Many midwest cities have a numbing sameness. Columbus, Ohio stands out.
Columbus, the state capital, may be the most fashionable midwestern city. The home of L Brands, which includes the Limited, Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works, the city attracts lots of designers. In the Short North Arts District, I found local boutiques with highly fashionable clothes, shoes and jewelry.
Food is also a focus in the city. There are beer, distillery and coffee shop trails that encourage visitors to patronize local establishments. And get a free t-shirt.
Even my hotel, Hotel LeVeque, emphasized this local mentality. The minibar had a craft bottled cocktail from Watershed Distillery.
|The minibar goes local|
|Hotel LeVeque's sumptuous lobby|
Local coffee shopAlthough Hotel LeVeque has a chain coffee shop in the lobby, I did check out a fantastic local place, The Fox in the Snow Cafe. The latte was perfect, and the latte art on point. The sublime egg sandwich was made on house baked bread, with arugula. And the biscuits would please a Nashville purist.
|Perfection: the egg sandwich at The Fox in the Snow|
Taking home a bit of CBus
|Concocting a candle at The Candle Lab|
|Barrel aged Negroni at The Keep|
Note: I was a guest of Experience Columbus, which covered my travel expenses.