Planning a Summer Getaway to Columbus, Ohio

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Most summers, my husband and I take a couple's vacation to a music festival. These are long weekends where we get to enjoy our shared passion of music and have an extended Date Night.

After many years going to Bonnaroo, we switched to the Forecastle Music Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. A smaller fest, it’s also one where we stay in a hotel instead of tent and have the ability to explore a cool city and enjoy its great restaurants and bars between performances.

Last summer we stayed home recovering from my arm injury and Karl’s stress fracture in his foot. This year we decided we wanted a truly relaxing vacation and decided to forgo a music festival for a few in-town concerts and a long weekend as a couple to a new-to-us city.

My coworker went to college in Columbus, Ohio, and for the past few years, we’ve worked together. I’ve heard how awesome of a city it is, and I MUST visit it. Did you know Columbus is the 15th largest city in the United States? Just a few hours away, it’s a perfect weekend getaway locale.

She and I were chatting about Columbus a couple months ago and I went back to my desk to see an email asking if I’d like to visit Columbus this summer and check out the city’s culinary scene. I was so excited, I called Karl right away and we immediately started planning out our getaway!

Planning a Summer Getaway to Columbus, Ohio

I was excited about our trip, but even more psyched after having a phone call with Joe at Experience Columbus. You know how you can talk to someone who is really passionate about a topic and it gets you excited too? That's how it was with Joe; it's clear he adores his city and loves sharing it with others.

I explained to him that while I may be a fashion blogger, this is a couples' weekend and I'd like to do activities Karl would also like. Every time we visit a new city, we find a restaurant that serves oysters and enjoy that as our first meal on the trip. We like checking out under-the-radar dining establishments and aren't afraid to try unique cuisine and love catching live local music.

Where to Dine in Columbus

Joe suggested The Pearl for our oysters; the place is less than two years old but highly rated and has an awesome happy hour. As for a special dining experience, he suggested we get reservations one evening at Alana's where the food is delicious, unique, and each day Alana has a different “surprise” on the menu based off an ingredient she was inspired by that day.

My Columbus-loving coworker agrees with Joe's assessment that the North Market is a must-visit while we're there, and we need to grab breakfast at either Katalina's (you had me at pancake balls) or Skillet (seasonal farm to table and generous portions).

What to Do when in Columbus

Joe plans to email me his suggestions for live music the weekend we're in town, but also recommended Shakespeare in the Park, which takes place Thursdays through Sunday.

Transportation in Columbus

While we'll have our car, there's a downtown circulator bus – the CBUS that runs until midnight on weekends to make traveling from parts of the city like Short North to German Village with ease.  As for where to stay, Joe gave us a bunch of great suggestions and we decided to make reservations at The Joseph which offers free access to the Pizzuti Collection gallery with your stay.

Visiting Columbus, Ohio in August

We’ll be visiting Columbus in August and I’ll be writing a post that month recapping the entire weekend. Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram, where I’ll be capturing photos of what we see, what we do, and especially where we dine. 

If you’re from or have visited Columbus I’d love to hear your recommendations! What should we see, where should we stay, and where should we dine? Thanks in advance!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of lifeincbus. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. I live in Columbus! I definitely agree about the Pearl! Great food, awesome area to walk around in after dinner I also recommend Haiku for sushi and Forno for great food, nice patio and people watching.,Both of those places are in the Short North as well. The Gallery Hop is the first Saturday of every month in the Short North. Lots of fun! German Village is a neat area to walk around in as well. Check out The Book Loft, Pistacia Vera, Katzinger’s or Barcelona. Barcelona has a beautiful patio! Grandview is another neighborhood with restaurants, bars and a few boutiques. If you are looking for shopping, check out Easton Town Center. Lots of the typical retailers, but also has good restaurants and it is really nice to walk around there. You can also check out a Columbus Clippers baseball game, COSI, Ohio State and the North Market is a great place to grab lunch. If it is nice, head to Goodale Park for lots of people watching and a relaxing place to hang out. A visit to Columbus would not be complete without Jeni’s Ice Cream! They have all sorts of interesting flavors. Delicious! Enjoy your trip!

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