Go All Out for Dinner and a Play on a Winter Weekend
With the new year starting and the holidays behind us, it is time to begin anew and get back into some rhythm and routine. But, part of that routine should be regular excursions into the arts, food, music, and weekends spent relaxing, exploring, and recharging. Columbus enables you to do that in many ways, but one of the specific jewels of the city is the Springer Opera House and their amazing productions. Of Mice and Men is the next play up in the Springer schedule and taking in a performance over the next couple of weeks should be at the center of weekend plans.
The description of the adaptation of this classic Steinbeck novel:
Of Mice and Men is set in California during the Great Depression, and follows two migrant workers George, a sharp but uneducated, short-tempered man, and Lennie, a large but simple-minded man. Together they hope to one day acquire their own piece of land. But when Lennie stirs up trouble on the job, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards his version of the American dream.
Showtimes: January 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 PM & January 29 at 2:30 PM
And, before the play (or after), check out 11th and Bay, one of our favorite restaurants in Columbus. 11th and Bay is a “Southern table” restaurant that takes some of the best local fare that Georgia and the Deep South has to offer, combines it with a unique twist with culinary influences from around the world, and creates an experience that will leave you thinking about it months later. The photo is of their scallops that we had months ago and it is still remembered fondly! Time to go back for more!
(Photo Credit: Alan Cross)
Unseasonably Warm January Weather Invites You to Enjoy River Rafting In Columbus!
With the forecast for the next week or so showing temperatures in the 70s, Columbus (and the South) is enjoying an incredibly warm winter. With a good bit of rain having come through the region over the past month, the water levels are higher than they were back in the summer as well. All of this combines for the opportunity to go all out and conquer the outdoors by engaging in some summer fun … in January!
From whitewater rafting on the world’s longest urban whitewater course, to kayaking, to a zip line across the Chattahoochee River, to geocaching, there is plenty of outdoor fun to be had in Columbus along the river right in the middle of winter. Contact Whitewater Columbus for rates and scheduled rafting trips. We just called them a few minutes ago and they said they had trips available for this weekend. Why not hit the river when the weather feels like Spring but the crowds haven’t clued in yet? What better time to go all out and enjoy the outdoors than now? Plus, your body could use the workout to start to melt away the winter lethargy!
The Columbus area has so much to do, so much to enjoy, and so many outdoor activities to take part in. Traditionally, the summers are hot and long and the Spring and Fall is much too short. Winters can be cold and wet. We try to do a lot of outdoor activities during the summer, but the heat can be challenging. When we get warm spells in the winter, Columbus has outdoor activities waiting for you to enjoy, just like during the summer. You don’t have to wait till the temperatures are in the 90s. You can enjoy the outdoors around Columbus now!
Categories: River Fun, on Thursday, January 19, 2017
Plan a Visit to the Columbus Museum Over the Holidays and Into the New Year!
Plan a Visit to the Columbus Museum Over the Holidays and Into the New Year!
Looking for something to do with kids and family over the Holiday season that combines learning, art, history, and amazing experiences? The Columbus Museum has all of that in interactive displays that demonstrates the art and history of the entire region in Smithsonian-like quality. It is more of a cultural center than it is just a museum.
The Columbus Museum was founded in 1953 on the estate of W.C. Bradley and after expansions in 1989, has grown into one of the largest museums in the Southeast. The museum is “unique for its dual concentration on American art and regional history, displayed in its permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and educational programs.”
The Museum encompasses 89,000 square feet, “including an interactive children’s gallery, a 300-seat auditorium, and a large atrium for special events. Galleries showcase both permanent and temporary exhibitions on regional history and American art, while a multimedia theater offers a film exploring the history and culture of the Chattahoochee Valley.”
You’ll want to be sure to visit the Chattahoochee Legacy Gallery, “which traces the history of the Chattahoochee River Valley. The gallery includes archeological excavations and life-size dioramas of an ancient Native American dwelling, a turn-of-the-century schoolhouse, an urban slave cabin and a 20th century army tent from Fort Benning.” School-aged children and adults will learn things they never knew before about ways that the Creek Indians and early settlers and slaves influenced the history of the region.
And, of course, the Columbus Museum has art. “The American art collection includes paintings, sculpture and decorative arts from the Colonial period to the present. Special highlights of this tour will include artists like Charles Willson Peale, Albert Bierstadt, Lee Krasner, Stuart Davis and Louise Nevelson.” In addition, visit the new permanent collection installation, By the People, For the People: 300 Years of American Art from the Permanent Collection.
As you plan the days after Christmas and into the New Year, the Columbus Museum is a fascinating stop for the whole family!
Making Holiday Memories in Columbus!
Sleigh bells ring … snow falling … winter wonderland … white Christmas! Can you see it? Can you dream it? Well, if you are enjoying Christmas, New Year’s, and the Holiday season in the Deep South, you might not have much snow or many sleigh bells, but we have our own traditions and memory-making experiences! And, Columbus is a perfect setting for it.
Sometimes, just getting out in the cool air and taking a walk downtown is one of the best holiday experiences. Broadway in Uptown Columbus is the perfect place to window shop, hear some great music, have a wonderful meal, and step back in time amidst the beautiful architecture of the 1800s along the tree lined boulevard. The fountains, the gazebo, Christmas lights all over, having a latte and a pastry at the Iron Bank Coffee Co. . . . and so much more!
Make memories this holiday season by enjoying the new Kilwins fudge shop which just opened at 1230 Broadway. Fudge, peanut brittle, all kinds of delectable candies, gifts, and more are now available in this newest edition of the reemergence of Broadway as a major shopping, dining, and cultural center. And, what could be better for Christmas than the aroma of fudge in an old fashioned candy shop?
Uptown Columbus is the perfect place to make Christmas memories for the future . . . and to think back on Christmas past. Don’t let Christmas fun and celebrations end on December 25th. Columbus will keep enjoying the season all the way through the New Year and we would love for you to join us!
Lots of Holiday Fun to Be Had In Columbus, GA!
As you make your Christmas and New Year’s holiday vacation plans, make sure to check out the Columbus Calendar! Upcoming events, shows, holiday activities, shopping, dining, and so much more is happening over the next few weeks - all with holiday themes and holiday fun! Whether you are doing some final Christmas shopping (or just getting started), wanting a Christmas getaway, or are looking for a day or two of fun, rest, fine dining, and exploring in the days after Christmas, you have lots of options in Columbus.
What about a presentation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol? On December 22 at 7:30pm, the River Center for the Performing Arts right in Uptown Columbus gives you an opportunity to explore the ghosts of Christmas past and future as old Ebenezer Scrooge learns what it means to be transformed by the holiday season. This classic tale will come to life for you and your family in a way that will make this season one to remember! This particular production of A Christmas Carol will be presented by the Nebraska Theater Caravan.
The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse, has been touring Charles Jones’ delightful adaptation of A Christmas Carol since 1979. The Caravan’s Carol, which weaves traditional Christmas carols throughout the narrative, is probably the most widely produced production of Dickens’ in the nation, annually performing for more than 100,000 people in more than 60 cities across the country.
Or, after the Christmas rush when all of the wrapping paper is put away and the last guests leave, make plans to come to Columbus for a getaway. Stay in one of our great hotels, eat some of the best food in the South, and take a couple of days to unwind! More on those options later … but for now, when you plan to go out over the holiday season, going all out in Columbus is sure to please and make it a truly merry Christmas!
Go Lights Out and Celebrate Christmas At Callaway Gardens!
You'll find so many things to do in and around Columbus, GA during the holidays...performances at the Springer Opera House, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, taking in the lights on Broadway in Uptown Columbus and so much more! If you decide to venture out of the city, there's no shortage of holiday cheer to be found. In fact, Callaway Gardens’ “Fantasy In Lights”, just 30 miles from Columbus, is THE place in the South to celebrate Christmas! Actually, National Geographic ranked it the #4 place in the world to see Holiday Lights (right behind places like Vienna, Brussels, and Copenhagen)!
Eight million lights sparkle in the wooded landscape of this resort complex … Woodland displays depict such holiday scenes as the March of the Toy Soldiers or nature themes such as Snowflake Valley. Two beach scenes with moving lights tell the stories of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and the Nativity. The resort’s onsite Christmas Village features shopping, dining, and Santa.
Enjoy the “Fantasy in Lights Character Breakfast,” the “Holiday Dinner Show Featuring ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas,’” “Story Time With Mrs. Claus,” shopping, and so much more!
A trip to Callaway Gardens has become a staple of the holiday season in the South. Columbus is a perfect place to stay and make a “home base” while visiting the lights and the sights at Callaway. While you are here, you will have access to more entertainment, music, great food, and even more Christmas fun for the whole family!
Have you been to Callaway Gardens before and it has become a Christmas tradition for you and your family? Stay and extra day, relax, and enjoy the time at Callaway with further fun in Columbus. Have you never been before and are looking for something memorable to do this Christmas season? Make a trip to Callaway and spend a day or two with us in Columbus as well. We’ll leave the lights on for you!
Looking for even more holiday fun in Columbus? There's plenty of things to get out and do with family and out-of-town guests. Make sure you check the Event Calendar to get all the details!
Categories: Events, on Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Make Christmas Shopping an Event in Columbus, GA!
You have to get your Christmas shopping done, right? Only a few more weeks! But, why trudge through the same old stores in the same old places? Take some time and make your Christmas shopping and experience that you will remember. Make it … Magical! Columbus has everything you could ask for in the way of retail shopping from a huge mall and retail stores of every variety, to boutique shops in Uptown. No matter which approach you take for your Christmas shopping, Columbus has what you are looking for.
Peachtree Mall, in Columbus, describes itself as, “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, H&M, Forever 21 red, Buckle, Hollister Co., LOFT, Aéropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Verizon, Best Buy Mobile, Charlotte Russe, Zumiez, Gymboree, Bath & Body Works, The Children’s Place, Victoria’s Secret, Hot Topic, Game Stop, Torrid, Best Buy Mobile, GNC, PacSun, New York & Co., Lids, and the only double-decker carousel in Columbus. Peachtree Mall is the favored retail and dining destination in Southwest Georgia attracting over 10 million customer visits to the center each year.”
And, that is just part of the abundant shopping experience that you will have with when you “go all out” to Columbus for the holidays. Window shopping along Broadway and Uptown, getting a latte at Iron Bank Coffee, sitting outside on and watching the Christmas shoppers walk by, enjoying the crisp air, a pastry, and a great meal while street musicians play … all of that can make what used to be just “getting your shopping list checked off” into an actual Christmas holiday experience! And, stay the night, take in a show, and make a weekend of it! Who says that all the fun has to be on Christmas Day? Make the whole month a joyous, fun, celebration of the season - and make Columbus a part of it!
Categories: Shopping, on Friday, December 9, 2016
Go All Out Under the Sea!
Do you want to do something memorable and different during the holiday season? Do you want to bring a bit of Disney into your Christmas plans? Make sure that you mark your calendars and order tickets to the historic and beautiful Springer Opera House’s production of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid now through December 23! The music, acting, sets, and design will amaze and inspire you. And, of course, this is a production that is great for the whole family!
The Springer is a unique place to catch incredible theater productions. From its own description:
“The Springer Opera House is a non-for-profit professional theatre that produces 11 shows annually with some of the nation's most sought after talent from Los Angeles to New York. It is the home of the Springer Theatre Academy, the largest theatre training program for young adults in the Southeast. It is also the home of the Columbus chapter of the Georgia Film Academy. Built in 1871, the Springer is on the registry for National Historic Landmark and was named the State Theatre of Georgia by Governor Jimmy Carter in 1971.”
While you are there for the show, plan to walk among the Christmas lights on Broadway in Uptown Columbus. Grab some dinner at one of our amazing restaurants near the river. Take in the sights and sounds and make it a weekend of Christmas fun! Columbus has more to offer than you know, but it will take you following Ariel’s lead to go all out and be part of our world!
Go All Out For Blues, Jazz, Rock, and More
As the holidays near and you look for places to go and things to do with friends and your special someone, the music scene in Columbus is worth checking out. On 1032 Broadway, The Loft in Uptown, keeps opening their doors to some of the best local acts this side of Atlanta. A restaurant and a music club, The Loft is at the center of the Columbus musical experience throughout the week and especially on the weekends. Blues and Jazz are plentiful, but the lineup is varied with independent bands as well as touring bands from around the country. Make sure you check out The Loft’s schedule, especially during the Holidays to help create that perfect weekend.
If you are interested in music history, make time to also check out the Ma Rainey House and Blues Museum on 805 5th Avenue. Ma Rainey was known as the “Mother of the Blues.” She mentored and toured with some of the greatest names in blues and jazz during her time, such as Louis Armstrong, Thomas A. Dorsey, Blind Blake, and more. She was revered as a pioneer of the Blues genre and her former home-turned-museum tells her story and part of the story of American music.
Whether you find street performers, music clubs, or voices from days gone by, music is where Columbus’ past and present meet to create a beautiful sound to carry the city into the future. Spend a weekend with us and enjoy what Columbus has to offer. Maybe you’ll leave singing a different tune than before!
Stay In Columbus for the Weekend this Fall and Experience Something New!
Enjoying a weekend getaway can be a lost art these days. In a time when we are constantly connected with our responsibilities and our schedules are almost always full with events, work, tasks, and so many things to do, just getting some time away for yourself or with your significant other can almost seem like an overwhelming task. When is the last time you planned a date with your spouse? You carved out some space for yourself to explore something new? To learn and have an enriching experience? Columbus offers you the chance to do all of that in a unique, historically rich and beautiful Southern town just waiting to be discovered.
As the holidays approach, think about creating a magical Christmas experience for a weekend. Take in a play at the Springer Opera House. Eat at one of Columbus’ top restaurants. Plan a visit to one of the many local attractions, such as world-class museums, theaters, or the beautiful Riverwalk. Plan to go shopping at one of the many local retail stores. And, stay for the weekend at one of Columbus’ several dozen hotels. There is so much to do, you’ll never grow bored. Or, if you just want to relax and take a walk down Broadway or along the Riverwalk after a great meal and some live music at one of several music venues Uptown, you can do that too.
Life doesn’t have to keep you confined to schedules, tasks, and duties. The weekend is for adventure, experiencing something new, and perhaps rekindling old flames. Columbus gives you every opportunity to experience a new take on an old Southern tradition - having fun!
Uptown Columbus Fall Food Truck Festival Coming Next Weekend!
Do you love regional flavors and foods of all kinds? Food trucks? Variety? Walking around and trying different options a little at a time on a gorgeous Fall day along the Chattahoochee River? Who wouldn’t love that? Well, you get a chance to experience all of that and more Saturday, November 12th during Uptown's Fall Food Truck Festival!
Here are the details:
Bring your family and friends for a day of food and fun on November 12th from 11am until 6 pm as Woodruff Park and Dillingham Bridge transform into a Food Truck Mecca. 25+ GOURMET FOOD TRUCKS will be set up along with DJ Dave Arwood playing jams all afternoon! In addition to the Food Trucks, there will be a Craft Beer Garden.
Admission is $5 (cash only) per person; children 12 and younger are free. Credit cards and cash will be accepted by the vendors. For more information, go to www.UptownColumbusGA.com or call 706-596-0111.
What better way to spend a Saturday? What easier way to try those restaurants that you’ve only heard about one bite at a time? Columbus is becoming one of the better restaurant scenes in the South with great chefs opening eateries and offering their creations to the city and the region. Here’s your chance to take advantage of a great opportunity to try a little taste of Columbus at a time.
Columbus is a town that is designed for both residents and visitors to “Go all out!” with all kinds of experiences, tastes, sights, sounds, and adventures. Stay the weekend for the Food Festival and taste and see what Columbus really has to offer! “All out Yum!” is right!
Go All Out for the Columbus Walking Food Tours!
“Where food meets history!”
Now that the weather is getting a bit cooler and Fall is officially here, Columbus throws out the white table cloths on Saturdays for a mix of history, food, and fun with the Columbus Walking Food Tours! Starting October 29th at 11am on Saturdays, join a guide for a walk through Columbus history and culinary delights. This tour will help you understand what has come before in Columbus and what is happening now in what is becoming one of the best culinary scenes in the South. There’s no hospitality like Southern hospitality, and Columbus will do you up right!
Your walk through Uptown Columbus and to five local eateries will give you a great taste of some of the best restaurants anywhere and will place it all in a culinary and historic context. Plus, walking from one restaurant to another will help get you prepared to try even more! Of course, this can be only one part of your weekend. Take in a show at the Springer Opera House where plays and musicals take place on the big stage. Here’s a travel tip - check out the listings for upcoming shows here; then make plans to take in dinner and a show (or a couple) for the whole weekend! Or visit a museum or take in some live music on Broadway. The choices go on and on!
One of the best ways to understand a city and a region is to taste the local food served up by the best of its chefs. Experiencing the art, theater, music, architecture, and history of a place helps you to appreciate the culture even more and topping that off with a “taste of the town” will leave you with a unique Southern experience that you’ll remember for a long time to come! Go all out with a pursuit of great “foodie” experiences and then come back again and again!
Fall Weekends in Columbus
A visitor from Montgomery writes:
“Last weekend, I took my boys out for the day on Saturday in Uptown Columbus for lunch, some exploring, and a trip to the National Infantry Museum. We still can’t believe how much Columbus has to offer so close to Montgomery. We had a great lunch of burgers at The Black Cow, explored the history of our nation’s military in a state-of-the-art museum in Columbus, and walked along the river front watching the rafters and kayakers on a beautiful Fall Saturday evening. The boys were pretty blown away by all that they saw and I was reminded again how Columbus is becoming one of our “go to” places to visit.
What struck me most, though, was how much was going on on a normal Saturday in late October. There was a race happening with dozens of runners. Street musicians, People eating at outdoor cafes along Broadway and other side streets. Music was in the air and storefronts were open. People were everywhere just walking around, enjoying the day, and enjoying their company with each other. And, the unique thing about it is that there was not a major event happening. It was just a weekend in Columbus.
When we want to get out of town and experience something new, we go to Columbus now. I heartily recommend it and am telling everyone in Montgomery that they have to travel over to Columbus and see what is happening. Next, we are going to spend the weekend because there were too many museums and attractions to visit in just one day.”
Spend This Weekend in Columbus at the “Way Down Film Festival”
Are you a film lover? Want to meet filmmakers and hear about how films are made? Columbus is host to the Way Down Film Festival this weekend, October 21-22, at the Springer Opera House. This is the first of its kind film festival to be held in Columbus, and because of that, it promises to be a revolutionary weekend for the arts in the South.
The Way Down Film Festival “was founded on the principle to support the blooming, underground arts; to enhance awareness through exciting short films that shed light on the periphery, express triumph over tragedy, and allow audiences…feeling inspired and connected.”
The aspirations of conference organizers are far from small, as they want to help contribute to the growing film scene in Columbus. As Georgia itself becomes a center for film making, Columbus is leveraging its artistic and dramatic history to be a part of that larger story.
This weekend festival promises to be one of the most interesting weekends of the year with creative, artistic, talented people putting forward their offerings. Go all out and make plans to stay the whole weekend, visit other Columbus attractions, eat some amazing food, and experience the Way Down Film Festival!
Family Action Pack – the Weekend Challenge Begins in Columbus, Georgia
No matter the age, finding things to keep the family entertained on the weekends can be tough, and making kids put the electronics down is even harder. What do kids want these days in terms of weekend, family getaways? How about something they’ll remember for years to come? Challenge your family to an adventure packed weekend full of racing, rafting, zip lining, simulators and foodie fun.
Chattahoochee Challenge Adventure Race Weekend -- The family that adventures together, stays together. TriColumbusGa is hosting its third annual Chattahoochee Challenge Adventure Race November 19th. The race is open to all levels, requiring minimal orienteering or map reading skills, and it’s perfect for an adventurous family. The race consists of hiking, running, biking, whitewater rafting, zip lining, and more.
The race challenges families to work together, navigating their way through the course using plotting and mapping techniques, checking off points as they progress. This year, the race adds whitewater rafting and zip lining for extra points. To find more details about the race, and how it works CLICK HERE:
Grub -- Once the race is finished, everyone’s going to be hungry. Participants can show their race bibs at participating restaurants for 15% off the bill. Columbus’ local food scene is within walking distance of the race. This includes more than 10 locally owned and operated restaurants. Expect everything from homemade pizzas and southern classics like BBQ and burgers, to one of top 40 best restaurants in the country, EPIC.
Explore -- Columbus offers more adventure opportunities. And a bike rental connects most of them. Start at the Columbus Ga Whitewater park where families can paddle their way through the longest urban whitewater course, and top USA Today 12 man-made adventure in the world, zip line at 30mph over the Chattahoochee River, or take on a three level ropes course! Paddleboard and kayaks are also available for rent. Hone water skills with kayak lessons and even try Paddle Board Yoga. Namaste, adventure seekers!
Ride along the Chattahoochee RiverWalk to some of Columbus’ amazing points of interests… the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus and the National Infantry Museum, just named the #1 FREE National Museum in the country. Total cruise time is roughly 20 miles there and back.
November 18th-20th in Columbus, Georgia offers a weekend full of family adventure. Get the family off the iPads, out of the house, and give them a weekend they’ll remember for a lifetime!
Categories: Events, on Monday, October 17, 2016
Planning your weekends, freetime, holidays and more just got a whole lot easier with the advent of a new and improved Event Calendar that lists all sorts of activities in and around Columbus. You can, of course, search for a particular day, a stretch of several days, whatever time frame you need. Or you can even find out what's going on at a particular venue or search by the type of event you're looking for. At any time, there's usually more than 500 events listed and this time of year, that number usually swells and it can be hard to keep up with what's going on, when and where! This new Event Calendar will help you organize your fun time so you can squeeze in as much as possible. Check it often as new events are being added all the time!
Go All Out for Amazing Live Music in Columbus!
If you love live music, Columbus is the place to be on the weekends - or during the week! Whether you are looking for local music venues like The Loft, museums that feature music pioneers like Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, the Mother of the Blues, or you want to visit the second oldest orchestra in the nation, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, there is something in Columbus for every kind of music lover!
Plan your weekend to Columbus by getting a great meal on Friday night in one of our many local restaurants and then walk over to The Loft and enjoy great music, comedy, and local artists. Wednesdays feature a quest to preserve the historic sound of Georgia Blues that has been important in shaping the local music culture. A walk along Broadway you’ll likely hear street musicians filling the night air with their offerings.
Perhaps musical comedy is your thing? The Springer Opera House is running Sister Act through October 9th. You won’t want to miss this hilarious and musically stunning adaptation of the 1992 film that have been loved by generations of movie goers.
Not many cities combine a vibrant food, music, arts, museum, and cultural history scene like Columbus does. Plan a weekend visit and take it all in. You’ll come back again and again! Check out our schedule for upcoming events, festivals, and concerts at VisitColumbusGa.com!
(Photo credit: http://www.tuskegee-morehouse.com/photos.asp)
Go All Out for the 81st Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic!
October 8, 2016
Are you ready for some football?!? With the Fall cool-down right around the corner and football season in full swing, Columbus gets ready to bring in the marching bands, majorettes, tailgaters, and cheerleaders! The whole week (October 2-8) leading up to the 81st Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic will be filled with events celebrating this gridiron tradition. From a golf tournament to parade to tailgating to the game itself and all the pageantry surrounding it all the way to the after-party, you won’t want to miss make sure that you make your reservations now to enjoy the whole football weekend in Columbus!
The first first Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic was played in Columbus in 1936. But, this game has been going on even longer - 110 years! The game is now being used as a fundraiser to help raise scholarship funds for college-bound men and women. The host hotel is the Columbus Marriott Hotel right in the middle of Uptown Columbus. Tickets to the game are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate.
What better way to spend a weekend in Columbus than to add in some football for a great cause, enjoy the great restaurants, night life, and beauty of this great Southern town, and explore all that Columbus has to offer! You’ll come for the game, but be blown away by a full realm of options to make this an amazing weekend with family, friends, and fellow football fans!
Columbus Marriott Hotel (Picture from marriott.com)
Categories: on Friday, September 23, 2016
Theatre Lovers Go All Out in Columbus, GA!
(Inside of the Springer Opera House, Columbus)
In addition to everything else that Columbus has to offer, there is a burgeoning theater scene in Columbus that surprises visitors, but makes perfect sense to locals. If you know the history of Columbus, you know that the city was one of the major cultural centers of the South between New York and New Orleans in the period after the Civil War. That included the theater, with many big names stopping in to play shows over the years.
The Springer Opera House, built in 1871, and named the State Theater of Georgia by Governor Jimmy Carter, is the most historically significant of the theaters in Columbus, if not the Southeast. Come and gaze upon the stage that once hosted the likes of Edwin Booth (John Wilkes Booth’s brother), Oscar Wilde, Ethel Barrymore, and the bandleader John Philip Sousa – to name but just a few. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1978.
While The Springer has a great history, its present and future is just as bright. Check www.calendarcolumbusga.com for a full listing of upcoming shows and performances.
Not to be outdone, Columbus as created modern venues for the arts as well. Right in the heart of Uptown not far from The Springer, is the state of the art River Center for the Performing Arts From dinner theater to live shows to films, the River Center provides a unique venue for the arts that you will want to include in your visit.
There is so much to see in Columbus. Planning ahead is a must. Plan for a show, a museum visit, a taste of Columbus in the restaurants and breweries, outdoor adventures on the river, or just a walk along the River Walk. Whatever your mood or weekend goal, Columbus will have something for you!
Categories: on Monday, September 19, 2016
“The charisma of Columbus is nothing were it not for the true embodiment of hospitality. Throughout your stay, you’ll meet local paddlers, business owners, families and students whose true desire, it seems, is to share as much of their city and kindness with you as possible. If the charm of the city wasn’t enough, you may find yourself invited for a home cooked meal, game night, or the next group paddle or post-boating libation. Amidst the deep opportunity for adventure of every kind is a thread of rich, sincere welcoming to a forgotten part of the south. You’ll arrive an out-of-towner and assuredly leave as a surrogate member of this unique river community.”
Says, Lydia Cardinal, writing for the NRS (Northwest River Supply) website as she shares her experience with Columbus. Lydia shares how Columbus it is the perfect place to “go all out,” whether one wants adventure or a great meal, and how everything you would want for an incredible weekend is all in one place. This is what we’ve been saying, but it is great to hear it from a visitor in such a thorough and eloquent way!
This might be one of the best reviews of Columbus we’ve seen, and it comes from an expert in the river rafting scene in America and especially in the South. The fact that Columbus turned the Chattahoochee into the world’s longest urban whitewater course smack dab in the middle of a growing restaurant, arts, music, and museum scene makes a weekend spent rafting or kayaking a totally unique experience for the adventurer and foodie alike.
Lydia’s take on Columbus, saying, “The magnetism of Columbus seems to stem from the wicked collision of a growing college town and a burgeoning outdoor scene,” and “The true beauty of Columbus is its immediacy to quality adventure, grub, and entertainment and how easily you can jump back and forth,” help paint an accurate picture of exactly what a weekend in Columbus will look like for the traveler looking for a diverse (and unique) set of experiences. And, even if you aren’t a river rafter or kayaker, the energy of the river and the adventurers that it draws help charge the whole town with a rushing sense of wonder.
We’re glad that Lydia came to Columbus. Read her whole article and consider how you can go all out to craft your own experience!