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May 25, 2017
Go All Out for Memorial Day Weekend in Columbus With Hoochee Fest! There is plenty to do this coming Memorial Day weekend in Columbus as Summer officially begins with Hoochee Fest, a celebration of music, food, classic cars, and fun for the whole family in Columbus near the Chattahoochee River at 1301 Victory Drive.
December 27, 2016
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!
December 9, 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!
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.
May 16, 2016
Grow local. Buy local. Eat local. This mantra has become a guiding ideal for those who are seeking to be more rooted in their communities and to experience all that a region has to offer. From local farms and the restaurants that serve their produce to local craft makers who create the beauty that fills our homes, culture thrives when a city and region is able to show off what it brings from the ground up and what it makes with its own hands and heart. Columbus doesn’t hold these treasures back, but goes all out by putting its culture, produce and art on full display! Did you know that one of the premier farmer’s markets and craft fairs in the South happens every week in Uptown in Columbus, GA? Every Saturday morning between 9am and noon, the 900-1100 blocks of Broadway are jam packed with over 200 different vendors selling local produce, baked goods and more to eat, along with handcrafted goods for you and your home. Now that summer is barreling in, the fresh tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers will be overflowing baskets brought straight from the farm. Local honey from beekeepers, homemade preserves and jellies, soaps, candles, jewelry, crafts, local musicians and more will line the street for blocks. If you want a fresh, organic experience to go along with meal preparation for the week, as well as to engage in a search for that perfect handcrafted piece of jewelry or art for your home, Broadway on Saturday mornings offers it all. But, more than that, it is a place and time for the community to gather, have a cup of coffee at an outdoor cafe and watch the people go by as the vendors sell their goods. It is a place to take in the beauty of spring and experience the bounty of Columbus and its surrounding farms and the creativity of its artistic community. Whether you live in Columbus or are coming in for the weekend, Market Days needs to be on your list!
December 3, 2015
This weekend is shaping up to be the winner of the year as far as having the most fun packed into these 48 or so hours! Want to know the Top 10 things you should check out? Then click away to see what the cool folks at Electric City Life have uncovered and start planning how you're going to do all this stuff!!! Broadway Holiday Snow Fun!
November 12, 2015
"The Holidays are creeping in, but we still have some fall functions left full of flavor and fun. Here is a look at the seven events in our area, kicking off today...(read more)
October 16, 2015
Fall and all the beautiful weather are here in Columbus, GA, with an assortment of events that come with it. Find out the top 10 things to do this weekend, kicking off tonight, from the locals! The folks at Electric City Life have all the details....
September 4, 2015
It's official, Summer is winding down. With the heat and humidity this season produced, I can't say I'm entirely sad to see it go. But don't think once Summer is over, so is the fun. It's actually quite the opposite. Because we do tend to get a little steamy around here during the second quarter, there aren't quite as many activities to enjoy...it's just too dang hot. But once Fall rolls around, it's non-stop. Even though we're just on the cusp of changing seasons, this weekend is a great example of how packed-full of stuff it's going to get. And of course, it's Labor Day weekend so many of us have an extra day to relish and lots of choices to make on what to do. You can start off the holiday this afternoon at 4:30 with a browse through the First Friday ArtWalk in Uptown Columbus--lots of artists will be set up in the 1000 block of Broadway so you can meet them, check out their work and even get involved in an art project they are doing in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. Something tells me the kids will love getting their hands dirty on this one. And speaking of kids, CSU's Riverside Theatre Complex has a production of "The Velveteen Rabbit" this weekend and if you know the story (remember the little stuffed bunny rabbit?), you know it's going to be good. I may have a hanky ready just in case. So let's talk about festivals. It's the kick-off of the Fall Festival season and there are three great ones going on practically in our backyard. Just north of Columbus, the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens is going on all weekend. This is an amazing event and if you've never been, make sure you're there tonight or Sunday night for the Balloon Glow. That's where they line up lots of the balloons on the beach at Robin Lake at sunset then fire them up. The colors and reflections are nothing short of stunning. There’s tons of other things going on too like tethered rides (weather permitting), Disc Dog demos, sports on big-screen TV’s (can't miss those college football games!), classic car show, live entertainment, Silver Wings Skydiving Demo Team (wind & weather permitting), food trucks and all the usual fun beach stuff! Or, hop in the car and go a little south of the city to Omaha, GA to Florence Marina State Park. They also have tons to do all weekend including arts & crafts, snakes and other reptiles on display, and they'll even take you for a ride on the lake in one of their pontoon boats...and don't be surprised if you see a gator or two! Save a little energy for Labor Day on Monday because there's a hoot of a festival to the west of Columbus. It's the Old Seale Courthouse Labor Day Fair! This festival has all kinds of personality going on with really unique entertainment, arts & crafts, fun stuff for kids to enjoy and let’s talk about the food because you can’t have a festival without festival food like barbecue, a Chili Cook-off, Polish sausage, snow cones, funnel cakes, fried gator and...fried Oreos!! Fried Oreos? Who's with me!?
July 31, 2015
Yep, we're knocking on the door of August and that means just one thing...the Dog Days of Summer are here. But afterall, it is summer in Georgia, so we're ready for it. When the all-knowing weather guy gave the forecast for the weekend this morning, he promised it would be cooler and drier--cooler meaning not breaking 100 degrees and a humidity level below 93%, but hey, I'll take it. So let's enjoy this brief glimpse of Autumn and find some stuff to get out and do this weekend. A good place to start making plans is by taking a look at the Event Calendar--it'll give you a day-by-day listing with all the details you'll ever need. You can kick things off tonight with a short trip up to Callaway Gardens for their Friday Night Movies on the Beach or save that ride for Saturday evening for their Summer Sunset Music Series. Either, or both, sounds good to me because you'll be by the lake with your toes in the sand. If you're in the need for some good reading material, the Columbus Public Library is the site for the Annual Muscogee County Friends of Libraries Book Sale. They have 1000s of gently-used books for $1 so this will be a good time to stock up because pretty soon, we'll be complaining about how cold it is and staying home to read a good book is all you want to do. Maybe comic books are what you're looking for, so after you dig through what they have at the Library, head to the Coca-Cola Space Science Center on Sunday for their big Columbus Comic Book & Toy Show. They'll have all sorts of comics to buy, sell, or trade and lots of exhibits, movies, costume characters and more. There's also the 2015 Columbus Artists' Guild Exhibition and Sale in the Illges Gallery at the Corn Center in Uptown Columbus. I took a look at the Columbus Artists' Guild's website and I'm amazed at the level of talent these folks have...and they live right here in our own backyard! Go just to marvel at their works or go ready to shop for some original art! Or, how about a completely different activitiy that's on the other end of the spectrum, but these folks are just as talented in their own field. The Muscogee RollerGirls will be back in action on the rink Saturday night against the Marietta Derby Darlins Allstars. All the action takes place in the old Front Porch of the South bulding on Veterans Parkway. It's non-stop skating and it's high energy and believe it or not...family-friendly as well so take the kids! The fun is out there. You just need to get out and enjoy!
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