It is finally fall. The leaves are turning and there is a chill in the air. You may be longing for those lazy vacation days of summer, but before you book that over-priced plane ticket or spend hundreds of dollars fueling your vehicle, consider the newest trend in vacationing: the “staycation.” Spend your weekend in the District and enjoy all the fine things the arts district has to offer while saving money and travel time!

The first step to the ultimate Short North Arts District staycation is finding the perfect accommodations. The District has many locations to satisfy whatever your taste may be. Try Short North Bed and Breakfast; this urban delight is just steps from the best galleries, shopping, bars and restaurants. Here you can relax in peace in the cozy parlor, enjoy a morning treat in the ornate dining area, or delve into the city excitement just a few minutes away. Another district favorite, Victorian Village Guest House, offers an oasis in the Arts District where you can leave all the stresses of home behind. This spacious destination offers modern amenities combined with beautiful, antique decor. Victorian Village Guest House also offers packages that include massages, spa services and discounted dining.

“The guests decide to do a mini-getaway here in town instead of incurring the expense of flying somewhere like Chicago, New York or Miami,” said Lisa Craig Morton, owner of the Victorian Village Guest House. Morton attests to Columbus’ cultural, shopping and dining options that make the District a perfect staycation destination.

One of the most important aspects of staycationing is treating yourself! You have already saved money on travel, so walk down to Mukha Custom Cosmetics and Medi-Spa to pamper yourself. Their range of spa treatments and cosmetics will give you that back-from-vacation glow. Allow their brilliant team to create the perfect collection of custom-blended cosmetics and skincare products tailored specifically to your needs. Mukha is offering an all-new line of fall products, helping to make your summer-to-fall beauty transition effortless.

For complete body and soul rejuvenation, consider a yoga class at Short North Fitness, where instructors will lead you through a series of poses to release the stress of the day-to-day grind. Open daily, Short North Fitness provides a variety of services from modern equipment to individual personal training sessions. Return home from your staycation with a healthy energy and a new workout regimen.

If you are looking for spiritual relaxation, consider some time for reflection at the Stone Village Church. This all-inclusive church welcomes absolutely everyone into a casual worship environment, often partnering with local businesses or hosting small group mixers to help members get acquainted.

Once you are relaxed and looking and feeling your best, it is time for a night out on the town. DeepWood is one of the city’s most highly-praised and elegant restaurants. It features New England signatures such as Wellfleet Oysters and Boston Baked Beans with Dough-Dads, as well as classic meals such as their Steak Au Poivre.  All are presented within a lively tavern atmosphere. Indulge yourself: you’re on staycation!

Cap off the night at one of the many bars or distilleries located throughout the Short North. Middle West Spirits, Central Ohio’s premiere distillery uses only the finest Ohio-produced ingredients when making their alcohol. Purchase a bottle of their signature beverage, OYO vodka, as you reflect on your staycation experience from the comfort of your room. Tours of the distillery are also available by appointment.

If you want to be more involved in the night life, check out Bernard’s Tavern or Surly Girl Saloon. Both are open daily with a variety of libations and a full menu, including vegetarian options, from lunch time to late night. Bernard’s also offers micro-brews and seasonal ales like Octoberfest, along with the NFL ticket for the staycationing sport’s fan. It boasts weekly karaoke and trivia nights as well.

Surly Girl will be featuring seasonal beverages this fall, including their signature infused vodkas and whiskeys. Enjoy the pirates and cowgirls theme while listening to open-mic comedy on Wednesdays. Partake in the daily food specials then spoil yourself with a delicious red velvet cupcake for dessert. These occasionally offered, delicious meals are not to be missed!

If you need a souvenir to take home to friends or family, the District offers an extensive shopping selection. Why settle for a cheap trinket from the beach when you can explore all of the fine antiques and jewelry in GrandView Mercantile & ReVue? With hundreds of new items arriving weekly to their eight thousand square foot marketplace, you are sure to find that special something for everyone on your list. From historical artifacts to home décor to furniture, the things you find at GrandView Mercantile & ReVue are truly one of a kind.

It is now time to pack up and go home. Your heart may be heavy as you leave behind the vibrant Short North Arts District, but there is no reason to feel down. The District has enough activities to satisfy a cold weathered weekend when you need to beat those winter blues. Start planning your frosty climate getaway now and visit us again soon!