The Duck 'N' Roll inn is a three bedroom home situated on a urban duck farm. A combination of contemporary features and old-time cottage charm will keep you comfortable and cozy while you enjoy the pastoral views of Detroit's east side.
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!
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.
We have a new addition to the farm! Meg, the livestock guardian dog is keeping us safe from predators and prowlers, along with Sox the cat. Great Pyrenees guardian dogs are known for their friendly, gentle demeanor, as well as their superior livestock guarding abilities. She is still a puppy, but already a doing a great job with both ducks and people alike. When you meet her, give her a biscuit and a pat. She loves guests! (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 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!
Interaction with Guests
I live right next door to the inn, and I am often home most of the day. Should you need anything, even a light bulb changed, I can get to it quickly.
In the past, guests have a had special requests, everything from tours of the city, to barbeques and small weddings. If you give me enough notice, I am happy to clear my calendar so that we can make the best of your stay here in Detroit!
Detroit is not known for its convenient public transit (not yet, anyway). We recommend renting a car. In the end, it's cheaper and more convenient than a cab, and a good way to get to and from the airport.
Detroit does have a growing web of bike paths, however, and it can be a great way to see the city. I have four bikes available for guests to use, and, if given enough notice, I will be even take you on a tour!
No dogs allowed in the house. Please interact with the ducks, but don't allow kids or pets to chase them, as they can easily be injured in a panic. Always enter the backyard via the house, and keep gates closed. Remember to turn down heat the house when you leave. It helps keep costs down! Thank you!
Very comfortable home and easy check-in and check-out. The ducks and Meg the dog are fantastic. Thanks for a great stay, Suzanne!
I really enjoyed my stay. Suzanne was very accommodating and it was easy to get in and get going. The house was comfortable and enchanting, with many really nice touches throughout. (I did take advantage of the disco ball.)The ducks and dog (Meg?) were easy to get along with. I only wish I had more people with me. I really liked that I had good access to major roads that went where I needed to go. I only had a brief chance to hang with Suzanne, but I'll definitely be back when I'm in the area. She has good suggestions for food, too.
Suzanne and the Duck n Roll were absolutely perfect for my weekend getaway. Thank you!
Oh man was this ever the best time. Super awesome place! Disco ball! Ducks! Dogs! Well, dog, singular. But still amazing!
We had a great great time at the Duck n' Roll. The description and photos are definitely accurate. There was plenty of beds for our group of 8. The home was very accommodating. . . little shampoos in the shower, coffee in the kitchen, starter logs by the wood-burning stove. The ducks and dog were a great bonus. The neighborhood is a little sketchy (nicer Detroit, but still Detroit), so driving up, we were a little nervous that the place would not be as nice as we expected, but it was everything we hoped for and more!
We really enjoyed our time at the Duck 'N' Roll Inn :) Suzanne was very friendly! She chatted with us in the driveway every time we were outside, brought baby ducks over for our daughters to "meet" and even supplied us with fresh duck eggs for breakfast! My daughters were a little intimidated by the neighborhood at first, but once they spent some time playing with ducks, hanging out with Meg and grocery shopping in nearby Grosse Pointe, their fears were alleviated. Would definitely return.
Suzanne's place is amazing in so many ways, from the duck farm charm to the superb shower skylight to the disco ball in the master bedroom. There were even bikes to borrow in the basement. Would definitely recommend the duck n roll!
I am an urban farmer from Detroit, and an avid sailboat racer. I'm also a residential contractor with alternative building skills and training--earthships, cob, and earthbag building. I love meeting new people with an interests in these areas.