You know when you have those moments, those family moments that you know that you will never forget?
Today was one of them. This morning, I looked at my husband and said, “let’s go to Columbus”. And not the “We’ll be there in an hour.” Columbus, but the “In the car for 2 hours- OMG are we there yet?” Columbus.
I was pleasantly surprised when my husband said that it was a great idea, and in less than a half an hour we were on the road. In that half hour we all had breakfast, coffee and took showers. Even M. Needless to say, we were excited.
We got in the car with absolutely no plans, reservations or expectations. This is hard for me, because I’m such a planner, but it felt SO GOOD to just get in the car and leave.
We stopped at our local Dollar Tree and picked up a 6-pack of bottled waters (did you even know that they sell 6 packs that are refrigerated?) and a few snacks, not sure where we were going, how long we were going for and if we’d find a place to eat.
Our first stop ended up being the Polaris Fashion Place Mall. That mall is SO nice, and is full of stores. It hardly shows any signs of recession unlike my local one. Even the Disney Store had a checkout line that was almost out the door. It was refreshing to see the place packed with people. The only downside was that we had to park 3 years away, and in the heat it stunk. When we got to the door, we found out they had valet parking for only $5 and got a good laugh out of it.
We ended up spending a few hours in the
Disney Store and the Candy Factory the mall and got some great bargains. Special thanks to Ginger who handed me her friends & family savings pass in the Disney Store. I put it to good use 😉
Then we headed for our next adventure to the German District, right outside of Downtown Columbus. If you’ve never been there before, it’s a must. It’s so beautiful and serene. We ate at Schmidt’s Sausage Haus and Restaurant that was featured on the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food. They have a buffet, appropriately named the “Autobahn” filled with the yummiest food. It was delicious, and I am so glad that J and M enjoyed it too (they’re not normally fans of German cuisine, but they do indulge me every-once-in-a-while). They enjoyed it even more when the vanilla cream puff as big as my head came out.
With 2 adult buffets, 1 cup of soup, 1 kid buffet, 2 drinks (I drank water) and the cream puff that we all split, our bill came to $42.18. I think it’s a pretty good deal, considering the location, and will certainly be back.
Basically, I fell in love with Columbus. Well, the German district anyway. It’s so beautiful, and I never expected it. I’m glad we ventured past Nationwide Arena, the Zoo and COSI for once (not that I don’t love them too, it just seems that’s where we always end up).
Have you ever been to Columbus? What are your favorite things to do there? We’re thinking of doing an entire weekend there soon, and would love some advice.