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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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    Tour the Historic Robert Mills House and Gardens

    Born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1781, Robert Mills is most famous for designing the iconic Washington Monument. Slightly less famous than the Washington Monument, but no less regal (in our opinion), is the Robert Mills House, designed by Mills and constructed right here in Columbia in 1823.

    Born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1781, Robert Mills is most famous for designing the iconic Washington Monument. Slightly less famous than the Washington Monument, but no less regal (in our opinion), is the Robert Mills House, designed by Mills and constructed right here in Columbia in 1823. For more than five decades, the house has served as a museum, showcasing not only the exquisite and idiosyncratic architectural design pioneered by Mills (much of which gives the illusion of greater space and grandeur), but also a range of fascinating 19th-century decorative arts, mingling styles from the United States, Britain, and France. The house and its grounds, known together as the Robert Mills House and Gardens, occupy a full city block in the center of Columbia. Tours of the house are conducted Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10 A.M. and 1 P.M. and on Sundays at 1 and 4 P.M.

    Address: 1616 Blanding St, Columbia, SC 29201

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    The South Carolina State House

    As the capital city of South Carolina, Columbia is home to many culturally and architecturally significant historical sites.

    As the capital city of South Carolina, Columbia is home to many culturally and architecturally significant historical sites. Located just a half-mile from our hotel, the South Carolina State House is a stunning example of the Greek Revival style characteristic of the grand edifices of 19th-century America. The building itself was constructed primarily from blue granite (i.e., the official state stone) and marble. The building’s entrance is flanked by an imposing line of Corinthian columns, and the roof is adorned with an elaborate copper dome. On the west and southwest sides of the building, six bronze stars mark the spots where cannonballs, launched by Union forces, struck the State House during the Civil War. Inside you’ll find the offices of the governor and lieutenant governor, as well as the chambers of the South Carolina State Senate and House of Representatives. Visitors are welcome to attend guided or self-guided tours Monday through Friday year round.

     Address: 1100 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201

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    The Columbia Museum of Art: 5000 Years of Creativity Under One Roof

    If you’re a lover of art or art history staying with us at Hotel Trundle, we highly recommend a visit to the Columbia Museum of Art, located less than two-minutes walking distance from our hotel.

    If you’re a lover of art or art history staying with us at Hotel Trundle, we highly recommend a visit to the Columbia Museum of Art, located less than two minutes walking distance from our hotel. The museum contains over two dozen galleries with pieces representing five millennia of human creativity. The permanent collections fall into the broad categories of American, Asian, European, and Modern/Contemporary, with the Kress Collection earning the museum recognition as a national center for the appreciation of the Old European Masters. Aesthetic marvels are not limited to the art adorning the walls, however. The building itself is an architectural treasure, its façade merging contemporary sensibility with neo-classical flourishes reminiscent of the museum’s former Taylor House location. Special exhibits currently on display include Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad, a retrospective of the famed impressionist, now through July 22, and in August the museum will welcome two new exhibits, Something’s Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell and Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Exposed.

    Address: 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201

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    First Thursdays on Main Street

    Need plans for a Thursday night? We've got you covered. Head to First Thursday on the first Thursday of each month and experience the local art, culture, music, and the community that makes Columbia a welcome melting pot. 

    Need plans for a Thursday night? We've got you covered. Head to First Thursday on the first Thursday of each month and experience the local art, culture, music, and the community that makes Columbia a welcome melting pot. Just think -- a collection of local specialties, including entertainment, art, events, and interactive experiences, all against the backdrop of Main Street, the focal point of downtown Columbia. From the 1200 block down to the 1700 block, First Thursday-goers will enjoy a taste of retailers and galleries open late. A few of our monthly stops include Anastasia and Friends Gallery, Cantina 76, Columbia Museum of Art and Hampton Street Vineyard. There is also a complimentary shuttle (thanks to the City Center Partnership’s Yellow Shirts). Service runs free until 11 p.m., making it easy to hop around town. See the full list of local destinations here and mark the first Thursday of the month down on your calendar. We'll see you soon! 

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    Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    It may be hard to believe, but summer vacation is right around the corner. With the temperatures rising, we are entering the time of year that is perfect for outdoor activities. One of the most popular and exciting attractions for families in all of Columbia is the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. 

    It may be hard to believe, but summer vacation is right around the corner. With the temperatures rising, we are entering the time of year that is perfect for outdoor activities. One of the most popular and exciting attractions for families in all of Columbia is the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens. The beautiful zoological center is less than 10 minutes away from Hotel Trundle. Of course, the zoo features animal favorites like lions, zebras, giraffes, tigers, sea lions, kangaroos, and bears, oh my! However, the animals are only part of the experience. At the Giraffe Overlook, you have the opportunity to hand feed the gentle giants. You can get up close and personal with Australia’s favorite marsupials in the Kangaroo Walkabout. Plus, there are pony rides, the Endangered Species Carousel, the Spots and Stripes Railroad, and even zip-lines for you and your family to enjoy. At the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens, there are exciting adventures around every turn.

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    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.  The 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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    Explore Our Living Art Gallery

    No need to visit an art gallery or museum when you stay with us! We love infusing local art into our spaces and invite you to come and snap some of our favorite (and may we add) Instagram-worthy installations.

    No need to visit an art gallery or museum when you stay with us! We love infusing local art into our spaces and invite you to come and snap some of our favorite (and may we add) Instagram-worthy installations. Columbia is no stranger to incredible artists and we’ve worked with a number of creative geniuses to inspire our guests in ways that evoke positivity, creativity and depth. Not staying with us? That’s cool too, we’d be happy to show you around. Start with a custom blended roast by Indah Coffee and work your way through Lauren Dillon’s plaster sculpture installation just inside our lobby (you’ll be seeing her again). Next, take a journey through photography thanks to film captured by Ashley Concannon. We love a variety of artistic mediums and hand-woven textiles is just one of them. Check out Bonnie Younginer’s take on texture featured on our gallery wall. And, you can’t leave without a perfect selfie that stands for “Living Joyfully. Dreaming Fearlessly.” by Lauren Dillon. Need we say more? See the full line up of locally-commissioned artists and their works here.

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