The first thing that struck me about Ohio after landing was just how leafy Columbus was. I don’t know what I was expecting, but this was not it. It’s beautiful! Not at all the big city I envisioned, but quaint, laid-back and tree-lined.
Admittedly, we didn’t see a lot of the city, but on the way in, we grabbed a bite at Katalina’s Cafe Corner (so good!) and on the way out, we brunched at the Angry Baker and then spent the afternoon soaking up autumn with a new friend who answers to “Mayhem.”
I’ve known Mayhem’s mom Angie since meeting at Blissdom a year and a half ago, and I’ve been an adamant follower of her blog and Instagram (seriously, just check out the hashtag #FashionByMayhem and you will immediately fall in love with this three year old, too). So when they said they’d drive down from Cincinnati for the day to hang out with us, I was thrilled.
We were with my friends Spencer and Emilie, so after arriving back from the wedding in Hocking Hills, the four of us headed to Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden to meet the Mayhem family.
And what a beautiful botanical garden it was. Mayhem zipped in and out of the conservatory showing us around as if she were the official tour guide. (Perhaps they should consider hiring her.)
The gardens are free but it’s $12 to get into the conservatory, which is worth it, I think. Franklin Park, like Nashville’s Cheekwood, is also currently hosting Bruce Munro’s fantastic Light exhibit, but seeing as it’s only open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings through February 2014, we didn’t get to see the whole place lit up by fiber optic magic.
We spent some time ambling around the gardens after our conservatory visit, as Mayhem collected treasures and Spencer made her Queen of the Woodland Fairies with a crown all of her own.
This kid is too much. Crafty and thoughtful, too. She even brought Emilie and me Mayhem Originals: Rit Dyed scarves in support of breast cancer awareness!
After our time in the gardens, it was ice cream time (equally as important). Mayhem is allergic to, well, just about everything and doesn’t often get to enjoy too many indulgences as a result, but Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream—which is one of my favorite treats in Nashville, too—lists all of its ingredients and has several nut-free, soy-free varieties, so we were able to go there without sending Mayhem into a full-blown allergy attack.
All too quickly, it was time for SVV and me to head to the airport, sadly. Thanks for showing us Columbus, Mayhem! I hope you’ll let me come back to visit you in Ohio soon.