This post is written by Casey Brown, sales and development coordinator for Experience Columbus. You can follow her on Twitter @CbusCasey.

Neighborhoods in Columbus are unique and full of character. One such neighborhood is Old Towne East, located in the city’s near east Side. There, you can take a stroll and explore homes representing more than 50 architectural styles, dine in local restaurants and visit distinctive art galleries. The neighborhood is perfect if you want to do something different for a date night and here are a few ideas to help you with your planning.

OTE1Dine at Black Creek Bistro, which boasts “from farm to table dining, the right way.” The restaurant strives to use only local and sustainable products whenever possible. Because of this, their menu is a seasonal showcase of the best in local produce and meat. If you are looking to go a little more casual check out Yellow Brick Pizza or Tavern Olde Towne both located on Oak Street.

CMAIf you are looking to do something other than a movie after dinner, two of my favorite Columbus attractions are nearby: the Columbus Museum of Art and Franklin Park Conservatory. Currently, the Museum of Art is host to a wonderful Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910 exhibition. Just down Broad Street, Franklin Park Conservatory has amazing collections of plants from around the world, Chihuly glass sculptures and a community garden campus worthy of exploration.

Brunch is one of my favorite weekend activities, so why not plan a brunch date with your significant other? The recently renovated Angry Baker will exceed all your brunch dreams. They even have a French toast sandwich stuffed with ham and Swiss and served with syrup. Need I say more?