Located just off I-76 about a 30-minute drive from the school itself, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Kent State University delivers on the chain’s reputation for comfort and convenience. During the day, light spills through the clean, modern guest rooms’ large windows onto crisp white linens, and desks and free WiFi make it easy to get work done despite the ever-present distraction of the flat-screen cable TVs’ power buttons. After a refreshing night’s sleep, all guests receive a hot buffet-style breakfast at the Express Start breakfast bar—calories which can be worked off at the onsite pool and fitness center. Besides the university, several easy daytrips beckon just minutes from the hotel, including the Pro Football Hall of Fame in nearby Canton and the Kent Bog State Nature Preserve, where visitors can walk a boardwalk trail through a dense strand of tamarack trees whispering juicy gossip from the Ice Age.
At Quality Cleaners, certified staff members practice the latest dry- and wet-cleaning techniques using state-of-the-art equipment and high-quality detergents. Customers can unstink stinky sweaters ($4.05) in lieu of using them to clothe scarecrows, and raincoats can be purged ($10.95) of the sky’s unclean precipitation. Many household items, such as blankets ($12.65), rugs ($2 per square foot), and tablecloths ($20.35), can also be cleaned. Pick-up and drop-off services take place every Monday and Thursday at the location of your choice, and garment bags are included free of charge.
Dr. David Pack uses his chiropractic hands to fix pain and discomfort on clients as young as newborn and as old as 103. The ailments he treats include out-of-whack backs, carpal-tunnel syndrome, headaches, and arthritis. He also uses adjustments to improve the immune system and alleviate allergies to everything from dust to pollen to the dander left after the dog's poker night.
Family-run for more than 40 years, Love Furniture outfits homes with high-quality furniture and accessories. The shop's wide selection of chairs, ottomans, and bedroom furnishings let customers abandon minimalist tendencies to use their coffee tables as tap-dancing stages. Lounge-ready sofas ($399+) and recliners ($279+) in a variety of upholstery fabrics accompany three-piece living-room tables ($199+). Queen mattress sets ($399+) await the domiciles of eager nappers and jumping monkeys. Art and accessories ($19+) adorn uninhabited walls, and lamps ($39+) illuminate them for late-night shadow-puppet shows. The knowledgeable staff helps browsers navigate selections from Ashley, Lane, Craftmaster, and other top brands, giving honest opinions about which couches look the best on them.
Newly remodeled, the Hudson/Boston Heights outpost of the Baymont Inn & Suites houses families a quick jaunt away from the Boston Mills and Brandywine ski resorts. Splash in the mock-summer waves of the Baymont Inn's heated indoor pool before cooling off on the neighboring slopes. Or peruse more calming attractions, such as Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Following a full day of frolicking, surf the hotel’s free WiFi or take comprehensive notes of the happenings on dozens of cable channels. Early risers wake up to a free continental breakfast complete with beverages and a side of predeparture wistfulness.