South Carolina

The Chesnut Cottage is tucked into a charming historic neighborhood with antebellum homes and mansions, yet close to local attractions, business centers, shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Things to Do

The Columbia Museum of Art
Paintings, pottery and glass, furniture and rotating exhibits. Corner of Main and Hampton Streets, Columbia, SC. 803-779-2810


The State Museum

Collections and exhibits relating to the history, culture and geography of South Carolina. 302 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC. 803-898-4921.


Riverbanks Zoological Park and Gardens

One of America’s finest zoo, Riverbanks has received numerous awards for design, animal care and breeding of endangered species. A new botanical garden is reached via a footbridge crossing the Saluda River. 1 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC. 803-779-8717.

Congaree National Park

The only national park in the State features the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the U.S., plus lush greenery and native species and plants

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Historical Landmarks

Hampton-Preston House

Lace House (Robertson House)

South Carolina Governor’s Mansion

South Carolina State Hospital

Old Campus District, University of South Carolina

South Carolina State House

Ainsley Hall House (Robert Mills House)

Washington Street United Methodist Church

First Baptist Church

First Presbyterian Church

St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church

Waverly Historic District

Elmwood Park Historic District

Granby Mill Village Historic District

Modjeska Monteith Simkins House

Olympia Armory

Randolph Cemetery


The Township Auditorium

The historic auditorium located within walking distance from the Chesnut Cottage is a frequent hosts to favorite bands, comedians, and entertainers.


Soda City Market
Soda City Market is Columbia’s weekly Main Street event inspired by traditional European street markets. Open every Saturday morning 9 a.m. –1 p.m., year-round, rain or shine!

Columbia's Main Street

Talk a walk down Columbia's bustling Main Street to check out restaurants, catch a movie at South Carolina's only independent theater "The Nick", or play a game at The Grand.

The Vista

The entertainment district of Columbia is full of restaurants, exciting night life, music venues, and shopping. Located down Gervais Street from Assembly Street to Huger.

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The Oyster Bar

1123 Park Street



1649 Main Street



1214 Main Street



1215 Assembly Street


Hall's Chophouse

1221 Main Street


Blue Marlin

1200 Lincoln Street


Motor Supply Bistro

920 Gervais Street


Villa Tronco

1213 Blanding Street