The G-Guide: Experience Columbus

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It’s one of the cutest cities I’ve unexpectedly ever been to and as a neighboring state, I plan to return real soon.

You might be questioning where in the mid-west is a desired to place to travel. Most would off-hand say Chicago, others Detroit. I, being solely based in the mid-west often times overlook other neighboring cities for close getaways. The past week was a whirlwind of new experiences, great finds, and yes, new foods (especially for my uneasily-to-please picky-self). I had the opportunity to attend my first official press trip with Experience Columbus last week. I was astounded by the number of things to do. First and foremost, Columbus is not some rinky-dink city. It’s BEAUTIFUL. There’s so much to do and lots of shopping to be done. The most important, there’s tons of food to eat. Check below for the rundown of my week spent in one of my new fave mid-west cities.

Where To Stay

First checking in, I stayed in the Hilton Columbus Downtown. Regardless of the fact that Hilton Hotels are a chain, the downtown Columbus branch was one of the most beautiful, artistic, unique, individualistic Hilton Hotels I’ve ever seen, let alone stayed in. It was definitely one of a kind and almost gave me the feel of a boutique hotel in some ways. The bathroom has one of the “sexiest”-style showers I’ve ever been in a hotel, with amazing water pressure and excellent lighting. The bed was comfortable and the room had multiple white lights. There’s a light above the headboard, by the television, by either side of the bed, by the desk, and at the entrance. The view peered into downtown Columbus and did not disappoint. Waking up every morning was relaxing, both rain or shine, I thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance.

What To Do
  • The Kitchen – The first stop along this trip when I arrived was at The Kitchen, a dining experience which allows the guest to prepare the meal from start to finish, from prepping, to seasoning, to cheffing it up on the actual stove, the experience was amazing not to mention the actual taste of the food. For our meal as collective, we prepared Brussels Sprout Tart with Balsamic Red Onions and Prosciutto, Blistered Green Beans with Garlic and Miso, Strawberry Tart in Shortbread Crust, Leek and Gouda Souffle, Crisp Spiced Chicken, and Crab, Corn, Avocado and Arugula Salad.
  • Columbus Museum – The Columbus Museum was one of our first stops on Day 2. Comparable to the Detroit Institute of Arts of the Chicago Institute of Arts, they had beautiful and eccentric art from the famously rising Kehinde Smith to Pizzuti and plenty others.

  • ZipZone Canopy Tour – An amazing activity to partake in is zip lining. It was my first time doing something as thrilling as this and I honestly never wanted to leave. From zip lining across the woods, to overcoming my small panic attack doing what I thought was the most terrifying drop, I highly recommend coming here. Go enjoy zip lining, to overcome your fears, to seek no thrills, to have a great time! It was probably my favorite thing about Columbus and the employees of Zip Zone Canopy Tour were amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Candle Lab – The Candle Lab is walking distance from the hotel. I had an amazing time there. As I age, I’ve come to enjoy candles more, something I never liked when I was younger. They’re relaxing, soothing, and stress-relieving. When you walk in, you’re immediately greeted by an employee. They give you a piece of paper and you’re to smell as many scents as you can – the more, the better. They’ve got scents ranging from bacon, to Lilly of the Valley, to mahogany, to cannabis, and so much more. Once you’ve smelled and written down as many scents as you like, you consult with one of the employees who help you pick at two or three different scents that go well together and you pour those three scents into a mixer up to the top. My scents were Mahogany, Olive Blossom, and Peppercorn. They then present you with a jar of hot wax and you pour the scents in and stir. You can decorate your label for your scent and come back to collect in a few hours!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What To Eat

Who would’ve known there’d be a plethora foodie options for aspiring food blogger to explore in Columbus? A foodie’s little paradise.

  • Fox In The Snow for a cute and light brunch spot featuring a popular egg sandwich and lattes.
  • Service Bar for a slightly casual, slightly dressed up dinner. Their Cheesy Brisket Crunch is to die for, speaking candidly as a person who doesn’t generally eat tacos as I prefer real hard shells – definitely worth a try! Their Koji Half Rohan Duck was absolutely delicious which came with Hainanese Duck Rice. As a person who doesn’t like much but white rice, this was all amazing.
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream for just about any flavor ice cream you desire. You can’t hit Columbus without stopping into one of the most popular ice cream spots in the country and right in time for Columbus’s well-deserving hot summer weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ambrose & Eve is one of the more quaint and adorable brunch spaces I’ve ever been to and I definitely plan to return on my next trip back to Columbus. Though I didn’t get a chance to try anything, their fish and grits I hear was a complete hit and they serve omelets as well for those looking for a more traditional breakfast – something I truly appreciate.

  • Wolfs Ridge Brewing is an amazing Taproom dining setting. Ranging from several vegan options to meat eaters’ options, the menu didn’t disappoint. I had the Crispy Duck Confit which was made of orange sauce, pickled vegetables, sesame seeds, and rice chips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The Pearl is a dark and gorgeous spot to brunch at. I loved this place. They have deviled eggs, oysters (the West Virginia oysters are now my favorite kind of oysters), a great omelet, amazing fries, Hanger Steak, and more.
  • Comune for a vegetarian/vegan spot, I was in awe. I’m an anti-vegan because I love meat but they had some food items on their menu that really blew me away. Their Tempura Cauliflower was delicious and the main thing I filled up on. They also had a tasty Stir-Fried Spaghetti Squash. Their Chocolate Avocado Cake was delicious. You can’t even taste the avocado which I was told was used to maintain the moistness of the cake. It was phenomenal and I don’t even like chocolate cake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Lincoln Social is one of Columbus’s newest rooftop bars that literally blows my breath away, especially at night. With views overlooking the city of Columbus, I’ve never felt more like I was at a rooftop overlooking some of New York city’s graceful views on a comfortable summer night. It’s truly magical. They have amazing drinks, especially the Don’t Kill My Vibe Drink. I highly recommend it for an enhanced, enticing experience on the tongue. I didn’t get an opportunity to eat any food there but they have delicious looking tacos which again, have harder shells – a favorite of mine. Clearly, Columbus knows how to get down on the hard shell tacos which I’m here for.
Key Takeaways

There’s plenty of things to do in Columbus. It’s one of the cutest cities I’ve unexpectedly ever been to and as a neighboring state, I plan to return real soon. There are several retail shopping stores along High street, plenty of food attractions in Short North which is the neighborhood we traveled in most, and an exciting nightlife. All in all, I’ll be back and I’m so grateful to have experienced Columbus in all its hidden glory. It’s the perfect getaway destination if you’re not looking to travel too far away from home if you’re already living in the mid-west and the perfect city to visit if you’re looking for a different and inexpensive experience.

XOXO
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