Roam the Grounds at Old McCaskill’s Farm
Take a trip to Old McCaskill’s and see firsthand what life is like on the farm! Take in the fresh air, visit with the goats, cows, horse, pigs, chickens and dogs that call this place home, then get her a gift from the Farm Store! If you go on a Friday, the two of you can enjoy Lunch on the Farm, a delicious, homemade, farm-to-table meal that starts at 11:30am. More here.
Making a Difference…Together
Volunteering together and making a difference in our community can be a memorable experience that you’ll both feel great about! Here are some ways to help: Serve hungry people at Harvest Hope Food Bank’s Emergency Food Pantries; volunteer to help run the concession stand at Colonial Life Arena during the USC Gamecocks Basketball Season; give your time at a local animal shelter, like PETSinc in West Columbia, and help with everything from walking dogs, to keeping the grounds beautiful, to socializing the cats and dogs in the shelter. More here.
Strolling arm in arm with your beloved on a beautiful day…the Midlands are full of scenic trails and beautiful parks in which to do just that. The Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park is a favorite path for casual walks, with its easy, paved trail and views of the river’s natural beauty, and benches to stop and take it all in. Saluda Shoals Park, on the Saluda River, provides a relaxing set of paved and unpaved walkways through wooded areas, for a more remote feeling. In downtown Lexington, Virginia Hylton Park provides a shady walking path with charming covered gazebos, picnic tables, koi pond, and flower gardens.
Go on a picnic!
Pack a blanket and commune with nature at one of these great picnic spots: Sesquicentennial State Park, known to locals as “Sesqui,” is a natural getaway amongst pine trees and nature trails. The park features several hiking trails and a lake that’s the perfect backdrop for outdoor dining, as well as picnic shelters. Dreher Island State Park is home to a variety of wildlife and wildflowers around Lake Murray. The park is made up of three islands linked to the mainland. Picnic tables and shelters are available. Community Park of Irmo: Home of the famous Okra Strut Festival, this park features an amphitheater, picnic shelters with BBQ grills, walking trails and more. The park’s tall trees provide lots of shade, and make for a comfortable picnicking area.
Discover Jazz Together
Pearlz Upstairz Lounge, located in the beautiful Congaree Vista, is a unique space that features live jazz and blues music from local and regional artists. Jazz bar serves popular hand crafted cocktails at its full service bar, and offers a carefully selected beer list. CMA Jazz on Main is a popular music program that offers a series of great jazz performances under the artistic direction of band leader Noel Freidline. Tickets are required. Since 2009, Chayz Lounge has hosted jazz and blues performers in a warm, relaxed atmosphere, and are now located in their own building in West Columbia.