Jeremy Hughes is the general manager at Cap City Gahanna and a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA)for Columbus, Ohio. Jeremy has been a member of the Cameron Mitchell team since 2004 and a resident of Columbus for nearly three decades.
Why did you decide to become a CTA?
I decided to become a CTA after learning about the program through my friends in our marketing department. I already spend a lot of time learning about everything this city has to offer and love interacting with my guest telling about the great places and things to do here. It seemed like a natural extension of what I already do.
How would you describe an ideal day in Columbus?
My ideal day in Columbus would start off at George’s Diner. It’s a great little spot off of Indianola Avenue right near where I live. Great Buckeye pancakes with a warm and friendly staff. Then we would probably grab our dog Lando and head over to the Park of Roses in Clintonville. It’s a great place for a family to run around and they have a great trail that runs up by the ravine that’s perfect for canine friends. If we needed to pick up or drop off some reading material, the Whetstone public library is at the entrance to the park. It is a wonderful library and it happens to be a part of the Columbus Metro Library system which is one of the best in the country!
Late morning or early afternoon I would head over to Easton Town Center. If it’s warm out they have a great fountain for the kids to play in and also a movie theater and arcade with entertainment for the whole family. My wife can check out Nordstrom while I scour REI for gear for our next hiking excursion. Afterwards we can grab a bite at one of the many dining options like Melt for a killer grilled cheese or Rusty Bucket’s amazing Italian Torpedo sandwich.
A day in Columbus wouldn’t be complete without checking out the bustling Downtown and Short North Neighborhoods. Late afternoon is a great time to start at the Franklin Park Conservatory or the Columbus Museum of Art. Check out the world class art installations including their newly renovated exhibit space and dining area. After getting some art and culture, dinner would have to be at Martini Modern Italian. Martini is right across from the Greater Columbus Convention Center and serves great fresh made mozzarella, house made pastas, and the best filet in the city. Since we are in the area, catching a Blue Jackets game, seeing a concert at the LC Pavillion, or enjoying a show at the Palace Theatre would all be options depending on the day of the week. There is just so MUCH to do downtown now! Afterwards we could cruise the Short North art galleries and enjoy some people watching or beer at the Char Bar or a cocktail at any of the fabulous bars or restaurants before calling it a night.
What’s your favorite thing about Columbus?
I love this city for all that it has to offer. It really has become a foodie town rivaling many across the U.S. Nature is always at hand with parks and preserves throughout Columbus and the surrounding areas. Our public areas like the riverfront and museums are all worthy of praise and stand among the best in the world. It’s hard to pick just one thing that makes this place great. If pressed I would have to say the people. The diversity of ideas, cultures, tolerance mixed with Midwestern hospitality makes Columbus my home for as long it will have me.