Columbus Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Columbus Trip Guide

Hip, engaging neighborhoods infuse Ohio's capital city with vivacious spirit.


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Where to eat

Barcelona Snag a patio table when weather permits at a hip Spanish tapas spot in German Village. The $30 tasting menu includes seven dishes and changes weekly. (614) 443-3699;

The Happy Greek Guests eat Greek favorites (tzatziki, gyros, kabobs, desserts and, yes, flaming cheese) in Short North. See reviews and ratings. (614) 463-1111;

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Sample scoops of luscious dark chocolate or spicy Bangkok peanut. (614) 488-3224;

The Thurman Cafe Thurman Burgers—with ham, cheese, sauteed onions and ’shrooms, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, pickles and mayo—warrant the wait. See reviews and ratings. (614) 443-1570;

Where to stay

Cherry Valley Lodge An arboretum, botanical garden and spa add adult appeal to a family-friendly resort with a huge indoor water park (35 miles east of Columbus in Newark). From $99. See reviews and ratings. (800) 788-8008;

German Village Guest House The chic five-room inn opened in this historic neighborhood after a renovation in 2005. The hands-off owner sets out a light breakfast and handles any requests. From $175. (866) 587-2738;

The Lofts Hotel Brick walls and hip decor—not to mention a convenient location near Short North—make this boutique hotel fun. From $195. (614) 461-2663;

For information: Experience Columbus (866) 397-2657;


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