by Jan Davies McDermott on July 31st, 2017

Pioneer Wine Trail: Chili Challenge
Saturday, August 26 & Sunday, August 27

 
You be the judge. Each of the nine wineries along the Pioneer Wine Trail will serve chili and you decide whose is the best! Join us for a weekend of fun, food and wine as you drive from winery to winery enjoying samples of chili paired with specific wines and five additional wine samples at each stop! This is a self-driven tour and we suggest you stay at one of the many B&B's, hotels or camp grounds along the trail so that you can take your time and enjoy each stop. Get your friends together, map out your itinerary, get your souvenir wine glass at your first winery and let the judging begin!
 
Sandhill Crane Vineyard near Jackson, MI will be featuring Vegetarian Chili with Staccato. Yes! After a very long time, Staccato is finally coming back and we're releasing it for the event.
 
The official hours for this event are 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday regardless of each winery's individual tasting room hours.  Buy tickets at www.sandhillcranevineyards.com  And, make your lodging reservations for your overnight stay to enjoy both days of the event.  Consider one of the Ann Arbor Area B&Bs.  Closest to Sandhill Crane Vineyard is the Chelsea Victorian Inn.  The Southeast Michigan Wine Trail Chilli Challenge participating wineries stretch west from Ann Arbor.  Conveniently located near I 94 in Ann Arbor on the first fairway of Georgetown Golf Course is Davies House Inn.  Not a golfer?  Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti's 14 B&Bs would welcome you too!  Near downtown Ann Arbor: Burnt Toast Inn, Washington House, Stone Challet, Avalyn Garden, and Baxter House.  In Ypsilanti, Parish House Inn and Queen's Residence are easily accessible to I 94 and US 12 - the trail!   

by Jan Davies McDermott on July 13th, 2017

The centerpiece of Ann Arbor's summer is returning July 20-23 with the 58th edition of the Ann Arbor Art Fair, bringing thousands of art lovers to the city's downtown.

Hundreds of artists will offer pieces in a wide variety of mediums at four separate fairs that combine to form one big event.

Here's what to expect if you're planning to attend the 2017 fair:

Who's taking part?  The Ann Arbor Art Fair has been host to several different art fairs, all located in or near downtown Ann Arbor. Here's an overview of each of them:
The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair stretches throughout Ingalls Mall and along East Washington and North University, between Fletcher and South Thayer.
The State Street Area Art Fair is located on State Street between Washington and William, on North University from State Street to Thayer, as well as on East Liberty, from the nonprofit booth area to State Street. It also is located on Maynard, from East Liberty to Jefferson, and on William, from Thompson to State Street.
The Guild's Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair has two locations near the UM campus and in the downtown area. The campus location is on State Street from Madison to William and the downtown location is on Main Street from William to Huron, and Liberty Street from Ashley to Fifth Avenue.
Ann Arbor's South University Art Fair stretches the entire South University Avenue area and into parts of State Street.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 20, through Saturday, July 22; and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 23. For visitor information visit the art fair website.
Traveling to the fair by shuttle: Shuttle opportunities are available throughout the fair as both The Ride and Trinity Transportation offer services at a trio of stops.
Trinity will have a Park & Ride shuttle stop at Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Road, which offers two different drop-off points: Fletcher and Washington and South University at Forest. Parking is free, and the round-trip cost is $3. Children 5 and younger ride free. This shuttle operates on Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority's TheRide will pick up passengers from Pioneer High School, at 601 W. Stadium Blvd., on Thursday through Saturday. Stops will be made at Main Street at William and on State Street near South University.
Parking is free, and the shuttle fare is $3 round trip, or $1.50 one-way for adults; 75 cents one-way for high school students and AATA Fare Deal cardholders; and children 5 and younger ride free. This shuttle runs from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Trinity will operate the shuttle leaving Pioneer High on Sunday with $3 round trips and free rides for children five years old and younger. The Sunday shuttle from Pioneer runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
TheRide also operates the shuttle at Briarwood Mall (near Sears) on State and Eisenhower. Parking is free, and the shuttle fare is $3 round trip, or $1.50 one-way for adults; 75 cents one-way for high school students and AATA Fare Deal cardholders; and children 5 and younger ride free. Stops at Main and William, and State near Madison. Buses return to both parking locations from either shuttle bus stop.
The shuttle runs from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Parking and traffic: If you don't use the shuttle services, be warned, parking and traffic downtown is chaotic during Art Fair.
Many downtown streets are closed and other area road closures and construction will impact travel times and convenience.
City parking structures will have all-day rates, and U-M parking decks will have evening and weekend parking. Rates are $15 per day, $7 after 5 p.m. Check out this interactive map to find public parking options in the city.
Bus detours: Regular Ann Arbor Transportation Authority bus schedules are affected by the fairs. The full list of impacted routes can be found on the AATA website.
Art Fair Art-Go-Round: Art-Go-Round is a free, inter-fair shuttle that travels the fairs' circumference all day. The air-conditioned shuttle runs every 15 minutes and are wheelchair accessible.
Wheelchairs: A limited number of wheelchairs will be made available, thanks in part to Evangelical Homes of Michigan. They will be located at State and Madison and Washington and Fletcher.
Weather: Although a lot can change in the forecast, the extended weather outlook for this year's fair looks good, so far. The Weather Channel predicts mostly sunny skies on Thursday through Saturday, with only Sunday presenting the possibility of scattered thunderstorms. High temperatures are expected to be in the high-80s throughout the weekend. MLive will provide weather coverage if it's expected to impact Art Fair activities.
Food and drink: Several food courts are set up throughout the fairs serving a variety of food and drinks. Restaurants and bars are also open in the areas where the four festivals are operating.
Townie Street Party/Dart for Art: Ready to start the art fair festivities a few days early? Kick things into high gear by participating in the Dart for Art - an all-inclusive 1-mile race, with divisions for elite athletes, local runners, families and children. Registration for the race is $25 before July 16 or $30 the day of the race, which begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 17. Click here for a map of the course.
The race is held in conjunction with the annual Townie Street Party, which takes place from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on July 17. The party celebrates all things local and is the city's way of thanking Ann Arbor residents for hosting the Ann Arbor Art Fair each year. The party live music from area bands, food and drinks at the townie pub. The party takes place on North University between Thayer and Fletcher and on North Ingalls Mall.
For the family: The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair hosts the Art Activity Zone, with hands-on projects for adults and children. The activity zone is located on Ingalls Mall and runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Kid-friendly art projects include the Legoland Discovery Center, a mixed media mosaic and a figurine making station, with stations hosted by Flipside Art Studio, Clay Work Studio, University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Cranbrook Art Museum and Detroit Institute of the Arts.
Entertainment schedules: Live entertainment can be found throughout the fairs and schedules are available online. Three stages offer free entertainment: Fountain Stage, presented by the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair; The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair Stage and the Main Stage at the South University Art Fair.
Artist directory: Hundreds of artists from across the country and beyond are expected in Ann Arbor for the weekend. 
Art Demo Zone: Take a break determining what you're going to purchase to get a look at the creative process of some of the artists on hand for this year's fair. Artists will demonstrate how they develop their unique works of art in the Art Demo Zone, located under the big maples on North University. Artists will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. 
Bed and Breakfasts: 
Within walking distance: Ann Arbor Bed and Breakfast on Huron Street, Baxter House and Bellanina Guest House in Kerrytown, Burnt Toast Inn and Washington House on the Old West Side, Avalyn Garden and Stone Chalet on Washtenaw Ave
On the shuttle route: Davies House Inn near Briarwood Mall, Cadgwith Two near UM Stadium,  

by Jan Davies McDermott on July 13th, 2017

One of the two biggest summer events in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area is the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival comes to Riverside Park in Ypsilanti on July 21-22.  

Michigan craft beer industry’s oldest and largest beer festival celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year.  At the 1997 innaugral event, 30 brewers offered about 300 different beers for tasting.   This year there will be around 1,200 beers, from more than 240 different breweries. As many as 12,000  beer lovers are expected for the two-day event 

​In addition to the festival, plenty of pre- and post-Festival events are planned at area establishments to keep the party going throughout Depot Town and beyond. 

Sidetrack Bar and Grill is hosting a Beer Fest Kickoff Party Thursday, July 20, beginning at 5pm, where they promise to bust out some “super secret beers” from their cellar. Also on Thursday night, the Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery plans a sour beer event that includes discounts for Michigan Brewers Guild Enthusiast members and free tours conducted by head brewer Jon Wagner. And on Friday, July 21, following the first session of the Festival, Cultivate is throwing a party featuring beers from up-and-coming breweries like Ellison, Drafting Table, Batch, Speciation, River’s Edge, and Witch’s Hat.

Plan to stay at one of the area's Bed & Breakfasts.  Parish House Inn and Queen's Residence are located on Huron Street, within walking distance of the festival.  Davies House Inn, on the first fairway of Georgetown Golf Course, is just 5 miles from the festival and on the shuttle route to the area's other summer spectacular, the Ann Arbor Art Fairs being held the same weekend, July 20 - 23 in downtown Ann Arbor.  

Thursday, July 20 - Ann Arbor Art Fairs; Sidetrack Kickoff Party, Arbor Brewing Sour Beer Event
Friday, July 21 - Ann Arbor Art Fairs; Michigan Brewer's Guild Beer Festival, Cultivate Party
Saturday, July 22 - Ann Arbor Art Fairs; Michigan Brewer's Guild Beer Festival
Sunday, July 23 - Ann Arbor Art Fairs

Make plans now to COME, STAY AND PLAY!  




by Jan Davies McDermott on July 12th, 2017

Are you ready for some football????  In his third season, Coach Jim Harbaugh is promising great success for the University of Michigan Football this year.  Willl you be part of the crowd?  

"Oh, yuk," said one of the guests at Davies House Inn.  "110,000 people, traffic, soaring parking fees, long lines for restaurant table, high hotel prices, scalper prices on tickets.  Once upon a time, but not anymore," she said.  

What if we could make that easier for you?  We can't change the 110,000 people, but we offer exceptional 2+2+2 packages: 2 nights lodging, breakfast on 2 mornings, and 2 game tickets all rolled into a package.  Just 1.5 miles from the stadium, many of our guests walk from Davies House;  others share a ride with the innkeepers to the game.  

Trade those long restaurant lines for your own backyard cookout after the game: Davies House will shop for you - just tell us what you want: burgers, steak, chicken, brats, salad, corn, beer, pop.  We'll have it ready and waiting for you.  You so the cooking on the gas grill, and there is even a fire pit for those cool fall evenings.   

"It souns too easy," she said.  That's our goal!  Chack out the 2+2+2 Packages on the website at ​http://www.davieshouseinn.com/contact-us.htm

by Jan Davies McDermott on March 24th, 2016

 World-famous La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid and globally revered English Premier League club Chelsea will meet on Saturday, July 30, at 3 p.m. EDT at Michigan Stadium as part of the 2016 International Champions Cup.

Michigan Stadium is the largest sports stadium in the United States. The venue regularly draws crowds in excess of 107,000 for University of Michigan football games and holds records for attendance in college football, professional ice hockey, college ice hockey and soccer. 

Real Madrid and Manchester United played the first soccer match at Michigan Stadium and set the record for the largest attended soccer match in the history of the United States with 109,318 fans.

Another great crowd is expected as Real Madrid and Chelsea are two of the biggest and best teams in the world will meet there. This will be a marquee match of the tournament.

Founded in 1902, Real Madrid has won the most European cup competitions in any club's history - a staggering total of 10 titles, its most recent arriving in the 2013-2014 season. In addition, the Royal Whites have been champions of La Liga 32 times, while winning the domestic cup 19 times. For more information on Real Madrid, please visitwww.realmadrid.com.

Nicknamed 'The Blues', Chelsea Football Club consistently ranks among the best clubs in the world. The first club to ever hold both the Champions League and Europa League titles at the same time, Chelsea's iconic position as a central point of England's premiership continues to challenge the international soccer world. Chelsea won the Champions League crown in 2012 and followed with the Europa League title in 2013. In total, Chelsea has won five English Premier League championships, including one in 2015, seven FA Cup titles, five Football League Cup titles, two Cup Winners' Cup titles and a Super Cup.

Additionally, the Chelsea Foundation boasts one of the most extensive community initiatives in sport, working in 30 countries around the world, helping improve the lives of more than 900,000 children and young people each year.  For more information on Chelsea, please visit www.chelseafc.com.


by Jan Davies McDermott on March 18th, 2016

​The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, founded by George Manupelli in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences.

The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works. (52nd AAFF program guide).For its first four decades, the festival solely exhibited works finished on 16mm. The AAFF remains committed to the exhibition of this medium among other formats including expanded cinematic forms.

Thousands of influential filmmakers and artists have exhibited early work at the AAFF, including Kenneth Anger, Agnes Varda, Andy Warhol, Gus Van Sant, Barbara Hammer, George Lucas, Les Blank, Matthew Buckingham, and James Benning.
In addition to exhibiting over one hundred new films in juried programs each year, the AAFF presents filmmaker retrospectives, gallery installations, panel discussions, historic and thematic surveys and contemporary artist programs.

Recent retrospectives have featured the films of Bruce Baillie, Chick Strand, Omar Amiralay, Bruce Conner, Pavel Medvedev, Matthias Müller and Toshio Matusmoto.
Artists recently presenting programs of their works at the AAFF have included Telcosystems, Duke & Battersby, Phil Solomon, Naomi Uman, Nicky Hamlyn and Wang Bing.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival receives more than 3,000 submissions annually from more than 65 countries and serves as one of a handful of Academy Award®-qualifying festivals in the United States. Our awards program presents more than $20,000 in cash and film stock/services to filmmakers.

The AAFF is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour and each year presents short film programs at more than 35 cinematheques, universities, museums and artist-run centers in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The festival began publishing DVD anthologies in 2008, and has produced four DVD collections with award-winning works available for home and educational viewing. The AAFF also presents and partners on events throughout the year, which have included screenings with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).

The AAFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization sustained by the generous support of donors and members, foundations and sponsors and enthusiastic audiences. The 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival takes place March 15 - 20, 2015.

Learn more about the lineup of events here: http://aafilmfest.org

by Jan Davies McDermott on September 23rd, 2015

One free Wi-Fi scam to watch out for is when a hotel promises free Wi-Fi but provides such a slow connection that you need to shell out up to $15 per day extra for a decent connection.

The newest Wi-Fi scam (as reported by NBC) is even more nefarious.  Imagine you're in your hotel's lobby (or the airport, or at a popular tourist attraction, or in a coffee shop—the possibilities are endless) and there you find the Shangri-La of our connected world: a free Wi-Fi hotspot that doesn't require a password. You log in, check your Facebook, read a few articles (ours, hopefully), and then go on your merry way.

One problem. That free Wi-Fi hot spot may be run by hackers, and they may be targeting your personal information and data: private pictures and videos, your social security number, your credit card, your mobile payment accounts, or your insurance information, just for starters.
Hackers may use both SSL decryption (to capture your personal information) and SSL stripping (to downgrade secure domains—those URLS that start with "https" instead of "http"—and gain access to your passwords and payment information).

Nice people, right?

So, the moral of the story here: Don't just blindly accept that the free Wi-Fi you're seeing is legit. And even if you're expecting there to be free Wi-Fi available wherever you're choosing to log in, make sure you're connecting to the right free hotspot. Otherwise you might just find a hacker waiting for you on the other side.

by Jan Davies McDermott on March 25th, 2015


The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, founded by George Manupelli in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences.

The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works. (52nd AAFF program guide).For its first four decades, the festival solely exhibited works finished on 16mm. The AAFF remains committed to the exhibition of this medium among other formats including expanded cinematic forms.

Thousands of influential filmmakers and artists have exhibited early work at the AAFF, including Kenneth Anger, Agnes Varda, Andy Warhol, Gus Van Sant, Barbara Hammer, George Lucas, Les Blank, Matthew Buckingham, and James Benning.
In addition to exhibiting over one hundred new films in juried programs each year, the AAFF presents filmmaker retrospectives, gallery installations, panel discussions, historic and thematic surveys and contemporary artist programs.

Recent retrospectives have featured the films of Bruce Baillie, Chick Strand, Omar Amiralay, Bruce Conner, Pavel Medvedev, Matthias Müller and Toshio Matusmoto.
Artists recently presenting programs of their works at the AAFF have included Telcosystems, Duke & Battersby, Phil Solomon, Naomi Uman, Nicky Hamlyn and Wang Bing.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival receives more than 3,000 submissions annually from more than 65 countries and serves as one of a handful of Academy Award®-qualifying festivals in the United States. Our awards program presents more than $20,000 in cash and film stock/services to filmmakers.

The AAFF is a pioneer of the traveling film festival tour and each year presents short film programs at more than 35 cinematheques, universities, museums and artist-run centers in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The festival began publishing DVD anthologies in 2008, and has produced four DVD collections with award-winning works available for home and educational viewing. The AAFF also presents and partners on events throughout the year, which have included screenings with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).

The AAFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization sustained by the generous support of donors and members, foundations and sponsors and enthusiastic audiences. The 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival takes place March 24 - 29, 2015.

Learn more about the lineup of events here: http://aafilmfest.org/53/events/?gclid=CNKq9PGexMQCFYU-aQodnWMAhg

by Jan Davies McDermott on June 11th, 2014

Scenic Drives are a part of enjoying Pure Michigan.  When guests visit Davies Cottage on Parrott's Pointe, this is one we recommend:   

Route 119/Lakeshore Drive from Harbor Springs to Wilderness State Park

Head north from Harbor Springs on Route 119/Lake Shore Dr. and enjoy spectacular views from the cliffs over looking Lake Michigan.  Along the way make sure you take time to stop in the Village of Good Hart and experience a throw back in time at the General Store.  For nature lovers there are no less than five nature preserves between Good Hart and Cross Village: Dobson, Scott, Ryan, Enje Nkwashdat and Cranmer Preserves. 

Schedule time to stop in Cross Village.  Once a thriving fishing and lumber town, it is one of the oldest settlements in the State of Michigan with strong ties to the Native American Ottawa Indians. 

Don't Miss: Legs Inn for some fantastic views and good Polish food.  Operated by the third generation of the Stanley Smolak family, construction of the extraordinary Legg's Inn complex dates back to the late 1920's.  First a curio shop with its Indian handiwork, souvenirs and living quarters; then later the large tavern with its expansive balcony, and finally the dining room with its scenic bay windows overlooking Lake Michigan. Four great stone fireplaces throughout the building add more charm.  One can enjoy spectacular sunsets from the outdoor patio.  On an interesting note, The actual name, Legs Inn, is derived from the row of inverted cast iron stove legs Stanley used to fashion the decorative railing on the roof of the building. Recycle, reuse - long before it was a green initiative trend! 

Continue north on Route 119/Lakeshore Dr., past two more nature areas: Shurtleff and Fisher Preserves, to where it meets with Lakeview Rd.  Turn left, then a quick right and you are in the southern end of Wilderness State Park.  Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine, some chees and some bread and head out to the dunes.  Let the water lap at your feet, feed your tummy and your soul, and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets ever as the hot summer sun seems to sizzle as it sinks into Lake Michigan. 

Still up for some fun?  Take Lakeview Rd east to Gill Rd east to US 31 and head south to Pellston.  Hoppie's Hanger at the Pellston Airport offers live entertainment throughout the summer.  One of their favorites is Mike Ridley, former school teacher turned folk singer and comedian who brings the true flavor of Up North with his songs about the Great Lakes.
 

Scenic Drives are a part of enjoying Pure Michigan.  When guests visit Davies Cottage on Parrott's Pointe, this is one we recommend:   

Route 119/Lakeshore Drive from Harbor Springs to Wilderness State Park

Head north from Harbor Springs on Route 119/Lake Shore Dr. and enjoy spectacular views from the cliffs over looking Lake Michigan.  Along the way make sure you take time to stop in the Village of Good Hart and experience a throw back in time at the General Store.  For nature lovers there are no less than five nature preserves between Good Hart and Cross Village: Dobson, Scott, Ryan, Enje Nkwashdat and Cranmer Preserves. 

Schedule time to stop in Cross Village.  Once a thriving fishing and lumber town, it is one of the oldest settlements in the State of Michigan with strong ties to the Native American Ottawa Indians. 

Don't Miss: Legs Inn for some fantastic views and good Polish food.  Operated by the third generation of the Stanley Smolak family, construction of the extraordinary Legg's Inn complex dates back to the late 1920's.  First a curio shop with its Indian handiwork, souvenirs and living quarters; then later the large tavern with its expansive balcony, and finally the dining room with its scenic bay windows overlooking Lake Michigan. Four great stone fireplaces throughout the building add more charm.  One can enjoy spectacular sunsets from the outdoor patio.  On an interesting note, The actual name, Legs Inn, is derived from the row of inverted cast iron stove legs Stanley used to fashion the decorative railing on the roof of the building. Recycle, reuse - long before it was a green initiative trend! 

Continue north on Route 119/Lakeshore Dr., past two more nature areas: Shurtleff and Fisher Preserves, to where it meets with Lakeview Rd.  Turn left, then a quick right and you are in the southern end of Wilderness State Park.  Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine, some chees and some bread and head out to the dunes.  Let the water lap at your feet, feed your tummy and your soul, and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets ever as the hot summer sun seems to sizzle as it sinks into Lake Michigan. 

Still up for some fun?  Take Lakeview Rd east to Gill Rd east to US 31 and head south to Pellston.  Hoppie's Hanger at the Pellston Airport offers live entertainment throughout the summer.  One of their favorites is Mike Ridley, former school teacher turned folk singer and comedian who brings the true flavor of Up North with his songs about the Great Lakes.
 


by Jan Davies McDermott on June 11th, 2014


What a great reason to come to Ann Arbor! Shakespeare set in the beautiful backdrop of the Arb. Audience moves from scene to scene! "As You Like It" this year. Its brief run is this weekend and next. Tickets available at the box offic...e at 5:30 pm; performance at 6:30 pm Thursday - Sunday. Great fun!

http://www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg/happening/shakespeare_spring.asp?utm_source=Homepage&utm_medium=Carousel&utm_campaign=SliderLinks


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