Weekend Getaway | The Inn at USC

This post is a week delayed, but I still wanted to share a little about our weekend getaway to Columbia, SC last weekend. My old boss invited us down to join the staff and boards for a lovely reception and dinner to say goodbye after my four + years on staff. It was a quick trip, but so nice to see everyone and say goodbye!

We stayed at The Inn at USC - a Wyndham property that just happens to sit right on campus at the University of South Carolina. It could best be described best as a boutique hotel that blends historic splendor with contemporary comfort and amenities. The original house was built in 1910 and was a single family home until the 1970's when the property was seized by the city. Plans were made for a parking lot to be put in, but many thanks to the historical society that never happened, and an idea for an inn was born. They have won many awards for the historic preservation of the inn - building the hotel right into the lobby.

The original house has three suites that are just incredible. Original fireplaces in each room and beautiful four pillar beds are the highlight, with fully renovated bathrooms that include jacuzzi tubs and marble tile. The give you all the charm of a B&B, but the price of a traditional hotel.  Many o the other guest rooms feature balconies that look over the historic downtown neighborhood and the best part - everyone gets a down south home-cooked breakfast in the dining room.

Just a peak at the lobby, library and some of the decor. 

I couldn't resist a picture of their shuttles the took us to the reception and dinner. Snazzy!

I didn't get any pictures of the reception, but it was hosted in another historic home on campus called the Spigner House. It was recently renovated too, and you can read all about the renovation here.

borrowed from online.

Following the reception we had dinner at Cola's - an amazing restraint with traditional favorites and a cool downtown vibe. 

The private dining room we had. Dinner was amazing - but I forgot to snag a pic of my food. Bourbon glazed Salmon over cheese grits and sautéed spinach, yum! 

At our delicious home-cooked breakfast the next morning, we had the delight of sitting next to Coach Steve Spurrier, who was {from what we could tell} visiting with some recruits. He looked so normal and down-to-earth. Not at all what I'm used to seeing on the field. haha If anyone is curious, his breakfast included fruit, bacon and cranberry juice - interesting combo. 

After saying our goodbye's we hit the road to Charlotte where we spent most of the day browsing Ikea and snagged quite a few treasurers for the house! I can't wait to share them with you later this week. But, if you're in the Columbia area and looking for a nice little getaway, I would highly recommend The Inn at USC and it's great location to downtown. 

Happy Monday friends! 

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