The Duck 'N' Roll Inn has been a home to journalists, documentary filmmakers, artists, performers, urban planners and explorers, and this year, a temporary home for families reuniting. It's been a joy to teach the kids about the ducks! Soon we will be hosting the annual "I'm Dreaming of a (No) Blight Christmas" party, where we auction off blighted gingerbread houses for the neighborhood blight fund.
Soon, there will also be a new addition to the farm--a Great Pyrenees Mountain puppy will join the crew as a flock guardian and official greeter, along with Sox the cat. Great Pyrenees are known for their friendly, gentle demeanor, as well as their superior livestock guarding abilities. You can help me train the pup if you are a dog lover. (By the way, dogs and cats are off limits to the house unless invited! No worries if you are allergic or not an animal lover.)
The "Duck 'N' Roll Inn" is an eclectic farmhouse on an urban duck farm, officially known as Laid In Detroit. The farm provides pasture raised duck eggs to the Woodbridge Pub, as well as local residents. Located in the easy-going east side, Laid In Detroit was voted "Best Inner City Duck Farm" by the staff of the Metro Times. Though it's not so much an "inner city" vibe as it is a laid back oasis amongst urban sprawl. It encompasses 4 city lots full of trees and garden, with a 3 lot community garden just across the street.
The house has 3 bedrooms--a nautical room, and kid friendly room, and a spacious bedroom known as "the disco room," which features a large skylight, a woodburning stove, enormous chalk boards, and a sound system with a disco ball so that it doubles as a dance floor!
There is one full bath with an extra wide jacuzzi tub, as well as a half bath on the first floor. The property also features a steel bbq in the form of a dinosaur, an adobe pizza oven on site, as well as panoramic views of the gardens and the ducks frolicking in the pasture.
The house is full of character with a large kitchen and dining area. The property also has many ecological features, such as a green roof over the duck coop and permaculture gardens. Your stay here will not only be relaxing and fun, but educational as well.
Typical guests who have really enjoyed the Duck 'N' Roll Inn are artists, urban gardening fans, photographers, journalists, film makers, animal lovers, students, musicians, world travelers and anyone with an adventurous mindset.
You can also rest easy knowing that the money from your reservation is going directly to a small farm business in a developing neighborhood in Detroit.
Cornerstone Village, once a stable working class neighborhood founded by Belgian immigrants (some refer to it as "the Belgian triangle") has also been affected by the recent mass exodus from Detroit. But a strong coalition of homeowners with deep roots in the community have held things together.
You will encounter some blight and vacant homes in the neighborhood. There are characters, and oftentimes people are out and about, playing music and socializing, but it is a friendly neighborhood, All guests have had a safe experience here.
There are many great restaurants nearby, as well as bars, pubs, and grocery stores. The Cadieux Cafe and Ye Olde Tap Room have been around for a century. Trader Joe's and Kroger grocery are within walking distance.
Laid In Detroit has hosts many events, including an annual Easter party for the kids, and a Christmas party for the adults!
This place is absolutely wonderful. I'd consider a trip to Detroit just to stay here again.
We had a very pleasant stay. Convenient to our events over the weekend and very comfy once we settled in. Would definitely stay there again.
We stayed here for our anniversary and had an amazing time. The house was so peaceful and Suzanne was a gracious host. We did a lot of cooking and the kitchen was perfectly equipped for everything we threw at it. Best part was eating our meals while watching the ducks eat theirs.
We stayed at the Duck 'N' Roll (which my kids now call "The Duck House") for the car show and it was perfect. The house was clean and had everything we needed along with a very welcome and warm feeling to it. Suzanne was lovely and the ducks were a lot of fun!
The inn was great and Suzanne, the host, very responsive and helpful. Ducks were sweet to observe/interact with, too.
My organization was able to hold a staff retreat for 7 people at Suzanne's place on extremely short-notice, during the polar vortex of 2014. It was perfect and cozy despite the cold outside. The ducks were a joy to watch and the kitchen had all of the appliances, and even some condiments, that we needed. Awesome neighbor kids even shoveled-out our cars for a reasonable rate.
Nice house, great host. Brilliant base for our trip to Detroit.
Great communication both before and after the stay.
Suzanne was great! Super accommodating even though we got in super late and thus wanted to sleep in a bit for a late checkout. We were in awe of the place for the first 30 minutes it was so great, what a great deal on an amazing place. The new puppy and the hoard of ducks sure didn't hurt either, so cute!
Once again I spent a week at the Duck N Roll Inn with nothing but a great experience. Enjoyed a home cooked meal or two along with reading books by the wood stove on a snowy evening. I will always check if it's available when I make my trip to Detroit!
We had a wonderful time at the Duck 'N' Roll Inn. The house was very spacious for the four of us (a couple and two singles). The pictures don't do it justice! It has wonderful architectural details, including amazing light and a great kitchen set up. We had a lot of fun in the yard feeding the ducks, and it was the middle of winter so that I can only imagine how much better it must be in warmer months. The location is about a fifteen minute drive to downtown (maybe closer - there was a snowstorm during our stay that slowed us down considerably), but it's VERY convenient to the stores and restaurants in Grosse Point, a tony suburb of Detroit. As others have said, the house is not in the best neighborhood of Detroit, but it's far from the worst and we never felt remotely unsafe during our stay.