The state of Ohio has undergone an incredible shift. As the state capital, Columbus welcomes business travelers by the thousands every year. Columbus even ranked as having the “Highest in Visitor Satisfaction in the Midwest” in 2016 by J.D. Power and Associates. With so many things to do in Columbus, many of these travelers choose to extend their stays. In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to make the most out of your extended stay in the city.Visiting #Columbus #OH for a #businesstrip? Here's a list of #attractions to check out on your downtime. #corporatehousing #temporaryhousing #extendedstay Click To Tweet
The perfect respite awaits you
Hunan House has been a Columbus staple for a few decades now, but its commitment to delivering exceptional Hunan-Sichuan and Thai fare with a gourmet twist are known citywide. The restaurant’s comfortable interior with its crisp white tablecloths and spotless accessories only adds to the experience. Then there’s the tab, which is somehow priced so affordable that you wonder if they forgot to add your entrée. For delicious food at a great price, few can match Hunan House.
2350 E Dublin Granville Rd.
Refectory Restaurant and Bistro
Where better to enjoy an expertly prepared French dish than in an old church? At Refectory Restaurant and Bistro, this contemporary American and French restaurant exists inside a landmark fixture in the city’s Northwest section, where it is rated as one of the best restaurants in Columbus. In fact, in 2014, Refectory was awarded the Best Fine Dining, Best Romantic Restaurant, and Best Wine List by Columbus Alive readers. And, if you want atmosphere, this restaurant has it in spades, especially with the stained glass windows and soaring ceilings. With everything it has going for it, dining at Rectory is simply heavenly.
1092 Bethel Rd.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
With a name like Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, a place has to deliver the goods because it’s making quite a bold claim. Thankfully, Jeni’s ice cream is more than splendid, it’s absolutely the best ice cream and buttermilk frozen yogurt you’ll find in Columbus. The magic is in Jeni’s dedication to using fresh local ingredients, like rich Ohio cream and seasonal fruits. The genius behind this successful endeavor is Jeni Britton Bauer and what she serves to her customers is ice cream that’s on an entirely different level from the norm.
401 N Front St., Suite 300
Mazah Mediterranean Eatery
Mazah Mediterranean Eatery is one of those quiet “hole-in-the-wall” places that you’ll most likely want to keep close to your vest because you don’t want too many people knowing about it. But, unfortunately for you, Mazah has made quite a name for itself in Columbus with many diners calling it the best Mediterranean food in the city. Mazah is a family-run business and when you enter it, the owner makes you feel right at home. Between the food and friendly atmosphere, you can’t go wrong at Mazah.
1453 Grandview Ave.
Lindy’s is an icon in the city’s German Village. Famous for its copper-topped bar and delicious American cuisine, Lindy’s is where you’ll find local celebrities hanging out and having a good time. Making this place even better is its roomy outside patio and its perfectly poured cocktails. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a relaxing brunch, a power lunch with a business colleague, or an intimate dinner, Lindy’s is the place you’ll definitely want to keep in mind.
169 E. Beck St.
Discover the best this artful city has to offer
German Village is Columbus’s premier downtown neighborhood and one of the most important historic districts in the United States. Sitting on 233 acres, this neighborhood is nothing but a pleasure to explore. You can stroll through the neighborhood’s three lush parks, take a food tour, check out the plentiful art galleries, and take advantage of the excellent retailers. If you happen to love books, then The Book Loft is a must-see; the famous bookstore boasts 32 rooms of books, all available at bargain prices.
588 S 3rd St.
Columbus Museum of Art
Recently renovated by a local architect, the Columbus Museum of Art now sports a new gallery space for the museum’s vast permanent collection. Also new is a bright and airy gallery space designed for showcasing special exhibitions, a tranquil outdoor sculpture garden, and an excellent new restaurant, the Schokko Art Café. No extended stay in Columbus is complete with a visit to CMOA.
480 East Broad St.
Short North Arts District
The Short North Arts District is known locally as the “art and soul” of Columbus. Or, as the Huffington Post calls it, the “artistic hub of Columbus.” This district is ripe for exploring thanks to its rich and vibrant cultural and business community, amazing art, fabulous dining, exciting nightlife, fashion, and unique gift shops. The Gallery Hop is held on the first Saturday of the month and this event has been heralded by Ohio Magazine as the “best art event in Ohio.”
21 E Fifth Ave.
Do you want to spend some of your extended stay exploring the Columbus shopping scene? Then you’ll definitely want to visit Easton Town Center, the premier destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment in the Midwest. Easton’s 100-plus stores and eclectic restaurants attract 25 million shoppers annually, and its open-air, pedestrian-friendly design makes it a wonderful way to spend your afternoon off.
160 Easton Town Center
Wexner Center for the Arts
Considered by many as one of the nation’s top cultural attractions, the Wexner Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Ohio State University. The Center offers a stunning array of art exhibitions, performing arts performances, eclectic and interesting films, and educational programs all throughout the year. If you’re staying in Columbus for a few extra days, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
1871 N. High St.
Everything you want in recreation from a major metropolitan city
Located in the heart of Downtown Columbus, Scioto Mile is a newly renovated trail system that takes joggers, walkers, and cyclists on a several-mile journey through Columbus. It is especially popular for its views of the city skyline, as well as the public art displays you’ll pass along your way. Also included in Scioto Mile is 175 acres of lush parkland, which features a 15,000 square-foot interactive fountain, the largest free outdoor climbing wall in the nation, and the 120-acre Scioto Audubon, home to thousands of different shorebirds and birds of prey.
395 W. Whittier St.
Columbus is passionate about its sports, and it gives sports lovers just about all they can handle. The city is home to the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, the MLS’s Columbus Crew SC, the Columbus Clippers (the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians), and the local favorite, The Ohio State Buckeyes. In Columbus, you’ll be able to catch a game any season of the year, regardless of when you visit the city.
Segway Tours of Columbus
Segway Tours of Columbus offers a fun and exciting look at the city while you glide along on a Segway i2. This guided trip lasts around two hours as it takes you through the scenic parkland along the Scioto River, the vibrant Short North arts district, the Arena District, and Columbus’s historic Downtown district. Along the way, you’ll be entertained by your tour guide as he or she provides you with humorous and fascinating stories about the city of Columbus.
400 N. High St.
Do you want something a little more exciting ? The ZipZone Canopy Tours is the only zipline tour in the Columbus area. On this adrenaline-fueled tour, you’ll soar over the treetops, hands free. This is the longest and fastest zipline tour you’ll find. If that’s not enough for you, then you might prefer the Zip Rush Tour. This is a shorter tour but one that’s not for the faint of heart. It features two ziplines (which take you over streams and deep ravines), two sky-bridges, and your choice of either the Quickjump Freefall Experience or a guide-operated rappel. Regardless of which tour you choose, prepare to have your breath taken away.
7925 N. High St.