When someone mentions Dublin, you’re probably thinking of that city across the pond, where Guinness and Irish whiskey flow…but there’s actually a much closer Dublin you should be thinking of – Dublin, Ohio! We’re very lucky to work with one of our newer Diamond PR clients – the awesome team at the brand new AC Hotel Columbus Dublin. We had the chance to check out this beautiful new hotel and the surrounding area during its recent grand opening.
Dublin is a suburb of Columbus, which is actually the 14th largest city in the U.S. – who knew? – and is just about 20 minutes from downtown. Dublin itself is a charming area with a quintessential main street, filled with boutiques, restaurants, a Jeni’s ice cream shop (an Ohio staple) and the cozy Dublin Village Tavern. You can even follow a whimsical fairy trail map, seeking out hidden fairy doors in different businesses throughout town. The main street is just a short walk from the hotel, across a scenic bridge over the Scioto River. An interesting fact to note is that the Columbus/Dublin area is home to many top companies’ national headquarters – including L brands (Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Henri Bendel), Nationwide Insurance, and Wendy’s (which is actually just down the street from the hotel).
A “must” during any visit is to venture into nearby downtown Columbus to explore the Short North neighborhood (fun fact – it got its name from being “short of campus (Ohio State) and north of downtown”). There are fun boutiques, great restaurants and bars – you can get a real feel for the culinary scene with one of the walking tours offered by Columbus Food Adventures.
Be sure to head back to the hotel at the end of the day for some tapas and cocktails (you won’t want to miss the playful ritual of drinking from the porron) at the awesome, Spanish-inspired rooftop bar – VASO!
A Boston College Eagle and eternal optimist who loves airports, Sasha is always looking for a new place to explore. When she’s not trying to see as much of the world as she can, she’s catching a live sporting event, trying to read more books than she did the year before and hanging out in Coconut Grove.