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When it comes to finding Columbia’s hidden gems, nothing beats a local guide - and that’s where we come in. We’re here to take you on a journey in and around the Main Street District. We’ll share our favorite Soda City hotspots, the city’s best festivals, and not-to-be-missed attractions. Check back regularly for all the inside scoop on everything we love around here.

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    A Snapshot of Our Historic Building's Bones

    What happens when you take the Western Auto building, Powell Furniture building, and the Rose Talbert building, and fuse them all together? You get us, Hotel Trundle! We’re proud of our historic roots that date back all the way to 1914.

    What happens when you take the Western Auto building, Powell Furniture building, and the Rose Talbert building, and fuse them all together? You get us, Hotel Trundle! We’re proud of our historic roots that date back all the way to 1914. Let’s take a little step back in time for a quick history lesson. Our main lobby entrance is in the former Western Auto space, which called the area home for 45 years. It was important to keep the integrity of the storefront, especially after we found it by removing an aluminum slipcover in 2016! If you feel like your walking into a 40’s era storefront when we welcome you, that’s why. Ok, taking it back almost a century, the Powell Furniture building is a nostalgic example of 20th-century architecture in our town. This staple structure has seen the likes of Sears Roebuck, Jenkins Auto Parts, and the Knights of Columbus. Rounding out our trifecta of historic goodness is the Rose Talbert building, a true brick beauty. Much like her adopted sister, the Western Auto Building, the structure also experienced a cover-up, which was removed to showcase the exterior’s trademark stucco. You’ll enjoy a number of modern amenities and works of art when you stay with us, but we always invite you to take a look back at Columbia’s rich history.

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    Shamrock Shimmy Your Way To The Village

    Proudly serving as Columbia’s original village neighborhood, Five Points is a buzzing commercial hotspot with mom and pop shops that have been accommodating customers since 1915. On March 21st, the luck of the Irish will make its way back to the 38th Annual St. Pat's in Five Points, and you don’t want to miss out on the best St. Patrick’s Day festival in the Southeast.

    Start your morning bright and early at 7:30 am getting lost in the Irish ambiance on the Get to the Green 10K. The 5K starts at 8 am with the 1-Mile Family Fun Run right behind. Registration is online and all participants get free entry into the festival! The fun begins when the gates officially opening at 9 am with the start of the St. Pat’s Parade down Saluda Avenue. Afterward, head to the Pot O’ Gold area for rides, magic, and inflatable activity centers. As you satisfy your tastebuds with one of the food vendors, enjoy live music from local and upcoming bands, prepping the crowd for big-name closers including SHAED and Band of Horses. Head online NOW to purchase your tickets!

     

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    Mystery, Space, Lasers: The SCSM Has It All!

    Columbia has brought you here for a string of meetings and conferences, but now that all your work is done, you’re ready for some fun. Gather up the family and head to The South Carolina State Museum for an exciting new, limited, interactive experience: The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. 

    Columbia has brought you here for a string of meetings and conferences, but now that all your work is done, you’re ready for some fun. Gather up the family and head to The South Carolina State Museum for an exciting new, limited, interactive experience: The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. Guests will have the chance to learn the method behind how Holmes solved mysteries and even get to solve a mystery of their own! Enjoy over 100 historical artifacts including original manuscripts. Hollywood buffs can enjoy viewing actual props that are on display from the current Sherlock Holmes movies. Tickets can now be purchased online. Aside from this exhibition, throughout February, there is a list of events at the SCSM including Amor Under The Stars on Valentine's Day, where guests can enjoy the planetarium show and night-sky observing. Then, starting on February 21st and running through March, Friday Night Laser Lights is back! Enjoy the 55-foot dome and laser planetarium shows varying from Led Zeppelin to Dave Matthews Band to Prince and Pink Floyd. Schedule times and tickets can be found online. There's something for everyone at the South Carolina State Museum!

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    A Wicked Week In Columbia

    The Wicked Witch of the West is back, and this time has made her way to Columbia. Broadway in Columbia presents Wicked! Join Elphaba and Glinda at the Koger Center for the Arts starting January 22nd, for a total of 24 performances through February 9th, 2020. 

    The Wicked Witch of the West is back, and this time has made her way to Columbia. Broadway in Columbia presents Wicked! Join Elphaba and Glinda at the Koger Center for the Arts starting January 22nd, for a total of 24 performances through February 9th, 2020. 

    This untold story of the Witches of Oz starts way before Dorthy left Kansas. The production started in 2003 and has since been nominated for at least one award every year, winning 33 out of 64 nominations across the board. This popular Broadway show will capture your heart with eight popular numbers you can sing-along to throughout the acts. Can’t make it to a showing of Wicked but still want to scratch that itch for the arts? The Koger Center has a full list of shows and dates online, including this month’s Beethoven & Blue Jeans, presented by the South Carolina Philharmonic. All ticket sales are final with no refunds or exchanges. Make your accommodations for Wicked now, as seats will sell out quickly!

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    Lights Before Christmas, A Columbia Tradition You Can’t Miss!

    One of Columbia’s longest-running holiday traditions returns for another year. The Lights Before Christmas display at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is a coveted light show featuring over a million twinkling lights across the beautiful landscape of the zoo. If you are new to the area or specifically here for a holiday in Columbia, this is a pivotal component of the local holiday tradition. 

    One of Columbia’s longest-running holiday traditions returns for another year. The Lights Before Christmas display at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is a coveted light show featuring over a million twinkling lights across the beautiful landscape of the zoo. If you are new to the area or specifically here for a holiday in Columbia, this is a pivotal component of the local holiday tradition. 

    With the purchase of your entrance into the zoo and gardens, guests are welcome to wander through a seemingly endless display of lights and animations. There will so many dazzling sights to see, you’ll have a hard time picking just one as the backdrop for your family photo op! Families, couples and the lone traveler will all find plenty of joy perusing this festive display. Grab a gooey s’more at the Jingle Bell Bonfire. Keep your hands warm with the sweet decadence of a hot chocolate. Or, tell the big man exactly what’s on your wishlist at a meet and greet with Santa Claus. In addition to this, guests may enjoy their pick of seasonal delights, brought to the zoo by our proud local vendors. ‘Tis the season to be in Columbia!

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    Aw Shucks! It’s Time for Some Southern-Style Seafood

    Our guests are in for a real treat when they stay with us this November. Saturday the 16th kicks off the 23rd annual South Carolina Oyster Festival.

    Our guests are in for a real treat when they stay with us this November. Saturday the 16th kicks off the 23rd annual South Carolina Oyster Festival. The incredible seafood roast brings the community together to indulge in over 10,000 pounds of expertly-roasted oysters, brought to you by Pearlz Oyster Bar. Each serving of super fresh oysters sells for only $10 and is available to locals and visitors alike. If oysters aren’t your jam, not to worry. Downtown will be flooded with various food stalls, local vendors, ice-cold drinks, live entertainment, arts, and businesses—there aren’t enough hours in the day to experience it all! 

    Buy your tickets ahead of time through the event page or at the door for $10. Visit the page here for full details and to purchase your tickets. We hope you have one shell of a good time!

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    Golfing Ghouls Boos in the Zoo!

    Columbia is home to a vibrant local community, and no time of year is more precious than the fall and winter holiday months when the community comes out in full swing to bring delightful events and festive celebrations to the community. Visitors will have no problem finding something to do this Halloween during their stay with us. 

    Columbia is home to a vibrant local community and no time of year is more precious than the fall and winter holiday months when the community comes out in full swing to bring delightful events and festive celebrations to the community. Visitors will have no problem finding something to do this Halloween during their stay with us. 

    For instance, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will host their annual Boo in the Zoo celebration from October 18th to the 30th with trick-or-treating, a dance party, spooky-themed strolls, and much more. 

    Looking for a more adults-only event? Check out the spooktacular party happening at Top Golf on October 31st. The private event will feature a live DJ, costume prizes, and tempting drink specials. To learn more about what’s happening in Columbia this October, visit the Experience Columbia Site.

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    Enjoy Great Shopping In Columbia

    Columbia, South Carolina is home to plentiful shopping options, from artsy villages to luxurious districts, where guests can find unique items and signature Southern hospitality. 

    Columbia, South Carolina is home to plentiful shopping options, from artsy villages to luxurious districts, where guests can find unique items and signature Southern hospitality. 

    Visit Devine Street for chic shops, bridal boutiques and amazing dining options. The perfect destination to really treat yourself to something special. 

    Discover hand-crafted treasures at Five Points. The art village is popular among nearby USC students and is home to contemporary art galleries, barbershops, and excellent happy hour specials. 

    Explore high-end retail and antiques at the Vista. Boasting all-levels of restaurants, art galleries, and national retail shops, this is a great place to find a little bit of everything, whether dining out with family or hunting for an antique treasure. 

    For more information on shopping in Columbia, check out the city’s visitor site here

     

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    Enjoy the End of Summer at the Zoo

    As the summer starts winding down, now is a great time to explore Columbia’s outdoor offerings, such as Riverbanks Zoo & Garden.

    As the summer starts winding down, now is a great time to explore Columbia’s outdoor offerings, such as Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. The 170-acre haven, located just a 10-minute ride from our hotel, offers visitors a wide array of up-close exhibits of some of the most beautiful animals on our planet. Kangaroos, penguins and komodo dragons are just a few of the animals you can gaze upon during your visit. 

    The zoo is also home to 70 acres of botanical gardens, displaying plant species from around the world and dedicating a special zone for kids. Children and seniors save special discounts on tickets, making this the perfect family excursion. For tickets and special event information, please visit their site here. We hope you have a wild time.

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    Experience the Performance of a Lifetime During Your Stay

    From earth-defying acrobatics to dazzling costumes to heart-wrenching stories, no performance is ever quite as amazing as a Cirque du Soleil performance.

    From earth-defying acrobatics to dazzling costumes to heart-wrenching stories, no performance is ever quite as amazing as a Cirque du Soleil performance. Now’s your chance to experience it for yourself! The renowned performance group is bringing its newest show, Corteo, to Columbia this July with seven shows to choose from. This is a can’t-miss opportunity for visitors staying with us mid-July. The show will be held at the Colonial Life Arena, located just a mile from our hotel starting on July 10th. Visit the arena’s website here for dates and to purchase tickets. Grab a bite to eat before the show at the nearby Blue Marlin for some Carolina cooking or Mellow Mushroom for a specialty pizza pie. 

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    Experience Southern Cooking at Its Finest

    The Shrimp & Grits Fest in Columbia is a can’t-miss tradition brimming with good Carolina cooking that’ll make it hard to leave this southern haven. 

    It might be surprising to discover that some of the best seafood dishes in The South aren’t found along the coast. The Shrimp & Grits Fest in Columbia is a can’t-miss tradition brimming with good Carolina cooking that’ll make it hard to leave this southern haven. The event takes place on Saturday, June 15th at the downtown Hilton Doubletree. Indulge in unlimited samples of shrimp and grits from the area’s best restaurants as they compete for the title of “Columbia’s Best Shrimp & Grits”. Live music and entertainment will accompany your journey through the unique interpretations of this traditional Southern dish. The event starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. To learn more information and purchase your tickets, visit the event website here.

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    Blushing Brides, Check Out The Annual Metropolitan Bridal Expo

    Whether you’re planning to walk down the aisle soon or you plan someone else’s walk, the Metropolitan Bridal Expo is a great source of inspiration. 

    Whether you’re planning to walk down the aisle soon or you plan someone else’s walk, the Metropolitan Bridal Expo is a great source of inspiration and services to help you keep up with modern trends and create an incredible wedding. The event will take place at the Columbia Convention Center on May 19th, starting at 1:00 p.m. and feature the best event vendors in the area. With so many businesses in one centralized location, it’s the most efficient way for brides and planners to get connected with the right vendors and services for their dream wedding. Tickets are available on the event's website here.

    Own a local business that caters to weddings and special events? This is the perfect place to showcase your best work and attract new business. You can register here on the event site.

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    Get Excited for The Columbia Food and Wine Festival

    Who doesn’t enjoy a good glass of vino and mouth-watering bites? For the 2019 year, Free Times and the Five Point Foundation will support this delicious 3-day event.

    Who doesn’t enjoy a good glass of vino and mouth-watering bites? For the 2019 year, Free Times and the Five Point Foundation will support this delicious 3-day event. Each day will support a different event, including a five-course meal kick-off, expanded Soda City Market, brunch, wine-making seminars and the finale Food and Wine Festival. The concluding fest will feature wines and other alcoholic drinks, foods from over 50 local restaurants, a farmers market, and live entertainment. If you’re not careful, you’ll be just as “full-bodied” as a glass of Merlot by the end of the festivities.  

    The beauty of this weekend adventure is your ability to customize your experience. Buy tickets to just Sunday’s festival, or for real fans, buy tickets to every one of the seven distinct events throughout the weekend. For full details and to purchase your tickets, click here to explore the event website.

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    Winter Jam is Coming to Columbia

    Next Friday night, the Colonial Life Arena is welcoming over 10 artists to the stage to jam out with us.

    Next Friday night, the Colonial Life Arena is welcoming over 10 artists to the stage to jam out with us. Guests can anticipate performances by Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Hollyn and much more. There will also be a pre-jam party featuring artists such as Manic Drive and Adam Agee. Located just a mile from our establishment, it’s the perfect way to conclude a Friday night.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the official site, where you can get a full list of performers and details on parking. Looking for somewhere to unwind before the concert? We love grabbing a glass of wine at the Lula Drake Wine Parlour or a craft beer in the special ambiance of Vino Garage. We can’t wait!

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    Much to Do in Columbia This Valentine’s Day

    This Valentine’s Day, Columbia has much to offer visiting lovebirds. Get a local history lesson and gaze at the stars at Amore Under The Stars at The South Carolina State Museum. 

    This Valentine’s Day, Columbia has much to offer visiting lovebirds. Get a local history lesson and gaze at the stars at Amore Under The Stars at The South Carolina State Museum. A champagne bar and live DJ top off the romantic event. Or, if local arts are more your style, check out Valentine’s on Main this year. Each Valentine’s Day, the main street comes alive with good cooking, live jazz music, and drinks. Is it just us, or can you already feel the love brewing in the air?!

    Tickets are available for couples and solo players, which include an appetizer, entrees, dessert, and drinks. Whatever you do this Valentine’s Day, it’s sure to be a lovely time when you’re staying with us. If you’re still in town for the weekend, be sure to check out the World Beer Festival of Columbia on Saturday, February 16th. As the name suggests, patrons will get the chance to sample international, domestic and local brews. A must-see for any beer fanatic!

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