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Calling All Super Heroes! And Super Hero Fans!

February 19, 2018

Are you the type that thinks about what kind of superpower you could have if you could only have one? Would you be able to fly? Have super strength? Have laser beams shoot out of your eyes? Be able to control people’s minds? Time travel? Our family will, from time to time, sit around the table (especially after having seen the latest Marvel or DC movie) and will talk about what it would be like to actually BE a super hero. You ever use your imagination that way?   Well, now, your imagination came come to life a bit more easily! Join us for the weekend of February 24-25 and go “All Out” for Super Hero Weekend 2018!  Candlewood Suites is providing a great deal on weekend stay for the festivities and there will be events at various places all weekend for you to enjoy and BE a super hero! And, maybe you’ll be needed to fight some bad guys along the way!   This will be a great weekend for kids and families to come together and have adventures all over town. From the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Superheroes and Villains Concert to the Masquerade Ball Pre-Party to the Columbus Comic and Toy Show, there will be things going on all weekend! Stay with us and come prepared for an intergalactic battle of good versus evil!   Columbus has special events, fun, concerts, festivals, plays, and amazing weekends planned year round! Make plans to join us one weekend this Spring. And, whether you come as a super hero, a villain, or yourself, you’ll be sure to have a great time! 

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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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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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Don’t Just Sit At Home for Oct/Nov Weekends in Columbus!

October 16, 2017

We’ve been saying it, but now it’s time to experience it! October and November weekends in Columbus along the Chattahoochee are the best time of year to “go all out” and experience the beauty and glory of Fall in the South, with cooler days and nights, changing colors, and festivities every weekend! Fall in Columbus means you can combine the outdoor activities that summer provides, like whitewater rafting in the Chattahoochee, biking, hiking, and Uptown walks, with the outdoor festivals that are our speciality!   Check out the festivals and special events over the next few weeks:   Arts on the River, Saturday, October 21, 2017 At 11:00Am - 5:00pm   “Arts on the River is in its 22nd year, a fine arts only show and sale with artists from throughout the south east.  Located in the median of the 1100 block of Broadway, Columbus, GA, a $1200 Best in Show award is presented to the winning artist.  A qualified judge from out of town determines the recipient of all awards.  The show opens at 11 am and closes at 5 pm. Details on web site www.artsontheriver.com. Entertainment all day. This event is free to the public, no ticket required.”   The National Infantry Museum’s new National Memorial to the Global War on Terrorism will be dedicated Monday, October 16, 2017, at 11 a.m. The memorial will be open to the public at the dedication and thereafter.   “The memorial, now under construction, will include eight granite panels etched with the names of nearly 7,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who have died in service since 9/11. A 13-foot steel beam taken from the wreckage of the World Trade Center and donated to the museum by New York City firefighters will sit atop concrete columns representing the Twin Towers. The memorial also will feature nine bronze figures representing an Infantry squad, illustrations of each service’s role in protecting our nation, and narrative panels chronicling the nation’s longest war.”   These are just a few of the new events and attractions opening in Columbus during the Fall. We haven’t even talked about the plays, shows, live music, and great restaurants! Come visit us!

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Columbus Day Weekend Tuskegee-Moorehouse Football Classic!

October 2, 2017

  Are you ready for some football? Each October, Columbus hosts the Tuskegee-Moorehouse Football Classic, which is one of the great football rivalries in the South. We’ll be hosting events all week long (check out the calendar for the various events), all culminating with the big game on October 7.   The "Grand Daddy" of all classics is proud of our 82 years of gridiron tradition. We promote the best play from our student athletes, as well as sportsmanship like conduct on and off the field. We are indeed proud of the 112 years of family relationships associated with the classic.   The annual Tuskegee Morehouse classic is set for 2:00pm at A. J. McClung Memorial Stadium in beautiful Columbus, GA. This year marks the 82nd meeting between the Golden Tigers of Tuskegee and the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College. Find all your gameday information here at the official classic website.   Host Hotels Columbus Mariott Hotel ** Classic room rates $109 per night. Toll Free Reservation Line (800) 455-9261. Reservations must be secured with a credit card. Classic Code: Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic   Country Inn and Suites ** Classic room rates $79 per night. Toll Free Reservation Line (800) 830-5222. Reservations must be secured with a credit card.   Tickets Youth Tickets(HS & Under) - $15.00 Advanced Tickets - $20.00 Game Day Tickets - $25.00   Come Out for a classic Southern football rivalry! We hope to see you around town!

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