Columbus Winter Art Festival 2002
I visited the Columbus Winter Art Festival(Winterfair). It had all types of Artist and their displays that were the elite of the elite talent. Artists were from all over our Nation. What a beautiful show they put on. The show runs Friday thru Sunday. Held at the Ohio State Fair Grounds.
Believe it or not Columbus has some of the best sushi restaurants in the midwest. My guess is that this is primarily due to the Honda manufacturing located in Marysville (north of Columbus). A formal dining experience although there are few restaurants in Columbus that people dress up to go. Any of the sushi, but the scallops are out of this world. It is some kind of egg custard served with the scallops - just melts in your mouth.
One of the largest historically preserved neighborhoods in America. German Village offers lots of good restaurants and a beautiful park at the center. Lots of beautiful homes and a great neighborhood to walk around in. Don't miss the Book Loft - a great place for a date - open until midnight - grab a cup of coffee from Cup o' Joe and stroll around the 25 + rooms of books.
City Center Mall
Wikipedia (link provided below) describes the mall as a "nearly vacant 1,200,000-square-foot (111,000 m2), three-level shopping center in Columbus, Ohio, United States". Built in 1989, this complex of some 150 merchants with an ice rink was the hoped for revitalization of downtown Columbus. The problem in this midwestern capitol has been compared to sister-city midwest capitol Indianapolis, where a similar downtown mall was constructed with limited success. Expensive parking and nearby malls of equal upscale shopping contribute to the current 50% or more vacancy rate within the Columbus City Center Mall. But, the problem of street bums and marginal merchants adjacent to the mall may also contribute to the lack of popularity within Columbus. The mall is easy to find, being right across the street from the Capitol Building. The mall has an enclosed pedestrian bridge spanning High Street. a cityscape mural on the southside, and adjacent old brick buldings and an old bank building on the south side.
Columbus: Much more than you think
"Welcome to the Middle of everything"
Columbus, Ohio is about as Mid-West as you can get, and that's a good thing. They have restaurants for every palate, without being too snooty. Strong nightlife for every age, without bouncers not letting you come in if you don't look like Brad Pitt. This is also a strong college town with this being the home of Ohio State University, everybody loves the bucs, (except me, I went to Michigan State), The people are friendly in the Mid West sort of down to earth way. There are enough sports to keep you busy, with the Univeristy and the cities own professional hockey, soccer and Triple A baseball team. A strong amount of Musuems as well. The music scene can be a bit stronger, but it is growing. Columbus is very easy to get around as well, up and down High St. is the heart of everything. I am a nomaid by nature, I have lived all over the country, but no way will I leave Columbus for another MidWest town.
Alot of the festival action is Downtown. With a nice river flowing through it. The Short North is in the area as well, a great arts and restaurant scene.