Monday, April 7, 2014

"INNS AND OUTS" BY THE PARISH HOUSE INN INNKEEPER

"Inns and Outs" , by Chris Mason, innkeeper

Because the house that became the Parish House Inn bed and breakfast once housed ministers and their families, it has attracted more than the usual number of guests who are also  ministers or in a related profession.  This past week I have had a retired minister and his wife, a minister who changed direction within his church,his wife who is  an organist for her church, and a man who is becoming a minister in midlife.  Over the years I have had the pleasure of hosting many church groups in addition to ministers and their spouses. We are fortunate to have Concordia University and the district headquarters of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, located on the banks of the Huron River on the East side of Ann Arbor.  It is just a short ten minute drive from the Parish House Inn, which is also set on the banks of the same Huron River. I always  look forward to hosting the alumni, parents, friends and guest of Concordia University. It is easy to go to our website and check availability and book a room right on line.
Concordia University Campus House

Here is a short history of the Inn;


The Victorian house that is now the  Parish House Inn bed and breakfast, was originally located next to the First Congregational Church on Adams Street in Ypsilanti.
The House was built in 1893 and was the home for the minister of the church until the 1950's when it was used as a Sunday school and office building. In 1987 the church decided to build a better building and because the location is in the Historic District, had to have the structure moved.   So it was moved to 103 S. Huron Street, totally 
renovated as a bed and breakfast which opened in
August of 1993.
Concordia University sign

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Twin beds in Room 3 at the Parish House Inn bed and breakfast


Room 3 twin beds
 Room 3 at the Parish House Inn bed and breakfast offers a twin bed option.  When you are making plans to visit the area with a friend or family member you can share the room.  So many people visit the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area for concerts, plays, Eastern Michigan and University of Michigan events, as well as to see family and friends.  Our location allows for easy access from I-94 and connections to local roads to get you anywhere easily.

Room 3 offers you antique maple furniture, a private bath with a shower, TV/DVD combination, soap, shampoo and free wifi. To add to your convenience, there is a desk for your computer, extra electrical connections for all of your mobile devices and local area guide books and magazines to browse through at your leisure.  Be sure to make a request for twin beds when you book the room on  line.  

Room 3 Twin beds

Chris Mason, innkeeper

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hearty Whole Grain Pancakes at Parish House Inn bed and breakfast




These pancakes are so good and yet contain whole grains for a hearty taste and texture. You can top with any fresh fruit in season and a dusting of powdered sugar and you have a delicious breakfast.  of course, real maple syrup and sausage or bacon are nice additions. Enjoy!


Hearty Whole Grain Pancakes


3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg or freshly grated nutmeg
1/3 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup pecans ( optional)
warmed maple syrup
 fresh berries or fruit in season

1. In a food processor, combine whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, rolled oats, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and nutmeg.
2. Add butter and process until mixture resembles coarse meal.
3. In a separate large bowl, beat eggs and buttermilk, then mix in the honey.  Stir in flour mixture until well mixed. let it sit for about 5 minutes to come together.
5. Ladle onto hot griddle coated with cooking spray. Cook until bubbles form on top and then flip to cook the other side. (be sure to allow time for the batter to cook )
Serve immediately or keep warm in the oven until needed.  

Friday, March 14, 2014

BIKER NIGHT IN YPSILANTI'S DEPOT TOWN


BIKER NIGHT IN DEPOT TOWN

iYOU ARE A BIKER OR JUST WANT TO ENJOY THE VIEW, DON'T MISS BIKER NIGHT EVERY tUESDAY NIGHT IN dEPOT tOWN all year. wHEN THE WEATHER PERMITS, THE BIKES LINE CROSS STREET FROM ONE END TO THE OTHER.  IN FRONT OF CAFE RACER YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND AN ADMIRING CROWD WHO LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THEIR OWN. iT ALL BEGINS AT 5:30 pm AND RUNS UNTIL 9 pm. bE SURE TO GET THERE EARLY TO ENJOY A  MEAL AT ONE dEPOT OWN'S PUBS AND VISIT CAFE RACER, WHERE THEY SPECIALIZE IN BRITISH AND JAPANESE RACERS. tHEY DO EVERYTHING FROM FULL RESTORATION TO GENERAL MAINTENANCE.


The Parish House Inn bed and breakfast is just a short walk through Riverside Park to Depot Town.  Plan a getaway and experience all Ypsilanti has to offer. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Henry Ford Greenfield Village 30 minutes from Parish House Inn

THE HENRY FORD
Greenfield Village 

The Tin Shop at greenfield Village
 The HENRY FORD is located in Dearborn, Michigan, just thirty minutes from Ypsilanti, and the Parish House Inn bed and breakfast. Under this name are it's attractions; Greenfield Village, Imax Theater, River Rouge Tour and the Museum. I am going to focus on each of these attractions separately in the next blogs.  This blog will just focus  on Greenfield Village.


The Pottery Shop at Greenfield Village
It all  began in 1929 when Henry Ford began collecting more than 100 historic buildings and thousands of artifacts.  He wanted to preserve America's agricultural and industrial roots for future generations, and so he placed them on land he owned in Dearborn in various urban and village settings.  Some of the structures that were moved and restored are Thomas  Edison's Menlo Park research laboratory, the Wright  Brothers' Bicycle Shop and Harvey Firestone's family farm.   This complex has also known as the first Theme Park and many years later,  Walt Disney used Greenfield Village as a model for Disneyland.

Today Greenfield Village  offers a wide range of attractions and activities.  It is open April 15 to November 2 from 9:30 AM to 5 PM seven days a week.  November and December hours are limited, but there are always special weekend events there.  Make your plans now for a  visit during the Spring, Summer or Fall.  To see it all usually will take more than one day, so be sure to check out our website for room  availability.



 For more information:
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Boulevard
Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
 1-800-835-5237

Monday, February 24, 2014

Hot Chocolate Mix recipe at the Parish House Inn

 Yes...it still looks like winter here.  Unfortunately the back parking area has become a sheet of ice, so getting a car out is a challenge.  But...the good news is that February is almost over.  I am looking forward to March and hopefully warmer temperatures.
In the meantime, there is always something to do inside.  This recipe for a hot chocolate mix will warm you up and even help you sleep.  I hope you enjoy it. This makes a huge amount, so it is great for gift-giving as well.  Be sure to add the recipe!

               HOT CHOCOLATE MIX

1 8 quart box powdered milk
1 6 ounce jar non dairy coffee creamer
1 2 pound box Quik (chocolate drink mix)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Store in a tightly covered container.  To serve, add boiling water to 2 - 4 teaspoons of the mix.  Top with marshmallows or whipped cream.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine's Day Ideas from the Parish House Inn bed and breakfast

Valentines Day celebration

Valentine's Day 


..it brings out the romance in all of us, doesn't it?  The grocery stores, candy shops, florists, jewelry stores and others are all out there with suggestions for you.  
Over the years we have had many couples spend their Valentine's Day in one of our guestrooms.  We always supply the chocolate dipped strawberries and sparking non-alcoholic beverages.  Of course we can always add additional items like roses and chocolates if desired.   We can make dinner reservations and always reccomend near-by Haab's for a quiet, romantic location.
Or maybe you just want to order a pizza and stay in your room to watch a movie from our DVD collection. We can arrange that as well. 
After a restful night's sleep, our special breakfast of heart shaped pancakes and bacon, coffee and fruit will be waiting for you. 
Can't get away right now? A gift certificate from the Parish House Inn will work.  You and your sweetheart can book your stay for a more convenient time.
Just call 734-480-4800 or book your room from our website  www.parishhouseinn.com