The Hippest Southern City You Have Yet to Discover

With several distinct shopping districts and a recently revitalized downtown, tons of new shops, restaurants and other thriving businesses mixed in amidst old favorites like The Nickelodeon, Mast General Store and King’s Jewelers. The best part? Columbia SC grants you front row access to all of this with affordable prices, manageable traffic, lots of parking and walkable districts, too.

Columbia is an unexpected, urban southern hot spot. Its natural beauty and historic significance serve as a rich backdrop for a city bursting with growth, creativity, and the excitement of what’s to come.

Accessible and affordable with big-city amenities and a small town feel, Columbia is the ideal place for small to mid-size events. The mix of hotels provide lots of options, and with three interstates that intersect the city and a regional airport, getting here is straightforward. Its characteristic Southern charm (and food!) makes event attendees feel right at home. Versatile facilities include over 535,000 square feet of meeting space and a 142,500 sq. ft. convention center. Plentiful accommodations, walkability and overall manageability make for logistics that are as friendly as the people.

Definitely fit for foodies, Southern staples like shrimp and grits or chicken and waffles are off the charts. And with a climate conducive to year-round farm-fresh ingredients, lucky for us, chefs who know just what to do with them have flocked here from all over.

With evidence of renewal everywhere, Columbia will leave you looking forward to what’s next. Come as you are and discover all that makes it a real hot spot. We’ll be waiting with a glass of sweet tea, unless of course you’d prefer something barrel-aged or bacon-infused.


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