IMG 3777Need a break from it all without going too far away? A staycation can be just what you need. Whether you travel with the kids or take a solo trip, enjoy a night or two away to get some work done or just relax.

I recently had the chance to take a staycation in southeast Michigan at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor. After driving by countless times (and seeing the progress of a $2.5 million renovation that was recently completed) I looked forward to a chance to stay at the hotel and explore the renovations.

Summertime All Year Long
I stayed in a ground-level poolside room, which had a patio door that opened to the indoor pool area. Tables and chairs are set up around the pool, as well as a pool table and a sitting area near the Cabana Cafe, which opens each evening to serve snacks and drinks.
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Even on a moderately warm fall day, it was still wonderful to open the patio door and feel the warmth of the pool area, with sunlight streaming in from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Deck chairs set up throughout the pool area offered a place to sit and relax, and the tables and chairs provided a spot to sit with a laptop and get to work.

Guests both with and without kids would enjoy the close proximity to the pool, and upper-level rooms have fun spiral staircases to ascend and descend, as well as their own balconies overlooking the pool area.

Family Friendly Fine Dining
Known for its prime rib dinners, Weber’s is often the spot for business dinners and family celebrations. The restaurant, which opened before the inn, has been serving steaks and seafood to locals and travelers since 1937 and strives for an upscale setting that’s welcoming to everyone. On any given night, the restaurant might include couples and groups dressed in their finest, as well as families (with children young and older) enjoying a night out.

For a more casual evening, the Habitat Lounge offers a full menu with drink specials and a live, local band six nights a week. And if you really want to relax, you can order room service or choose takeout from the restaurant and dine in your pajamas in your own room. Because isn’t that what vacation is all about?

Teresa J. Shaw is editor of the Free in 50 States section and also writes about Southeast Michigan for Traveling Mom. Visit her blog and follow her on Twitter at @TeresaShaw
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