Archive for May, 2018
Whether you’re a veteran runner or simply a casual, cause-driven participant, downtown Columbus plays host to dozens of different races–including 5Ks, 10Ks, fun runs and bike rides–that test your endurance and raise money for incredible charities. In fact, there’s at least one race in Columbus almost every weekend this summer!
In our latest installment of What’s Around – a series from Columbus Downtown Apartments that gives residents a look at the various shopping, culture and entertainment options available in their backyard – learn more about the various summer races held in Columbus in 2018.
Komen Columbus Race for the Cure | May 19, 2018 | Columbus City Hall
On May 19, just a few blocks from the Arena District, Downtown Columbus will be buzzing with thousands of people in pink– all running and walking to raise money for breast cancer research, care and action during the 2018 Komen Race for the Cure. To kick off the race, a Survivor Ceremony and Expo will be held to celebrate local women who have won their battle with breast cancer.
PetPromise Rescue Run | May 26, 2018 | McFerson Commons Park
On the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend 2018, visit McFerson Commons Park in the Arena District to participate in the PetPromise Rescue Run – a dog-friendly 5K run/walk, 1K fun run and festival that promotes awareness of pet overpopulation and supports efforts to change the future for homeless pets through education, rescue, sterilization and adoption
Click here to register for the 2018 PetPromise Rescue Run in downtown Columbus.
Columbus Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K | June 2, 2018 | McFerson Commons Park
Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Columbus–also known as BT5K Columbus–is a signature race hosted by the American Brain Tumor Association, and held at the beautiful McFerson Commons Park in the Arena District. Recognizing the 700,000+ people in the United States living with a brain tumor diagnosis, supporters of this 3.1-mile walk/run allow the ABTA to fund brain tumor research, patient programs and support services.
Columbus Charity Day 5K | July 2, 2018 | Downtown Columbus
On Fourth of July weekend, the Charity Day 5K run/walk kicks off the annual Red, White & BOOM festivities in downtown Columbus. Starting at Spring Street–just east of Neil Avenue–this race features a collaborative fundraising effort of several different charitable organizations in Columbus, all running the same course to raise money for their respective initiatives. Immediately after this evening summer race in Columbus, spectators and participants are invited to attend an entertaining party hosted by Red, White & Boom!
Click here to register for the Charity Day 5K in downtown Columbus.
Columbus Frosty 5K | July 15, 2018 | Huntington Park
On a hot summer day, nothing sounds better after running a 5K than an ice cold Wendy’s Frosty waiting for you at the finish line. That’s exactly what you’ll get if you run the Columbus Frosty 5K–held at Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers and located just down the street from Nationwide Area. This summer race through downtown Columbus–hosted by Wendy’s–raises money and awareness for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a nonprofit dedicated to finding permanent homes for children in foster care.
Click here to register for the 2018 Columbus Frosty 5K.
Pelatonia | August 3-5, 2018 | McFerson Commons Park
More of a biker than a runner? Founded in Columbus in 2008, Pelatonia–held at McFerson Commons Park in downtown Columbus–started as a grassroots bike tour that has turned into a purpose-driven organization with a mission to accelerate funding for innovative cancer research. To date, the annual 2-day bike ride–which has routes up to 200 miles long–has brought in more than $2 million, and in 2018 every penny raised will fund cancer research at the Ohio State University’s Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.
Bull Run | August 18, 2018 | McFerson Commons Park
The 2018 Bull Run, presented by Merrill Lynch, is made up of a fun run, 5K and 10K race through downtown Columbus held at McFerson Commons Park in the Arena District. This family-friendly event–now in its 15th year–has raised more than $1 million for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital since its inception. At the 2018 race, money raised will go specifically towards funding the Children’s Clubhouse and Ocean Room programs at the hospital. This is a great way to get involved with charity while also staying fit and active!
Registration for the 2018 Bull Run in Columbus will be available on-site the day of the event.
What other 2018 summer races in Columbus are you excited about? Let us know in the comments below!
It’s always nice to scratch that intellectual itch every now and again! Whether you’re a city resident or simply visiting, there are several great museums in Columbus for those looking to discover more about art, history, industry, science or culture.
In our latest installment of What’s Around – a series from Columbus Downtown Apartments that gives residents a look at the various shopping, culture and entertainment options available in their backyard – we explore a few of Columbus’ best museums to visit.
Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum
Located in the German Village district of Columbus, the Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum features a large private collection of rare, antique automobiles and memorabilia from Steve Wagner and J. Mark Hagans.
The Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, which opened in 2009, contains many unusual and historic cars not normally seen in traditional auto museums. These include the failed Ford Edsel, and Packards, Buicks and Auburns produced between 1900 and 1936.
Consistently ranked highly on TripAdvisor, this free auto museum in Columbus can only be toured by appointment only. Call (614) 271-0888 to schedule your visit!
Columbus Museum of Art (CMOA)
If you’re a lover of art or history, the Columbus Museum of Art–founded in 1878 and located in the heart of downtown Columbus–is a must-visit! The museum’s galleries are filled with collections that include late 19th and early 20th century American and European art.
CMOA houses the world’s largest collection of works by beloved local artists, and carries a strong commitment to contemporary art, folk art, glass, and photography showcasing Columbus and Ohio.
Columbus Museum of Art also hosts several programs and events each month – including live music, art workshops, art book club and more! Whether you’re alone, with friends, family or a loved one, this Columbus museum will never fail to keep you intrigued and engaged.
Center of Science and Industry (COSI)
COSI is a science museum and research center located on the bank of the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. Its purpose is to inspire the scientists, innovators and dreamers of tomorrow with family-friendly exhibits that include dinosaurs, music, history, a planetarium and much more.
In 2008, COSI was named America’s number one science center for families by Parent Magazine – a testament to its interactive, hands-on displays and engaging staff. The museum offers birthday parties, summer camps, sensory-friendly experiences and more to get little ones curious about learning.
There’s also a ton to do for adults! COSI features lectures, panel discussions, evening films, craft beer nights and more to keep Columbus residents and visitors in love with science.
Central Ohio Fire Museum
Located just a few blocks from the Arena District in downtown Columbus, the Central Ohio Fire Museum is housed in a restored 1908 engine house, and focuses primarily on fire safety education for all ages.
CHFM offers visitors interactive programs like its 9-1-1 Simulator and Burned Items Display – which showcases items from house fires to inform of the dangers from intense heat. Guests can also suit up as firefighters, slide down a fire pole, ride in a real fire truck cab and more.
On the history side, this Columbus museum allows visitors to learn about the history of firefighting in Columbus, see fire equipment dating back to the early 1800s and explore the original stables that once housed horses used by early firefighters.
Ohio History Center
Have you ever been curious about the rich history behind the state of Ohio and its great cities? The Ohio History Center – located north of downtown Columbus, next to MAPFRE Stadium – sparks discovery of Ohio’s stories through fun, interactive exhibits.
Visitors to this Columbus museum can explore everything from life in Ohio in the 1950s, to endangered species from Ohio, to World War I photography capturing experiences from the Ohio men and women who served and more.
The Ohio History Center also features an archives/library research room that allows you to learn more about your access to geneology, print, audio and video resources. A great way for Columbus history lovers to get written and graphic information of Ohio’s history!
What are some of your other favorite museums in Columbus? Share suggestions in the comments below!
Two new buildings are under construction at Grandview Yard that will bring the total number of apartments at the mixed-use development to 800. The previously unannounced project – dubbed the Dorchester – consists of two four-story buildings.
The first building of the pair has already been topped out and will be ready for the first residents to move in by July. Located at the northwest corner of Yard Street and Williams Avenue, it will contain 86 apartments.
The units will range from 700 to 1,200 square feet. Pricing starts at $1,250 a month for a one-bedroom unit and climbs to $2,500 for a larger three-bedroom.
Work began in March on the second building, Dorchester West, which sits directly behind the first one. It will hold 150 units and is scheduled to be completed by next summer.
Both buildings will be connected via tunnel to an existing four-story parking garage, which is also utilized by Nationwide employees working in one of the four office buildings clustered on either side of Yard Street (with a final group of office workers moving in last week, the total count of Nationwide employees at Grandview Yard is now up to 4,000).
The new apartments mark the fifth phase of development at Grandview Yard. The first phase was completed in 2010, when Hyatt Place Columbus, Planet Fitness and other businesses opened on the southern edge of the site.
“The demand is there for this product,” said Emily Garvey, Senior Marketing Manager at Nationwide Realty Investors (NRI), on a recent tour of the development. “It’s suburban yet urban, with great walkability and great amenities.”
Carli Lanfersiek, Marketing Director at NRI, said that occupancy rates across all of the company’s multifamily offerings – which includes multiple Arena District properties in addition to the Grandview Yard apartments – has consistently remained above 90 percent.
In addition to the 800 apartment units, Grandview Yard is also nearing a milestone on the for-sale side, with nearly 200 condos, townhomes and single family homes now completed.
Wagenbrenner Development and M/I Homes are set to begin the second phase of the Homes on Pullman Way, and NRI recently opened a model unit in its five-story condo building, 828 at the Yard. About 20 percent of the condos in the 35-unit building are already sold or in contract, according to Erin Uritus, Director of Residential Sales at NRI.
Lanfersiek declined to provide any details about NRI’s plans for filling out the remainder of the 90-acre site, saying that the market will determine whether more apartments or for-sale units are built. She did, however, offer that the goal is to have a total of 1,500 residential units at Grandview Yard by the time the final phases are completed.
With spring and summer weather returning to Ohio, downtown Columbus will begin to look a lot sprightlier as we look forward to apartment pool parties, biking adventures, rooftop cookouts, sports leagues and–quite literally–everything else under the sun!
Higher temperatures also mark the season for outdoor dining. What better way to spend a warm day than relaxing on the patio of your favorite downtown Columbus restaurant with a cold drink, delicious food and great friends (add in) or neighbors?
To give Columbus residents and visitors a better sense of the al fresco dining options available, here is our list of six local downtown favorites.
- Sunny Street Café Arena District
Located in the heart of Columbus’ Arena District, Sunny Street Café is a downtown restaurant serving tasty breakfast, brunch and lunch, including signature coffees, fluffy buttermilk pancakes, eggs benedict, buffalo chicken salad and big BLTs. The café also offers catering to downtown Columbus–providing boxed lunches and breakfasts, fresh salads and gourmet sandwich platters.
Sunny Street Café features great al fresco dining on their sprawling patio overlooking the Arena District, making it a great restaurant to visit before kicking off a busy day in downtown Columbus!
If you’re a Resident of the Yard VIP member, flash your card to receive $2 off any breakfast or lunch dine-in/carry-out purchase of $20 or more.
Craving tacos and cocktails? Then Nada Columbus, located in the Arena District, is the place to go! Boasting some of the best guacamole and salsa in downtown Columbus, Nada offers an energizing Modern Mexican cuisine, as well as a wide variety of margaritas and local craft beers.
The best way to enjoy Nada’s great menu during the warm weather months is in their beautiful outdoor dining area – surrounded by trees and colorful flowers and situated right across the street from Nationwide Arena.
Resident of the Yard VIP members get free original queso with the purchase of tacos or an entrée – just flash your card to get the perk!
- Buca di Beppo Arena District
If you’re looking to add some authentic Italian flair to your downtown Columbus dining repertoire, then you’ll love Buca di Beppo in the Arena District! With an eclectic, vintage atmosphere, this restaurant specializes in family-size dishes perfect for celebrations and groups of all sizes. Local favorites include fried calamari, chopped antipasti salad, chicken marsala and a variety of specialty pizzas and pastas.
On a beautiful day, the large, private outdoor patio of Buca di Beppo offers a relaxing environment away from the hustle and bustle of the Arena District. Vine-clad walls and replica Italian statues add a bit of romanticism to this downtown Columbus restaurant, making it a great place for an al fresco dinner date!
Lindey’s is a modern, upscale restaurant in downtown Columbus serving fine American cuisine. Housed in a New York bistro-style atmosphere filled with original art and designer furniture, this eatery features lunch, brunch and dinner with specialties including Ohio Amish Chicken, New Zealand Lamb, Duroc Pork Chop and Spiced Duck Breast – not to count out their wide variety of mouthwatering seafood, pastas and steaks.
Fans of outdoor dining in downtown Columbus hail Lindey’s as one of the best in town. The restaurant’s award-winning courtyard has consistently been voted the best patio in Columbus, according to OpenTable. Its nature-filled setting and private locale create a relaxing and enjoyable dining experience for all types of groups.
- Milestone 229
A one-of-a-kind Columbus dining experience, Milestone 229 serves up elevated comfort food from a scratch-kitchen using the finest ingredients in the city. The restaurant features premier brunch, lunch and dinner menus that include favorites like skillet mac ‘n cheese, shrimp and grits, Faroe Island salmon and signature pizzas.
The kitchen also offers a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, as well as craft cocktails, wines and an all-Ohio tap list.
Aside from incredible food and drink, Milestone 229 patrons can enjoy a large outdoor dining patio offering spectacular views of downtown Columbus – including Bicentennial Park, the Scioto Mile fountains and Parks Edge Condominiums.
- The Boat House Restaurant
Located on the intersection of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers, The Boat House Restaurant offers a contemporary and inventive seafood-driven menu that feeds off the energetic vibes of Columbus. Specialty dishes include local walleye and other fresh seafood, juicy gourmet burgers and savory favorites like ribeye and gorgonzola sirloin steak.
Because of its great location, The Boat House Restaurant is a hugely popular destination for events. It combines the downtown Columbus city life with serene riverbank views, making it a truly unique outdoor dining experience. The restaurant’s inherent al fresco atmosphere is reminiscent of a yacht club, without the high expense.
Where is your favorite restaurant for outdoor dining in downtown Columbus? Share your recommendation in the comments!