Columbia’s Best Bites During Restaurant Week SC

January 15, 2018

Every year,  we prepare our appetites for Restaurant Week South Carolina, an 11-day event celebrating local flavors and experiences from fine to casual dining. Providence Park residents can discover new flavors throughout Columbia’s restaurant scene, tasting special menu items while enjoying special discounts around town.

Check out a list of our favorite #RWSC promotions right by Providence Park that you won’t want to miss!

  1. Blue Fin Restaurant and Bar: Have a glass of wine over Blue Fin’s popular Oysters Rockefeller or the andouille sausage and shrimp! They’re offering $27.95 for 3 courses per person.
  2. Solstice Kitchen: Enjoy locally sourced menu items all fresh and handmade that changes by season! A 3-course meal will be $35 per person.
  3. Tombo Grille: Thankfully, you won’t have to choose just one thing. Design your $30 3-course meal from a variety of comfort food like roasted palmetto farms hen, sweet potato gnocchi, or pepita gremolata.

We hope you find something you enjoy during this fun and delicious celebration of South Carolina’s best dishes!

Top Winter Events in Columbia

Top Winter Events in Columbia
December 11, 2017

Cozying up by the fireplace and enjoying Hallmark’s holiday movies may seem like the perfect way to spend this winter, but there are plenty of events in Columbia near Providence Park that you should go enjoy!

1. Lights Before Christmas at Riverbank Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Nearly one million twinkling lights, countless decorative images, Holly Jolly Christmas Parade, Animated Story Tree, Animal Characters Nightly visits with Santa (through December 23). Warm memories and holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire Hot cocoa, s’mores and other festive foods available for purchase.

2. Saluda Shoals Holiday Lights on the River

There is so much to do at the midlands’ largest drive-thru light display! Experience over 400 animated light displays, a hayride shuttle to Saluda Shoals train, a laser light show, tube slide, crafts, gift shop, marshmallow roast and be sure to visit Santa before you leave!

3. Columbia City Ballet presents The Nutcracker at Koger Center for the Arts
Columbia City Ballet’s holiday family tradition, Nutcracker, dazzles South Carolina audiences each season. Don’t miss the extraordinary performance of this timeless tale. “We want them to know it’s like a Broadway show. There are full professional sets and scenery and costumes. This isn’t just a ‘go to it because your neighbor is in it’ kind of thing — it’s a full professional, once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience.” To purchase tickets please visit:

4. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by The Columbia Childrens’ Theater
This musical adaptation is full of laughs and heartwarming holiday tradition. The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. Silent night? Not a chance. But sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas. (From the play’s description).

5. Shandon Baptist Church’s Singing Christmas Tree
This FREE event is a Columbia holiday tradition! The popular community holiday celebration returns for five performances this Christmas season. The Singing Christmas Tree features a 30-foot tree, holding a 100+-person choir. The choir is accompanied by a thirty-piece orchestra, and the show includes a dramatic presentation of the Christmas story accentuated by dance ensembles.

There is always something happening nearby Providence Park, especially during the holidays. We hope you have the chance to experience winter eventer happening what’s happening in your neighborhood this season!

5 Fall Events in Columbia You Don’t Want to Miss!

November 3, 2017

At Providence Park, we are located by a variety of fall activities that you can grab a group of friends and plan for! Here’s a list of events happening in Columbia near our apartments this season:

Nov 3 – 5 Craftsman Christmas Classic at the State Fair Grounds

Features original designs and work from more than 330  talented artists and craftsmen from across America. See the creative process in actin a many exhibitors demonstrate throughout the weekend. There is something for every style, taste and budget. Continue reading

Residents’ Choice: Top 6 Coffee Shops In Columbia

October 9, 2017

With the cool fall weather slowly making its way to Columbia, it’s time to find the hottest coffee shops near our apartments! We asked our residents where their favorite nearby cafe is and here are the results:

1. Drip (Main Street & Five Points)
2. Nonnah’s
3. Wired Goat Café
4. 116 Espresso and Wine Bar
5. Sweet Cream Company
6. Indah Coffee

Our property is close to plenty of trendy coffee shops for you to get your pumpkin spice fix or get fueled up with a crafty select brew!

Come by our offices today and find out how you can live in the most convenient spot in Columbia!

The Right Way to Celebrate Football Season in Columbia

September 1, 2017

It’s time to dust off your college football jerseys and freshen up on your trash talking… College football season has arrived! We’re getting ready to kick off this season by highlighting our favorite places to catch the game and the best ways to celebrate our beloved University of South Carolina Gamecocks:

Where to Watch

There’s nothing like watching a game with fellow fans! Here are a few local spots that bring celebrating to the next level: Continue reading

How to Celebrate the Solar Eclipse in Columbia

August 18, 2017

Millions of visitors will flood to South Carolina to watch the solar eclipse from all around the nation. The path of totality will pass through Columbia, Greenville and Charleston where there will be one to two minutes of blackout! When the eclipse comes, where will you be?


Here are a few other local spots hosting eclipse events:

  1. Bricktown Bistro & Raw Bar – At 1 p.m., the restaurant will be hosting a free event only 9 miles away from our apartments! There will also be free glasses provided for your safety.
  2. Total Eclipse Workshops at Sesquicentennial State Park: on August 19th, 10 to 11 a.m., the state park will be hosting an event prior to the eclipse to discuss this phenomenon and how to safely view the eclipse. There will be take home crafts and activities free with park admission. Preregister online and reserve your spot!
  3. Columbia, SC: Take a look at this Total Eclipse Columbia site to navigate to other nearby parties and prepare for this once in a lifetime event!


We hope that you enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon and will be ready to celebrate in your lovely eclipse glasses this August 21st!

Summer Date Night Ideas

July 21, 2017

It’s time to ditch your routine movie night and bring some adventure into your date nights with exciting specials happening around Providence Park this summer! July is full of fun events and deals, so take a look at some of our recommendations and treat your date to something new.

On July 27th, the Chayz Lounge at Nonnah’s Bistro will feature relaxing tunes from Jonathan “Strot Juru” Jones from 6 to 8 p.m. Listen to a live jazz performance by the talented saxophonist while enjoying a light meal, dessert and a full service bar. The intimate setting at Chayz Lounge invites patrons to experience the finest local and national jazz talents frequently, so be sure to check back for future shows. Continue reading

Sandhill Farmers Market

May 17, 2017

Sometimes we can all use a good midweek pick-me-up. Our favorite way to get happy before hump day? The Sandhill Farmers Market on Tuesday afternoons!

Just a 15-minute drive from your apartment at Providence Park, the Sandhill Farmers Market takes place every Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Clemson’s Sandhill Research and Education Center across from the Village at Sandhill. Continue reading

Place to Be: Blue Fin Restaurant

May 5, 2017

With Providence Park Apartments’ convenient location near downtown Columbia, Forest Acres, and The Village at Sandhill, it can be hard for our residents to choose where to eat their next meal! In our Providence Park Places to Be series, we try to help by suggesting some of our favorite spots. In this week’s edition, we’re talking about the delicious Blue Fin Restaurant!

Blue Fin is in Sandhills, just a 10-minute drive from your Providence Park Apartment. You’ll find great steaks and seafood dishes here, in addition to a killer happy hour during the week and an awesome brunch on Sundays.

The restaurant also has live music throughout the week and a wonderful wait staff. We love it for family outings, date nights, or girls’ night out!

What are some of your favorite spots in Columbia? Let us know on social media!

Get Outside!

April 21, 2017

With Earth Day this weekend, Providence Park wants to take a minute to remind you of some of the incredible green spaces near our apartments in Columbia. In addition to our own apartment community with its resort-style pool and green areas, we’re close to some of the best parks in Columbia!

One of our favorites is Sesquicentennial State Park! Just a 15-minute drive from Providence Park will get you to this beautiful state park where there’s something for everyone to do!

With trails for running, walking, or biking, you can get your exercise on land or rent a canoe or kayak to do some water workouts! Bring the kiddos and they’re sure to love the playgrounds, ponds with ducks and geese, and brand new splash pad.

The park is open from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Where will you be spending your Earth Day weekend?