Recently, I visited the newly opened Hen Quarter Dublin, which is located in Bridge Park, right in the heart of downtown Dublin off the beautiful Scioto Mile. As a lover of all things brunch, I was happy to experience their new brunch menu which offers sophisticated southern comfort cuisine coupled with refreshing handcrafted cocktails.
Every time I visit Bridge Park, I'm so impressed by how much development has taken place in the past year. There are so many new restaurants and businesses popping up all the time. And to be honest, Bridge Park Dublin is easily becoming one of my favorites areas to visit in Columbus.
First, it's 10 minutes away from my apartment, parking is easy to come by, and everything is within walking distance. I love it. It literally gives you the downtown feel without all the hassle. As a millennial that is starting to become less enthused with crowded bars and sticky dance floors, Bridge Park is it. The CEO, Ron Jordan, shares my sentiments as well. A father of four girls and a millennial himself, he started Hen Quarter Dublin from a concept he saw in Washington D.C. that he wanted to bring to Columbus and enhance.
Recently, a few of my friends and I experienced one of Columbus' most popular escape rooms at Amaze, located in Italian Village (in between Cosecha Cocina and LIT Life + Yoga).
We were looking for a challenge so we selected the "Gallery Swipe" which has a secret surprise in one of the rooms if you make it to the end. Definitely one of the coolest features I've seen in an escape room. Thankfully, my girlfriends and I were able to escape with 20 minutes to spare, but full disclosure we received a few clues along the way. It was fun working together as a team and piecing the clues together.
Each room provides 60-minutes (not applicable to all rooms) to escape or solve the mystery, and will require the collective brain power of the entire team. Throughout the entire experience, you're supported by amazing staff (yes, pun intended) that can answer "yes" or "no" to questions as well as provide three clues. We highly suggest that you use your clues wisely.
Last weekend, I went boozy apple picking with my best friends at Lynd’s Fruit Farm in Pataskala, Ohio. Boozy apple picking is not yet a thing, but a designated driver is always required to participate. Sorry, no compromise on this one.
Every year, we host a pre-game at a friend’s house, mix boozy cocktails (apple cider with Jack Daniel’s Fireball), lightly sip a few, laugh a lot, and travel to our final destination – a beautiful apple orchard. To be honest, cider beer companies and farmers of apple orchards should really consider making boozy apple picking a “thing.”
This past summer, I took a trip down to Butler County for a weekend long girl’s trip. It was the perfect getaway for my best friend and I to unwind and relax. We did everything from kayaking down the Great Miami River to reclining our seats in one of the nicest dine-in movie theaters at the CinéBistro at Liberty Center. It was a weekend full of fine dining, beautiful sights, and good company.
Although, we enjoyed every bit of our trip, one of our favorite parts was experiencing the nationally famous 80-mile donut trail. With Fall season among us, I'm almost positive that some specialty pumpkin spiced donuts can be found on this trail. When we experienced it, our first stop was Holtman's Donuts which smells of warm dough, maple bacon, and cinnamon as soon as you walk through the door. As for choosing which ones we wanted - well there were so many donuts to choose from we didn't know where to start. So we asked for recommendations and grabbed about a half of dozen, which were almost too pretty to eat.
My name is Morgan Pelt, founder and lifestyle blogger behind Columbus Living – a blog dedicated to sharing stories about local businesses, events and entrepreneurs. I grew up in Columbus and as a creative outlet; I like to share my adventures and experiences through writing, photography and social media. It's time to discover new places, try new food, and meet new people. Let's go!