If being in the house with your kids for the last couple months has you longing for some much-needed alone time, plan a staycation and become a tourist in your own town. You might just find that this region has more to do than you remember.

Fuel Up

You’ve had your coffee and you’ve got the house (somewhat) settled to function without you for the rest of the day. Grab your bags before anyone can say another peep and let the staycation commence. Start with a leisurely lunch at The Gourmet Shop in Five Points. Here you can fuel up with their deli classics, famous chicken salad and even a mimosa or craft beer (or two). Hey, the kids are taken care of! Bonus – the outdoor dining located on Saluda Avenue offers some great people-watching. 


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New Digs?

While you’re in Five Points, be sure to peruse the local boutiques. From Revente and Gentleman’s Closet just across the street on Saluda Avenue, to Cola Kicks or The Oops! Company within a short walk, there’s a shop for every style to help take your wardrobe up a notch. 


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Get Competitive

A little competition can be a healthy way to reconnect. Head to Craft Axe Throwing in The Vista to get a little tension out, or The Grand on Main Street for a boutique bowling experience. Both attractions are taking health precautions to make sure guests enjoy their experience while feeling safe.

Treat Yourself

If you have the ability to make this a true getaway (from the house), check in for a night at one of Columbia’s top-notch hotels, such as the Holiday Inn Columbia Downtown in the Main Street district, Graduate Columbia near the UofSC campus, or Hyatt Place Downtown in The Vista district. All of Columbia’s hotels have been working hard to prepare their properties for visitors and locals alike with new policies like reduced occupancy, sneeze guards, and increased cleaning of high-touch areas – just to name a few. 


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Dig In 

After checking in and freshening up, walk to COA Agaveria y Cocina for some tapas to share and a specialty cocktail to keep all to yourself. Their elevated fare and extensive craft margarita list make this a hidden gem in the Vista that is not to be missed.


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Cap it Off

With the hotel right down the street, this staycation is the perfect excuse for a night cap. Cozy up at The Joint (formally called The Joint at 1710 Main) for live jazz and blues music. This warm, historic setting will be the perfect ending to your day enjoying just a few of the vibrant things our capital city has to offer. 


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Don’t Forget

Many restaurants and businesses are encouraging patrons to wear masks. If you don’t have one yet, consider purchasing one from a local business like Nana by Sally or My Kim Collection.

Parking fees resumed on June 1. Be sure to have a handful of quarters or download the Passport Parking App.


Commemorate your staycation by sharing photos on social media using #RealColumbiaSC.