Written by DrTravel on 15 Apr, 2005
The Worthington Inn and its Seven Stars Restaurant is a superbly genteel operation no matter which way you slice it. The Inn is undeniably the most gracious and special accommodations in the city. The restaurant consistently rates among Columbus’ top ten and is most beloved…Read More
The Worthington Inn and its Seven Stars Restaurant is a superbly genteel operation no matter which way you slice it. The Inn is undeniably the most gracious and special accommodations in the city. The restaurant consistently rates among Columbus’ top ten and is most beloved by the locals. As the second oldest operating business in Ohio, The Worthington Inn has been feeding and bedding weary travelers for over 150 years. It now ranks as one of America’s most distinguished small hotels.
The story begins in 1816 when Rensselear Cowles of Connecticut came to Worthington and constructed the earliest part of this building as his residence in 1831. After his death is 1842, the property was purchased by Theodore Fuller, enlarged and turned into a traveler’s inn. From this point on, it has been a hotel of various names: the Union Hotel, the Central House and most recently the Worthington Inn. What you see architecturally are various expansions of the original building including a 1901 Victorian façade and mansard roof.
The current owners purchased and completely renovated the Inn in 1982 and went to great measures to be as true to the period as possible. A hodge-podge of 19th century architectural features and furnishings are brilliantly pulled together. People are often surprised to learn that not much more than the doors, a staircase and a few fireplaces are original to the building. The front doors of the High Street entrance and the dining room’s doors and fireplace mantels date to the original structure.
There are several other features worth noting; many salvaged from landmarks around Columbus. The rosettes on the ceiling of the Seven Stars Pub came from the former Columbus Union Train Station. The front windows of the hotel lobby (c.1822) and the back bar in the Pub are preserved from the Neil House Hotel which was destroyed by fire in 1860. Door panels and casings from the original 1800’s Franklin County Courthouse comprise the wall paneling in the Pub and the Van Loon Ballroom.
Not everything is local, however. The lobby’s 1830’s secretary is an English piece and the cherry registration desk was originally an 1850’s store counter. The 1880’s bar in the Seven Star Pub was made in Philadelphia and its marble countertop is used in the Wine Room’s tap bar. The ‘dungeon door’ leading into the Wine Room has traveled the farthest. This heavy, bolted door came from the Bastille (the infamous French prison destroyed in 1789) in Paris.
Now, back to the future. The Worthington Inn’s 26 uniquely decorated guestrooms are well priced at $125-$150 per night. The oversized rooms are elegantly appointed with antiques and include nice extras such as turn down service with Godiva chocolates, Frette linens, bathrobes, complimentary wireless internet and a daily newspaper. Breakfast is available in the Seven Stars Restaurant but it is not included in the room rate. This should be no bother as the hotel is right in the heart of Olde Worthington; just a few steps from several restaurants and coffee shops. You can read more about nearby eateries in the Restaurants chapter, but you do not have to leave the premises to get a good meal.
People come from all over town to dine at this venerable lodge. The carefully crafted menu, with its French and Italian influences, offer sophisticated "new twists on old classics." The wine list, which has been developed to match the food, has been nationally recognized with an "Award of Excellence" from The Wine Spectator. The chef uses locally grown and produced ingredients for his amazing scratch cooking. Even the breads and desserts are made from scratch on site. The eclectic menu changes seasonally, but if you have the opportunity to dine here during the autumn, don’t miss the very popular red oak salad with its mix of sweet, tart, nutty, and earthy flavors.
The atmosphere is refined and the dress code is defined as dressy-casual. The friendly staff is service-oriented but not stuffy. The Inn’s reputation for fine food and hospitality adds to the misconception that it’s super-expensive. The average entree is about $25 per person and well worth it! It is a shame so many people wait for special occasions to experience the Seven Stars Restaurant at the Worthington Inn.
If you prefer a more casual ambience, the pub serves food and plays host to live music on Thursday nights, during which they have a happy hour. Their Sunday brunch is famous for its huge offerings of shellfish, waffles, eggs, cheese, and desserts. Special buffets on holidays like Mother’s Day and Easter are very busy and require reservations well in advance.
During the summer months, you can take your meals outdoors onto the front porch or brick courtyard, where everyone along High Street enjoys the live jazz and classical music. A little secret: if weather forces you indoors and you want the most romantic (or private) spot in the house, ask for Table 24. It is tucked in a perfect little nook in the corner of the back dining room.
If you are looking for a place to hold a small reception, business meeting, or cocktail party, the Worthington Inn has several private rooms loaded with character. The Van Loon Ballroom, with its European crystal chandelier, can accommodate up to 120 guests and has its own private bar. The Lewis Room can accommodate up to 40 people and adjoins a lounge with a fireplace; cozy, overstuffed chairs; and a Victorian bar. The Cowles Room can hold up to 30 guests and was the master bedroom in the original private residence. The Formal Room, located at street level, was once the parlor and retains an original fireplace. It can accommodate up to 20 guests. Last, but not least, is the Wine Room that can host up to 20 people around its bar and handmade Amish table.
Whether you stay at the hotel or are just popping around for dinner, there is no charge for parking in the lot behind the inn. Various hotel and dining packages are listed on the website and should be reserved by phone. Brunch is served on Sundays from 11:30am to 3pm, and the items vary from week to week. Pub fare is available in the bar or on the patio from 3pm to 10pm Monday through Saturday. Reservations are always recommended for dinner.
Written by MJB1103 on 03 May, 2005
We took a visit up Riverside Drive to Scioto Park to see the LeatherLips Monument.
History Factoid: Chief Leatherlips, according to the accompanying plaque, "was a good friend of Indian and white man alike. To the Wyandots, chief Leatherlips was called SHA-TE-YAH-RON-YA, which means 'same…Read More
We took a visit up Riverside Drive to Scioto Park to see the LeatherLips Monument.
History Factoid: Chief Leatherlips, according to the accompanying plaque, "was a good friend of Indian and white man alike. To the Wyandots, chief Leatherlips was called SHA-TE-YAH-RON-YA, which means 'same size as blue.' The white settlers called him Leatherlips because of "his admirable trait of never breaking a promise."
The Dublin Arts Council commissioned the work by Boston artist Ralph Helmick and dedicated it in Scioto Park on July 1, 1990. The Leatherlips Monument is a 12-foot-high portrait, the chief's hair blown-back and receding into the hillside (reminiscent Chief Crazy Horse's profile in South Dakota). Limestone slabs are mortared together to form the head, which gazes west towards the Scioto River
My husband and I were driving around looking for the place where his test was to be taken, when we saw this small field near an office building with what I first called trees. Then I called them cement trees, almost like small evergreens from…Read More
My husband and I were driving around looking for the place where his test was to be taken, when we saw this small field near an office building with what I first called trees. Then I called them cement trees, almost like small evergreens from a distance, but as we got closer, my husband burst out, "I think it's corn!" I looked, and I'll be darned, but there were rows and rows of cement corn cobs.
The area is on the corner of Frantz road and Rings road in Dublin, Ohio.
It's quite interesting to see one of those spots in America with a bit of history, but still a wisp of fun. It is not quite the biggest ball of yarn, but still something to write home about.
Written by lashr1999 on 05 Sep, 2005
The oval at OSU is a good place to visit. Even if you are not an OSU student, you can go in and sit on the grass of the oval relax, read and people watch. There is a lake in the middle of the…Read More
The oval at OSU is a good place to visit. Even if you are not an OSU student, you can go in and sit on the grass of the oval relax, read and people watch. There is a lake in the middle of the campus with a fountain. There are also a couple of free museums that you can see on campus when they are open.
The Wexner Center showcases visual arts exhibitions, music and dance concerts, performances, films, videos, and mixed-media projects. This alternative building has a lot of grids and straight lines. To get the look on the outside of the building, the functionality of the inside of the building was sacrificed. From what I was told, the acoustics is bad and the desks are too small.
We became hungry and headed to North Market on 59 Spruce Street. The North market has been a Columbus tradition since 1876. Here you can buy various types of fresh foods. You can find cheese, meats, produce, baked goods flowers, ethnic foods and other products. There are many places to eat. There is an Asian place which makes some great Asian sandwiches on fresh bread. Also, there is a place where you can try various types of fresh salsa before you purchase it. I brought several, I liked the peach salsa. Jeni’s Ice Cream is also in this location, the goat cheese ice cream with raspberries was my surprise favorite. Firdous Express was the only place which disappointed me with their grape leaves which were stale and dry inside. There are various festivals and events held throughout the year.
Jeni’s On 59 Spruce Street in the north market has to be my choice for the best Ice Cream in Ohio. Jeni's Ice cream is home made and uses ingredients, honey and fruits from Ohio's dairy and Ashland County. She makes some interesting flavors like sangria, red zinfandel wine, salty caramel, and goat cheese with raspberries. The last one was my surprise favorite. Easily for me it was the best ice cream in Ohio that I tried. The service here was excellent as well.
After eating, we headed to COSI. For some reason, there was an over-30-minute wait to get into the museum. The inside of the museum has some pretty good hands on exhibits. The Aquarius exhibit was one of my favorites. People can press various buttons and make water jump from one item to the next. Also, you can move various hoses to make water go into various pots. There is a section where you can float some balls in midair on a stream of water. Kids can attach various pipes and then let water flow through them. In other sections you can ride a bike on a tight wire or even make a hot air balloon fly. In August when I went, Cosi housed the Titanic exhibit. There were actual artifacts from the titanic and recreations of how various rooms would look onboard the Titanic. This is a worthwhile place for everyone to visit. We had a great time here; one day is not enough to see everything here.
American switched me to another airline since they canceled their flights. While waiting the captain offered free tickets to 3 people who would volunteer to get off since there would not be enough fuel since we waited for takeoff so long. That should have been my clue to get off but I waited since I had to work in the morning. 2 hours later, all Flights to Lga were canceled and I was stranded in Columbus. American offered a discounted rate on a hotel, which I stayed at. I had to wake up at 4am for the 5:50am flight.
I took the flight back and had to go into work straight after leaving the plane. I got into work 2 hours late, so it is a good thing I had someone to cover for me those 2 hours.
After seeing all the sights in the morning we ate at the Happy Greek on 660 N. High Street. The interior of the Happy Greek sports imitation marble columns and murals of places such as the Parthenon. The happy Greek serves traditional fare such…Read More
After seeing all the sights in the morning we ate at the Happy Greek on 660 N. High Street. The interior of the Happy Greek sports imitation marble columns and murals of places such as the Parthenon. The happy Greek serves traditional fare such as Greek salad, zucchini chicken kabobs, hummus, falafel balls, and grape leaves. Drink some Greek beer or some ouzo with your meal. I ate the Grape leave meal and was quite satisfied with it and the service was good as well.
We had to have an ice cream run after meeting up with Jim again. Graters Ice Cream at 2555 Bethel Road Graeter's was started by Louis C Greater in 1870. Greater came from Germany and stayed in Indiana until the age of 16, when he moved to Cincinnati. Here, he made his handmade ice cream using the French pot process that is in use today. This process uses egg custard and fresh cream and is chilled slowly along the sides and stirred. One pot yields only 2 gallons. It is this slow process which makes the ice cream so creamy and tasty. The chocolate chips that are used are different sizes and just melt in your mouth. They are amazing. I tried the mocha chocolate chip, black raspberry chip, and the buckeye blitz. I have a hard time choosing my favorite, since all three were superb. This was one of my favorite stops in Columbus.
MARDI GRAS Homemade Ice Cream on 1947 Hard Rd Mardi Gras has many flavor to choose from. There are old favorites such as vanilla, butter pecan and Oreos. They also have exotic flavors such as green tea, lichee, sweet rose, guava and Kesar Pista. I tried the ginger ice cream which had pieces of candied ginger which was good. The wall has pictures of customers eating their ice cream.
That night, there was a big thunderstorm. We ended up hanging out in a blackout with Jim’s friends on a porch. Here, we just drank and talked and waited for the rain to stop. When the rain lessened we went to the Water Fire. The Water Fire on the mile is an event where 101 fires are lit in 3-foot torches on the Scioto River and music is played throughout the night. The event started on July 2005 to celebrate the opening of North Bank Park. I went to the August 2005 event and it was pretty relaxing. We suggested that a petition be made to burn the Santa Maria at the next event for a more dramatic show. I wonder if that will pass--just kidding!
The great thing about being on vacation is that you can wake up later. After waking up later, The Northstar Café on 951 North High Street was our first stop. The interior of the restaurant is made of brick, wood and many windows…Read More
The great thing about being on vacation is that you can wake up later. After waking up later, The Northstar Café on 951 North High Street was our first stop. The interior of the restaurant is made of brick, wood and many windows staring out onto High Street. There is food counter service where you order at the counter and take your card and place it on the table. A server brings the food to your table when it is ready. In addition, there is an area where you can read magazines on sofa and armchair. I ate the mushroom frittata which contained Shiitakes, portabellas, onions and gruyere cheese. It came with side of roasted potatoes and a biscuit. To drink, I tried the strawberry smoothie. I enjoyed my dish mainly because I love cheese and the mushrooms. Everyone seemed to love their dishes. The diner is supplied by local farmers, so their product is fresh.
The Topiary Garden is located at corner of East Town Street and Washington Avenue. It depicts in topiary the painting A Sunday On The Island Of La Grande Jatte. This was one of Georges Seurat's paintings. There are 54 topiary people, eight boats, three dogs, a monkey, a cat and a real pond. There is a bronze plaque which shows the painting as Georges Seurat saw it. It is a pretty nice park. You can sit and look at the topiaries relax and read.
German village on 588 South Third Street was our next stop. The German village was originally settled by German immigrants in the 1840s. WWI which caused anti-German sentiment and the depression which closed many of the German Brewery jobs split up this community. By 1950, there was almost the end of the German village. However, in the 1960s, a man named Frank Fetch led a campaign to declare the village a historic site. This later lead to the resurgence of the German village. When first entering these streets you notice the brick streets, brick sidewalk, brick houses, and Queen Anne styled houses. Antique shops dot the German village. There are several places to eat. You should try Juergen Bakery and Restaurant on Fourth Street which has some great German pastry. Also see the book loft with its many rooms of books. There are different sound systems playing different music from some of the sections.
THE BOOK LOFT on 631 South Third Street is a must-see in the village. The book loft has over 32 rooms packed with new books at bargain prices. Some of the rooms have their own sound system with themed music. The prices are cheaper than Barnes and Nobles and other book stores. Even if you want used books check out this store to find something you like then buy it online. I bought a new book I had to have at the loft then wrote down a couple of names to buy used online.
Our next stop was the Franklin Park Conservatory on 1777 East Broad Street. The Conservatory was opened in 1895 and was made to look like the Glass Palace at the Chicago exhibition. The Conservatory houses many unique plant species. There are seven different plant environments including the Bonsai garden, Display Garden, Orchid garden, Tropical forest and Wetlands. There are a variety of exhibitions which takes place during the year. During my time there I was able to see the blooms and butterflies and the garden railway displays. In the butterfly exhibit many different butterflies species from all over the world fly around in front of you. You may be amazed at the colors of the various butterflies. In the garden railway, model trains run around the miniature landscapes and villages of Ohio.
Jim had to work in the morning. I spent most of the day sleeping and playing with Toby. Later, Jess, who I also met on the same trip to Europe, came in from Twinsburg. Our first stop was to go to…Read More
Jim had to work in the morning. I spent most of the day sleeping and playing with Toby. Later, Jess, who I also met on the same trip to Europe, came in from Twinsburg. Our first stop was to go to eat at a Villa Nova on 5545 N. High Street, which is an Italian restaurant. You can call 614/846-5777 for directions. The surroundings were nice. Hanging on the walls were license plates from different states, as well as several colorful posters. The menu has traditional items like spaghetti and ravioli and also appetizers such as buffalo wings and mozzarella sticks. All the food was reasonably priced. My meal, which was pasta with white sauce and vegetables, was very tasty. Jess found her dish a bit boring. We had to play a game of good old Pac-Man on our way out.
Thankfully, we had saved room for dessert. We made our way to Just Pies at 5525 N. High Street, which we spotted a few doors down as we headed on our way to Villa Nova. The staff here was very friendly. The guy behind the counter stated he did not want to sell us the coffee, since it was 2 hours old. However, he would give us a cup for free if we wanted. That's honesty for you; in NY, if that cup of coffee was 2 days old and someone wanted it, it probably would be sold. We had a tough decision choosing between all the yummy pies they had. We finally chose the strawberry fruit pie and a pecan pie. We ended up eating the strawberry pie on the lawn in front of the Just Pies lot, since we had to try it! That pie was so good and fresh, we finished it fast. We couldn't wait to get home and eat the pecan pie later on.
Our next stop was Whetstone Park of Roses on 3923 High Street. The park houses over 10000 roses and also has a daffodil garden, which blooms in the spring. Mid-June and mid-September are the best times to visit, since this is when the roses are in full bloom. However, the roses were still quite a sight in mid-August. There is an observation post where you can go upstairs to get an overview of the garden. In addition, on very hot day, you can accidentally get caught in the spray of a sprinkler or two or three. The park showcases several musical events and an annual rose festival. Around this area Whetstone park has a pond, an archery range, walking trails, athletic fields and a library. You can pack a picnic lunch, borrow a book, and read it in the park.
The Starliner Diner at 5240 Cemetery Rd in Hillard was a fun restaurant to visit. The walls are decorated with mural of suns, moons, and other kitschy things. They serve a brand of Tex/Mex/Cuban fusion food. I had the adobo pork and a hot and spicy cheese soup, the name of which I forgot. The cheese soup was my favorite part of the meal, I wanted a second bowl. The pork adobo was ok but slightly bland. Everyone at our table enjoyed their meal and the atmosphere of the restaurant. I'd recommend the place if you are in the area and the prices were relatively reasonable.
After the dinner, we went to meet some of Jim's friends at O'REILLY PUB on 2822 N High Street. The friends we meet were pretty cool. We had some drinks and talks. The bar and service was pretty good. It is a great neighborhood bar. However, the one problem is that the bar is so low, we were commenting on how it seemed to have been Japanese inspired. The one thing I regret not trying was the Red Bull and cinnamon schnapps drink they had at the bar. It sounded interesting, since I love cinnamon.
After the pub, we were craving something sweet. Denise's Homemade Ice Cream is right across the street from O'Reilly's Pub on 2899 N. High Street. The staff's service was good. There were many flavors to choose from. I chose to get the salty caramel and the Bailey's. The Bailey's-flavored ice cream was nice and creamy, with great flavor. However, the salty caramel I think was misnamed, as I did not see or taste caramel in it, and it was not salty enough. The taste was okay, but it was not what I was expecting. All in all, it was a good experience, and I do want try some more flavors some other time.
I headed out of LGA, and the AA flight and attendant were pretty nice. The attendant allowed me to switch seats so that I could have two seats. Then, when I asked for tomato juice, she even offered some pepper to spice it…Read More
I headed out of LGA, and the AA flight and attendant were pretty nice. The attendant allowed me to switch seats so that I could have two seats. Then, when I asked for tomato juice, she even offered some pepper to spice it up. I am guessing she wasn’t a New York-based attendant. I haven’t had such nice service in awhile. Reaching Columbus, I met my friend Jim, whom I met on trip to Europe a year ago. I met his cool dog Toby, who looks like he’ll tear you apart but is very cool when you know him.
Later, we headed for lunch at Nancy’s on 3133 N High Street, which is spot for Mom’s home cooking. The walls are decorated with signed pictures of football players--mostly Buckeyes. The place offers one or two dishes, and you can eat that or not. The food given depends on the day of the week. Call them at 614/265-9012 to see what they are serving. Noodle and chicken on Thursday is a popular dish. This one sometimes sells out, and the place may close early. Due to the construction outside on the sidewalk, the restaurant was not too busy, as it was hard to get in and see that the place was open. I got to try the delicious noodle and chicken and got a hard-to-get seat by the counter due to the sidewalk problem. It is a popular spot for politicians, OSU students, and locals. It is where the news comes to get its man-on-the-street opinions.
Jim had to work, so I spent the day at the Ohio State Fair. Jim gave me the advice to watch out for the weirdos. What was that line from The Craft again? The fair was pretty nice. I wore my Vote for Pedro shirt. A couple of the older people were like, "Who is Pedro?" and probably thought I was Mexican. There were a few people who actually watched Napoleon Dynamite who were cool. The mainstay of the fair is the livestock, gardening, and farming events. Here, you can walk through and see livestock pens and see families take care of their animals. The prize-winning animals sell for thousands of dollars and get on the news. You may be able to see tomatoes the size of your head, as well as other prize fruit and vegetables. They have several shows, which you can see throughout the day. I caught two juggling acts. One of them was pretty good, and the other I wish I had just walked by.
I found a stand selling apple dumplings and ice cream, which hit the spot nicely. After eating, I caught the logger competition show. Two loggers compete in fun against each other in such activities as axe-throwing, sawing through a tree, and log-rolling. The show was pretty good, and they told a few jokes as they performed. At the fair, they have a huge cow and ice cream carved out of butter. As for the purpose of this creation, I have no idea, but it looked cool. I still wonder why it didn’t melt, but they must refrigerate it somehow. I wonder what they do with all the butter after the fair ends. Maybe I don’t want to know! I had some pretty good ice cream here. I tried the mint flavor, which was delicious. There is a nature center which houses a butterfly cage, a fishing pond, and even a talking large electronic Smoky the Bear, which scared some kids by saying their names. There are many other things to do at the fair, such as dog shows, pie bake-offs, fishing contests, side shows, carnival rides, and even tractor pulls.
At night, some bands may hold concerts, when I was there Switchfoot was scheduled to perform. After the fair, we met up with Jim’s friend for booze off in which all you do is eat and drink which is always a good time. We spent the night talking and making fun of the people on the reality dating show called Hooking Up. The show takes place in NY, and it’s all about these desperate girls who are trying to find a date.
Written by sustogner on 25 Aug, 2003
We stayed at the Comfort Suites. We were very pleased with this location. Very pleasant personnel who work there. Early in the day, we saw a man in his 40-50s talking on the phone and slightly heard him talking about the hotel -- we thought…Read More
We stayed at the Comfort Suites. We were very pleased with this location. Very pleasant personnel who work there. Early in the day, we saw a man in his 40-50s talking on the phone and slightly heard him talking about the hotel -- we thought this might be the owner. Then later in the day, we saw an older gentleman behind the desk who might have been this man's father. The next day, we talked to the young man at the desk. We asked if his father was the owner but he said he was a nephew. We asked about the young man who had worked the night before and he said that was the owner's son. He said his grandfather owned several hotels and the whole family works to help run them. So we had really seen the grandfather, father, son, and nephew working -- truly a family business. All these gentlemen were nicely dressed, very polite, and nice looking. The young son and nephew probably were born here in America, but the father and grandfather may have been born in India. Close
Written by Sandy L. Byrd on 02 Jan, 2003
Thre is much to do in Atlantic City. There are many shops to see, plenty of places to eat, and every kind of slot machine you can think of. We stayed at the Flagship resort -- very clean with shuttle services. We had so much…Read More
Thre is much to do in Atlantic City. There are many shops to see, plenty of places to eat, and every kind of slot machine you can think of. We stayed at the Flagship resort -- very clean with shuttle services. We had so much fun, and even won a few dollars. Close