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OFBF Giveaway!

Red Roof is a proud partner with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. Because of our partnership with them, we have some fun giveaways revolving around this group. On @RedRoofInn‘s Facebook, we are doing a fun social giveaway with this post:

“OFBF GIVEAWAY! The 1st 4 people to share this post will receive a year membership with the @OhioFarmBureau! They have amazing member benefits, including a year round 20% off discount with Red Roof! Check out more benefits here: https://ofbf.org/savings/

Also, we are doing a fun contest with all OFBF members each quarter. Whoever has the most nights with a Red Roof using their special VP code/discount will win a $50 Visa Gift Card!

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Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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OH-IO! Experience our Columbus-OSU property!

Our Ohio State Columbus location is the perfect place to go for a game day experience. Whether it is football at The Shoe or basketball at the Schottenstein Center or just exploring the Ohio State Campus, out location is just a short drive or walk away.

Football season is in full swing and the Ohio State Buckeyes are a force to be reckoned with! The Ohio State Buckeyes football team has won 8 national championships and 37 conference championships, 3 division championships, 10 undefeated seasons. Plus, you can’t miss TBDBITL! Experience the passionate tail gating before the game and the electric crowd and cheering to be heard for miles, this is a team everyone should experience sometime in their life! Not to mention it is just 1.6 miles away from our location!

The Schottenstein Center, also known as the Value City Arena/The Schott  is not only great for attending basketball games, but they also host concerts, comedy shows, family entertainment and more! Upcoming must see events include Winter Jame 2017 on January 21. Just walking distance away!

Visiting your son or daughter at OSU? We’re only 1.5 miles away! Don’t waste any time on the commute, and don’t spend any more than you have to. While on campus, make sure to check out the William Oxley Thompson Library.

but that’s not all, our property is also close to…

  • The Ohio Expo Center and State Fair is less than 3 miles away. Check the year round events like the Color me Scarlet and Gray 5 K on November 20 and Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival November 25-January 2.
  • Only 5.5 miles from our hotel, Downtown Columbus, the Arena District, Short North, German Village and Brewery District have so much to offer! Local shopping & boutiques, top-notch dining & bars, live entertainment, sports, and more.
  • Guests have easy access to the 18-mile Olentangy Trail for biking, walking, or running. For dog lovers, there is an off-leash park for early morning or evening runs at Reed Road Park.
  • Celebrate the season with the magic of holiday lights, music and some holiday spirit. Come and experience Wildlights at The Columbus Zoo (November 18th – January 1st). One of the best holiday lights shows in the country. You can also watch the animals or attend the keeper talks. The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium is home to more than 7,000 animals and is an easy 14-mile drive away.
  • Catch one of the most electric holiday favorites of all time. The tradition and rock fueled fun of Trans-Siberian Orchestra comes to Nationwide Arena, December 29th. Enjoy this legendary show and make memories this holiday season.
  • Enjoy a holiday tradition with the whole family. Stay Close to the New Albany Children’s Ballet’s fantastic performance of the holiday classic ‘The Nutcracker’ at The Ohio Theater, December 9th – 24th.
  • Experience the vibrancy of Columbus with urban dining, arts and attractions such as the Columbus Museum of ArtCOSI Columbus & the Franklin Park Conservatory.
  • Known as the “Official Theatre of the State of Ohio“, the historic 1928 movie palace has been completely restored. The breathtaking details (including the 21 foot high chandelier!) and opulent Spanish-Baroque architecture and design make any night out at the Ohio an event to remember. See the Schedule, it’s worth a visit. Only 6 miles away from us.

Experience the most out of your Columbus travel experience by staying at the budget friendly and pet friendly Red Roof PLUS+ Columbus – OSU property! Enjoy the firepit on the lawn, perfect on those chilly fall nights with a drink on hand and enjoy the NEW rooms at this 100% Smoke-Free hotel! Modern design flooring, a large, flat-screen TV, free Wifi, new furniture, spa-inspired bathrooms with modern vessel sinks, new comfy Rest Suite beds by Serta, plush high-end bedding and more! Book your stay now!

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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Top Columbus, Ohio Attractions

Columbus, Ohio is a great city that is filled with many great dining places, entertainment, sports, shopping and so much more . There are so many great things to do and see around Columbus that you can never get bored! Here are 11 top things to do and see in Columbus, Ohio:

  1. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium– Not only are they the number 1 zoo, but they also have a great, new African exhibit where you can feed the giraffes and a polar bear exhibit where you can go underground and watch the bears swim. During December, they have amazing Christmas lights strung up all around the Zoo and a cool light show. During the summer, ride one of the many water slides at the water park, Zoombezi Bay,  or relax in the lazy river.
  2. Ohio State University– Catch a Buckeye game or concert at The Shoe or the Schottenstein Center. You don’t want to miss the 2-day Buckeye Country Super Fest this summer on June 20-21 at the Ohio Stadium where the biggest stars in Country music are going to perform! When walking around the campus, make sure to see the The Oval, The Ohio Union, the 11-story Thompson library, or the RPAC. Experience the atmosphere and participate in a festive tailgate before a game. Not to mention that the Bucks are now National Champions!
  3. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream– This awesome ice cream shop is a Columbus, Ohio start up! You can get unusual and unique flavors here and it is absolutely delicious! Try the salty caramel or the pistachio & honey flavor. If you can’t decide on the flavor, just sample them all!
  4. Easton Town Center There are many great malls around Columbus, but one of the best and biggest malls here is the Easton Town Center! Easton is a huge shopping center with an indoor mall area and outside outlets all around. They have a movie theater inside and a comedy restaurant called The Funny Bone. They have delicious restaurants all around, like Abuelo’s, where they are known for their fajitas for two. During Valentine’s Day at Easton, they have horse and carriage rides. At night, their outside shopping area is all lit up in lights and there is a beautiful fountain in the center of it all.
  5. Columbus Clippers Games– During baseball season, it is always a great time to go to the Huntington Park for a Clippers game with all your friends, especially during Dime-a-Dog night or Buck-a-Bone night!
  6. Arena District– The Arena District has many fun things to do and see. Catch a Blue Jackets games at the Nationwide Arena. You don’t want to miss the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game that takes place at the Nationwide Arena on January 24th! During the week of the All-Star Game, they also have a ton of activities like ice skating, a gigantic snow slide, and a fair! They also have great restaurants and bars around the area, like Buca di Beppo, an Italian restaurant where huge, family style dishes are shared and where there are many different and unique dining rooms inside. After a game, stop by The Big Bang Bar: Dueling Pianos, where you get to listen to two piano players sing and play great music while people sing and dance along.
  7. Downtown / Short North– Overall, the Downtown/Short North area is a great place to shop and dine. Take a stroll along the beautiful Scioto Mile, where they have many festivals during the summer, like the Columbus Arts Festival. Check out the North Market, where there are places to eat from all around the world and where they also host many festivals and activities during the summer, like a beer and wine tasting fest and Drive-In movies. Also, catch a play/musical at the Ohio Theater or the Palace Theater.
  8. COSI– A great family place to go is the COSI science center. It is a fun and interactive science museum where they have games and activities that help you learn. Some of their exhibits include a life and human body exhibit, a space exhibit and an ocean life exhibit. They also, however, hold a 21 and up event every month called COSI after Dark where they have bars on each floor. You don’t want to miss the star show in the planetarium or a National Geographic movie on the big IMAX screen.
  9. Ohio State Fairgrounds / The Columbus Crew– During the summer, the Ohio State Fairgrounds hosts the Ohio State Fair where there is great food, entertainment, animals, rides, shopping, art and so much more. They also host a variety of events throughout the year at the Expo Center. The fairgrounds are right next to the Columbus Crew Stadium where you can watch the Columbus Crew dominate in soccer or catch a concert, which is sometimes held there.
  10. German Village – This is a nice area to walk around or grab a bite to eat! Definitely check out The Thurman Cafe, which was on Man v. Food! They have amazing and huge burgers. If you are a burger lover, then you definitely have to try this place.
  11. Hollywood Casino Columbus– The largest, Vegas style casino in Columbus! You can test your luck and win big here!

There are also many Red Roof Inn‘s in and around Columbus! Get more out of your travel experience by staying with us. Not to mention, this is where our corporate headquarters are.

Safe travels!

Katie

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Fall in ohio

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Like many Ohioans, my favorite season is fall. I love the changing colors of the leaves, the perfect autumn weather, apple cider, and of course a winning Ohio State Buckeye season. This weekend, I spent some time enjoy the fall festivities at the Smith’s Fall Festival in Columbus, Ohio. They had live music, plenty of delicious food, and lots of activities for children. They had a wide variety of Ohio grown pumpkins, corn, apples, and potatoes for purchase.PUMPKIN Smith’s Fall Festival had tons of pumpkins, great for carving, decoration, or cooking. They had huge pumpkins, too. I had to examine a few to believe the pumpkins were real. I ended up getting some fresh apples and one of my favorite fall drinks, an apple cider slushy. They also had some pre-made food that you could get to enjoy while listening to the live band, anything from funnel cakes to hot dogs to sweet corn.

Smith’s had tons of things for kids to do. They had a face painting, pumpkin decorating, and making your own scarecrow. There were a few live animals that you could feed or pet, including an adorable bunny.
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Sarah 009One of my favorite activities they had was their “corn box.” It was the same idea as a sand box expect with corn kernels. I thought it was a cool idea and very appropriate for the setting.

Smith’s also had some local vendors at the festival selling their homemade crafts or food.
Attending festivals is a great way to support local businesses. When I am traveling I always like to look and see what is going on in the city, one time I attended a parade of the National Jugglers Association while traveling. If you are traveling on a limited budget an event like this would be a great way to spend an afternoon. Staying at a Red Roof Inn is another great way if you are watching your budget. A lot of our inns have undergone next-gen renovations, so you will definitely be getting a lot of bang your buck. – Sarah
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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Festivus…

The holidays, the traditions, the carbs…as 2012 nears its end, I look at my iCalendar and realize I am over-scheduled, over-whelmed, and over-indulged.  However, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

As much as I try to fight it, the Holiday Season has reared its festive head upon us – Elf on the Shelf in tow. That being said, I have been secretly listening to Holiday music in my car since early November; it’s only socially acceptable post-Thanksgiving. You do the math…

As a born and bred Floridian, the Holidays in Ohio are a relatively new experience for me. I am accustomed to seeing Holiday lights strewn upon palm trees, not building a snowman in my front yard (read: I am 25 and have never actually made a snowman), and getting really excited when the weather dips below 70 degrees, score! This year, it’s a whole new ballpark: I am hosting the annual Feats of Strength, carving the proverbial Holiday Ham, and come heck or high water, I will be building a snowman! You hear that Al Roker, bring me snow to my neck of the woods…

In the grand scheme of things, complaining about a lack of snow is trivial when there are individuals in my own community who don’t have a roof over their head or enough food to fill their stomachs. This Holiday Season, I encourage you to give back, like Red Roof Gives Back. I encourage you to step outside your comfort zone, and help a person in need. A warm meal and smile go a long way, you’d be surprised.

And as a special treat, Red Roof will give back to you! To help lighten the load of your holiday shopping this season, Red Roof will be announcing the winners of our Holiday Shopping Contest via our Facebook page. Five lucky fans will be chosen to win a $100 Gift Card to Amazon.com – and as an added bonus, we are opening the entry for the final Season of Giving wrap-up, a $500 Gift Card to Amazon.com! Make sure to “like” Red Roof on Facebook today for your chance to win!

Natalie

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