6 ‘Happy Hour’ Specials You Need In Your Life

Chris Laskowski6/28/2016  |  Categories: Columbia
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Who doesn’t love a good bargain? Columbia’s diverse restaurant scene makes eating out even more delicious--with a selection of unbeatable Happy Hour specials! From tasty tacos to fine wines, here are six of the area's best Happy Hour offerings: 

1) Ruth’s Chris Steak House 
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply treating yourself, Ruth’s has something on the menu for everyone. The restaurant prides itself on its 12 signature steaks, which can be paired with happy hour deals that feature fine wines, crab cake sandwiches, burgers and more.

2) Pearlz Oyster Bar
Taste irresistible local cuisine at Pearlz Oyster Bar, a fine dining experience you won’t find anywhere else. Complete with a slew of fresh oyster dishes, this restaurant’s happy hour includes grilled mahi tacos, corn fritters, calamari, beverages and--of course--oysters! 

3) SakiTumi Grill & Sushi Bar
If delectable sushi is your cup of tea, then try SakiTumi’s unique happy hour. Select days of the week offer discounted sushi rolls, miso soup, tuna, salmon and apps, while other days offer deals on wine or martinis. Yum! 

4) Thirsty Fellow
Make your way to Columbia’s fun pizzera and pub from 4PM-7PM, Tuesday through Friday, for deliciously good deals. Guests can indulge in affordable drinks while enjoying an upscale menu and casual pub atmosphere. 

5) Tin Roof of Columbia
What better way to wind down from a hectic workday than discounted drinks, live music or unbeatable tacos? Tin Roof offers up a hip, lively ambiance and a great selection of food and drink. Happy hour, Monday through Friday (4PM - 7PM), ranges from the popular Taco Tuesday to $3 draft.

6) Tio's Mexican Cafe & Cantina
Every Monday through Saturday, 4PM to close, Tio’s offers guests tasty drinks on a budget. Specials change daily, varying from $2 margaritas, half-prized sangrias, $3 mimosas and more. Pair your drinks with Tio’s delicious Mexican cuisine and make it a full-fledged fiesta! 

Want to make the thriving city of Columbia, SC your home? Explore the new homes of Lake Carolina! Lake Carolina is a master-planned development with exciting social events, a bustling town center, Fort Jackson and Shaw Air Force Base housing and a friendly community! 

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Breathtaking SC State Parks You Totally Need To Visit

Chris Laskowski6/20/2016  |  Categories: Nature
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Summer has officially arrived...which means it’s the perfect time to start planning your fill of day trips. South Carolina residents are mere hours away from numerous state parks, mind-blowing views of nature and lots of family fun. Here are a few state parks every SC homeowner should visit: 

Table Rock State Park
Bask in the glory of Pinnacle Mountain and the Blue Ridge Mountain Range, located in Pickens County. Table Rock State Park’s scenic preserve puts you in the middle of breathtaking nature. You can also participate in select dates of “Music on the Mountain,” a unique ‘bluegrass jam’ that combines traditional music with the great outdoors.

Myrtle Beach State Park
If an oceanside state park is more your scene, visit South Carolina’s popular destination of Myrtle Beach. While this tourist-centric area is chalked full of souvenir shops, restaurants and theme parks, the state park is a break from the hustle and bustle. The maritime atmosphere is perfect for summer and offers visitors a peaceful place to fish, camp and experience unbeatable views.

Devil’s Fork State Park
This hotspot is popular for a reason. Packed with stunning waterfalls, a gorge and the rapturous Lake Jocassee, Devil’s Fork is the perfect destination for catching some gorgeous views. Make it a day-trip or set up camp and see if you can spot the endangered Oconee bell wildflower. 

Caesars Head State Park
Embark on a journey through the wilderness at Caesers Head State Park. Views of mountains, 11,000 acres of forest and the towering Raven Cliff Falls make this summer stop a worthwhile one. Adventurers can hike the Raven Cliff Falls hiking trail for some serious sightseeing. 

Our list is only the beginning. To view a full list of Lake Carolina State Parks, click here. To learn more about making South Carolina your home, explore our new homes in Columbia, SC

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Dog-Friendly Places in Columbia, SC

Chris Laskowski6/10/2016  |  Categories: Columbia
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The Lake Carolina community is home to a diverse set of families--many of which include a furry, four-legged member! If you’re a proud dog owner, you know that a move can be just as challenging for your canine as it is for you. Not only does Lake Carolina offer 30+ miles of spacious walking trails for you and your puppy to roam, it’s situated in the greater Columbia area, home to a number of dog-friendly spots! While there’s plenty of room to run within our development, here are a few popular places within a 35-minute radius of the community:

Dog-Friendly Parks
The map of South Carolina’s popular city is peppered with dog-friendly parks! Just a short drive from Lake Carolina's development lies Sesquicentennial State Park, a luscious preserve with hiking paths, a rope course and areas dedicated for Man’s Best Friend. Finlay Park is also a go-to spot for locals. As one of the most iconic parks in Columbia, it offers plenty to do for both humans and canines alike. NOMA (North Main) Dog Park requires a membership for your pup, but it’s well worth it! This park ensures all dogs are vaccinated and safe to play off-leash.

Dog-Friendly Patios
Nearby restaurants and eateries, such as Cantina 76 (a delicious Mexican joint), Blue Marlin (a Southern-inspired selection of fresh fish and seafood) or Pawley's Front Porch (which offers tasty burgers and comfort food) have open patio seating during the summer. They are also amongst the many dining facilities in Columbia that allow dogs to accompany their owners on the patio! 

Dog-Friendly Events
Stay social with the numerous pup-friendly events that take place year-round! Pawmetto Lifeline's Annual Bark to the Park offers plenty of fun for dogs, owners and families in general.This large-scale fundraising event donates proceeds to life-saving programs for animals. It also strives to aid the adoption of homeless pets across the Midlands! 

Are you and your furry friend looking to relocate? Learn more about our new homes in Columbia by clicking here.

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4 Ways to Kick Off Summer in Lake Carolina

Chris Laskowski6/7/2016  |  Categories: Community
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Attention, socialites! Make this summer something extra special with the diverse social events that Lake Carolina is hosting on its 1,850 spacious acres. With a slew of fun and exciting community activities all year round, the development’s calendar has a ton to do during warmer months. Most of these events are open to the public and many donate proceeds to various charities. Save the date for a summer of delicious Southern comfort food, plenty of fresh air and lots of socializing!

Tri the Midlands: Push yourself to the limit for a great cause! Summer is the perfect time for achieving fitness goals and this challenge encompasses a 500-meter swim, a 14-mile bike race and a 5K run all within the community’s beautiful property. Are you pumped yet? Register now and support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The race will be held on June 28 at 8AM, starting at the village green. 

Summer Solstice Fish Fry: Get in the summer spirit at Lake Carolina’s annual fish fry! Along with a delicious menu, guests have the chance to celebrate the solstice by kayaking, paddle boarding, listening to music and more. Be one of the first 200 attendees to sign up by RSVPing at events@lakecarolina.com. This event takes place on Saturday, June 26 from 4-7PM at the community lake house.

Community Ice Cream Social: Kids will have a field day at the community’s ice cream social, taking place on Thursday, July 14 from 2-4PM at Centennial Park. Along with an opportunity to defeat the summer heat, little ones can create their own ice cream sundae (or chow down on some scrumptious frozen yogurt) with “toppings galore”!

Shagging on the Shore: Stop by the lake house on Friday, July 29 at 7PM for this popular event! Indulge in a fun evening of entertainment with live music, tasty food and a beach-y atmosphere. Grab one of the 250 attendance spots by RSVPing at events@lakecarolina.com today!

While you’re making a day of these fun-filled events, see the collection of new homes that Lake Carolina has to offer. There are plenty of community amenities, a bustling town center filled with diverse shops, and over a dozen year-round activities for residents of all ages.

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