Step Back in Time in Style

When naturalist, geologist and globetrotting renaissance man Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands in 1835 as part of the five-year voyage of the HMS Beagle, he found a world seemingly untouched by modern influence. The Galapagos so inspired Darwin that he developed his theory of evolution from his time on the islands, recorded in his 1859 book, On the Origin of Species.

Seeking a Handcrafted Hotel Stay?

Hotel Trundle Co-Owner Rita Patel says her eclectic establishment is located at the intersection of kindness and comfort, all wrapped in South Carolina color, creativity and charm. This lodging destination at 1224 Taylor St., oozes with the essence of the entire Columbia region. In fact, from the custom-made mattresses and walnut beds to the fresh coffee, food and libations, everything at the hotel is as locally…

Gleefully Fussing Over Guys

Have you seen the woodsy and male-oriented enamel mugs at Lake Murray Flower Shoppe, 111 Lexington Ave. in Chapin? For gifts, these inspirational mugs can be combined with a balloon or box of assorted chocolates. The mugs carry messages such as "My hero" and "Just keep trying."

The Winery Mercer House

Since the dawn of fruit, wine has been a by-product of nature. Unlike beer and spirits, wine is a natural process which occurs each year with the harvest. First, imagine any fruit; when the tree, bush or vine is ready to reproduce, indigenous animals will consume the very best and ripest to spread the seeds far and wide while the excess…