These are a Few of Our Favorite Things... Columbus, Ohio
Surprise us, Columbus, OH., we muttered as we rolled through the airport (free Wifi) and out into the parking lot. And lo, verily we were surprised by The Buckeye state's bohemian rhapsody. It was Halloween, and the town was ramping up for its annual HighBall Halloween (25,000 revellers plus), but we were heading to the Hocking Hills for some weekend hiking and a three-hour zipline extravaganza. First, however, we made a beeline for artsy, cutesy Short North, to stock up on tees and belt buckles from Tigertree (made from old book jackets and mounted in pewter, pictured, $30), before heading to Jeni's, to sample her seasonable ice creams. The line was long, but the mood was festive, and we got to taste several new flaves, including the standout Star Anise with Candied Fennel. Thirsty work, all that sampling, for which the obvious tonic was awaiting us at Surly Girl Saloon in the shape of their evil Psycho Mary (a Bloody Mary laced wit Srichacha) and a Surly Girl Pizza (gorgonzola, cranberries, red onions, and pecans) to soak it up. Natch. What with the a requisite hour browsing for antiques at Grandview Mercantile (80 local antique dealers), it was soon time to head into them thar hills. And that's another story.