Welcome to Newton of Ypsilanti Bed and Breakfast, a charming, upscale boutique inn just a few blocks from downtown Ypsilanti, a short 20-minute drive to Detroit, and a neighbor of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Interesting tidbit- Ypsilanti is pronounced, “IP-sill-ANN-tee.” But most locals call it Ypsi (“IP-see“).
Realizing a dream of finding a home for her Last Bite Chef business in Ann Arbor, Chef Allison and her partner Chuck have created a welcoming retreat of upscale lodging at Newton of Ypsilanti. Hungry travelers will enjoy delicious handmade food prepared by Allison, an astounding 1870s historical property, tranquil areas to relax indoors and out, and updated comfortable guest rooms and suites.
The historical property has quite a unique history, including its namesake, Charles Newton, who owned the home from 1917 to 1967. He was the lawyer and broker for Henry Ford and curated Greenfield Village's historical buildings. After they collected one too many buildings, Ford gifted Newton with a 17th-century New England Tavern, which guests can explore on the lower level of the property.
The Newton offers three upscale guest rooms on the second floor. Choose from the Barnard Suite, which features a king-size bed and sitting room, the Newton Suite, which has two bedrooms, including a queen bedroom and a room with two bunk beds that connects to a living room, and a large suite, including a king bedroom and private living room. The inn is a perfect centerpiece if wanting to celebrate a special occasion and travel with friends or family.
For many years, Ypsilanti was best-known for its industry and manufacturing, including being home to the likes of Hudson Motors, Kaiser, and Tucker. In 1941, Ford Motor Company built a big plant in Willow Run, just outside of Ypsi. Today, you can enjoy a visit to Ypsilanti whether you love classic cars, good music, craft beer, outdoor activities, or just shopping at quirky local shops. In addition, Ann Arbor is just a short drive away to enjoy its many festivals, fine dining, and additional shopping.
Plan a visit to the Newton of Ypsilanti, and understand why Chef Allison says, “When you walk through this door, we want you to feel like you’re coming home if your mama was a killer chef and you had no other responsibility except to relax.” The one-of-a-kind Newton of Ypsilanti foodie paradise is a bed and breakfast experience that will have you coming back for more. Experience farm-to-table dining, and a great location close to Detroit.
So stay with the Newton family for an unforgettable Pure Michigan Getaway!
UNIQUE EXPERIENCES AT NEWTON OF YPSILANTI B&B
Ypsilanti is the second-largest historic district in Michigan which includes downtown Ypsilanti along Michigan Avenue and the area near Frog Island and Riverside parks known as “Depot Town” because of the railroad depot there. The historic sites are infused with innovative, bohemian-styled small businesses; each embraces Ypsi’s groovy and fun lifestyle that supports the arts and farm-to-table philosophies.
Ypsi is no stranger to the craft beer scene. Some local favorites include Arbor Brewing Company, 734 Brewing Company, and Ypsi Alehouse. The “Depot Town” also hosts the famous Summer Michigan Beer Festival where you can sample hundreds of fresh, local Michigan beers and enjoy live music from various Michigan bands in Riverside Park.
There are endless ways to appreciate and learn about history in Ypsi. After your visit, you’ll greatly appreciate America’s innovation in the car industry. Not to be missed is the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum. Located in what was once the longest-operating Hudson Motor Car dealership, the museum includes cars made by Hudson Motors, Kaiser, and Tucker – many made at the old Willow Run factory. Other fascinating museums include the Michigan Firehouse Museum and the Yankee Air Museum in the former Willow Run Bomber Plant.
Have you ever thought about flying on one of America’s historic places, including the B-17, B25 bomber, or maybe a UH-1 Huey for a true aerial adventure? The Yankee Air Museum is just a 15-minute drive away from Ypsilanti and offers aerial rides.
Ypsilanti, located in Michigan's Washtenaw County, is home to more than 23,000 acres of public land. Ypsilanti has Riverside Park and Frog Island Park right in town, including excellent trails and picnic places. The Huron River runs through Ypsilanti, offering activities to enjoy, like kayaking and fishing. For a biker's paradise, check out the Ypsilanti's Border to Border trail, which connects Ann Arbor to Ypsi. This excellent bike path will eventually run right past Newton of Ypsilanti.
Newton of Ypsilanti is a long-time supporter of the arts with a mission to “foster community through delicious handmade food, connection to the local arts and stories told by historic architecture." In Ypsi, you will find a large art community and home to many beloved and well-supported art galleries. Leaders in Ypsilanti believe art is the community's cultural fabric and should be available to everyone. Come to Ypsi to enjoy First Friday, a monthly art and culture walk where art lovers can experience new art and enjoy live music and food as they walk through galleries. Some popular galleries include 22 North, Nelson Amos Studios, and Eastern Michigan University, with a handful of galleries right on the campus.
Ypsilanti has become known for its summer festivals, especially in the Depot Town area and surrounding parks.
A few annual festivals to look out for include:
- YpsiFest – Held yearly in August, this festival used to span Depot Town and Riverside and Frog Island parks.
- Orphan Car Show – This auto fest is put on by the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum every September and showcases vintage cars.
- Michigan ElvisFest – This annual 2-day festival is usually held in July at the Wayne County Fairgrounds and celebrates (you guessed it) Elvis.
Check out this link to the Ypsi chamber for current updates.
All of Michigan is breathtaking in the fall. Around Ypsi and Ann Arbor, you’ll enjoy plenty of fall activities, including picking apples at a local orchard, watching cider being pressed at the cider mill, or choosing your pumpkin from a local patch.
Everything at Newton of Ypsilanti is about the food experience. For breakfast, you’ll enjoy farm-to-table entrees that are deliciously modern yet traditionally presented. Chef Allison's top priority is finding the best locally sourced food from farmers, forgers, and dairies in the nearby countryside.