Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel

1400 Main Street, (opening July 1, 2008), Columbia, South Carolina, 29201, United States
Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel
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Hot, what else?

by Brijb20

I'll be visiting Columbia sc with my wife early May 05. I've already gathered that it's a hot city. How are the Pubs and Bars, especially East of the river downtown. We'll be in the Best Western Governors House hotel so anywhere around there will be cool. What else could we do in and around town for a few days.
Cheers

Re: Hot, what else?

by DeeSC

Do you mean "Hot" as in heat? If you do, then you would be correct. But "Hot" as in Nightlife and things to do...well, I would say "Hot" is overstating things.

There are a number of restaurants and bars in the downtown area. Though downtown isn't all that safe unless you are walking in a group. I would exercise caution, especially around the USC area.

The Riverbanks Zoo is a very nice place. There is kayaking on the river, a State Museum, an art museum, and a children's museum. There are also a number of historic houses...like Woodrow Wilson's boyhood home, another home built by Robert Mills, and a few others. There is a Farmer's Market where locals shop. The Richland Public Library is a very neat building architecturally speaking. Has one of the best colllections in the US. Nice place to go read.
USC has some places to explore.

Local theatre is alive and well in Columbia. You would have to buy a copy of the The State newspaper. They list all the activities on Friday in the Weekend section.

You are so close to Charleston that I would make the ride down I-26 to Charleston and the Low Country. There are a zillion things to do there...as well as some of the finest restaurants and bars in the state. There is a lot to do. I think Spoleto will be happening in May, too. I am not sure about the dates though.

Re: Re: Hot, what else?

by Brijb20

Cheers. Thanks for that. Luckily we are visiting Charleston before we get to Columbia.

RE: Hot, what else?

by AlChemE

Your best bets for restaurands and pubs/bars are probably the "Vista" area, adjacent to downtown, and "Five Points" area, on the other side of the USC campus. I lived about 45 minutes from Columbia until abot a year and a half ago. I didn't frequent the bars much, but one of my favorite restaurants was Motor Supply Company Bistro on Gervais St. (This area is what they call the Vista.) It's a cozy little restaurant with a different menu every night and a very good selection of wines by the glass. We would often go there for dinner and then walk up half a block to Nonnah's, which is a good place for coffee and dessert. There are other good restaurants in the same area, this was just a personal favorite. The Governor's House is not in a bad section of downtown, so you might feel comfortable walking from there to Gervais St., but if not, hop in the car. The Capitol Building and grounds are close by, too, and are interesting to visit.

Travel Tips for Columbia

Columbia skyline

by b1bob

The skyline of Columbia is not as impressive as that of Charlotte, Richmond, or even Arlington. There are several tall buildings- primarily banks, the State House, and the First Presbyterian Church steeple. The main drags are Main and Gervais Street. Not far from the State House is the University of South Carolina campus.

The Colonial Center

by acemj

The Colonial Center is the modern arena, which opened in November of 2002, that both the men's and women's basketball teams for USC play their home games. In addition, there are many concerts and conferences held here.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

by zrim

This church that calls itself a cathedral was built in 1847 and escaped destruction when General Sherman burned most of Columbia in the final days of the Civil War. It is directly across from the State House on Sumter Avenue. Next to the cathedral is an interesting cemetary where former governors of South Carolina, Revolutionary War heros, Civil War generals and bishops of the church were laid to rest.

The "Very Reverend" Philip Conrad Linder is the current rector and dean of the cathedral. I don't suppose it would be proper to have a "Somewhat Reverend" selected as dean of the church.

Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens

by acemj

This zoo and botannical gardens was voted as South Carolina's best tourist attraction in 2002 and is consistently listed as one of America's ten best zoological parks. There are over 2000 animals representing 350 species, so there's something for everybody. It's located along the banks of the Saluda River.

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 Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel

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Address: 1400 Main Street, (opening July 1, 2008), Columbia, South Carolina, 29201, United States