If you only had 24 hours to spend in Columbus, what would you do? This was a hard question for me to answer, but I’ve come up with a list of must sees and must dos that I feel will leave any visitor with an experience uniquely Columbus.

I’m sharing these ideas in a three part series - the first post is geared to families, the next to the business traveler, and finally, a post to help a local decide what to do with visiting friends or family.

Here’s part two of three, with suggestions geared to the business traveler.

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With Columbus being the state capital and the home of 14 Fortune 1,000 companies (six of which are Fortune 500), it is a frequent stop among business travelers. The city is located within a one-day drive or one-hour flight of nearly half of the population of the U.S. and Canada, so those who do travel here may be in and out of town in a day or after a brief overnight stay.

Here are some helpful tips and recommendations to make the most of your visit.

Where to Stay Like I mentioned in the family travel post , there are several great hotel options at varying price points around downtown - click here to check them out. One property great for business travelers is The Columbus, A Renaissance Hotel , located on N. 3rd St. in the heart of downtown and near the capital, Nationwide Arena and the Greater Columbus Convention Center . The Columbus has the city’s only seasonal rooftop pool with great views of downtown; it's often the site of an impromptu happy hour and always a great place to relax or swim a few laps. The hotel also has Wi-Fi access throughout, a large lounge and bar in the lobby.

Where to Eat

Latitude 41

Photo: Latitude 41

 

 

If you're staying at The Columbus, I recommend dining at Latitude 41 .  It's located in the lobby of the hotel and it's known for unique American cuisine. Also, a quick walk down Gay Street (across from the hotel) offers several unique Columbus restaurant options including fine Italian at Due Amici , great comfort food at Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails and Cuban cuisine at Plantain Cafe.

 

Once you're done with business, a few great places to get dinner and a drink with locals downtown include the Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus , M restaurant, Mitchell’s Steakhouse and The River Club at Confluence Park .

Another uniquely Columbus eatery is our public market, the North Market . This is one of my favorite places to grab a quick bite and people-watch, as it is home to dozens of unique, independent merchants and farmers. Merchants offer ethnic food specialties, gourmet groceries, flowers and gifts.

Wi-Fi Hot Spot A staple for any business traveler is Wi-Fi, and Cup O’ Joe offers it free at their café. You'll find them just just north of OSU campus in Clintonville.

To De-Stress After a long day of doing business in Columbus you may want to unwind. For this, I recommend you make a stop in the Short North Arts District , just north of the heart of downtown. Here you’ll find art galleries, independent dining and retail, all under the lighted arches spanning High Street.

One great place to de-stress in the Short North is Mukha Medi-Spa , which offers massage and body treatments, hair and nail treatments, and custom cosmetics designed to fit each individual’s skin and needs.

If a stroll through the park or people watching is more up your alley, especially on a nice day, stop in Goodale Park . Also located in the Short North, it has a great community garden, pond, walkers, joggers, tennis players and is never short on four-legged friends.

Nightlife You'll find great nightlife in the Short North Arts District, as well as in the Arena District . The Arena District is filled with bars, restaurants, Nationwide Arena (where you might catch a Blue Jackets game or concert) and also the Arena Grand Movie Theatre , complete with a bar and restaurant.

Next week, look for the third and final post in this series, where I'll provide locals with ideas on what to do with visiting friends and family.