German Village is a historic neighborhood south of downtown Columbus, which was settled by contemporary German immigrants in the 19th century. In the 21st century the 19th century German immigrants are no longer contemporary. In fact, most of them no longer speak any German, so don't be disappointed if you just want to visit there with the intention of practising your rusty German. Chances are that your rusty German will be even rustier after you'll have returned from the German Village.
Yet, the German village is well worth a visit for its charming old world atmosphere and beautiful architecture. You may even run into one or the other German tourist there, so there's actually a slim chance of practising your rusty German after all. I'm not saying you will, but at least there's a chance. Needless to say I didn't run into any German tourists in the German Village, but then again I didn't care because my German is quite good.
The German Village was constructed around the Bavarian Brewery, which was prospering and, as a result, so was the complete German Village. It's my favorite neighborhood of Columbus. Cheers!
Have always wanted to visit the Columbus suburb of Westerville and nearby Otterbein College. After surviving almost an hour local trip on the #1 line to Westerville, I got off at the bus stop and learned that the bridge to the center of town was under repair!! Ducking into a nearby dry cleaner I called for a taxi. Nearly 1 1/2 later a cab materialized after repeated calls to the dispatcher!!! Apparently, no driver was interested in such a local, piddly call. I finally made it to the Downtown which is barely 3 blocks of very charming businesses and saw a bit of Otterbein (which is very tiny). Overall, Westerville is like a New England style stage-like set as seen in those old Twilight Zones episodes. There are very nice stores here for antiquing. Of special mention is 'Westerville Antqiues' which has a very appealing selection at very fair prices and is famous for its house cat. Of special, special mention is that the owner took me back to the bus stop via the detour in his own car!
P.S.the bridge is scheduled to re-open August 19, 2011.
I had wanted to but couldn't figure out how, without a car, to visit the Barber Museum- which is located in Canal Winchester, Southeast of Columbus. Hopefully, you will figure a way since it sounds like a very tonsorial-centric place!
YellowSprings, Ohio is a nice daytrip getaway about 45 minutes West of Columbus, off of I-70.
This is a very cool Hippietown with a cool little main st. with many little shops and stores that sell new age stuff and vegitarian foods and all things earthy. Anitoch University is right off the downtown area which makes for a nice stroll. Anitoch is a unique university with a very liberal ciriculium which makes for many artsy types walking around campus. There is a great state park near by with beautiful walking trails which lead up to some nice springs. A very laidback, liberal town in a very conservative state.
The Hoover dam reservoir is in itself a great place to spend a few hours but recently we heard of the Hoover state preserve being a birder's delight. So last Sunday we photography enthusiasts headed there to spend the afternoon and it was truly wonderful! We caught some upclose pics of the Great blue heron, Blue Jay, Hairy Woodpeckers and more geese! The preserve is so close to the city and yet secluded, do be warned some stretches of the road are not even tarred, so it entails some trekking for your car as well !
perfectly still waters and surroundings gave us a sense of being one with nature, truly what a find!!
We headed off to join like minded folks in Blendonwood park for a bird hike one of these sunny sundays. Finally we got round to learning the names of a lot of birds that we had been spotting around the area. AJ was thrilled to get an opportunity to use his new 55-200 Nikon lens on this trip and I as usual am having fun posting them on this site :)
We started with a small introduction to the world of birds in Blendonwood by James-one of the volunteers of the many such interesting programs conducted at the metroparks. Outside the nature center itself at the bird feed we got to sight some very pretty nuthatches and chickadees! Then the group(around ten of us) got to follow James to the two waterfowl refuges right there where we spotted some wood ducks, teals and mallards. A small Cooper's Hawk that was chasing a smaller bird which we couldn't identify made for some interesting conversation as we stood on the observation deck.
Then we headed off on a 3 mile off trail hike in search of more birds, we spotted some downy woodpeckers, american robins, red tailed hawks, turkey vultures and goldfinches on our jaunt around the Lake Thoreau.
Beautiful experience really, one we would love to repeat!
I know I can't stop gushing about the metro park systems here and yesterday we went for another very interesting program at the Batelle Darby metropark called "calling all canines". It was an informative program that inducted us into the 4 kinds of canines found at some point or the other in the Ohio state namely the red fox, grey fox, coyotes and the wolves. The ranger there- Tim, told us how the coyotes had crossed the Missisipi river and made their way to most of Ohio using the I 70 since the grass patches in the middle of the highway and at the sides provided the coyotes with a steady source of food (mice and rats) and an easy access into the state.
They had on display a wolf skin and a coyote skin apart from very live looking specimens of each of these canines. the wolves ofcourse no longer exist here but the other three are plenty to see and hear in this metropark. He lead our group which comprised of some very excited kids and couples to a study area in the dark and played recordings of a wounded rabbit. And also played recordings of coyotes howl, upon which immediately some more resident coyotes joined in gleefully. We sure were thrilled to hear them!
Last before we could disperse he jovialy allowed us to howl and surprisingly we were answered by another coyote howling pretty close to the creek!
All in all, it was an evening well spent and thoroughly enjoyed! :)
we saw the semblance of hills here in Ohio about 60 miles from where we live and quite naturally feeling nostalgic about our western ghats in Karnataka we headed off there for a hike. The terrain was truly like being in one of the smaller hill station's in K'taka however be warned that the hiking trails take you nowhere close to any scenic vistas so in effect whether you have trekked 1 mile or 16 miles you see the same sights. However it is a nice picnic area and some nice vistas at the picnic area itself. Disc golf is another reason why you could head here on a nice sunny day, don't worry too much about the sun though, the woods hardly allow the sun to get to you.
Walking, Biking, Hiking, Running, Skating.... it is 12 miles mostly along the Olentangy River. It is a nice wide area, and pretty scenic. Can be a romantic place to talka walk or a family activity which allows kids to bike away from the street.
About 10 mile Northeast of Columbus, off of interstate 270 is the town of Westerville. This has a postcard perfect feel to it, like the ideal main street USA. You might think you might see Andy, Barney and Aunt Bee. Great little walking town with a great coffeeshop, nice restaurants, galleries and so forth. In nearby Alumni Creek Park there is a stage area where summer music festivals are performed. This is also somewhat of a collegetown itself with Otterbein College about a block from 'uptown'. A nice place to spend half a day and grab a meal, or a full day if there is a festival.
Well I have had a tattoo that I have not liked and its been on my back for 15 years. So the other day I headed out to Stained Skin. One of the best places in Columbus and got it reworked. Let me tell you Gabriel is fantastic. I would reccommend him. He is so talented and fun and an all around amazing artist. So if your in columbus and want a tattoo or body piercing this is the place to go. Its internationally know owner and all the amazing artist make this really clean shop a great place to get some work done.
James Thurber (author, humorist, cartoonist) was born and bred in Columbus. His home is a museum that has been restored to reflect the period that he lived there as accurately as possible. The house hosts such wonderful activities as "Evenings with Authors," where both famous and up-and-coming writers give fascinating lectures.
I used to volunteer there. It's worth a trip, especially if you are a Thurber fan or a fan of New Yorker magazine. And even if you just like early 1900's era houses...
The house is also said to be haunted (if you're a fan of Thurber, you should know this already...he wrote about it). But the entire time I worked there, I never once encountered the ghost!
The Park of Roses in the Clintonville area of Columbus is a wonderful hidden treat. Every type of Rose is growing and blooming in a beautiful garden setting complete with a fountain and gazebo. If you are a true photographer buff, this is a wonderful opportunity to take your time, work on your telephoto skills using different lenses, and working with models that won't figid all over the place. The roses peek blooming season is mid-June to early September. A wonderful way to spend several hours. Come in Mid June and you might hit the Rose Festival. The website I left should have that info.
Lou Berliner Park (the nerve center for a softball-crazed city) is home to the largest softball complex in the country (women's, men's and co-ed teams all play on the park's 32 fields). Even if you're not part of an organized league, there are plenty of open fields for spontaneous pickup games.
Outside of softball, Lou Berliner Park organizes other team sporting events such as a fiercely competitive flag football league. There are team entry fees, but professional officiating is provided for most events.
For those who'd rather sit the game out, there are plenty of options available. In addition to sporting events, Lou Berliner offers a picnic area with tables and a pavilion, as well as a trail and wildlife area.
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.