Stylish Stays: 25 Cool Hotels and Other Dazzling Destinations a Day’s Drive from Columbus

Give your Airbnb app a break and discover these magnificent lodging options, from a foodie paradise in Tennessee to a hipster hotel in Toronto. You’ll find five Hollywood filming locales, too.

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The Drake Hotel in Toronto

It’s hard to beat a boutique hotel with its own basement rock club. Or a lovingly restored motor lodge with a disco ball in every room. Or a historic resort with a domed atrium that would make a Mughal emperor blush. After forgoing communal lodging during the peak of the pandemic, travelers are again craving the charm, the awe, the history and the kitsch of a magnificent hotel, inn, motel, resort or lodge.

So give your Airbnb app a break and explore the 25 dazzling destinations featured in this package, all within an eight-hour drive of Columbus.

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Foodie Fabulous: Tennessee’s Blackberry Mountain and Two Other Gourmet Getaways

History Reborn: Six Vintage Buildings That Have Found New Life as Hotels

Classic Comfort: French Lick Resort in Indiana and Mountain Lake Lodge in Virginia

Urban Style: Four Boutique Hotels with Art, Luxury, Hipster Cachet and More

This story is from the October 2022 issue of Columbus Monthly.