We are going to Henry Ford Museum (Michigan) this summer, just overnight. I was dismayed when I saw the price for a 2-bedroom hotel (ds and I are both light sleepers, we both need separate but adjoining bedrooms).
We're going to drive in the a.m. - 2.5 hr. drive - and then instead of staying there the night we are staying somewhere close to home - without the huge markup because you are staying near a major attraction. So while we'll be 'away from home for the night' we'll still be close - half hour or so. Dh is scratching his head at this one, but ds - 5, won't know the difference, we'll still be staying at a hotel with a pool, going out to eat, etc. and we'll still be away from home. I figure this might save us $100, that we can use to pay for tickets to the museum! Best of all, in the morning we'll just drive a short drive and we'll be home!!