Day Tripping

Sandra Parkhurst7/25/2012  |  Categories: Columbia
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The Midlands offer a unique location in the center of the state, which provides easy access to South Carolina's favorite adventures.  Below we list some of our favorite destinations, not far from home.

Charleston, South Carolina:  explore the south's historic charm by day or night.  Voted 2011 Top City in the US, Charleston lives up to its title.  The best part...Charleston is a quick 2 hour drive from Columbia, SC and affords visitors a glimpse of history, beaches, art, dining & nightlife.

Greenville, South Carolina:  set among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville offers an array of activity from hiking, biking, dining, shopping, museums and more.  And the drive?  Less than 2 hours from Columbia, SC makes this location an easy answer.

Asheville, North Carolina: nestled between the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains, Asheville is a vibrant town with nightlife, shopping, dining, music festivals, breweries and more.  Its close proximity to Dupont State Forest and Pisgah National Forest provides a backyard playground for explorers.  Did we mention the fly fishing is off the hook too?  Asheville is just over 2 hours from Columbia, SC.  We recommend spending the weekend, you won't be bored.

Beaufort, South Carolina: two and a half hours southeast of Columbia, SC along the Intra-Coastal Waterway sits the charming town of Beaufort.  Admire the beautiful old homes along the bay or enjoy delicious seafood at one of their famous festivals.  The Beaufort Shrimp Festival is coming up, so save the date.

Savannah, Georgia: just under three hours from Columbia, SC, Savannah's historic & riverfront district is filled with beautiful green squares, parks, restaurants, bars, history tours, carriage rides and more.  Find a cute Bed & Breakfast and spend the whole weekend.

Several other nearby cities offer a plethora of fun for the family.  Consider spending the afternoon shopping in Charlotte, North Carolina or an afternoon on the beautiful golf courses on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  From Lake Carolina, adventures are endless!

Where's your favorite Day Trip?

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Rockin' the Rivers

Sandra Parkhurst7/20/2012  |  Categories: Nature
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The HEAT is on...and what better way to beat it than in the water?  Luckily, Columbia, SC is surrounded by water.  The Broad River, the Saluda River and the Congaree River converge and are popular for recreation year round.  And get this, the Saluda River water temperatures are around 50 degrees.  Needless to say, a jump in the river will definitely cool you off!

Let our friends at Adventure Carolina take you down the river in canoe, kayak or tube and experience an amazing aqua adventure.  Bet you didn't know there are exciting rapids out your own backdoor.  Although it may not compare to whitewater kayaking in West Virginia, Colorado or California, they sure are fun to play around in! 

To learn more about the rivers around Columbia, SC please visit the Rivers in Columbia, SC website or come visit us at the Lake Carolina Sales Center...our staff is happy to share their experiences with you!

What's your favorite river to paddle on?

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Columbia, SC: The New Southern Hot Spot

Sandra Parkhurst7/13/2012  |  Categories: Columbia
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From the state capital, to fork-tender barbeque, to a winning athletic team.  Can Columbia, South Carolina live up to its self proclaimed title as the "New Southern Hot Spot?"  US Airways investigates...

Personally, we think Famously Hot Columbia is thriving.  Sports teams, education, outdoor adventure, lakes, rivers, affordability, museums, location, dining, nightlife, and good ol' fashion southern hospitality just about sums it up.

Some of our favorites?

-University of South Carolina Gamecocks
-Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
-Lake Murray
-Historical Museums & Art Galleries
-Congaree National Park

Read what Mayor Steve Benjamin has to say about our city on page 62 in US Airways Magazine.

Click here to read the article.

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Top 50 Running Coaches

Sandra Parkhurst7/6/2012  |  Categories: Community
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Not only are we excited to have Velocity Distance Project in Lake Carolina's Town Center, we're super excited to announce that their Founder & Director of Sports Performance, Dave Hale, has been named as one of the top 50 distance running coaches in the United States.  What an honor!

Lace up your sneakers and take some tips from Dave and visit Velocity Distance Project to kickstart your summer running regimen.

Congratulations Dave and thank you for being a part of our wonderful community.

To read more about Velocity Distance Project and Dave's achievements click HERE.

"Why do we run?  Because we're FAST!" ~ author unknown

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