How to Turn Your Business Trip into a Vacation
By Paola Santiago

How to Turn Your Business Trip into a Vacation

Hotel LeVeque in Columbus

Just because you’re traveling for work doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your stay. With so many affordable and exciting options in Ohio, your boss just won’t be able to say no!

Pampered Traveler

Hotel LeVeque

Originally the tallest building in the Columbus skyline, the LeVeque tower is still a sight to behold with its authentically restored Art Deco architecture and celestial themed contemporary indoor design. Each room offers a unique view of the downtown Columbus area and can include turn down service with starry projections across the walls. This luxurious stay is in perfect walking proximity to the Scioto Mile walking park, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum and COSI science museum. Alternatively, take an autonomous vehicle around the same strip and sample a bit of Columbus’ smart technology!

Kimpton Schofield Hotel

Set inside a 1900’s restored brick-face building, the Kimpton Schofield Hotel honors the past and embraces modernity with its cozy mid-century modern decor. From standard rooms to penthouse suites, this hotel welcomes every guest with plush accommodations and sweeping views that invite you to explore the city. Be sure to make it down to their signature restaurant, Parker’s Downtown, where your palate will be struck with upscale Northeast Ohio culinary favorites and crafty cocktails. Much like the inspiration for the Kimpton Schofield, the dishes here are locally sourced and always in season.

A Taste of History

Golden Lamb Inn

Although its Ohio’s oldest inn, the Golden Lamb strikes a perfect balance between past and present from its impressive collection of period fixtures to its thoughtful modern amenities, including the completely renovated southern-style Black Horse Tavern which reopened in late July. A stay at the Golden Lamb Inn puts you in the company of many notable former guests such as Mark Twain and Charles Dickens as well as presidents including William Henry Harrison, John Quincy Adams, Ulysses S. Grant, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush.

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

Transport yourself to the glitzy and glamorous Art Deco era which is masterfully celebrated in the landmark Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, built in 1931. You’ll find yourself in awe at every turn, just as Winston Churchill was during a stay – so much so that he modeled his country home bathroom fixtures after those he found in his hotel suite. During your stay, don’t miss the opportunity to dine at the award-winning Orchids at Palm Court.

Cultural Flair

 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati

Located in a 100-year-old neoclassical building, the 21c Museum Hotel is part of a collection that endeavors to mix the comforts of a hotel with high-class modern art. Take trip up to their rooftop bar, enjoy breathtaking views of the city skyline and seek those ‘gram worthy shots with beautiful backdrops and plenty of lounging. Don’t forget to watch out for the hotel’s trademark giant yellow penguins – known to pop up in hallways, the restaurant, and even guests’ showers!

Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph 

Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph is an extension of a world-class art exhibition just across the street at the Pizzuti Collection. Part of the thriving Short North Arts District, this boutique hotel has 500 works on display and is steps from High Street’s acclaimed local restaurants, shops and galleries. Each guest room comes with free admission to the collection’s gallery which is just a short walk from the hotel and features the privately-owned artwork of Columbus residents Ron and Ann Pizzuti, considered among the top 200 contemporary art collectors in the world and among the few to openly share their collection with the public.

Global Influence

The Wilds

Wake up to an African safari and take in the beauty of this 9,000-acre escape which is home to fascinating animals like giraffes, zebras and African painted dogs, and see them in a way you never have before. Ready yourself for a completely immersive experience with zip line tours, horseback riding, fishing and, most importantly, a safari! Settle down for the night at Nomad Ridge, where yurt glamping is the way to go with burnished bamboo floors, temperature control, and private bathrooms.

 Gervasi Vineyard

This award-winning winery resort will transport you to Tuscany – no passport required! Choose from three distinctive lodging options including Tuscan-inspired suites, a new upscale boutique hotel, and a restored 1830 farmhouse. There’s no shortage of things to do while on this 55-acre estate – you can tour the winery or distillery, try one of their hands-on cooking classes, or experience one of their many tasting and pairing opportunities.

Bed & Breakfast

 Arthur Morgan House Bed & Breakfast

Unplug at this sun-soaked stay, where the rooms are devoid of technological distractions like televisions, in-room phones and radios. Instead, spend your mornings and evenings relishing their thoughtful details like all-cotton linens, local soaps, tailored breakfasts, and classic porch overlooking a bountiful garden. Located in funky Yellow Springs, this bed and breakfast is within walking distance of boutique shops, restaurants and a short drive from Historic Clifton Mill, Glen Helen Nature Preserve and John Bryan State Park.

Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

Surrounded on three sides by the nationally recognized Hocking Hills State Park, this wooded inn is the perfect escape from the hustle of city life. Travelers have the choice between renting their standard rooms, cottages, yurts and park lodges, but the real attraction here is their spa. Housed in 1840’s log cabin, therapists here specialize in a wide range of customizable spa experiences to make your stay memorable and relaxing. To top it all off, guests can take advantage of the state park grounds and discover a natural rock bridge, a 200 ft. long cave, and several iconic waterfalls!

About the Author

Paola is the social media coordinator behind Ohio. Find It Here.'s social media handles. She loves writing stories that matter, especially when they're about food and travel! You can usually find her trying out Columbus' new restaurants or experimenting with her own culinary concoctions at home. Find her living her best life on Instagram at @paolasantidc.