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Saturdays in Columbus? Yes!

January 30, 2018

What are you doing this Saturday? What are you doing this weekend? How often do you think about that early in the week when you don’t have other plans already nailed down? Columbus has a weekend vacation alternative for you during the Winter months that might be surprising. Come on a Friday night and take in a great dinner or a show at one of our local theaters. Do some shopping at our malls and retail stores, or do window shopping with a stroll down Broadway.   Then, on Saturday morning, visit Market Days on Broadway, our year-round Saturday morning craft and farmer’s market. Encompassing several blocks, you will find all kinds of things to look at, buy, and bring home! Schedule a local historical and sightseeing tour. Visit one of our great museums. Take a walk along the Riverwalk and the Chattahoochee River. Enjoy a bike ride and some great outdoor fun!   There is absolutely no reason to sit at home on a weekend in the Winter when Columbus is nearby and offers adventure, fun, beauty, access to the outdoor experiences and indoor learning, great food, markets and shopping, music, and so much more! This isn’t meant to be an advertisement. It is an invitation to a great weekend of experiences and enjoyment that is available in a concentrated and accessible area. Check out some of the great Things to Do in Columbus and get started planning your weekend trip! 

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Warm Up A Cold Winter Weekend With a Visit to Columbus!

January 16, 2018

The weather outside is still frightful with cold January weather. It might be easy to just shut it down and stay home. But, why not get cozy and warm with a winter weekend of great food, a show, and some of the best museums and shopping in the Deep South!   Make sure to visit one of our fantastic restaurants where world class chefs and creative cooks put together meals that will make your mouth water!  And, after your meal, stroll over to Iron Bank Coffee for one of the best local coffee shops around!   On a Saturday, visit the Coca-Cola Space Science Center! If you love space exploration, this interactive museum is a great place to visit! From the website: “Take a trip to the International Space Station aboard our Brand New Space Shuttle Odyssey, explore real NASA artifacts, enjoy our flight simulators, see space themed shows in our state-of-the-art Digistar 4 Omnisphere Theater - and more!”   For logding, check out one of our great hotels that we have available! You can stay Uptown or around town! There are many options that will make your visit to Columbus convenient and comfortable - and we have lodging for every price range with all kinds of amenities, luxuries, and conveniences!   We spend a lot time on this blog talking about upcoming events and letting you know what is going on in Columbus. It is alway something! But, we also wanted to let you know that on just a normal weekend in the Winter, you can still have a great time! Come visit us!

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At the End of the Year, Explore Columbus In the Week Between Christmas and New Year’s Day!

December 27, 2017

All of the wrapping paper is put away, the tree is growing brittle, the cookies and egg nog have been consumed (too much so), family and guests have gone home (or not), and the family is growing restless. What do you do in the last days of the year that are short, cold, and often aimless? Columbus has some options for you!   If you live in the Mid-South area, Columbus is just a bit over an hour’s drive from Montgomery and Atlanta. It makes for a perfect place for an overnight trip to visit military and history museums, take nature hikes, bike rides, walking tours, eat at great restaurants, catch a Broadway quality show, and explore the history and scenery of the Chattahoochee River Valley.   Take a local historic sightseeing tour that explores Columbus from many different angles. Or, plan a trip to the “Fantasy in Lights” at the incredible, beautiful, nearby Callaway Gardens and stay in Columbus as a home base. Visit the Smithsonian quality National Infantry Museum and the National Civil War Naval Museum . There is so much to do!   As the year winds down and you draw close to family, why not plan an adventure? An excursion to Columbus to explore, learn, eat great food, see amazing things, laugh, and play together?

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A Charlie Brown Christmas in Columbus?

December 15, 2017

It really is the most wonderful time of the year in Columbus, Georgia! But, will Charlie Brown discover the true meaning of Christmas? Can he push past all of the commercialization of the holiday and find what really matters? The River Center for the Performing Arts will be hosting this amazing show for the community on Monday evening, December 18th at 6:30pm. Why not add this to your Christmas festivities and be reminded what the season is all about?   A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schultz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over fifty years ago. Now the classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree, and uncover the true meaning of Christmas.   Half-priced tickets for children under age 12. Order discounted tickets through the RiverCenter box office at 706–256-3612.   Columbus has great shopping, museums, outdoor adventure, and traditional and festive ways to enjoy the Christmas holiday season in the Deep South. Catch a show, eat a great meal, do some shopping, and enjoy a walk along the river or down Broadway taking in the Christmas trees and lights and window shopping. As you do all of this with family, your spouse, or friends, think about what really most, what lasts, and what can be treasured and celebrated with deep meaning during this special time of year! 

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A Christmas Holiday Shopping Weekend in Columbus? Yes, Please!

November 29, 2017

Have you got your Christmas shopping done yet? Instead of just being a part of the rat race, why not make a weekend of it in Columbus? Columbus has dozens of specialty shops, department stores, a mall, window shopping on Broadway, an outdoor market, and so much more! And, instead of just doing some shopping and going straight home, plan a weekend full of fun, catch a Broadway show, experience the Christmas trees downtown, and make our Christmas shopping more of an event than a chore!   Plan a trip to Callaway Gardens for the Christmas lights, visit some of Columbus’ amazing museums, and have a world class dinner after your shopping is done! Why does Christmas shopping for loved ones and friends have to be a grind? Why not make it part of the celebration? Columbus offers all you could ask for!   For example, Peachtree Mall is one of the top indoor malls in the region:   Peachtree Mall is the only super-regional shopping center within 60 miles and is home to more than 100 specialty stores, four anchor stores, and several restaurants. Our compelling mix of retailers include; Dillard’s, Macy’s, JC Penney, At Home, and H&M. Peachtree Mall is the favored retail and dining destination in Southwest Georgia attracting over 10 million customer visits to the center each year.   Or, try out the walkable outdoor shopping at The Landings or The Shoppes at Bradley Park for more upscale shopping. With so many options to choose from, including all of the unique shops downtown, you’ll get all of your shopping done in one weekend and have a great time while you’re at it!   Let’s reclaim Christmas shopping from the crowds and the drudgery and madness and make it part of the fun of the holiday season! Columbus is a fantastic place to do that!

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Go All Out and Celebrate a Holiday Weekend in Columbus!

November 22, 2017

The time between Thanksgiving and the New Year is spent with Holiday fun, food, family, and plenty of festivities! Did you know that Columbus has all of that available to enjoy? Every weekend of the season has great food, music, festivities, plays and shows, exhibits, and so much more! Let’s take a look at what just one upcoming holiday weekend has to offer!   We kick off the Christmas season with the Broadway Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting on December 1st from 6:30-8:30 pm! There will be decorated Christmas trees lining Broadway and a lot more:   Christmas lovers rejoice as Santa is escorted in by his entourage, including special guest appearances from Santa, the Coca-Cola Polar Bear, and Mayor Teresa Tomlinson Sing along to traditional Christmas carols at the lighting of the giant Christmas tree and play in the SNOW! There will be hot chocolate, candy canes and lots of fun for the entire family. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite holiday attire and to bring their camera to partake in the many photo opportunities!   Over the weekend of December 1st - 3rd in Columbus, you can see the Broadway musical, Newsies, at the Springer Opera House or Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas or attend the CSU Broadway Ball all on Friday night! Then, you can enjoy shopping at an outdoor holiday market on Saturday morning at Market Days on Broadway. After that, fill your afternoon with wonder at a Victorian Christmas Open House at the National Civil War Museum and a One Hour Sightseeing Tour of the local attractions. End the evening with a great meal at one of our fabulous Uptown restaurants!   That is just one of our weekends over the holiday season! Of course, we have amazing places to shop and experience holiday fun, great restaurants to eat at, places to get treats, and it will all be decorated beautifully for Christmas! Hope to see you one of these weekends!

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Visit Christmas at Callaway Gardens and Stay in Columbus!

November 21, 2017

  Christmastime is here in West Georgia and we have fun and experiences for the whole family available for you to enjoy! Starting with Thanksgiving Weekend with shopping, events, plays, outdoor outings, and plenty of Christmas and Holiday festivities all the way through the New Year, Columbus and the West Georgia area is a great place to explore, spend a weekend, and enjoy the holiday season!   One of the premier destinations in the South for Christmas celebration is Callaway Gardens, less than an hour away from Columbus. Make plans to stay in Columbus at one of our great hotels and then drive to Callaway for their Fantasy in Lights Celebration! From now until January 6th, Callaway has over 8 million lights and 15 displays as well as a Christmas Village, dining options, breakfast and dinner shows, and all kinds of other holiday activities. A visit to Callaway Gardens is a perfect way to spend a holiday weekend! Staying in Columbus gives you lots of options for other activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment that you cannot find in any other adjacent community.   We hope to see you over the Holiday Season! 

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Go All Out for Food Trucks and Amazing Street Food!

November 7, 2017

Spend the weekend in Columbus as we host the 5th Annual Food Truck Festival over Veteran’s Day Weekend! Don’t you love street food? Food trucks? Those amazing little set ups with amazing offerings outside where you can see and smell what’s cooking? Imagine a street fair full of outdoor mobile kitchens ready for you to walk by and take a taste! That’s what will be available for the 5th Annual Food Truck Festival in Columbus on November 11th from 11am - 5pm.   Uptown Columbus & Atlanta Street Food Coalition will host the 5th Annual Food Truck Festival in Columbus, Georgia. Join us on November 11th from 11am - 5pm as Woodruff Park and Dillingham Bridge transform into a Food Truck Mecca. 25 GOURMET FOOD TRUCKS will set up in our backyard with DJ Dave Arwood playing jams all afternoon! The full list of trucks to come soon, as well as libations in our craft beer garden!   Admission cost $5 per person; children 12 and younger are free. Please bring $5 CASH to the gate. Again, CASH ONLY.   With dozens of restaurants represented, this will be one of the tastiest events of the year! Come enjoy the long Veteran’s Day weekend in Columbus and plan a visit to the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning as well as many of the other attractions in the area. Take in a show on Saturday evening at Springer Theater or enjoy the cool evening a walk along Broadway Uptown. With great food, music, museums, theater, and so much else to do, Columbus provides the perfect getaway for you to “go all out” and enjoy the weekend! 

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Go All Out for Adventure This Fall in Columbus!

August 25, 2017

With the weather cooling off a bit in the Fall, this is the best time of year in the South for outdoor fun, adventure, and exploring. Columbus is the premier weekend getaway for outdoor adventure combined with urban amenities in the Deep South. Where else can you plan a rafting trip, mountain biking, kayaking, zip lining, paint ball, a visit to a world class museum, and then an amazing dinner at a top flight restaurant followed by a Broadway caliber play and then late night live music? Columbus gives you all of those options go all out for adventure, great food, and amazing fun - all in the same place!   Recently, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer listed “Seven activities in Columbus that will get your adrenaline pumping.” That’s a great way to plan a weekend, isn’t it? Think about what will get your adrenaline pumping! The activities listed included:   Mountain Biking at Flat Rock Park The Columbus Escape Rooms Whitewater Rafting Laser Tag and Paintball Launch Trampoline Park   Intrigued yet? Make plans to join us in Columbus one weekend and go all out to experience all of this excitement and adventure. Or, kick back and enjoy lunch or dinner along the tree lined Broadway as you relax and take in an old, historic Southern city experiencing a 21st century renaissance! Fall is the best time for all of this and we hope to see you soon! 

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Inexpensive Family Activities For Every Season

July 28, 2017

Coca Cola-Space Science Center From my own experience as a Columbus native, as well as numerous TripAdvisor reviews, this is a Columbus gem and every member of your family – young or old – will love this adventure. Ever wanted to experience first-hand what it’s like to fly to the moon? Or land on Mars?

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