Columbus, Ohio, is bursting with vibrant color, bold culture, and exquisite culinary experiences. Here’s how you will want to spend 48 hours in this Buckeyegem. Honestly, I admit being unaware of the metropolitan pulse of this midwestern city. Columbus is full of energy and maintains a down-home vibe. The citizens are warm, welcoming, and wrapped in global perspectives that manifest in a welcoming spirit for arts, music, and extracurricular activities while celebrating PRIDE and LGBTQ awareness.
There are countless exploratory activities in this city, truthfully too many to explore in such a brief window. To that end, it's best for you to park yourself in the Short North. The Short North area of Columbus is centrally located and is a great resting place to provide you direct access to the forthcoming recommendations of this read. Should you be brave enough to venture to the city in winter, the Short North makes beating Old Man Winter plausible. I opted for an early spring visit prompting cool breezes that allowed layering my spring style. Hence, I matriculated the perfect selfies.
City Murals & CMOA
Speaking of the perfect selfie, Columbus is one of the most prolific and thriving cities for murals. The city is inundated with artist interpretations of buildings, walls, and bridges. I opted to crash at the Moxy Columbus Short North, which was perfect positioning. To observe the art up close, I found walking the greatest asset. In just a few steps, I found myself looking up in awe at “The Journey" by Ryan "Yanoe" Sarfati and Eric "Zoueh" Skotnes, which covers the entire façade of the Graduate Columbus, a neighboring boutique hotel property. Driving through the city, you will find numerous installations. Avid lovers of color will need ample time and angles for capturing photography. The Columbus city landscape is vividly curated with brilliant murals and artistic expression.
Upon gathering your repertoire of graffiti and mural pics, your love of art will intensify at the Columbus Museum of Art. From arrival, the outdoor exhibits greet you with a plethora of opportunities to up your selfie game. Exterior to the interior, you won’t leave this museum uninspired. From Paul Feeley public art to “La vecchia dell'orto” by Frank Stella, the Columbus Museum evokes a hypnosis of color, freedom, and expression. Dedicated docents advocate and share renowned knowledge of artists and our global community.
Excellence in Extracurricular
Ever dreamt of being an aerial performer on a trapeze? Perhaps you want to challenge your ukulele rhythmic abilities? At first glance, both art forms look effortless when infused with a huge scoop of your ego. On the contrary, challenged in an understatement. Travel permits us to expand our horizons. Made simple, 400 W. Rich is an enclave to explore excellence in extracurricular activities. Remember, there is no failure when you commit to being a life learner.
Cuisine & Cocktails
Experiencing Columbus means there are no shortages of dining opportunities or watering holes. Tempting your palette will be an easy task with a variety of cuisine and liquid libations. If it’s rooftop lunch action that you are after, then Canopy by Hilton Columbus has got you covered at Goodale Station Rooftop Bar & Restaurant. A brand-new facility makes this a happening environment with sweeping views of the city below.
Before the nonstop entertainment of Virginia West, one of the city's infamous drag performers, grab dinner at Service Bar. Service Bar is a local distillery—need I say more? Columbus is a great time; should you or should you not have a hangover, The Keep Kitchen & Liquor Bar at Leveque Tower is the perfect Sunday breakfast or brunch. Like the gas lanterns flanking the interior walls, you will be lit with signature spritzers served directly from the establishment’s own art deco cocktail station.
Unfortunately, a bittersweet salutation to an abbreviated experience in Columbus, Ohio, means expeditious planning of a return in the future. Answer, because Columbus is calling!