Stay: Honor + Folly (Soon!)

Detroit, Michigan
10.05.2011 | by: Meghan

Within ten minutes of meeting Sharon, the owner of the Marston House from Monday’s post, I was standing in her cutting garden full of wild flowers spontaneously confessing my dream of opening a small bed and breakfast in Detroit.

She said she’s been reading about Detroit, and all the people who are rebuilding the city. She told me to do it. No, she insisted I do it. She told me that there are people who dream and people who do things, and it was that summer afternoon in Maine that I knew I would open Honor + Folly. I’ve been so inspired by all the people and places I’ve been writing about for the past year, I’ve decided to join ’em. I don’t have photos yet (besides the exterior shot above), and you’ll have to bear with me while I paint, stock, source, sand furniture, adorn walls, make beds, knit pillows and hang a shingle.

This doesn’t necessarily mean designtripper is changing. Traveling is eye-opening and thrilling, and I will always be drawn to the sense of adventure and discovery that comes with exploring a new place. But I also feel a strong pull to be more active and present in my own community, in my own neighborhood. Detroit, for all its problems, is hands-down the most creative, life-affirming city I’ve ever been to (if you don’t believe me, watch this). I’m proud to say that about the city I call home, and I am excited to share it–here and with travelers.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to post regularly about imaginative, thoughtfully designed vacation homes, b&bs, small-scale inns, and family-owned hotels that inspire a different, more intimate kind of travel experience than a big hotel can provide. And who knows, maybe it is possible to be a dreamer and a doer, both. Stay tuned for updates!


47 Comments on “Stay: Honor + Folly (Soon!)”

  1. Good luck Marine, hope to stay at the Honor + Folly in a near future!!


  2. I meant Meghan, not Marine !


  3. Wow, Congrats Meghan! All cities, including Detroit, could use a dose of your vision and courage. If I can help at all, let me know.


  4. A doer & A dreamer. the dream combo. I hope, I wish we can stay at Honor & Folly one day. I wish you all the best of luck in the world. it’s a thrilling project. it’s my dream too, since i’ve been in my early 20’s, to open a pousada or a ryad somewhere, some day… you’ll be an inspiration. xx


  5. I’m soooooo excited for you! Can’t wait to see how it turns out, although I already know it’ll be great 🙂


  6. I can’t think of a better place to open this!


  7. How exciting!! You’ll do a great job with it.


  8. great stuff, good luck & well done.


  9. Congrats, Meghan! This is exciting news. So happy for you. I guess dreams do come true? Good luck with everything and I can’t wait to see the results and follow along. All the best!

    Atelier Turner


  10. I”m a Detroiter, currently in Chicago for grad school. I will most certainly stay there and walk next door to Slow’s to gulp bbq down my throat. Thank you


  11. Aw! Congratulations~ wishing you much success.


  12. Congratulations! It looks like it will be lovely. Looking forward to coming for a visit someday. 🙂


  13. Family discounts?


  14. Yea! Go you!


  15. Congrats! Can’t wait to be a guest. Have to have a comfy place to rest after consuming Slow’s world famous mac ‘n cheese


  16. Aw, thanks everybody! Looking forward to hosting you all (or at least keeping you updated). xo


  17. How exciting! It looks like an amazing space – I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Wishing you all the best.


  18. This is so admirable! Can’t wait to read more. I’m sure it will be an amazing space.


  19. SO PROUD OF YOU!!! Meghan, you are such and inspiration! Love you and wish you much success! Congratulations! I will have to come and stay! 😉


  20. I can’t wait to live vicariously through you!!!! I hope to join the ranks of family-run-creative-B&B owners that love the place they live one day soon…I just have to find the place I love most. Best of luck!!!


  21. damn, I need a place Saturday!


  22. Yay! I’ve been hoping you’d do this ever since you gave me all those tips that made for a perfect Detroit trip last April. So excited for you, and very eager to book a room as soon as you open. Many many congratulations.


  23. holy cow that’s cool!!! can’t wait to see it!


  24. i am so freaking excited to see what you do. im sure its going to be amazing. congrats. and thank you for being such a driving inspiration!!


  25. Meghan,
    So excited! I can’t wait for Honor + Folly to open it’s door. I wanted to drop you a note to say “thank you”. Recently took a 3 week road trip through france. No itinerary and lot’s of happy accidents. Whenever I got stuck on where to navigate to next. I popped on the blog to see if you had posted any interesting places to check out within a 3 hour drive. Ended up at Maison Troisgros and best of all “La Colline du Colombier”. Magical place and a great escape from Paris. Wouldn’t have found it without you. A place I will continue to frequent on my bi-annual trips to Paris. In fact……you helped make my husband fall in love with France.

    Best of luck in your new endeavor!



  26. Shannan: Thank you so much for your comment. Wow, I love knowing that designtripper directly inspired such a great, real experience. Thanks for sharing.


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