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October in Columbus

Oct 1, 2006  The Changing Colors of Columbus in late Autumn.
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Summer turns to Autumn in the blink of an eye. Try not to miss one bit of it with outdoor adventures before it's time to cuddle up with a blanket and heating pad.

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Seniors, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Fall
  • 1. Hopping through the Art Galleries

    It's the First Saturday of the Month and in addition to paying rent, it's Gallery Hop time. Start by choosing one end of "The Hop" on High Street (at Goodale on the South or First Avenue at the North end) and work your way toward the other.

    Stop anywhere along the way to eat: Liu Pon Xi, Happy Greek, Union Station, Betty's, or maybe even venture past Haiku or the Rossi. You can then venture a little way North or South, hopping from one Gallery to another, escaping the cold October winds. Along the way, choose a bar to grab a Coffee with a splash of Kahlua or Frangelica, or maybe an imported beer at Mac's Scottish Pub.

    After warming yourself, walk along High Street and feel free to see and be seen while enjoying a Saturday evening stroll through the Short North.

  • 2. Hiking Through Leafy Woods.

    Columbus has a great variety of Metropolitan Parks, including Highbanks, Pickerington Ponds, Blendon Woods, and Blacklick Woods (not to mention other great places like Griggs Resevoiur, Hoover Dam, and the Park of Roses).

    Each Park has it's own amenities: Highbanks has the deer preserve and the large open pond area, Blendon wood has the Bird Refuge and viewing area, and Blacklick Woods has a Nature Center and a 1.2 mile jogging loop.

    The nature trails at each of these parks wind in and out of wooden and pastorl areas like some Wyeth painting or a Frost lyric. Whether it's wet or dry, warm or cold, October lends itself to some of the best hiking weather. and there will be miles to go before you sleep, miles to go before you sleep.

  • 3. Running Through Columbus

    October not only brings the chillier weather, also the Columbus Marathon, which begins at the corners of High and Broad in the center of town and travels east through Bexley, German Village, back through downtown before travelling north and west through OSU Campus and Upper Arlington, before ending in the Arena District, some 26 miles later.

    Of interesting note, because the Columbus Marathan is run in an ideal marathon climate and the terrain is flat and steady, the Columbus Marathon qualifies more runners for the Boston Marathon than any other in the world.

  • 4. Horsing Around at the Quarter Horse Congress

    Lasting for most of the month, the American Quarter Horse Congress is the world's largest single-breed horse show. Exhibitions and competitions relating to Quarter Horses will take place throughout the event, staged in multiple rounds for different categories. Several of the multi-purpose buildings will also double as locations for food and merchandise vendors.

  • 5. Wandering Through The Book Loft

    Located in German Village, The Book Loft is not your traditional book store. There is no cappucino machine in the front lobby. There is no large checkout counter at the entrance/exit. Instead, there are 32 interlinked rooms, which form an intriguing labyrith of books, games, periodicals, and miscellaneous literary shopping items.

    Of course, if you still want coffee with your book, you can wander across the street with your new purchases and grab some cappucino at Cup o' Joe right across the Street from The Book Loft.

  • 6. Getting Spooked at the Hoochie

    Boo! It's October, which means its the witching season. No place in Ohio does it better than the gang at Haunted Hoochie. The theme of this haunted forest changes yearly, with additions and subtractions to the attractions ever since its inception in 1990. The Hoochie opens in late September and runs through early November.

  • 7. Unwinding at Charles Penzone Spa and Salon

    So you've walked, you've hiked, you've wandered, and you've jogged. Boy, that's a lot to cram into one month, so it's time to relax at Charles Penzone and let someone else do all the footwork (or in this case, the handiwork), kneading away the stresses of the day, warming your soul with a Hot Stone Massage or any of the 16 other featured cures for the common October cold.