3 Great Dates in The Midlands!

Learn to Throw Pottery

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The Art Smart Academy in Irmo offers a date night once in a while that allows couples to make beautiful (or functional) art together. The next one is on August 17th and for $55 you can enjoy learning how to use a pottery wheel and make yourself a little pot or two.  Work as a team as one of you works the wheel and the other adds water and encouragement. This is a fun way to explore an art form together and grow an appreciation for handmade pottery.  Click here to go to the Art Smart Academy and register.

Go Bicycling at Saluda Shoals

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Men’s and women’s Cruiser bicycles are available for rent at Saluda Shoals Park from 9:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. everyday.  Take a nice day in August (chance of rain is down to 30% come Wednesday!) and head to this gorgeous park along the eastern side of the Saluda River.  Paved trails lead alongside the river as well as into other scenic areas of the park. Benches to rest and enjoy the peacefulness of this really lovely park.  Bicycle rentals include all necessary equipment.

  • 1-hour rental: $5
  • Half Day (4 hours): $15
  • Full Day (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.): $25
  • Daily parking fees apply

Click here to learn more!

Stay a Night at Kilburnie: The Inn at Craig Farm


Looking for a romantic getaway that’s nearby? Kilburnie is a most welcoming and relaxing Bed and Breakfast Inn with the aura of a small boutique hotel and is located just 70 miles from Columbia. Come and experience true hospitality in the quiet and graceful comfort of this beautifully restored antebellum country home near Lancaster, SC.  Kilburnie has all modern amenities one may expect in first class accommodations;

  • Inviting large elegant bedrooms, all with fire side seating
  • Spacious and bright private bathrooms.
  • Latest hydro-therapy whirlpools.
  • Bose Wave Radios in all rooms.
  • High speed wireless internet throughout.
  • Fully vented gas log fireplaces.

Rates from $169 per night. Visit their website here.

Saturday Morning at the State Farmers Market

Start your weekend off enjoying a Breakfast Date at The Market Restaurant, located in a building near the entrance to the Market off US Hwy. 321. French toast with blueberriesEverything on their menu is made from scratch in-house, daily. Take a look at their breakfast menu here.  After your meal, drive back to the open sheds of the SC Farmers Market and admire the truckloads of fresh produce and pick out fruits and veggies that you can use for tonight’s meal! You’ll love talking to the local farmers, learning about different types of produce and how to select the best.