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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Eat and Drink Your Way Through Columbus

With craft distilleries, a new wave of microbreweries, and a growing restaurant scene, Ohio's capital city is a destination on the rise.


1. Where to Stay

The Junior Suite at the German Village Guest House.  

Ogle local art at the newly opened Hilton Downtown Columbus (from $169), which pairs an impressive collection of more than 200 works by Ohio artists—including a 31,000-crayon mosaic of the city skyline by Christian Faur—with a desirable location just south of the Short North, a once-gritty strip now populated by art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. Each of the 532 rooms has contemporary good looks (wood paneling, neutral hues, overhead murals), but book one of the deluxe suites, which feature original collages by artists like Ryan Orewiler and Randy Jones.

Spread out in one of 44 rooms at the Lofts (from $169), a former plumbing-supply warehouse in the Arena District that reopened as the city’s first boutique hotel in 1998. Following a recent refurbishment, the building’s industrial bones—exposed pipes, massive picture windows, and soaring ceilings—are now tempered by mustard- and rust-colored accents, pillow-top mattresses, and Frette linens.

Avoid doilies or overbearing innkeepers at the German Village Guest House (from $175), a pair of converted homes—one Italianate, the other a turn-of-the-century shotgun—on a cobblestone street a few blocks from Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, the go-to spot for brats and beer. All five rooms sport clean lines and conveniences like stereos, free WiFi, and a stockpile of local guidebooks and magazines, but the recently renovated Junior Suite, outfitted in gray, black, and red, is the sharpest of the bunch.

Published on Oct 19, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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