Monday, April 22, 2013

Innkeeper Visit to Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford

Innkeeper and Granddaughter
 Last week my daughter, Martha, and Grandaughter, Mary, and I went to Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan.They were visiting for a few days from their home in Maine.It was just the second day that it was open for the season  and it was a bit chilly.  However we were able to see and do it all.  The top photo shows My Grandaughter Mary with me in front of the sign for the Martha-Mary Chapel.  Appropriate to do, given their names, of course. The Village is broken up into several areas so that the various houses and attractions are grouped together over the large property. Fortunately there are interesting modes of transportation to help you move from one place to another.  We rode on them all; horse drawn conveyance, old cars, and the train.  We had lunch in a cafeteria but the Eagle Tavern is also a great place to eat.  We moved over to the craft area and saw glass blowing, the pottery shop, tin shop , weaving shop etc.  where there are actual people working and can explain how to do each craft. 

The Henry Ford includes the Museum, Greenfield Village and the IMAX theater and is only a thirty minute drive from the Parish House Inn.  Go to  and check it out.

Chris Mason, Innkeeper
The Weaving Shop

Kilns in front of the Pottery Shop
The Tin Shop

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Ann Arbor Antiques Market Opens

Ann Arbor Antiques Market
Location Map

The highly anticipated Ann Arbor Antiques Market begins the new season this year  April 20 and 21 at the Saline Fairgrounds, from 8AM to 4PM, Saturday and 10AM to 4PM Sunday. 

 The featured Guest at the April market is Cari Cucksey from HGTV's show  "Cash and Cari". 

 So why not make plans for Springtime  weekend getaway and explore the market?

 Book your room at  the Parish House Inn bed and breakfast for the special rate of $99 per night for a 2 night stay plus tax. 

 The Saline fairgrounds is an easy 15  minute drive away where you can have  a good nights rest plus a hearty breakfast in the morning.  There are several good restaurants a block or two away in downtown Ypsilanti, as well as interesting shops to explore.

Chris Mason
Parish House Inn

Monday, April 1, 2013

Ducks on the Huron River in Ypsilanti

The ladies  are under cover.
The male is looking for the ladies.
He has found some of the ladies.
 While enjoying a beautiful Spring Saturday working in the back yard garden,  the sounds of ducks clucking to each other rose from the Huron River.  When I went to the edge of the yard and looked down at the river, I saw about ten female ducks.  They were just having a good time with each other, as we women do, preening and interacting with each other.
I then spotted a lone male duck a few feet away checking them out. He moved closer to the group, but  the ladies paid no attention to him.  He finally gave up and swam away...not his day!  

There is a two person swing at the edge of the back yard where there is a great view of all the action on the Huron River below. I can't wait for the grass, flowers trees and shrubs turn green again.  However, some of the crocus are now is shown in the photo below.

Crocus blooming March 30,2013
Plan your Spring and summer getaway now so you can also enjoy the view!

Chris Mason