Whether your date is awed by your artistic skills or laughs at your lack thereof, Grapes and Gallery and Palmetto Paint and Pour offer romantic evenings where you can create and relax as an instructor leads you through painting. Plus, you can bring your own wine!
Start with desserts at one of Columbia's sweet hideouts, like Nonnah's, Goatfeathers or Terra. Then head to historic Main Street for a movie at Nickelodeon Theatre, Columbia's only independent movie theater, where you can enjoy the latest indie flick, watch a unique documentary or fall in love with a classic film all over again - all with a glass of pinot or a brew of your choice. After, why not cap off the evening with a romantic birds eye view of the city lights at The Roof Top Lounge?
Sample fine wines of all sorts, whether white, red, rosÃ©, dessert or sparkling. Try a wine tasting at Cellar on Greene, Wine Down on Main, Wine Garage or The Gourmet Shop. With tastings at varying times, you can fit a romantic moment into nearly any part of your day.
If you're looking for adventure, share a canoe for two at Saluda Shoals Park or take a "full moon trip" with Adventure Carolina (where you can take a late night kayak trip when there's a full moon). Want a quiet stroll along the river? You can enjoy a romantic walk at sunset at Cayce Riverwalk Park, Riverfront Park or West Columbia Riverwalk. Or catch the Lake Murray sunset aboard a dinner cruise on the Spirit of Lake Murray.
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Cooking a meal together can be one of the most romantic dates. Try one of the many cooking classes offered in Columbia, SC. Read more about where to find cooking classes on our blog about Six "Foodie" Things to Do. If you enjoy cooking at home, browse the South Carolina Farmers Market, Soda City Market or other farmers market vendors to cook a gourmet meal full of local or Certified South Carolina products.
It's good to get away. Find a luxury hotel for a romantic weekend, search romantic hotel packages (luxury suites including champagne, chocolates and more) -- and make hotel reservations for the weekend.
For more date ideas, browse restaurants, attractions and things to do in Columbia, SC, or take a look at our Romantic Hot Spots board on Pinterest. What would you add?