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    A Getaway for You and Your Pup

    Your dog is part of the family, shouldn’t they get to a enjoy a getaway too? In Columbia, SC, you’ll find a vibrant city with a gritty spirit in the midst of surrounding natural beauty with pet-friendly activities and amenities to boot. Pack a bag and grab the leash, because the heart of SC has a fun-filled weekend in store for you and your pet.


    Stay close to all the action and make Graduate Columbia, located near the University of South Carolina, your home away from home for the weekend. Kick back and relax with your pup on an outdoor patio like Jake’s Bar & Grill or Publico Kitchen and Tap in Five Points for drinks and small bites. At these spots, you can unwind with a cold beverage while your furry friend runs and mingles with the locals (local dogs, that is).


    On Saturdays you can explore Soda City Market, which features the most creative, the most local, and the most delicious that the Columbia region has to offer, smack in the middle of Main Street! This producer-only market is where you’ll find locals browsing over 100 vendors with their four-legged friends and you can soak up all of the tastes and cultures on tap here in the capital city. While you browse, be sure to check out some of the brick-and-mortar shops along Main Street, like Mast General Store, a local favorite.


    If you’re looking for outdoor adventure, you’ll want to take a trip to Congaree National Park, South’s Carolina’s only National Park and largest intact tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the U.S. Whether you’re meandering along the boardwalk or giving yourself a bit more of a challenge, a day hiking with your dog and taking in the fresh air is one you won’t soon forget. There are also plenty of trails to explore around the city with the Three Rivers Greenway. This 15.5 mile (and growing) riverfront trail system that spans across three cities in the Columbia region follows the Broad, Saluda and Congaree Rivers and is your go-to network for fun in the outdoors.


    Consider yourself a craft beer connoisseur? Take a self-guided brewery tour! Your pup can take part in the fun at spots like Columbia Craft, Steel Hands Brewing in Cayce, and Savage Craft Ale Works in West Columbia. You’ll appreciate the wide selection of brews and your furry friend will appreciate the patios and pet-friendly atmospheres.

    For the art lovers, a public art self-guided tour is a must. Columbia is filled with an abundance of walls, parks, courtyards and street corners with murals, and sculptures, just waiting to be found around every corner. Explore the vibrant public art scene in each of the walkable districts and don’t forget to snap a photo with your four-legged friend at one of the many Instagram-worthy spots.


    Before you leave the capital city, pick up some souvenirs to commemorate your trip. For you, pop on over to the Columbia SC Visitors Center in The Vista where you’ll find t-shirts, pint glasses, totes, travel mugs, and so much more. For your pup, head to Modern Companion in Chapin. From the adorable bandanas and fun toys to the wide assortment of treats, it will be hard to resist buying one of everything.


    However you and pup like to spend a weekend escape, you’ll find it here in Columbia, SC. Get inspired by the possibilities that await you and plan your trip at