June 30, 2014
After a robustly busy start to summer in the Short North, this weekend promises to be no different. The capital city is the place to be to enjoy everything from 4th of July events to a busy summer Gallery Hop, and the bed and breakfasts in and around the Short North are the places to stay. Rich in history and steps from the best restaurants, businesses, and events the city has to offer, the Short North and surrounding area boasts three of the top 10 Columbus bed and breakfasts. To take full advantage of everything the city has to offer this holiday weekend, try a “stay-cation” and book a room at one of these charming and unique spots.
SHORT NORTH BED AND BREAKFAST
Just over a block away from High Street, this eponymously-named, self-described “urban delight” is an affordable option for those who seek to “live like the locals.” The cozy B&B has been an annual recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence since 2012, is ranked #3 out of 20 Columbus bed and breakfasts on the site, and is rated 4.5 out of 5 on average by over 65 visitors. Guests describe the experience at 50 Lincoln as “wonderful”, “lovely”, and “priceless” and cite manager Trelene Turner as a fantastic cook and thoughtful host.
For around $130 per night, up to two guests can book a room that includes a private bath, queen bed, free cable television, and free wireless internet. A family of three can enjoy the same accommodations plus an additional twin bed for around $150 (plus tax). The B&B also offers an extended-stay option for travelers who plan to be in town for two weeks or more (price upon request) and has a private parking lot for your car. Overnight guests will enjoy a full breakfast of juice, fresh fruit, homemade baked goods, a breakfast entree, and coffee or tea. 50 Lincoln can also accommodate special dietary needs.
Photos courtesy of 50 Lincoln’s website
HARRISON HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
Built in 1890, renovated in the 1970s, and turned into a B&B in 1990, Harrison House Bed & Breakfast is steeped in the neighborhood’s history and cultural importance and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Decorated with authentic antiques but offering all the conveniences of modern technology, the B&B is an eclectic blend of past and present. On TripAdvisor, Harrison House is the city’s #4-ranked bed and breakfast with a 5 out of 5 average rating from 90 guests, a Certificate of Excellence recognition from the site in 2013, and a Green Leaders distinction for its environmentally-friendly practices.
A one- or two-person reservation is around $130, a three-person room is around $150, and a four-person occupancy is around $170. The pet-friendly b&b’s amenities include queen-size beds and private baths with most rooms, free wireless internet, and free parking. Noted for “outstanding” hospitality and home-cooked breakfasts from manager Lynn Varney, guests noted the B&B as “charming” and “spacious” and called Harrison House a “home away from home.”
For more information about Harrison House and to make a reservation at the bed and breakfast located at 313 W. Fifth Ave, click here.
Photos courtesy of Harrison House’s website
VICTORIAN VILLAGE GUEST HOUSE
For those who seek a truly vacation house-feel at a non-vacation price, Victorian Village Guest House is the place to beat. The private apartment suite, which is an historic carriage house entirely separate from owner Lisa Craig Morton’s Victorian Village home, offers all the comforts of home and boasts luxury and privacy. Whether you’re visiting Columbus or just want to experience city life for a few days, the Victorian Village Guest House is a unique spot that allows you to get to know the Short North and Columbus first-hand.
For around $200 per night, you’ll have access to all the amenities of a hotel and all the comforts of home including a full kitchen, great room, private bath, and bedroom. Ideally located for walking or catching a bus around the district, the guest house is near Victorian Village staples including Basi Italia and Katalina’s Cafe Corner and is a perfect spot to experience an urban, diverse, and energetic neighborhood. There is a two-night minimum stay.
For more information about Victorian Village Guest House and to make a reservation at the suite located at 1149 Neil Ave, click here.
Photos courtesy of Victorian Village Guest House’s website
– Michelle Gibson