Columbia, South Carolina
Unmistakably Southern, yet forward-thinking and with a dynamic pulse, there are a multitude of reasons why Columbia is known to be "Famously Hot."
Easy to access by three major interstates (I-77, I-26, and I-20), Columbia is situated in the center of South Carolina at the convergence of three rippling rivers lined by a shady riverwalk perfect for jogging and walking.
The area's population is over 700,000, with the bustling capital complex, thriving colleges and universities, award-winning hospital systems and diverse and charming neighborhoods to suit any lifestyle. Several entertainment districts with outdoor cafes, coffee shops, art galleries and shops present year-round opportunities for socializing and enjoying the outdoors. Annual festivals abound, from celebrating the Irish in everyone to eating crawfish fresh from Louisiana, to finding the Tastiest Tomato...locally grown, of course.
Historic homes and antebellum mansions nod to a bygone era while high-tech start-up companies and arts enthusiasts thrive in the urban revitalization occurring in the downtown area. Columbia may be known for its "hot spots," but opens the eyes of visitors and residents to a "surprisingly cool" lifestyle and culture.
Columbia may be Famously Hot, but the forecast is predictable, mostly sunny the majority of the time! Nightime brings light breezes and comfortable temperatures. Annual rainfall is forty-five inches, enough to cool things down. Columbia enjoys four distinct seasons, with glorious spring blooms, autumn color, and winters that stay mostly above frigid temps with rare snow.
A Few of Columbia's Accolades
Columbia recently scored a victory over its Southeastern rivals by being named the best mid-sized college town in the country. New Jersey-based ePodunk.com's College Town Index, a community information site, evaluated about 160 college towns based on 14 sets of criteria.
The non-profit group Partners for Livable Communities selected Columbia as one of "America's 30 Most Livable Communities." Criteria: environmental quality; parkland; ability to train new workers; job market; education; and use of the arts for economic development.
For more information, visit www.columbiacvb.com.
The following hotels have special rates for Columbia College guests:
- Staybridge Suites, downtown Vista Columbia-king studio $119, one bedroom with 2 queens $129. Call 803.451.5900.
- Holiday Inn Express, Harbison-standard king or 2 queen room $94/night. Call 803.732.2229
- Wingate by Wyndham, Harbison-standard king or double room $79/night. Call 803.407.6166
Here are links to a few other hotel choices in the downtown area:
- Hampton Inn Historic District (Vista)
- Hilton Columbia Center
- Embassy Suites Columbia - Greystone
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Columbia
- Columbia Marriott
- SpringHill Suites by Marriott Downtown/The Vista
- Sheraton Columbia