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Kayaking on Congaree River

Dining at Pawleys Front Porch

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SALLY SALAMANDER takes you on a downtown walking tour

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Shopping on Devine Street

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PLANNING ESSENTIALS TOP 10 VISITOR FAVORITES COLUMBIA’S DISTRICTS ITINERARIES a family Getaway, girlfriends’ Weekend oR outdoor adventure is on tap THINGS TO DO Dining Shopping Signature events MAPS

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The best kept secret

about the Columbia region is …

Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201 800.264.4884, Fax: 803.545.0013, columbiacvb.com

Ric Luber President and CEO of the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism “… the parks, trails, rivers and scenic views. As an avid runner, I love seeing the pristine, lush greenery and hearing the calming sounds of water along the riverwalks in the region I call home. From kayaking and canoeing on the Congaree River to boating on Lake Murray and hiking at Harbison State Forest and Congaree National Park, the outdoor adventures in the Columbia region are endless.”

President & CEO Richard A. “Ric” Luber V.p. of Sales & Marketing Kelly Barbrey Director of Communications Kim Jamieson Director of Marketing Mandi Engram Partnership Services Manager Barbara Chambers V.P./travel publishing Susan Chappell Proofreading Manager Raven Petty Copy Editor Jill wyatt Writer Elizabeth sims creative services Director Christina Carden Senior Graphic Designers Laura Gallagher, Janine Maryland, Kris Sexton, Vikki Williams

Honorable Steve Benjamin Mayor, City of Columbia “… the rich and vibrant artistic community. Overflowing from traditional venues such as the Columbia Museum of Art and the SC Philharmonic to a myriad of local galleries, workshops, theaters and dance companies, the Columbia region has a deep appreciation for the arts. Our diverse creative culture satisfies any appetite. But what else would you expect from the city that gave the world Hootie & the Blowfish?”

Media Technology Analysts becca ary, Chandra Bradshaw Photography Director Jeffrey S. Otto Senior Photographers Jeff Adkins, Brian McCord Staff Photographers Todd Bennett, Antony Boshier Ad Production Manager Katie Middendorf Ad Traffic Assistants Krystin Lemmon, Patricia Moisan I.T. support technician daniel cantrell Senior Accountant Lisa Owens Accounts Payable Coordinator Maria McFarland Accounts Receivable Coordinator Diana Guzman color imaging technician Alison Hunter additional photography provided by Brett Flashnick

Paul Livingston Chair, Richland County Council

Chairman Greg Thurman

“… the various homegrown benefits of Capital City living. From our award-winning libraries and museums, numerous cultural and entertainment venues to the picturesque views along the Saluda River – there is much to brag about! One of the crown jewels of our community is the historic Township Auditorium, which has hosted such brilliant acts as Elvis, Tony Bennett, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen and Prince, to name just a few.”

President/Publisher Bob Schwartzman Executive Vice President Ray Langen Senior V.P./Sales Todd Potter, Carla Thurman Senior V.P./Operations Casey Hester Senior V.P./Client Development Jeff Heefner Senior V.P./Business development scott templeton senior V.P./Agribusiness Publishing Kim holmberg V.P./External Communications Teree Caruthers V.P./Visual Content Mark Forester V.P./Content Operations Natasha Lorens V.P./Sales Herb Harper, Jarek Swekosky Controller Chris Dudley Distribution Director Gary Smith Executive Secretary Kristy Duncan Human Resources Manager Peggy Blake Receptionist Linda Bishop The 2012 Columbia Visitors Guide is published by Journal Communications Inc. for the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau. For advertising or other information about the magazine, contact Journal Communications Inc., 725 Cool Springs Blvd., Suite 400, Franklin, TN 37067, (615) 771-0080, or by email at info@jnlcom.

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Jim Kinard

Chair, Lexington County Council “… the abundance of locally grown produce and restaurants that offer ‘field-to-fork’ menu items. Recently featured on the popular Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, The Farmer’s Shed in Lexington has become a favorite among visitors and locals alike. With menu items picked daily from their on-site gardens, this restaurant – like many in the Columbia region – works to support the ‘eat local, shop local, buy local’ mentality of our residents.”


SALLY SALAMANDER Downtown Walking Tour

Spend any time around one of the beautiful rivers in the region, and you’re likely to overlook the company of South Carolina’s state amphibian, the spotted salamander. While spotted salamanders are fairly large, they can be difficult to see. You’ll enjoy a hunt through downtown Columbia trying to “spot” a friendly new ambassador, Sally Salamander, commissioned by the Leadership Columbia class of 2009. Look for her (she’s likely to turn up anywhere), and you’ll learn something new about the area and its historic and cultural sites. Stop by the Columbia Regional Visitors Center, the first stop on the tour, to pick up a brochure and map, or visit columbiasalamander.com.

Mobile Tour Scan the QR code for more information about the Sally Salamander Walking Tour in downtown Columbia.


Planning

Essentials

VISITOR INFOrmation The Columbia area consists of six counties – Richland (including the city of Columbia), Lexington, Kershaw, Calhoun, Fairfield and Saluda. The region has grown to approximately 800,000 people, making it South Carolina’s largest metropolitan area.

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Getting Here By Air Columbia Metropolitan Airport 3000 Aviation Way 803.822.5000 www.columbiaairport.com

By Bus

Visitors Centers Columbia Regional Visitors Center 1101 Lincoln St. • 803.545.0002, 800.264.4884 • www.columbiacvb.com 8 am-6 pm Mon.-Fri.; 10 am-4 pm Sat.; 1-5 pm Sun. Whether visiting friends or family, conducting business or attending a meeting or event, be sure to stop by the Columbia Regional Visitors Center. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is eager to assist you with area information. You will find maps and brochures with information about restaurants, accommodations, attractions and more. We are located at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in the historic Congaree Vista District, just blocks away from the Gervais Street Bridge and the South Carolina State House.

Capital City/Lake Murray Country Visitors Center 2184 N. Lake Dr. • 803.781.5940, 866.SC.JEWEL lakemurraycountry.com • 9 am-5 pm Mon.-Fri.; 10 am-4 pm Sat.; 1-5 pm Sun. The Capital City/Lake Murray Country Region includes Columbia, Lexington, Newberry, Richland and Saluda. The Visitors Center is located in Lorick Plantation House near Lake Murray.

Greyhound 2015 Gervais St. 800.231.2222 www.greyhound.com

By Rail Amtrak 850 Pulaski St. 800.872.7245 www.amtrak.com

By Car Three major interstate highways serve the Columbia metropolitan area: I-26, I-77 and I-20. I-95 is only 60 miles away.

around Town Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority 803.255.7100 www.gocmrta.com

University of South Carolina Visitor Center 816 Bull St. • 803.777.0169, 800.922.9755 • www.sc.edu/visitorcenter 8:30 am-5 pm Mon.-Fri.; 11 am-3 pm Sat. The University of South Carolina Visitor Center welcomes prospective students, their families, alumni and visitors. Learn about the university’s rich history, the programs and the allure of being a Gamecock.

Climate Columbia may be “famously hot,” but the forecast is quite consistent with 300 days of sunshine a year! At night, plan on light breezes and comfortable temperatures. Forty-five inches of rainfall annually helps cool things down, but rarely does it get cold enough to snow.

Average Highs/Lows (In Fahrenheit) Month January February March April May June

High 57 60 68 77 84 89

Low 34 36 42 50 59 67

Source: National Weather Service

Month July August September October November December

High 92 91 85 76 67 58

Low 71 70 64 51 41 35

Distance & Driving Times City Miles Hours Asheville, NC 150 2.5 Atlanta, GA 221 3.5 Birmingham, AL 366 6 Cleveland, OH 610 10 Charleston 115 2 Charlotte, NC 94 1.5 Gainesville, FL 454 7.5 Hilton Head Island 160 2.5 Indianapolis, IN 610 10 Jackson, MS 595 10 Knoxville, TN 264 4.5 Louisville, KY 505 8.5 Myrtle Beach 150 2.5 Nashville, TN 420 7 New York, NY 690 11.5 Philadelphia, PA 610 10 Raleigh, NC 210 3.5 Savannah, GA 146 2.5 Washington, DC 470 8 columbiacvb.com

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Top 10 Visitor Favorites

The Columbia region offers year-round opportunities for outdoor adventures and activities to suit everyone in your group, whether you are traveling with kids or planning a girlfriends’ or couples’ weekend. Enjoy an afternoon of South Carolina Gamecock sports, relax on lovely Lake Murray or hunt down the town’s best barbecue.

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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden This 170-acre zoo and garden, with its two distinct parks along the scenic Saluda River, is one of the region’s most popular destinations. The zoo houses more than 2,000 animals in natural habitat environments and provides visitors with an up-close-andpersonal take on the animal kingdom. The 70-acre Riverbanks Botanical Garden is home to a broad spectrum of woodlands,

gardens and plants, as well as the Woodlands Walk, incorporating the ruins of an antebellum textile mill.

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Museums

Botticelli, Monet, Tiffany and Chihuly are among the artists of more than 6,000 paintings, sculptures and artifacts showcased at the Columbia Museum of Art. Education and learning are presented with a fun twist for children of all ages at EdVenture Children’s

Museum. Take a walk through South Carolina history while learning the story of how this capital city was founded at the South Carolina State Museum. This is just a sampling of the many museums that make their home here.

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Lake Murray

Just west of Columbia’s city center is Lake Murray, an 80-squaremile watery slice of heaven. With beaches, unique islands within

the Dreher Island State Recreation Area and plenty of opportunities to enjoy all types of watercraft, the lake also has sites for camping and picnicking. Multiple marinas harbor sailboats and fishing boats and, in the summer, the Southern Patriot and The Spirit of Lake Murray offer narrated daytime and evening tours of the lake, with a chance to spot native waterfowl and the lake’s regulars – Purple Martins on Doolittle Island. columbiacvb.com

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South carolina Gamecock sports The University of South Carolina boasts some of the South’s most loyal and determined fans, and recently they have had lots to cheer about. The South Carolina Gamecocks’ baseball team won the national title in both 2010 and 2011, and Gamecock football ended 2010 with its first SEC Eastern Division title. Catch Gamecock fever by enjoying a football game at Williams-Brice Stadium or a baseball

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game at Carolina Stadium, accompanied by some of the finest tailgate parties in the nation.

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Congaree National Park Located a mere 30 minutes from Columbia’s city center, South Carolina’s only national park is lush with the tallest deciduous forest on the planet hugging the fertile Congaree River. A naturalist’s paradise, the park is the playground of native birds and wildlife, canoers and kayakers, and meandering

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strollers along its elevated Boardwalk Trail. A self-guided tour provides background on the park’s history and diverse ecology.

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Barbecue

The Columbia region is known for its many barbecue restaurants, and lots of folks travel from neighboring states just to enjoy a hearty meal. While pulled pork is typically the signature dish, most of the local barbecue joints offer fried chicken, savory casseroles and

vegetables, hush puppies and peach cobbler. Many restaurants provide community tables, so you can mingle with the locals while sharing a pitcher of sweet tea.

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Nickelodeon Theater

This nonprofit arthouse theater presents independent, foreign and documentary films daily. The venue is also home to festivals and special programming, including the Indie Grits Festival, the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, the


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shoes, jewelry, outdoor gear, art, pottery or home furnishings, their options will be limitless when visiting any one of the city’s numerous shopping districts. From Main Street, Historic Five Points and Devine Street to the Congaree Vista, The Village at Sandhills, Lexington’s Main Street and Harbison Boulevard, there really is something for everyone!

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shopping

If shoppers are looking to fill their bags with the latest fashions,

South Carolina State House One of the South’s

most beautiful capitols, this massive Corinthian structure with its granite construction and classic dome has endured both the cannons of Gen. Sherman and stormy debates within its chambers. The capitol grounds and the State House Portrait and Art Collection pay tribute to the history of the region and the many individuals who helped shape the graciousness, culture and storied traditions of South Carolina.

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South Carolina State Farmers Market This new, state-of-the-art farmers market in West Columbia bustles with shoppers seeking fresh South Carolina produce, meat and seafood, as well as music, food and engaging programming in its 150-seat demonstration kitchen. Highlighting the bounty of South Carolina’s rich agricultural environment, the market pays tribute to the farms, fishermen and families who benefit from the freshest food available. columbiacvb.com

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Columbia’s Districts The greater Columbia area is easily defined and navigated by 11 districts, each reflecting its own unique allure. From boutique shopping and fine dining to renovated and repurposed historic structures, each pocket projects its own Southern charm and personality.

City Center/Main Street Revitalized and revamped, Columbia’s Main Street combines historic structures of architectural significance with fresh retail and dining options. Anchored by the South Carolina State House on the southern end, the street is home to the beautiful Columbia Museum of Art, nightlife, galleries and specialty shops. One of the newest retailers, Mast General Store, is an updated mercantile filled with casual clothes, camping gear, home goods and a variety of old-fashioned toys and candies.

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Congaree Vista Congaree Vista, once the city’s warehouse district, is a brilliant lesson in architectural adaptive reuse. Old textile mills and railroad station structures have been restored and repurposed as a hip arts community, with inspired restaurants and inviting shops. Galleries feature works from local artists, as well as art from around the globe.

Five Points For more than 75 years, Five Points has been the heart of independent restaurants, shops, antique stores, live music and eclectic boutiques. This vibrant and colorful neighborhood – Columbia’s most bohemian – is known for outdoor dining and people watching and is especially popular with the collegiate crowd.

Devine Street Tree-lined and picturesque, Devine Street is situated in Shandon, one of Columbia’s oldest neighborhoods. Spend the day browsing this mile-long stretch of upscale boutiques for men’s, ladies’ and children’s designer clothing, footwear, art and jewelry. Make time for lunch or dinner at one of the fine-dining restaurants or casual cafés.

The area’s other unique districts, each with its own distinctive character, round out the Columbia region’s wealth of things to do, see and explore. West Vista lies just across the Congaree River from downtown Columbia and features antique shops, art galleries, wine bars, music venues and eclectic restaurants situated just steps away from the West Columbia Riverwalk. Rosewood, filled with older homes being restored by young families, features local

merchants and a variety of eateries, all with the ambiance of a small town.

Decker Boulevard , Columbia’s international corridor, is emerging as proof that the South is indeed global, with cuisine from Vietnam, Korea and Greece, as well as a variety of other culinary discoveries.

The Village at Sandhill is a modern lifestyle community combining national chain shops such as Ann Taylor Loft and Jos. A. Bank with local shops and restaurants, athletic venues and a movie theater – all within walking distance of home and work.

Harbison hums with hotels, dining and shopping at Columbiana Centre and surrounding boutiques. Explore outdoors at Saluda Shoals Park, walk across the Lake Murray Dam

or bike the trails at Harbison State Forest.

Lexington’s Main Street, with its historic Civil War-era structures and cobblestone streets, is home to boutiques, delis, antique shops and outdoor dining at the Flight Deck Restaurant and other bistros. The gateway to beautiful Lake Murray, Chapin reflects the relaxed lifestyle of lake living, with small gift shops and homestyle eateries, neighborhood taverns and local community theater. columbiacvb.com

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Itineraries

The greater Columbia area offers a diverse array of places to go and things to do, with a little something for everyone. Whether you’re planning a girlfriends’ getaway, a family adventure, a serious shopping excursion or a sports-filled mancation, this South Carolina metropolitan region is a hotbed of activity.

Family Getaway Throughout the Columbia region, there are numerous family-friendly activities to enjoy. Start the day with a hearty breakfast from Café Strudel, a true “hidden gem” featured in Southern Living, before heading over to the No. 1 attraction in the Columbia area, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. After a morning with the giraffes, gorillas, koalas and lions, make a pit stop at a favorite local burger joint, Pawleys Front Porch. Eat on the deck and bask in the sun’s rays while overlooking historic Five Points. Make sure to clean your plate because you’ll need the energy for a guided kayak tour down the Congaree River. You have the chance to experience nature first hand while weaving down one of the largest rivers in the Columbia area. For dinner, enjoy a traditional Southern meal at Lizard’s Thicket before finishing the day on a sweet note with a specialty cupcake from none other than Cupcake in the Congaree Vista.

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Fun fact

Columbia offers more than 500 unique restaurants that serve everything from Southern comfort foods to upscale bistro specialties.

Outdoor Adventure Gear up with hiking boots, water bottles, energy bars and backpacks at Half-Moon Outfitters’ new location on Devine Street before setting out for a day of adventure. The first stop gets you out of the car and onto the trails of Harbison State Forest. Whether on foot or on a bike, these trails allow visitors to experience nature up close and personal. Once the trails have been conquered, refuel with a Columbia area classic such as the STP Dipper or Apollo at Groucho’s Deli before renting a boat for a relaxing and scenic ride on Lake Murray. After an afternoon on the water, enjoy an upscale creekside dinner at Lexington’s Cotton Grill. With selections that include grilled salmon, flat-iron New York strip or seared crab cakes, there is something for every appetite. Wrap up the day with a glass of wine at one of Main Street’s newest additions, Wine Down on Main.

Girlfriends’ Weekend What’s more fun than starting a girlfriends’ weekend with a great brunch and a mimosa from DiPrato’s? A local favorite, DiPrato’s is on a side road in the heart of downtown Columbia. Two blocks to the east is a shopper’s paradise along Devine Street in the historic Shandon neighborhood. From Brittons and Hand Picked to Van Jean, Just the Thing and Kicks Exceptional Shoes, there is something for everyone in your group. After the bags are filled, take a break and join wine and cheese aficionados at The Gourmet Shop in Five Points for a tasting. This eat-in bistro and shop serves traditional Southern fare and sells kitchen gadgets, baked goods, dips and spreads. To continue this weekend of pampering, head over to OCCO Skin Studio in the Congaree Vista for a massage or mani/pedi – a must with best friends. Once everyone is dressed to the nines, travel across the bridge to West Columbia for a fine dining experience at Terra. This award-winning restaurant is upscale dining at its finest with window seats overlooking downtown Columbia. Finish the day enjoying a cocktail at the Sheraton Rooftop Lounge with views of the entire Columbia region. columbiacvb.com

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Busy Bodies The greater Columbia area touts a treasure trove of family fun – check out Riverbanks Zoo and Garden (one of the top 10 zoos in America); the hands-on, interactive and amazing EdVenture Children’s Museum; and the South Carolina State Museum, filled with art and artifacts detailing the history of the state.

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Art and Artifacts With its permanent collection ranging from Greco-Roman and Renaissance to Baroque and contemporary works, the Columbia Museum of Art houses a world-class collection and traveling exhibitions from around the globe. Its stunning Dale Chihuly sculpture, in the museum’s atrium, will take your breath away. Other museums in the area include military museums at Fort Jackson, the Lexington County Museum, the South Carolina Military Museum, South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, and the Cayce Historical Museum.

Take It Outside With abundant, easily accessible parks and trails in the Columbia area, enjoying the rich ecosystems of the region is a must. Congaree National Park, the state’s only national park, affords opportunities to explore and enjoy flora, fauna and scenic vistas. The West Columbia Riverwalk, a part of the Three Rivers Greenway, has an amphitheater and paths for walking, running and cycling.

Pamper Yourself Take it easy at one of the area’s many luxurious spas and beauty-treatment establishments. Massages, facials, pedicures and other pampering pursuits are available to suit anyone’s taste.

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Night Moves Enjoy a libation and some tunes at one of many live music venues – Art Bar, Speakeasy or Mac’s on Main. The Whig on Main is underground in a former bank, so you can imbibe in the actual vault. Enjoy a laugh at The Comedy House or sweeping views of downtown at the Sheraton Rooftop Lounge on Main Street. Be sure to check the online calendar at columbiacvb.com/calendar or a variety of performances, including ballet, modern dance, theater groups and the SC Philharmonic.

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To a Tee Just up the road from the golf mecca known as the Home of the Masters, Columbia offers golfing enthusiasts year-round weather to enjoy some of the area’s beautiful courses. With more than 17 accessible courses to choose from in the region, tee time is virtually any time.

Just Add Water By canoe, kayak, paddleboard or raft, explore the Broad, the Saluda and the Congaree rivers. Or hop aboard The Spirit of Lake Murray or the Southern Patriot for a cruise on tranquil Lake Murray.

Lights, Camera, Action! Larry Hembree, the force behind Columbia’s Nickelodeon Theatre, has been a catalyst for the arts for many years. The Nick, South Carolina’s only art house theater, spotlights a wide array of international and independent films, offering movie buffs an opportunity to view notable films – many of them rarely seen – of every genre.

History at Every Turn Discover important contributions of African-Americans to the region’s history at historic homes and churches downtown. The Modjeska Monteith Simkins House offers insights into the life of this early Civil Rights activist and community leader, including her role in the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case. Don’t miss the African-American History Monument on the grounds of the South Carolina State House.

Fun fact

According to ghost tours, the Wade Hampton statue on the State House grounds is thought to come alive and ride into the night.

Spirits in the Night Join in one of the Historic Columbia Foundation’s ghost walks or a moonlight tour of Elmwood Cemetery. As another option, the Spirits and Spectres Tour will thrill you with tales of famous Columbia ghosts and legends. Whichever path you choose, it’s guaranteed to leave your imaginative spirit satiated! columbiacvb.com

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South Carolina State Museum

Things to do AfricanAmerican Heritage African-American History Monument

First of its kind on any of the nation’s statehouse grounds, the monument recaptures the rich history of AfricanAmericans and their contributions to South Carolina, from arrival in Charleston to the 21st century. 734.2430  South Carolina State House Grounds, Columbia 

Big Apple

Built as the House of Peace Synagogue in 1915. In 1936, it became an African-American dance hall, where the Big Apple dance craze started. Today, it is a rental property managed by Historic Columbia Foundation. 252.7742•1000 Hampton St., Columbia•historiccolumbia.org

Booker T. Washington High School

Opened in 1916 as the second public school for African-Americans, this building was a cultural and social center. The property is now part of the University of South Carolina.

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Blossom, Wheat & Marion on USC Campus, Columbia sc.edu/uscmap/bldg/btw.html

Harriet Barber House

Significant for its association during the late 19th century with the South Carolina Land Commission, a unique attempt by a Southern state to give freedmen the opportunity to own land. 695.7669•116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins•harrietbarberhouse.org

Ladson Presbyterian Church

The oldest African-American church in the city (1838) began as a mission of the First Presbyterian Church. Under the Rev. Mark G. Johnson, 1876-1921, Ladson became a center for religion, education and community service. 765.9192•1720 Sumter St., Columbia

Mann-Simons Site

Historically a collection of commercial and domestic spaces owned and operated by the same African-American family from at least 1843 until 1970. One house stands today. Tickets available at 1616 Blanding St. 252.1770•1403 Richland St., Columbia•historiccolumbia.org

Modjeska Monteith Simkins House

Second home of the social activist. Founding member and secretary for the South Carolina conference of NAACP chapters; helped draft Briggs Petition, part of Brown v. Board of Education. 252.1770 2025 Marion St., Columbia historiccolumbia.org

Randolph Cemetery

Founded by 19 African-Americans in 1871 as a memorial to Benjamin A. Randolph, a member of the Reconstruction General Assembly, who was assassinated in Abbeville in 1868. Randolph and eight other African-American legislators are buried here. Adjacent to Elmwood Cemetery, Columbia historicrandolphcemetery.org

The Renaissance Foundation Bethel Cultural Arts Center

Bethel AME Church was built in 1921 by James Anderson Lankford, the first registered African-American architect in the United States, and will reopen as a cultural arts center and museum. 733.5634•1247 Sumter St., Columbia renaissancefoundationsc.org


things to do Waverly Historic District

Columbia’s first suburb evolved into a community of black artisans, professionals and social reformers with a concentration of educational facilities that served the South’s African-Americans when racial discrimination denied the opportunities for higher education. Roughly bounded by Hampton, Heidt, Gervais and Harden Sts., Columbia

Zion Baptist Church

Oldest black Baptist church in Columbia, organized by the Rev. Frank Dobbins, originally founded in the basement of a house on the corner of Hampton and Gadsden streets in 1861. 779.2809•801 Washington St., Columbia•zion-baptist-church.com

Boat Rentals Better Boat Rental

407.2929•1600 Marina Rd., Irmo•betterboatrental.com

Colleges & Universities Allen University

Probably the first private black school in the state. Established in 1870 primarily to educate clergy for the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Five buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 376.5700•1530 Harden St., Columbia•allenuniversity.edu

Benedict College

Founded in 1870. In 2010, Benedict was ranked No. 10 among 309 baccalaureate colleges by Washington Monthly for creating social mobility, producing cutting-edge scholarship and research. 253.5000•1600 Harden St., Columbia•benedict.edu

Columbia College

A private, liberal arts, women’s college with a coeducational evening program and graduate programs. Founded in 1854, the college is the 11th oldest women’s college in the United States. 800.277.1301•1301 Columbia College Dr., Columbia•columbiasc.edu

Columbia International University

In a 1948 publication celebrating CIU’s (formerly Columbia Bible College) 25th

anniversary, Robert C. McQuilkin wrote, “Neither a Bible institute nor a liberal arts college, CBC offers a curriculum with the spiritual advantages of the former, cultural advantages of the latter.” 807.5058•7435 Monticello Rd., Columbia•ciu.edu

University of South Carolina’s men’s and women’s Gamecock basketball and entertainment events. 576.9200•801 Lincoln St., Columbia•coloniallifearena.com

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

Founded to serve a need in the Midlands and surrounding areas of Columbia for professional live theater for young audiences. 691.4548•3400 Forest Dr., Columbia  columbiachildrenstheatre.com

A seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. One of the oldest Lutheran seminaries in North America, Southern is a fully accredited graduate school of theology. 786.5150  4201 N. Main St., Columbia•ltss.edu

Midlands Technical College

In 1974, three separate career-oriented institutions merged to form Midlands Technical College, a comprehensive two-year college providing career and transfer education that is now comprised of five campuses. 738.8324•PO Box 2408, Columbia•midlandstech.edu

University of South Carolina

A major teaching and research institution on nearly 400 acres in the heart of Columbia, with numerous nationally ranked academic disciplines and a diverse student body. 777.0169•1400 Greene St., Columbia•sc.edu

Entertainment Venues Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor

Specializing in acoustic stringed instruments with open stage and bluegrass jam session every Friday night. 796.6477•710 Meeting St., West Columbia•billsmusicshop.com

Chapin Community Theatre

Presenting comedies, classics, thrillers and original works. 240.8544•107 Columbia Ave., Chapin•chapintheatre.org

Colonial Life Arena

Managed by Global Spectrum, this is the largest arena in South Carolina with 18,000 seats, and is the home of the

Fun fact President George Bush and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor are among a prestigious list of former commencement speakers at the University of South Carolina. All area codes are 803 unless otherwise specified.

Columbia Children’s Theatre

Columbia Marionette Theatre

Entertaining the children and families of South Carolina through the unique art of puppetry. Weekly shows offered for the public at 11 am and 3 pm on Saturdays. 252.7366•401 Laurel St., Columbia•cmtpuppet.org

The Comedy House

Since 1993, the venue has offered great food, excellent drinks and a hilarious variety of stand-up comedians. Come have dinner and a show for your birthday, graduation or office party. 798.9898•2768 Decker Blvd., Columbia•comedyhouse.us

Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College

A 400-seat, state-of-the-art performing arts venue serving the Greater Columbia Region. 407.5003•7300 Collage St., Irmo•harbisontheatre.com

Jamil Shrine Center

Home of numerous events throughout the year, the center is a nonprofit fraternal organization that supports the 22 Shriner’s hospitals for crippled and burned children. 772.9380  206 Jamil Rd., Columbia  jamilshriner.com

Koger Center for the Arts

Presenting a varied season of cultural events each year, including Broadway in Columbia. 777.7500•1051 Greene St., Columbia•koger.sc.edu

Newberry Opera House

276.5179•1201 McKibben St., Newberry•newberryoperahouse.com

Nickelodeon Theatre

South Carolina’s only nonprofit movie theater since 1979. Showcasing the best in thought-provoking independent features and documentaries from around the world. 254.8234  937 Main St., Columbia•nickelodeon.org columbiacvb.com

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779.2460•804 1/2 Gervais St., Columbia•adluh.com

Fun fact The First Responders Remembrance Memorial was unveiled on Sept. 11, 2011 on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The memorial is constructed of two beams from World Trade Center Tower 1 and honors all first responders and soldiers from South Carolina who have lost their lives in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001.

Town Theatre

The oldest continuously operating community theater in a building architecturally designed as such in the United States. Its mission is to provide quality, live, familyoriented musicals and comedies to all. 799.2510•1012 Sumter St., Columbia•towntheatre.com

Township Auditorium

An 80-year-old, 3,122-seat auditorium/ arena renovated and reopened in June 2010. 576.2350•1703 Taylor St., Columbia•thetownship.org

Trustus Theatre

The Midlands’ award-winning professional theater located in the historic Congaree Vista. 254.9732  520 Lady St., Columbia•trustus.org

University of South Carolina Department of Theatre & Dance

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Village Square Theatre

Founded in August of 1960 to encourage and stimulate practice and appreciation for the arts. 359.1436•105 Caughman St., Lexington•villagesquaretheatre.com

Workshop Theatre

For 40 years, the creative domain of many of the area’s most talented actors, directors and technicians. 799.4876•1136 Bull St., Columbia•workshoptheatre.com

Historic Sites Adluh Flour Mills

Opened in 1900, the only flour mill still operating in South Carolina, Adluh grinds white and yellow cornmeals, white-to-yellow stone-ground grits and packages a variety of seafood, chicken and all-purpose breaders.

Chesnut Cottage Bed & Breakfast

The war-time home of Confederate Gen. James Chesnut and his wife, Mary Boykin Chesnut, author of Diary from Dixie. President Jefferson Davis visited in October 1864. 256.1718 1718 Hampton St., Columbia chesnutcottage.com

Ebenezer Lutheran Church

Dedicated as Columbia’s first Lutheran church in 1830, the original church burned in 1865. Call for tour information. 765.9430•1301 Richland St., Columbia•ebenezerlutheran.org

Elmwood Cemetery & Gardens

Founded in 1854, this is the metropolitan area’s most prestigious cemetery. It features a Confederate cemetery within its boundaries including two veterans gardens, two additional bronze marker sections and numerous family monument sections. 252.2133 501 Elmwood Ave., Columbia

Ensor Keenan House

Dr. Joshua Fulton Ensor built this house in 1868 for his family as he served as superintendent for what was then the South Carolina State Hospital. Call for tour information. 733.8510 801 Wildwood Ave., Columbia 


things to do Equitable Arcade Building

Columbia’s first indoor shopping center was constructed in 1912 by the Equitable Real Estate Co., a group of Columbia businessmen that included Edwin Wales Robertson, a prominent banker and developer. 1332 Main St./ 1216 Washington St., Columbia

First Baptist Church

Site of the first Secession Convention in December 1860. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stop by the office for tours. 256.4251•1306 Hampton St., Columbia•firstbaptistcolumbia.com

First Presbyterian Church

Presbyterians organized their first congregation in Columbia in 1795. The 188-foot steeple was once Columbia’s tallest structure. Churchyard tours available. Call for reservations. 799.9062•1324 Marion St., Columbia•firstprescolumbia.org

First Responders Remembrance Memorial

A memorial to all South Carolina Midlands firefighters, law enforcement, emergency medical services and all branches of the military who have lost their lives in the line of duty. 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia scremembers911.com

Fort Jackson National Cemetery

The 585-acre national cemetery, located off of I-20 in Richland County on property formerly held by Fort Jackson, will serve veterans’ needs well into the next century. 699.2246 4170 Percival Rd., Columbia  cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/ftjackson.asp

Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens

Built in 1818 and one of Columbia’s oldest remaining historic houses. Guided historic house museum tours offered Tue.-Sat. Tickets available in the museum shop at 1616 Blanding St. 252.1770•1615 Blanding St., Columbia•historiccolumbia.org

Kensington Mansion

An Italianate Revival mansion completed in 1854 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. 353.0456•Hwy. 601 S., Eastover kensingtonmansion.org

Robert Mills House & Gardens

Built in 1823 and designed by South Carolina’s most famous architect, Robert Mills. Guided historic house museum tours offered Tue.-Sat. Tickets available in the museum shop at 1616

Blanding St. 252.1770•1616 Blanding St., Columbia•historiccolumbia.org

Seibels House and Garden

Possibly the oldest house in Columbia, dating from approximately 1796. The interior is accentuated by Colonial Revival details, including molding and medallions. Today, a rental property and office space. 252.7742•1601 Richland St., Columbia•historiccolumbia.org

South Carolina Governor’s Mansion

Built in 1855 as a residence for the officers of the Arsenal Military Academy, the Governor’s Mansion has served as home of the governor since 1868. The mansion is situated on a 9-acre complex named Governor’s Green, which includes the Lace House, built in 1854, and the Caldwell-Boyleston House, built in 1830. 737.1710•800 Richland St., Columbia•scgovernorsmansion.org

South Carolina State House

One of Columbia’s and South Carolina’s most historic buildings. Construction began in 1855 and withstood Gen. Sherman’s march on Columbia in 1865. The building was completed in 1907. Free. 734.2430•1100 Gervais St., Columbia•scstatehouse.gov/visit.php

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things to do McKissick Museum

South Caroliniana Library

Completed in 1840, this structure, designed by Robert Mills, marked the first use of a free-standing academic library building in the United States. 777.3131•USC Horseshoe, Columbia•sc.edu/library/socar

St. Peter’s Catholic Church

This stunning, newly renovated church, winner of a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects, is the oldest Catholic church in the Midlands. Call to arrange free group tours. 779.0036•1529 Assembly St., Columbia•visitstpeters.org

The Supreme Court of South Carolina

Guided tours appropriate for seventh grade and above are available by appointment only. When court is not in session, tours include the courtroom where the seal of the Supreme Court is displayed. 734.1080•1231 Gervais St., Columbia•judicial.state.sc.us/supreme

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Built in 1846, Trinity was spared in 1865 when Gen. Sherman’s troops burned much of Columbia. Six former governors are buried in the churchyard. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Free. 771.7300•1100 Sumter St., Columbia•trinitysc.org

University of South Carolina Horseshoe

Home of the original University of South Carolina campus, the historic Horseshoe is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features fully restored 19th-century buildings among beautiful gardens and century-old trees. 777.0169•Four city blocks between Bull and Sumter Sts., Columbia 

Washington Street United Methodist Church

Built in 1872, the current structure replaced the church that was destroyed in Gen. Sherman’s burning of Columbia on Feb. 17, 1865. Please call for tour information. 256.2417•1401 Washington St., Columbia•washingtonstreetumcsc.org

Woodrow Wilson Family Home

Built by his parents, the nation’s 28th president spent four years of his youth living here with his family. Open the first Tuesday of each month for a hard-hat tour. 252.1770•1705 Hampton St., Columbia•historiccolumbia.org

Museums & Learning Centers Associated Model Railroads of Columbia

Promotes the great hobby of model railroading. Open to the public on

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Thursday evenings. 1800 Lincoln St., Columbia•amroc.org

Cayce Historical Museum

The museum interprets the architectural, social and cultural heritage of Old Saxe-Gotha, Granby, Cayce and West Columbia areas with exhibits depicting periods of Colonial trade, Indians, agricultural development and transportation. 739.5385  1800 12th St., Cayce•historysc.com

Challenger Learning Center

A simulated space science environment where students and educators work in teams to solve real-life math, science and technology problems during a space flight. 929.3951•2600-A Barhamville Rd., Columbia•thechallengercenter.com

Columbia Fire Department Museum

Highlights the importance of the Columbia Fire Department with exhibits of historical data, photos and equipment to enlighten the public about the heroic traditions and the men and women within its service. Free. 545.3701 1800 Laurel St., Columbia 

Columbia Museum of Art

South Carolina’s premier international art museum. Find Botticelli, Monet and Chihuly all under one roof in the heart of downtown Columbia. 799.2810 1515 Main St., Columbiacolumbiamuseum.org

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Fun fact Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is South Carolina’s largest gated attraction, averaging more than a million visitors each year. The property contains the stone ruins of one of South Carolina’s first textile mills and is the site where Gen. Sherman’s troops camped and shelled the city of Columbia prior to marching in and burning it during the Civil War.

EdVenture Children’s Museum

The South’s largest children’s museum. The 92,000-square-foot facility houses eight world-class exhibit galleries, a library, learning laboratories, 350 individual hands-on exhibits and the world’s largest child, EDDIE®. 779.3100•211 Gervais St., Columbia edventure.org

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Lexington County Museum

A 7-acre complex of 30 18th- and 19th-century buildings depicting everyday life in Lexington County in the Colonial and antebellum periods. Collections include locally made furniture and textiles. 359.8369•231 Fox St., Lexington  lex-co.com/museum

McKissick Museum

Located at the head of the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe, featuring changing exhibitions of art, science, and regional history and folk art. Permanent exhibits: the Baruch Silver Collection and the Mineral Library. Free. 777.7251 USC Horseshoe, Columbia www.cas.sc.edu/mcks

Richland County Public Library

Spectacular 242,000-square-foot main library. The children’s room is highlighted by a whimsical, 46-foot mural and two free-standing figures from Maurice Sendak’s picture book classic, Where the Wild Things Are. Free. 799.9084•1431 Assembly St., Columbia•myRCPL.com

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Home to more than 2,000 animals and one of the nation’s most inspiring botanical gardens. Daily demonstrations, rides and attractions, gift shops, restaurants and more. 779.8717•500 Wildlife Pkwy., Columbia•riverbanks.org

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SC Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame

Exhibits on historical and contemporary aspects of South Carolina law enforcement. Guided tours by prior

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arrangement. Free. 896.8199•5400 Broad River Rd., Columbia•scdps.org

South Carolina Archives and History Center

A great resource for genealogical research. Building houses public records of the state of South Carolina, including reference room, exhibit gallery and gift shop. Free. Meeting facilities available. 896.6100•8301 Parklane Rd., Columbia•scdah.sc.gov

South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum

Founded in 1896, this is the oldest museum in Columbia. Focuses on South Carolina’s military history from the Revolutionary War to the present. 737.8095•301 Gervais St., Columbia  crr.sc.gov

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South Carolina Military Museum

The rich history of the South Carolina National Guard is captured in the many exhibits of weapons and artifacts from the Colonial wars though current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. 806.4440•1 National Guard Rd., Columbia•scmilitarymuseum.net

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South Carolina Railroad Museum

Home of the Rockton, Rion & Western Railroad. Please check website for schedule. 635.9893•110 Industrial Park Rd., Winnsboro•scrm.org

South Carolina State Farmers Market

The new farmers market has many amenities, including a climate-controlled retail building that houses a restaurant, bakery, exhibition kitchen, general store and retail produce space. 3483 Charleston Hwy., West Columbia  scstatefarmersmarket.com

South Carolina State Museum

A comprehensive museum with extensive exhibits in the disciplines of art, science and technology, cultural history and natural history. In one stop,

it encompasses all that South Carolina was, is and can be. 898-4921•301 Gervais St., Columbia  southcarolinastatemuseum.org

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University of South Carolina Melton Memorial Observatory

The observatory offers views of many of the night sky’s wonders. Public viewing sessions are held most clear Monday nights: 8:30-10:30 pm Nov.-March, 9:30-11 pm April-Oct. 777.4180  1429 Greene St., Columbia  www.physics.sc.edu/~melton

US Army Adjutant General Corps Museum

Dedicated to the history of the Army’s Adjutant General’s Corps from 1775 to present. The diverse history of the corps includes recruiting, band, postal, moral and personnel operations of the Army. 751.1747•Bldg. 4392, Strom Thurmond Blvd., Fort Jackson  agcorpsmuseum.org

US Army Basic Combat Training Museum

The museum covers the history of basic combat training from 1917 to present day Fort Jackson. 751.7419 Bldg. 4442, Jackson Blvd., Fort Jackson jackson.army.mil/sites/bct/pages/673

US Army Chaplain Museum

Established in 1957, this museum chronicles the men and women who have aided and served the Army, spiritually and militarily, from the Chaplain Corps in 1775 to the Pentagon wall on 9/11. Free. 751.8079•US Army Chaplain Center and School, Fort Jackson  chaplainmuseum.com

US Army Finance Corps Museum

Traces the 221-year history of the Finance Corps, one of the Army’s oldest branches. Exhibits cover military pay and how it affects military life from the American Revolution to the present. 751.3771  Bldg. 4392, Strom Thurmond Blvd., Fort Jackson•finance.army.mil

Parks & Gardens Carolina Children’s Garden

Located at the Clemson Institute for Economic & Community Development at the Sandhill Research & Education Center. Many theme gardens designed for children are on approximately 2 acres of land. 788.5700•900 Clemson Rd., Columbia•carolinachildrensgarden.org


things to do Congaree National Park

Just 20 miles from city center, this national park encompasses almost 27,000 acres of floodplain forest. Come escape the city life amid towering trees and astonishing biodiversity in this ancient wilderness. 776.4396•100 National Park Rd., Hopkins•nps.gov/cong

Crooked Creek Park

Community recreation center with athletic fields, walking trails, picnic shelters and playgrounds. 345.6181 1098 Old Lexington Hwy., Chapin•icrc.net

Dreher Island State Recreation Area

Located on Lake Murray, its 348 acres and 12 miles of shoreline make this an ideal place for water recreation and family outings. 364.4152  3677 State Park Rd., Prosperity  southcarolinaparks.com/dreherisland

Finlay Park

One of the most popular parks in Columbia. A wonderful waterfall acts as the background for festivals, concerts or picnics. 545.3100 930 Laurel St., Columbia columbiasc.net/parksandrec/212

Guignard Park

A wooded park, located in the heart of Cayce, providing a relaxing getaway for adults and children. Visitors will find a stream running through the middle of the park. 796.9020•199 Knox Abbott Dr., Cayce•cityofcayce-sc.gov

Harbison State Forest

Bounded along its northeastern edge by the Broad River, the state forest encompasses 2,177 acres of forestland only 9 miles from downtown Columbia. 896.8890•5600 Broad River Rd., Columbia•state.sc.us/forest/refharb.htm

Martin Luther King Park

Community center, softball field, indoor court, picnic tables and a playground.

733.8452•2300 Greene St., Columbia•columbiasc.net/parksandrec

Maxcy Gregg Park

Location of the Cancer Survivors’ Garden. 545.3100•1806 Blossom St., Columbia•columbiasc.net/parksandrec

Memorial Park

This 7-acre park is dedicated to the memory of those who have fought and died in service to their country and features the SC Vietnam Memorial Monument and many other monuments. 545.3100•700 Hampton St., Columbia columbiasc.net/parksandrec

Owens Field Skate Park

A 15,000-square-foot outdoor skate park featuring a street plaza, stairs, metal plated rails and “pool” bowls ranging in depth from 4-12 feet. Open to skateboards, in-line skates and bicycles. 545.3100•1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd., Columbia•columbiasc.net/parksandrec

Saluda Shoals Park

Visitors discover an escape from the hustle and bustle of life within 300 acres of pristine forest along the banks of the Saluda River, offering a variety of recreational, educational and cultural opportunities. 772.1228•5605 Old Bush River Rd., Columbia•icrc.net

Sesquicentennial State Park

This 1,419-acre park is situated in the middle of the Sandhills region. Originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, it features a beautiful 30-acre lake surrounded by trails and picnic areas. 788.2706  9564 Two Notch Rd., Columbia  southcarolinaparks.com/sesqui

South Carolina Governor’s Mansion Gardens

Home to some of the largest trees and a few impressive fountains, the gardens

are true to history, complete with paths of unique crushed stone. 737.1710•800 Richland St., Columbia•scgovernorsmansion.org

Virginia Hylton Park

Located behind Town Hall in downtown Lexington, amenities include a paved 1,980-foot path, playground, specialneeds playground, koi pond, brook, daylily garden and three covered gazebos with grills. 359.4164  111 Maiden Ln., Lexington•lexsc.com

W. Gordon Belser Arboretum

The arboretum, totaling 6.5 acres, is located near the University of South Carolina campus in Columbia. It was a gift from William Gordon Belser, a neighborhood homeowner and real estate developer. It is a natural area now used for teaching biology. 777.3934  4080 Bloomwood Rd., Columbia  zebra.biol.sc.edu/arboretum

Performing Arts The Árpád Darázs Singers

A unique choral ensemble in the Midlands; a group of talented musicians who create a superior blend of mixed voices performing a varied repertoire of classical and contemporary works. 926.7306•PO Box 50521, Columbia adsingers.org

Borenya West African Drum and Dance

Honoring the authentic integrity of West African musical arts and bringing the music and dance of Africa to people of all ages. 937.287.6044•borenya.org

Broadway in Columbia

Broadway series with performances at the Koger Center for the Arts. 251.2222  The Carolina Coliseum Box Office, Columbia•broadwayincolumbia.com

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Carolina Ballet

Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet is an educational outreach civic ballet company. Participants are encouraged to be exceptional performers and to develop skills for organization, time management and civic responsibility. 771.6303  914 Pulaski St., Columbia  carolinaballet.net

Columbia baroque Soloists

Specializing in the performance of 17th and 18th European Baroque vocal and instrumental chamber music. 727.8555 Columbia•columbiabaroque.com

Columbia Choral Society

Known originally as the Shandon Choral Society, the purpose of the organization is to stimulate and broaden interest in musical activities and to actively engage in the rendition of choral music. 933.9060•PO Box 5563, Columbia columbiachoralsociety.org

Columbia City Ballet

Columbia’s largest and most-attended performing arts organization. Founded in 1961, it is a full-professional company of more than 30 dancers. 799.7605•1545 Main St., Columbia  columbiacityballet.com

Columbia City Jazz Dance Company

An internationally known, not-for-profit, preprofessional jazz dance troupe named by Dance Spirit as one of the Top 50 Companies in the United States. 252.0252•550 Rivermont Dr., Columbia•columbiacityjazz.com

Columbia Classical Ballet

Dedicated to providing South Carolina audiences with the experience of classical ballet, while actively supporting the community through an extensive outreach program with the annual production of LifeChance. 252.9112•2418 Devine St., Columbia columbiaclassicalballet.org

Columbia Community Concert Band

Founded in 1981, this is an allvolunteer, nonprofit organization with more than 80 musicians that present an average of five concerts each season, Sept.-June. 781.9781•PO Box 210293, Columbia•cccb.bandlink.org

Dutch Fork Choral Society

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their talents by performing a varied and challenging repertoire. 781.0393•PO Box 223, Chapin  dutchforkchoralsociety.org

The Greater Columbia Children’s Choirs

Since 1987, The GCCC has sung to the glory of God and served the community by offering quality music instruction, significant music making and numerous performing opportunities. 776.0544 100 Hampton’s Grant Ct., Columbia•thegccc.org

Lexington County Choral Society

A community choral group that specializes in not just major choral works, but on the vast repertoire of choral anthems that exist. 359.8794•PO Box 1179, Lexington•lexcochoralsoc.org

Main Street Harmonizers

Recreational singing, weekly rehearsals 7:15 pm at Lexington Baptist Church. Local area shows, regional contests, Barbershop Harmony Society affiliate. Lexington Baptist Church, Lexington  mainstreetharmonizers.com

Palmetto Mastersingers

A premier, 90-member, all men’s choir founded in 1981 continues its mission, as South Carolina’s Musical Ambassadors of entertaining around the world. 765.0777•PO Box 7441, Columbia•palmettomastersingers.org

The Palmetto Opera

The mission is to present professional opera to the Midlands and South Carolina; to provide entertainment, educational and economic impact on the community and state. 776.0526•6300 Overcreek Rd., Columbia•palmettoopera.org

The Power Company

A professional collective of contemporary dance artists committed to creative engagement and exchanges with all people through collaborations, performances, dance education and community outreach. 786.3825•1301 Columbia College Dr., Columbia•thepowercompany.org

Sandlapper Singers

Giving you the best in American music with performances that are filled with music to engage your mind, energize your body and inspire your spirit. 381.5481  PO Box 50261, Columbia  sandlappersingers.org

South Carolina Contemporary Dance Company

The company’s objective is to inspire students and motivate the community to experience the art of contemporary dance. The company performs a versatile repertoire of innovative contemporary works. 758.5962 •Gyrotonic Vista Studio, Columbia•scdanceco.com

South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra

One of the leading orchestras in the Southeast, the philharmonic performs and promotes high-quality professional symphonic music. 254.PHIL (7445)  721 Lady St., Ste. B, Columbia  scphilharmonic.com

South Carolina Shakespeare Company

Comprised of classically trained actors who have honed their talents on a worldwide stage, the company wants the citizens of Columbia and South Carolina to benefit directly from its talent. 787.2273•PO Box 50807, Columbia•shakespearesc.org

Unbound

A new professional contemporary jazz company. 386.8608•701 Gervais St., Columbia•unbounddance.com

Vibrations Dance Company

Repertoire includes traditional, experimental, avant-garde approaches to dance expression. 361.5262•Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center, Columbia•vibrationsdancecompany.org

Trails Cayce Riverwalk

Approximately 2.5 miles along the west bank of the Congaree River. Its design evokes the natural quality and echoes the first riverfront settlement of 1750s Granby. 765.2200•Axtell Dr. at Namples Ave., Cayce•riveralliance.org

Granby Park

Located at the end of Catawba Street, this is the southernmost segment of the Three Rivers Greenway. 545.3100•100 Catawba St., Columbia•riveralliance.org

Palmetto Conservation Foundation

Focusing on teaching outdoor skills and enticing people to explore the statewide Palmetto Trail and other natural areas in South Carolina via outings and educational programs. 771.0870•722 King St., Columbia•palmettoconservation.org


things to do The Great Five Points Leprechaun Hunt

EdVenture Children’s Museum

Take some time while you’re in Five Points to walk around and visit with Logan, the official mascot of the St. Pat’s in Five Points festival. 748.7373•2002 Blossom St., Columbia•fivepointscolumbia.com/logan

Historic Columbia Foundation

Bus, walking, virtual (online) and historic house museum tours of Greater Columbia offered. Heritage education programs and complete heritage packages offered. Stop by our museum shop at 1616 Richland St. for details. 252.7742•1601 Richland St., Columbia historiccolumbia.org

Peachtree Rock Nature Preserve

A 306-acre refuge dedicated to the protection of some unique sandstone formations. The most famous, Peachtree Rock, looks like a precariously balanced overturned pyramid. 254.9049•Hwy. 6, Lexington•sctrails.net/trails/alltrails/ hiking/midlands/peachtreerock

Riverfront Park

The Canal Embankment section of the Three Rivers Greenway runs from the Gervais Street bridge near the State Museum and EdVenture area to the Canal locks on the Broad River. 545.3100 312 Laurel St., Columbia•riveralliance.org

Three Rivers Greenway

Providing boardwalks, overlooks, bank fishing and lighted central paths that accommodate all levels of physical access, including baby carriages and wheelchairs, along the Saluda, Broad and Congaree riverfronts. 765.2200•420 C Rivermont Dr., Columbia•riveralliance.org

West Columbia Riverwalk

Boasting outstanding fishing hot spots, beautiful views of the pristine islands of the Congaree River and majestic

Columbia skyline amid the tranquil sounds of water rippling over large river boulders. 765.2200•Gervais St., West Columbia•riveralliance.org

Walking Tours Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Self-Guided Art Tour

To view art created by local artists who drew inspiration from the region’s three rivers and the brick masonry façade, pick up a brochure in the Columbia Regional Visitors Center. 545.0002  1101 Lincoln St., Columbia  columbiaconventioncenter.com/art

Gen. Sherman’s March on Columbia, South Carolina – Self-Guided Walking Tour

Having successfully completed his march to the sea by capturing Savannah in December of 1864, Union Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman planned his invasion of South Carolina. His target was Columbia, the state capital. fknapp@knappagency.com  shermansmarch.com

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Sally Salamander Walking Tour

Stop by the Columbia Regional Visitors Center to pick up a map for this walking tour of downtown Columbia featuring numbered, bronze statues of South Carolina’s state amphibian, the spotted salamander. 545.0002•1101 Lincoln St., Columbia columbiasalamander.com

South Carolina State House Grounds

The State House and grounds of the Capital Complex are home to many beautiful portraits, monuments, plaques and other works of art. 734.2430•1100 Gervais St., Columbia•scstatehouse.gov/visit.php

Spirits and Spectres of Columbia

A story-oriented evening walking tour, departing from the George Washington monument on the north side of the State House. Call for times and reservations. 600.1328 North steps of the State House, Gervais and Main Sts., Columbia 

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• Complimentary on-site parking

• Dozens of choices for dining and shopping • Marriott® Rewards points available • Comfortable guest rooms at a superior value for both business and leisure travelers • The new bed from Fairfield Inn® – custom comforters, crisp linens, thicker mattresses • Large, well-lit work desk

320 Columbiana Dr. • Columbia, SC 29212 803.732.4436 • 888.236.2427 All area codes are 803 unless otherwise specified.

• High-speed Internet access • Indoor pool • NEW flat-screen LCD TVs in all rooms! • NEWLY renovated lobby and breakfast area

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Columbia City Center Hilton Columbia Center $$

Ideally located in the center of the financial, entertainment and historic district and elegant in atmosphere, the center is the ideal setting for business and leisure travelers. 800.HILTONS, 924 Senate St., Columbia hiltoncolumbia.com

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Columbia Downtown $$

744.4000, 501 Taylor St., Columbia hiexcolumbiasc.com

Homewood Suites by Hilton $$

800.CALLHOME, 230 Greystone Blvd., Columbia columbiasc.homewoodsuites.com

The Inn at Claussen’s $$

A stylish, 28-room boutique hotel, formerly Claussen’s Bakery, in Columbia’s charming Five Points, this historic inn has a beautiful blend of history and modern amenities. 800.622.3382, 2003 Greene St., Columbia theinnatclaussens.com

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Inn at USC $$

Boutique hotel featuring upscale amenities and located on the University of South Carolina campus. Stay at the Inn at USC where Southern hospitality still exists. 779.7779, 1619 Pendleton St., Columbia innatusc.com

See ad, p. 41

Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel $$$

We are ranked the Best Hotel of 2011 by Columbia Metropolitan magazine. Boutique-style accommodations with original hardwood floors. Recently awarded four diamonds by AAA. 800.325.3535, 1400 Main St., Columbia sheraton.com/columbiadowntown

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SpringHill Suites by Marriott Columbia Downtown/The Vista $$

Located in the heart of the Congaree Vista and downtown Columbia, this is the newest Marriott in town. The all-suite property is the perfect place to stay whether in Columbia for business, football or visiting family. 800.627.7468, 511 Lady St., Columbia marriott.com/caesh

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Staybridge Suites Columbia Downtown $$

877.238.8889, 1913 Huger St., Columbia staycolumbiasc.com

Studio Plus $

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771.0303, 180 Stoneridge Dr., Columbia extendedstayhotels.com

The Whitney Hotel $

Spacious, apartment-style suites feature a separate living room and fully equipped kitchen. We offer free breakfast. Located 2 miles from Fort Jackson, the University of South Carolina and downtown Columbia. 800.637.4008, 700 Woodrow St., Columbia whitneyhotel.com See ad, p. 47

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accommodations Columbia North Budget Inn $

252.5000, 1601 Sunset Dr., Columbia

Coronet Motel $

754.1510, 6320 N. Main St., Columbia

Days Inn Columbia $

714.7200, 133 Plumbers Rd., Columbia daysinn.com

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Glass Manor Motel $

754.1914, 5810 N. Main St., Columbia

Grand Motel $

254.4770, 3003 Two Notch Rd., Columbia

Parkview Inn $

256.2255, 3301 Main St., Columbia

Super 8 Motel Fairfield Road $

735.0008, 5719 Fairfield Rd., Columbia super8.com

amenities key Airport Shuttle Free Deluxe Breakfast Free Continental Breakfast

Outdoor Pool Pets Allowed Smoke Free

Free Wi-Fi Restaurant On-Site Indoor Pool

Less Than $100 $101 to $150 $150 and Up

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accommodations Columbia Southeast & Fort Jackson Americas Best Value Inn $

888.315.2378, 131 Veterans Rd., Columbia americasbestvalueinn.com

Best Western Fort Jackson Inn $

695.0666, 240 E. Exchange Blvd., Columbia bestwestern.com

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888.226.3539, 921 Atlas Rd., Columbia candlewoodsuites.com

Comfort Inn & Suites Fort Jackson Maingate $

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800.4CHOICE, 7337 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia choicehotels.com/hotel/sc046

Country Inn & Suites Southeast $

800.456.4000, 220 E. Exchange Blvd., Columbia countryinns.com/columbiasc

Days Inn & Suites S.E. $

800.DAYS.INN, 7300 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia daysinn.com

Econo Lodge $

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Hampton Inn & Suites S.E. $$

Opening Soon, E. Exchange Blvd., Columbia

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Fort Jackson $$

695.1111, 7329 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia hiexpress.com/fortjackson

LaQuinta Inn Maingate Fort Jackson $

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783.5410, 7333 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia lq.com

Microtel Inn & Suites Maingate Fort Jackson $

217.1000, 7504 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia microtelinn.com

Quality Inn & Suites Fort Jackson Maingate $

776.1700, 7251 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia choicehotels.com/hotel/sc337

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738.1642, 494 Beltline Blvd., Columbia choicehotels.com/hotel/sc124

Sleep Inn S.E. $

888.776.9660, 200 E. Exchange Blvd., Columbia sleepinn.com

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Columbia S.E./Fort Jackson $$

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695.0062, 250 E. Exchange Blvd., Columbia marriott.com/caese

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Irmo – St. Andrews/Harbison American Inn St. Andrews $

731.5533, 1337 Garner Ln., Columbia

amenities key Airport Shuttle Free Deluxe Breakfast Free Continental Breakfast

Free Wi-Fi Restaurant On-Site Indoor Pool

All area codes are 803 unless otherwise specified.

Outdoor Pool Pets Allowed Smoke Free

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In preparation for your next event, we’ve planned your every need.

62635 At the Hilton Garden Inn® – near the Columbiana Center Mall and just two miles from Lake Murray – you’ll find 3,500 square feet of divisible meeting and banquet space, a private boardroom and full-service in-house catering. Well-appointed guest rooms feature complimentary high-speed Internet access, fridge, microwave and coffee maker. Plus, an indoor pool, workout facility and more – all for less money than you’d think.

Everything. Right where you need it.® To book your next meeting, banquet, ceremony, celebration or group room block, contact our sales department today.

434 Columbiana Dr. • Columbia, SC 29212 • 877.STAY.HGI • www.columbiaharbison.stayhgi.com

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accommodations Irmo – St. Andrews/Harbison Best Western Executive Inn & Suites $

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800.528.1234, 1720 Bush River Rd., Columbia bestwestern.com

Budget Inn $

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Comfort Inn Bush River Road $

877.424.6423, 911 Bush River Rd., Columbia comfortinncolumbiasc.com

Comfort Suites Harbison $

800.228.5150, 750 Saturn Pkwy., Columbia choicehotels.com/hotel/sc221

Country Inn & Suites Columbia Harbison $

800.456.4000, 414 Piney Grove Rd., Columbia countryinns.com/columbiasc_harbison

Courtyard by Marriott Columbia N.W. $$

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Full-service, spacious and comfortable hotel. Located at the intersection of I-20 and I-26, minutes from downtown and the entertainment district. Featuring complimentary Wi-Fi, parking, a fitness center, and Columbos Restaurant and Lounge. 888.370.0998, 2100 Bush River Rd., Columbia columbiasouthcarolina.doubletree.com

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Econo Lodge & Conference Center $

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800.4CHOICE, 773 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia econolodge.com

Economy Inn I-20 $

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Extended Stay Deluxe Irmo $

781.8590, 1170 Kinley Rd., Irmo extendedstayhotels.com

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Columbia Northwest/Harbison $

800.228.2800, 320 Columbiana Dr., Columbia marriott.com/caefn

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Hampton Inn Harbison $

800.HAMPTON, 101 Woodcross Dr., Columbia hamptoninn.com/hi/columbia-harbison

Hilton Garden Inn Columbia/Harbison $$

Conveniently located off I-26, 6.5 miles from downtown. An excellent venue for meetings, conferences and weddings. We are designed for the individual business traveler and the weekend leisure guest. 877.STAYHGI, 434 Columbiana Dr., Columbia columbiaharbison.stayhgi.com

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Preferred Hotel Partner

amenities key Airport Shuttle Free Deluxe Breakfast Free Continental Breakfast

Free Wi-Fi Restaurant On-Site Indoor Pool

All area codes are 803 unless otherwise specified.

Outdoor Pool Pets Allowed Smoke Free

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Irmo – St. Andrews/Harbison Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Harbison $

732.2229, 211 Lanneau Ct., Columbia columbiahie.com

Hyatt Place Columbia/Harbison $$

407.1560, 1130 Kinley Rd., Irmo hyattplace.com

InTown Suites Columbia Northwest

732.7377, 330 Columbiana Dr., Columbia intownsuites.com

InTown Suites Columbia West

216.9092, 1633 Broad River Rd., Columbia intownsuites.com

Knights Inn Columbia N.W. $

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Microtel Inn & Suites $

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Motel 6 Columbia West $

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Palmetto Inn $

772.5833, 127 Morninghill Dr., Columbia

Quality Inn Harbison Area $

798.0500, 499 Piney Grove Rd., Columbia choicehotels.com/hotel/SC154

Quality Inn St. Andrews $

451.2400, 1335 Garner Ln., Columbia choicehotels.com/hotel/sc377

Ramada Limited I-20 $

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Red Roof Inn Columbia West $

800.RED.ROOF, 10 Berryhill Rd., Columbia redroof.com

Royal Inn St. Andrews $

750.5060, 1323 Garner Ln., Columbia

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Columbia’s Unique Historic Inn

Ideal venue for: GROUPS • REUNIONS • RECEPTIONS Located in Columbia’s historic Five Points district, this stylish and historical 1928 brick building once housed a busy bakery, and today incorporates that history into large, inviting rooms and suites, themed in either a contemporary or traditional feel. No two rooms are exactly alike. Free Parking • Free Breakfast, Delivered • Free Wi-Fi

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800.622.3382 • www.theinnatclaussens.com


accommodations Irmo – St. Andrews/Harbison Sleep Inn N.W. $

800.753.3746, 1901 Rockland Rd., Columbia columbiasleepinn.com

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Columbia Northwest/Harbison $$

781.9391, 350 Columbiana Dr., Columbia marriott.com/caeth

Travelodge Columbia West $

800.578-7878, 2210 Bush River Rd., Columbia travelodge.com

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Western Inn & Suites $

772.9672, 827 Bush River Rd., Columbia

Wingate by Wyndham Columbia Harbison $

800.228.1000, 217 Lanneau Ct., Columbia columbiawi.com

Lexington County Able House Inn Bed & Breakfast $

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Comfort Suites Lexington $

800.424.6423, 325 W. Main St., Lexington comfortsuiteslexington.com

Hampton Inn Lexington $

800.426.7866, 601 Columbia Ave., Lexington lexingtonsc.hamptoninn.com

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Lexington $

808.0800, 131 Innkeeper Dr., Lexington hiexpress.com/lexingtonsc

Leesville Lodge $

532.1082, 605 E. Columbia Ave., Leesville leesvillelodge.com

amenities key Airport Shuttle Free Deluxe Breakfast Free Continental Breakfast

Outdoor Pool Pets Allowed Smoke Free

Free Wi-Fi Restaurant On-Site Indoor Pool

Less Than $100 $101 to $150 $150 and Up

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All area codes are 803 unless otherwise specified.

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Lexington County Quality Inn & Suites Lexington $

800.424.6423, 328 W. Main St., Lexington choicehotels.com/hotel/sc081

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356.6533, 1015 S. Lake Dr., Lexington ramadalimitedsc.com

Value Place Lexington

800.ValuePlace, 4920 Augusta Rd., Lexington valueplace.com

Wingate by Wyndham Lexington/Columbia $$

957.5000, 108 Saluda Point Ct., Lexington lexingtonwingate.com

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Richland Northeast & Fort Jackson Comfort Inn Blythewood $

800.228.5150, 436 McNulty Rd., Blythewood comfortinn.com/hotel/sc040

Comfort Suites Northeast $

678.4266, 1540 Daulton Dr., Columbia choicehotels.com/hotel/sc315

Courtyard by Marriott N.E. $$

800.321.2211, 111 Gateway Corporate Blvd., Columbia marriott.com/caene

Days Inn Columbia/Fort Jackson $

800.329.7466, 7128 Parklane Rd., Columbia daysinn.com

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Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Fort Jackson $

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800.4CHOICE, 7700 Two Notch Rd., Columbia choicehotels.com/hotel/sc126

Extended Stay America Fort Jackson $

800.EXT.STAY, 5430 Forest Dr., Columbia extendedstayhotels.com

Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott Columbia Northeast $$

Perfect for business and leisure travelers close to Fort Jackson, University of South Carolina and Blythewood. Free breakfast and high-speed Internet. Conveniently located off I-77 and I-20. 760.1700, 120 Blarney Dr., Columbia marriott.com/caefs

Hampton Inn Columbia I-20/Clemson Frontage Road $$

788.4901, 1021 Clemson Frontage Rd., Columbia columbiai20clemsonroad.hamptoninn.com

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accommodations Richland Northeast & Fort Jackson Hampton Inn Columbia Northeast $$

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800.HAMPTON, 1551 Barbara Dr., Columbia hamptoninncolumbianortheast.com

Hilton Garden Inn Columbia/Northeast $$

807.9000, 8910 Farrow Rd., Columbia columbianortheast.hgi.com

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800.HOLIDAY, 8105 Two Notch Rd., Columbia holidayinn.com/columbiasc

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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Clemson Road $

419.3558, 1011 Clemson Frontage Rd., Columbia hiexpress.com/clmbia@clemson

Holiday Inn Express Hotel Blythewood $

333.0315, 120 Creech Rd., Blythewood hiexpress.com/blythewoodsc

InTown Suites Columbia East

419.0330, 8310 Two Notch Rd., Columbia intownsuites.com

Jameson Suites Columbia $

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LaQuinta Inn Columbia Northeast Fort Jackson $

736.6400, 1538 Horseshoe Dr., Columbia lq.com

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AAA Four Diamond Award 2011 Two Restaurants, Vault Martini Bar and Roof Top Bar – Open Daily Enjoy your visit to Columbia in a comfortable Sheraton’s “Sweet Sleeper” bed, and enjoy the best view in the city from our Roof Top Bar on the 17th floor!

1400 Main St. Columbia, SC 29201 803.476.0279 tel www.sheratoncolumbiadowntown.com All area codes are 803 unless otherwise specified.

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Space • Light • Inspiration SpringHill Suites® by Marriott Columbia Downtown/The Vista The newest Marriott in Columbia

62408

• Great location in downtown, Vista area • Walking distance to Convention Center, State House, University of South Carolina, and great dining and shopping • Marriott Rewards points available • Suites are 25% larger than a comparably priced hotel room, giving you room to succeed

• Suites feature pantry area with a small refrigerator and microwave • Large well-lit desk, voice mail and free wireless Internet access • Complimentary deluxe continental Suite Seasons Breakfast buffet

• Full-service bar

• Complimentary on-site parking

• Suites are innovatively laid out, stylishly furnished and smartly designed

• More than 3,000 square feet of meeting space

511 Lady St. • Columbia, SC 29201 803.978.2333 • 888.236.2427

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accommodations Richland Northeast & Fort Jackson Marlboro Inn Fort Jackson $

787.1504, 5133 Forest Dr., Columbia

Microtel Inn & Suites N.E. $

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Motel 6 Columbia East $

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Quality Inn Fort Jackson $

736.0822, 8104 Two Notch Rd., Columbia choicehotels.com/hotel/sc277

Red Roof Inn Columbia East $

800.RED.ROOF, 7580 Two Notch Rd., Columbia redroof.com

Residence Inn Marriott Columbia N.E. $$$

800.331.3131, 2320 LeGrand Rd., Columbia marriott.com/caeri

Super 8 Motel Fort Jackson $

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800.800.8000, 5321 Forest Dr., Columbia super8.com

Value Place Elgin

800.ValuePlace, 931 Spears Creek Ct., Elgin valueplace.com

Wingate by Wyndham Fort Jackson Northeast $

800.228.1000, 8300 Two Notch Rd., Columbia wingatehotels.com/hotel/07655

West Columbia/Cayce/Airport Airport Inn

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American Inn West Columbia

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Americas Value Inn & Suites

796.2700, 114 McSwain Dr., West Columbia guestwelcome.com

Carolina Lodge

796.9905, 2204 Airport Rd., West Columbia

Clarion Inn Airport $

800.4CHOICE, 500 Chris Dr., West Columbia clarionhotel.com/hotel/sc358

Country Hearth Inn & Suites Cayce

794.7500, 3020 Charleston Hwy., Cayce countryhearth.com

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Free Wi-Fi Restaurant On-Site Indoor Pool

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West Columbia/Cayce/Airport Country Inn & Suites Columbia Airport $

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Days Inn West Columbia $

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796.4934, 1107 Harbor Rd., West Columbia

Hampton Inn Columbia I-26 Airport $$

A beautifully renovated 120-room hotel conveniently located near the Columbia Metropolitan Airport, downtown Columbia and several shopping malls. 800.HAMPTON, 1094 Chris Dr., West Columbia hamptoninn.com

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Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia-Airport $$

Introducing the newest addition to the Palmetto state capital. Columbia’s first ecofriendly, nonsmoking hotel designed for LEED certification. 888.HOLIDAY, 110 McSwain Dr., West Columbia holidayinn.com/westcolumbia

Knights Inn Columbia Airport $

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Masters Inn Columbia I-26 $

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Masters Inn Knox Abbott $

796.4300, 613 Knox Abbott Dr., Cayce mastersinn.com

Quality Inn West Columbia $

800.4CHOICE, 2516 Augusta Rd., West Columbia choicehotels.com/hotel/sc320

Riverside Inn $

866.988.3335, 111 Knox Abbott Dr., Cayce

Sleep Inn Airport $

800.424.6423, 2208-A Edmond Hwy., West Columbia choicehotels.com

Travelers Inn $

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796.9900, 2200 Airport Blvd., West Columbia

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794.1800, 114 McSwain Dr., West Columbia

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accommodations Campgrounds Acapulco USA

798.8559, 2727 Hwy. 378, Gilbert acapulco-usa.com

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Barnyard RV Park

957.1238, 201 Oak Dr., Lexington barnyardrvpark.com

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Buffalo Creek Marina

364.9353, 849 Marina Way, Prosperity buffalocreekmarina.com

Carolina Adventure World

482.3534, 1515 Arrowhead Rd., Winnsboro carolinaadventureworld.com

Cedar Pond Campground

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Columbia Camden RV Park

206.9954, 1354 Fort Jackson Rd., Lugoff columbia-camden-rv-park.com

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364.4152, 3677 State Park Rd., Prosperity southcarolinaparks.com/dreherisland

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Edmund RV Park

955.4010, 5920 Edmund Hwy., Lexington edmundrvpark.com

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Sesquicentennial State Park

788.2706, 9564 Two Notch Rd., Columbia southcarolinaparks.com/sesqui

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Siesta Cove Marina and Campground

892.2978, 256 John Long Rd., Gilbert siestacovemarina.com

Wood Smoke Family Campground

781.3451, 11302 Broad River Rd., Irmo woodsmoke.webs.com

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort at River Bottom Farms

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568.4182, 357 Cedar Creek Rd., Swansea riverbottomfarms.com

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Dining Out and About Most days, the weather allows outdoor dining and the complementary art of people watching. Columbia’s year-round mild weather means enjoying great food and drink in the great outdoors every month of the year.

Bone-In Artisan BBQ

Have Truck, Will Travel The food truck phenomenon sweeping the nation has claimed a few parking spaces in the Capital City. Offering everything from mac-andcheese-stuffed chicken wings to gourmet shrimp burgers, you’ll find one-of-a-kind street food. Locals line up at 2 Fat 2 Fly Stuffed Chicken Wings, Bone-In Artisan BBQ, Alfresco Mobilista and Pawleys Front Porch Food Truck.

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Carolina Ale House

Strictly Southern Peach cobbler is a regional favorite and can be found on many menus, including the one at Mac’s on Main. Mr. Friendly’s dishes out Moon Pies on Monday nights, and Cellar on Greene serves a unique delicacy – fried pound cake. Shrimp and grits – an iconic Low Country meal – usually highlights local Adluh grits, such as the signature version at Houston’s Low Country Grill on North Main. Legend has it the ubiquitous pimiento cheeseburger started here. Locals love the one served at Rockaways.

Pig Out

Local Flavor In the greater Columbia region, farm-to-table has always been a passion. Local restaurants turn out amazing, creative fare using fresh, seasonal ingredients straight from the farm. Columbia even boasts a downtown farm, City Roots, whose produce is sold to restaurants and individuals at a weekly downtown market. Restaurants such as Saluda’s and Motor Supply Company Bistro, among others, favor City Roots’ produce in their signature dishes.

Barbecue is serious business in the South, and Columbians take it more seriously than most. Finely shredded pulled pork is the standard, but sauce options range from Carolina Gold, a mustard-based sauce, to vinegar-based and ketchupbased options. You’ll find locals have their own favorites, including Doc’s, Shealy’s, Little Pigs, Palmetto Pig and Hudson’s Smokehouse. Just add some slaw, a little extra Carolina Gold, maybe a hush puppy or two, and you'll be in hog heaven.

Wine and Dine Blessed with a concentration of delicious and well-stocked wine bars, the Columbia area offers a myriad of social gathering spots to meet friends and enjoy some fruit of the vine. Local favorites include Cellar on Greene, Gervais & Vine, Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar, Hampton Street Vineyard and the eccentric 116 Espresso & Wine Bar. columbiacvb.com

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DINING Blue Marlin Steaks and Seafood

Conveniently located in the heart of the Congaree Vista, Blue Marlin specializes in traditional Southern fare with an innovative twist. Featuring hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and local ingredients, our flavorful dishes satisfy all tastes. 799.3838•1200 Lincoln St., Columbia•bluemarlincolumbia.com See ad, p. 52

Carolina’s Restaurant at Clarion Hotel Downtown

A favorite among locals for a great morning breakfast, our famous lunch buffet that includes fresh pasta and delicious carving stations, and nightly dinner specials. 771.8711 1615 Gervais St., Columbia clarionhotelcolumbia.com/dining.htm

City Center Grille at Columbia Marriott Hotel

Features traditional American favorites and regional fare, serving Southern

standards like fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, and shrimp and grits. 744.6940•1200 Hampton St., Columbia•marriottcolumbia.com

Cocky’s Bar at Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC Featuring a dinner menu, an extensive beverage selection and a large-screen TV for your favorite sports events. Relax and unwind daily from 5-10 pm. 799.7800•630 Assembly St., Columbia•marriott.com/caecd

Courtyard Café at Courtyard by Marriott Columbia Downtown at USC Featuring a traditional American breakfast buffet, freshly prepared and reasonably priced, with a cooked-toorder omelet station and an á la carte menu available. Open 6:30-10 am daily. 799.7800•630 Assembly St., Columbia•marriott.com/caecd

Fun fact Columbia’s five food trucks serve up everything from barbecue, mac-andcheese stuffed chicken wings or cheeseburgers as big as your head!

All area codes are 803 unless otherwise specified.

Cupcake

212.4949•1213 Lincoln St., Columbia•freshcupcakes.com See ad, p. 52

Garnet’s Sports Bar at Columbia Marriott Hotel

Lively sports bar with a large-screen TV, fun atmosphere and great food that rivals any of the restaurants in downtown Columbia. 744.6940•1200 Hampton St., Columbia•marriottcolumbia.com

The Great American Grill at the Hilton Inn Harbison

Freshly prepared, cooked-to-order breakfast and delicious dinner offered daily. 407.6640•434 Columbiana Dr., Columbia•columbiaharbison.stayhgi.com

Lizard’s Thicket

(14 area locations)•lizardsthicket.com See ad, p. 50

Main Street at the Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel

Our casual, sophisticated sports bar, located in the lower level, serves a deluxe lunch buffet, as well as lunch and dinner off the seasonal menu created by our award-winning chef. 988.1400•1400 Main St., Columbia sheratoncolumbiadowntown.com columbiacvb.com

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Momo’s Bistro

Relaxed neighborhood wine bar and eatery, serving lunch, brunch and dinner. Extensive menu of unique entrées that range from stuffed quail to filet mignon, prepared with only the finest ingredients. 252.2700•2930 Divine St., Columbia•momos-bistro.com

Mr. Friendly’s New Southern Cafe

254.7828•2001 A Green St., Columbia•mrfriendlys.com See ad, p. 53

Perk Up at the Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel

A Starbucks-affiliated café. Open early in the morning, Perk Up fills the lobby with the rich aromas of coffees, teas, smoothies and freshly baked goods. 988.1400•1400 Main St., Columbia sheratoncolumbiadowntown.com

Posh at the Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel

The upscale, fine-dining restaurant that overlooks the lobby serves a wonderful Southern-style breakfast buffet or cook-to-order breakfast, and offers private dinners as well. 988.1400•1400 Main St., Columbia sheratoncolumbiadowntown.com

Fun fact Pawleys Front Porch and The Farmer’s Shed have been featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.”

The Rooftop lounge at the Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel

The trendiest bar in Columbia, located on the actual roof (17th floor), offers a select menu, a variety of drink options and impressive views of the city and beyond. 988.1400•1400 Main St., Columbia sheratoncolumbiadowntown.com

Rust Columbia Restaurant & Lounge

Stop by for happy hour, live jazz and blues, cigars, hookah, patio dining, private rooms and catering. Restaurant and lounge open 4:30 pm Tue.-Sat. 251.2405•Columbia•rustcolumbia.com

Sporting News Grill in the Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia Airport

Take time to have a drink or order a meal at this upscale, sports-themed restaurant, Columbia’s newest high-energy sports bar featuring nine 52-inch, high-definition televisions and zone sound system. 391.4000•110 McSwain Dr., West Columbia•sngcolumbia.com

The Vault at the Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel

Ruth’s Chris Steak House at the Hilton Columbia Center

Located in an original vault, hosting an urban vibe with leather wallpaper and lime onyx bar top, is a themed martini lounge offering house-special martinis named after famous bank robbers. 988.1400•1400 Main St., Columbia sheratoncolumbiadowntown.com

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Columbia’s oldest Italian restaurant, family-owned and -operated for more than 70 years. Enjoy authentic cuisine in an atmosphere of charm and Southern hospitality. 803.256.7677•1213 Blanding St., Columbia•villatronco.com

Internationally acclaimed for its USDA prime-aged, Midwestern beef – served sizzling. In addition to thick, juicy steaks, the menu features an extraordinary selection of fresh seafood, lamb and chicken. 212.6666•924 Senate St., Columbia•ruthschris.com

Villa Tronco

Blue Marlin Steak and Seafood

1200 Lincoln St. • 803.799.3838 • www.bluemarlincolumbia.com Conveniently located in the heart of The Vista, Blue Marlin specializes in traditional Southern fare with an innovative 62925 twist. Featuring hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and local ingredients, our flavorful dishes satisfy all tastes. Enhancing your dining experience, we also offer an extensive wine list, speciality cocktails and micro-brews.

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Just Say Shop Whether you’re searching for the latest fashions in men’s and women’s clothing or the perfect antique for your entry hall, the greater Columbia region is a shopper’s haven. Original art and jewelry, one-of-a-kind home décor and home furnishings, gourmet culinary delights, and children’s clothing and toys are abundant, along with comprehensive indoor and outdoor malls.

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She Shops Ever wish you had an insider, a local person in the know, to clue you in on the best places to shop, the perfect places to dine and the hottest deals in town? Search no more – The Shop Tart is here (theshoptart.com). Daily posts by blogger Anne Wolfe Postic will alert you to the latest and greatest in the community’s many fine retail and dining establishments.

Old is New Again If you like antiquing, you’re going to love the multitude of shops filled with exquisite furniture, glassware, jewelry, paintings, sculpture, carpets and decorative arts treasures. Whether your love is European or American collectibles, chances are you’ll find it in Columbia.

Farm Fresh South Carolina has a rich agricultural heritage. The new South Carolina State Farmers Market showcases the fields, farms and fisheries of the state with fresh seasonal produce, meats, cheeses and fish. The Farmer’s Shed in nearby Lexington features an array of produce and regional products, as well as a café serving Southern comfort dishes such as chicken pot pie and cheesy squash casserole.

Everything’s in Store Columbia’s new Mast General Store is located downtown on Main Street and offers casual clothing and outdoor gear, barrels of hard candy, handmade soaps, jars of jam and hometown charm you would expect to find in a bygone era.

A Heart for Art The area’s vibrant art scene is a dynamic and creative landscape, including City Art, One-Eared Cow Glass, HoFP Gallery, Art Studios in the Arcade, Havens and numerous others. Whether you’re a fan of Columbia artist Blue Sky or the city’s favorite folk artist “The Chicken Man” (aka Ernest Lee), you are destined to find an artistic keepsake as original as Columbia. columbiacvb.com

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SHOPPING Shops Mast General Store

771.2300•1601 Main St., Columbia•maststorecolumbia.com See ad, p. 56

Shopping Districts City Center/Main Street

Enjoy Main Street Marketplace on Fridays at Main and Hampton (May, June, Sept. and Oct.) and each month, First Thursdays on Main, offering a mix of art, entertainment and more. 233.0620 Columbia•citycentercolumbia.sc

Congaree Vista

As Columbia’s arts and entertainment district, the high-energy urban neighborhood is the shopping and dining destination for this progressive Southern city. For more information,

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and family at Mast General Store

please visit the website. 269.5946 Columbia•vistacolumbia.com

Decker Boulevard International Corridor

Features countless Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Vietnamese and Mexican restaurants, as well as several international bakeries and shops. 782.1104•Columbia•deckerbbc.org

Devine Street Boutique Shopping Corridor

Stroll along this shady street for unique upscale shopping and dining. Features clothing, home furnishings, restaurants and gift shops. Columbia•doorsofdevine.net

Five Points

The heart of Columbia culture for college students, young professionals, families and senior citizens. Offering eclectic boutiques, casual bistros, fine dining and active night spots. 748.7373•Columbia fivepointscolumbia.com

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North Columbia The North Columbia shopping district is constantly growing every day, from the family-owned Appliance Sales and Service establishment to the fashionable trendsetters over at Mahogany Boutique. 331.2931 Columbia•northcolumbia businessassociation.com

Rosewood Merchants Home of the annual Rosewood Crawfish Festival, this commercial area is nestled between the Shandon and Rosewood neighborhoods. Growing and diversified, the area offers a mix of shops and services. 261.8947•Columbia rosewoodcrawfishfestival.com

West Vista Browse through shops offering a variety of wares ranging from antiques, stained glass and flowers to outdoor wood furniture and mattresses. 796.4229•Cayce columbiacvb.com

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Fun fact

Target; Bed, Bath & Beyond; Pier 1 and World Market. Columbia•edens.com

The Dale Chihuly chandelier in the Columbia Museum of Art’s atrium is the first of its kind in South Carolina. The design was chosen to enhance the asymmetrical shape of the museum’s atrium and a “Carolina Sunset” color scheme incorporates Columbia’s Famously Hot shades of golds, oranges and reds.

Indoor Malls Columbia Place

Home to many of your favorite shops, including Bath & Body Works, Victoria’s Secret, Express, Burlington Coat Factory, Sears and the only Macy’s in Columbia. 788.4678•Columbia shopcolumbiaplace.com

Columbiana Centre

Anchored by Belk, Dillard’s, JCPenney and Sears. Large food court and operational antique carousel. 781.1000 Columbia•columbianacentre.com

Dutch Square Center

Features Belk, Burlington Coat Factory, Office Depot, AMC Dutch Square 14, Dress Barn and more than 30 specialty stores. 772.3864 Columbia•dutchsquare.com

Richland Mall

Featuring Belk, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, T.G.I.Friday’s, Columbia Children’s Theatre, Bath & Body Works, Footlocker and Regal Cinema, plus unique specialty shops and services. 782.7575•Columbia richlandmall-sc.com

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Columbiana Station

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

Columbia Grand Theatre, Dick’s Sporting Goods and more. 704.714.3026•Columbia shopcolumbianastation.com

Shoppes at Flight Deck

A unique shopping experience in historic Lexington. 957.0303 Lexington•shoppesatflightdeck.com

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We welcome you to South Carolina’s newest lifestyle venue, offering the very best in shopping, dining, entertainment, working, living and more – all in one exceptionally beautiful and convenient location. 419.0235•Columbia villageatsandhill.com

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Books-A-Million, Stein Mart, Starbucks, The Fresh Market and Rosso Trattoria Italian. Columbia•edens.com

822.5000•West Columbia columbiaairport.com See ad, p. 58

Russell & Jeffcoat Real Estate

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SIGNature

EVENTS Spring Artista Vista Congaree Art Festival Rosewood Crawfish Festival USMC Mud Run The Indie Grits Film Festival Crafty Feast at Indie Grits Columbia International Festival South Carolina Book Festival Midlands Spring Plant and Flower Festival Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic Carolina Cup Urban Tour Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden City of Columbia’s Earth Fest Lexington Wine Walk Rhythm on the River Providence Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler Five After Five The Vista After Five Columbia Marathon Celebrate Freedom Festival Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show Central Carolina Food & Wine Festival Tartan Day South Sparkleberry Country Fair Forest Acres Festival River Rocks Festival Capital City Music & Wing Fling Columbia, SC Black Expo

SUMMER Jubilee: Festival of Heritage Main Street Latin Festival Brew at the Zoo Palmetto Peanut Boil

For a complete list of events, please visit columbiacvb.com/calendar.

South Carolina Peanut Party Southeastern Piano Festival Miss South Carolina Pageant Museum Road Show Southeastern Toy Soldier Show Lexington County Peach Festival Lake Murray 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Fort Jackson’s Torchlight Tattoo Music at Sandhill City of Columbia Movies in the Park First Thursdays on Main Freedom Festival at Village at Sandhill RacersReunion Jammin’ in July Music Festival StoryFest SC

FALL South Carolina State Fair Viva La Vista Saluda Shoals Unearth South Carolina Oyster Festival Balloons, Blues & Bar-B-Que Rooftop Rhythms Free Times Music Crawl Midlands Fall Plant and Flower Festival Vista Lights Irmo Okra Strut Columbia’s Greek Festival Veterans Day Parade Festival of Trees

Walk for Life Columbia Blues Festival Italian Festival Dracula Group Therapy’s Chili Cook-Off Riverbanks ZOOfari BOO at the Zoo Halloween in Five Points Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade USMC Mud Run Governor’s Cup Road Race Get to the Green Forest Acres’ Sweet Seasons A Devine Night Out The Nutcracker Craftsmen’s Classic Arts & Crafts Festival Palmetto Capital City Classic SC Pride Parade & Festival Columbia Museum of Art’s Black & White Ball

WINTER World Beer Festival Columbia’s Longest Days St. Pat’s in Five Points Palladium Society’s Chili Cook-Off Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Restaurant Week

Calendar of Events Scan the QR code for more details on area events.

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attractions index Adluh Flour Mills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ������������������������������������ 22 African-American History Monument . . . . . . ������������������������������������� 20 Allen University �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 21 The Árpád Darázs Singers �������������������������������������������������������������������� 27 Associated Model Railroads of Columbia ������������������������������������������ 25 Benedict College ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 21 Better Boat Rental �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 21 Big Apple ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 20 Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor �������������������������������������������������������� 21 Booker T. Washington High School ���������������������������������������������������� 20 Borenya West African Drum and Dance ��������������������������������������������� 27 Broadway in Columbia �������������������������������������������������������������������������� 27 Carolina Ballet �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 28 Carolina Children’s Garden ������������������������������������������������������������������ 26 Cayce Historical Museum �������������������������������������������������������������������� 25 Cayce Riverwalk ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 28 Challenger Learning Center ���������������������������������������������������������������� 25 Chapin Community Theatre ������������������������������������������������������������������ 21 Chesnut Cottage Bed & Breakfast ������������������������������������������������������ 22 Colonial Life Arena �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 21 Columbia Baroque Soloists ������������������������������������������������������������������� 28 Columbia Children’s Theatre ���������������������������������������������������������������� 21 Columbia Choral Society ���������������������������������������������������������������������� 28 Columbia City Ballet ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 28 Columbia City Jazz Dance Company ��������������������������������������������������� 28 Columbia Classical Ballet �������������������������������������������������������������������� 28 Columbia College ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 21 Columbia Community Concert Band �������������������������������������������������� 28 Columbia Fire Department Museum ��������������������������������������������������� 25 Columbia International University ������������������������������������������������������ 21 Columbia Marionette Theatre �������������������������������������������������������������� 21 Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Self-Guided Art Tour ���� 29 Columbia Museum of Art ���������������������������������������������������������������������� 25 The Comedy House ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 21 Congaree National Park ����������������������������������������������������������������������� 27 Crooked Creek Park ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 27 Dreher Island State Recreation Area �������������������������������������������������� 27 Dutch Fork Choral Society �������������������������������������������������������������������� 28 Ebenezer Lutheran Church ������������������������������������������������������������������ 22 EdVenture Children’s Museum ������������������������������������������������������������ 26 Elmwood Cemetery & Gardens ������������������������������������������������������������ 22 Ensor Keenan House ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� 22 Equitable Arcade Building �������������������������������������������������������������������� 23 Finlay Park ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 27 First Baptist Church ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 23 First Presbyterian Church �������������������������������������������������������������������� 23 First Responders Remembrance Memorial �������������������������������������� 23 Fort Jackson National Cemetery �������������������������������������������������������� 23 Gen. Sherman’s March on Columbia, South Carolina – Self-Guided Walking Tour ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 29 Granby Park ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 28 The Great Five Points Leprechaun Hunt ��������������������������������������������� 29 The Greater Columbia Children’s Choirs �������������������������������������������� 28 Guignard Park ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 27 Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens������������������������������������������������� 23 Harbison State Forest �������������������������������������������������������������������������� 27 Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College ������������������������������ 21 Harriet Barber House ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� 20 Historic Columbia Foundation ������������������������������������������������������������ 29 Jamil Shrine Center ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 21 Kensington Mansion ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� 23 Koger Center for the Arts ���������������������������������������������������������������������� 21 Ladson Presbyterian Church ���������������������������������������������������������������� 20 Lexington County Choral Society �������������������������������������������������������� 28 Lexington County Museum ������������������������������������������������������������������ 26 Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary ������������������������������������������ 21 Main Street Harmonizers �������������������������������������������������������������������� 28 Mann-Simons Site �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 20

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Martin Luther King Park ���������������������������������������������������������������������� 27 Maxcy Gregg Park ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 27 McKissick Museum ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 26 Memorial Park �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 27 Midlands Technical College ������������������������������������������������������������������ 21 Modjeska Monteith Simkins House ���������������������������������������������������� 20 Newberry Opera House ������������������������������������������������������������������������ 21 Nickelodeon Theatre ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� 21 Owens Field Skate Park ������������������������������������������������������������������������ 27 Palmetto Conservation Foundation ���������������������������������������������������� 28 Palmetto Mastersingers ���������������������������������������������������������������������� 28 The Palmetto Opera ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 28 Peachtree Rock Nature Preserve �������������������������������������������������������� 29 The Power Company ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 28 Randolph Cemetery ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 20 The Renaissance Foundation Bethel Cultural Arts Center �������������� 20 Richland County Public Library ������������������������������������������������������������ 26 Riverbanks Zoo & Garden �������������������������������������������������������������������� 26 Riverfront Park �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 29 Robert Mills House & Gardens ������������������������������������������������������������ 23 Sally Salamander Walking Tour ���������������������������������������������������������� 29 Saluda Shoals Park ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 27 Sandlapper Singers ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 28 SC Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame �������������������������������������� 26 Seibels House and Garden ������������������������������������������������������������������ 23 Sesquicentennial State Park �������������������������������������������������������������� 27 South Carolina Archives and History Center �������������������������������������� 26 South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum ������ 26 South Carolina Contemporary Dance Company �������������������������������� 28 South Carolina Governor’s Mansion �������������������������������������������������� 23 South Carolina Governor’s Mansion Gardens ������������������������������������ 27 South Carolina Military Museum �������������������������������������������������������� 26 South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra �������������������������������������������� 28 South Carolina Railroad Museum ������������������������������������������������������� 26 South Carolina Shakespeare Company ���������������������������������������������� 28 South Carolina State Farmers Market ������������������������������������������������ 26 South Carolina State House ���������������������������������������������������������������� 23 South Carolina State House Grounds ������������������������������������������������ 29 South Carolina State Museum ������������������������������������������������������������ 26 South Caroliniana Library �������������������������������������������������������������������� 25 Spirits and Spectres of Columbia �������������������������������������������������������� 29 St. Peter’s Catholic Church ������������������������������������������������������������������ 25 The Supreme Court of South Carolina ������������������������������������������������ 25 Three Rivers Greenway ������������������������������������������������������������������������ 29 Town Theatre ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 22 Township Auditorium ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� 22 Trinity Episcopal Cathedral ������������������������������������������������������������������ 25 Trustus Theatre ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 22 Unbound ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 28 University of South Carolina ���������������������������������������������������������������� 21 University of South Carolina Department of Theatre & Dance �������� 22 University of South Carolina Horseshoe �������������������������������������������� 25 University of South Carolina Melton Memorial Observatory ������������ 26 US Army Adjutant General Corps Museum . ������������������������������������� 26 US Army Basic Combat Training Museum . . ������������������������������������� 26 US Army Chaplain Museum ������������������������������������������������������������������ 26 US Army Finance Corps Museum �������������������������������������������������������� 26 Vibrations Dance Company ������������������������������������������������������������������ 28 Village Square Theatre ������������������������������������������������������������������������ 22 Virginia Hylton Park ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 27 W. Gordon Belser Arboretum �������������������������������������������������������������� 27 Washington Street United Methodist Church ������������������������������������ 25 Waverly Historic District ���������������������������������������������������������������������� 21 West Columbia Riverwalk �������������������������������������������������������������������� 29 Woodrow Wilson Family Home ������������������������������������������������������������ 25 Workshop Theatre �������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 22 Zion Baptist Church ������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 21


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