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By Barbara Palmer


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Latitude 41 latitude41


restaurant.com/


Natural and sea- sonal ingredients


drive the kitchen at Lati- tude 41, in the Renais- sance ColumbusDown- town.Themenuchanges


2. Westin Columbus westin columbus.com


Opened in 1897 as “The Great


Southern Fireproof Hotel and Opera House,” the impeccably restored and updated 188-room Westin Columbus is still one of the most elegant addresses in town.The hotel’s more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space includes a 4,200-square-foot Grand Ballroom.


daily,according to what’s available locally—and as close at hand as the garden on the hotel’s rooftop pool deck.With dishes likeBraised Lamb Fettuccine and a patio furnished with sofas and firepits, the restaurant is an artful blend of ease and luxury.


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Surly Girl Saloon surlygirl saloon.com


“Cowgirl meets pirate girl” is the


way one local described the eclectic atmosphere of this popular OldWest bordello-styled bar and restaurant,where the owners—two women —take pains to offer


4.


Greater Columbus Convention Center columbus conventions.com


The postmodern convention cen-


craft beer brewed by women.The saloon serves lunch, dinner, and brunch, and the menu leans heavily on comfort food and wit.


ter, designed by archi- tect Peter Eisenman, is anything but boxy or bland. Highly functional as well as beautiful, it offers 1.7 million square feet of space, including a new, 74,000-square-foot ballroom.When the 532- room Hilton Columbus Downtown opens this fall, it will boost the number of rooms adja- cent to or connected to the convention center to nearly 2,700.


5. COSI cosi.org


Parentsmaga- zine recently


ranked COSI—Colum- bus, Ohio’s Center of Science and Industry—


the No. 1 science center in the country.The cen- ter overlooks the Scioto River and offers a mix of indoor and outdoor space for banquets, receptions, and meet- ings, including interac- tive exhibit space.


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MAP BY JIM McMAHON


May 26-27


AsianFestival www.asian-festival.org TheAsian Festival in Franklin ParkConservatory, nowin its 18th year,celebrates the culture and heritage ofmore than a dozenAsian countries. Each year,100,000-plus visitors turn out formusic, food,entertainment,and activities, including dragon-boat racing inGenoa Park.


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