The Queen's Residence Bed and Breakfast
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Welcome! Located in downtown historic Ypsilanti, just minutes from Ann Arbor, Livonia, Belleville and Canton, The Queen's Residence Bed and Breakfast, is a unique relaxing experience that can not be duplicated anywhere for any price! The inn is ideally situated in the Ann Arbor area for University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University visitors and parents as well as convenient to the Detroit Metro Airport. The exclusive amenities make The Queen's Residence Bed and Breakfast popular for getaway weekends as well as for business travelers to the Ann Arbor area. Here you can enjoy the one of a kind experience of a fireside chat in our original 1700's tavern. Each guest room is unique in its decor and does not have a common wall with any other guest room increasing your privacy during your stay. The Queen's Residence Bed and Breakfast is famous for its level of guest service and attention to detail.
The Queen's Residence B & B is a spacious 5500 square foot manor house with an abundance of pleasing social areas, including two downstairs parlors, two dining rooms, an upstairs library, brick-walled courtyard and large veranda. The owners, Joe and Marla Queen, have purposely limited the guestrooms to three to preserve the historic integrity of the house. The design allows for maximum privacy in that no guestroom has a shared wall with another guestroom. Moreover, each of the rooms has a private bath and sitting area. All are decorated in period antiques. Each room has a work space with wireless internet for business travelers and a queen size bed featuring Egyptian cotton linens and down bedding. Down alternative is available upon request! A satellite radio is an added feature in each guest room.
Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan feature numerous festivals and events which make this a fun vacation destination. This summer visitors can look forward to Ann Arbor 's Top of the Park, a three week long outdoor music and entertainment festival. In Ypsilanti, visitors can look forward to the Crossroads music festival each Friday night, Wednesday jazz in the park, the Michigan Elvis Fest, the Brewers Fest, the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival and the Historic Home Tour. There are numerous museums, canoeing, golf, horseback riding, and parks in Ypsilanti and nearby Ann Arbor, Canton, and Belleville.
Please don't forget to inquire about our romantic packages.
The Wild Turkey Tavern, an authentic private historic Colonial tavern, is located in the lower level of the Queen's residence B and B. Originally purchased for Greenfield Village from New England in the 1920's, the tavern was a gift from Henry Ford to Charles Newton (previous owner of the house). Delight your friends or business colleagues with a novel experience! Schedule your own private event for lunch or dinner in this historic tavern.
Step back to a time gone by and enjoy your dinner by a roaring fire in our original 1700's tavern. You can order your dinner from Haab's or The Sidetrack Bar and Grill (or we can) and it will be delivered to the Queen's Residence. Then Marla and Joe will serve your meal and drinks in a romantic candle lit atmosphere. A delivery and service charge may apply. The Tavern does not sell food or alcohol and is not open to the public. Events are scheduled by reservation only.
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The Queen's Residence, a historic Ann Arbor area Bed and Breakfast, was built circa 1870 for Samuel Barnard, a vice president of the Peninsular Paper Company. The house was originally a brick Italianate Victorian. However it was modified to its present day Classical Revival form during the tenure of Charles Newton in the 1920's - 1940's. Charles Newton was a key employee of Henry Ford. He was a real estate broker and chief buyer for properties for Greenfield Village.
The 1700's New England tavern in The Queen's Residence was a gift from Henry Ford. The story goes that Newton and Ford both bought taverns on separate buying trips. Since the Eagle Tavern, bought by Ford, was bigger than the Wild Turkey Tavern, bought by Newton, it earned a place at Greenfield Village. The latter tavern found its way to its present day location at 220 S. Huron Street in Ypsilanti. Local history tells that Henry Ford sat on a keg of nails and supervised the tavern's reconstruction!
The plantation veranda was also added by Charles Newton in the 1920's. To long time residents of Ypsilanti, the house has been known as "Tara" ever since. We think that is fitting since Marla's oldest daughter's name is Tara! The Queen's Residence has been featured on several Ypsilanti Heritage Festival Home tours and Meals on Wheels Christmas Home Tours.
Weddings & Special Events
We can accommodate a romantice elopment for two or a larger wedding for groups of up to a 100 depending on the nature of your wedding, e.g., ceremony only, buffet style reception, hors d'oevers, sit down dinner, etc. Fees for weddings vary depending on the extent of service and planning you request. For your convenience, if you should choose, The Queen's Residence has partnered with Ypsi Brides to create a seamless and stress-free "one stop" wedding experience.
We offer elegant spaces for both bridal and baby showers. You may rent space for $50/hr. You may hold your event outdoors in our bricked courtyard or indoors in our parlors and dining rooms. This option allows you to bring in your own refreshments.
Use of The Wild Turkey Tavern
The Wild Turkey Tavern in the Queen's Residence B & B is the hidden treasure of Ypsilanti! It is an authentic 18th century tavern that was originally located in New England. The tavern is available by reservation only for parties of 12 to 24. You may refer to our tavern page for details. For couples staying at the inn, you are welcome to enjoy a romantic dinner in the tavern ordered from a local restaurant. The Wild Turkey Tavern does not sell food or alcoholic beverages and is not open to the public!
The Queen's Residence B & B is wonderful setting for an off-site business retreat or day meeting for groups of approximately 8 - 12. There are two large tables that can seat 8 - 10 people each. For breakout sessions, the two parlors and two dining rooms can be utilized. Coffee, tea and snacks and/or light lunches can be arranged. Rate: $50/hr. plus cost for food service.