Posted by: Bethany Davis | August 11, 2009

Columbus, Georgia date nights (part 4 of 4)

Okay, here’s the last of Columbus ideas! We want to a bonus post on a few things we like in LaGrange, GA, but that will be later. Enjoy!

10. Jumpin’ Java + Blue Door Boutique

You wouldn’t expect a coffee shop to have sushi, but Jumpin’ Java (1694 Whittlesey Rd) has delicious, cheap, and very fresh sushi rolls. The decor is fresh and modern and the walls are painted by a local Columbus artist. They always have the latest issues of Travel & Leisure,which is a delight to read while you wait for sushi! Oh, and the coffee is great, too. Next stop is definitely for the ladies: Blue Door Boutique (6501 Whitesville Rd # 400). It’s near-by, you can even walk from shop to shop. (and yes, it has two big blue doors!) Even if you just window shop, you should browse the trendy fashion ensembles. It’s the type shop you’d expect in Atlanta or NYC, but the prices aren’t quite as high.

11. Cheddar’s + Krispy Kreme + Peachtree 10 Movies

Probably our favorite chain restaurant is Cheddar’s (5555 Whittlesey Blvd) — it’s in a great location with great prices. (Brian says you have to try the Monty Cristo.) On your way out, if the light is on, swing by Krispy Kreme (6761 Veterans Pky) and get a free, hot donut. There is a cheap theatre in Columbus — evening tickets run $2.50 for an adult. Carmike Peachtree 8 (3131 Manchester Expy.) has slightly older movies, but you can’t beat the price.

Note: A great website to see what is playing in Columbus is: http://columbus.georgia.com/movies.html.

12. Callaway Gardens + Sage’s

IMG_9774About 30 minutes away from Columbus is Pine Mountain. Callaway Gardens is acres of beautiful nature. The butterfly garden is a must, and the birds of prey show is also pretty interesting. The best way to see the gardens is on bike. There are several events throughout the year you might want to plan your trip around (Hot Air Balloon Festival, Steeplechase, Azalea Bowl, and Fantasy in Lights). Every Sunday from 2-4 pm (and maybe Saturday?) there is an organ concert at the Memorial Chapel, which is a beautiful stained glass chapel built of stone. (we had our engagement pictures taken here!)

In downtown Pine Mountain is Sage’s Soda fountain and ice cream shop. Walk in the door and you feel like you’re walking back in time. IMG_9055It’s decorated with vintage coke items and the sweet old men that work there fit right in. They also served Birchbeer and make Birchbeer floats — where else can you find that? (However, the idea is better than the taste to me!) As for the food, I love the pimento cheese sandwiches. When you checkout, pick up some candy cigarettes. 🙂

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