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!
A group of friends, A.S.S.I.S.T. (Adventure Seeking Sista's in Sensational Travel), have celebrated MLK weekend together for years. This year we decided to "staycate" in Detroit. Duck 'n Roll was perfect for us! Spacious and comfortable.
Suzanne was very nice and readily available when we needed her, but only when we needed her! She was very accommodating in adding another bed as we had 5 in our group and she normally as 4 beds.
The neighborhood is as expected from descriptions on her site; an example of Detroit revival! We are very impressed with what Suzanne is doing in the neighborhood. She is an impressive and inspiring woman!
As others have stated, the ducks were fun to watch and Megan (the dog) is not only beautiful, but gentle and loving - also fun to watch on her protective perch on the picnic table!
Thank you, Suzanne and Duck 'n Roll for providing a space for another great time to add to our memory list!
I loved staying here! I was in Detroit for work and this was a wonderful alternative to staying at a hotel. Suzanne was very thoughful and kind. The ducks were fun. The wood stove was fantastic. I highly recommend this place.
We loved the Duck N Roll Inn. It was a really lovely, comfortable house, and it had the best bathroom ever with a nice skylight to provide natural light when you do your makeup and an awesome jacuzzi bathtub. We would definitely stay there again.
Suzanne was a great host. This was our second time using Duck n Roll for an organizational retreat and it worked out great.
My boyfriend and I were looking for a fun, inexpensive getaway for a few days - and that was exactly what we got. The house was clean, quirky, and fun to be in, full of unique, memorable touches. We especially loved the wood-burning stove in the bedroom (so cozy!), the whirlpool bathtub (fantastic if you're staying in the winter), and the metal dragon sculpture in the ducks' yard. The space has plenty of antique charm with modern updates as needed. Watching the ducks waddle and play outside never failed to make us laugh and smile! The neighborhood probably won't win any beauty contests but we never felt unsafe - Suzanne's place is very secure. Suzanne herself is a quick responder to any and all communications, which makes the place feel even safer. We will DEFINITELY be back.
Despite not making it to the Duck 'N' Roll Inn due to a last minute change of NYE plans, my interaction with Suzanne was nothing short of wonderful. She was very welcoming and provided check-in information well in advance of my planned stay. Her home sounds charming and I hope to make it there on my next trip to Detroit.
We loved our stay at the Duck and Roll Inn! We were visiting family that lived nearby, so it was the ideal location. Suzanne lives on the property, and makes herself available for any questions one might have. She responds quickly.
The ducks are wonderful to watch and you can even feed (but confirm with Suzanne exactly what is best to feed them). Meg, the big beautiful white dog, keeps watch over the ducks, and made us feel very safe :)
The house is very spacious, and we had everything we needed. We felt at home instantly.
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.