This past weekend I finally traveled somewhere. I say finally since I truly hadn’t been anywhere since November if you can imagine. Yes, there are much worse things in life to have to contend with but by the time the new year rolled around, I was definitely itching to see surroundings other than my current ones.
While my destination wasn’t nearly as special OR glamorous OR warm as my first travels of last year (click here if you forget where they were), I still had fun. Sometimes there is nothing better than being able to get away if just for the weekend, stay somewhere new, and feast on some delicious food finds.
We spent a fun and very cold 48 hours in the Ohio state capital of Columbus. While I’ve been to Cleveland multiple times and spent a fun overnight in the charming small town of Chagrin Falls, and enjoyed seeing the beautiful fall colors on display at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, I had never been anywhere else in the state. Between the fact that I could go away for 2 nights and not have to take time off from work and was able to stay for free at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Columbus thanks to Marriott points, it seemed like a perfect destination. So here’s in a nutshell all that I did:
There was delicious Cuban food consisting of tostones, mariquitas and a Cubano (the Plantain Cafe in the downtown is absolutely delightful and with excellent food)
There were small plates later that night at the Flat Iron diner (the building’s design was exactly like that of the famous Flat Iron building in New York City
There was a hockey game at the Nationwide Arena where I saw my hometown team of the Philadelphia Flyers give away a huge lead to the Columbus Blue Jackets
There was a terrific food tour in which I feasted on a bevy of delicious eats
There was also some pretty cool street art in the city’s Short North neighborhood
And then there was the beautiful Ohio Statehouse-seriously, how stunning is that cupola?
And the best part of it all? Buckeye macarons from the awesome patisserie Pistachia Vera…well, I’m only semi-kidding here. (If you don’t know what buckeyes are, click here)
All in all, I had a really neat time in Columbus (minus the horrific wind chills and cold temperatures) and already look forward to going back…just in warmer weather.
Have you traveled anywhere in 2015 yet?