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Two-Day Getaway to Columbus

Outstanding eateries and engaging neighborhoods infuse Ohio’s capital with vivacious spirit.
Downtown's Scioto Mile skyline. Photo courtesy of Ohio Tourism
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Topiary Garden
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Short North neighborhood
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Day 1

Experience eclectic fun in the Short North neighborhood’s bohemian studios, galleries and high-end boutiques.

Columbus Food Adventures leads gastronomical tours of the city, including North Market, ethnic eateries along Cleveland Avenue and the must-try street food on the West Side.

Downtown in Topiary Garden, sculpted evergreens re-create the scene from George Seurat’s painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grande Jatte.

Schmidt’s Restaurant and Sausage Haus creates tasty Americanized German foods–try a little bit of everything on the Autobahn buffet.

Old meets new in the chic five-room German Village Guest House (from $195), and The Lofts Hotel in the Short North neighborhood features exposed brick walls and modern decor (from $195).

Day 2

Just south of downtown, bakeries, bookshops and delis line the narrow brick streets of the European-style, 19th-century German Village. There, The Book Loft’s discounted books fill a 32-room maze that takes up an entire city block.

Comfort food gets a sophisticated makeover at Skillet; we loved our béchamel and cheddar mac and cheese topped with smoked Ohio-raised pork.

Scale the nation’s largest outdoor climbing wall at Scioto Audubon Metro Park, and let the kids explore the Center of Science and Industry’s playground and 300 hands-on exhibits.

Snagging a table can be tricky at the tapas restaurant Barcelona, but the worth-the-wait $35 tasting menu includes seven seasonal Spanish dishes.

More information: (866) 397-2657; experiencecolumbus.com

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