18 More Great Dates, Columbia!

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Like basketball? Cheer on the Gamecocks! usc-womens-basketball-team

The University of South Carolina’s women’s basketball team is having another great season (out of 22 games so far they have only lost 2) and could use your support! Get tickets to one of their home games this month and enjoy the night with your sweetie. Ticket info here.

Upcoming home games:

February 16, 2017 at 7pm vs. Vanderbilt
February 26, 2017 vs. Kentucky

The University of South Carolina’s men’s basketball team has had an amazing season so far as well. Did you watch their game this past Tuesday (Feb. 7th) against Alabama? It was an exciting one! They fought hard until the end and went into QUADRUPLE over time, loosing 90 – 86. Purchase tickets for upcoming games here.

Upcoming home games:

February 15, 2017 at 6:30pm vs. Arkansas
February 25, 2017 at 1pm vs. Tennessee
February 28, 2017 at 7pm vs. Mississippi State

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Valentines At Le Cafe Jazz 2017

Bring your heart to Le Cafe Jazz on Sunday February 12th and enjoy an evening of stellar entertainment with Leland Rayner and Friends. You and your special someone will be treated to French Buffet with all the trimmings along with a special dessert and Champagne toast. The wonderful celebration of love begins at 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Couples admission: $75 per couple (tables seat four persons) Private tables: $125 per couple. Menu items include: 2 Meats, 1 Seafood, 2 Starches and 3 Vegetable Dishes. Tickets here.

Couples Massage

Ahhhh. Relax together in the seclusion of a couples’ massage.  Listen to soothing spa music, drink in the aroma-therapeutic fragrances and give each other a loving look once in a while! There are a number of spas around Greater Columbia offering couples massages.  Urban Nirvana on Forest Drive and in Lexington offer them, “Performed in a private room with a therapist for each client, couples can share an integrative massage while enjoying each other’s company.”   Hand and Stone also gives couples’ massages, “Kick back and escape with a friend or loved one with our Couple’s Massage. Two people can enjoy their massage experience together, side by side in our couple’s room. A perfect way to enjoy some quality time together. This room is ideally suited for special occasions, such as Anniversaries, Birthdays, and Valentine’s Day.” They have locations in Harbison (near Academy Sports) and in mid-town (near Whole Foods).

CUT!: Costume and the Cinema

This exciting exhibition (runs through Feb. 19th, 2017) includes 43 period costumes from 26 films, depicting five centuries of history, drama, and comedy. An experience like no other awaits visitors as they discover the glamour and artistry of cinematic couture, delight in sumptuous fabrics and unparalleled embroidery, and bask in the allure of famous film stars. The amazing costumes in this exhibition come from a collection of more than 100,000 costumes and accessories made by the renowned British costumer, Cosprop Ltd. More info here.

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Deceased Farms: My Deceased Valentine

“Love can make you weak in the knees and love can make the world seem brighter. But love can also make you do unspeakable things. Love can even bring back the dead. But some things that are dead need to stay dead…” Visit Deceased Farms, located at 382 Olde Farm Road in Lexington February 10 – February 12, 2017 with your valentine if you want to add a little spook to your weekend. $20 per person. Website here. Visit their FB page here!

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Gorgeous Sunset Views!sheraton

There are places all over Columbia that boast gorgeous views, but you can’t beat the one from the Roof Top Lounge! The Roof Top Lounge, above the Sheraton on 1400 Main Street offers breathtaking views of the center of the financial, entertainment and historic district of Columbia, SC. Enjoy sunset views as you sip Roof Top martinis in the lounge.

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Valentine’s Day Cinema!

Harbison Theatre is offering a viewing of Valentine’s Cinema An Affair to Remember on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 7pm. From the deck of an ocean liner to the top of the Empire State Building, this whirlwind dramatic adventure of love found, love lost, and – hopefully – love found again celebrates our fifth-annual Valentine’s Cinema. In an evening perfect for sharing with anyone you love, join us for a dessert and champagne reception in the lobby before setting sail with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. “Anything could happen, don’t you think?” More info here. Tickets are $17.

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chocolate-raspberry-mini-crepe-cakes-4Lovers, it’s time to experience the world via a Columbia international food tour. This is a delicious date that could easily last the entire weekend! Kick off your Friday night at Gervais & Vine, a Spanish-style tapas bar (located in the beautiful Congaree Vista), with culinary influences from all across the Mediterranean. On Saturday morning visit Crepes and Croissants, the most perfect brunch spot (open from 8am – 2pm on Saturdays). Crepes and Croissants offers a wide variety of sweet and savory French crêpes as well as other French specialties for breakfast and lunch. This place will have your taste buds doing back flips.

Moriarty’s Irish Pub, located at 902 Gervais Street, features an extensive Irish whiskey  as well as scotch from all over (representing all regions), 100+ beers from all over the world, 35 wine selections, numerous types of mules (including swedish, mandarin, irish, french etc etc), 25 TVs, a full menu, a pet friendly patio and more! Perfect place to stop in on a Saturday.

Finish out your date day at one of the most romantic restaurants in town – Rosso Trattoria Italia (open 5pm – 9:30pm on Saturday’s). Savor dishes like Shrimp & Polenta (made with sauteed shrimp, house bacon, charred tomatoes, garlic, white-wine herb butter, Congaree Milling Co. Parmesan polenta) or Chicken Parmigiana (made with Coleman farms breaded chicken breast, marinara, fresh mozzarella, Grana Padano, garlic buttered fettuccine).rioz-meat-and-wine-pic

M Kitchen, an Asian fusion restaurant located in Harbison, opens its doors on Sundays at 11:30am which makes it the perfect lunch spot! View their menu here.Their Crab Cakes, Rock Tempura Shrimp or Rose Tuna Tataki are divine, and M Kitchen offers a full bar too.

Lastly, round out your weekend at Rioz Brazilian Steak House and enjoy a delicious authentic Brazilian Churrascaria experience. (hint: save room for this meal…it is very filling!) Click here to see a list of Rioz’s sizzling meats. Can you say AMAZING? Also, be sure to enjoy their After Dinner Martinis like their Milky Way Martini (made with Absolut Vodka, amarula liqueur, Godiva chocolate liqueur, cream) or their Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini (made with stoli strawberry vodka, Godiva chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, milk).

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Hangin’ in the Trees

Have you ever stayed in a tree house here in South Carolina? Here are a few that we stumbled upon on Airbnb:

Tree house in the Woods: Located in Bethune, SC (near Camden) this tree house was built from wood milled on site in 1982. It is a 3-story circular house with a center tree to which supporting beams are attached. The original artisan builder filled the house with stained glass windows, stained glass cabinets, and lovely wooden cabinetry. The house is completely private and secluded, but includes wonderful amenities for a peaceful vacation. With two bedrooms; one full bath; one half bath; and a fully stocked kitchen, you can enjoy the woods while having everything you need around you. There are eighteen windows in the upstairs bedroom from which you can see the stars at night. Enjoy the view from the king size bed. There is also a small upper story deck – a great place for reading, having a glass of wine, or listening to tunes which you can play on our old-time record player. They have lots of ‘vinyl’ to choose from! Book here.

Treetop Beech Dreams: Stay in a beautifully designed tree house near Lake Hartwell that graces the branches of an old Beech tree. This tree house is not currently air conditioned, or screened in, so you have the option to upgrade to a room in the house if you prefer. Book here.

Bolt Farm Tree House: an extraordinary tree house hidden in 40 acres of paradise inbolt-farm-tree-house Walhalla, SC! This tree house has an antique hand painted king bed (must see!), fireplace and AC, indoor plumbing, outdoor rope bed, 2-person hammock, outdoor shower, chandeliers, vintage board games, record player, antique furnishings, organic food, Southern hospitality, treetop dining room with ice box, propane grill…and space to breathe! Book here. (This tree house is very popular, so you’ll have to book way in advance)

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Play & Eat!

Do you and your honeybuns love to play games together?  You will be absolutely blown away with Dave and Buster’s  in Columbiana Centre – opening on Monday, February 13th! The Million Dollar Midway (with games valued at $3 million!) offers you games you know and games you don’t!  The Walking Dead, Batman, Star Wars, Guitar Hero, Pac Man (not the original, mind you!) are just a few that will have you playing for hours!  Win amazing prizes too!  They have an entire “prize room” with an incredible array of fun stuff.  They serve adult beverages from a huge bar with a wide selection of beer on tap (including a few local crafts) and a gorgeous cocktail menu! And food? Known for its legendary burgers, Dave & Buster’s offers a gourmet selection of all sorts of appetizers, sandwiches, fresh salads, steaming soups and delicious entrees ranging from ribs to seafood to sandwiches to their wings. Come ready to play and let the games begin! Click here to visit their website.

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SC State Museum Planetarium: Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure — NEW SHOW sea-monsters

This exciting new planetarium experience takes audiences on a remarkable journey into the relatively unexplored world of the “other dinosaurs,” those reptiles that lived beneath the water. Follow a family of Dolichorhynchops, also known informally as “Dollies,” as they traverse ancient waters populated with saber-toothed fish, prehistoric sharks and giant squid. Sea Monsters is narrated by Tony Award-winning actor Liev Schreiber and features an original score by Richard Evans, David Rhodes and Peter Gabriel. Show Run Time: 40 mins. Ticket info here.

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Trivia!

Strengthen your relationship by being a team in all things…including trivia! Here are a few spots around town that are fun to play trivia at:

Moriarty’s Irish Pub: Located at 902 Gervais Street, Moriarty’s has Trivia every Tuesday at 7pm! Enjoy $3 pint night featuring over a dozen craft draft beers! A deal you can’t miss. And guess what? Winner receives $100 CASH PRIZE.

The Casual Pint: Located at 807 Gervais Street, the Casual Pint has Trivia every Wednesday starting at 7pm, plus enjoy $2 chicken tacos!

Cock n’ Bull: Located at 326 S Edisto Ave., Cock n’ Bull has Trivia every Monday at 7pm, featuring $3 pints.

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Happy Couples Garden Together ~ Wingard’s Nursery

Wander through five rooms of garden lifestyle gifts in the Gift Shoppe, enjoy the taste of local farm fresh produce in the Produce Market and take care of your backyard wildlife in their new Wings & Things department ~ all while you enjoy the quiet ambiance of a garden center steeped in history. Be inspired by the lush colors of nature, and find a peaceful spot to enjoy the birds, blossoms, and butterflies. Also, don’t miss their Spring Fling on Saturday, March 11th from 7am – 6pm. If you are there at dawn you can watch the sunrise with them and the first 100 customers to walk through the gates will receive 50% off any ONE regular-priced item on this day only. Click here for more info.

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Visit a Winery! Wine Tasting, Wine making lessons & more.

Visit City Scape Winery, located at 589 Dunklin Bridge Road in Pelzer, South Carolina (about 30 minutes from downtown Greenville) for a wine tasting to remember!

  • Premium Wine Tasting- $12.95
    Most popular! Includes a tasting of 10-12 wines, local cheese plate and souvenir wine glass
  • Regular Wine Tasting – $6.95
    A tasting of 10-12 of our handcrafted wines

Tasting Room Hours:

Thursday: 11am – 6pm
Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday: 11am – 6pm
Sunday: 1pm – 5pm

Don’t miss their Valentine’s Chocolate and Wine Pairing Tastings on February 11th and February 12th. This year they are pairing nine of their wines with nine custom made local chocolates. $15 per person. Book here!

U-Vint (Make Wine)? Josh and Deb Jones, owners of City Scape Winery, will pass on their knowledge of making wine to visitors via a process they call U-Vint. This is an opportunity for you to learn the process of making wine by individual, hands-on experience. The process takes 3 or 4 visits over a 4 to 6-week period. You do all the work of starting, racking, stabilizing, and bottling your own wine. And they schedule visits around your schedule. Learn more about U-Vint here.

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Fun with Clothes and Photos

clothes-shopping-together-mdThis is a cheap and really fun date. Head to your shopping center and pick out clothes that you’d like to see your date wear. Get as creative and silly with your choices as you want! Also, don’t forget to snap a picture of them in that Bahamas shirt paired with dress pants for Facebook. Have fun dressing each other up and bring some money with you just in case your lover finds themselves a new style!

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Attend Ruth’s Chris Wine Dinner

Have fun attending Ruth’s Chris Steak House‘s upcoming wine dinner – their Prisoner Wine Dinner – on Thursday, February 23rd at 7pm. $100 per person (plus tax & gratutity)

Known for sourcing varietals from the best vineyards across Napa, Prisoner Wine Company’s wine making team consistently produces unique wine blends that are both prisoner-winescaptivating and approachable.  As part of this special evening, guests will enjoy five wines – The Prisoner, Saldo, Cuttings, Thorn and Blindfold – alongside a beautiful multi-course menu inspired by the flavors California wine country. Call 803.212.6666 to make your reservation! Enjoy their five courses…view them on Foodie News.

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Shop & Stroll at the Soda City Market

Soda City is Columbia’s Main Street market focused on your brain, body and belly! …..and a healthy relationship should definitely focus on improving these three categories right?;) They’re open every Saturday morning 9am – 1pm, year-round, rain or shine! Whether you’re shopping for a one-of-kind gift or picking-up this week’s groceries (to make dinner together!),  you’ll find a refreshing mix of local and regional food and craft vendors.

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Visit the Newberry Opera House!

Enjoy a show with your bae at the Newberry Opera House. Fun times await!

No Sex Please, We’re British: An unassuming couple’s home is suddenly filled with pornographic literature in a farcical misunderstanding. Heavy hors’ douerves included in ticket. Cash bar available. No one age 17 or under admitted. Shows Feb. 10th, 11th, 17th or 18th at 7pm. Buy tickets here.

Dailey & Vincent: The Dailey & Vincent duo has been hailed throughout the music industry as one of the most exciting, reputable and elite Bluegrass bands in America. They have won numerous awards for their uniquely contagious and riveting music, including: three Grammy Award Nominations for the 2014 “Bluegrass Album of the Year;” 14 IBMA Awards (International Bluegrass Music Awards) as three-time “Entertainer of the Year,” three-time “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Album of the Year” and four Dove Awards with three “Bluegrass Album of the Year” awards and “Bluegrass Song of the Year.” Show on February 19, 2017 at 3pm. Buy tickets here.

Puccini’s Turandot: Puccini’s final masterpiece, Turandot is based on the Greek myth “ the riddle of the sphinx.” The story takes place in the ancient “Forbidden City” of Peking. Princess Turandot poses an impossible riddle to any man who wishes to marry her, resulting in many beheadings, to the great horror of all Peking. Finally, a brave Persian Prince solves the riddle and ends this deadly cycle, restoring peace to Peking and winning the heart of Turandot. Show on February 23, 2017 at 7pm.

View ALL of the Newberry Opera House shows here.

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