COLUMBIA: valentines ideas

Valentines day is right around the corner.  Some couples might have planned a date night months ago, others of us might be waiting until the last second! No worries if that is you, you still have plenty of time to whip together a lovely evening for you and your significant other. A few ideas are below and each heading is linked with more details!

Amore Under the Stars

Enjoy a night under the stars at the State Museum! An incredible planetarium experience along with a champagne bar and delicious dinner. You can dance the night away with the DJ and you’ll even leave with your own souvenir champagne flute. Tickets are $35 or only $28 if you’re a museum member!


Fern Studio

Want to wow your special someone with a BEAUTIFUL flower arrangement? Fern is offering a variety of different flower arrangements this year. They are a lovely local florist that will put a special touch on each arrangement. Don’t have time to go pick it up? No worries, for a small fee they will deliver for you!

The Grand Valentines Day Bowl 

If you and your significant other enjoy a little competition, this Valentines challenge could be a great date! This whole week before Valentines day The Grand is holding a little bowling competition. The winner receives a lovely Valentines day dinner at the Grand!


Trader Joes (On Forest Drive)

Trader Joes always has an assortment of flowers pre-arranged for anywhere from $3-$10. They have a delicious featured Rose right now (pictured above). Grab a bottle, some cheese & crackers and make a great spontaneous Valentines day date anywhere! Need some suggestions? You could head to the River Walk or the State House and have a lovely little picnic, weather permitting of course.

Studio Cellar Valentines Class

Studio Cellar in the Vista is offering a class on Valentines day this year! For $95 this Valentines day package includes 2 tickets, 2 canvases, bottle of wine, and sweet treat!


Pure Barre Columbia Bring on the Men

Do you and your significant other enjoy exercising together! Columbia’s Pure Barre studio in Five Points is hosting their annual Valentines day Bring on the Men class! Class is at 6:30pm and you can sign up with the link above.  

Weekend of Valentines Day:

Maybe the day of Valentines day isn’t an option for you this year. Here are some options for the weekend of Valentines day!

Spotted Salamander 5 Course Dinner

The incredible Spotted Salamander located on Richland Street is offering a 5 course Valentines day dinner this year! Their food is incredible and desserts are to die for so this meal will NOT disappoint!

Love Is Love Is Love Cabaret

On February 16 & 17 the Trustus Theatre is performing Love is Love is Love Cabaret! Tickets are $15 or you can get the Venus package for $40 (2 tickets) and you also receive a bottle of champagne! 

Just enjoy time with those you love on Valentines day no matter what you're doing! 

COLUMBIA: walking trails

As the weather starts to cool off, everyone enjoys being outside more. If the typical morning stroll is getting old then try out one of these trails for a change of scenery!

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Picture found here. 


1.  West Columbia River Walk: Great place to go walk with the family/dogs. There is also an outdoor amphitheater. 

2.  Riverfront Park: Great place to run along the river. Very flat and a great place to get miles in for running/biking/walking. 

3.  Guignard Clay Quarry Loop Trail: A great trail for a run or walk. 

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Picture found here. 


4.  Sesquicentennial State Park: There is a dog park and great running/ biking trails. There is also a new splash pad for kids in the summer! You can also rent small kayaks/paddle boats/canoes to take out on the lake. 

5.  Clemson Extension: Miles of hiking and running trails along with some small ponds. This is also where the SC State Cross Country meet is held every fall. 

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Picture found here.

Around Lake Murray:

6.  Harbison State Forest: Miles of trails for running/walking. There are some trails for biking as well. 

7.  Saluda Shoals Park: Off Bush River Road. Boat rentals, dog park, and trails for hiking/biking/horseback riding.

8.  Dreher Island: Perfect place to hike, camp, and fish with the whole family. 

Enjoy getting outside and having fun in Columbia! 

DATE NIGHT: midwood smokehouse

Kit and I headed to a new place for our date night a few weeks ago! Midwood Smokehouse in Crosshill Market was a place I’d been wanting to try for a while. Kit loves bar-be-que and I’m not always a huge fan but love the atmosphere and trying bits of Kit’s brisket.


The atmosphere was similar, there were old pictures on the wall and the feel of a local joint. The service was incredible as well!

We ordered wings to start (our waiter’s suggestion) and they were delicious. 


Then for our meal:

I ordered a three taco plate with jalapeno wrapped bacon as an appetizer


Kit ordered the brisket (again our waiter’s suggestion)

We were surprised with how much we enjoyed our choices! 


Midwood Smokehouse is known for their BBQ sauce! So make sure you ask the waiter about their house sauce (and try it!). 

You’ll have to check out Midwood Smokehouse at some point if you like BBQ!


DATE NIGHT: our tradition

When Kit and I first got married, we moved to Columbia to work for a non-profit outreach ministry called Young Life. We realized quickly that even though we were married and worked together, we didn’t get a lot of quality time together, just the two of us.


Once we realized that we had obligations most nights of the week, we decided to block of Thursday nights to have a date each week. Some weeks that looks like picking up sushi or grilling at home and watching a movie or riding our bikes at Clemson Extension and having a picnic.


But what we’ve really loved is exploring Columbia and trying new restaurants!  When we first moved here and Kit would meet friends for lunch he would ask them to pick a new local place that he hadn’t been yet.

My husband loves food. Seriously, he’ll try anything (except fruit but that’s another story).

We’ve fallen in love with a lot of the local restaurants in our town. If you have a favorite Columbia spot please let me know so that we can make sure we try it out!