by Jan Davies McDermott on July 5th, 2012


Just because the school year is over, don't expect college towns to turn into ghost towns. Here's how five cities are living it up in the summertime.

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Through 7/8

A boutique music and arts festival, the three-week spectacle offers over 100 varied activities and events. The Ann Arbor Summer Festival produces two concurrent programs— one indoor and one outdoor—at different venues and spaces across the University of Michigan campus and in downtown Ann Arbor. The indoor Mainstage series includes ticketed performances of world-class music, dance, theater, spoken word and comedy. This year's line-up: Circa, an Australian circus troupe, This American Life co-creator and host, Ira Glass and Grammy-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding. The outdoor program, Top of the Park, is held on the campus green and offers free concerts, movies under the stars, open-air spectacles, and fun family attractions.

Reprinted article by Pearly Huang

by Jan Davies McDermott on June 6th, 2012

You could be driving home from the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this summer in a custom-made Roush Mustang as part of a partnership between Pure Michigan, Roush Fenway Racing and Michigan International Speedway.

As a part of the sweepstakes, two 1st prize winners will receive a trip for two to the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway with transportation, accommodations, tickets and pit passes for the three-day race weekend included. These two winners will be finalists in the Grand Prize drawing for the Pure Michigan 400 Roush Mustang, with one additional finalist being selected onsite during race weekend.

Two hundred second prize winners will receive two tickets and pit passes for the Pure Michigan 400 race weekend, August 17-19 at MIS.

The sweepstakes was announced by 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who drove  the No. 6 Pure Michigan Ford Mustang in the Nationwide Series Race this Friday, April 13 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

The custom-made Roush Mustang will be at events throughout the state and region this spring and summer, so be sure to look out for it!

To enter, visit now through Monday, August 6!

But, don't wait until August to make you reservations for the NASCAR Pure Michigan 400 Race.  Contact us now to reserve the best room for your visit, August 17, 18, & 19, 2012.  
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by Jan Davies McDermott on June 3rd, 2012

One of the best things about being part of the Ann Arbor business community is the support of Talk Radio AM 1290 WLBY. Lucy Ann Lance has been an integral part of promoting local businesses for decades. The Queen of Talk Radio in Ann Arbor, Lucy Ann's Business Insider Show gives organizations, like Think Local First, local Chambers of Commerce, and other business groups, the chance to highlight the benefits of buying from local business owners.

Recently, I was priviledged to appear on Business Insider with Lucy Ann and Ingrid Ault of Think Local First to talk about Davies House Inn and Davies Cottage on Parrott's Pointe and the local bed and breakfast industry, as a whole.  Click here to listen to the segment:

by Jan Davies McDermott on June 1st, 2012

When local chef Lori Shepard of Simply Scrumptious Catering and Boulder, CO sommelier B. Jonathan Balliet of Wine Dark Sea Consulting collaborated on the ATHENAPowerLink Wine & Food Pairing Event, it was a match made in heaven.  Four Australian wines were presented: Small Gully Robert's Shiraz, St. Kilda Chardonnay, First Drop Cab/Shiraz Blend, and Clare Valley Pikes Riesling graciously donated by Arbor Beverage Distributing.  Paired with the most amazing food selections, the tasting received rave reviews from all of the supporters of the local ATHENAPowerLink Program, many of whom placed orders through Morgan and York to further benefit the program.

ATHENAPowerLink Program is a business mentoring program that selects a woman-owned business, assesses its needs, assembles an Advisory Panel of experts, and works with the woman for one year to help her transform her business for future growth and increased profits. 

"This program is an important contributor to economic development in Washtenaw County", said Jan Davies McDermott, who administrates the program.  "The women who have participated in the program in the past have made significant strides in the growth of their businesses, but more importantly, the program has shown them the importance of looking at their businesses through the eyes of others, opening themselves up to the suggestions of experts, and making sensible  infrastruture changes for their business that will allow them to grow." 

A typical Advisory Panel will consist of specialists in business and intellectual property law, accounting, management, operations, technology, human resource, integrated marketing, and sales complimented by industry specific specialists.   Past participants include:  Sharon McRill of Betty Brigade, Marisa Smith of The Whole Brain Group, Megan Torrance of TorranceLearning, Laura Spear of Washtenaw Door and Trim, Carol Kamm of Encore Online Resale, and Laura Morris of Cartridge World.  The 2012 participant is Lori Shepard of Simply Scrumptious Catering.    

Davies House Inn was pleased to raise funds to support this most worthwhile economic driver for our community.  Thanks to all of those who contributed to a most successful event. 

by Jan Davies McDermott on April 22nd, 2012

What fun to attend the Premier of the Five Year Engagement at the beautiful, restored Michigan Theater a week in advance of the national release of this newly released film to benefit 826Michigan.  Jason Segel is a chef in an upscale San Francisco restaurant, but when his fiance, Emily Blunt, gets a post-doc position at UM he ends up working at Zingerman's in Ann Arbor. Its a fun, date nite flick, but if you know Ann Arbor, your keen eye will spot some local restaurants, Main Street, and the UM Campus. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of exploring Ann Arbor, come visit and seek out the locations from the movie's scenes! Davies House Inn would love to host you. 

Watch the trailer for the film:

by Jan Davies McDermott on April 6th, 2012

SAVE THE DATE! Davies House Inn is hosting a complimentary wine sampling supporters of the ATHENAPowerLink Program on Wednesday evening, April 25, 2012. Guest Sommelier B. Jonathan Balliet of Wine Dark Seas Consulting in Boulder, CO will discuss the wines; Lori Shepard of Simply Scrumptious Catering will pair fabulous food with each of the wines. The ATHENA Foundation will graciously accept donations to sustain the ATHENAPowerLink Program in Washtenaw County. REGISTER for the event - transmit your contact information via our contact page.

by Jan Davies McDermott on February 10th, 2012

2013 Winter Classic will match the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings facing off at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on January 1, 2013.

While the Classic will be played in Michigan Stadium, all other events, including the NHL Showdown Alumni Game, an AHL contest, an OHL game, college games, youth games and sled hockey games, as well as public skating, will take place at Comerica Park, the downtown home of the Detroit Tigers.The collaboration between the cities of Ann Arbor and Detroit for the winter festival is expected to draw at least 150,000 fans taking part in activities in both cities.

Within hours of the announcement Davies House Inn had calls about availability for the dates. Make your reservations early to insure you won't be disappointed. Go Wings!

by Jan Davies McDermott on November 23rd, 2011

Christmas Concert Package Here is a great reason to visit Ann Arbor! Treat yourself to a Holiday Get-a-Way! Book at Davies House Inn Bed and Breakfast on Saturday night, December 17 or Sunday night, December 18 and receive 2 general admission tickets to "A Jazzy Little Christmas" with some of the area's best jazz musicians:Cliff Monear on piano, George Benson on sax, Scott Kretzer on drums and David Stearns on bass and Marlena Studer on vocals with a surprise vocalist Bill Lockwood, joining her on stage for some classic duets.

by Jan Davies McDermott on November 23rd, 2011

Davies House Inn Bed & Breakfast
Sweet Potato Casserole

3 lbs. sweet potatoes
⅓ cup packed dark brown sugar
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
½ tsp. kosher salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
¼ tsp finely grated fresh ginger, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

½ cup rolled oats or granola
½ cup packed dark brown sugar
¼ cup finely chopped pecans (optional)
½ tsp. kosher salt
5 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed and chilled


1. Heat conventional oven to 350° if baking casserole traditionally.

2. To make the filling: prick sweet potatoes with a fork and microwave until soft, cool, and remove skins; OR if in a hurry, use precooked canned sweet potatoes.

3. Pass potatoes through a food mill into a large bowl; stir in sugar, butter, cream, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, eggs, ginger, and pepper.

4. Pour mixture into a buttered 1½-qt. baking dish and smooth top; set aside.

5. To make the topping: mix together oats or granola, sugar, pecans, and salt in a bowl; add butter and with your fingers to form large crumbles. Sprinkle crumble mixture over filling.

6. Bake until filling is hot and slightly browned, about 30 minutes. If browning is not a priority, heat in the microwave. Serve and Enjoy!

Innkeeper’s secret: put in a pie shell to bake and serve as dessert! Happy Thanksgiving.

by Jan Davies McDermott on November 9th, 2011

UM fans will get a kick out of three talented students who took a road trip from Ann Arbor to Columbus to undertake Operation: Hail. What a cute, harmless prank rather than something distructive or mean. Hail to these students for such good work.

Enjoy at YouTube: OR on the UM website:

by Jan Davies McDermott on September 20th, 2011

Sept. 21, 2011 — Inns and B&Bs throughout the U.S. and Canada will honor veterans by opening their doors with complimentary stays on November 10, 2011, in observance of Veteran’s Day. In an effort within the lodging industry to honor veterans, inns and B&Bs are expected to offer free stays to thank veterans for their service to their country.

Davies House Inn Georgetown is proud to participate in B&Bs for Vets. “We are delighted to offer free rooms to vets and their guest” said Jan Davies McDermott, Owner and Innkeeper of Davies House Inn Georgetown in Ann Arbor, MI.

Jay Karen, President and CEO of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, said, “Last year several thousand vets with their families and companions were honored with complimentary stays at inns and B&Bs and this year B&B owners hope to honor even more,” finished Karen.

Veterans interested in reserving a room on November 10 are asked to contact the Davies House Inn Georgetown at or by calling 888 203 4443. Proof of military service will be requested, and all policies of the inn will be enforced for free stays.

For other participating Inns, the Vet should contact the inn or B&B where they wish to stay. Other inns and B&Bs participating in the U.S. and Canada are listed at or

by Jan Davies McDermott on September 20th, 2011

Ok, so the team is 3-0, and everyone is confident, but this week could be a test - even more so than Notre Dame. Who would think Brady Hoke would be playing the team he left to take his "dream" job when they scheduled San Diego State way back when?

SDS has some pretty good press, some respectable numbers, and a grudge. If Michigan starts badly AGAIN, it could be the season's first loss.

Davies House welcomes some great guests this week. The Cope family: two brothers visiting a third, who lives in Ann Arbor. All the way from CT, the Thomas family: sister, brother and son.

Here's the great fall Apple Crisp we'll be taking to the tailgate:

  • Steam one apple per person - cored and cut into chunks - I like to use apple juice, cider or diluted spiced rum to steam the fruit.
  • Add brown sugar, maple syrup or honey to sweeten to taste
  • Stir in some oatmeal - based on the amount of moisture - a cook a few minutes
  • Just before serving, garnish with berries for color and granola for crunch.
  • Serve warm with hazelnut cream, whipped cream, or for dessert - ice cream

This dish can be made ahead and served cold, but it is really yummy hot on a cold day.

by Jan Davies McDermott on September 20th, 2011

What a game! The best game in the country this week - bar none! Whoever didn't stay till the end was surely bummed when they learned they missed the comeback! After a terrible first half, who'da thunk it?

All the way from Florida, for the famly that stayed at Davies House Inn Georgetown, it was a great opportunity to reconnect, reguvenate, and remember their days at UM. Pleasantly surprised at the the changes in Ann Arbor since they were students here, they enjoyed sampling the new restaurants downtown and shopping for logo items to wear to the game. Too wet for a bonfire in the firepit - Maybe next visit!

by Jan Davies McDermott on November 24th, 2010

* Pumpkin Nog - This holiday drink with a Thanksgiving twist is the perfect cocktail to make for a large crowd. Created by mixologist, Tony Abou-Ganim, this festive pumpkin drink combines Southern Comfort bourbon, 12 jumbo eggs, five cups of whole milk, half a pound of superfine sugar, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and half a cup of pumpkin puree.
Beat it all together with a mixer, pour into a punch bowl and top with ground cinnamon. This creamy drink will serve 15 guests and you won't be stuck all day making cocktails for everyone since it is self serve.

* Apple Cider Sparkle - A refreshing and festive drink, the apple cider sparkle is the perfect drink to have a toast with at the beginning of the meal. Take six cups of apple cider, 2 cups cranberry/raspberry cocktail, one bottle of champagne or sparkling wine and half a cup of lemon juice. For a non-alcoholic option, use sparkling grape juice instead.

* Café Royale - For a twist on your after-dinner coffee, serve the café royale. Place a sugar cube at the bottom of a demitasse cup (a cup used for espresso) and pour hot coffee over it until it is almost full. Take 1 oz of bourbon, and gently float it on top. As an added wow factor, light the bourbon on fire and stir with a spoon to put out the flame – a warm and comforting drink to sip on whether you have dessert or not.

* Rosy Cranberry Cider - If you've had your fair share of apple cider this season and can't bare to take another sip during the Thanksgiving festivities, try Martha Stewart's rosy cranberry cider for a change. Simmer orange juice from two oranges, orange peel, two quarts of cranberry juice, four cinnamon sticks, two pieces of fresh ginger sliced and sugar to taste.

* Pumpkin Martini - When you're having guests who want a sophisticated drink, bring out the pumpkin martini. Mix equal parts of Bailey's Irish cream, Disaronno Amaretto and Goldschlager chilled and strained into a fancy glass.

by Jan Davies McDermott on November 24th, 2010

Davies House Inn Georgetown Bed and Breakfast opened its doors in the fall of 1994 and now in our 16th year, we'd like to invite you to help us celebrate. Please RSVP from the Contact Us page for the following event:
Wine and Cheese "Sweet 16" Reception
Thursday, December 16, 2010
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Davies House Inn Georgetown
1355 King George Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

by Jan Davies McDermott on November 23rd, 2010

by Jan Davies McDermott on November 23rd, 2010

A week of back-to-back ice hockey games come to the University of Michigan Big House starting Dec. 4, when Adrian College's hockey team will kick off the week-long slate of games leading up to the Michigan-Michigan State headline event.

Fans can monitor work on the Big House transformation via a web camera the athletic department installed to give fans a look at the work as it progresses. The football field is being converted into an Olympic-size ice rink that will play host to 26 games and a public skate between Dec. 4 and Dec.12:

Saturday, Dec. 4 (tentative opening)
Men -- Adrian College vs. Concordia (Wis.) College
Ticket Information: For Adrian-Concordia tickets, call Kate Hamilton at (517) 265-5161, extension 5011. Tickets are $10 for adults (12 and older) and $2 for youth (11 and under). Visa and Mastercard only.

Boys -- Ann Arbor Wolves '00 vs. Compuware '00
Boys -- Compuware Midget Major vs. Honeybaked Midget Major
Girls -- Honeybaked '97 vs. Honeybaked U-16

Sunday, Dec. 5
Girls -- Ann Arbor Pioneer High School vs. University Liggett High School
Boys -- Victory Honda Midget Minors vs. Windsor Junior Spitfires
Boys -- Victory Honda Midget Majors vs. Columbus Junior Blue Jackets
Boys -- Ann Arbor Skyline High School vs. Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard High School
Boys -- Saline High School vs. Ann Arbor Pioneer High School
Boys -- Ann Arbor Huron High School vs. Dexter High School

Monday, Dec. 6
Men -- Ann Arbor Beavers vs. Pittsburgh Igloos
Boys -- Allen Park '03 vs. Allen Park '02
Boys -- Victory Honda '01 vs. Trenton '01
Boys -- Ann Arbor Wolves '01 vs. Chelsea '01
Boys -- Ann Arbor Wolves '99 vs. Chelsea '99
Women -- University of Michigan Club vs. Michigan State Club

Tuesday, Dec. 7
Boys -- Allen Park Huskies '99 vs. Suburban Stars '99
Boys -- New Boston Huron High School vs. Grand Ledge High School
Men -- University of Michigan Club vs. Michigan State Club

Wednesday, Dec. 8
Boys -- USA Eagles vs. Livingston Lighting
Boys -- Ann Arbor Wolves '02 vs. Suburban Stars '02
Men -- University of Michigan-Dearborn Club vs. Eastern Michigan Club

Thursday, Dec. 9
Boys -- Indianapolis Racers '98 vs. Plymouth Stingrays '98
Boys -- Indianapolis Racers '99 vs. Grand Rapids Griffins '99
Boys -- Troy High School vs. Oxford High School

Friday, Dec. 10
Boys -- Indianapolis Racers Squirts vs. New Jersey Colonials Squirts
Boys -- Kent School vs. Salisbury School

Sunday, Dec. 12
Boys -- Kensington Valley Rebels '98 vs. Jackson Generals '98
Boys -- Livingston Lightning '98 vs. Flint Flames '98

Coming for the game? We'd love to host your overnight stay at Davies House Inn. Don't delay; make your reservations today. You're on the right website - just head to the reservations page or call 888 203 4443.

For more information about the University of Michigan Big House transformation, go to

by Jan Davies McDermott on November 14th, 2010

How exciting! Davies House Inn Georgetown was recently selected for the filming of an upcoming TV commercial. Recently contacted by Howard Morris of Strategic Marketing and Multimedia Development, Dottie's Suite became the backdrop for an ad for turning gold jewelry into cash. The actress sits at a dressing table in Dottie's Suite, sorting through her jewelry lamenting over those pieces she no longer wears and remembering the past loves from whom she received the gift. As she drops each piece into the mail-in envelope to exchange it for cash, she thanks each one for her good fortune! Clever? Watch for it, coming soon!

by Jan Davies McDermott on November 14th, 2010

University of Michigan Graduation is right around the corner - Sunday, December 19, 2010. Families have been making their plans to celebrate the accomplishments of their graduates. Long lines at area restaurants always make the day a challenge. Why not reserve your overnight lodging at Davies House Inn Georgetown, and hold your celebration your way in your home away from home. We can pair you with a caterer who can lighten your load and provide a private celebration in our dining room for your family and friends. Whatever your preference Davies House Inn Georgetown is anxious to help make your event exactly what you want it to be.

Parking in Ann Arbor is always a challenge. Want to avoid the hassel? Transportation to and from the airport? To and from the arena? Whatever your needs, we can assist. Ask us.

Call today to make your reservation. Time is running out and space in Ann Arbor is running short. Don't be disappointed. We'd love to have you as a guest in our home. Congratulations Class of 2010 - Go Blue!

by Jan Davies McDermott on November 14th, 2010

Executive Wines and Davies House Inn Georgetown team up to make this event special. Try different food pairings with different wines. Find your favorites and share your likes with others. Tour the bed and breakfast and vote for your favorate room. And as alway, make valuable connections with other women in business with whom you can do business! Space is limited - we're a small venue - so make sure you register:

by Jan Davies McDermott on November 14th, 2010

The Badgers racked up 83 points last week against Indiana. Michigan's defense played well, in the rain, against Purdue - one of the worst offenses in the Big 10, Yikes! 83 points! So are the Wolverines up to the challenge. Saturday will tell the tale.

At Davies House Inn Georgetown, we'll be entertaining the Pressler's from South Whitley, ID (you can bet they'll be rooting against Wisconsin) and the Heller's from Cincinnatti, OH (spies scouting for OSU?) Come tailgate with us before the game, Last chance to participate in the NEW BIG HOUSE inaugural season. Early predictions say the weather will be dry and 54 degrees. Let us help you find a great Ann Arbor restaurant for dinner. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast on Sunday and bring your clubs and shoot a round of golf before you leave. Perfect season ender for making memories. One Queen Suite and the Family Suite still available, but hurry. They won't last. See you this weekend!

by Jan Davies McDermott on May 26th, 2010

A gathering of friends and family, a wedding is always a great time to celebrate together. Davies House Inn makes main house and whole house rentals available for those families that would like to maximize their time together and share the cost of lodging. On the first fairway of the golf course, great back yard with a two tiered deck and a fire pit, cable TV, wireless Internet, close to parks, shopping, churches, wedding reception venues, and downtown - this might just be the perfect solution for your family. Sheehey's will be here in June & the William's in August! You?

by Jan Davies McDermott on May 26th, 2010

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fairs attract 500,000 attendees from across the nation to visit with artists from around the world in all types of medium from painting, sculpture, jewelry, metalwork, and other innovative forms. Named the #1 Art Fair in the country by American Style Magazine, the experiences seeks to increase public awareness and knowledge about contemporary fine art by connecting the artists directly with the general public and by offering a spectacular array of juried work for view and for sale.
Make your reservation today! Come stay the week or the weekend - one day is not enough!!

by Innkeeper Jan on March 28th, 2010

University of Michigan Graduation is right around the corner - May 1, 2010. President Barack Obama is te keynote speaker this year making demand for tickets far greater than supply.

Families have been making their plans to celebrate the accomplishments of their graduates. Long lines at area restaurants always make the day a challenge. Why not reserve your overnight lodging at Davies House Inn Georgetown, and hold your celebration your way in your home away from home. A barbeque in the back yard? An elegant catered affair? Whatever your preference Davies House Inn Georgetown is anxious to help make your event exactly what you want it to be.

Parking in Ann Arbor is always a challenge. Want to avoid the hassel? Transportation to and from the airport? To and from the stadium? Whatever your needs, we can assist. Ask us.

Call today to make your reservation. Time is running out and space in Ann Arbor is running short. Don't be disappointed. We'd love to have you as a guest in our home. Congratulations Class of 2010 - Go Blue!

by Jan Davies McDermott on September 5th, 2009

Special package rates available for the weekend of 9/11/09. Contact us for details.

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