Mini-Vacations in Indiana

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Mini-vacations--stays of one to two nights--are an outstanding way to recharge, relieve stress, or just try an interesting or upscale location. Indiana has a diverse selection of mini-vacation options including a relaxing romantic weekend, a New York Marathon training weekend, a Polish food and Wrigley Field B&B stay, or a quiet getaway to a historic hotel. Animal lovers can even take their dog on a waterfront mini-vacation.

Relaxing Romantic Weekend

  • For just $574 for a weekend for two, the Hilton Indianapolis North is a wonderful choice for a relaxing romantic weekend. This price is as of August, 2010 and includes taxes and airfare from New York, NY. Couples will find Crabtree & Evelyn bath and toiletries, luxury linens, and an MP3 clock to play your own romantic music playlist at this three-star hotel in a quiet in a suburban location.

    Hilton Indianapolis North

    8181 North Shadeland Ave.

    Indianapolis, IN 46250

    317-849-6668

Boston Marathon Training Weekend

  • Training for the Boston Marathon requires many hours of running and working out. A mini-vacation to is a novel way to revamp your Boston Marathon. The Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis at the Capitol has a fantastic location and amenities for runners. Visitors can run along The Canal Walk (which is next to the hotel), relax their muscles in the hot tub, use the gym, swim in indoor pool, and relax on sun patio. Runners needing a full breakfast will enjoy the full buffet breakfast with cooked-to-order eggs. This three-star hotel is just six miles from Indianapolis International Airport. Flight from Boston and a two-day hotel package for the first weekend in March, 2011 per Orbitz is $636 as of September, 2010.

    Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis at the Capitol

    320 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204

    317-684-7733

    marriott.com

Wrigley Field and Perogifest

  • For a food and sport themed weekend, try booking into the the historic Greystone, Old Chicago Inn B&B. According to Bed and Breakfast.com, the Old Chicago Inn B&B is located in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood, just four blocks from Wrigley Field, and has double pillow-top beds, many rooms with private baths and some pet friendly rooms. Rates start at $65.50 per night as of September, 2010. Continental breakfast is included and guests are provided with meal coupons at the nearby Trader Todd's bar and grill. The Whiting Pierogi Fest happens every year in the last weekend of July has humorous entertainment, and of course loads of good Polish food.

    Old Chicago Inn B&B

    3216 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

    773-472-2278

    oldchicagoinn.com

Pet Friendly Waterfront Mini-Vacation

  • Your dog doesn't have to be left home when you take a mini-vacation to Indianapolis. According to Bring Fido.com, The Clarion Hotel Waterfront is pet friendly and as of September 2010, nightly rates start at $75 for people, with a $25 per night fee, and a $25 refundable deposit per pet. There is a maximum of two pets per room. The hotel sports a stunning glass domed atrium that houses an indoor pool, gardens and lounge area. Bring Fido.com lists three dog parks, and 11 dog friendly hiking trails in Indianapolis, so you and your dog can enjoy a weekend away playing and hiking outdoors.

    Clarion Hotel Waterfront

    2930 Waterfront Parkway

    Indianapolis, IN, US 46214

    877-411-3436

    ClarionHotel.com

Writers Night or Weekend Away

  • The Columbia Club's guest rooms are open to non-members, according to Historichotels.org, even though the club is private. The Columbia Club is on the National Register of Historic Places. A great selection for a one to two night mini-vacation--especially for people wanting to getaway by themselves to write. This hotel is quiet and has a fitness center so writers can take a break from sitting still and writing. As of September 2010, prices range from $161 for a "Club King" room, to $299 for a "Deluxe King Suite". Both accommodation choices have upgraded linen. The historic setting, comfortable classy accommodation, along with the in room coffeemaker and the free internet access could be just the thing to invigorate the writing of your first novel.

    The Columbia Club

    121 Monumnet Circle

    Indianapolis Indiana 46204

    317-767-1361

    columbia-club.org

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