Columbus, Georgia, is one of those rare places that offers a wide range of reasons for people to gather there, from Arts and Entertainment to Food & Wine to College and much much more. My family and I return to Uptown Columbus as often as we can primarily for adventure, mainly on the river, which never disappoints. In fact, we just returned from Columbus where we had a blast at the Hometown Throwdown. But one of Columbus’ other unique qualities is the river’s proximity to all the aforementioned attractions. Uptown Columbus is a brief stroll from the river and hence, lends itself to be a very diverse locale for more refined activities!
Uptown Columbus is in the middle of a revival. It draws people from all walks of life to its diverse city that offers everything from live theater to whitewater rafting. It is home to Columbus State University and therefore has a very young, vibrant and fun feel. It is also very family oriented with family-friendly entertainment throughout the year, free and/or inexpensive museums, great restaurants, a historical district and a very strong, proud and welcoming community.
Mama Goldberg’s Deli is located smack dab in the middle of Uptown Columbus on Broadway, in the heart of the entertainment district. They serve fresh sandwiches from delish Reubens to veggie subs, soups, salads and more in a totally laid back atmosphere. We ate here with the kids and it was moderately priced, offers seating outside and, while the portions were not particularly large, the food was good. It’s an easy lunch spot for anyone partaking in any of the epic adventures in Columbus.
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On the way to Holy Family Catholic Church one Sunday morning, Brody was given a Buy One Get One Free coupon for Pickled and Pecked on 12th St. Dan and I ditched the kids and had a nice quiet lunch here. It is not cheap – one sandwich and a drink was over $11 – but it was good. They specialize in all kinds of chicken salad, and that happens to be one of my all-time favs. Even though I play the part of a vegetarian 90% of my days, I find it hard to pass up good chicken salad. The place was packed, so they obviously do some good business.
Your Pie was probably my favorite spot, but I agree with their slogan, “Pizza isn’t a fad, it’s a way of life.” I love pizza and consider my family to be connoisseurs of the stuff. Your Pie is unique because they serve single serving pizzas that you can either customize yourself or choose from one of their specialties. After you order your personalized pizza it is cooked in a brick oven right in front of you. They even have kids sized personal pizzas that come with a side of gelato of your choosing apres dinner. Delicious is a great way to describe it.
The Maltidudes is an epic shop that offers an enormous array of craft beers, on tap and in bottles and cans. Stop in and have a glass at the bar, fill up a growler from their draft list or even pick up some fresh farm eggs and meats from their store! Diversity and creativity is the name of the game here. Located right on Broadway, this is a must-stop spot!
The remarkable thing about Columbus, Georgia, is that there never ever seems to be any wanting in the entertainment area.
The Springer Opera House Any trip to Columbus is incomplete without catching a show at The Springer! Live theater is not something we come across often in our travels to obscure, remote areas and so, we jump at the chance to give our kids a glimpse of the refined section of culture. Well read, our kids enjoy both the Children’s Theater as well as the more mature plays performed here. Be sure to take a tour of this National Historic Landmark.
Free Live Entertainment We visit Columbus every spring and fall and not once, not ever, has their NOT been live music to enjoy. Yes, that’s a double negative which means there has been live music every single visit; in fact, multiple events have been held each time we’ve been down there. Concerts galore!
Nightlife is pretty hopping. I mean it is a college town, so you would expect this. I was surprised that the bars weren’t swarming with people half my age, but rather a great mix of young and old and middle of the road. We went out a couple nights with a number of friends in the Columbus area and really enjoyed ourselves. My favorite night was probably when we went to The Loft and had dinner, drinks and got to check out a comedy act!! I’ve never seen a comedy show live, so this was super fun. The headliner for the night was Tim Kid …. hilarious. R rated for certain, but funny as heck!
Everyone’s a Local
Columbus, Georgia, is one of the most welcoming locations we’ve ever been. You are treated as a local, as if you have lived there and been friends with everyone for an eternity. Passing people on the sidewalks, everyone says hi. Finishing a purchase, you hear, “Have a blessed day.” I have to admit, I really am a fan of Southern hospitality. And it’s so great to know that it’s still alive and well!!
Columbus literally has a ton of hotels and motels good for every budget and taste. One that we’ve heard so much about, but have yet to visit, is the Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens. About 45 minutes to an hour outside of Columbus, it will be worth the trip for us to go check it out.