By Shaina Amienyi
Columbus
Ohio
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The capital of Ohio and home to the Ohio State University, Columbus is a city bursting with activities and attractions to delight vacationers and keep them coming back. Columbus is best known for its vibrant arts scene consisting of numerous art festivals, museums, and galleries, but there is much more for vacationers to experience.

Ten minutes from downtown, the Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) allows vacationers to be close the action as soon as they enter the city. Book your flight with EscapeWizard.com using this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).  Let EscapeWizard.com help you find a place to lay your head while in Columbus. Before booking accommodations, view our hotel recommendations below like the Holiday Inn and others. Then click here to book (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) in our hotel finder.

Make downtown your first stop in Columbus. The area consists of several distinct districts that vacationers will delight in exploring. The Arena District is where the Experience Columbus Visitor Center is located, as well as the hockey arena. EscapeWizard.com recommends visiting at night when the area’s bars and restaurants light up and the sounds of live music flow out of them. On the other hand, the Discovery District is the place to go for museums like the Columbus Museum of Art (a museum committed to showcasing contemporary art, folk art, and photography), cafes, and Topiary Park.

Topiary Park is a wonder—a landscape made to look like a scene from a painting. The seven-acre park is most known for its topiary version of George Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte. Exploring this park is like walking through a work of art. The park, with its landscaped walls, benches, and picnic tables, provides a relaxing way to spend part of your vacation. For more of Columbus’s natural beauty, EscapeWizard.com urges vacationers to experience the Franklin Park Conservatory. It has everything from art and plant exhibits to botanical collections to gardens. It is the only botanical garden with glass art, a Victorian-style glass house that is illuminated every evening, and 83,000 square feet of greenhouses.

Downtown Columbus is host to many exciting festivals. If you are in Columbus in May, EscapeWizard.com suggests going to the Asian Festival, which kicks off with dragon boat races. The festival is a celebration of Asian culture and features cultural exhibits, performances, games, food, martial arts, a children’s area, and a market place. For more food and music, visit in July in time for Jazz & Rib Fest. During this event, the Arena District is filled with people enjoying the appetizing aroma and scrumptious taste of ribs while listening to jazz music. Downtown’s other district, the Discovery District, also has an exciting festival: the Columbus Arts Festival. Artists and craftspeople gather to showcase their talents and provide hands-on art activities for patrons. EscapeWizard.com guarantees all ages will love the live music, mouthwatering food, and fascinating art at this celebration.

Columbus is packed with places to shop. If you want the variety of malls, the city offers The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, Easton Town Center, and Polaris Fashion Place. If you are looking for specialty shops or gifts shops, we at EscapeWizard.com believe downtown is the place for you. Also visit German Village, home of one of the largest independent bookstores in the country. Vacationers can browse for reading material in 32 rooms. German Village is also home to the Greater Columbus Antique Mall.

A city full of fun events, retail outlets, natural attractions, and art exhibits, Columbus, Ohio is a destination for all seasons and one that all types of vacationers are sure to enjoy. Click on the above link to EscapeWizard.com to book your next vacation to Ohio’s capital city.
Hotels in Columbus
By Kathy Heydasch
Holiday Inn
175 East Town Street, Columbus, OH
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The Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Capitol Square is in the heart of Columbus, Ohio, and is convenient to all major attractions and businesses in the downtown area. Complimentary airport shuttles are available from Port Columbus International Airport (CMH), and the hotel has come-and-go parking on-site. It is conveniently located near Interstates 70, 71 & 670. Book your airfare and hotel today at EscapeWizard.com.

Guest rooms, executive club rooms, and suites are provided to accommodate your specific needs. Each comes with wireless Internet and a free daily newspaper, along with plush triple-sheeted beds. Visitors can enjoy all the typical amenities like satellite television with in-room movies, coffee maker and private bathroom. Guests can awake fresh each morning and take advantage of the year-round indoor pool, or can exercise in the on-site health and fitness center.

Business travelers can use the business center, which can service just about any last-minute need for their conference or business meetings. Plus, 6,000 square feet are dedicated to flexible meeting space for business or social events. Audio/visual service is provided, along with optional catering. Same-day dry cleaning is also available as a special service to guests.

From 7am to 10am, enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at the on-site restaurant on the first floor, the Town Street Bar & Grill. Kids under 12 eat free, and everything from steaks to salads are served. Adults can relax with a cocktail in the bar area. Nearby unique restaurants include Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse, Schmidt’s Restaurant & Sausage Haus, Katzinger’s Delicatessen, and Dirty Frank’s Hotdog Palace. Or guests can relax in their room with 24-hour room service.

The Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Capitol Square is in close proximity to great attractions like the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the Center of Science and Energy, and the German District. Adults can enjoy the Brewery section downtown. Book your hotel stay today by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to EscapeWizard.com!
Hotels in Columbus
By Sarah Hay
Four Points by Sheraton Columbus Ohio Airport
3030 Plaza Properties Boulevard, Columbus, OH
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Find yourself in total comfort, combined with complete luxury, the next time you’re in the Columbus, Ohio, region, by staying at the Four Points by Sheraton Columbus Ohio Airport. The Port Columbus International Airport is just six minutes away from this all-new hotel, and Ohio State University, the McDonald’s corporate offices, Easton Town Center shopping plaza, and Huntington Park, are all within an easy distance from the hotel. In fact, there are a host of corporate offices, dining and entertainment options, and sports venues within the immediate area, as is the local aquarium and Columbus Zoo.

The 110 guest rooms are all nonsmoking at the Four Points by Sheraton, and offer complimentary high speed Internet access, cordless phones, hairdryers, daily weekday newspaper delivery, irons and ironing boards, tea and coffee makers, and a wake up service is available as well. There is a heated indoor pool on premise, along with a fitness center, open 24 hours a day. There are picnic tables outside, and complimentary airport transportation is offered. A laundry and valet service is available, as is express check-out. There is also a cafe and restaurant at the hotel, open until 10 p.m.

If you’re in town on business, there is a business center open 24/7, with printing and copying services. If you need to host a corporate event, there are three meeting spaces, with enough space for 86 people (79 people for banquet space). There is an event and meeting staff, along with a catering staff at the Four Points, to help you create the perfect special event. There is also an audio/visual coordinator as well as equipment, should you desire. If you’d like to stay at the newest Sheraton offering in the Columbus area, be sure to check out the Four Points by Sheraton Columbus Ohio Airport. Let EscapeWizard.com help book your trip for less than you think, by clicking here: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Columbus
By Chris McCarthy
Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus Airport
2880 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH
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Make yourself at home at Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus Airport. With a location two miles from the Port Columbus International Airport, you can be door to door in less than five minutes and you are just minutes away from the downtown area which is jam packed with fun things to do and great things to eat. The friendly staff will check you in at 3 p.m. (check out is noon) and then you are free to explore all the hotel has to offer, maybe take a little nap, or venture out to the downtown area.

Prepare to be amazed when you open the door to your suite. From studio size to 2 bedrooms, each suite has been professionally decorated and include all the creature comforts necessary to make you feel at home. There is an inviting kitchen equipped with a full size refrigerator, two burner stove, microwave, dishwasher, and a granite sit-up bar. The beds are made with lush linens. There are two flat screen TVs and comfy seating including a sofa bed. Two telephones with data ports and complimentary high speed internet keep you in touch. If you are here for work, the Business Center has everything you need “ fax, modem, copy center, complimentary printing.

Enjoy swimming in the indoor pool or just mellow out in the whirlpool. Shoot some hoops or flex some muscles in the fitness room. Venture out and visit the Columbus Zoo. One of the country’s most acclaimed animal parks is home to several species of creatures great and small. Check out Ohio State University which holds the distinction of being Ohio’s largest institution of higher learning. After a full day, relax at the Welcome Home Reception Monday through Thursday. Enjoy a complimentary light dinner and beverages. And don’t forget the Suite Start Breakfast Buffet served every morning.

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