Columbus Itinerary: Capital City Eats
The Itinerary at a Glance
Ideal for groups of 25 or less, this three-day tour of Columbus, Ohio includes stops at some of the Midwest’s most innovative restaurants, food and beverage businesses, and culinary attractions. Learn about herbs, see how spirits are distilled and indulge in exquisite cuisine.
4 Unique Experience on This Trip
- Brothers Drake Meadery
- Ohio Herb Education Center
- Wolf’s Ridge Brewing
- Anthony-Thomas Candy Company
Duration: 3 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: Groups of 25 or less
Morning: Go inside restored homes and private gardens in German Village, one of the city’s most charming districts. A step-on guide shares the neighborhood’s fascinating history.
Lunch: Enjoy a participatory dining experience at The Kitchen and watch your inner chef emerge. Guests come together to make the Italian dinner from start to finish, including homemade pasta, starter and dessert.
Afternoon: Learn the basics of mead-making and sample work in progress at Brothers Drake Meadery, then head next door to Middle West Spirits for a taste of their signature vodkas and
whiskeys. Or, discover the intricacies of vodka, gin and bourbon making at Watershed Distillery – one of the first area micro-distilleries to begin production after the end of Prohibition.
Evening: Explore the vast collection of art galleries and boutiques in the Short North Arts District, known as the “Art & Soul” of Columbus. Then, a variety of dining options await during a memorable dinner on your own. Choose from upscale traditional tavern fare at The Pearl, Asian cuisine at Nida’s Thai on High and more.
Morning: After breakfast at your hotel, explore the herb-capital of Gahanna. At the Ohio Herb Education Center learn easy ways to enhance everyday recipes and craft your own culinary creations.
Lunch: Grab lunch at a sustainable farm and licensed cannery. Visit Glass Rooster Cannery & Art Barns for a farm-to-fork buffet.
Afternoon: Afterward, stay for a tour of the working farm or taste your way through an array of Cannery-made fresh bread and artisan jams while enjoying a demonstration. Everyone selects a jam or jelly to take home.
Evening: Indulge with a handcrafted wine tasting at Wyandotte Winery. Or, bask in the Columbus craft brew scene at Seventh Son Brewery or Wolf’s Ridge Brewing. Then, relax over a meal at the revered, historic Worthington Inn. Or if you prefer to venture downtown, enjoy group-friendly Hubbard Grille or Barcelona.
Morning: Indulge your sweet tooth during a tour of Anthony-Thomas Candy Company, a family-owned confectionery founded in 1952. Everyone receives a freshly made chocolate.
Lunch: Nibble your way around Columbus’ celebrated, 130-plus-year-old North Market. Or, get a taste of the city on one of Columbus Food Adventures’ guided tours. Stops include independently owned businesses, with samples of their best menu items and behind-the-scenes access.