Susan Glaser, The Plain Dealer Announces:

Looking to add some luster to your next vacation? Consider an overnight at a hotel or inn with lots of diamonds.

AAA recently released its list of five- and four-diamond lodgings and restaurants in Ohio and throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Once again, Greater Cleveland is home to the state’s only five-diamond hotel, Inn Walden in Aurora. It’s the ninth year in a row that the 23-suite Walden has earned the honor (rates start at $365; go to

Four-diamond hotels in Northeast Ohio include the Ritz-Carlton and InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center in Cleveland, the Red Maple Inn in Burton, Julia’s Bed & Breakfast in Hubbard and the Georgian Manor Inn in Norwalk. Downstate, Columbus is home to five four-diamond hotels (the Embassy Suites Columbus Airport, Hilton Columbus at Easton, Hilton Columbus/Polaris, Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel and the Westin Columbus); and Cincinnati has three (the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, the Cincinnatian and the Westin Cincinnati).

For four-diamond food in Ohio, the Queen City is king (the state has no five-diamond restaurants). Cincinnati’s four-diamond winners include Boca, Daveed’s at 934, Nicola’s, Orchids at Palm Court, the Celestial Steakhouse and the Palace Restaurant. In Columbus, M and the Refectory Restaurant were similarly honored. And in Northeast Ohio, Lola in Cleveland, Giovanni’s in Beachwood and the Leopard Restaurant in Aurora all earned four diamonds.

For the complete list, plus an explanation of what the diamonds

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