One of the best parts of my job is that I get to see a lot of our beautiful state. I travel about once a week for work – visiting both prospective, new and longtime member properties. What I’ve come to realize in my short time at OHLA, is that in Ohio, we have a lot of great places to lay our heads.
Many business and leisure travelers alike have stayed at their fair share of chain hotels and some of you might have your favorite brand. I recently stayed at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Cleveland Beachwood. The team here took care of 3 staff members as we traveled between the west and east side of Cleveland training hotel staff. When you’re traveling for work or even just having a quick stop over at a property, it’s nice to have some extra amenities. I went to check out the gym and stumbled across this gorgeous pool! I wish I had the foresight to bring my bathing suit! Look at those windows – I felt like I was in Florida. In route to the pool I discovered a unique touch at this particular property. This property decorated the entire path to the pool with children’s painting supporting the Children’s Miracle Network and Cleveland’s Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital – how cool is that?
Since I wasn’t prepared to swim the evening away, my coworker, Cindy and I headed out for dinner. If you haven’t visited the Orange Place area of Cleveland yet – yowza! It is booming! Not only is there an entire development (Pinecrest Village) happening around the corner, but there’s a ton of great, local places to eat and shop nearly within walking distance. We hit ETON Chagrin Boulevard for dinner. This indoor/outdoor mall is packed with high end retail and trendy restaurants. In my last post I mentioned Michael Symon and he found his way into my life 2 weeks in a row. We snagged a table at B Spot – which has won Best Burgers in America 4 years in a row. We have a B Spot in Columbus, so I knew what I was getting myself into. I sank my teeth into the Fun Guy Burger and some of their awesome rosemary shoestring fries. The mall area was packed with families out enjoying the beautiful weather, but we were beat after a day of travel and headed back to the hotel.
Sometimes after long days like this, it’s hard to get settled in, but I curled up in bed and dutifully followed this little card lying on my pillow. If you need some recommendations on how to catch some Zzzs while on the road – Arianna Huffington recommends:
- Set a cool room temperature.
- No electronic devices starting 30 minutes before bedtime.
- No caffeine after 2 p.m.
- Pajamas, nightdresses and even special t-shirts send a sleep-friendly message to your body. If you wear it to the gym, don’t wear it to bed.
- Do some light stretching, deep breathing, yoga or meditation to help your body and your mind transition to sleep.
- When reading a book, make it a physical book or an e-reader that does not emit blue light.
- Ease yourself into sleep mode by drinking some caffeine-free tea.
- Before you turn off the lights, write a list of what you are grateful for.
I was able to round out my visit to the Fairfield Inn & Suites Cleveland Beachwood by enjoying the great weather the following morning. Not often do you find yourself at a hotel that has 2 miles of sidewalk to stretch your legs. And on that note, my friends, I leave you with a great place to rest your head in Beachwood, OH.
“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck