances which is currently scheduled for the fall.  https://www.whartoncenter.com/

Lansing Community College Sculpture Walk

You can explore the outdoor collection of art and sculptures located on the campus of LCC on the sculpture walk showcasing many unique pieces.  https://internal.lcc.edu/buildforward/sculpture/

Annual Meeting

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Celebrate #lovelansing with us at the
Greater Lansing CVB's Virtual Annual Meeting!

Join us for the GLCVB’s Annual Meeting as we gather virtually to hear the tourism and hospitality industry story of 2020 and where we’re headed in 2021.  

Dave Lorenz, Vice President of Travel Michigan will share his insights from a statewide perspective. You’ll also have a chance to network with your peers in the industry in virtual breakout rooms following the presentation.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
11:00 a.m.–Noon

GLCVB Presentation | 11:00–11:15 a.m.
Travel Michigan Presentation | 11:15–11:30 a.m.
Optional Virtual Networking | 11:30 a.m.–Noon

You will receive a Zoom meeting link following registration for the event.
The event is free to attend. 

RSVP here by February 24, 2021

Black History Month

Williams Leabs, Jr.To celebrate Black History Month, check out some info on the region’s African American Heritage. Do you have additional content you think we should include on this page? Please let us know! ⁠ 

Courtyard by Marriott downtown - now open!

Courtyard By Marriott - Downtown LansingThe newest hotel in downtown Lansing, Courtyard by Marriott opened its doors on Thursday, February 11! The hotel is ideally located in the heart of the Stadium District, close to the State Capitol and walking distance to the Lansing Center, Jackson Field and Downtown businesses. Close to Lansing Community College and Sparrow Hospital and only 2.4 miles to MSU campus. The new state-of-the-art lobby at Courtyard provides greater flexibility and choices for guests. At the center of it all is The Bistro, a destination for a great breakfast, or drinks and dinner during the evening. Enjoy inviting, flexible spaces including 1,689 square ft. of meeting space. Plus, the well-equipped rooms will help guests stay refreshed and energized.  Please join us in welcoming them to the community!

2021 Visitor Guides

2020 Visitor Guide Being ReadPlease note that the GLCVB plans to distribute the 2020 Visitor Guides throughout 2021. As budgets are tight and out of fairness to our advertisers, we have determined to use up the stockpile of 2020 guides. While the vast majority of content is still relevant and helpful as you plan your Lansing getaway, please note some events and businesses listed may have changed. Those updates have been made in the digital version of the guide, which can be viewed here: https://www.lansing.org/visit-greater-lansing/request-a-visitors-guide/.

upcoming events

Lansing Beer Trail – month of February https://www.lansing.org/event/2021-greater-lansing-beer-trail/36306/

Potter Park Zoo Ice Safari – February 20-21  https://potterparkzoo.org/event/ice-safari-2021/

Old Town Chocolate Walk – February 26  http://iloveoldtown.org/events/chocolate-walk/

Downtown Lansing Winterfest – February 27 https://www.downtownlansing.org/lansing-winterfest/

Fenner Nature Center Maple Syrup Saturdays – March 13 and 27 https://mynaturecenter.org/programsevents/festivals/maplesyrupfestival/

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