University Circle, OH
Distance from Cleveland: Eight miles, 15-minute drive
Why it made our list: Sometimes, it’s just not possible to get out of town. Fret not: there are plenty of worthwhile staycations in Cleveland that’ll keep your time away to a minimum. Plant yourself in University Circle for a few nights and enjoy a relaxing stay at the historic Glidden House. From there, you’ll have easy walking access to area attractions such as Severance Hall and the Cleveland Museum of Art. You can also check out some of the many delicious dining options in the area, including L’Albatros and Trentina.
Pro tip: Live-music lovers should swing by University Circle’s Barking Spider Tavern, a longstanding casual watering hole that puts on nightly concerts, free of charge.
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Beth Phillips is a Cleveland-based writer who likes it so much she apparently spends most of her weekends driving to places like... eww... Michigan. You can find her on Twitter: @CraveableCLE.