Experience Columbus for a safe and fun getaway!

Most of us have been confined to our houses or immediate vicinities for many months, possibly even cancelling trips elsewhere, but as you begin to feel more comfortable we encourage you to Experience Columbus for a not-far-from-home “staycation”! Feel safe knowing that more than 150 businesses in Columbus have signed the Live Forward Pledge, indicating they have made health and safety of their guests a priority upon operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of the city’s highest visitor touchpoints have leveled-up with third-party validation through the GBAC STAR™ Accreditation. You don’t have to travel far to feel far away, and we’ve rounded up a few great ideas you can consider. 

A new self-guided Short North Art Trail helps you explore and discover not only the great murals and public art in the area, but also the galleries and performance spaces, all without the crowds common during Gallery Hop.

Once downtown, you can easily access many of the city’s top attractions and cultural institutions. Eat your way around the world all within the walls of the North Market. Pay homage to our veterans past and present – across all eras of conflict and branches of service – at the one-of-a-kind National Veterans Memorial and Museum. Plus, be sure to get to the Columbus Museum of Art for the groundbreaking “Art After Stonewall” exhibit, which explores the impact of the LGBTQ civil rights movement on the art world and has been named among the top 10 most important exhibitions of the decade by Art News.

There are still plenty of opportunities to get outside and stay safely socially distanced with 253 acres of greenspace scattered throughout downtown. Grab a CoGo bike rental or take a walk along miles of mixed-use trails along the Scioto Mile that lead to the world’s largest outdoor climbing wall at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. Downtown is also the perfect starting point from which to explore Columbus’ unique neighborhoods, including the beautiful architecture of Victorian Village, the charming brick-lined streets of German Village or the up-and-coming Franklinton neighborhood.

Check out the “Experience Columbus” hotel packages page for staycation offers from the Moxy Columbus Short North, Graduate Columbus, Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph, Hilton Columbus Downtown, Drury Inn & Suites and Hotel LeVeque.

Our “Experience Columbus” getaway started with the Hilton Columbus Downtown…a very sleek hotel located in the PERFECT location for shopping, dining and exploring the Short North and surrounding areas. Room accommodations were great…super clean and sanitized, well-appointed, large room with modern touches. Safety is a HUGE priority…from checking in, to room access and dining in the hotel.

On to happy hour at Gallerie Bar and Bistro, located just above the lobby…for a fabulous Charcuterie Board, Calamari and Dirty Martini…ahhhhh. Vacation mode!

Wearing our face masks (MANDATORY in Columbus I’m thrilled to say!)

Next up…shopping! Many stores were open and awaiting customers to peruse the stocked shelves. Galleries were also open. Felt so good to be out and about!

On to The Guild House for dinner across the street from our hotel….our favorite Columbus restaurant by the famed Cameron Mitchell.

The Guild House is a unique rustic-modern dining room for sampling eclectic, globally inspired seasonal menus. I dined on the BEST scallop dish I’ve ever had (seriously beautiful and tasted FAB!), while my better half indulged in the lamb burger. OMG. On to the Torte for dessert…a Flourless chocolate cake, chocolate ganache, peanut butter mousse, vanilla tuille. Splurge, but worth it!

Back to the super comfy bed at the hotel! We awoke early and had breakfast at the hotel…then to the North Market… a 144-year-old vibrant public market made up of Ohio’s best independent merchants, farmers, and makers, where you can eat, drink, shop, and enjoy the best of what’s local, fresh, and authentic. We shopped strong at Penny’s Meats. They grind the freshest ground beef and pork daily. They also carry a wide selection of lamb and goat, plus so much more!

Don’t miss Block’s Bagels, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Market Blooms for flowers, and so much more!

We next ventured over to the Columbus Museum of Art (Included with the Roar & Explore pass, which offers a 20% savings on the city’s top attractions and is a great deal for visitors to make sure they hit all the top spots). The Columbus Museum of Art was the perfect escape on a rainy Saturday morning, filled with wonderful exhibits and a great museum store, all with our safety as a top priority. Again, MASK ON in Columbus!

Time for more shopping! We just couldn’t get enough…store after store, galleries, art murals in cute nooks…spend spend spend!

It was the perfect little getaway. We felt very safe in Columbus, and are already planning our next visit! Get out and go places…Mask On….and stay socially distanced while still experiencing other cities.

WE MUST KEEP RESTAURANTS, STORES AND HOTELS ALIVE!

Have fun and be safe!

– Patty Youkilis, Publisher

Laughter is the best medicine

Come be a part of making a difference in children’s lives! The 7th Annual Laughter is the Best Medicine event takes place on Friday, September 25, 2020 from 6:30 – 11:00 pm at The Syndicate, 18 E. 5th St., Newport, KY  41071, presented by Window World of Cincinnati.

Laughter is the Best Medicine supports the work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Support is crucial to St. Jude continuing its work without ever sending a family a bill. Laughter is the Best Medicine is an important part of fulfilling St. Jude’s mission: Finding Cures. Saving Children.

The event includes a sit-down dinner, open bar, live and silent auction, raffles, split-the-pot and a Comedy Show with a national headliner comedian, Ricky Glore. 

The venue is focused on safety with a hospital-grade HVAC, masks will be worn and are available, as is hand sanitizer throughout the site.

Decadence Productions, the premier event agency in Cincinnati, is producing this event. 

Single tickets, VIP tables and sponsorship packages are available. Visit www.windowworldcincinnati.com for tickets and more information.

Vacation deals in Mexico

As different destinations start opening up, calls are flooding in from folks who are desperate for a change of scenery. Whether you’re looking to travel this fall/winter or planning ahead to 2021 and beyond, our resort partners are welcoming guests back with open arms and safety protocols in place to make sure you feel as safe and comfortable as possible. Two areas I’m selling the most are Cancun (and surrounding areas) & Los Cabos. Both destinations offering incredible promotions and some room categories that will blow you away!

Atelier Resort & Spa is one of my top picks located just north of Cancun in Playa Mujeres. My favorite room category here is the Inspira Master Suite. With 24 hour room service, indoor/outdoor rooftop living area and private pool, you’d never even have to leave your room! The beach here is wonderful and the staff will deliver meals to your oceanfront Bali bed. 

With the buy 4 nights get two free promo going on, now is a great time to book! 

Whale watching season in Los Cabos is from Dec – April, so now is a great time to lock in your travel dates to experience this momentous event! Nobu Los Cabos is one of my top picks for travelers who are looking for a 5 star luxury resort with an exceptional culinary experience. From the moment you arrive, you will be swept away by the serenity, beauty and simple yet elegant touches that Nobu offers. I highly recommend a Jr Suite Private Pool Oceanfront room for your stay! 

Contact me today for pricing and availability for your next getaway!

Debbie Boyd, Travel Happy Agency – 513-275-8086/ e-mail – debbie@travelhappyagency.com website: travelhappyagency.com

Private dining: Beautiful outside and in

This year has shown us how important it is to cherish the good times with  family and friends. Prime Cincinnati can offer a safe space for your get-together. Outdoors on their Urban Oasis Patio or inside one of their private rooms. Let them provide peace of mind for your group with social  distance tables, knowledgeable staff, and strict adherance to guidelines. 

The smaller of their two patios can accommodate up to 10 while the larger patio can seat 30. Inside, there is a small Grotto for 6 and the largest, 580 Room, can hold up to 60. All while maintaining the necessary precautions. 

Enjoy your friends and family. Enjoy the summer before it is gone. Enjoy yourself! Enjoy private dining at Prime Cincinnati. 

Email Elise.Lemen@PrimeCincy.com today to book your event.

Vacation deals in Mexico

As different destinations start opening up, calls are flooding in from folks who are desperate for a change of scenery. Whether you’re looking to travel this fall/winter or planning ahead to 2021 and beyond, our resort partners are welcoming guests back with open arms and safety protocols in place to make sure you feel as safe and comfortable as possible. Two areas I’m selling the most are Cancun (and surrounding areas) & Los Cabos. Both destinations offering incredible promotions and some room categories that will blow you away!

Atelier Resort & Spa is one of my top picks located just north of Cancun in Playa Mujeres. My favorite room category here is the Inspira Master Suite. With 24 hour room service, indoor/outdoor rooftop living area and private pool, you’d never even have to leave your room! The beach here is wonderful and the staff will deliver meals to your oceanfront Bali bed. 

With the buy 4 nights get two free promo going on, now is a great time to book! 

Whale watching season in Los Cabos is from Dec – April, so now is a great time to lock in your travel dates to experience this momentous event! Nobu Los Cabos is one of my top picks for travelers who are looking for a 5 star luxury resort with an exceptional culinary experience. From the moment you arrive, you will be swept away by the serenity, beauty and simple yet elegant touches that Nobu offers. I highly recommend a Jr Suite Private Pool Oceanfront room for your stay! 

Contact me today for pricing and availability for your next getaway!

Debbie Boyd, Travel Happy Agency – 513-275-8086/ e-mail – debbie@travelhappyagency.com website: travelhappyagency.com

TedX Cincinnati will look different this year

This year TEDxCincinnati is excited to try a new show format that allows for attendees to be safely socially distanced while still experiencing speakers who will share unique perspectives and ideas. We are excited to announce the first ever TEDxCincinnati Drive-In Main Stage Event on August 27, 2020 at the Holiday Auto Drive-In. 

Do you love TED Talks? Anyone who is interested in innovative ideas, authentic stories, and interesting people will not want to miss this new experience in the TEDxCincinnati community. TEDxCincinnati is an experience unlike any other, and this year we are excited to be exploring new settings and trying new things. The Drive-In Main Stage Event will feature local speakers and performances on the mega screen along with a live emcee. The full line up of speakers is available online at TEDxCincinnati.com. 

“Members of the TEDxCincinnati Community come to our events with open hearts and minds,” says TEDxCincinnati’s founder and Executive Director, Jami Lah. “It’s all about shifting perspectives and sharing authentic stories with each other.” The TEDxCincinnati mission is to “Live Consciously, Be Authentic, and Empower Others.” The TEDxCincinnati Drive-In Event will be the first TEDx event in the country to be held at a drive-in theatre. 

Tickets for the Drive-In Main Stage Event are available for purchase online at TEDxCincinnati.com. Attendees should plan on arriving between           7:00-7:45 PM and the show will begin promptly at 8:15 PM. Holiday Auto’s Drive-In concession stand will be open so attendees can purchase snacks and beverages. See you on August 27!