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!
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!
The Duck N Roll Inn was a wonderful place to stay. The house was very warm, comfortable and full of character. The upstairs bathroom has a huge skylight with whirlpool tub, nice stone tiling and lots of aloe plants. There's also a wood burning stove in the master bedroom. Suzanne had coffee with us one morning and was an excellent host. Her dog Meg (Mega Dog) was very friendly and a treat to have around along with the ducks. We would definitely stay here again. Highly recommend.
Our stay at Suzanne's was fabulous! She was very accomodating--we called very late in day, exhausted and happy to find a place. Neighborhood is run down but lotsa people out and and about, and house is just a few blocks from grocery store, restaurants, and coffee shops. Suzanne came over as soon as we arrived, made sure we got in and were comfortable. Such a cozy place, with everything we could want! Great vintage kitchen, lotsa books, kids toys, and a wood burning stove in the Master BR....and aaaaaaaahhhhh....afters too many hours of driving, a jacuzzi!
We loved our stay at the Duck and Roll Inn, and left wishing we could stay a little longer. Suzanne is a gem and it was really nice getting to know her. I would stay here again, and would totally recommend!
Duck 'N' Roll Inn was a pleasant experience. Our six adult family members mostly rolled in and out to attend several events happening around a family wedding. It was a good home base that provided a quiet and comfortable place to sleep.
The kitchen had what we needed for a couple breakfasts. I would like to have had time to enjoy the hot tub and wood-burning stove. (Maybe next time, when there isn't a blanket of snow and ice all over Detroit.)
Suzanne came over to greet us when we arrived. It was nice to know she was nearby in the next house in case we might need something, but such a need didn't come up.
I hoped the stairs to the second floor bedrooms would not be a too much for my octogenarian parents. But they only talked about liking how it was warm and comfortable for sleeping.
The Duck n Roll is wonderful! The place is very welcoming and we really enjoyed all of the natural light from the large windows. The backyard creatures and surrounding plant life were great also. It really felt like we were transported to a resort, and not in a city at all.
Suzanne greeted us and was friendly but not intrusive. There were healthy grocery stores and lots of restaurant food options close by. We definitely would stay again and recommend this to anyone traveling to Detroit :)
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.