Long Weekend Plans: Labor Day in Columbia SC
Monday, August 31, 2020 12:00 AM by Helen Dennis
Who is up for a road trip? With plenty of outdoor activities, safe and clean hotels, and of course welcoming locals, Columbia SC is the perfect spot to spend your long Labor Day weekend. So load up the car for a change of scenery and get ready to make memories in the heart of SC.
Once you arrive in town and get settled at your hotel, take some time to stroll the streets and get aquatinted with Columbia SC. Our walkable districts are sure to delight with public art, trendy boutiques and bars ready to serve you something barrel aged or bacon infused. Once you've gotten the lay of the land, it's time for dinner and a show. Get into vacation mode at Home Team BBQ where you can order the tropical flavored Game Changer and their chopped brisket tacos. Next head to Chayz Lounge for the smooth jazz sounds of ChaVonne Campbell & Tre’Sounds. If jazz isn’t your style, try Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor for an evening of bluegrass.
Here in Columbia, Saturday morning starts with a trip to Soda City. You'll find Main Street full of breakfast and lunch items alongside artists and crafters selling their wares. Find a delicious bite and a souvenir to take home.
For those looking for some social distancing fun, waters that flow through the heart of SC are ready to welcome you. Book a trip with Palmetto Outdoors for a float down the river or head to Saluda Shoals where you can hike or rent a kayak. If you’re more lake life than river rat, make your way towards Lake Murray. Bring your own boat to get out on the water via public access at Lake Murray Park or keep it simple and rent a boat from Better Boat Rentals or AquaFun.
After a day of celebrating, we recommend enjoying a relaxing Sunday. Kick back at River Rat brewery where you’ll find a brunch menu to write home about. While the day away with games of corn hole and rooftop views while you sip on the 803 IPA or one of their seasonal seltzers.
If a brewery day isn't your thing, that's alright. Start with breakfast at the Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli where your crew can fill themselves with decadent cinnamon rolls or savory breakfast sandwiches. From their, enjoy a day of museum hopping around the city. Whether you find yourself at the Black is Beautiful exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art or A Voice of Her Own at the South Carolina State Museum there is plenty to discover in Columbia SC.
You won’t want to head back home without experiencing one of Columbia SC’s favorite culinary events. Farm to Table's monthly harvest dinner at City Roots features farm fresh made by local chefs. They’ve taken extra precautions to ensure that the September Harvest Dinner will be safe and of course delicious.
Before you make the trip to Columbia SC, be sure to check local Covid-19 health and safety practices.