Normally, if a deer was to wander into a yoga class, it would raise some eyebrows and maybe even cause a bit of panic. At Room to Breathe Outdoor Yoga, though, wildlife is just part of a framework that makes every session a bit magical. Classes here unfold atop an open-air platform that has been constructed in the white pine forest of Walnut Bluffs Park, a pocket of land so peaceful that it's hard to believe it's just minutes outside the city. A wooded path leads guests back to the shady, custom-built platform for daily classes, including sunrise sessions that are lit by candles until the mayor tugs the rope that raises the sun into the sky. On Sunday mornings, hymns from a nearby church carry through the trees, and every other day of the week, students move through poses while listening to the calls of hoot owls and wild turkeys.
At SUP Columbus, skilled instructors empower aquaphiles to explore the region's waterways by paddleboard. Though they're happy to rent out boards and paddles, they tailor their services to suit beginners; all classes take place on the placid waters of 3,300-acre Hoover Reservoir and are capped at four students. Additionally, instructors convey effective paddling skills, balance, and positioning, along with tips should students choose to take up the sport independently. They'll direct students to ideal bodies of water and neighborhood bathtubs for paddling, for instance, and guide students toward the proper clothing and equipment.
CaJohns Fiery Foods hands out trophies and $1,000 grand prizes to the top masters of flavor while hosting the Buckeye Regional & Ohio State Chili Championships. Regional competitions battle over taste buds’ allegiance on Saturday, September 1, and spice masters fight for the title of statewide champion on Sunday, September 2. Prizes go to those with the best red chili, chili verde, and salsa. Amateurs and Westerville natives also receive the chance to compete against one another in their own divisions, as do men and women in the police force, National Guard, and fire department, where chili is both eaten and commonly used as a backup fire retardant.
Players wielding the Ohiogolfpack.com pass gain access to free greens fees at some of the top golf courses throughout Columbus area, which include Royal American, Bent Tree, Raccoon, Blackhawk, Glenross, Clover Valley, Shamrock, Table Rock, New Albany Links, and Cooks Creek. Golfers simply gather up their clubs and lucky pair of argyle boxers before heading to the course, and then flash their pass to pro shop attendant in exchange for the discounted rate. The available courses are subject to change each year, but past destinations have included Bent Tree Golf Club, New Albany Links, and Cooks Creek Golf Club.
Not everyone is born an artist, but the folks at Spilling Color believe that anybody can be an artist. Their painting and pottery classes encourage each participant to sit back, grab a glass of wine, and unleash their inner artiste. Held at their studio, local artists lead students through the steps to create a finished masterpiece. Spilling Color also strives to give back to the community with the "We Give" program, with partial proceeds for each purchase going towards bringing art to under underprivileged kids and adults with disabilities.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Fred Astaire Dance Studio
Pro Tip: Wear comfortable shoes that stay on your feet, no flip-flops or slides.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Fun and easy dance instruction
Recommended Age Group: Adults