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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.

614-461-2663

www.55lofts.com

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

Hampton Inn & Suites

501 N. High St.

614-559-2000

hamptoninn.hilton.com

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

Where to Eat

Mouton

954 N. High St.

www.mouton954.com

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

North Market

59 Spruce St.

www.northmarket.com

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.

614-220-9070

www.pistaciavera.com

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

Skillet

410 E. Whittier St.

614-443-2266

www.skilletruf.com

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

www.shortnorth.org

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.

614-299-2460

www.middlewestspirits.com

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

www.experiencecolumbus.com

www.germanvillage.com

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

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