Real Local: Ashley Elsey

We like to tell visitors to live like locals while they are in Columbia SC, and if you're living like Ashley Elsey it's sure to be a trip to remember. From art galleries to espresso martinis Ashley has her finger on the pulse of what's new in the capital city.

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Hello! I'm Ashley and as a content creator I can't help but be inspired by everything going on in Columbia, South Carolina. You'll find that creativity and inspiration in the obvious places, of course, but also in the unexpected day-to-day of the heart of SC. Follow along to see what I mean. 

IN STYLE: Set the tone for your walk down Main Street with a new outfit to match the occasion. The Blake offers thoughtfully curated pieces to keep you both classic and on trend, just like the capital city.



SPA DAY: Take self-care to the next level with facials, massages and more in a truly beautiful space: The Beautique. This locally owned and operated spa welcomes you with a beverage and sends you out feeling refreshed and ready for whatever is next on your itinerary.

Bar HOP: In our walkable city, make the most of the night by trying a few different spots. If you find yourself on Main Street, a stop at Cantina is a must. Spilt a plate of nachos and order a round of margaritas. Go classic, or keep a lookout for their creative cocktails.

GET ARTSY: Even though Columbia is a manageable city, we still pack in those big city amenities. And nowhere is that more evident than the Columbia Museum of Art. The museum boasts both a star-studded permanent collection and innovative rotating collections.



FINE DINING: When it comes to dining, al fresco is the way to go. Though Hampton Street Vineyard is just steps from Main Street, the flavors and romantic setting will truly transport you.