Real Local: Rita Patel

When it comes to Columbia SC, Rita Patel is all about embracing the magic and cheer around the city. With her family in tow, this crew soaks up every bit of fun the city has to offer.

Hello! I’m Rita Patel, wife, boy mom and owner of Hotel Trundle. I love experiencing the city with my family and welcoming people for a magical stay in Columbia SC.

Brunch is something to look forward to all week, especially when you know it’s at Café Strudel. Don’t miss out on the famous Hangover Hash browns. Hangover or not, these are a great way to start the day.

Featured: Cafe Strudel

For THE KIDS: My boys love to spend an afternoon at EdVenture for fun and learning all in one place. The thoughtful exhibits teach them about science, different careers and so much more. 

Featured: EdVenture

For THE PARENTS: Balance out all the happenings around town with a little self-care. Relax at OCCO Skin Studio for that much needed massage and facial.

Featured: OCCO Skin Studio

Happy HOUR: Now it might sound odd to take happy hour to the baseball field, but when you’re hanging with the family, you’ve got to get creative. Spread a blanket out on the Berm and sip a local brew from Steel Hands Brewery while the whole family cheers on the Columbia Fireflies.

Featured: Fireflies and Steel Hands Brewery

Date NIGHT: For date night, 929 Kitchen and Bar in the Vista serves up favorite Korean dishes and beautifully crafted cocktails. Under their twinkly lights, you’re sure to enjoy a romantic evening. 

Featured: 929 Kitchen