In the few weeks before and after Memorial Day (late May) take a Sturdy Umbrella; it always rains. December is relatively mild, but January and February and be bitterly cold. Unless you know otherwise asume business casual attire will be sufficient anywhere. Only one restaurant that I know of- Peasant on the Lane, requires formal dress. Columbus folks get away with jeans and a polo shirt at just about any eatery. From late April to late August allergy medication is a must for hay fever suffers- particularly in the few weeks around late April when tree pollen is common, and in the middle of August when debilitating levels of ragweed hang gloomily in the air.
bob evans (www.bobevans.com)...
bob evans (www.bobevans.com) -american
fazoli's (www.fazolis.com) -italian
skyline chili (www.skylinechili.com) -american
don pablo's (www.donpablos.com) -mexican
golden phoenix -chinese
Serpent Mound State Memorial....
Serpent Mound State Memorial. Near Locust Grove; prehistoric effigy mound shaped like a long snake. They have a sidewalk near the mound so you can follow it all the way around. It is really amazing to see.
THE Ohio State Fair
There are a lot of things to do especially if you are into the farm/rural aspect. There are lots of animals being shown, a giant sculpture made of butter, and you can get very fresh dairy at the dairy barn. Sporting events and Tractor pulls etc. are also worth seeing.
Although they have the usual fair rides and fair food they also have lots of local or near local merchants showing their wares. There are many shows to see, this year guest include Melissa Ethridge, Peter Frampton, Chaka Khan and Ted Nugent among others.
They also maintain an annual 5k run which will get you into the fair for free!
Admission gates – 9 am – 10 pm, except August 10 until 8 pm
Gate Admission Prices
Adults (ages 13-59) $10
Youth (ages 5-12) $8
Senior (ages 60+) $8
Children (under five) Free
Oh and traffic can get pretty heavy during this time. Parking near the fairgrounds will be atlest 5 dollars.
Weekend in Columbus, Ohio: with charm and beer
I was asked by the Ohio State Fair to come judge beer -- yes, beer! There are many brewing competitions and I judge quite a few a year, from the Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky fairs to events from Nashville, TN, to Chicagoland. Lucky me.
The Ohio State Fair provided me with hotel accomodations for the weekend so I did not make a choice but the Hotel was quite comfortable.
I discovered that Columbus has several inner city districts: Arena District is near north, Brewery District is near SouthWest, and German Village is near south.
Columbus also has a modest skyline but also some very interesting historic buildings.
But then.... I came for beer! Though I only had Friday evening and Saturday evening when I was not judging at their State Fair location, I found four brewpubs and one nice old German hang-out pub.
I knew Gordon Biersch had a brewery here and that was my only destination for delightful beer and wonderful dinner on Friday!
It seems there would be great living downtown and great wandering of pubs and clubs especially in the Arena District and the German Village!
The pic is of a street in the Arena District which actually had about five restaurants.