Columbus is a bit of a paradox. It is a charming town with magnificent old homes intermingled with modern homes and businesses.
A Main Street revitalization program has brought new life to downtown Columbus. Old buildings are being converted into shops and offices,and in some cases, downtown living is a trend.
The Mississippi University for Women and Columbus Air Force Base contribute to the cultural diversity of the city. Religious activities are important to the community as is exemplified by 85 churches of varoius denominations.
Restaurants are plentiful as the fifty-plus establishments offer a variety of menus to please the pallet. The city’s many hotels and bed & breakfast inns host over 1,000 room accomodations.
Baptist Memorial Hospital has approximately 70 physicians and specialists to provide healthcare, and there are a number of clinics and other primary healthcare facilities.
The arts flourish in Columbus, with a community theatre, an art association, art galleries and studios, and antique shops. The Columbus Arts Council presents performances and promotes other events. Those who prefer other entertainment can find it in the night life of Columbus.
Downtown businesses and several shopping malls and galleries provide an abundance of shopping opportunites.
The birthplace of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennesee Williams is now the city’s Welcome Center and a major downtown attraction. It is one of the many lovely Victorian structures in the downtown area.
A sportman’s haven, Columbus boasts some of the country’s best bass fishing along the Tenn-Tom Waterway and its lakes and inlets. Because Columbus is situated between Mississippi State University, 20 minutes west, and the University of Alabama, 50 minutes to the east, there is always a Southeastern Conference event to observe.
Tennis is popular in the area with public and private courts available for play. Golf can be played most everyday of the year, with a few exceptions. Old Waverly Golf Club is included in Golf Digest’s prestigious “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses” for the 1995-1996 ranking. Most recently, Old Waverly hosted the 1999 U.S. Women’s Golf Championship. The area also offers courses at Columbus Country Club, Elm Lake, and Green Oaks.
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