The state capital of South Carolina, Columbia, is also a center for romance for the Palmetto State's couples. Columbia's couples celebrate annual events on Valentine's Day such as classical concerts and lake cruises. However, the capital city also features restaurants with romantic ambiances and hotel getaway packages that are available throughout the year. Couples may also enjoy romantic walks in one of Columbia's parks such as Riverbanks Botanical Garden and Finlay Park.
Valentine's Day Couples Cruise
The Lake Murray Yacht Club (lakemurraymarinasc.com) hosts the annual Valentine's Day Couples Cruise on February 14. During this event, couples have access to a buffet dinner and champagne. Couples may bring their children under 10 years old. A cash bar is also available. This cruises lasts approximately 2.5 hours. The boat used for this event is the Spirit of Lake Murray (spiritoflakemurray.com). Lake Murray is on the western edge on Columbia's city limits.
Columbia is home to the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra (scphilharmonic.com) and the University of South Carolina Chamber Orchestra. Both of these music performance groups offer classical music concerts throughout the year, providing a romantic ambiance for concertgoers. The Philharmonic Orchestra performs works created by composers such as Mozart and Beethoven. On Valentine's Day weekend, this orchestra offers a “Love Songs” concert, featuring romantic songs from operas and classical suites. The University of South Carolina Chamber Orchestra also performs on Valentine's Day. These orchestras usually perform at the Koger Center for the Arts on the University of South Carolina campus.
Many of Columbia's restaurants provide romantic ambiances for date nights and anniversaries. The Melting Pot (meltingpot.com) features low-lit dining rooms, luxurious seating and has menu offerings such as fondue-covered strawberries and champagne. One upscale restaurant in Columbia, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (ruthschris.com), has private dining rooms and a private event coordinator. Several couples may rent a room for a romantic night on the town. Some rooms at Ruth's Chris are the Governors Boardroom, which seats 12, and the Park Room, a room that accommodates 20 guests. Other Columbia restaurants with romantic ambiances are Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant (alsupstairsitalian.com) and Ristorante Divino (ristorantedivino.com).
Two Columbia hotels, the Inn at USC and the Staybridge Suites Columbia, offer romantic getaway packages for couples. The Inn at USC (innatusc.com) is on the campus of the University of South Carolina and this hotel's package provides a complimentary breakfast-in-bed, accommodations for one or two nights and free tickets to a Columbia museum or historic site. The Staybridge Suites Columbia (staycolumbiasc.com) provides the Romantic Escape Package. With this package, couples receive a bottle of champagne and chocolates upon arrival to their room and reservation for two at a Columbia restaurant.
- Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau: Valentine's Day Couples Cruise
- South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra: The Concerts
- The Melting Pot: Date Night Ideas
- Ruth's Chris Steakhouse: Columbia, South Carolina Private Dining
- Al's Upstairs Italian Restaurant: Specials
- Ristorante Divino: Home
- The Inn at USC: Specials and Packages