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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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Back to School Weekends in Columbus!

August 17, 2017

Now that school for families is back in session and the summer months are coming to a close, the need for weekend getaways for the family and couples is more urgent than ever! At least that’s how we see it in Columbus! The weather is still perfect for rafting on the Chattahoochee River downtown, for strolls along the tree-lined streets of Uptown, for Saturday morning outdoor shopping at Market Days on Broadway, one of the largest outdoor markets in the South, and for so much more!   Explore the incredible museums that Columbus has to offer, such as the National Infantry Museum, the National Civil War Naval Museum, and the Columbus Museum. Engage in outdoor adventures such as ziplining, kayaking, white water rafting, and biking. Eat incredible food at some of the best restaurants in the South, enjoy a show at the Springer Opera House or RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, or listen to live music at one of the incredible music clubs downtown. The opportunities for a weekend getaway for ether you and your significant other or the whole family are endless!   Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy weekend getaways in the Deep South in a place that knows how to merge the beauty of nature with the conveniences and expressions of modern life, all literally in the same space! Columbus is breaking new ground every day on how a Southern city can merge the best of multiple worlds all in one place. Come join us and “go all out” to experience the best the South has to offer in Columbus! 

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Where Culinary Meets History: Columbus Eats Food Tours

July 28, 2017

Imagine a history lesson that goes beyond a classroom, but actually immerses you front and center of the topic and provides tasty snacks and refreshing cocktails to boot. Columbus Eats Food Tours does just that and so much more.

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All Out Fave: Adventure Edition!  What are your #AllOutFave adventures in Columbus, Georgia?

May 19, 2017

All Out Fave: Adventure Edition What are your #AllOutFave adventures in Columbus, Georgia? Do you have a favorite adventure activity or spot in Columbus? Share photos of your #AllOutFave adventures in the Columbus region during the month of May for a chance to win prizes, including boutique gift certificates, dining experiences, zip line and rafting trips, and more!

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Stay In Columbus for the Weekend this Fall and Experience Something New!

November 17, 2016

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!

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Fall Weekends in Columbus, GA

October 24, 2016

  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.”

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Experience Labor Day Weekend in Columbus!

August 31, 2016

Farewell summer. Hello fall! The upcoming 3-day, Labor Day weekend is a great time to enjoy one last summer hoorah and explore one the most historically significant regions of the South without having to travel far! Make Columbus your home base for a weekend of history, great food, adventure, art, and beautiful Southern culture and architecture. Whether you take a couple of hours to enjoy whitewater rafting down the Chattahoochee River bordering downtown Columbus, or you become really adventurous and zip across the river on the zip line…. or, you’d just like to walk along the RiverWalk and enjoy the beauty of it all - Columbus has something for everyone this weekend! From museums focused on American and southern history, such as the National Infantry Museum, to nature trails, hiking, fantastic food at one of many of our excellent downtown restaurants, a local theater for a great play, great local music at venues like The Loft, or just relaxing while taking a walk along Broadway, Columbus has something for everyone. Make a weekend of it! Be intentional and make plans to “go all out” in Columbus through either intense adventure or serious relaxing and sampling of great food, music, and culture. Columbus’ art, history, music, and restaurant scenes are becoming some of the hottest and most noteworthy in the South. A long weekend at the end of summer is the perfect time to sample what the Electric City has to offer. Book your weekend in an uptown hotel like the Columbus Marriott, constructed around a 19th century cotton mill and in walking distance of all of the restaurants, attractions, and fun that await you. Once you start to explore Columbus, you’ll realize that there is more to do here than one day allows, so make your plans now and come join us for the long weekend! 

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Experience Our Nation’s Military History in Columbus, GA!

August 16, 2016

Experience Our Nation’s Military History in Columbus!   Did you know that the world-class National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is located in Columbus and it is amazing? This massive 190,000 square foot facility has exhibits and attractions that covers the 240 year history of the United States Army Infantryman. This museum is a top military history destination in the Untied States. It simultaneously informs, raises awareness, and evokes emotion concerning the valiant sacrifice and heroism of the U.S. Army Infantry.   From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War to World War One, World War Two, Vietnam, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, the National Infantry Museum tells the soldier’s story. With a wide array of military artifacts on display, the visitor will be able to see what soldiers used to fight the wars that defended our nation’s freedom. The “Last Hundred Yards” is a display that marks significant battles in each of America’s major wars. Walking through this exhibit will evoke emotion and will also inform the visitor in ways that history books alone cannot. Walking through this exhibit in hushed silence with active duty and retired soldiers who were also visiting created within me a sense of awe and respect for those soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend our nation over the centuries.   Columbus is rich in history and celebrates and commemorates our nation’s history with skill and care. From the National Infantry Museum to the National Civil War Naval Museum that tells the story of both the Union and Confederate navies to the Columbus Museum that dramatically displays the Chattahoochee region through art and history, especially that of Native Americans - Columbus has everything that would interest and excite a history lover! There is too much to see in just one day, so make plans to come for a weekend and explore the story that Columbus tells!   For more information on lodgings, restaurants, attractions, and other amenities, contact the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau today! 

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Plan Your Weekend in Columbus!

August 9, 2016

Columbus is fashioning itself as a destination getaway in the west Georgia that deserves a look from visitors far and wide. Whether you are coming from the nearby Montgomery, Birmingham, or Atlanta areas, or you are traveling from further away, rarely will you experience a city that puts itself on display as well as Columbus does. From great restaurants and museums to the arts and history, Columbus has something for everyone. And, we haven’t even talked about the outdoors activities that enable you to go all out in adventure and thrill seeking! No matter your speed or your interests, Columbus will have something for you! VisitColumbusGa.com has put together a number of travel itineraries for a host of interests:  From Broadway shows to the State Theatre of Georgia - Columbus offers an array of venues with world-class entertainment. From the history of the foot soldier, the Civil War and prisoners of war - Columbus is home to nationally acclaimed museums. Visitors stroll back to genteel times with a guided tour of the Columbus Historic District where brick streets, ancient oaks and century-old homes are the order of the day. Select an itinerary to get an idea of how you can make the most of your visit.  Make your plans to visit, stay a few days, explore, enjoy, and learn. With offerings and adventures for the whole family, Columbus will surprise you and cause you to come back for more!

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Pasaquan Preview at the Columbus Museum

July 15, 2016

So, a couple of weeks ago, we had a travel writer in town, Caroline Eubanks, and we took her to see all of the sites in Columbus but our adventure actually started at a place in Buena Vista, GA called "Pasaquan."  If you've lived in this area for a while, you've probably heard of Pasaquan and the guy who came up with this place and the got-to-see-it-to-believe-it home and compound there.  His name was Eddie Owens Martin and he was a folk artist, not to mention a street hustler, drag queen, bartender and gambler when he lived in New York.  Martin eventually returned to Georgia, where he renamed himself St. EOM, the guru of Pasaquan and boy, did he stand out in his colorful flowing robes, adorned with jingling bells and dangling shells. He often complimented his inspired ensemble with feathered and beaded headdress.  Am I painting the picture here for you?  This guy was very talented and just a tad bit eccentric.  For the past couple of years, a huge renovation project has been taking place at Pasaquan to take it back to St. EOM's original vision...and colors!  The center will re-open officially on October 22, but in the meantime, the Columbus Museum (1251 Wynnton Rd.) has a great exhibition showcasing just the tip of the iceberg of this guy's talent, and let's face it, wacky take on reality!  Not just an artist, but there's even a great story about him going into town to get more paint at the hardware store and all 12 of his cats would pile up in his station wagon and go with him.  When he got to town, he'd open the door and the cats would go running in 12 different directions, but when it was time to go home, he'd sit in the car, do some kind of meditative chant...and the cats would come running.  Um..ok.  So go check out the cool stuff on display at the Columbus Museum...that way you'll be prepared for what you'll see at the grand re-opening of Pasaquan in October! Here's a sneak-peek: This is St. EOM...and that's what I'd call a unique kind of guy! And here's a very small part of his compound called "Pasaquan"...

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