Where I Live Wednesday - Columbus, Ohio | Why Girls Are Weird

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Where I Live Wednesday - Columbus, Ohio

Really quick before today's WILW:
I am guest blogging over at Pughs' News today and talking about my favorite vacation!
So please stop by and check it out.

I will first admit that despite the fact that Ohio is not all that far away from me I've only be in the state once and that was simply to drive through it. However, today Kara has pointed out so many great things about Columbus that now I kind of want to visit! Kara is a student at Ohio State University and although she hasn't been there long she's already oozing with OSU pride. So without further ado...

Name: Kara
Blog: Live Out Loud
Location: Columbus, Ohio

How long have you lived there? I've only lived in Columbus a few months. I transferred to the Ohio State University in January 2010.

If you moved from somewhere else, where did you move from? Why? I moved here for college. I originally went to Loyola University Chicago so I lived in Chicago for a few months. Before that I was born and raised outside of Toledo, Ohio.

What's the climate like? We have a saying in Ohio: "If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes and it'll change." That's a little bit exaggerated, more like wait a few days. Sometimes you get heat in November or snow in April. For the most part we have the four seasons and all of them are well defined. Summer days are often in the 80s or 90s and sometimes very humid. There's a lot of rain in spring. Winter days are usually around the freezing mark and we do get several snow storms. Fall is very pleasant with temperatures in the 60-70 range.

What are some of your favorite things to do during a typical weekend where you live? Going to the bars or house parties is big. OSU is a great academic institution but also a party school. And in all honesty, this is one of my favorite things to do. OSU football is huge! When the buckeye's are playing at home that's pretty much all that matters. Columbus has a professional hockey team, professional soccer team, and minor league baseball team. I haven't been to any of these games but I would like to. Columbus also gets a lot of concerts. I personally went to the Goo Goo Dolls at the Palace Theater for my birthday this year, which was a great show. The Short North is a great artsy area with lots of restaurants. In the summer there is a gallery hop every first weekend of the month in the Short North, which I have also been meaning to go to. Polaris and Easton are the big shopping areas, and personally I love to shop when I have the money.

Credit: Schuyler Beckwith
Ohio Stadium

Credit: Schuyler Beckwith
OSU Football

What are some of your favorite restaurants in your town/city? Favorite shops?
Easton is an indoor/outdoor mall with all the favorite clothing stores, plus a Tiffany's (yes, this is impressive to me). It also has some good chains like Cheesecake factory, Bar Louis, and Max and Erma's. We also have some great shops and restaurants in the Short North area. Northstar Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants. The Union Bar and Grill has a great weekend brunch. The Global Gallery sells fair trade items. And Jenny's ice cream is an absolute must.

Suggest some must see places for an out of town visitor. Take a visit to the Short North for sure! It's a one of a kind district. Check out the galleries and boutiques. Go to Jenny's while you're here. The Columbus Zoo is a great place to visit (so I've been told). The statehouse is available for free tours. And if you can get your hands on some OSU football tickets, do it.

The Statehouse

Tell us why you love your town/city. First of all, I love my school and all the buckeye pride we have. I also love my job working for the House of Representatives. State politics is so much more influential than most people realize. I love Easton and the Short North. I love that Columbus feels very urban and happening, even though we're in Ohio. I always say Columbus is the one place in Ohio I actually like. Mind you, I have a love/hate relationship with Ohio.

Anything else we should know about where you live?
Columbus is the 16th largest city in the U.S. but has about the same cost of living as anywhere else in Ohio (which is relatively low).

Thank you so much Kara for sharing your favorite things about Columbus with us!

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31 wonderful thoughts:


Congrats on the guest post! And I love her blog name!
I've never been to America, so it's nice to read posts like this and get a feel for different parts of it. =]

Teenage Bride

I had the chance to go to Ohio earlier th is summer. Now I am wishing I didn't pass it up.


I LOVE Columbus. My husband and I drove there last October and we had our engagement pictures shot in the Short North. SO cool and artsy there!

Connie @ SogniESorrisi

Great post Kara!

Divine Mrs D

Ohio! I grew up in Ohio, but I was only in Columbus a few times. I would never go back to where I grew up if I didn't have to, but I liked what I saw of Columbus. My sister-in-law lived there for a bit and her way of putting is 'Columbus has one of everything.' Who needs more than one?

Stopping by from SITS!


Okay, those OSU stadium pictures were a little disgusting, but not TOO bad. ;)

Diana Mieczan

Love this post...I would love to visit Ohio one day:)
Now I am off to read your guest post:)


Cafe Fashionista

I'm not even a sports fan; but I totally love that Ohio Stadium - I think I would spend quite a bit of time there!! :)


Beautiful sights! I've never been to Ohio. Toledo though? Did you know Katie Holmes growing up? ;)


I grew up in Ohio and went to school near Columbus, woohoo! Kara's right - Easton is the boss. So fun.

Go Bucks!


I was born in Toledo and lived in Maumee until I was ten!


Working for the state government? Sounds kinda cool :)


I live about 3-4 hours away from Columbus and I would almost drive there JUST to eat at Jeni's Ice Cream, so I am very glad that was mentioned. lol. <3

Crazy Shenanigans

I'm only a few hours away from Columbus and they've got some great shopping areas!


I love that you still do this feature it's so cool to get to know other bloggers. I am now a little more informed about Ohio.

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime

Never been to Ohio...I bet going to an Ohio State game is so fun!

Emily Jane

I love reading about all these places :) Sounds like a great place to live! And congrats on the guest post!

Style, She Wrote

Fun interview. Love your tips for out-of-towners. xo


LOVE college football. but i'm an iowa fan, oops! hi!


Love this one! I used to go to Columbus all the time when I worked for Bath & Body Works. They're headquarters are there so I had to fly out a few times a month for meetings.

Heading on over to read your guest post :)

Melissa B.

Wonderful post! But as a Wisconsin fan, I think I could do with a little less Buckeye Spirit. You've got a good thing going here...

Geezees Custom Canvas Art

Great post Kara!!


Thanks to everyone who liked it! Nikki- I did not personally know Katie Holmes, but Allison Stoner went to my school (and I still remember when they announced she was going off to L.A. to pursue her dreams).
OSU fans - OH...


My dad grew up in Ohio but I only visited it once, when I was 9. It's definitely a place I could see myself living in the future, though!

Great post! Love OSU!

Camila F.

I love this tag! It's so nice to read about all those amazing places!


I suddenly want to go to Ohio! Great post!



So interesting to hear about Columbus..somewhere I've never been!
Anddd I'm in the process of planning my delayed honeymoon so it was great to read about yours!

ps i LOVE your blog and gave you an award for it today on my blog! hope that's alright! :)


Great post!

Purses Pastries Etc...

That stadium looks amazing! It makes me wish to run around it a couple of times... and I am no runner :/
Going to check out your guest post now :)


I kind of want to go to college now :)


I've always been curious about Ohio!

Also, I'd love to do one of these guest posts for you! Only thing is that I'm doing a Baltimore-based post for Aspiring Kennedy the first week of September, and don't want to overlap too much. Let me know your thoughts!