The Impulsive Traveler

Details: Where to go, what to know in Columbus, Ohio

By Jane Black
Special to The Washington Post
Friday, January 28, 2011; 2:41 PM

If You Go

Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Columbus, Ohio? Here's what you need to know for the weekend of Feb. 4-6:

Getting There

Southwest offers nonstop flights from BWI Marshall to Columbus starting at about $275 round trip.

Where to Stay

55 Lofts

55 E. Nationwide Blvd.


Boutique hotel in a transformed warehouse. Rooms from $189.

Hampton Inn & Suites

501 N. High St.


A stone's throw from North Market. Rooms from $174.

Where to Eat


954 N. High St.

Serious cocktails ($7 to $13) served alongside snacks of artisanal cured meats and cheeses, $10 to $21.

North Market

59 Spruce St.

Launched in 1876 and still the heart of the city's food scene. Browse the fish, meat and cheese or warm up with a bowl of Vietnamese pho for $8.

Pistacia Vera

541 S. 3rd St.


Pastries worthy of Paris. Signature macarons in a variety of seasonal flavors, $1.25.


410 E. Whittier St.


The ultimate brunch: Generous portions of creatively prepared, locally sourced food suchas the sweet potato and green chili pepper omelet, $10.

What to Do

Short North Gallery Hop

North High Street

Galleries, restaurants and salons stay open late the first Saturday of each month to show off the work of local artists. Offical hours are 4-10 p.m., but some establishments stay open later.

Middle West Distillery

1230 Courtland Ave.


Columbus's first artisan vodka maker stays open until 11 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. Stop in to tour, try and buy.


All flight and lodging info valid as of press time Jan 27, 2011.

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