Worthington's reputation as a popular, quasi-hip weekend destination may soon reach beyond central Ohio.

Worthington's reputation as a popular, quasi-hip weekend destination may soon reach beyond central Ohio.

A group of national travel writers from as far away as California and Massachusetts will check out what the community has to offer during a three-day "art media tour" set for Aug. 14-17.

The 12 journalists will visit a long list of central Ohio attractions, from Zoombezi Bay to German Village. Worthington is the only suburban stop on the itinerary.

The tour is being arranged by Experience Columbus, which is Columbus' tourism bureau.

"I'm pretty excited about it," said Mindy Mace, director of the Convention and Visitor's Bureau of Worthington. "I'm just happy they think we are beneficial to central Ohio tourism."

Plans call for the writers to visit downtown Worthington on Friday, Aug. 15, from noon until 2:30 p.m.

There will be lunch at the Worthington Inn, candle pouring at the Candle Lab, a glass of wine at House Wine and time to browse other downtown shops.

The 12 writers include those who write for newspapers such as the Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Tampa Tribune and magazines, including Country Living, Ohio Magazine, Midwest Living, and Home and Away.

David Andrusia, a Los Angeles-based freelance writer who says he writes "hot and hip guidebooks," will also be part of the group.

Other stops on the tour include the Columbus Zoo; several private galleries; the Book Loft; the Columbus Museum of Art; Wexner Center; Easton Town Center; Shadowbox Cabaret; and the Short North.

Restaurants on the itinerary include Lindey's, Pistacia Vera, Bar of Modern Art, Tasi's, Ocean Club, North Star Cafe, Deep Woods, Betty's, Jeni's Ice Cream and Rosendale's.