The New Romantic Hot Spot
Whether you're planning that first romantic getaway or an anniversary trip, choose Columbia, SC - The New Romantic Hot Spot - where you can enjoy a Southern and gracious region full of 'famously hot' hotels, restaurants, attractions, shops and more. Here are just a few date ideas for a charming weekend with that special someone.
FOR FOOD LOVERS
Want to try what we call 'new Southern' food here? Each meal at Terra and Mr. Friendly's features Southern themes with fresh, local ingredients. A comfy booth or secluded nook can have the right ambiance - try Hunter Gatherer, Rosso Trattoria Italia or Solstice Kitchen. For dinner with a view, The Oak Table overlooks the South Carolina State House and Saluda's gazes down on the Five Points district, while the Spirit of Lake Murray serves dinner on a cruise. Love wine and spirits? Motor Supply Company Bistro, Hampton Street Vineyard, Baan Sawan Bistro, Bourbon and Cellar on Greene have staff who can answer your beverage questions while the area's notable chefs serve up incredible meals. Search all Columbia, SC restaurants for more ideas for your visit. Soda City Market, Two Gals and a Fork and Columbia Food Tours.
FOR ADVENTURE LOVERS
Adventure brings couples together! You can hike the beautiful trails of Congaree National Park, Sesquicentennial State Park, Harbison State Forest and Saluda Shoals Park. Enjoy the view and a stroll along the water at Lake Murray, the Cayce Riverwalk, West Columbia Riverwalk or Riverfront Park. Whether in a kayak for one or two, you can paddle down the streams and rivers of Columbia, SC at Congaree National Park, Saluda Shoals Park and the Congaree River. Want to take a walk on the wild side? The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden isn't just for kids!
FOR HISTORY LOVERS
Delve into the history of the Columbia region! Every visit to Columbia, SC should start with a free tour of the South Carolina State House, where bronze stars mark the places cannonballs struck the State House during the Civil War. Whether exploring the South Carolina State Museum, Lexington County Museum or the Woodrow Wilson Family Home: A Museum of Reconstruction, you will learn something new during your stay. Have only an hour or two to spare? One of Columbia, SC's walking tours is a quick way to get an overview of this region's history. Historic Columbia's properties, Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens and Robert Mills House & Garden are some of the oldest in the region. If you call at least a day in advance, you can book a trip in Lower Richland County to explore some of the region's oldest buildings, including Goodwill Plantation and the Harriet Barber House.
FOR ART LOVERS
From the traditional to the eclectic, Columbia, SC has art to inspire romance! Start your artistic journey at the Columbia Museum of Art, featuring traveling exhibts, a permant collection with work from Boticelli and Monet and a stunning Chihuly chandelier. For something contemporary, try one of the many galleries in the historic Vista district. Ready to feel the music? Concerts at Condundrum Music Hall, The Music Farm, The Township Auditorium and Colonial Life Arena will entertain, while South Carolina Philharmonic performs classic works at The Koger Center and Rocket Man makes a fun night with a dueling piano bar. Step into Nickelodeon Theater, South Carolina's only art-house movie theater, for the latest indie flick. Broadway in Columbia, Town Theatre, Workshop Theatre and Trustus Theatre performances are always thrilling performances. The Columbia City Ballet's award-winning productions will impress with talent from across the world and the stunning coreography of Director Willam Starrett. If you're looking for a DIY night, Grapes and Gallery and Studio Cellar offer painting sessions.
WHERE TO STAY
Some particularly cozy locations include The Inn at USC, The Inn at Claussen's, The Sheraton, The Hilton and the brand-new Hyatt Place. Want to get away from it all? Book a night at a bed and breakfast in Columbia, SC, like Cucina Casa at Wavering Place Plantation, or reserve a cabin at Dreher Island State Park. Search all hotels in Columbia, SC and book a room at reservations.columbiacvb.com.
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