I've written about Columbus as one of the most underrated gay cities so many times that it's probably fair to say the secret is out. Still, it's one of my favorite Midwest cities to visit, both for bar-hopping, and outstanding artisan-inspired dining, plus there are a number of great attractions, from the first-rate Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden to the world-renowned Columbus Zoo. I had the chance to revisit the city this past summer, spending a few days venturing about town, and dining at some amazing restaurants (favorites from this trip include Harvest and Pistacia Vera in German Village, Sage American Bistro in Clintonville, and - for coffee - Impero Coffee Roasters in the Short North). I also brought home an exceptional bottle of vodka from the partly gay-owned craft distillery, Middle West Spirits, which is headquartered in the Short North (you can stop in to taste the fine vodka and whiskey). I also had the chance to stay in a fantastic small (gay-owned) accommodation, German Village Guest House, which I can't recommend highly enough.
I'm already hearing plenty of buzz about Ohio hosting the Gay Games in 2014, with Cleveland doing the honors (I'm in the middle of writing a full Gay Guide to Cleveland, which I hope to have finished in a couple of weeks). If you're headed to the Gay Games or just up for a weekend adventure in the Midwest, I encourage you to spend some time in Columbus. Based on my most recent visit, here's my complete Gay Guide to Columbus, with separate sections on attractions, dining, nightlife, and hotels.