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Handmade & Homegrown Local food scene serves up Southern staples

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CONTENTS CONGAREE RIVER

WELCOME TO COLUMBIA 4

THINGS TO DO 41

SALLY SALAMANDER TOUR 5

DINING 58

PLANNING ESSENTIALS 6 FORT JACKSON 8 COLUMBIA’S HOT SPOTS 12 LOCAL DISTRICTS AND SHOPPING 22

ACCOMMODATIONS 70 CITY AND REGIONAL MAPS 72 SIGNATURE EVENTS 82 INDEX OF ADVERTISERS 84

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North Main Street HISTORICAL

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North Main features an array of historical locations, colleges dating back to the 1800’s, a variety of dining options, and unique living spaces.

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THROUGHOUT THE COLUMBIA REGION, EVERYONE’S BUZZING ABOUT … “… the vibrancy of our downtown and our entire region. Main Street is experiencing tremendous new activity, the Vista is bustling with excitement and many new restaurants, Five Points continues to welcome visitors to its unique shops and restaurants, and our North Main district is becoming a hotspot of new experiences. Our attractions continue to receive national recognition. Riverbanks Zoo recently expanded with the new Sea Lion Landing, Grizzly Ridge and Otter Run. The Columbia Fireflies enjoyed a great first season in their award-winning stadium, and we are preparing to welcome visitors from across the country to view the Solar Eclipse in August. Columbia is the real Southern Hotspot for excitement, activity and energy!”

Bill Ellen

PRESIDENT & CEO, EXPERIENCE COLUMBIA SC

“… the Columbia Fireflies baseball team playing at Spirit Communications Park at BullStreet, the incredible new exhibits at Riverbanks Zoo and the continued transformation of Columbia into a true city of the 21st century. But we’re also a city of heart, where gentlemen still open doors for ladies — and we remember that the two most important words in the English language are, ‘Thank you.’”

Steve Benjamin

MAYOR, CITY OF COLUMBIA

“… Richland County’s international image. With the arrival of fiberglass manufacturer China Jushi, we’re positioned to be a destination for other companies seeking a great community and skilled workers. Richland County boasts so many wonderful attributes, but the one thing that makes the county truly special is the people. Our residents — natives, longtimers and those who recently settled here — are welcoming, diverse and dynamic. And we love showing visitors all Richland County has to offer!

Joyce Dickerson

CHAIR, RICHLAND COUNTY COUNCIL

“… our wonderful quality of life. Our county is thriving with excellent schools, a burgeoning restaurant scene and an amazing array of things to do. We have family-friendly attractions like Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, the brand new Project Icehouse Amphitheater, the recreational offerings of Lake Murray and Saluda Shoals Park, beautiful golf courses, several farmers markets — and, of course, the Lexington County Blowfish baseball team. We welcome you to our thriving community.”

Todd Cullum

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V.P. OF SALES & MARKETING

Kelly Barbrey

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Andrea Mensink

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Renée Williamson Chow CVB EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jason Outman

PARTNERSHIP SERVICES MANAGER

Judie VanPatten

VISITORS CENTER MANAGER

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PRODUCTION MANAGER

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CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

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SALLY SALAMANDER DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR Spotted salamanders can be hard to see, but it’s worth the search to find Sally Salamander — because she’ll help you learn about and enjoy Columbia. The salamander is the official state amphibian, and the Leadership Columbia class of 2009 used her as a model for a walking tour they created for the downtown area. You’ll find Sally on historic and cultural sites. Stop by the Columbia Regional Visitors Center at 1101 Lincoln St. to pick up a brochure and map or visit columbiasalamander.com. 1 I Columbia Regional Visitors Center Anything and everything you want to know about Columbia can be found here at the Visitors Center. Have friends or family coming into town and need to know how to entertain them or where to go for dinner? Here, you’ll find maps, brochures, unique Columbia items for sale, and more. 1101 Lincoln Street

2 I South Carolina State House

(Salamander at First Citizens Complex, 1230 Main St) At the corner of Main and Gervais, Sally notices the home of democracy at the State House located in the heart of Columbia, the Palmetto State’s Capital. It is an historic building with a storied past of war, struggle and accomplishment. The State House grounds are home to more than two dozen monuments. Can you find all 6 bronze stars? 1100 Gervais Street

3 I Arcade Mall

Built in 1912, the Arcade was Columbia’s first indoor mall. The architecture features terra cotta and marble detailing. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 17, 1982. 1332 Main Street

4 I Palmetto Building

You are now standing next to a building nearly 100 years old. The Palmetto Building was built in 1913 and featured a bank on the first level. Notice the architecture of the building. Take a walk inside and feel the different stones. Can you tell what they are? 1400 Main Street

5 I Never Bust by Blue Sky

Look up and discover a unique piece of work created by Columbia’s own famous artist, Blue Sky. His inspiration came when the wall between the two buildings was torn down. Blue Sky didn’t want Sylvan’s to “float away” from the rest of the block, so he chained it down. 1500 Main Street

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PLANNING ESSENTIALS With nearly 135,000 residents, Columbia is the largest city in the state. The greater metropolitan region has more than 800,000 residents and consists of six counties: Richland (which includes the City of Columbia), Lexington, Kershaw, Calhoun, Fairfield and Saluda.

for outdoor activities including major national fishing tournaments.

VISITORS CENTERS

Located in McKissick Museum on the historic Horseshoe. Offers 90-minute tours Mon-Fri for prospective students.

COLUMBIA REGIONAL VISITORS CENTER 1101 Lincoln St.*, (803) 545-0002 800-264-4884 columbiacvb.com/visitorscenter Visit ExperienceColumbiaSC.com for operating hours.

Conveniently located at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in the historic Congaree Vista district, just blocks away from the South Carolina State House and numerous dining and entertainment options. *Relocating in Summer of 2017 to the corner of Gervais & Lincoln streets.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA VISITORS CENTER 945 Bull St., (803) 777-0169, 800-922-9755 sc.edu/visit Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

CLIMATE It’s true, Columbia can get hot — but that doesn’t slow the city down. Springtime brings lots of outdoor festivals, and the city is gorgeous when the azaleas bloom. The summer is a great time to hit Lake Murray — and 45 inches of annual rainfall help cool the summer afternoons down. Fall is beautiful and winters are short and mild. DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA

AROUND TOWN

AVERAGE HIGHS AND LOWS CAPITAL (IN FAHRENHEIT) ▶ BUS CITY/LAKE MURRAY ▶ TAXI Checker Yellow COUNTRY VISITORS CENTER HIGH LOW HIGH LOW (803) 799-3311 The COMET Blue Ribbon January 2184 N. Lake Dr., (803) 781-5940, (803) 255-7100 (803) 754-8163 February 1-866-SC-JEWEL catchthecomet.org originalblueribbontaxi.com March lakemurraycountry.com Columbia’s regional Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; bus Fri 9 a.m.-4Capitol p.m.; City April Cab system. Appp.m.; hasSun maps, Sat 10 a.m.-3 Noon-3 p.m.(803) 794-2225 May

schedules. June capitolcitycab.com Lake Murray is one of the region’s top attractions, offering 650 miles of shoreline

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GETTING HERE

AROUND TOWN

BY AIR COLUMBIA METROPOLITAN AIRPORT

BUS THE COMET

3250 Airport Blvd., (803) 822-5000 columbiaairport.com

Columbia’s regional bus system. App has maps, schedules.

(803) 255-7100, catchthecomet.org

Columbia is served by American, Delta and United, which offer nonstop flights to eight major hubs.

BY CAR

TAXI BLUE RIBBON (803) 754-8163, originalblueribbontaxi.com

CAPITOL CITY CAB

Columbia is located near three major interstates: I-77, I-26 and I-20.

(803) 794-2225, capitolcitycab.com

CHECKER YELLOW

BY BUS GREYHOUND

(803) 799-3311, checkeryellowcab.com

RIDESHARE LYFT

701 Buckner Rd., (803) 569-6522, (800) 231-2222, greyhound.com

BY RAIL AMTRAK

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UBER

850 Pulaski St., (800) 872-7245, amtrak.com

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DISTANCE AND DRIVING TIMES

MILES HRS

Asheville, NC 158 2.5 Atlanta, GA 221 3.5 Birmingham, AL 366 6 Charleston, SC 115 2

Charlotte, NC Cleveland, OH Gainesville, FL Hilton Head, SC Indianapolis, IN

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94 610 454 160 610

1.5 10 7.5 2.5 10

Jackson, MS 595 10 Knoxville, TN 264 4.5 Louisville, KY 505 8.5 Myrtle Beach, SC 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

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A CENTURY OF SERVICE 1917-2017

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS AT FORT JACKSON WELCOME TO COLUMBIA Columbia is proud of its military-friendly atmosphere and its close relationship with Fort Jackson, the U.S. Army’s largest initial basic training base. In 2017, Columbia and Fort Jackson will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Army Installation and the thriving partnership between the fort and our community. We are proud of our military presence, and welcome you to Columbia, South Carolina: ‘the Most Military Friendly Community in America!’”

Carl Blackstone

PRESIDENT & CEO, COLUMBIA CHAMBER

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For nearly a century, Fort Jackson has been an integral part of the local community. The Midlands and Fort Jackson are celebrating the fort’s 100 years of service as a U.S. Army installation and a pillar of our region. To learn more about centennial events celebrating Fort Jackson, visit FortJackson100.com and columbiachamber.com/Advocacy/ MilitaryAffairs.htm

a U.S. Army installation. It will be historic, but also forward looking. It will inspire, particularly the tens of thousands of new soldiers and their families that get their

The Midlands community is working

first taste of the Army, and South Carolina,

to commemorate 100 years of Fort Jackson

at Fort Jackson. It will be concrete

by building a centennial park — the first

testimony of our community’s support of

park of its scope and type ever donated to

the military.

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Fort Jackson is the largest and most active Initial Entry Training Center in the U.S. Army, training roughly 54 percent of all Soldiers and nearly 60 percent of the women entering the Army each year. Providing the Army with trained, disciplined,

Carolina, Fort Jackson was incorporated into

motivated and physically fit warriors who

the city of Columbia in October 1968. The

espouse the Army’s core values and are

fort has a significant economic impact on the

focused on teamwork is the post’s primary mission. Accomplishing that

local area, contributing $2.2 billion to the local economy. In addition, more

mission means training more than

than 200,000 family members visit

45,000 Basic Combat Training

the Midlands area each year to

Soldiers each year.

attend basic training graduation

The fort spans more than 52,000 acres and includes more than 73 ranges and field training sites and 1,100 buildings. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, civilians, retirees and family members make up the Fort Jackson community, which continues to grow in numbers and facilities. More than 3,500 active-duty Soldiers and their family members are assigned to the installation and make this area their home. Located in the heart of the Midlands region of South ExperienceColumbiaSC.com

activities, patronizing local hotels, restaurants and shopping areas. Since 1917, when fighting men were needed during World War I, Fort Jackson has had a proud history of training Soldiers for America’s Army. The post’s initial site of 1,200 acres was purchased and donated to the federal government by the citizens of Columbia. This began a tradition of mutual respect and cooperation between the city and Fort Jackson. The tradition continues today. COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide

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The museum is open to the general public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturday, Sunday and federal holidays. The museum is located on the corner of Strom Thurmond Boulevard and Magruder Avenue in Building 4392. Admission is free and it is handicapped-accessible. 803-751-1747.

POST MUSEUMS THE U.S. ARMY BASIC COMBAT TRAINING MUSEUM The museum exhibits an assortment of military weapons, uniforms and other equipment to illustrate how the American Soldiers trained to perform their duties in peacetime and war, including several typical military vehicles from World War II to the present. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours on Family Day. It is closed Saturday, Sunday and federal holidays. 803-751-7419.

CHAPLAIN MUSEUM The museum is located at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School (10100 Lee Road) on the corner of Lee and Benning roads. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturday, Sunday and federal holidays. Admission is free and the general public is welcome. Parking is available across the street from the building on Benning Road. 803-751-8827/8079.

FINANCE CORPS MUSEUM The Finance Corps Museum is colocated with the U.S. Army Adjutant General’s Corps Museum. The exhibit gallery is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. The museum is located on the corner of Strom Thurmond Boulevard and Magruder Avenue in Building 4392. Admission is free and it is handicapped-accessible. 803-751-3771.

ADJUTANT GENERAL MUSEUM The Adjutant General’s Corps Museum is dedicated to the history of the U.S. Army Adjutant General’s Corps from 1775 to present. Historical documents, photos, uniforms and equipment depict the diverse history of the corps

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FORT JACKSON NATIONAL CEMETARY The 585-acre national cemetery will serve veterans’ needs well into the next century. The cemetery is located about a quarter of a mile off Interstate 20 (4170 Percival Road) on property formerly held by Fort Jackson. The 50-acre interment area will provide 5,000 full-casket gravesites, including 4,200 pre-placed crypts, 5,000 inground cremation sites and 2,000 columbarium niches. The cemetery grounds are open for visitation sunrise to sunset every day. 803-699-2246/866-577-5248. ExperienceColumbiaSC.com


PALMETTO GREENS MINIATURE GOLF 6512 Strom Thurmond Blvd., (803) 751-7351

WESTON LAKE RECREATION AREA

OUTDOOR RECREATION For more information on recreational opportunities and and events, visit jackson.armymwr.com.

PALMETTO FALLS WATER PARK 6511 Strom Thurmond Blvd., (803) 751-5812 Palmetto Falls features a 10,000 sq. ft. family pool, two water slides, a 600 sq. foot Splashdown pool, a 2,500 sq. foot kiddie pool, a lazy river stretching 800 linear feet and a snack bar. Non-affiliated civilians must make all purchases online at Webtrac. All civilian visitors must pass a background check to be granted access to the post and the water park (please note the process can take anywhere from few days to a few weeks to completes, so please plan ahead).

FORT JACKSON GOLF CLUB 3652 Semmes Rd., (803) 787-4344 The Fort Jackson Golf Club is considered by many as the finest golf operation the military has to offer. The facilities feature two well-maintained championship courses, state-of-the-art practice facilities, an attractive 10,000 square foot clubhouse, a well stocked pro shop, snack bar and lounge. ExperienceColumbiaSC.com

Weston Lake is for the Military and their Guests. For lakeside cabin reservations, call Victory Travel at (803) 751-5804 or +(803) 751-5812. For picnic shelters, Community House, and Travel camp reservations, call Weston Lake at (803) 751-5253. Not open to the general public, you need to be an authorized patron to utilize these facilities.

MARION ST. STATION 4522 Marion Ave., (803) 751-3484 Outdoor recreation equipment sales and rentals, along with trips for fishing, paintball, kayaking, canoeing, ATV riding, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hiking and city day trips. Offers classes in whitewater kayaking, fishing, rock climbing and hunting.

THE PALMETTO TRAIL The Palmetto Trail runs almost 20 miles of its course on Fort Jackson, the most popular being at Gate 5, Gate 1 and across from Twin Lakes on Semmes Road. www.sctrails.net.

PATRIOTS PARK (SOLOMON CENTER AND SEMMES LAKE) All picnic shelters at both locations are first come first serve and open from dawn until dusk.

TWIN LAKES AND OYSTER POINT The shelters at both Twin Lakes and Oyster Point are available by reservation for a small fee. Call Marion Street Station for more details. COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide

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LAKE MURRAY

ADVENTURE HOT SPOTS With more than 1 million visitors each year, RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN (on the cover) is the largest tourist attraction in the state. Recently, the zoo completed the largest expansion in its 40-year history, adding natural habitats for California sea lions, grizzly bears and river otters. Altogether, the zoo is home to more than 2,000 creatures — including gorillas. It also features a climbing wall, a 44-foot-high ropes course and zipline tours across the Saluda River. Don’t miss Riverbanks’ gorgeous 70-acre botanical garden.

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CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK , the state’s only national park, is the largest old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States and features an elevated boardwalk, guided canoe trips, camping, fishing and hiking paths, including the recently added Bates Ferry Trail.

LAKE MURRAY offers 650 miles of shoreline and ample opportunities to sail, fish, water ski, camp or just lie on the beach. Waterfront dining and cruises are popular, and Lake Murray often hosts major fishing tournaments. For camping and cabin rentals, check out scenic DREHER ISLAND STATE PARK . ExperienceColumbiaSC.com


SOUTH CAROLINA STATE MUSEUM

Housed in a historic 1893 mill, the SOUTH CAROLINA STATE MUSEUM has a planetarium, observatory and 4-D theater, as well as exhibitions covering South Carolina’s cultural history, natural history, science, technology and art. Also brings in non-S.C.-related blockbuster exhibitions. In August 2017, the museum will serve as ground zero for activities surrounding a rare total solar eclipse.

SESQUICENTENNIAL STATE PARK offers 1,400 acres of pines and a 30acre lake in the Northeast region of Columbia, while HARBISON STATE FOREST is a popular spot for biking and one of the largest public green spaces within a metropolitan area. Columbia’s three rivers — the SALUDA , BROAD and CONGAREE ExperienceColumbiaSC.com

— offer great opportunities for kayaking, canoeing and tubing.

SALUDA SHOALS PARK has some of the best trout fishing in the state, as well as kayaking, horseback riding, an environmental education center and a splash pad. The THREE RIVERS GREENWAY includes miles of paved trails and boardwalks for hiking, biking and blading along the Congaree, Broad and Saluda rivers. Plus it has restrooms, it’s accessible to strollers and wheelchairs, and it’s dog-friendly. Conceived in 1994 as a statewide series of linked trails, the PALMETTO TRAIL features 350 miles of completed paths in 14 South Carolina counties. The FORT JACKSON PASSAGE runs 16.2 miles through the Columbia area and is easily walkable. COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide 13


SODA CITY MARKET

HOME-GROWN HOT SPOTS Want to remember your stay in South Carolina? Check out the

COTTON MILL EXCHANGE

at the S.C. State Museum, a 4,000-square-foot shop filled with South Carolina-themed gift items. Established in 1935, CROMER’S is an iconic local business specializing in popcorn, peanuts and gift items like mugs and T-shirts. The Five Points district is a haven for local retailers, from the iconic PAPA JAZZ RECORD SHOPPE to the hip BLUETILE SKATESHOP and eclectic boutiques like the BOHEMIAN and REVENTE .

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Every Saturday morning, the bustling SODA CITY MARKET brings local food and craft vendors to Main Street. It’s just one of many area farmers markets. Find more South Carolina goods at 302 ARTISANS and CRAVE

ARTISANS SPECIALTY MARKET.

Small-batch microdistillery COPPER HORSE and microbrewery TWISTED SPUR make their home in the Congaree Vista. While you’re in the area, check out the local handmade lamps at LEWIS+CLARK . The neon ADLUH FLOUR sign in the heart of the Vista points to a cultural icon of Columbia; listed on the National Register of Historic Places. ExperienceColumbiaSC.com


ADLUH FLOUR

ANSON MILLS produces handmade mill goods from organic heirloom grains for some of the top restaurants in the country, while the CONGAREE MILLING COMPANY produces organic, stone-ground grits, polenta, corn meal and corn flour. Columbia has its own in-town sustainable farm at CITY ROOTS , offering microgreens, eggs and more, and supplying many of the city’s finest local restaurants.

NEST on Main Street features arts and crafts from Southern artisans, as well as books from the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA PRESS . Want to make a day out of sifting through Southern furniture, accessories and artifacts? Take a trip to one of the area’s many antique shops, including OLD MILL ANTIQUE MALL in West Columbia. Founded in 2009, the annual CRAFTY FEAST independent craft fair is held in December and features unique artisans from throughout the Southeast.

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WHO’S FROM COLUMBIA? If you head to Five Points you’ll see a monument to hometown heroes HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH (“Hold My Hand”), a band that started at the University of South Carolina and launched the career of country singer DARIUS RUCKER. Others who have gone on to great success from Columbia include astronaut and NASA director CHARLES BOLDEN, actor MIKE COLTER (Marvel’s Luke Cage), actor AZIZ ANSARI of Parks and Recreation, R&B singer ANGIE STONE, indie rockers SAM BEAM (Iron & Wine) and BEN BRIDWELL (Band of Horses), NASCAR driver JORDAN ANDERSON, Singin’ in the Rain director STANLEY DONEN and actress KRISTIN DAVIS of Sex in the City.

Columbia’s two most iconic artists are BLUE SKY and ERNEST LEE , aka “The Chicken Man.” Blue Sky painted the famous 1975 photorealistic mural Tunnelvision at the corner of Taylor and Marion streets. Lee can often be found selling his outsider art at the corner of Gervais and Harden streets. COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide 15


COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART

ARTISTIC HOT SPOTS In 2016, the COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART won a National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The museum strives to connect with all segments of the community through exhibitions spanning the full range of art history and a wide range of programs, including the popular ARTS & DRAUGHTS series, which features live music, DIY art projects and craft beer. Other highlights of Columbia’s visual arts scene includes the 701 CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (which organizes the annual OPEN STUDIOS TOUR), the TAPP’S ARTS CENTER and numerous high-quality galleries. Three of the city’s key galleries are in the Vista: CITY ART, IF ART GALLERY and GALLERY 80808. From symphony orchestras (the SOUTH CAROLINA 16 COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide

PHILHARMONIC , USC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and LAKE MURRAY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA) to touring Broadway productions and more, you’ll find plenty happening on the stages of the KOGER CENTER and the HARBISON THEATRE . Main Street’s First Thursday series offers a festive atmosphere for seeing art and mingling with the people who made it. For a similar experience in West Columbia, check out the STATE STREET ART CRAWL , held the first Friday of each month. The city’s largest annual art crawl is ARTISTA VISTA , held each spring. Columbia’s thriving theater community includes downtown gems like TRUSTUS THEATRE , whose high-quality productions often speak to contemporary concerns, and TOWN THEATRE , ExperienceColumbiaSC.com


JUBILEE: FESTIVAL OF BLACK HERITAGE & CULTURE

the oldest continuously operating community theatre in the country.

shows) and NEW BROOKLAND TAVERN (punk, rock, metal).

The city’s robust dance scene includes the COLUMBIA CITY BALLET, COLUMBIA CLASSICAL BALLET, USC DANCE COMPANY, WIDEMAN DAVIS DANCE and more.

The city’s local comedy scene includes a weekly open-mic standup night at NEW BROOKLAND TAVERN (Mondays), Third Thursday Comedy at the TAPP’S ARTS CENTER and touring acts at the COMEDY HOUSE .

Depending on when you’re in town, make sure to check out the HARAMBEE FESTIVAL (February), ST. PAT’S IN FIVE POINTS (March), the ROSEWOOD CRAWFISH FESTIVAL (May),

MAIN STREET LATIN FESTIVAL (August) and JUBILEE: FESTIVAL OF BLACK HERITAGE & CULTURE (September), SC PRIDE (September) and the SOUTH CAROLINA STATE FAIR (October). For touring acts ranging from rock and rap to bluegrass and EDM, the MUSIC FARM in the Vista is a key spot. Music fans should also check out the TOWNSHIP AUDITORIUM (R&B, rock), the COLONIAL LIFE ARENA (major touring acts and ExperienceColumbiaSC.com

When it comes to film, look no further than Columbia’s NICKELODEON THEATRE on Main Street. In addition to its packed screening schedule, it produces the popular INDIE GRITS festival each spring. Popular outdoor concert series include RHYTHM ON THE RIVER (spring and fall), FIVE AFTER FIVE (April through August) and ROOFTOP RHYTHMS (spring and fall).

BENEDICT COLLEGE’S GOSPEL CHOIR , one of the top in the country, specializes in gospel, spirituals and folk music of AfricanAmerican religious traditions.

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THE OAK TABLE

CULINARY HOT SPOTS Columbia’s dynamic and growing culinary culture serves up everything from Southern classics like shrimp and grits (try BLUE MARLIN) and barbecue (often mustard-based in Columbia) to fine dining and ethnic restaurants. If you’re looking for Southern barbecue, try HUDSON’S , LITTLE PIGS , BIG-T BARBECUE , DOC’S , MAURICE’S or TRUE BBQ. Want a classic Southern meat-andthree (that’s one meat and three vegetables)? Try YESTERDAYS or LIZARD’S THICKET. Want something more upscale? You might want to try such top-notch spots as TERRA , MOTOR SUPPLY CO. BISTRO, BOURBON , MR. FRIENDLY’S or THE OAK TABLE . Among the city’s many fine ethnic restaurants are BAAN SAWAN 18 COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide

(Thai), BLUE CACTUS (Korean fusion) and MEDITERRANEAN TEA ROOM , all in Five Points. Craft beer is taking off in Columbia, with local breweries and brewpubs such as HUNTER-GATHERER (the city’s first brewpub), RIVER RAT, CONQUEST, SWAMP CABBAGE , TWISTED SPUR and COTTON TOWN BREW LAB . Sample and buy at CRAFT AND DRAFT or THE CASUAL PINT, or visit craftsavvy bars like FLYING SAUCER or WORLD OF BEER . Meanwhile, the COLUMBIA BREW BUS leads tours — and if you visit in February, don’t miss the WORLD BEER FESTIVAL .

COPPER HORSE DISTILLING, located in the historic Vista, makes distinctive, handcrafted spirits exclusively from grains milled locally. CROUCH DISTILLING, founded in 2014, produces a unique batch of small-batch craft whiskeys. ExperienceColumbiaSC.com


COLUMBIA FIREFLIES

SPORTS HOT SPOTS On game days, some 80,000 Gamecock football fans flock to WILLIAMS-BRICE STADIUM — and the roar of the crowd can be heard far outside the stadium’s walls. The pregame tailgating parties are legendary. Led by Coach Dawn Staley, the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH

CAROLINA’S WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM is one of the

top teams in the country, making it all the way to the NCAA Final Four in 2015 and the Sweet 16 in 2016. The men’s basketball team has made great strides under Frank Martin. Both teams play at the 18,000seat COLONIAL LIFE ARENA , the tenth-largest on-campus basketball venue in the nation. The LADY TIGERS DIVISION II BASKETBALL TEAM at BENEDICT COLLEGE finished its 2016 season at 29-3. ExperienceColumbiaSC.com

The COLUMBIA FIREFLIES , a South Atlantic League affiliate of the New York Mets, play minor league baseball at the beautiful

SPIRIT COMMUNICATIONS PARK , named Best New Ballpark in 2016 by Ballpark Digest.

The USC GAMECOCK BASEBALL TEAM is one of only six NCAA teams ever to win back-to-back national titles, which it did in 2010 and 2011. Its games at CAROLINA STADIUM regularly draw thousands of fans. The beloved LEXINGTON COUNTY BLOWFISH baseball team was named Coastal Plain League Organization of the Year in 2015. The PALMETTO CAPITAL CITY CLASSIC is an annual tradition pitting the BENEDICT COLLEGE TIGERS against a rotating cast of rivals.

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KID-FRIENDLY HOT SPOTS EDVENTURE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM is the largest children’s museum in the South, with more than 70,000 square feet of cool stuff to keep the kids occupied. The centerpiece of the museum is Eddie, the world’s largest child — a 40-foot-tall, hands-on exhibit that kids love to climb through. Activate your kids’ imaginations at the S.C. STATE MUSEUM’S

PLANETARIUM AND 4-D THEATER.

Want to keep the kids happy? Don’t miss RIVERBANKS ZOO and its CHILDREN’S GARDEN . The COLUMBIA CHILDREN’S THEATRE is a professional theater company presenting productions aimed at young audiences and families. The COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART offers kid-friendly tours, Art 20 COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide

RIVERBANKS ZOO

Explorer backpacks, an interactive education gallery and many more family-friendly events and programs. Founded in 1988 by famed puppeteer Allie Scollon and her son John, the COLUMBIA MARIONETTE THEATRE has established itself as a premiere children’s theater in South Carolina. Located inside Fort Jackson,

PALMETTO FALLS WATER PARK is the largest waterpark in

the region. Non-military access is available but limited. The splash pad at SALUDA SHOALS PARK is a great place for kids in the summer. Need to get some energy out?

HIWIRE TRAMPOLINE PARK works every time. FRANKIE’S FUN PARK offers a go-kart track, laser

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ROBERT MILLS HOUSE

HISTORIC HOT SPOTS Columbia has an often-overlooked civil rights history that includes three major Supreme Court rulings. Signs along MAIN STREET commemorate key local events and people. There are six bronze stars on the STATE HOUSE marking spots where the building was struck by Union cannons during the Civil War. The grounds also feature an AFRICAN-

AMERICAN HISTORY MONUMENT. FORT JACKSON , the U.S. Army’s largest basic training base, celebrates its centennial through June 2017 with events both on-base and off. (For more on Fort Jackson, see page 8.)

Want to impress your date? Take a walk around the the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA’s beautiful HORSESHOE, whose layout was influenced by federal architect and Charleston native Robert Mills, who designed the Washington Monument. Among the city’s historic homes are the ROBERT MILLS HOUSE & GARDENS; the Mann-Simons Site (an important center of the ExperienceColumbiaSC.com

African-American community); the

HAMPTON-PRESTON MANSION & GARDENS; and the WOODROW WILSON FAMILY HOME , the only museum in the country dedicated to history of the Reconstruction era. Founded in 1896, the SOUTH

CAROLINA CONFEDERATE RELIC ROOM AND MILITARY MUSEUM

presents artifacts and programming not only from the Civil War, but also from the Colonial era to current times. Housed in the former Columbia Mills building with the SOUTH CAROLINA STATE MUSEUM . The SOUTH CAROLINA MILITARY MUSEUM is one of the largest National Guard museums in the country. See weapons, uniforms and fighting vehicles our citizensoldiers have used since the colony’s founding in 1670. Founded in 1970, the LEXINGTON COUNTY MUSEUM complex features 36 historic structures focusing on the area’s history from 1770 until the Civil War. COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide 21


CHAPIN HARBISON/IRMO

NORTHEAST

LAKE MURRAY

LEXINGTON

NORTH MAIN

WEST COLUMBIA CAYCE

FOREST MAIN STREET ACRES DISTRICT THE FIVE POINTS VISTA DEVINE/ ROSEWOOD

LOWER RICHLAND

DISTRICTS OF COLUMBIA SC Columbia has three primary downtown districts — MAIN STREET DISTRICT, the VISTA and FIVE POINTS. Beyond these three, you’ll find HARBISON/IRMO, the NORTHEAST, LEXINGTON, FOREST ACRES and numerous other distinct regions of the greater metro area, each with its own unique charms. Take a look at the following pages and you’ll find that Columbia’s districts offer something for everyone, from shopping and dining to sightseeing and recreation. 22 COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide

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MAIN STREET DISTRICT MAIN STREET

WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL From the State House to City Hall, Main Street is the historic heart and power center of downtown Columbia. The area offers a burgeoning dining and nightlife scene, a vibrant museum, an independent theater and several residential options.

DON’T MISS Each Saturday morning, local food and craft vendors fill several blocks of Main Street for the SODA CITY MARKET. The COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART — winner of a 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service — has a strong Renaissance collection, impressive touring exhibitions, vibrant music and lecture programs, and an excellent gift shop. SOUTH CAROLINA’S STATE HOUSE is open for tours Monday through Saturday.

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The WOODROW WILSON FAMILY HOME, built in 1871, tells the story of Reconstruction and is South Carolina’s only presidential site. CIVIL RIGHTS MARKERS along Main Street commemorate the city’s transition to desegregation in 1963. Columbia’s cultural life gets a big boost from the independent NICKELODEON THEATRE, the city’s hub for great film. Try some hand-crafted, small-batch ice cream at SWEET CREAM before or after a film. For jazz, check out LE CAFE JAZZ in Finlay Park and the COLAJAZZ series at Main Street Public House.

LIFESTYLE Columbia’s downtown renaissance is driven not only by cultural institutions and new restaurants, but also by apartments and condos like the LOFTS AT LOURIE’S, PALMS ON MAIN and THE HUB. ExperienceColumbiaSC.com


NICKELODEON THEATRE

SHOPPING MAST GENERAL STORE at the corner of Main and Taylor stocks everything from outdoor gear to kitchen items and gifts. Of particular note: barrels of classic candies. UPTOWN ON MAIN near Gervais Street carries gifts, accessories and lots of University of South Carolina-branded merchandise. SYLVAN’S at the corner of Main and Hampton streets has been selling fine jewelry since 1897 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

FOOD & DRINK Start your day at DRIP ON MAIN for a fantastic cup of coffee. BOURBON, THE OAK TABLE and HAMPTON STREET VINEYARD are among the most popular downtown restaurants. For classic Italian, don’t miss VILLA TRONCO.

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One of the newest downtown restaurants is MAIN STREET PUBLIC HOUSE, specializing in refined casual cuisine and N.Y.-style pizza. Among the many downtown restaurants with outdoor seating are MICHAEL’S and the vegan GOOD LIFE CAFÉ. Into ethnic food? Try THE EPICUREAN BY AL-AMIR (Mediterranean) or CANTINA 76 (Mexican) on Main Street or CAMON JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND SUSHI BAR (Assembly Street). More into beer and a casual atmosphere? THE WHIG, at Main and Gervais, and HUNTER-GATHERER BREWERY & ALE HOUSE, two blocks south of the State House, are local favorites. Situated on the top of the city’s oldest high-rise, the ROOFTOP LOUNGE at the SHERATON COLUMBIA DOWNTOWN HOTEL is a nice spot for a nightcap.

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THE VISTA

CAROLINA ALE HOUSE

WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL Take a district once marked by textile mills and rail lines, pour in $1 billion of private investment and you’ve got the Vista, a premier dining and shopping district located between the State House and the Congaree River. With a careful eye toward historic preservation, this area brims with vibrancy even as it honors Columbia’s past.

DON’T MISS The SOUTH CAROLINA STATE MUSEUM, which occupies a former mill, features a 4-D multi-sensory theater, a digital planetarium and an observatory. EDVENTURE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM is a 92,000-square-foot wonderland for children and families. The 18,000-seat COLONIAL LIFE ARENA brings major entertainment acts and serves as home to University of South Carolina basketball.

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TRUSTUS THEATRE presents top-notch, contemporary live theater. The 1,000-person capacity MUSIC FARM brings in top touring bands of all genres, while the cozy ART BAR hosts local and regional artists. The interactive GONG on Lincoln Street is just one of several public art projects in this officially designated cultural district.

LIFESTYLE The Vista offers a variety of condos and townhomes, including RENAISSANCE PLAZA, VISTA COMMONS and THE APARTMENTS AT PALMETTO COMPRESS.

SHOPPING Hip clothing store URBAN OUTFITTERS draws retail foot traffic to the Vista, which is also home to many unique boutiques offering everything from vintage fashion to the latest styles. ExperienceColumbiaSC.com


CLARK ELLEFSON OF LEWIS+CLARK

CITY ART, IF ART GALLERY and GALLERY 80808 anchor this area’s active visual arts scene.

MOTOR SUPPLY COMPANY BISTRO, founded in 1989, offers innovative farmto-table cuisine and top-notch cocktails.

For one-of-a-kind, hand-blown glass art, stop by ONE EARED COW GLASS on Huger Street.

For sophisticated Italian fare, head to RISTORANTE DIVINO.

Also on Huger Street, Vista pioneer Clark Ellefson makes beautiful lamps out of paper, steel, glass and wood in the LEWIS + CLARK studio. If you’re in town to hike or kayak, you’ll want to stop by THE BACKPACKER or RIVER RUNNER for your gear or clothing needs. For top men’s brands like Oxxford, Castangia and H. Freeman, stop by BP SKINNER CLOTHIERS. Treat yourself at PURA WELLNESS or GLOWOUT SALON.

FOOD & DRINK The shrimp & grits at BLUE MARLIN on Lincoln Street are one of the most coveted menu items in town. ExperienceColumbiaSC.com

Tapas bar GERVAIS & VINE has one of the best wine lists in town. For a rare rooftop view of the Vista, head to CAROLINA ALE HOUSE. Recent additions to the Vista include VISTA UNION, TIN LIZZY’S TAQUERIA & CANTINA and the popular GRILL MARKS, known for its Angus burgers and shakes. M VISTA and M GRILLE serve deliciously creative Asian fusion cuisine and sushi. Other popular spots include COLA’S, LIBERTY TAP ROOM and PEARLZ OYSTER BAR. For an after-dinner dessert, check out NONNAH’S, KAMINSKY’S or CUPCAKE.

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FIVE POINTS DRIP

WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL Columbia is ranked the No. 3 college town in the country by Livability.com, and Five Points is one of the reasons. This eclectic, bustling district buzzes with the energy generated by visitors from the nearby University of South Carolina. In the daytime, students and professionals occupy the area’s mix of coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants. At night, the area’s bars and clubs get busy. Also close to the tree-lined streets and bungalows of Shandon.

DON’T MISS The FIVE POINTS FOUNTAIN is the focal point of the popular FIVE AFTER FIVE concert series, which runs April through August and features live music, food and craft beer. The fountain is also an attraction in its own right, offering a place to relax with ice cream or coffee.

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The sculpted steel HOOTIE MONUMENT documents the exploits of the homegrown band Hootie & the Blowfish, which played Five Points bars for years before breaking big in 1994. Hootie singer Darius Rucker has gone on to a successful country music career. The ST. PAT’S IN FIVE POINTS festival is one of the Southeast’s largest annual St. Patrick’s Day events, regularly drawing 40,000 people each spring. SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN’S BARBERING CO. and BOMBSHELL BEAUTY STUDIO are local treasures for the fashion-forward.

LIFESTYLE Five Points has several apartment and condo options for students, including the new 660-bed STATION AT FIVE POINTS and PARK CIRCLE at Maxcy Gregg Park. Nearby Shandon serves as home to many professionals and university professors. ExperienceColumbiaSC.com


ST. PAT’S IN FIVE POINTS

SHOPPING Among Five Points’ many charming clothing boutiques are BOHEMIAN, REVENTE and PETAL, all on Saluda Avenue. LOOSE LUCY’S is a magnet for Grateful Dead and Phish fans, while NATURAL VIBRATIONS caters to the reggae crowd and HIP-WA-ZEE offers vintage clothing and costumes for all occasions. The PORTFOLIO ART GALLERY has been selling handmade American crafts for 30 years. PAPA JAZZ is a small record store with an international reputation. BLUETILE SKATESHOP is a haven for local skate culture.

FOOD & DRINK For a view above Five Points and upscale, reimagined Southern classics, head to SALUDA’S.

MR. FRIENDLY’S is a popular bistro serving New Southern cuisine at reasonable prices. For barbecue, head to SOUTHERN BELLY. PUBLICO serves up fusion cuisine, tacos and craft beer. A landmark since 1978, YESTERDAYS serves hearty Southern fare. Alton Brown loves the thoughtfully conceived menu at RISE GOURMET GOODS & BAKE SHOP. BLUE CACTUS specializes in KoreanSouthwestern cuisine, while BAAN SAWAN serves innovative Thai food. The GOURMET SHOP on Saluda Avenue offers sidewalk dining and an extensive cafe menu. Classic sandwich shop GROUCHO’S was founded by Harold “Groucho” Miller in 1941. SCOOPY DOO serves up small-batch, locally sourced gelato and sorbetto.

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DEVINE / ROSEWOOD COCK N’ BULL PUB

WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL Situated on either side of the popular Shandon neighborhood, Devine Street and Rosewood Drive offer everything from charming upscale boutiques to fresh local dining and nightlife spots. Living options range from historic bungalows to apartments, condos and new home construction.

DON’T MISS A DEVINE NIGHT OUT is the premiere holiday shopping event for the Devine Street area each November. CRAFT & DRAFT on Devine Street offers a tastefully chosen selection of craft beer on-site, in growlers or by the bottle. EGGS UP GRILL is the go-to breakfast spot in this part of town. THE CRESCENT OLIVE on Devine Street is a neat spot for aged balsamic vinegars and premium olive oils. For classic fashion and exquisite service, make sure to visit BRITTONS.

POUT offers a well-curated selection of sought-after beauty products. The ROSEWOOD CRAWFISH FESTIVAL attracts thousands of attendees for food, drink and music each May. MIDWOOD SMOKEHOUSE serves up delicious barbecue at CROSS HILL MARKET. When summer hits Columbia, treat yourself to shaved ice at PELICAN’S SNOBALLS. Natural health food store ROSEWOOD MARKET has been serving Columbia since long before organic became chic. The KRAKEN GASTROPUB and the COCK N’ BULL PUB, both on Rosewood Drive, are among the top spots in town to grab a beer or catch a soccer game. Where do the locals eat? DANO’S PIZZA, PIZZA MAN and ROCKAWAY ATHLETIC CLUB are popular mainstays on Rosewood Drive. For the classic burger-and-shake experience, head to ROSEWOOD DAIRY BAR.

LAROQUE on Devine Street is a homegrown success story in modern Southern women’s fashion.

TALLULAH offers a mix of classic French and modern American styles, with a menu reflecting the distinct regions of South Carolina.

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FOREST ACRES ROSSO

WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL Nestled on the eastern border of the City of Columbia, Forest Acres is known as a city within a city. You’ll find tree-lined streets, neighborhood parks and topnotch shopping destinations.

DON’T MISS TRENHOLM PLAZA in Forest Acres is one of the most popular retail spots in the Columbia area, with anchor retailers such as J. CREW and ANTHROPOLOGIE along with boutique grocery store THE FRESH MARKET, upscale Italian restaurant ROSSO, and small shops like MACK HOME, GWEN RAWLS SHOES and IVY & LEO. CROSS HILL MARKET, on Fort Jackson Boulevard near Forest Acres, is anchored by WHOLE FOODS and houses the popular Charleston-based BASIL THAI restaurant. ROOFTOP RHYTHMS is a familyfriendly concert series held on top of Richland Mall. ExperienceColumbiaSC.com

FOREST ACRES’ FARMERS MARKET runs April through October at Richland Mall. Held each May, the FOREST ACRES FESTIVAL offers everything from magic shows and petting zoos to live music, arts and crafts and food from local restaurants. COLUMBIA CHILDREN’S THEATRE presents kid-friendly shows at Richland Mall. With two water slides, a lazy river and a 10,000-square-foot family pool, the enormous PALMETTO FALLS WATER PARK, at Fort Jackson off Forest Drive, is a great spot for the family during summer months. Open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays; call 803-7515812 for details.

LIFESTYLE Located near FORT JACKSON, Forest Acres is home to a wide-ranging mix of residents, from young professionals and growing families to empty nesters and retirees. COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide 31


CAYCE CONGAREE RIVER

WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL With just 15,000 residents, the small city of Cayce boxes above its weight, serving as home to the SCANA Corporation and featuring the Cayce Riverwalk, with miles of pathways along the Congaree River.

DON’T MISS The CAYCE RIVERWALK features lighted paths, playgrounds and scenic overlooks. If you’d like to get out on the river rather than just walk along it, ADVENTURE CAROLINA can get you going. The CAYCE HISTORICAL MUSEUM looks back at the first European settlement in Midlands; exhibits include a replica trading post from the mid1700s. The TIMMERMAN TRAIL, built by the the nearby SCANA Corporation, begins just west of the 12th Street extension near I-77. The paved trail offers views 32 COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide

of the CONGAREE CREEK and area wildlife. The beautiful CAYCE TENNIS CENTER not only houses tennis courts, but also a state-of-the-art gym. Attracts tennis tournaments throughout the year. The annual TARTAN DAY SOUTH festival is a fun-filled celebration of Celtic culture, with music, food, games and more. Known for its ribeye, THE KINGSMAN restaurant is a local treasure. Held each fall, the CONGAREE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL brings top regional performers. Known for the Civil War’s Battle of Congaree Creek, Cayce’s history also stretches much further back. That’s why the city is developing the 12,000 YEAR HISTORY PARK that will commemorate the earliest known presence of Native Americans in the area. Tours of the nascent park are available through PALMETTO OUTDOORS. ExperienceColumbiaSC.com


WEST COLUMBIA CAFÉ STRUDEL

WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL West Columbia, with 16,000 residents, has its own riverwalk, as well as the popular Riverwalk Amphitheater. Known for its many antique spots and eclectic, locally owned shops.

DON’T MISS The WEST COLUMBIA RIVERWALK AMPHITHEATER hosts the popular Rhythm on the River concert series. The amphitheater links directly to the riverwalk, a favorite local recreation spot. West Columbia has several shopping areas, including State Street, Triangle City and Meeting Street. On State Street, you’ll find time-honored heirlooms at the OLD MILL ANTIQUE MALL; art, jewelry and gifts at GALLERY WEST; and contemporary eyewear at FRAME OF MIND. Triangle City is home to SCRATCH N’ SPIN RECORDS, TRI CITY MUSIC and the incredible TRUE BBQ. Meeting Street offers the 763 MEETING STREET ANTIQUE MALL and MEETING STREET INTERIORS. The SOUTH CAROLINA FARMERS MARKET offers fresh farm products, ExperienceColumbiaSC.com

plus a restaurant and bakery, and occasional entertainment. NEWFANGLED CONSIGNMENTS at 351 Meeting St. across the road from Terra and Al’s Upstairs at the site of a former Gulf gas station. This renovated 1,600-square-foot space is filled with furniture, art, a variety of home furnishings and unique jewelry lines. If you want some rock ‘n’ roll, West Columbia boasts the area’s longestrunning club, NEW BROOKLAND TAVERN. CAFÉ STRUDEL is a popular casual restaurant known for its eclectic décor and creative cuisine. TERRA is one of the region’s finest restaurants. Known for its giant, iconic ice cream cone, ZESTO has been a favorite spot for old-school burgers and soft-serve ice cream since 1949. For classic Southern cooking, make it a point to visit COMPTON’S KITCHEN. For classic Southern bluegrass, head to BILL’S MUSIC SHOP & PICKIN’ PARLOR. COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide 33


NORTHEAST

KIKI’S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES

WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL Once a rural area, the Northeast is now an expansive region of thriving retail, reasonably priced homes and good schools.

DON’T MISS The VILLAGE AT SANDHILL is a 300acre retail and residential development featuring top national retailers — including LOFT, GYMBOREE, OLD NAVY and WORLD MARKET — and a steady stream of outdoor events. SESQUICENTENNIAL STATE PARK offers 1,419 acres of recreation, including a 30-acre lake surrounded by trails, campsites and picnic areas. “Building the future from the past” is the motto of the SPARKLEBERRY COUNTRY FAIR, and the annual festival lives up to it, serving as an important reminder of the area’s agricultural past. Held in April.

The SANDHILL FARMERS MARKET on Clemson Road, open each Tuesday afternoon from May through November, draws farmers from throughout the region offering fresh produce, meat, honey, plants, baked goods and more. If you’re looking for fine dining in the Northeast, look to SOLSTICE KITCHEN & WINE BAR, which offers seasonally changing and beautifully prepared New American cuisine. BIG T BAR-B-CUE on Sparkleberry Lane and LITTLE PIGS on Alpine Road serve up some of the best barbecue in town. Chicken and waffles is a Southern favorite, and KIKI’S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES serves them up to perfection. If you like original ethnic foods, Decker Boulevard is a good bet. With its proximity to Fort Jackson, the area supports Vietnamese cuisine at PHO VIET, Korean at ARIRANG and more. Yes, you can find craft beer in the Northeast: Check out RANDOM TAP.

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LEXINGTON KEG COWBOY

WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL Lexington County, just west of the City of Columbia, has transformed in the past several decades from a rural area into a thriving region. The presence of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport makes the county a gateway to the entire Columbia area.

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Get a taste of Lexington’s agricultural roots — including its delicious collards, the state vegetable — at THE FARMER’S SHED. Located in the SHOPPES AT FLIGHT DECK, ARKOS MOJO GRILL AND MARTINI BAR breaks away from the norm with its sophisticated menu and cocktails.

The Town of Lexington features a charming downtown shopping district.

New dining spot THE ROOT CELLAR serves up contemporary meals with Southern origins.

The brand new 900-seat ICEHOUSE AMPHITHEATRE is part of a downtown revitalization project also bringing new retail and restaurants.

Enjoy craft beer at the OLD MILL BREWPUB or KRAFTY DRAFT BREWPUB.

GIBSON POND offers 15 acres to have a picnic or take a nature walk. Get a taste of local wine with a tour of the MERCER HOUSE ESTATE WINERY. Catch a baseball game with the popular LEXINGTON COUNTY BLOWFISH, part of the summer collegiate Coastal Plain League. Thirty-six historic structures document the county’s history at the LEXINGTON COUNTY MUSEUM. ExperienceColumbiaSC.com

Located in downtown Lexington, KEG COWBOY serves up specialty craft beers and offers a sophisticated and creative menu.

LIFESTYLE With one of the fastest-growing populations in the state, Lexington offers reasonably priced lifestyles ranging from suburbs and small towns to open farmland and lake life.

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LAKE MURRAY & CHAPIN LAKE MURRAY

WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL Often called the Jewel of South Carolina, Lake Murray is a major recreation area with more than 500 miles of shoreline situated just a few miles northwest of downtown Columbia. Offers sailing, fishing, pontoon tours, paddle boarding, water skiing, camping, picnic spots and much more.

DON’T MISS Lake Murray hosts several popular annual events, including a FOURTH OF JULY BOAT PARADE (followed by fireworks), the DRIFT JAM FESTIVAL (music on the lake) and the STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD CLASSIC. Also hosts major fishing tournaments. Enjoy the natural beauty of the lake with a ride on THE SPIRIT OF LAKE MURRAY, a dinner cruise yacht. The small town of Chapin, popularly known as the capital of Lake Murray, features a variety of shops galleries 36 COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide

and restaurants; its annual LABOR DAY FESTIVAL is a signature event throughout the region. The dam at the southern tip of the lake and DREHER ISLAND STATE PARK are popular recreation areas. LIBERTY ON THE LAKE, RUSTY ANCHOR and the FRAYED KNOT BAR & GRILL are inviting spots for dining on Lake Murray, all offering waterfront views. In the heart of downtown Chapin, the TIPSY TOAD TAVERN offers a warm pub atmosphere, an impressive beer list and a menu ranging from burgers and quesadillas to ribeye.

LIFESTYLE There are many options for those looking for a home on or near the lake, including lots to build on, small cottages and new construction at a wide variety of price ranges.

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HARBISON & IRMO SALUDA SHOALS PARK

WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL A big draw in the Harbison & Irmo area is its extensive retail sector, including the Columbiana Centre indoor mall, as well as movie theaters and restaurants. There are beautiful natural attractions here, too, including Saluda Shoals Park and Harbison State Forest.

DON’T MISS No matter what you need shoppingwise, you’re likely to find it along Harbison Boulevard or Bower Parkway, including big names like NORDSTROM RACK and DICK’S SPORTING GOODS. COLUMBIANA CENTRE, on Harbison, features 820,000 square feet of retail space. Nearby on Fernandina Road is a brand new COSTCO. Situated on 270 acres downstream from the Lake Murray Dam, SALUDA SHOALS PARK features canoe and kayak trips, nature hikes, biking trails, fishing spots and more. ExperienceColumbiaSC.com

The 2,177 acres of HARBISON STATE FOREST make it one of the largest public green spaces within city limits in the eastern United States. Features more than 16 miles of roads and trails; especially popular for biking. One of the area’s biggest annual events is the IRMO OKRA STRUT, which features a parade, live music and an okra-eating contest. The 400-seat HARBISON THEATRE at Midlands Technical College is one of the region’s cultural gems, offering everything from symphonic performances to touring comedians.

LIFESTYLE Known as the gateway to Lake Murray, the 12,000-resident Town of Irmo is located not just close to the lake, but also just 10 minutes from downtown Columbia, giving it easy proximity to both water-based recreational activities and the robust offerings of the downtown area. COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide 37


NORTH MAIN THE WAR MOUTH

WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL Encompassing a diverse swath of Columbia north of Elmwood Avenue — including the town of Eau Claire, which merged with Columbia in 1955 — the North Main area is home to beautiful historic neighborhoods, several institutions of higher education and a major development-in-progress at Bull Street.

DON’T MISS The brand new SPIRIT COMMUNICATIONS PARK is home to the minor-league Columbia Fireflies and the anchor of the 180-acre BullStreet development, long one of the largest tracts of undeveloped land in a downtown metro area in the country. Spurred along by streetscaping and private investment, the North Main area is in the midst of a renaissance, with popular locally themed restaurant THE WAR MOUTH, the creative and delicious LAMB’S BREAD VEGAN CAFÉ and the nearby VINO GARAGE leading the way. Home grown and family-owned CAROLINA KERNELS creates small 38 COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide

batch gourmet popcorn in unique flavors. MAIN STREET BAKERY serves lunch and a dozen different cakes, whole and by the slice, while 1950s-themed CHICKADEES DINER offers creative takes on breakfast and lunch classics. The historic EAU CLAIRE TOWN HALL, a brick building that includes a fourstory tower, sits at the intersection of North Main Street and Monticello Road. The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The North Main area is home to the LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SOUTHERN SEMINARY, COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY, BEN LIPPEN SCHOOL (pre-K to 12th grade) and COLUMBIA COLLEGE, a women’s college affiliated with the Methodist Church and founded in 1854. CAROLINA IMPORTS, in the Trestle Building on North Main Street, carries beautiful handmade wood furniture and accessories. Next door, CLASSICAL GLASS OF SOUTH CAROLINA makes stained glass windows that can be found in churches throughout the world; stop in to see how they’re made. ExperienceColumbiaSC.com


LOWER RICHLAND CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK

WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL An area of rich cultural history and natural resources, Lower Richland is home to Congaree National Park, historical sites, military facilities and several major employers. More than half its land is used for farming and timber.

DON’T MISS CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK is South Carolina’s only national park and boasts the largest old-growth floodplain forest in North America. Activities include hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking, nature walks and more. COTTLE STRAWBERRY FARM in Hopkins is open to the public each spring for strawberry picking. SERCO (South East Rural Community Outreach, sercosc.org) leads tours of the LOWER RICHLAND HERITAGE CORRIDOR, with stops at key churches and other sites. Popular annual events include SWAMPFEST and the LOWER RICHLAND SWEET POTATO FESTIVAL. ExperienceColumbiaSC.com

WAVERING PLACE PLANTATION features a bed and breakfast and is a popular wedding venue. Built in the late 19th century, the HARRIET BARBER HOUSE is associated with the South Carolina Land Commission, a unique attempt by a Southern state to give freedmen a chance to own land. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, GOODWILL PLANTATION was first developed around 1795; among the site’s buildings are a blacksmith shop and slave cabins. COOK’S MOUNTAIN is the highest point in this low-lying area. Military installations include FORT JACKSON (the Army’s largest basic training facility), the MCCRADY TRAINING CENTER (part of Fort Jackson) and the MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE. If you’re looking for Southern comfort food, try MR. BUNKY’S RESTAURANT AND MARKET. For barbecue, you won’t want to miss BIG T BAR-B-CUE. COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide 39


SHOPPING IVY & LEO AT TRENHOLM PLAZA

Columbia is home to many shopping options. In addition to retailers covered in the Districts section (page 22), there are several malls and open-air shopping centers.

MALLS AND OPEN-AIR CENTERS COLUMBIA PLACE MALL 7201 Two Notch Rd., 803-788-4678 columbiaplacemall.com

Home to many popular shops, including Sears, Bath & Body Works, Burlington Coat Factory and the only Macy’s in Columbia.

COLUMBIANA CENTRE 100 Columbiana Cir, 803-732-6255 columbianacentre.com

Located in the prime shopping area of Harbison, Columbiana Centre is anchored by Dillard’s, Belk and JCPenney. Among its many other tenants are Hot Topic, Banana Republic and Williams-Sonoma.

CROSS HILL MARKET 4305 Fort Jackson Blvd., 803-775-3462 facebook.com/CrossHillMarket

Whole Foods anchors this center, which also includes specialty stores and popular restaurants such as Midwood Smokehouse, Taziki’s and Basil Thai.

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KILLIANS CROSSING I-77 & Killian Road,, 803-254-2300 killianscrossing.com

Columbia’s newest shopping complex, anchored by Kroger Marketplace.

SHOPPES AT WOODHILL 6090 Garners Ferry Rd., 803-775-3462 edens.com/centers/SC/Columbia/ Shoppes-at-Woodhill

Located just minutes from downtown Columbia and Interstate 77, this openair retail powerhouse offers a vibrant retail mixture including Target, World Market, as well as Starbucks, MOD Pizza, Panera Bread and more.

TRENHOLM PLAZA 4840 Forest Drive, 803-775-3462 facebook.com/TrenholmPlaza

Trenholm Plaza is a top shopping destination, featuring major retail anchors such as J. Crew, Anthropologie and Publix, along with boutiques such as Gwen Rawls and Ivy & Leo, fine dining at Rosso Trattoria and speciality foods at The Fresh Market.

VILLAGE AT SANDHILL 481-2 Town Center Pl. (at Two Notch Road and Clemson Parkway), 803-419-0235 villageatsandhill.com

An expansive lifestyle center in Columbia’s Northeast, the Village at Sandhill features Sandhill Cinema 16, LOFT, Belk, Sephora, Jos. A. Bank, Academy Sports+Outdoors, Ulta Beauty, JCPenney, Books-A-Million and other local and national specialty stores and restaurants. ExperienceColumbiaSC.com


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AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONUMENT

AFRICANAMERICAN HERITAGE AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONUMENT The first of its kind on any of the nation’s State House grounds, this 12-panel sculpture tells the rich history of African-Americans and their contributions to South Carolina from arrival in Charleston to the 21st century. (803) 734-2430 1100 Gervais St., Columbia discoversouthcarolina.com/ products/3783

BIG APPLE Built as the House of Peace Synagogue in 1915, it became an African-American dance hall in 1936, where the Big Apple dance craze started. Now popular for events, receptions, ballroom dancing and more. (803) 518-6147 1000 Hampton St., Columbia bigappledance.com

COLUMBIA SC 63 WALKING TOUR Columbia has a rich but littleknown civil rights history that includes three major cases

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that went to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Columbia SC 63 walking tour begins at Main & Gervais streets and continues up Main Street toward Elmwood Avenue. Wayside signs tell the story of State House protests, lunch counter sit-ins and the precedentsetting public bus lawsuit involving Sarah Mae Fleming. Various Locations columbiasc63.com

HARRIET BARBER HOUSE Built on land purchased in 1872 by former slaves Samuel and Harriet Barber, the home is significant for its association with the S.C. Land Commission, which was established in 1869 as a unique attempt by a Southern state to give freedmen the opportunity to own land. (803) 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 Rev. Mark G. Johnson (1876-1921), Ladson became a center for religion, education

and community service. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. (803) 765-9192 1720 Sumter St., Columbia ladsonpres.org

MANN-SIMONS SITE Located on the northeast corner of Richland and Marion streets within the heart of downtown, this property was the home, workplace, spiritual center and a source of pride for members of the same African-American family from 1843 through 1970. Recently reopened after extensive renovations. (803) 252-1770 1403 Richland St., Columbia historiccolumbia.org

MODJESKA MONTEITH SIMKINS HOUSE Home to South Carolina civil rights matriarch Modjeska Monteith Simkins from 1932 until her death in 1992, this one-story cottage was used for lodging and as a meeting space for local and national civil rights leaders and NAACP lawyers such as Thurgood Marshall during a time when blacks were excluded from city hotels. (803) 252-1770 2025 Marion St., Columbia historiccolumbia.org

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HAMPTON-PRESTON MANSION AND GARDENS

RANDOLPH CEMETERY Founded by local AfricanAmerican leaders in 1871, Randolph Cemetery is the first cemetery established specifically for Columbia’s black community. Named in honor of Benjamin A. Randolph, a member of the Reconstruction-era General Assembly who was assassinated in Abbeville in 1868. Adjacent to Elmwood Cemetery, Columbia historicrandolphcemetery.org

HISTORIC BETHEL AME Bethel AME Church was built in 1921 by James Anderson Lankford, the first registered African-American architect in the United States. Building is not accessible for tours. (803) 733-5634 1247 Sumter St., Columbia

SERCO The South East Rural Community Outreach organization leads tours of the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor, which includes the Harriet Barber House, Congaree National Park, Kensington Mansion and more. Also organizes the annual Swampfest. info@serco-sc.org, sercosc.org

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 them opportunities for higher education. Roughly bounded by Hampton, Harden, Laurel and Oak streets, Columbia nationalregister.sc.gov/ richland/S10817740098

ZION BAPTIST CHURCH Oldest African-American Baptist Church in Columbia, originally founded in the basement of a house on the corner of Hampton and Gadsden Streets in 1861. Served as a hub of local civil rights movement. (803) 779-2809 801 Washington St., Columbia zion-baptist-church.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. (803) 376-5700 1530 Harden St., Columbia allenuniversity.edu

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BENEDICT COLLEGE Founded in 1870, Benedict College has the second-largest undergraduate enrollment among private S.C. highereducation institutions. In 2011, the college received the National Civic Engagement Award from The Washington Center; it has also been named one of the top 100 institutions in the nation graduating AfricanAmerican scholars by Diverse Magazine. Annual economic impact of $106.7 million. (803) 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, it is the 11th oldest women’s college in the United States. Among those artists who have taught at Columbia College is Georgia O’Keeffe. (800) 277-1301 1301 Columbia College Dr., Columbia, columbiasc.edu

COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY Columbia International University educates people from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ. Accredited undergraduate, graduate

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ENTERTAINMENT VENUES

(803) 754-4100 7435 Monticello Rd., Columbia ciu.edu

BILL’S MUSIC SHOP & PICKIN’ PARLOR

LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SOUTHERN SEMINARY / LENOIR RHYNE UNIVERSITY A seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University. One of the oldest seminaries in North America and a fully accredited graduate school of theology. (803) 786-5150 4201 North Main St., Columbia ltss.lr.edu

MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE Comprehensive two-year college offering more than 100 programs of study designed to give students hands-on skills. Six campuses serving the Midlands. (803) 738-8324 316 S. Beltline Blvd., 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. Ranked the No. 27 state flagship university in the country and the No. 49 public university. (803) 777-0169 945 Bull St., Columbia sc.edu

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Specializing in acoustic stringed instruments with bluegrass jam sessions on Fridays and classic country jamborees on Saturdays. (803) 796-6477 710 Meeting St., West Columbia billsmusicshop.com

LE CAFÉ JAZZ Operated by the Skipp Pearson Jazz Foundation, offers a bistro menu and live jazz. Pearson is the official ambassador of jazz music for South Carolina. (803) 400-1879 930 Laurel St. (edge of Finlay Park), Columbia skpfoundation.org

COLONIAL LIFE ARENA With 18,000 seats, this is the largest arena in South Carolina and presents major concert acts, Cirque du Soleil shows and more, and serves as the home of University of South Carolina basketball. (803) 576-9200 801 Lincoln St., Columbia coloniallifearena.com

COLUMBIA CHILDREN’S THEATRE Founded to serve a need in the Midlands and surrounding areas of Columbia for professional live theater for young audiences. (803) 691-4548 3400 Forest Dr., Columbia columbiachildrens theatre.com

COLUMBIA MARIONETTE THEATRE Entertaining the children and families of South Carolina through the unique art of puppetry. Shows at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays. (803) 252-7366 401 Laurel St., Columbia cmtpuppet.org

COMEDY HOUSE Open since 1993, the Comedy House offers great food, excellent drinks and a hilarious variety of nationally touring comedians. A great choice for a birthday, graduation or office party. (803) 798-9898 2768 Decker Blvd., Columbia comedyhouse.us

HARBISON THEATRE AT MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers world-class theater, music, dance, comedy and literary arts programs and productions that provide entertainment, education and opportunity

SKIPP PEARSON S.C. Ambassador of Jazz skpfoundation.org My favorite place in the Capital City is anywhere and everywhere live jazz music is played. As a native, I take pride in knowing that Tuesdays through Saturdays I can enjoy the diverse cultural character offered in Columbia by Le Café Jazz, Tin Roof, Speakeasy, Pearlz, Delaney’s and Main Street Public House. COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide 43


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CITY ROOTS to professionals, learners and community members in all stages of life. (803) 407-5011 7300 College St., Irmo harbisontheatre.org

ICEHOUSE AMPHITHEATRE

schedule ranging from country and bluegrass to classical, theater, opera and dance throughout the year. (803) 276-5179 1201 McKibben St., Newberry newberryoperahouse.com

NICKELODEON THEATRE

This brand new 900-seat outdoor amphitheatre is part of the Town of Lexington’s Project Icehouse, which is a revitalization project also bringing retail and restaurants to downtown Lexington.

South Carolina’s only nonprofit, art-house theater presents top-notch independent films and hosts the nationally renowned Indie Grits Festival each April. Also offers media education programs.

107 W. Main St., Lexington lexsc.com

(803) 254-8234 1607 Main St., Columbia nickelodeon.org

KOGER CENTER FOR THE ARTS The primary venue for performing arts in the city; hosts performances from the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Columbia City Ballet and the Broadway in Columbia series. (803) 777-7500 1051 Greene St., Columbia kogercenterforthearts.com

MUSIC FARM The 1,000-person-capacity Music Farm offers a steady calendar of rock, bluegrass, country, hip-hop, EDM, blues and more. (843) 471-2779 1022 Senate St., Columbia musicfarm.com

NEWBERRY OPERA HOUSE A renovated 1881 opera house that boasts a robust

THEATRE SOUTH CAROLINA Part of the University of South Carolina Department of Theatre & Dance. Productions feature performances by student and guest actors backed by professional direction and design in three theaters: Drayton Hall, historic Longstreet Theatre and the Lab Theater, which presents cutting-edge productions. (803) 777-4288 Longstreet Theatre, Columbia artsandsciences.sc.edu/thea/

TOWN THEATRE Community theater with an emphasis on familyoriented musicals and comedies presented in the oldest community theater building in continuous use in the United States.

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(803) 799-2510 1012 Sumter St., Columbia towntheatre.com

TOWNSHIP AUDITORIUM This historic 3,122-seat auditorium presents major rock, blues, and R&B artists, as well as comedy, gospel plays and more. (803) 576-2350 1703 Taylor St., Columbia thetownship.org

TRUSTUS THEATRE The Columbia region’s award-winning professional theater presents a wide range of works, from cuttingedge contemporary works to popular musicals. Located in the historic Congaree Vista. (803) 254-9732 520 Lady St., Columbia trustus.org

VILLAGE SQUARE THEATRE Presents musicals, comedies and more to Lexingtonarea audiences. (803) 359-1436 105 Caughman Rd., Lexington villagesquaretheatre.com

WORKSHOP THEATRE Founded in 1967, Workshop is a creative hub for many of the area’s actors, directors and technicians. All shows at 701 Whaley. (803) 799-4876 701 Whaley St., Columbia workshoptheatre.com

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FARMERS MARKETS CAYCE FARMERS MARKET Open from March to the first week of January with seasonal fruits, vegetables, jams, jellies, fudge, honey, boiled peanuts and decorations from local farmers. (803) 791-1009 2329 Charleston Hwy., Cayce

CITY ROOTS In the heart of lower Rosewood, City Roots is a working urban farm. Hosts a farmers market each Thursday, as well as classes, volunteer opportunities, parties and other events. (803) 254-2302 1005 Airport Blvd., Columbia cityroots.org

COTTLE STRAWBERRY FARM Great-tasting strawberries you can pick by the basket. Open every spring. (803) 695-1714 2533 Trotter Rd,. Columbia cottlestrawberryfarm.com

THE FARMERS SHED Family owned produce market and restaurant once featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Fruits, vegetables, jams, flowers, pickles, cheese, gift baskets, grits, homestyle meals, corn maze (seasonal), SC-specialty products. Open year-round. (803) 996-9122 2514 Augusta Hwy., Lexington farmersshed.com

JAMES R. SEASE FARMS INC. Fresh strawberries available April and May. Peaches and mixed vegetables available June through mid-August. Call ahead. (803) 359-3276 Hwy 1, Gilbert

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EDVENTURE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

LAKE CAROLINA FARMERS MARKET Fresh fruits, vegetables, freerange meats, flowers/plants, baked goods, honey, organics, farm-fresh eggs, cheese and more at Lake Carolina Town Center. Open Thursdays 3 to 7 p.m., May through October; check website for seasonal openings and closings. (803) 873-8337 Lake Carolina Town Center, Columbia, facebook.com/ lakecarolinafarmersmarket

SANDHILL FARMERS MARKET Popular market across from the Village at Sandhill. Fresh local produce, meat, poultry, eggs, butter, milk, cheese, honey, plants, flowers, shrubs, and baked goods. Many products are organic. Open Tuesdays from 2:30 to 7 p.m., May through November. (803) 699-3187 900 Clemson Rd., Columbia clemson.edu/public/rec/ sandhill/programs/market/

SODA CITY MARKET Food, produce and craft vendors set up shop in the heart of downtown Main Street each Saturday (rain or shine). Open

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; rain location is the Taylor Street Garage.

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1400-1500 blocks of Main St., Columbia, sodacitysc.com

CHESNUT COTTAGE BED & BREAKFAST

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE FARMERS MARKET Consumers can shop year round for fresh produce, specialty products, and artisan items. The peak season for locally grown produce runs from April through early October. Climatecontrolled retail building houses a restaurant and more. Open Mon-Sat 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sun noon to 6 p.m. (803) 737-4664 3483 Charleston Hwy., West Columbia facebook.com/ scfarmersmarket

TOWN OF LEXINGTON’S FARMERS MARKET Farmer and local artisan market located at Lexington Square Park on downtown Lexington’s Main Street. Supports local production and healthy eating. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, May through September (check website for exact dates). (803) 356-8238 205 E. Main St., Lexington lex-sc.com

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The wartime home of Confederate Gen. James Chesnut and his wife, Mary Boykin Chesnut, author of Diary from Dixie. Confederate President Jefferson Davis visited in 1864. Tours by appointment. (803) 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. (803) 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

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ENSOR KEENAN HOUSE A delightful, historic, postCivil War structure centered on eight acres blanketed with gorgeous oaks. Great venue for small private functions, garden parties, large group entertaining and more. Call for tour information. (803) 733-8510 801 Wildwood Ave., Columbia

EQUITABLE ARCADE BUILDING Columbia’s first indoor shopping center was constructed in 1912. Serves as the home of several retail outlets, restaurants and artists’ studios. Listed on National Register of Historic Places. 1332 Main Street/ 1216 Washington St., Columbia

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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. (803) 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. (803) 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 since 9/11/01. 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia facebook.com/ firstrespondersmemorial

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. (803) 699-2246 4170 Percival Rd., Columbia cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/ ftjackson.asp

HAMPTON-PRESTON MANSION & GARDENS Built in 1818, the HamptonPreston Mansion is one of Columbia’s oldest remaining historic houses. Guided historic House Museum tours offered Tuesday through Sunday.

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SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HOUSE Tickets available in the Museum Shop at 1616 Blanding Street. (803) 252-1770 1615 Blanding St., Columbia historiccolumbia.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 Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets available in the Museum Shop at 1616 Blanding St. (803) 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. Serves as the office of Historic Columbia and is one of the city’s most popular venues for wedding festivities, corporate meetings, holiday parties and other special occasions. (803) 252-7742 1601 Richland St., Columbia historiccolumbia.org

SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR’S MANSION

Some materials are off-site due to renovations; call for details.

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. Reservations required. Free.

(803) 777-3131 USC Horseshoe, Columbia library.sc.edu/p/Collections/ SCL

(803) 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 tours available Monday through Saturday; call to reserve a spot. (803) 734-2430 1100 Gervais St., Columbia scstatehouse.gov, southcarolinaparks.com

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.

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ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH This stunning renovated church won a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects; it is the oldest Catholic Church in the Midlands. Call to arrange free group tours. (803) 779-0036 1529 Assembly St., Columbia visitstpeters.org

ST. TIMOTHY’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH Located across the street from Governor’s Mansion in the historic Arsenal Hill District, St. Timothy’s has often been called the “church of the governors.” Originally established in 1892, the present Gothic-style sanctuary was completed in 1913. In 2008, Beckham Garden won the Columbia’s Choice Award in 2008 for Reclamation / Reuse of the Land. 900 Calhoun St., Columbia 803-765-1519 sainttimothyscolumbia.com

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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA HORSESHOE

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.

Listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites, the USC Horseshoe features fully restored 19th-century buildings among beautiful gardens and century-old trees. Robert Mills, the nation’s first federal architect, appointed by President Andrew Jackson, designed several buildings there, as well as the Maxcy Monument, named for the first president of the college, Jonathan Maxcy.

(803) 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.

(803) 777-0169 Four city blocks between Bull and Sumter streets, Columbia sc.edu

(803) 771-7300 1100 Sumter St., Columbia trinitysc.org

Built in 1872, the current structure replaced the church that was destroyed in Gen. Sherman’s burning of Columbia

WASHINGTON STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

on Feb. 17, 1865. Please call for tour information. (803) 256-2417 1401 Washington St., Columbia wsmethodist.org

WOODROW WILSON FAMILY HOME Built by his parents in 1871, the nation’s 28th president spent four years of his youth living here with his family. Newly renovated, the home reopened in February 2014 and tells the story of Reconstruction in Columbia and Richland County. Tickets available in the museum shop at 1616 Blanding St. (803) 252-1770 1705 Hampton St., Columbia historiccolumbia.org

Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens

Discover Columbia’s History Mann-Simons Site

House tours offered Tuesday - Sunday. Visit historiccolumbia.org or call 803.252.1770 to learn more.

Woodrow Wilson Family Home

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Robert Mills House & Gardens

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MUSEUMS & LEARNING CENTERS 701 CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART Visual arts center that promotes the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community via its gallery and artist-in-residence program. Also encourages interaction between visual arts and other art forms. (803) 779-4571 701 Whaley St., Columbia 701cca.org

CAYCE HISTORICAL MUSEUM The museum interprets the architectural, social and cultural heritage of Old SaxeGotha, Granby, Cayce and

West Columbia areas with exhibits depicting periods of Colonial trade, Indians, agricultural development and transportation. (803) 739-5385 1800 12th St., Cayce cityofcayce-sc.gov/ museum.asp

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. (803) 545-3700 1800 Laurel St., Columbia columbiasouthcarolina.com/ fire-museum.html

COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART South Carolina’s premier international art museum. Find Botticelli, Monet and

Celebrating

Chihuly all under one roof in the heart of downtown Columbia. Offers high-quality touring exhibitions, a strong permanent collection and numerous programs and events, including Arts & Draughts and the Chamber on Main series. (803) 799-2810 1515 Main St., Columbia columbiamuseum.org

EDVENTURE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM The South’s largest children’s museum. The 92,000-squarefoot facility houses nine worldclass exhibit galleries, a library, learning laboratories, 350 individual hands-on exhibits and the world’s largest child, Eddie. (803) 779-3100 211 Gervais St., Columbia edventure.org

LEXINGTON COUNTY MUSEUM A seven-acre complex of 30 18th- and 19th-century buildings

Visit the oldest history museum in the state to discover and explore South Carolina’s military history from the Revolutionary War to the present. The SC Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum offers the unique opportunity to learn about the state’s distinguished martial tradition. Courtesy Russell S. Wolfe, Jr.

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MCKISSICK MUSEUM Located at the head of the University’s historic Horseshoe, featuring changing exhibitions of art, science and regional history and folk art. Permanent collections include Natural Curiosity and the Baruch Silver Collection. (803) 777-7251 USC Horseshoe, Columbia artsandsciences.sc.edu/ mckissickmuseum

RICHLAND LIBRARY Spectacular 242,000square-foot-main library, recently renovated to include creative spaces and community meeting rooms. The Children’s Room is highlighted by a whimsical, 46-foot mural and two freestanding figures from Maurice Sendak’s picture book classic, Where the Wild Things Are. Features a Teen Center and a Business and Job Center. (803) 799-9084 1431 Assembly St., Columbia richlandlibrary.com

RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN Riverbanks Zoo and Garden attracts 1 million visitors per year and is home to more than 2,000 animals; it also includes one of the nation’s most inspiring botanical gardens, with the Waterfall Junction splash pad for kids. Recent renovations have also added natural habits for California sea lions, grizzly bears and river otters. Features the Sky-High Safari ropes course, a zip line, demonstrations, rides, gift shops, restaurants and more. (803) 779-8717 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, riverbanks.org

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SC LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS HALL OF FAME

SOUTH CAROLINA MILITARY MUSEUM

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

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.

(803) 896-8199 5400 Broad River Rd., Columbia, scdps.gov/hof

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(803) 299-4440 1225 Bluff Rd., Columbia scmilitarymuseum.com

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE MUSEUM

A great resource for genealogical research. Building houses public records of the state of South Carolina, including reference room, exhibit gallery and gift shop. Meeting facilities available. (803) 896-6196 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. (803) 737-8095 301 Gervais St., Columbia crr.sc.gov

Features a 4-D theater, observatory and planetarium. 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. (803) 898-4921 301 Gervais St., Columbia scmuseum.org

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA MELTON MEMORIAL OBSERVATORY The observatory offers views of many of the night sky’s wonders. Public viewing sessions are held on clear Monday nights year-round beginning 30 minutes after sunset during Eastern Daylight

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THINGS TO DO Time and from 9 to 11 p.m. during Eastern Standard Time (803) 777-4180 1429 Greene St., Columbia physics.sc.edu/melton

PARKS & GARDENS BOTANICAL GARDEN AT RIVERBANKS ZOO The lush Botanical Garden encompasses 170 acres and includes 4,200 species of native and exotic plants in numerous themed gardens, including an Asian Garden, Old Rose Garden, Walled Garden, Shade Garden and more. Make sure to check out Waterfall Junction and, during hotter months, its Splash Zone, too. (803) 779-8717 500 Wildlife Parkway riverbanks.org

CAROLINA CHILDREN’S GARDEN Twelve themed gardens on approximately two acres of land where children can play, learn and explore. Located at the Clemson Institute for Economic & Community Development at the Sandhill Research & Education Center. (803) 333-0608 900 Clemson Rd., Columbia carolinachildrensgarden.org

CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK

including a city-sponsored summer concert series.

Just 20 minutes from Columbia, Congaree National Park is the only national park in South Carolina and encompasses almost 27,000 acres of floodplain forest with hiking, kayaking and camping opportunities. Escape the city life amid towering trees and astonishing biodiversity.

GUIGNARD PARK

(803) 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. (803) 345-6181 1098 Old Lexington Hwy., Chapin, icrc.net

DREHER ISLAND STATE PARK Located on Lake Murray, its 348 acres and 12 miles of shoreline make this an ideal place for water recreation, camping and family outings. (803) 364-4152 3677 State Park Rd., Prosperity southcarolinaparks.com/ dreherisland

FINLAY PARK An oasis in the heart of downtown Columbia featuring a walking path surrounding a large pond. Site of popular events

SALLY PEEK Owner, Nana by Sally nanabysally.com My favorite activity in Columbia is working my booth at Soda City Market every Saturday on Main Street. Reconnecting with my regular customers (and friends!) and meeting new people reenergizes me for the weekend and work week ahead. Friendly people, great food and supporting my city: What could be better?

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(803) 545-3100 930 Laurel St., Columbia columbiasc.net/ parks-recreation

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. (803) 796-9020 199 Knox Abbott Dr., Cayce cityofcayce-sc.gov/parks.asp

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. (803) 896-8890 5600 Broad River Rd., Columbia, state.sc.us/forest/ refharb.htm

MARTIN LUTHER KING PARK Community center, gymnasium, baseball diamond, beautiful water fountain, picnic tables, playground. Also site of an annual blues festival. (803) 733-8452 2300 Greene St., Columbia columbiasc.net/ parks-recreation

MAXCY GREGG PARK Located near the University of South Carolina and Five Points, this scenic treasure features a garden and creek-side walking path. Home to the Cancer Survivor’s Garden. (803) 545-3100 1806 Blossom St., Columbia scgreatoutdoors.com/parkmaxcygregg.html

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FAMOUSLY HOT NEW YEAR

MEMORIAL PARK

SALUDA SHOALS PARK

This 7-acre park in the Congaree Vista 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.

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.

(803) 545-3100 700 Hampton St., Columbia columbiasc.net/ parks-recreation

(803) 731-5208 5605 Old Bush River Rd., Columbia icrc.net/saluda-shoals-park

OWENS FIELD Riverfront SKATE PARKPark

SESQUICENTENNIAL Three PARK Rivers Greenway STATE

The Canal Embankment section A 15,000-square-foot outdoor of the Three Rivers Greenway skate park designed by Wally runs from the Gervais Street Hollyday andthe featuring a bridge near State Museum street plaza, stairs, and EdVenture areametalto the plated rails, on andthe pool bowls Canal locks Broad River. ranging in depth from 4 to 12 (803) 545-3100 3 Rivers Greenway, Columbia feet. Open to skateboards, scgreatoutdoors.com/ in-line skates and bicycles. park-riverfront.html (803) 545-3100 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd., Columbia, columbiasc.net/ parks-recreation

SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR’S MANSION GARDENS Home to some of the largest trees and to a few impressive fountains, the gardens are true to history, complete with paths of unique crushed stone. Call ahead. (803) 737-1710 800 Richland St., Columbia scgovernorsmansion.org SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HOUSE

Providing boardwalks, This 1,419-acre park is situated overlooks, bank fishing, in the middle of the Sandhills and lighted central paths region. Originally built that accommodate all by the Civilian Corps levels ofConservation physical access, in the 1930s, it features a including strollers, bicycles, and wheelchairs, along the splash pad and a beautiful Saluda, Broad and Congaree 30-acre lake surrounded by riverfronts. Dog-friendly. trails and picnic areas. Maps available on website.

(803) 788-2706 (803) 765-2200 9564 Two Notch Rd., 3 Rivers Greenway, Columbia Columbia riveralliance.org/project/threesouthcarolinaparks.com/ rivers-greenway/ sesqui/introduction.aspx

VIRGINIA HYLTON PARK West Columbia Located behind Town Hall in Riverwalk downtown Lexington, amenities Boasts outstanding fishing hot

include a paved 1,980-foot spots and beautiful views of the path, playground, special Congaree River and Columbia needs koi pond, skylineplayground, amid the tranquil sounds brook, daylily garden of water rippling over and largethree river boulders. Amphitheater covered gazebos with grills.

available for rentals. (803) 359-4164 (803) 781-1880 111 Maiden Lane, Lexington Alexander St., West Columbia lexsc.com/parks_virginia_ westcolumbiasc.gov/ hylton.htm recreation/riverwalk-parkamphitheater/

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PERFORMING ARTS

in 1961, the company presents lavishly designed productions throughout South Carolina and beyond.

BENEDICT COLLEGE GOSPEL CHOIR

(803) 799-7605 1545 Main St., Columbia columbiacityballet.com

A nationally recognized choir specializing in music from the black religious experience.

COLUMBIA CITY JAZZ DANCE COMPANY A nonprofit, pre-professional jazz dance troupe named by Dance Spirit as one of the Top 50 Companies in the United States. Brings in top guest instructors.

803-705-4525, Columbia benedict.edu

BROADWAY IN COLUMBIA Popular touring Broadway series with performances at the Koger Center for the Arts.

(803) 252-0252 550 Rivermont Dr., Columbia columbiacityjazz.com

(803) 251-2222, Columbia broadwayincolumbia.com

COLUMBIA CLASSICAL BALLET

CHAPIN THEATRE COMPANY

Provides South Carolina audiences with the experience of classical ballet, as well as select contemporary works. Actively supports the community through its annual LifeChance production and an extensive outreach program.

Presenting comedies, classics, thrillers and original works. Performances held at Harbison Theatre. (803) 240-8544, Chapin chapintheatre.org

(803) 252-9112

CAROLINA BALLET Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet is a pre-professional civic ballet company known for producing exceptional performers. Annual Nutcracker production at the Township Auditorium. (803) 771-6303 914 Pulaski St., Columbia carolinaballet.net

COLUMBIA CITY BALLET Columbia’s largest performing arts organization and the state’s premier professional ballet company. Founded

2418 Devine St., Columbia columbiaclassicalballet.com

DICK GOODWIN BIG BAND Composer, arranger and trumpeter Dick Goodwin has written hundreds of works, from jingles to operas, jazz tunes to symphonies. His band, a popular quintet, often performs at cultural events and festivals throughout the Southeast. (803) 799-8235, Columbia goodwinmusics.com

SARAH SIMMONS Chef & Owner, Rise Gourmet Goods & Bakeshop risebakeshop.com I know a lot about wine, but my beer knowledge is pretty amateur. Craft & Draft is a great place for tasting a lot of different beers. It’s the most fun educational experience in town! 54 COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide

OPERA AT USC High-caliber opera company at the University of South Carolina, one of only a handful of colleges and universities offering special training and practice for aspiring opera stage directors. (803) 777-0058, Columbia sc.edu/music/ensembles/ opera_at_usc

PALMETTO MASTERSINGERS Founded in 1981 by Árpád Darázs to promote the male chorus repertoire beyond the college walls. This 50-member group has performed at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the White House, Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral in Washington and St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. (803) 765-0777, Columbia

PALMETTO OPERA Presents professional opera to the Midlands and South Carolina. In addition to full-scale productions, presents Opera Thursday at Villa Tronco on the first Thursday of each month. (803) 776-9499, Columbia palmettoopera.org

POWER COMPANY COLLABORATIVE Contemporary dance artists committed to creative engagement through collaborations, performances, dance education and community outreach. (803) 786-3825 1301 Columbia College Dr., Columbia thepowercompany collaborative.org

SANDLAPPER SINGERS Performs the best in American choral music with performances designed to engage your mind, energize your body and inspire your spirit. (803) 381-5481, Columbia sandlappersingers.org

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THINGS TO DO SHAMELESSLY HOT Brings vaudeville and alternative circus arts to Columbia. (803) 988-1065, Columbia shamelesslyhot.com

SOUTHERN EXPOSURE NEW MUSIC SERIES

TOURS COLUMBIA BREW BUS A guided tour of Columbia’s burgeoning craft beer scene. (757) 871-8150 columbiabrewbus.com

Winner of an ASCAP award for innovative programming, this series brings world-class contemporary classical groups to the University of South Carolina School of Music. Past performers include Brooklyn Rider, So Percussion, the JACK Quartet and Alarm Will Sound.

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(803) 777-4421, Columbia sc.edu/music

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SOUTH CAROLINA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Led by dynamic conductor Morihiko Nakahara, the Philharmonic entertains, educates, enriches and excites diverse audiences throughout the Midlands and beyond with a broad range of classical repertoire. (803) 254-7445 721 Lady St., Suite B, Columbia scphilharmonic.com

SOUTH CAROLINA SHAKESPEARE COMPANY Composed 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 their talent. (803) 787-2273, Columbia shakespearesc.org

USC DANCE COMPANY Part of the University of South Carolina’s dance department, this high-quality company presents both traditional and cutting-edge choreography. (803) 777-5636 324 Sumter St., Columbia artsandsciences.sc.edu/ dance

Wayside signs tell the story of Columbia’s rich but little-known civil rights history. Various locations, most on Main Street between Gervais and Elmwood. columbiasc63.com

This walking tour features cuisine from five to seven top locally owned, downtown restaurants. Tours meet on State House steps at 1100 Gervais St. (803) 760-2618 columbiafoodtours.com

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 facade, pick up a brochure in the Columbia Regional Visitors Center. (803) 545-0002 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia columbiaconvention center.com

COLUMBIA RIVER WALK - PATHFINDERS CLUB Take a walk on Columbia’s scenic riverwalk with the UpState PathFinders Club, South Carolina’s only American Volkssport Association (AVA) club. Volksmarches (people’s walk) are leisurely walks through scenic, historic or interesting areas. (803) 315-0934 Start Point: 511 Lady St., Columbia upstatepathfinders.com

GENERAL 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. shermansmarch.com

THE GREAT FIVE POINTS LEPRECHAUN HUNT Take some time while you are in Five Points to walk around and visit with Logan, the official mascot of the St. Pat’s in Five Points festival. Visit website for clues as to where the miniature bronze art pieces are hiding around the village. (803) 748-7373 2002 Blossom St., Columbia fivepointscolumbia.com

HISTORIC CAPITAL CITY VOLKSWALK A 5k or 10k self-guided walking tour that takes you around the State House grounds, through the University of South Carolina campus, past the Governor’s Mansion and along historic sections of downtown Columbia. Departs from Columbia Regional Visitors Center. (803) 545-0002 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia

HISTORIC COLUMBIA Bus, walking and virtual tours of historic Columbia house museums as well as key city districts and sites. Heritage education programs and complete heritage packages offered. Stop by the Gift Shop at Robert Mills at 1616 Blanding St. for details. (803) 252-7742 1601 Richland St., Columbia historiccolumbia.org

SALLY SALAMANDER WALKING TOUR Stop by the Columbia Regional Visitors Center

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THINGS TO DO 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.

and bartending classes, Two Gals and a Fork provide entertaining and educational food-and-drink experiences in Columbia and Newberry.

Creek. But that’s not the only history here: Researchers have discovered Native American artifacts dating up to 12,000 years old. The site is open for tours and walks, and plans are in place to build an interpretive visitor’s center.

(803) 360-0578 twogalsfoodtours.com

(803) 545-0002 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia columbiacvb.com/ salamander

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HOUSE GROUNDS The South Carolina State House and grounds of the Capital Complex are home to many beautiful portraits, monuments, plaques and other works of art. State House tours weekdays and Saturdays. (803) 734-2430 1100 Gervais St., Columbia scstatehouse.gov

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA VISITOR CENTER

1120 Fort Congaree Trail (803) 765-2200

CAYCE RIVERWALK

Student ambassadors offer campus tours MondayFriday. You can also pick up a self-guided walking map directing you to buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and much more.

Several miles of paved and lighted paths along the west bank of the Congaree River, with picnic and seating areas along the way. Popular for walking, jogging, bicycling and observing nature.

(800) 922-9755 945 Bull St., Columbia sc.edu/visitorcenter

(803) 765-2200 Axtell Dr. and Naples Ave., Cayce, cityofcayce-sc.gov/ riverwalk.asp

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FOURTEEN MILE CREEK TRAIL

12,000 YEAR HISTORY PARK

From tasting tours and pub crawls to art walks, progressive dinners, cooking demonstrations, beer schools

A three-quarter-mile loop featuring bridges, educational kiosks and an outdoor learning center.

This site in Cayce is where Union troops claimed victory in the 1865 Battle of Congaree

(803) 359-1027 N. Lake Dr. and Old Cherokee Rd., Lexington

Sharing Famously Hot Columbia, and Newberry, one step, one bite, one morsel of history at a time!

Ed’s Editions hard to find, out of print, used and rare books

GRANBY PARK Located at the end of Catawba Street, this is the southernmost segment of the Three Rivers Greenway.

FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED IN BUSINESS 16+ YEARS

(803) 545-3100 100 Catawba Cir., Columbia scgreatoutdoors.com/ park-granby.html

Large Collection of Art, History and Literature • Great Prices Excellent Book-Browsing Atmosphere

406 Meeting St., West Columbia just across the bridge from downtown Columbia

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JORDAN ANDERSON PALMETTO TRAIL A statewide series of linked trails, the Palmetto Trail features 350 miles of completed paths in 26 different sections. In the Midlands, the 7.5-mile Capital City Passage is an urban section of the trail going from Riverfront Park to Fort Jackson. Palmetto Conservation Foundation teaches outdoor skills via outings and educational programs. (803) 771-0870 722 King St., Columbia palmettoconservation.org

PEACHTREE ROCK NATURE PRESERVE Peachtree Rock — a triangularshaped top-heavy sandstone formation — is no longer standing, but you can still see the formation lying on its side, as well as Little Peachtree Rock and the rest of this beautiful 460-acre preserve. (803) 254-9049 Highway 6, Lexington scgreatoutdoors.com/ park-peachtree.html

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. (803) 545-3100 3 Rivers Greenway, Columbia scgreatoutdoors.com/ park-riverfront.html

THREE RIVERS GREENWAY Providing boardwalks, overlooks, bank fishing, and lighted central paths that accommodate all levels of physical access, including strollers, bicycles, and wheelchairs, along the Saluda, Broad and Congaree riverfronts. Dog-friendly. Maps available on website. (803) 765-2200

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After spending week after week on the road running the NASCAR circuit, I always look forward to coming home to Columbia and taking in all that the downtown area has to offer with my friends and family. From the great restaurants and beautiful views to the homegrown feeling — it can’t be beat. Congaree rivers. Includes lighted trails and boardwalks, restrooms and picnic areas. riveralliance.org/project/ three-rivers-greenway/

WEST COLUMBIA RIVERWALK Boasts outstanding fishing hot spots and beautiful views of the Congaree River and Columbia skyline amid the tranquil sounds of water rippling over large river boulders. Amphitheater available for rentals. (803) 781-1880 Alexander St., West Columbia westcolumbiasc.gov/ recreation/riverwalk-parkamphitheater/

PUBLIC GOLF COURSES CHARWOOD CHARWOOD COUNTRY CLUB (803) 755-2000 222 Clubhouse Dr., West Columbia, charwood.com COBBLESTONE PARK (803) 714-2620 1298 University Parkway, Blythewood, cobblestoneparkgolfclub.com GOLDEN HILLS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB (803) 957-3355 100 Scotland Dr., Lexington goldenhillsgolf.com GOLF COURSE OF SC AT CRICKENTREE (803) 754-8600 1084 Langford Rd., Blythewood golfclubsc.com HIDDEN VALLEY GOLF CLUB (803) 794-8087 147 Excaliber Ct., Gaston, hvgolf.com

INDIAN RIVER GOLF CLUB (803) 955-0080 200 Indian River Dr., West Columbia facebook.com/ indianrivergolfsc INDIAN TRAIL GOLF COURSE (803) 532-9010 1304 Willis St., Batesburg-Leesville golfindiantrail.com LAKE MURRAY GOLF CENTER Par 3 course (803) 345-0199 2032 Old Hilton Rd., Chapin LINRICK GOLF COURSE (803) 754-6331 356 Campground Rd., Columbia richlandcountyrecreation.com OAK HILLS GOLF CLUB (803) 735-9830 7629 Fairfield Rd., Columbia oakhillsgolf.com RIVERSIDE GOLF CENTER Par 3 course (803) 750-1015 1600 Garner Ln., Columbia riversidegolfandrec center.com SEDGEWOOD COUNTRY CLUB (803) 776-2177 9560 Garners Ferry Rd., Hopkins THE SPUR AT NORTHWOODS (803) 786-9242 201 Powell Rd., Columbia northwoodsgolfsc.com TIMBERLAKE COUNTRY CLUB (803) 345-9909 222 Timberlake Dr., Chapin timberlakecountryclub.com THE WOODLANDS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB (803) 788-7771 100 Norse Way, Columbia woodlandscc.com

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DINING TERRA

For a complete list of Columbia’s more than 500 restaurants, visit ExperienceColumbiaSC.com.

@116 STATE West Columbia/Cayce: 116 State St., (803) 791-5663, 116state.com

Combine a chill coffee-shop atmosphere with great wine and food, and you have @116. Daily specials range from soups to seafood to steaks to specialty pizzas, many with Mediterranean and Southern influences. Lots of fabulous Spanish wines and a famed White Russian menu. Brunch usually runs the gamut from omelets to pancakes to stuffed French toast — with splendid Bloody Marys.

standards like pad thai and curries, but also offers dishes you won’t find elsewhere and inventive seafood creations. Classy setting and staff, too.

BIG T BARBECUE Gadsden: 2520 Congaree Rd., (803) 353-0488 Southeast: 7535 Garners Ferry Rd., (803) 776-7132 Northeast: 1061 Sparkleberry Ln., (803) 788-4295 bigtbbq.com

AL AMIR

Big T’s turns out some of the best barbecue in town. Pit-cooked pulled pork is the standout, served with hot or mild, slightly sweet mustard-based sauce. The sides are first-rate. Friendly people, generous portions.

Downtown: 1734 Main St., (803) 401-5882 facebook.com/alamirofcolumbia

BLUE CACTUS

Authentic and well-prepared Middle Eastern cuisine. Signature dishes include hummus, falafel, lamb kabob, mujadara and shawarma. The flatbreads are exceptional.

BAAN SAWAN Five Points: 2135 Devine St., (803) 252-8992, baansawan.blogspot.com

Five Points: 2002 Greene St., (803) 929-0782, bluecactuscafe.com

This unassuming, family-run eatery boasts a serious culinary reputation, specializing in homestyle Korean food mixed with Southwestern and other influences to create a sizzling menu that is especially vegetarian-friendly. Quality takes time, however, so don’t go if you’re impatient.

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CAMON

Vista: 1200 Lincoln St., (803) 799-3838 bluemarlincolumbia.com

Downtown: 1332 Assembly St., (803) 254-5400, camonsushi.wordpress.com

Specializing in creative seafood dishes with a decidedly Lowcountry flair, Blue Marlin also serves hand-cut steaks and prime rib. Shrimp and grits is a top seller, with the grits coming from right across the street at Adluh Flour. Don’t overlook other tasty options such as the Crispy Firecracker Flounder served with a jalapeño salsa.

BOURBON Downtown: 1214 Main St., (803) 403-1404 bourboncolumbia.com

Go for the bourbon, stay for the whiskey. Serves higher-end Cajun-Creole cuisine like squash jambalaya, bayou burgers, seared duck breast, steaks and more. Menu updates posted on Facebook. Tasty weekend brunch.

Since 1985, Camon has prepared authentic Japanese cuisine and presented customers with the freshest and finest sushi. Quiet, discreet and beloved by devoted regulars for its outstanding food, service and atmosphere.

CELLAR ON GREENE Five Points: 2001D Greene St., (803) 343-3303, cellarongreene.com

Part wine shop, part tapas bar, the Cellar on Greene is the place to go for wines by the glass or bottle and an ever-changing menu of Continental, Mediterranean, and bistro-style dishes: seafood and steaks, salads, hummus, pizzas, pastas and more. The truffle parmesan raw fries are exceptional.

Corporate Dinners • Boxed Lunches • Employee Picnics Oyster Roasts • Southern Picnics • Weddings Bridal Showers 1200 Lincoln Street • 803.799.3838 • www.bluemarlincolumbia.com For catering call 803.227.3360 • www.signaturecateringsc.com

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COLUMBO’S AT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON St. Andrews: 2100 Bush River Rd., (803) 744-2200, columbos.net

Not content to stay in place, Columbo’s is continually evolving and refining. Serves steak, classic Italian, Southern-inspired cuisine and more. Open 365 days a year for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

COWBOY BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE Downtown: 1508 Main St., (803) 728-0887 cowboybraziliansteakhouse.com

Visit the enormous salad bar, and then partake in the never-ending parade of sizzling grilled meats being carried around the dining room. With cuts as diverse as filet mignon, chicken wing, pork sausage, lamb shoulder and beef picanha — a special Brazilian cut — there’s something to please everyone.

DELANEY’S Five Points: 741 Saluda Ave., (803) 779-2345

Irish pub with 27 beers on tap and a variety of food, including Irish and American favorites. Live acoustic and Celtic music, too.

DEVINE FOODS Shandon/Rosewood: 2702 Devine St., (803) 252-0356

Casual authentic Greek restaurant that’s been around since 1987. Reasonable prices, great spanakopita. ExperienceColumbiaSC.com

DIPRATO’S DELICATESSEN Five Points: 342 Pickens St., (803) 779-0606, dipratos.com

DiPrato’s brings a New York attitude to its gourmet deli selections. Choose from its 17 signature sandwiches, build your own or explore the paninis and salads. The menu also offers 10 to 12 dinner entrées, including crab cakes and salmon. Also well loved for its fabulous brunch and famously good pimento cheese.

EAST BAY DELI Downtown: 1426 Main St., 803-814-2277

Sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs and wraps make up the bulk of the menu at this Charleston-based local chain, with original touches that include giant baked potatoes and a mushroom-brie bisque. Also serves breakfast.

GERVAIS & VINE Vista: 620-A Gervais St., (803) 799-8463 gervine.com

True Mediterranean wine and tapas bar with more than 40 wines by the glass and a wide selection of appetizers. Dishes prepared in open kitchen are a fusion of Greek, Italian and Spanish cuisine with Southern influences. A Vista gem.

GROUCHO’S Five Points: 611 Harden St., (803) 799-5708 grouchos.com

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DINING the premier lunchtime meeting place of students and business people of Columbia. The Apollo and the STP Dippers are locally famous for good reason. Numerous locations; see website for details.

HAMPTON STREET VINEYARD Downtown: 1201 Hampton St., (803) 2520850, hamptonstreetvineyard.com

Innovative American cuisine with seasonal menu changes, featuring fresh seafood, hand cut steaks and more — with accommodating and professional service in a cool urban space below the sidewalk in the historic Sylvan Building.

HARAMBE ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT Five Points: 2006 Senate St., (803) 764-5510

Wonderful stews, veggies and curries are served atop injera, a sourdough flatbread made from teff, a North African grain. A warm and inviting restaurant with a large bar, too.

HUDSON’S SMOKEHOUSE AND SALOON Lexington: 4952 Sunset Blvd., (803) 356-1070, hudsonssmokehouse.com

In a town full of barbecue joints, Hudson’s distinguishes itself with Cheerwine and a mean and lean tender brisket. Was spotlighted by Turner South as a Blue Ribbon Barbecue Joint. Offers mustardbased, ketchup-based and vinegar-andpepper options.

KAMINSKY’S DESSERT CAFÉ Vista: 930 Gervais St., (803) 550-9979 kaminskys.com

Dessert bar featuring milkshakes, spiked coffees, dessert martinis, cakes, cider and more.

LIBERTY ON THE LAKE Harbison/Irmo: 1602 Marina Rd., (803) 667-9715, libertytaproom.com

With sweeping, scenic views of Lake Murray from its multiple decks, Liberty

Voted “One of the South’s Best Burgers” by The Local Palate 711 Gervais St., The Vista • 803-661-8932

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DINING on the Lake is a gorgeous place to knock back a beer and some tasty, fresh-caught fish or a burger. Some of the same great salads, sandwiches and apps you’ll find at the popular Liberty in the Vista.

LIBERTY TAP ROOM & GRILL Vista: 828 Gervais St., (803) 461-4677 libertytaproom.com

Liberty begins with sturdy American fare (mmm ... burgers!) but doesn’t end there. Known for its delicious salads, you’ll also find an array of appetizers, succulent soups and colorful entrees.

LITTLE PIGS Northeast: 4927 Alpine Rd., (803) 788-8238, littlepigs.biz

Amazing spread of lunch buffet offerings including yams, corn, baked beans, fried okra, onion rings, hush puppies, green beans and more. The three varieties of barbecue are nothing to sneeze at, either.

LIZARD’S THICKET Downtown: 818 Elmwood Ave., (803) 779-6407, lizardsthicket.com

Meat loaf, fried chicken, mac and cheese, fried okra. Good lord, what more could you want? A true local institution that thrives on the meat-and-veggies formula. This is what Southern cooking is all about. See website for full list of locations.

LULA DRAKE WINE PARLOUR Downtown: 1635 Main St., (803) 606-1968 luladrake.com

Grapes tell ghost stories. Lula has some stories to tell.

M GRILLE, M VISTA, M KITCHEN AND MIYO’S Forest Acres: 3250 Forest Dr., (803) 743-9996 Harbison/Irmo: 1220 E-2 Bower Pkwy., (803) 781-7788 Harbison/Irmo: 340 Columbiana Dr., (803) 764-1285 Northeast: 715 Fashion Dr., Ste. 1, Village at Sandhill, (803) 788-8878 Lexington: 5594 Sunset Blvd., (803) 957-9888 Vista: 531 Lady St., (803) 708-8881 Vista: 701-C Lady St., (803) 255-8884 miyos.com

A mix of Asian and bistro influences — Chinese stir fry dishes, including vegetarian options, reasonably priced grilled items like salmon or flank steak and more. Sushi, too.

MAIN STREET PUBLIC HOUSE Downtown: 1556 Main St., (803) 834-3409 mainstreetpublichouse.com

Refined, casual cuisine and quality pizza.

MAURICE’S PIGGIE PARK West Columbia: 1600 Charleston Hwy., (803) 796-0220, piggiepark.com

This Midlands barbecue institution pitcooks its juicy pork, ribs, beef and chicken over hickory coals, and its Carolina Gold mustard-based sauce is legendary. See website for list of a dozen locations throughout the city.

MELLOW MUSHROOM Vista: 1009 Gervais St., (803) 933-9201 Lexington: 5364 Sunset Blvd., (803) 359-0778, mellowmushroom.com

A popular lunch and dinner spot, Mellow Mushroom serves gourmet hand-tossed

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DINING

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Maurice’s Piggie pies, along with hugePark calzones, hoagies

various local products. Enjoy and excellent food with a focusthe on awardfresh, winning shrimp grits for dinner. local produce andand artisanal techniques.

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eclectic menu reflectsbistro a classic bistro The award-winning Mr. Friendly’s mentality andthe changes day and is tucked into side ofevery Claussen’s Inn every night. Upbeat, cosmopolitan and serves New Southern Cuisine at atmosphere and excellent food with a reasonable prices. In addition to its daily focus on fresh, local produce and artisanal menu, Mr. Friendly’s offers innovative techniques. Especially popular for Sunday nightly specials. brunch. NONNAH’S Mr. Friendly’s

Five Points: Greene St., (803) 254-7828 Vista: 9302001-A Gervais St., (803) 779-9599 mrfriendlys.com nonnahs.com

The award-winning bistro Mr. Friendly’s Long considered best place is tucked into theColumbia’s side of Claussen’s Inn. forisdessert (seriously, it wins Free Times’ Th popular little bistro serves “good old Newdessert Southern Cuisine” at Bestfashioned of Columbia category year reasonable In addition to lunch its daily after year), prices. Nonnah’s also offers menu, Mr. Friendly’s offers innovative and dinner menus, including sandwiches, nightly specials. salads, soups and crepes.

E N J OY A LO C A L TRADITION. Join us for a meal at Midlands’ for contemporary takes on traditional Southern plates. We use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients to create seasonal menus ripe with our heritage. Indulge in small plates and inventive cocktails, or dine formally with a multi-course dinner and extensive wine selection.

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DINING THE OAK TABLE Downtown: 1221 Main St., (803) 563-5066 theoaktablesc.com

A fantastic view of the State House, not to mention excellent high-end fine dining fare, from deep-fried whole lobster to steaks to fresh local seafood and other seasonal dishes. Sundays feature a great brunch.

PAWLEYS FRONT PORCH Five Points: 827 Harden St., (803) 771-8001 pawleys5pts.com

Ever since its burgers were featured in February 2010 on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, the lines outside Pawleys Front Porch have grown much longer. There’s more to the menu than burgers and shoestring fries — for example, fried oysters, fish tacos and a gourmet BLT — but make no mistake: it’s the all-beef behemoths and atypical toppers that keep people lining up at this Five Points bar and grill.

PEARLZ OYSTER BAR Vista: 936 Gervais St., (803) 661-7741 pearlzoysterbar.com

Pearlz specializes in fresh oysters, regional seafood and Lowcountry recipes. But its hip ambience and signature martinis also make it a hotspot for Columbia’s young professionals.

PUBLICO KITCHEN AND TAP Five Points: 2013 Greene St., 615-429-7371 publicokitchenandtap.com

Publico Kitchen and Tap is a fresh, contemporary restaurant serving tacos, burritos, burgers, salads — all made with seasonal, local produce and hormonefree, humanely raised meats — along with fusion cuisine and craft beer.

RIOZ BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE Harbison/Irmo: 410 Columbiana Dr., (803) 708-3151, rioz.com

Offers Brazilian-style tableside service of more than 15 cuts of beef, pork, lamb and

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poultry. Also features extensive salad bar, which includes seafood and sushi.

RISE GOURMET GOODS AND BAKESHOP Five Points: 926 Harden St., (803) 851-1248 risebakeshop.com

Neighborhood bakery meets upscale sandwich shop, with a truly amazing array of baked goods. Offers gourmet tailgating boxes and much more.

RISTORANTE DIVINO Vista: 803 Gervais St., (803) 799-4550 ristorantedivino.com

Classic fine dining. You’ll find Northern Italian dishes here, including the signature rack of lamb — and newer, seasonally informed touches, too. The gnocchi is heavenly. Wine list consistently wins Wine Spectator awards.

THE ROOT CELLAR Lexington: 420 Columbia Ave., (803) 359-5436

From fried-green tomatoes to pimento cheeseburgers, it’s the Southern food you grew up on — only better.

ROSSO TRATTORIA ITALIA Forest Acres: 4840 Forest Dr., (803) 787-3949, rossocolumbia.com

Part lush bistro, part Old World rustic, this Forest Acres restaurant is a Columbia gem. Out-of-this-world seafood highlights the excellent Italian-Mediterranean menu, but don’t miss out on the wood-fired traditional pizzas. Entrées include Rosso Bucco, woodgrilled meats and seafood, rich pastas and sea scallops with lemon-saffron risotto. A winner all the way around.

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Vista: 924-A Senate St. (Hilton Hotel), (803) 212-6666, ruthschris.com

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DINING SAKITUMI GRILL & SUSHI BAR

SOUTHERN BELLY

Vista: 807 Gervais St., (803) 931-0700 sakifresh.com

Dutch Square: 1410 Colonial Life Blvd., (803) 888-7367 Five Points: 819 Harden St., (803) 764-3512 southernbellybbq.com

This upscale Vista hotspot includes a popular bar area and a separate sushi bar. Extensive sake list complements beer and wine offerings, and SakiTumi also has weekly sushi and drink specials that are easy on the wallet. Plenty of non-sushi items on menu, including grilled items and tasty appetizers such as the lotus root chips.

SALUDA’S

Southern Belly distinguishes itself by offering lots of different sauces for its small but tasty selection of barbecued meat sandwiches.

SOUTHERN SQUEEZED Vista: 1135 Lady St., (803) 661-7821

Fresh, cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices and cleanses made from locally sourced produce.

Five Points: 751 Saluda Ave., (803) 799-9500, saludas.com

Founded in 1996, this fine-dining establishment offers cutting-edge culinary styles that blend European and Southern influences. Serves seafood, beef, chicken and vegetarian entrees. Also hosts wine dinners.

SOLSTICE KITCHEN & WINE BAR Northeast Columbia: 841-4 Sparkleberry Lane, (803) 788-6966, solsticekitchen.com

From the people who bring you Mr. Friendly’s and Cellar on Greene, Solstice presents an upscale dining experience with local, seasonal specials, plus more permanent dishes like sea scallops, shrimp and grits, hand-cut steaks and a nice lineup of salads. Extensive wine list and elegant, yet cozy, atmosphere.

THE SPORTING NEWS BAR & GRILL AT HOLIDAY INN West Columbia: 110 McSwain Dr., (803) 391-4002 facebook.com/SNGColumbia

Whether you’re vacationing or visiting on business, your appetite will surely be pleased with the steaks, shrimp & grits, sandwiches and burgers served here. Upscale enough for a business lunch, but also has a full bar and nine 52-inch TVs.

SWEET CREAM Downtown: 1627 Main St., (803) 251-3311 facebook.com/SweetCreamCo

Small-batch ice cream made with an organic dairy base and sophisticated and creative ingredients such as rosemary, cardamom and fresh local blackberries.

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white duck taco shop

612 C whaley st columbia, sc 29201

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Produces unique dinner events together with local food and local chefs.

TWO COLUMBIA LOCATIONS!

1202 MAIN STREET 1270 BOWER PARKWAY PERSONAPIZZERIA.COM

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DINING

PUBLICO KITCHEN AND TAP

TERRA West Columbia: 100 State St., (803) 791-3443, terrasc.com

Chef Mike Davis brings together topquality Southern ingredients and classic European techniques to make creative, original fare — truly one of the region’s best restaurants. Fantastic view of downtown Columbia from the upscale Vista West location. Looking for something a little simpler? Sit at the cozy bar and sample a brick-oven pizza.

TERRACE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE AT EMBASSY SUITES St. Andrews: 200 Stoneridge Dr., (803) 252-8700

Full-service restaurant serving American cuisine including fresh seafood, steak, chicken and ribs. Atmosphere is casual fine dining.

THIRSTY FELLOW PIZZERIA AND PUB Vista: 621 Gadsden St., (803) 799-1311 thirstyfellow.com

Immensely popular spot near the Colonial Life Arena. Open seven days a week, full bar. Comfortable atmosphere including covered deck. New food specials offered each week. Pub food and fresh specials include wings, fish ‘n’ chips, sandwiches, soups, appetizers and an array of stoneExperienceColumbiaSC.com

fired pizzas. Try the banana pepper stuffed with sausage and served with a hearty marinara and cheese sauce.

VILLA TRONCO Downtown: 1213 Blanding St., (803) 256-7677, villatronco.com

A Columbia institution for more than 60 years, Villa Tronco serves consistently generous portions of traditional Italian fare such as veal parmagiana, chicken piccata and linguine with clams. Make sure to leave room for Carmella’s Famous Cheesecake.

THE WAR MOUTH North Main: 1209 Franklin St., (803) 569-6144 facebook.com/thewarmouth

South Carolina food done right, from chicken bog and barbecue to mustardfried venison and deviled eggs, all with a fine dining flair but no pretensions.

WING CITY Garners Ferry/Southeast: 905A Bluff Rd., (803) 638-4411, 2fat2flywings.com

The gentlemen behind the famous local food truck 2 Fat 2 Fly have a brick-andmortar location, where they’re serving their stuffed chicken wings, plus Southern sides, burgers and more.

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DINING YESTERDAYS Five Points: 2030 Devine St., (803) 799-0196, yesterdayssc.com

A Columbia landmark since 1978. People flock here not just for a glimpse of a cowboy in a bathtub but also to throw back some suds while filling up on the heartiest fare in town, including meatloaf, broiled salmon, shrimp and grits and awesome country fried steak.

FOOD TRUCKS 2 FAT 2 FLY WINGS (803) 622-6063, 2fat2flywings.com

Creamy macaroni and cheese stuffed inside a chicken wing?! It’s true. Or jambalaya? Or an inside-out chicken parmigiana? All these delicacies and more can be yours. For locations and hours, follow the truck on Twitter at @2fat2flywings or check the calendar at 2fat2flywings.com. Featured on the Oprah Network show Wingmen.

BELGIAN WAFFLE TRUCK (803) 606-6780, thebelgianwaffletruck.com

Serves authentic Liege waffles — a dense, browned version of the Belgian waffle — with toppings both sweet and savory. Try the Ouf-Ti Waffle, which features goat cheese, lettuce, duck and chicken confit and an onion confiture.

PAWLEYS FRONT PORCH TRUCK (803) 729-5397, pawleysmobileeats.com

Hire the truck for your next event — and when you see it parked somewhere, sidle up to the window for great burgers, fish tacos, grilled chicken and more.

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of delicious German sausages, not to mention occasional doner kebab. There are specials every now and then, so visit them often to get the best prices. Check out their Twitter page for location information.

BREWERIES, BREWPUBS, DISTILLERIES AND WINERIES BIERKELLER COLUMBIA bierkellercolumbia.com

Pop-up events featuring German-style beers.

COLUMBIA BREW BUS (757) 871-8150, columbiabrewbus.com

Guided tours of Columbia’s burgeoning craft beer scene and distilleries.

CONQUEST BREWING CO. Olympia: 947 S. Stadium Rd., Bay 1 conquestbrewing.com

Columbia’s first production brewery. The Sacred Heart IPA is a special favorite around Columbia.

COPPER HORSE DISTILLING Vista: 929 Huger St., (803) 779-2992 copperhorsedistilling.com

Produces premium, small-batch spirits in three distinctive, handcrafted brands exclusively from grains milled at Columbia’s historic Allen Brother’s Milling Company, home of Palmetto State staple, Adluh Flour.

COTTON TOWN BREW LAB North Columbia: 1223 Franklin St. facebook.com/CottonTownBrewLab

Opening soon — ­ check their Facebook page for updates. Located next to The War Mouth, Cotton Town Brew Lab uses ExperienceColumbiaSC.com


DINING a Frankenbrew system and focuses on brewing styles not commonly seen in South Carolina.

OLD MILL BREW PUB

CROUCH DISTILLING

Craft beer? Made on site at a former cotton mill? Absolutely. Also serves up creative bar fare and hosts occasional live music.

Olympia: 947 S. Stadium Rd., (803) 764-6839, crouchdistilling.com

Locally made spirits including Carolina White Whiskey, Carolina Raw Rye, Young Carolina Bourbon, Carolina Rye Single Malt Whiskey and Carolina Sour Mash Whiskey. Also sells sausage made from mash-fed hogs.

HUNTER-GATHERER BREWERY & ALE HOUSE Downtown: 900 Main St., (803) 748-0540 huntergathererbrewery.com

Serving excellent handcrafted ales since 1995. In addition to its popular Main Street location, Hunter-Gatherer is opening a beer garden and production brewery in a historic airplane hangar at Owens Field.

KRAFTY DRAFT BREWPUB Lexington: 269 Charter Oak Rd., (803) 996-0345, kraftydraft.com

Pub-style food and 100 craft beers on tap.

MERCER HOUSE ESTATE WINERY Lexington: 397 Walter Rawl Rd., (803) 957-7102, mercerhouseestatewinery.com

Lexington: 711 E. Main St., (803) 785-2337 oldmillbrewpub.net

RIVER RAT BREWERY Olympia/Rosewood: 1231 Shop Rd., (803) 724-5712, riverratbrewery.com

Founded in 2013, River Rat produces excellent and original craft beers. Features a lovely outdoor deck and swank tap room. Serves food, too.

SWAMP CABBAGE BREWING CO. Olympia/Rosewood: 921 Brookwood Dr., (803) 252-0250 swampcabbagebrewing.com

Columbia’s third production brewery boasts a strong catalog of beers, starting with its extra-special bitter. Run by two brothers.

TWISTED SPUR Vista: 705 Gervais St., (803) 764-0203 facebook.com/twistedspurbrewing

Seven-barrel brewing system and a menu offering nachos, burgers, oysters on the half shell and more.

Produces several wines from the muscadine grape, as well as muscadine soap, vinegar and other products. Tours available.

Join us each month OPERA NIGHT 1st Thursday BROADWAY NIGHT 3rd & 4th Thursday RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

1213 Blanding St., Columbia

803-256-7677 • villatronco.com OPEN FOR LUNCH & DINNER ExperienceColumbiaSC.com

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ACCOMMODATIONS INN AT USC WYNDHAM GARDEN

COLUMBIA CITY CENTER

accommodations in Columbia.

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the University of South Carolina. The hotel offers some of the finest

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cooked-to-order breakfast and evening reception and on-site Terrace Restaurant and Lounge.

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Located in the center of the financial, entertainment and historic district, the downtown Hampton Inn offers a unique experience for business or pleasure and a taste of Southern hospitality.

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(803) 798-5101,

Nestled just off Harbison

911 Bush River Rd., Columbia.

Boulevard next door to

comfortinncolumbiasc.com

Rd., Columbia. lq.com

McAlister’s Deli, Fairfield Inn is within walking distance of

COMFORT SUITES HARBISON

Columbiana Mall. Attractions

(803) 407-4444,

Museum, Riverbanks Zoo and

(803) 217-1000, 7504 Garners Ferry

750 Saturn Pkwy., Columbia.

Lake Murray are easily accessible

Rd., Columbia. microtelinn.com

choicehotels.com/hotel/sc221

via nearby I-26. Free high-speed

MICROTEL INN & SUITES MAINGATE FORT JACKSON

like the South Carolina State

internet, 32-inch flat-screen TVs,

(803) 776-6263, 200 East Exchange

COUNTRY INN & SUITES COLUMBIA HARBISON

Blvd., Columbia. sleepinn.com

(803) 391-4100, 414 Piney Grove

SLEEP INN SE

Rd., Columbia. countryinns.com/

TOWNEPLACE SUITES BY MARRIOTT COLUMBIA SE/FORT JACKSON (803) 695-0062, 250 East Exchange Blvd., Columbia.

columbiasc_harbison

(803) 750-7550, 1144 Bush River Rd., Columbia. daysinn.com

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON (803) 731-0300, 2100 Bush River Rd.,

(803) 776-1700, 7251 Garners Ferry

doubletree.com

Columbia. columbiasouthcarolina.

Full-service, spacious and comfortable hotel. Located at the intersection of I-20 and I-26, minutes from downtown and the

AIRPORT SHUTTLE FREE WI-FI RESTAURANT INDOOR POOL OUTDOOR POOL PETS ALLOWED

Columbia. columbiaharbison.

HILTON GARDEN INN COLUMBIA/HARBISON (803) 407-6640, 434 Columbiana Dr., Columbia. columbiaharbison.stayhgi.com

Conveniently located off of I-26, 6.5 miles from downtown. An

Road, Columbia. choicehotels.com/

(803) 749-6999, 101 Woodcross Dr., hamptoninn.com

QUALITY INN & SUITES FORT JACKSON MAINGATE

inn-hotels/sc337?source=lb

HAMPTON INN ON THE LAKE AT HARBISON

DAYS INN

marriott.com/caese

south-carolina/columbia/quality-

indoor pool, free hot breakfast.

excellent venue for meetings, conferences, and weddings. Designed for the individual business traveler and the

entertainment district. Featuring

weekend leisure guest.

complimentary Wi-Fi, parking,

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HOTEL & SUITES - HARBISON

a fitness center, and Columbos Restaurant and Lounge.

PREFERRED HOTEL PARTNER

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(803) 732-2229, 211 Lanneau Ct., Columbia. columbiahie.com

ExperienceColumbiaSC.com


Pack Your TRUNKS It’s going to be a great visit!

The perfect stay begins at Columbia, S.C.’s only full-service all-suite hotel. Resting at the gateway of our beautiful historic and gracious capital city, just across from the nationally ranked Riverbanks Zoo, Embassy Suites ColumbiaGreystone is where your family wants to stay. So pack your trunks and get ready for a great visit.

• • • • • •

Free on-site parking Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast daily Complimentary “Evening Reception” daily 15,000sq.ft. of banquet and meeting space 24-hour BusinessLink™ business center Close proximity to the University of South Carolina and The Vista, Columbia’s premier arts and entertainment district

200 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC 29210 • Tel: 803-252-8700 • Fax: 803-929-7627 1-800-EMBASSY • www.columbiagreystone.embassysuites.com


ACCOMMODATIONS HOME-TOWNE SUITES (803) 781-9391, 350 Columbiana Dr., Columbia. htshotel.com

HYATT PLACE COLUMBIA - HARBISON (803) 407-1560, 1130 Kinley Rd., Irmo. hyattplace.com

Conveniently located just outside of downtown Columbia and

MICROTEL INN AND SUITES COLUMBIA HARBISON

RAMADA LIMITED COLUMBIA

(803) 772-1914, 411 Piney Grove Rd.,

Columbia. ramada.com

Columbia. microtelinn.com

(803) 798-9665,

RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT NW COLUMBIA/IRMO SC

2210 Bush River Rd., Columbia.

(803) 749-7575, 944 Lake Murray

choicehotels.com/south-carolina/

Blvd., Irmo. marriott.com/caehb

QUALITY INN & SUITES

Metropolitan Airport. Surrounded by popular area attractions including the nearby Harbison State Forest, Riverbanks Zoo and the beautiful Lake Murray. Complimentary hot breakfast, free wi-fi, 24-hour gym, outdoor pool and cozy lounge area.

columbia/quality-inn-hotels/ sc384?source=gglocaloz1

only 15 miles from Columbia

(803) 731-9997, 1315 Garner Ln.,

QUALITY INN HARBISON AREA

SLEEP INN NW (803) 731-9999, 1901 Rockland Rd., Columbia. sleepinncolumbia.com

(803) 798-0500, 499 Piney Grove Rd., Columbia. columbia/quality-inn-hotels/

TOWNEPLACE SUITES COLUMBIA NW/HARBISON

sc154?source=lb

(803) 749-7552, 438 Columbiana Dr.,

choicehotels.com/south-carolina/

Columbia. columbiatowneplace.com

KNIGHTS INN COLUMBIA NW

QUALITY INN ST. ANDREWS

(803) 772-0022, 1803 Bush River Rd., Columbia knightsinn.com

(803) 451-2400, 1335 Garner Ln., Columbia. choicehotels.com

WINGATE BY WYNDHAM - COLUMBIA HARBISON (803) 407-6166, 217 Lanneau Ct., Columbia. columbiawi.com

7525 Two Notch Road Columbia, SC 29223 803-736-6666

COLUMBIA NORTHEAST

book.bestwestern.com

7525 Two Notch Road Columbia, SC 29223 803-736-6666

book.bestwestern.com PLUS

EAST

B E S T W E S T E R N PLU S

EST WESTERN PLUS

OLUMBIA NORTHEAST

LEXINGTON COUNTY

com

ABLE HOUSE INN BED & BREAKFAST (803) 532-2763, 244 East Columbia Ave., Leesville. ablehouseinn.com

ACAPULCO USA CAMPGROUND (803) 798-8559, 960 Rock N Creek Rd., Leesville. acapulco-usa.com

COMFORT SUITES LEXINGTON (803) 996-2000, 325 West Main St., Lexington.

BEST WESTERN PLUS

COLUMBIA NORTHEAST 7525 Two Notch Road Columbia, SC 29223 803-736-6666

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comfortsuiteslexington.com

HAMPTON INN LEXINGTON (803) 356-8300, 601 Columbia Ave., Lexington. lexingtonsc.hamptoninn.com

ExperienceColumbiaSC.com


ACCOMMODATIONS HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HOTEL & SUITES - LEXINGTON

DOUBLETREE

B Y H I LTO N

(803) 808-0800,

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA 2100 BUSH RIVER RD COLUMBIA, SC 29210

131 Innkeeper Dr., Lexington.

803-731-0300

hiexpress.com/lexingtonsc

COLUMBIASOUTHCAROLINA.DOUBLETREE.COM

LAKE MURRAY VACATION RENTALS (803) 798-8559, 2727 Hwy 378, Gilbert. lakemurrayvacation.com

LEESVILLE LODGE (803) 532-1082, 605 East Columbia Ave., Leesville. leesvillelodge.com

QUALITY INN & SUITES LEXINGTON (803) 359-3099, 328 West Main St., Lexington. choicehotels.com/hotel/sc081

RAMADA LIMITED LEXINGTON - COLUMBIA (803) 356-6533, 1015 South Lake Dr., Lexington. ramada.com

VALUE PLACE LEXINGTON (803) 356-1303, 4920 Augusta Rd., Lexington. valueplace.com

WINGATE BY WYNDHAM LEXINGTON/COLUMBIA

FIRST GREEN HOTEL IN COLUMBIA

(803) 957-5000, 108 Saluda Point Ct., Lexington. lexingtonwingate.com

Located right off the interstate to accommodate both transient and corporate business travelers and close to Lexington Medical Center, various growing athletic venues, several major industries, and corporate parks.  EASY ACCESS TO ALL MAJOR HIGHWAYS  SALTWATER FILTERED POOL

AIRPORT SHUTTLE FREE WI-FI RESTAURANT INDOOR POOL OUTDOOR POOL PETS ALLOWED

PREFERRED HOTEL PARTNER

ExperienceColumbiaSC.com

 SOLAR PANELS FOR HEATING WATER  INTERIORS DESIGNED WITH ALL RECYCLED MATERIALS

803.391.4000 110 MCSWAIN DR. | W. COLUMBIA 29169 HICOLUMBIAAIRPORT.COM COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide 77


ACCOMMODATIONS

RICHLAND NE AND FORT JACKSON BEST WESTERN PLUS COLUMBIA NORTHEAST (803) 736-6666, 7525 Two Notch Rd., Columbia. bestwestern.com

COMFORT INN BLYTHEWOOD

EXTENDED STAY AMERICA - COLUMBIA/ FORT JACKSON

LAQUINTA INN COLUMBIA NORTHEAST FORT JACKSON

(803) 782-2025, 5430 Forest Dr.,

(803) 736-6400, 1538 Horseshoe Dr.,

Columbia. extendedstay.com

Columbia. lq.com

FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES MARRIOTT COLUMBIA NORTHEAST (803) 760-1700,

MICROTEL INN & SUITES NE (803) 736-3237, 1520 Barbara Dr., Columbia. microtelinn.com

120 Blarney Dr., Columbia. fairfieldinn.com/caefs

(803) 754-1441,

MOTEL 6 COLUMBIA EAST (803) 736-3900, 7541 Nates Rd.,

436 McNulty Rd., Blythewood.

Perfect for business and leisure

comfortinn.com/hotel/sc040

travelers close to Fort Jackson, University of South Carolina and

COMFORT SUITES NORTHEAST (803) 678-4266, 1540 Daulton Dr., Columbia. choicehotels.com/hotel/sc315

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT NE

Blythewood. Free breakfast and high speed Internet. Conveniently located right off I-77 and I-20.

HAMPTON INN COLUMBIA I-20 / CLEMSON FRONTAGE ROAD (803) 788-4901, 1021 Clemson Frontage Rd., Columbia.

(803) 736-3600,

columbiai20clemsonroad.

111 Gateway Corporate Blvd.,

hamptoninn.com

Columbia. marriott.com/caene

DAYS INN NE FORT JACKSON (803) 691-1200, 114 Blythewood Rd.,

(803) 865-8000, 1551 Barbara Dr.,

Blythewood. daysinn.com

Columbia. columbianortheast. hamptoninn.com

ECONO LODGE INN & SUITES FORT JACKSON (803) 788-5544, 31 Berkshire Dr.,

HILTON GARDEN INN COLUMBIA / NORTHEAST

Columbia. choicehotels.com/south-

(803) 807-9000,

carolina/columbia/econo-lodge-

8910 Farrow Rd., Columbia.

hotels/sc126?source=lb

ColumbiaSouthCarolinaHotel.com

Comfort Inn & Suites

Garners Ferry-Fort Jackson

7337 Garners Ferry Rd. (803) 695-5555 choicehotels.com

NEWLY RENOVATED!

Exercise room • Indoor heated pool Pet-friendly • Guest laundry facilities Start your morning in Columbia with our free hot breakfast offering everything from eggs, waffles and meat to yogurt and fresh fruit. All of our guest rooms have microwaves, flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards.

QUALITY INN FORT JACKSON (803) 736-0822, 8104 Two Notch Rd., Columbia. choicehotels.com/hotel/sc277

RAMADA COLUMBIA FORT JACKSON AREA (803) 736-0809, 1539 Horseshoe Dr., Columbia. ramada.com/hotels/ south-carolina/columbia/ramadacolumbia-fort-jackson-area-sc/

HAMPTON INN COLUMBIA NORTHEAST FORT JACKSON AREA

Columbia. motel6.com

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HOTEL & SUITES CLEMSON ROAD (803) 419-3558, 1011 Clemson Frontage Rd., Columbia. hiexpress.com/clmbia@clemson

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HOTEL BLYTHEWOOD

hotel-overview

RED ROOF INN COLUMBIA EAST (803) 736-0850, 7580 Two Notch Rd., Columbia. redroof.com

RESIDENCE INN MARRIOTT COLUMBIA NORTHEAST (803) 788-8850, 2320 LeGrand Rd., Columbia. marriott.com/caeri

SUPER 8 MOTEL FORT JACKSON (803) 790-1133, 5321 Forest Dr., Columbia. super8.com

VALUE PLACE - ELGIN (803) 699-1413, 931 Spears Creek Ct., Elgin. valueplace.com

120 Creech Rd., Blythewood.

WINGATE BY WYNDHAM - COLUMBIA NORTH

hiexpress.com/blythewoodsc

(803) 699-9333,

(803) 333-0315,

3 miles from Fort Jackson; 6 miles from USC & Downtown Columbia

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

ExperienceColumbiaSC.com


ACCOMMODATIONS

You can count on us.

Sleep deep - Work smart - Eat Well - Stay Fit - Treat Yourself

803.407.6640 WWW.COLUMBIAHARBISON.HGI.COM 434 COLUMBIANA DRIVE | COLUMBIA, SC 29212 @HGIColumbiaSC

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ACCOMMODATIONS

WEST COLUMBIA / CAYCE / AIRPORT AIRPORT INN

HAMPTON INN COLUMBIA I-26 AIRPORT (803) 791-8940, 1094 Chris Dr., West Columbia. hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/ inn-columbia-i-26-airport-

1935 Airport Blvd., Cayce.

CAEWEHX/index.html

(803) 794-9440, 500 Chris Dr., West Columbia. clarionhotel.com/hotel/sc358

COUNTRY HEARTH INN & SUITES - CAYCE (803) 794-7500, 3020 Charleston Hwy., Cayce. countryhearth.com

(803) 791-5160, 2516 Augusta Rd., West Columbia. choicehotels.com/hotel/sc320

hotels/south-carolina/hampton-

(803) 936-0015,

CLARION INN AIRPORT

QUALITY INN WEST COLUMBIA

Located just across the street

RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT COLUMBIA WEST/LEXINGTON COMING MAY 2017

from Lexington Medical Center,

(803) 661-6910,

the hotel also provides easy

122 Mathias Rd., West Columbia.

access to historic downtown

marriott.com/caewe

Columbia and various capital city attractions.

HOLIDAY INN & SUITES COLUMBIA - AIRPORT (803) 391-4000,

SLEEP INN AIRPORT (803) 926-9260. 2208-A Edmond Hwy., West Columbia. choicehotels. com/hotel/sc044

110 McSwain Dr., West Columbia.

COUNTRY INN & SUITES COLUMBIA AIRPORT (803) 794-6200, 2245 Airport Blvd., Cayce. countryinns.com/ columbiasc_airport

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT CAYCE COMING APRIL 2017

hicolumbiaairport.com

SUPER 8 WEST COLUMBIA AIRPORT

Columbia’s first eco-friendly,

(803) 791-1000, 650 Cherokee Ln.,

non-smoking hotel designed

West Columbia.

for LEED certification.

KNIGHTS INN COLUMBIA AIRPORT

TRAVELERS INN

(803) 794-0222, 1987 Airport Blvd.,

West Columbia.

Cayce. knightsinn.com

(888) 236-2427, 1125 Fort Congaree Tr., Cayce. marriott.com/hotels/travel/caecycourtyard-columbia-cayce/

(803) 796-9900, 2200 Airport Blvd.,

MASTERS INN COLUMBIA I-26 (803) 791-5850,

WEST COLUMBIA EXTENDED STAY (803) 794-1800, 114 McSwain Dr., West Columbia.

2125 Commerce Dr., Cayce.

Features a state-of-the-art

mastersinn.com

our GoBoard, plus evening

dinner service and a full bar.

PREFERRED HOTEL PARTNER

lobby with spaces to work or relax in, free wi-fi throughout and easy access to the latest news, weather and sports via

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Columbia’s First Dual Brand Hotel

Home2 Suites Columbia Downtown 1609 Gervais Street 803.888.5010

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Hilton Garden Inn downtown 1611 Gervais Street 803.888.5030 ExperienceColumbiaSC.com


ACCOMMODATIONS

• COMPLIMENTARY PARKING • NEWLY RENOVATED • STARBUCKS 24/7 • FULL SERVICE BAR • OUTDOOR POOL

• GREAT LOCATION TO DOWNTOWN • 24 HR BUSINESS CENTER • COMPLIMENTARY PARKING • FREE BREAKFAST • LARGE MEETING SPACE

• NEW FLATSCREEN IN EVERY ROOM • UNDER 10 MILES FROM DOWNTOWN • RECENTLY RENOVATED • FREE BREAKFAST

Courtyard® by Marriott®

Springhill Suites by Marriott

Fairfield Inn® by Marriott® Columbia

Columbia/ Downtown at USC

Columbia / Downtown / The Vista

Columbiana Mall/ Northwest

630 Assembly St. Columbia, SC 29201 803.799.7800 www.marriott.com/caecd

511 Lady St. • Columbia, SC 29201 803.978.2333 www.marriott.com/caesh

320 Columbiana Dr. Columbia, SC 29212 • 803.732.4436 www.marriott.com/caefn

347 Zimalcrest Drive, Columbia, SC 20210 803.731.2300 www.baymontinns.com/hotel/46756

Conveniently located at the intersection of I-20 and I-26, Baymont Inn & Suites is just across the river from downtown Columbia! Featuring: - Complimentary Airport Shuttle & Parking - Complimentary Breakfast Buffet - 24 Hour Fitness Center - Indoor Whirlpool Spa - 24 Business Center & Front Desk - 149 Guest Rooms & Two-Room Suites

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EVENTS ROSEWOOD CRAWFISH FESTIVAL

YEAR-ROUND EVENTS ARTS AND DRAUGHTS columbiamuseum.org

Periodic art party series. Drink beer. See art. Hear music. Be happy.

FIRST THURSDAY ON MAIN facebook.com/firstthursdayonmain

Eclectic monthly arts series on Main Street.

FIVE POINTS AFTER FIVE fivepointscolumbia.com

Weekly outdoor concert series during warmer months.

RHYTHM ON THE RIVER cwcchamber.com

Weekly outdoor concert series during warmer months.

ROOFTOP RHYTHMS forestacres.net/rooftop-rhythms

Free concert series held four times per year at Richland Mall.

SODA CITY MARKET sodacitysc.com

Downtown food, produce and craft market held each Saturday morning on Main Street.

ANNUAL EVENTS

JANUARY

BENEDICT COLLEGE HARAMBEE FESTIVAL benedict.edu BLACK HISTORY PARADE & FESTIVAL fundsinc1.org DECKLE EDGE LITERARY FESTIVAL deckleedgesc.org MARDI GRAS COLUMBIA mardigrascolumbia.com MONSTER JAM - coloniallifearena.com WORLD BEER FESTIVAL allaboutbeer.com

MARCH PALMETTO SPORTSMEN’S CLASSIC dnr.sc.gov/psc RUN HARD COLUMBIA MARATHON columbiascmarathon.com ST. PAT’S IN FIVE POINTS stpatscolumbia.com SODA CITY SUDS WEEK sodacitysudsweek.com

APRIL ARTISTA VISTA - artistavista.com AUGUSTA BAKER’S DOZEN richlandlibrary.com BARK TO THE PARK - barktothepark.com CAROLINA CUP - carolina-cup.org

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY EVENTS AT USC - sc.edu

COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL cifonline.org

FEBRUARY

HIP HOP FAMILY DAY lovepeacehiphop.com

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INDIE GRITS FESTIVAL - indiegrits.com ExperienceColumbiaSC.com


HIP HOP FAMILY DAY KIDS DAY OF LEXINGTON lexingtonkidsday.com

SOUTHERN GUITAR FESTIVAL southernguitarfest.com

LOWER RICHLAND SWEET POTATO FESTIVAL lowerrichlandsweetpotatofest.com

SOUTHEASTERN PIANO FESTIVAL sepf.music.sc.edu

OLYMPIA FEST - olympiafest.com RIVER ROCKS FESTIVAL riverrocksfestival.com RUNAWAY RUNWAY facebook.com/scrunawayrunway SPARKLEBERRY COUNTRY FAIR sparkleberryfair.com TARTAN DAY SOUTH tartandaysouth.com USMC ULTIMATE CHALLENGE MUD RUN ultimatechallengemudrun.org

MAY THE BIG NOSH - bignosh.org BLACK EXPO - blackexposouth.com

JULY FORT JACKSON’S TORCHLIGHT TATTOO & FIREWORKS - jackson.army.mil LAKE MURRAY FIREWORKS CELEBRATION lakemurraycountry.com LEXINGTON COUNTY PEACH FESTIVAL lexingtoncountypeachfestival.com PALMETTO TASTY TOMATO FESTIVAL tastytomatofestival.com SLIDE THE CITY - slidethecity.com

AUGUST BREW AT THE ZOO - riverbanks.org

CAMDEN CUP - carolina-cup.org

MAIN STREET LATIN FESTIVAL mainstreetlatinfestival.com

GOVERNOR’S CUP carolinamarathon.org

SOUTH CAROLINA BLACK PRIDE southcarolinablackpride.com

LEXINGTON WINE WALK lexingtonwinewalk.com ROSEWOOD CRAWFISH FESTIVAL rosewoodcrawfishfest.com SOUTH CAROLINA CORNBREAD FESTIVAL sccornbread.com

JUNE COLUMBIA STYLE WEEK columbiafashionweek.com CONDUCTORS INSTITUTE - sc.edu ExperienceColumbiaSC.com

CLOSE IS NOT CLOSE ENOUGH The Columbia, SC region will experience a total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. We’re positioned on the center line of totality, meaning that we will have one of the longest durations of darkness: 2 minutes and 36 seconds, to be exact. There will be three days of events and festivities to celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime experience. For more info: totaleclipsecolumbiasc.com. COLUMBIA SC 2017 Official Visitors Guide 83


AUGUST

S.C. STATE FAIR - scstatefair.org

CONTINUED

SOUTH CAROLINA PEANUT PARTY scpelionpeanutparty.com TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE totaleclipsecolumbiasc.com

COLONIAL CUP - carolina-cup.org

COLUMBIA GREEK FESTIVAL columbiasgreekfestival.com EAU CLAIRE UNITY FESTIVAL facebook.com/EauClaireFest FALL HERITAGE FESTIVAL & PICKIN’ PARTY - scmuseum.org GREAT AMERICAN WHISKEY FAIR experiencewhiskey.com IRMO OKRA STRUT - theokrastrut.com JUBILEE: FESTIVAL OF HERITAGE historiccolumbia.org PALMETTO CAPITAL CITY CLASSIC palmettoccc.com

DEVINE NIGHT OUT devinestreetcolumbiasc.com HISTORIC CAMDEN REVOLUTIONARY WAR DAYS - historiccamden.org HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE RIVER icrc.net/holiday-lights JAM ROOM MUSIC FESTIVAL jamroommusicfestival.com MAIN STREET ICE - columbiasc.net RIVERBANKS ZOO LIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS riverbanks.org SOUTH CAROLINA OYSTER FESTIVAL facebook.com/SCoyster VISTA LIGHTS - vistalightssc.com

OCTOBER BOO AT THE ZOO - riverbanks.org CAROLINA DOWN HOME BLUES FESTIVAL fineartscenter.org CONGAREE SWAMP FEST congareeswampfest.com

DECEMBER CAROLINA CARILLON HOLIDAY PARADE carolinacarillon.com COLUMBIA CHRISTMAS PAGEANT fbccola.com/christmaspageant

OKTOBERFEST COLUMBIA oktoberfestcolumbia.com HISTORIC COLUMBIA PALLADIUM SOCIETY CHILI COOKOFF historiccolumbia.org JERRYFEST - fivepointscolumbia.com KOREAN FALL FESTIVAL koreanfallfestival.com

CHICK-FIL-A CLASSIC chick-fil-aclassic.com CRAFTY FEAST - craftyfeast.com FAMOUSLY HOT NEW YEAR famouslyhotnewyear.com GOVERNOR’S CAROLIGHTING experiencecolumbia.com/events

PALMETTO PEANUT BOIL palmettopeanutboil.com RESTAURANT WEEK COLUMBIA restaurantweekcolumbia.com SC PRIDE FESTIVAL - scpride.org

Barefoot Campus Outfitters................56 Baymont Inn & Suites..............................81 Best Western Plus Columbia NE.......... 76 Blue Marlin Steaks & Seafood.............60 City Center Partnership........................ 23 City of Camden........................................ 53 Colonial Life Arena................................. 23 Columbia Museum of Art.... inside back The COMET................................................. 6 Comfort Inn & Suites Garners Ferry/Fort Jackson................. 78 Courtyard by Marriott............................81 DHEC..........................................................59 Doubletree by Hilton.............................. 77 Ed’s Editions..............................................56 EdVenture Children’s Museum.............. 5

NOVEMBER CHILI COOKOFF IN FIVE POINTS fivepointscolumbia.com

SEPTEMBER

ADVERTISER INDEX

USMC ULTIMATE CHALLENGE MUD RUN ultimatechallengemudrun.org

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF COLUMBIA HOLIDAY MARKET - jlcolumbia.org WOW KIDS’ NEW YEAR’S EVE CARNIVAL famouslyhotnewyear.com

Embassy Suites........................................ 75 Fairfield Inn by Marriott ........................81 Grill Marks................................................ 62 Hampton Inn Downtown...................map Hilton Columbia Center....... inside front Hilton Garden Inn................................... 79 Historic Columbia Foundation............49 Holiday Inn & Suites Airport................. 77 Home 2 Suites..........................................80 Hyatt Place Vista...................................... 71 Inn at USC Wyndham Garden............. 73 Kaminsky’s Dessert Café.........................2 Liberty on the Lake....................................2 Liberty Tap Room.......................................2 Marriott Columbia.................................. 72 Mast General Store................................45 Midland’s at the Marriott.....................64

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North Main Business Assoc.....................3 Pearlz Oyster Bar.......................................2 Persona Pizza..........................................66 Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse.......................2 Riverbanks Zoo........................back cover Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse........................... 1 Saluda Shoals Park................................ 47 S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum............................50 S.C. Military Museum...............................7 Sheraton Columbia Downtown......map SpringHill Suites by Marriott Downtown/The Vista..............................81 Two Gals and a Fork Food Tours.........56 Villa Tronco...............................................69 Wingate by Wyndham........................... 79 White Duck Taco......................................66

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Coming to the Columbia Museum of Art

Enduring Spirit: The Art of Tyrone Geter March 3 ‑ June 11, 2017

Salvador Dalí’s Fantastical Fairy Tales March 11 – May 21, 2017

ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection June 2 ‑ August 27, 2017

MatIsSe That ’70s Show: Cool Art from the Collection

June 30 – September 17, 2017

Matisse: Jazz & Poetry on Paper September 15, 2017 – January 7, 2018

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