This Spring, if you are craving a vacation but are staying in Columbus, look no further than the Short North. There are a variety of exciting events happening in Columbus, so see below for details on how to have the best stay-cation yet!

Engage your inner artist: The Short North is incredibly proud of its renowned arts district. With a plethora of galleries and exhibits to enjoy, your Columbus stay-cation is the perfect time to engage your inner art aficionado. Local galleries include Brandt-Roberts Galleries, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Joseph Editions, Lindsay Gallery, Marcia Evans Gallery, Pizzuti Collection, pm gallery, Rivet, ROY G BIV, Sean Christopher Gallery Ohio, Sharon Weiss Gallery, Sherrie Gallerie, Studios on High Gallery, and Wexner Center for the Arts. These galleries showcase various art forms, from paintings and sculptures, to film and photography. See our Short North Gallery Map for locations of these galleries.

Spend the night away from home: Columbus has many fabulous locations for a weekend away from home. Enjoy a quiet evening in a quaint bed and breakfast, or treat yourself to a luxury experience in a local hotel. Some Bed & Breakfasts to choose from include the Harrison House Bed & Breakfast, Lincoln-Short North Bed & Breakfast, and Victorian Village Guesthouse. These charming stops are rich in history and located near some of the Short North’s best restaurants. If you’re looking to explore the Columbus hotel scene, there are many to choose from. Try the Crowne Plaza, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Columbus Downtown, Hyatt Regency, Le Meridien Columbus (The Joseph), or The Lofts Hotel. These hotels offer amenities such as deluxe spa suites and cozy rooms with a view. With such an array of places to choose from, you’re sure to discover the perfect match for your hotel or Bed & Breakfast needs.

Discover new music: The Short North is a great location for performing artists to showcase their abilities. If you’re looking for a casual evening of late-night fun, check out Skully’s Music-Diner, a venue hosting musicians of all genres from pop to rock to EDM. With a variety of musical talent at an affordable price point, you’re sure to find a show that fits your taste. If musical theatre is more up your alley, watch a performance at the Short North Stage! This intimate theater setting is a great location to feel immersed in the performance without having to purchase Broadway-priced tickets. From March 23rd-April 16th, Short North Stage will be producing Monty Python’s Spamalot, a show that is sure to keep you laughing from beginning to end. 

Spend an afternoon in the park: Choose one of three Short North parks to spend a day outdoors- Goodale Park, which is surrounded by the beautiful, historic Victorian Village, Italian Village Park, which is modest and kid-friendly, or Poplar Park, a charming brick courtyard on the south end of the Short North.

Attend a Columbus Food (or Brew) Adventure: Columbus Food Adventures offer unique food tours designed for every palette. This activity is perfect for tourists and Columbus natives alike. Some tour options include the Taco Truck Food Tour, All Dessert Food Tour, and Coffee Tour. Group tours, private tours, and foodie scavenger hunts are also available. Or, if you’re interested in learning about beer production, taste a variety of beers at various destinations with Columbus Brew Adventures. You’ll hear the stories behind each business and have the chance to meet a range of owners, brewers, and craft beer experts. This tour is designed to be a fun, educational, and delicious introduction to the local beer scene.


-Alexa Demyan