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A couple times a year, we get invited on an Ohio press trip, and last week it was finally my turn to go. I met 11 other travel writers — who hail from both coasts, Canada and a handful of cities in between — in Columbus, and we were given a detailed look at the city’s thriving art scene. We also chowed down at some of Columbus’ most-noteworthy restaurants.

Highlights pictured below include:

  • Breakfast at The Seasoned Farmhouse
  • A tour of the Wexner Center for the Arts and a preview of the new expansion at the Columbus Museum of Art (neigh!)
  • A tour of the artists’ studios at 400 W. Rich St. and the Idea Foundry (which was too cool!) and beer tasting at Land Grant Brewing Co., all in the neighborhood-on-a-rebound of Franklinton
  • Making wool scarves with Celeste Malvar-Stewart, fashion designer at Hangar 391. I mean, this amazing woman knew the names of all the goats she used, and her work is spectacular
  • Lunch at Basi Italia, nestled in the Victorian Village neighborhood. By Saturday, I didn’t even want to look at food (for once in my life) because we had been eating so well, but how could I resist a delicious, fresh eggplant parmesan and homemade sangria?
  • Gallery hopping in the Short North District, where a series of awesome murals on every side street feature art displayed in those galleries
  • VIP access (which meant behind-the-scenes sneak peeks!) at HighBall, Columbus’ fierce fashion show and costume party

I’m so honored to gain such an in-depth look at the food and arts in Columbus, and I’m excited to see which stories I’ll be able to develop into features for our magazine. Who says work can’t be fun? Here are a few highlights from my trip:

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Photos by Hallie Rybka