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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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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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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 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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Go All Out & Spend 72 Hours In Columbus!

July 20, 2016

Recently, South Magazine featured Columbus, GA as a must-experience weekend destination for the foodie, the adventurer, the art, theater, wine aficionado and for the historian. South Magazine writer Eva Fedderly puts it this way, "Columbus, GA has long been known as a military town resting beside Fort Benning, America’s Home of the Infantry. With about 200,000 residents, this historical city has stepped into the spotlight with a thriving downtown art, theatre, music scene, and scrumptious farm-to-table restaurants just blocks from the Chattahoochee River." Columbus really has been one of the best kept secrets in the South, but that is rapidly changing as travel writers, convention planners and everyday people looking for a fun weekend are taking notice – and they are pretty surprised by what they are finding. Molly McWilliams Wilkins in her “Girl Meets City” travel series brought home the spirit of Columbus when she said, "Have you ever left a place, a city, a destination and felt almost like you were in pain? I feel that way whenever I leave a place, and I felt it when I left Columbus. It’s that same feeling when you’re falling in love with someone – that amazing, euphoric, punch drunk feeling." Molly goes on to describe her trip to Columbus with the shopping, food, and entertainment that caused her to fall in love. It’s a great piece and a good guide to a great weekend. Everyone that I talk to who visits Columbus for the first time says the same thing. It is usually some variation of, “Wow! I had no idea that all of this was here!” We agree, and what Columbus, GA offers is growing every day. Are you ready for a creative weekend adventure full of top restaurants, art, history, architecture, beauty, and adventure? South Magazine might be your guide - or you might want to figure things out for yourself. Either way, there is plenty of opportunity to “Go All Out” and experience what others are recognizing about Columbus for you and your family! Call the Visitors Bureau at 800-999-1613 or access VisitColumbusGA.com for more information to book a weekend.

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Happy Birthday, America!  Let’s start the party this weekend!!

June 24, 2016

It only makes sense.  We really should celebrate this country more than one day a year, so I like the fact that the folks at Fort Benning are kicking off the fun this weekend.   There's a full roster of all sorts of events going on out there as part of the Fort Benning Independence Celebration, which cranked up a little earlier this afternoon (June 24) and runs Saturday (June 26) from 3:00pm-10:30pm.  Kids are going to love all the carnival rides include Flying Dutchman, Himalaya, Bumper Cars, Sea Ray, Surf Shack, Tornado,  Quad Runner, Tea Cups, Giant Slide, a Merry-Go-Round and lots more!  And don't forget about the rock climbing walls, slides and bounce houses.  For the really adventurous, you'll have a chance to jump from a training tower.  Of course, all that activity--or in my case, watching all that activity--is going to make you work up an appetite so they'll have lots of yummy food and drinks available for purchase. Also look for a demonstration by the Silver Wings parachute team at 6:15 p.m. Saturday followed at 6:45 p.m. by a “Fries & Spies” Ranger tactical operations demonstration.  Another highlight on Saturday is lots of music including a performance from country singer Ruthie Collins. She'll be on-stage performing for about two hours beginning about 7:00pm. But what's an Independence Celebration without fireworks?!  Prepare yourself for one of the biggest fireworks display in this entire area on Saturday night.  It really is pretty incredible. It's goes without saying that it's going to be hot out there, so dress cool and you're even welcome to bring your own small canopy to provide some shade!  

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Father’s Day In Columbus!

June 18, 2016

Go all out with Dad for Father's Day Weekend in Columbus, GA! From restaurants in Uptown where he can get his favorite steak, or craft breweries like the Cannon Brew Pub to an afternoon spent at the National Infantry Museum, the National Civil War Naval Museum, or a day outdoors whitewater rafting and zip lining across the Chattahoochee, Columbus has everything that Dad could want - and that Mom and kids would enjoy as well! Check out live music at The Loft or other music clubs, have a great dinner at one of Columbus' fantastic restaurants, then stay over and go to Market Days on Broadway. Or, have a day of outdoor adventure and museum going for the rest of the day! Whether Dad wants to relax, have a great meal, go slow or go full speed  with outdoor adventure, Columbus has something for him and the rest of the family! Father's Day is this weekend. Do something different that Dad would never expect. Go all out in  Columbus - the history, great food, breweries, museums, outdoor adventures, and so much more are waiting for you (and Dad) for a perfect weekend! 

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There’s more than just a hint of Fall Fun in the air this Weekend!!

November 6, 2015

"I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.  So I have spent almost all of the daylight hours in the open air." Sure wish I could take credit for something that lovely and poetic, but that's something Nathaniel Hawthorne so eloquently came up with many moons ago.  But I certainly agree with his sentiment and love of this season and it's a good thing we've got plenty to keep us busy and out and about this weekend.  So what might you be in the mood for?  Football, got that.  Marathons, check.  Live comedy, you bet.  A singing, dancing, cross-dressing character from Transylvania...yep, even that!  Take a break and go take a look at the Event Calendar and you can find out all about the Fountain City Classic at AJ McClung Memorial Stadium on Saturday or get details for the 2015 Soldier Marathon & Half Marathon at the National Infantry Museum.  If you're a fan of the NBC hit, "Last Comic Standing," the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts has a live show tonight (11.6) with the best of the best from that show.  Head up the road a short drive to Pine Mountain for what's known as the "event of the season"...the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens.  Lots of great horse racing to watch and loads of other activites to make it a full day outdoors...they even have Jack Russell Terrier races which is a hoot to watch!  Don't forget this is your last weekend to catch a wacky classic--"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at CSU's Riverside Theatre Complex.  This is actually a live performance which takes the interactive experience to a whole new level!  If you've been before, you know what to expect...if you haven't, well, just be prepared!! And you can just about always count on something fun going on in the 1000 block of Broadway and tonight is no exception with the November edition of the First Friday Artwalk!  It’s a very family-friendly event and they’ll have lots of different live music acts on the main stage, you can see lots of amazing art and even meet the artists, and they’ll even have these things called “Collaboration Stations” where you get to get all creative and artsy yourself…and kids will love this part too.  Everything is handcrafted, hand-made or hand-painted.  Nice way to kick off the weekend!

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Time’s A-Wasting!  Let’s get this holiday weekend started!

May 23, 2014

It's a good thing we have a long, 3-day weekend ahead of us, because one look at the Event Calendar and all the fun stuff going on, it's going to take us at least 3 days to get it all in.  Truth be told, I could be talked into taking Tuesday off just to rest up from this weekend!  So what's all going on?  Two words.  A. Lot!  The best advice I can give you is to take a look at the Calendar and start making some plans.  You can kick it off tonight with what plans to be a one heck of a concert and party in Uptown with Classic Addict on stage and of course the highlight of the evening will be the return of Scott Ressmeyer and his Miracle Riders as they ride back into Columbus.  The concert starts at 7:00pm, but this is one you definitely want to get there early for. And who says you have to drive 3 or 4 hours to get to the beach?!  You can hop in your car and be at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world at Callaway Gardens and enjoy the 55th Master Water Ski and Wakeboard Tournament all weekend long.  If you want to enjoy a little all-American softball action, check out the 34th Annual NAIA Softball National Championship at South Commons...head to Historic Westville for a very realistic re-enactment of the 1836 Creek Indian War...and there's Run for the Heroes--a 260 mile race across Georgia that finishes up late Sunday afternoon in Uptown with a big party--and we're all invited to celebrate this accomplishment!  And lest we forget what this weekend is really all about, make sure you find time on Saturday to head to the National Infantry Museum. You can relive May 1943 as WWII historians, Kelly’s Zeroes step back in time to show you what life was like for our Soldiers during the war. You will even get the rare chance to participate in the living history event on the historical World War II Company Street!  Then you can go inside the Museum and cool off in the IMAX Theatre and see the brand new 3-D film called "D-Day:  Normandy 1944."  Got a chance to see it earlier this week and it is so well done and will keep you mesmerized the entire 45 minutes. Looks like there's plenty to do between cookouts and pool parties!  Be safe....

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It’s Been a Week of Bad News/Good News, so let the Weekend Fun Begin!

May 16, 2014

First the bad news.  The week started off bright and early Monday morning with the well-coiffed national news anchor telling me the results of a 9-year study had just been released and that's when my whole world went dark.  She had the unpleasant duty of telling us unsuspecting viewers that experts are now saying the health benefits of dark chocolate and red wine are not as impressive as once thought.  Wait.  What?  Surely there's a flaw in this study.  For years now, I've been feeling good about the quantity of dark chocolate and red wine I consumed thinking I was "doing a body good."  Looks like not so much...say it isn't so.  So this is how my week began. But now the good news!  Thankfully, there are so many fun things to get out and do this weekend, otherwise, I might just have to sit home and drown my sorrows...with a big glass of Cabernet...and a HUGE block of chocolate.  So, I hopped on the Event Calendar and was instantly cheered-up when I saw the all the options.  Then I started compiling a list and I felt even better.  First up, I might take in the Isley Brothers concert at the Civic Center tonight...hoping some feel-good music may soothe my soul.  Then maybe take in a performance of "The Odd Couple" at the Springer for some good laughs.  Of course, Saturday morning's ritual is to stroll along Broadway for Market Days--I'll just look away from the dark chocolate goodies--followed by  the 3rd Saturday tour at Historic Linwood Cemetery...there's a lot of really interesting history there and they tell the stories in such a cool way!  And then talk about something that will make us all feel good...there's a special event on Ft. Benning called "Salute to the Troops" on Saturday and it's open to the public.  And I can't think of a better way to finish off the weekend than to spend Sunday in Lakebottom Park with the 18th Annual Arts in the Park. So it looks like red wine and dark chocolate are off the menu for the weekend, but it looks like we'll be so busy they won't be missed!  Ok, maybe a little.

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