Have you ever done a statecation? Have you ever heard of the term statecation? A statecation is bascially a vacation within your own state. Well I have done a few and currently visited Uptown Columbus,GA for a statecation weekend trip with a friend. I never been to Columbus,GA and I was surprised to find a lot of fun activities and things to do in this emerging town. Check out below some of the amazing things I did in the Uptown Columbus area.


Ma Rainey House and Blues Museum

Ma Rainey’s actual house. Considered to be the true mother of Soul

After years of neglect, and after decades of being in a state of unrestored limbo, the Gertrude “Ma” Rainey House in Columbus is all dressed up and ready to rock. Exhibits in the Rainey Museum interpret the life and career of Ma Rainey, and trace the history and influences of the blues tradition of the lower Chattahoochee River Valley, a region for which Columbus is the population and cultural center.

When Gertrude “Ma” Rainey ended her show business career in 1935 after a lifetime of performing on the road, she moved back to her hometown of Columbus and settled into a a two-story “shotgun” house on Fifth Avenue. Rainey lived in the house for less than five years before she died of heart failure Dec. 22, 1939, at just 53 years old. Ma Rainey left behind a legacy as the “Mother of the Blues.”

The Columbus Museum

The Columbus Museum has a special collection featured now called the AND WE STILL RISE exhibit. It was created by artist of Women of Color Quilters Network. What makes this unique is the array of quilts like you’ve never seen before to learn about African American history personalities stitch by stitch in amazing quiltwork designing.


The Loft

11th & Bay

Plucked Up Chicken and Biscuits

The Black Cow


Market Saturdays

Uptown Fall Friday Night series

Every Friday the town gets a free concert! The entire Broadway strip is full of people in chairs or standing to enjoy the concert. This night was featured by the R&B band DSOS.

I ziplined from Georgia to Alabama!

One of the newest features of Uptown Columbus,GA is the outdoor adventures you can have. I had to do the ziplining once I heard you can zip from state to state. Thats right, Columbus,Ga is the only place in the world where you can zip from state to state! From Georgia to Alabama! I couldn’t get my friend to go, so I had to brave it by myself. Of course I was nervous, but I ziplined last year so I knew what to expect. When I actually crossed over, I was really in Alabama! It was amazing. During the month of October (which is when I went) it is Zombie Zip. Basically, you will get a few surprises on you way to zipping back to Georgia!

Enjoying the patio seating at 11th and Bay

Columbus was a lot of fun. It’s only 1 1/2 hours away from the city of Atlanta. I would definitely return again for more entertainment and just a getaway from my area. Sometimes it’s fun to have a statecation and explore what another town has to offer. Columbus is growing, evolving and modernizing to be a city with plenty to do, relax and have family time. I will definitely be back to return as it’s still growing with other amenities and activities to explore.

I’d like to thank Visit Columbus GA  for my travel accommodation. I was apart of an organized press trip on the behalf of the Visit Columbus GA Tourism Board. As always, all opinions are my own. 

What do you think of Uptown Columbus,GA?


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  • Robin Rue says:

    I would love to eat my way around town. That sounds like my kind of trip 🙂

  • Stacie says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us! I always love finding resources that I can keep bookmarked for future travel. Yay!

  • Shell says:

    The food looks amazing! You can’t go wrong with chicken and waffles.

    I’ve never heard of a statecation, though I guess I’ve done one!

  • Bill Sweeney says:

    I can’t believe how much there is to do in Columbus. I had no idea there was such a vast array of things offered. This sounds like a great place for a family trip.

  • Liz Mays says:

    We’ve never explored Columbus, GA fully but I’d love to! I need to see the Ma Rainey House and Blues museum.

  • There’s no doubt that I’ll enjoy the food and the shopping here! There are many things to look forward to in Columbus, without a doubt!

  • Tonya says:

    I’ve driven through Columbus but had no idea they had such a great food or entertainment scene! I’ll definitely stop to explore next time around.

  • Maureen says:

    Looks like there is so much to do here, glad you were able to experience this and share the experience so others can travel there 🙂

  • travel blogger says:

    This looks like an amazing place to visit! I would love to see the Rainey Museum, and all that food looks delicious. I will have to consider this for our next getaway. It isn’t far from where we live.

  • Brianne says:

    Wow there seems like there is so much to do! I’ve never been but now its going on my bucket list!

  • Pam says:

    We visited Columbus Georgia a few years back and had a blast. That food looks great.

  • Toni | Boulder Locavore says:

    Columbus looks really cool! Love those crafts and artworks!

  • Crystal says:

    Those quilts! I studied art history in college as was always so enthralled by the artists who took an everyday craft and could make something so powerful from it.

  • Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Other than the delicious southern cuisine, I am so interested to get crafts from local artists/businesses. I love the quilts, the woven basket totes and the artisan soaps! This is a must-visit place for me and my family.

  • Our Family World says:

    OMG. Look at all that yummy food and drinks! Truly nothing beats southern food! I have not yet been to Georgia but I wish I could soon! Thank you for sharing your photos!

  • I’ve never been to Georgia before, but I would love to visit someday. Looks like lots of fun things to do there!

  • Rosey says:

    An hour and a half away is just enough to feel vacation-y and still not take you too far from home. 🙂 I’m glad you had a nice time…and that food!

  • I am totally going to enjoy my time there! It’s really awesome that they have such good food and entertainment!

  • Heidi says:

    I’ve heard of a staycation, but not a statecation. What a cool idea. Sometimes we know the very least about the place we live in. I love the idea of finding out the cool places to visit right in our own state. Zipping from state to state sounds so fun!

  • Samantha says:

    I love the mugs! They are beautiful! The food looks amazing! I would love to go and eat all the different foods!

  • Jenn JG says:

    I have never been to Columbus, GA but it looks fun! Looks like lots to do there, I would def want to check out the market on saturdays! I love shopping local vendor markets and finding all kinds of treasures!

  • Jen Walker says:

    I love fun coffee mugs so they caught my attention right away. And oh my, so much delicious looking food! I’ve not done a state-cation since my oldest was born and we relocated to another state. The hubby and I were hoping to finally get a few days of just us without the kids next month, but the family that was supposed to watch them just bailed on us.

  • I have a feeling of wanderlust when I have a chance like this to view different parts of our beautiful country. I live in California, but a few days ago I came back from a trip to New Orleans. I would love to be able to visit Georgia and experience all of the incredible things your state has to offer. Thank you so much for sharing these attractions in Columbus AND for all of the beautiful images.

  • GiGi Eats says:

    I have to admit, I have only been to GA once and it was only to land in the airport!! I would like to explore the area at some point, who knows where life may take me! My husband talks about moving to GA every so often too… So I might head to Columbus GA sooner rather than later!

  • Uptown Columbus Georgia needs to go on my bucket list! I love to explore out-of-the-way places that are off the beaten Trail. And since this is the first time that I’ve heard of Columbus Georgia it’s obviously not one of the main stops on the way through the state. Thank you so much for sharing this interesting time with me. I would love to visit that museum!

  • miranda says:

    what a beautiful house! I love black art!
    it looks like you had a really good time. thank you for sharing

  • Amber Myers says:

    This area looks like a blast! I’ve never been in this area. I’d love that food. Yum!

  • Esse D says:

    I’ve always heard mention of Columbus, GA, but never knew there was this much culture. I need to visit for market Saturday’s. It looks like I’d definitely be shopping!

  • Sarah Bailey says:

    What some amazing sounding things to do and see, I would love to check out the markets myself, I don’t know why but I am always drawn to people selling their wares.

  • Claudia Krusch says:

    This looks like a fantastic place to get away and relax. I love to go on a staycation. We are lucky to have so many fun things to do in our area.

  • Aziel Morte says:

    Looks an awesome place to visit and I love to try their amazing food too. Glad that you share this

  • Emman Damian says:

    I love the art pieces. The food also looks so yummy! Great tips!

  • Cristina Leau says:

    Wow, I hope one day I will be able to visit it. The museums seem interesting but the food looks amazing. I also like the mugs, I want one now.

  • Sheena Tatum says:

    It looks like you thoroughly enjoyed yourself. I must say I am pretty jealous!

  • Jennifer L says:

    Oh wow Columbus looks absolutely incredible. I’d love to visit the museum and just explore the city. And the food looks amazing! I want it all.

  • Akamatra says:

    The food alone would make me want to visit. But throw in a nice museum and a market and I am sold!

  • TColeman says:

    There looks like there is so much to see, enjoy and learn. I would love to take a trip to this area.

  • Anchal says:

    This is such a cool idea. This place seems to be amazing. Thanks for this tour.

  • Maureen says:

    I had no idea there was so much to experience and do in Columbus, GA. Glad you shared some ideas for anyone traveling there 🙂

  • Catherine Sargent says:

    This looks like a great place to visit and the food looks amazing. I will have to keep it in mind if I am in the area.

  • There’s just so much to love about this place! I think I’ll enjoy shopping and eating there the most.

  • Meagan says:

    These are some great suggestions. I grew up near there.

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