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