The Parish House Inn

A Victorian Bed & Breakfast with Modern Amenities
Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti Area

Area Events

Events Calendar

Events Calendar

2017 Area Events Calendar

For more information on these and other area events, call Chris at 734-480-4800 or email

Book your room and make it a night or a weekend getaway with your girlfriend, spouse, partner or group when you attend an area event.



August 24,31: Cruise Night in Depot Town 5PM - 8 PM

August 25 -27: Ypsilanti Heritage Festival


September 1: University students move in day

September 1: Eastern Michigan University vs Charlotte football opener

September 2 - 4: Thunder over Michigan sir show at Willow Run Airport

September 9: UM vs Cincinnati football at Michigan Stadium

September 16: Um vs Air Force at Michigan Stadium

September 17: Orphan Car Show in Riverside Park by Auto Museum



Check out theses websites for upcoming performances.

Riverside Arts Center Theatre
76 N. Huron St.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197



 "My Wife and I were searching for places to stay for a short, one-night relaxation vacation and decided we'd go back to Ypsilanti.. The day was fairly miserable, rainy, cold, and gray but as soon as we stepped inside Parish House Inn and met Chris, the day brightened up a million-fold. The location near a river gives a beautiful view and all of the rooms are away from the road so they're nice and quiet." PK








Michigan’s second oldest city

In the Ann Arbor -Ypsilanti area, Ypsilanti is truly a “small town”.

With only 4 square miles,  it is the home of Eastern Michigan University. It’s a destination for restaurants, shops and events held at Riverside Park. Respect for the past while planning for the future keeps Ypsilanti moving forward. 

Originally called Woodruff’s Grove, Ypsilanti is the second oldest city in Michigan, incorporated in 1823. During the 1800’s it grew quickly because of the Old Sauk trail, now Highway 12, stretches from Detroit to Chicago and is a designated Historic Highway.

"The history lessons provided by Chris the innkeeper were fascinating, The breakfast each day was tasty and I was there for two weeks. They provide info on sites to visit, places to eat and detailed instructions on how to get where you are going. If you want to relax in your gorgeous rooms you have any array of movies to enjoy."  LH

Need help planning your visit to explore Ypsilanti's History? Call Chris at 734-480-4800 or email

Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area: Riverside Park

Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area: Riverside Park

Riverside Park is a connector between the Downtown and Depot Town.

If you like a brisk walk or a run before breakfast, then you will love Riverside Park, where you can go for 1 mile along the river.  It’s a part of the Border to Border Trail along the Huron River between Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.

Bring your walking or running shoes!  Riverside Park is only two blocks from your room at the Parish House Inn.
This dramatic staircase is the entrance to the park from Huron Street. You can also access the park from Michigan Avenue and Cross Street.
Riverside Park also is the location of many events:  auto shows, concerts, festivals and TV shows, like QVC’s “ Cooking With Dave” which broadcast live from the gazebo.

"Loved the Inn, Chris, and the food! They are very close to downtown restaurants and stores. A nice walk along the river as well. Highly recommend Parish House Inn! Chris had lots of ideas for activities, and we had a large enough room to spend time in the room just talking!" MM MI

Need help planning your visit/ Call Chris at 734-480-4800 or email



Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area: Eastern Michigan University

Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area: Eastern Michigan University

Because of  the rapid growth in population and it’s role as the center of trade and commerce, the city fathers founded in 1849. They raised $15,000 to create a “Normal school” for teacher training that was needed to serve the growing population. EMU has grown from  5000 students in 1960 to 25,000 students today. The campus is a mixture of older Historic buildings and newly built library and science buildings.

The Parish House Inn is only one mile from the campus. We have had guests from all over the world who visit Eastern Michigan University as students, parents and visiting professors.

"We really enjoyed our weekend stay at the Parish House Inn. The house is charming, and in an excellent location for exploring downtown Ypsilanti. Chris, the Innkeeper, was absolutely fabulous! It's also super close to the historic downtown district and within walking distance of Eastern Michigan University.” S.K.

Need help planning your visit to the EMU campus?  Call Chris at 734-480-4800 or email



Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area: Depot Town

Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area: Depot Town

This area was a beehive of activity in the 1860’s until the 1950’s when trains stopped on a regular basis. It became known as Depot Town with pubs, restaurants and shops that served the passengers. Trains still run on a regular schedule through the area. It has become a destination for  restaurants, unique shops and in the summer time the Saturday Farmers Market.

Be sure to visit Ypsilanti’s Automotive Heritage Museum, just across the railroad tracks. The original building housed the Hudson Car dealership.  It is also the home base for several car clubs and a sponsor of car shows:  Volkswagon car show, the Camero Superfest and the Orphan Car show.

As a guest at the Parish House Inn, you can walk there in ten minutes.

"Chris makes a fabulous breakfast and is wonderful to chat with while munching on her homemade oatmeal cookies. The B&B is easy to find and the location is perfect for exploring the downtown shops and restaurants. The Huron River is just behind the Inn, offering a lovely break from the hustle and bustle of the town. It seems to be close to everything one could imagine." LR

Need help planning your visit? Call Chris at 734-480-4800 or email

Ann Arbor History

Ann Arbor History

Michigan Territory

was just opening when John Allen, a Virginian and Elisha Walker Rumsey, a New Yorker met in Detroit in February 1824. Government land was for sale at just $1.25 an acre.

The two men decided to improve their fortunes by building a new town. They followed the Indian trails west along the Huron River. A large hill covered by big oaks with minimal underbrush was selected. there was a creek nearby that would provide power for the new community.

After they laid out a village, it was named for Allen’s wife Ann. They hurriedly went back to Detroit to register their claim. Territorial Governor Lewis Cass, was Michigan Territory’s biggest supporter.

He told Allen and Rumsey their town would become the seat of government for the newly formed Washtenaw County if they built a courthouse, a jail, and a bridge over the river. Ann Arbor has  continued to grow and prosper into the city it is today.

University of Michigan

Did you know that the University of Michigan was originally located in Detroit? It was moved to Ann Arbor as a consolation prize when Lansing was named the capital of Michigan, not Ann Arbor.
Perhaps you or your father or mother are alums.  Now your son or daughter is the next generation to attend.  It’s a family tradition and important to you. It continues to be a huge influence to the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area to this day.  Welcome back and let us know if we can help.

Ann Arbor is a much bigger city than Ypsilanti and it becomes congested for home football games, graduation or other major event. Often visitors stay in surrounding towns to avoid this.

From the Ypsilanti area, there is easy access to the local roads and highways to and from events. It’s only 20 minutes to the Detroit Metro Airport from the Parish House Inn by car or taxi.

“ I attended my niece’s graduation from U – Mich and wouldn’t have considered staying anywhere else. Chris is wonderful! The breakfast is fabulous.” SS Il

Need help planning your visit? Call Chris at 734-480-4800 or email

Kerrytown Area

Kerrytown Area

This Historic Neighborhood, located a few blocks north of Ann Arbor’s downtown.

Farmer’s Market

On a Wednesday or Saturday morning, from April through October, the Ann Arbor Farmer’s market is bustling with activity and full of fresh from the farm fruits and vegetables.

Artfully displayed by the farmers who are eager to talk about their produce with you. The variety and quantity will amaze you.

This open air market is next to the Kerrytown Shops which can be a very busy area, but there is on street parking as well as several parking areas near-by.

Kerrytown Shops

Uncover the distinctive shops and meet the merchants doing what they love in the renovated Historic brick buildings with the charm of another era.

Looking for something unusual or a gift for a loved one? You will discover that these specialty shops offer jewelry, paper and toys, spices and teas, food and clothing you’ll not find anywhere else. G

Grab a cup of coffee and relax in the courtyard, and be sure to look for the large stone brought all the way from Kerry, Ireland.

 “The Parish House Inn is a good place to stay if you are considering visiting/shopping in nearby Ann Arbor.” KK, Canada

The Treasure Mart

Imagine the fun of looking through three floors and 8500 square feet of gently used furniture, beautiful antiques, nostalgic collectibles and useful household items and finding your “treasure”.

That has been the story of the Treasure Mart since 1960 when it opened.

Locals, college students looking to furnish an apartment and visitors alike find it a fun place to hint for just what they need.

Bring your imagination!

Zingerman’s Deli

In 1982, Zingerman’s opened it’s doors and became a truly one of a kind place.

Using only the best ingredients from around the world a sandwich and a side dish are transformed into a little bit of culinary heaven. Nationally recognized as culinary and business all stars, the two owners have created a not -to-be-missed Ann Arbor experience.

Your visit to the Kerrytown area would not be complete without a stop here for just a taste of something.  A gelato on the patio perhaps?

"What a wonderful location minutes from Ann Arbor. This was a wonderful B&B with Chris being a wonderful host and a top class practitioner of the culinary arts. We had a wonderful room and the breakfast was top notch. The chocolate chip cookies make for a good nightcap with a cup of Darjeeling tea. We highly recommend this B&B."  PK

Need help planning your visit to the area? Call Chris at 734-480-4800 or email


Main Street Area

Main Street Area

Is “people watching” your thing? On Ann Arbor’s tree – lined Main Street, all the restaurants offer sidewalk during the warmer months, perfect for people watching.

Looking for a unique dining experience? A walk along the street will reveal the wide variety of dining choices, from brew pubs to fine dining, from Irish to Cuban, the menus are varied and extensive.

Shopping?    Oh   Yes…book stores, gift shops featuring Michigan memorabilia,  food items, and clothing stores. Mostly locally owned and full of surprising finds.

Entertainment? Yes..the Ark features famous and infamous musicians.

The Museum on Main Street has rotating exhibits of local interest.

Oh…and don’t forget your walking shoes!

"Ypsilanti is only 15 minutes away from Ann Arbor and if you ask Chris, she will give you the directions to the back roads to Ann Arbor. It's beautiful! Every morning, we woke to the smell of coffee and the wonderful breakfast that Chris had chosen for the day. The Michigan oatmeal is the best! The next time I am in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area, I will definitely stay at the Parish House just as I will recommend others to do. Thank you Chris and Martha for making our trips to Michigan even better! " SM

Need help planning your stay? Call Chris at 734-480-4800 or email




What's on in Ypsi?

What's on in Ypsi?



Some favorite Ypsi Activities:


  • Red Rock Downtown barbeque
  • Haab's Restaurant
  • Aubree's Pizza
  • Sidetrack Grill and Bar
  • Encuentro Latino Restaurant
  • Maize Mexican Cantina

Click here for a list of area restaurants

"The room was amazing and felt like home. The food at breakfast was to die for and was prepared with the style and precision of a 5 star chef/restaurant. The owners and staff likewise were excellent hosts and gracious individuals who made us feel important and cared for throughout the entire visit. I can't stress enough to aspiring travelers... Booking a reservation with Parish House Inn is the best decision you can make. Happy traveling." MM

Need help planning your visit to the area? Call Chris at 734-480-4800 or email