By Christine M. Soltis
Columbus
Georgia
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If you’re looking for great country barbeque and Southern hospitality, take a jaunt on down to river town!  Plan on Columbus, Georgia for your next vacation and you’ll be in the same place where the formula for Coca Cola was developed.  This town is full of fun with river walks, golf courses, museums and so much more!

To visit Columbus, Georgia, EscapeWizard.com can help you get there.  The primary airport to guide you there is Columbus Metropolitan Airport (CSG).  Flights can be easily located at the following link:  (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).  Alternate airports, which are just miles away, are Mckenna Army Air Field (MFK) and Lawson Army Airfield (LSF).  When booking your flight, be sure to follow up by making your hotel reservations through EscapeWizard.com.  You can go here:  (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Columbus, Georgia, first established in 1828, is the third largest city in the state and rests along the Chattahoochee River.  While on vacation there, enjoy taking part in the Columbus Riverwalk, a free and peaceful place offering seven miles of trails for walkers, joggers, cyclists and more.  Continue your outdoorsy nature by heading on over to Providence Canyon State Park to tour what has been dubbed the “Little Grand Canyon.”  EscapeWizard.com recommends enjoying the deep, colorful canyons of the area while indulging in a picnic, hike or by partaking in camping on this preserved site.  Make sure to keep your eyes open and you just might spot an armadillo on your trail.  Once you’ve had enough hiking and your tastes become up to par with golf, be sure to check out the Godwin Creek Golf Course.

Once those outdoor adventures leave you thirsty, take another hike on over to the Coca-Cola Space Science Center.  EscapeWizard.com suggests enjoying a film at their Omnisphere Theatre or star-gazing through one of the Mead Observatory’s telescopes.  The Coca-Cola Space Science Center also houses a replica of the first Coca Cola machine that was ever taken into space.  Once you step out of those space dimensions, peruse on over to Heritage Corner in the Columbus historic district.  While at the district, stroll by and enjoy the architecture from centuries of the past.  Be sure to stumble upon the home of Dr. John S. Pemberton, who was the original creator of the Coca Cola formula.  EscapeWizard.com recommends continuing your historical journey to Port Columbus National Civil War Naval Museum.  Inside, you will find interactive exhibits as well as original Civil War weapons, military vessels, equipment, uniforms and plenty of other preserved goods.

EscapeWizard.com thinks that the Greater Columbus Convention Center is a good place to travel to next.  There are always happenings going on in and around this “Unconventional Convention Center,” which is composed of modern designs in its meeting rooms and exhibit halls.  Outside the convention center is a lively place full of restaurants, cultural activities, arts, venues and more.  Despite all of these choices, choose a visit to the Springer Opera House, a dazzling place reminiscent of centuries prior.  Here, patrons once sat in wait to see Oscar Wilde and many other classic artists for the very first time.  This State Theater of Georgia has been a strong institution for culture and the arts since it first opened its doors in 1871.  To finish off your evening, have a taste of good old Southern barbeque or stop into a local pub or bar for a beer or even a glass of wine.

EscapeWizard.com thinks it’s time to take a trip to Columbus, Georgia for your share of Southern hospitality.  Even their slogan says, “It’s just the way we are down here.”
Hotels in Columbus
By Lynette Johnson
Homewood Suites by Hilton
6614 Whittlesey Boulevard, Columbus, GA
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Enjoy the feel of home while on a leisure or business travel at the Homewood Suites by Hilton® Columbus.  Homewood is located just minutes from Columbus Metropolitan Airport.

Homewood has 91 spacious suites excellent for short or extended stay.  They offer one and/or two bedroom suites that feature separate living and sleeping areas or king/queen beds with pull out sofa beds.  Each room also has fully equipped kitchens with new granite countertops and cabinets (kitchen equipment:  full-size refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and two-burner stovetop).  Family travelers can be at ease knowing that Homewood offers cribs, high chairs, self laundry, an outdoor swimming pool, Neutrogena® bath products, in-room movie channel, 32 inch LCD flat-screen TV with premium/HD cable channels.  The business travelers stay well informed with the USA Today® delivered each weekday morning; as well as plenty of space to work within their suite or in the business center which offers meeting rooms, complimentary high-speed internet access, in-room fax, printer, express mail service and audio/visual equipment rental.  On the day of your arrival check-in is 3:00 pm; but, no worries about where to put your luggage, the hotel offers a luggage hold.

Homewood Suites signature Suite Start® hot breakfast is served seven days a week and the hotel’s Welcome Home Reception® (light meal and beverages) are served Monday through Thursday evenings.  Homewood is nested close to the Columbus Convention Center.  Near by is the Callaway Gardens;  Coca-Cola Space Science Center; Columbus Park Crossing Mall; and Port Columbus Civil War Naval Museum.  For the business traveler that has meetings with the following corporations:  AFLAC; Kodak-Polychrome; McCauley; and TSYS make Homewood the perfect location.  The hotel will also accommodate weddings, family or corporate events. No need to stress about an early wake up call, the check-out time of 12:00 pm.

The Homewood Suites by Hilton® Columbus is an excellent choice for your night or extended stay accommodations.  EscapeWizard.com will assist you with booking your hotel experience by clicking this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).