Welcome to Columbia!
We love showing off our city to visitors and locals alike. Whether you are coming to Columbia to see the sites, for business, or for a special event, we know you will find something to love. Our innkeeper would be thrilled to recommend local restaurants and nearby activities for you to enjoy while you visit with us.
Below are 7 things to know to make the most of your time in our beautiful city:
1. Location: We are nestled into a quiet corner of a bustling capital city with lots to do and see! We are located in the Historic Preservation District in the Heart of Downtown Columbia, within walking distance of museums, fine-dining restaurants, the Garden District, as well as the dynamic business and government centers of the capital city.
2. Cultural Sites: Your stay at the inn is an art-lovers dream, as we host the Artizan Gallery, a seasonally rotated collection of works by local artists. Additionally, the South Carolina State House, the Columbia Art Museum, the African American History Monument, and the Robert Mills House and Gardens are all within a mile of the inn.
3. Local Flair: We are situated just a few blocks from the Soda City Market, a European-style street market on Saturdays from 9:00am-1:00pm (year round, rain or shine!) There are also ample opportunities to visit local restaurants to get a real taste of the South on your visit.
4. Sporting Events: The Fireflies, Columbia's Mets-affiliated minor league baseball team, plays at Segra Park, located just one mile from our front door. If you're visiting on a Friday or Saturday night in the spring or summer, don't be alarmed if you hear the fireworks! Columbia is also home to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, who have athletic events year round in Columbia, all within 3 miles of the inn.
5. Families and the Young-at-Heart: The nationally recognized Riverbanks Zoological Park and Botanical Gardens, EdVenture Children's Museum, and the Columbia Marionette Theater are all within a 5 minute drive of the inn.
6. Nature Enthusiasts: Columbia sits on the banks of three rivers: the Congaree, the Saluda, and the Broad that offer walking trails, bike paths, kayaking, and fishing. Congaree National Park is a 30 minute drive from the inn, where you can take a guided or independent hike on the picturesque trails, canoe or kayak to see the creeks and trees up close, or if you're visiting mid-May to mid-June, you may be able to take in the breathtaking views of the synchronous flashing fireflies in the park!
7. Performing Arts: The Township Auditorium, Colonial Life Arena, and Koger Center for the Arts are all conveniently located to the inn and host local and world-famous performing artists throughout the year. From pop stars and comedians to ballets and classical musicians, there is sure to be something for every taste.
Visit https://www.experiencecolumbiasc.com/ for more information about Columbia and to see a calendar of local events.