Room with a queen bed in a quaint 1920s bungalow. The room is adjacent to full bathroom with Jacuzzi-size tub/shower. Full kitchen with upscale appliances. Charming front porch. Comfortable living room with seating, large screen TV, and DVD player. I do not have cable television. Wireless Internet.
The house is three miles to main campus of the University of South Carolina, three miles to the Vista and downtown Columbia, and four miles to the 5 Points area (bars, restaurants, and other attractions). For those coming to town for Fort Jackson events, it's about ten miles to the fort. I'm close to Riverfront Park, which has a five mile trail alongside the river. If you're into hiking/nature, Harbison State Forest and Congaree National Park are not too far away. Also, kayaking and canoeing are great.
For traveling medical professionals, the house is conveniently five minutes from Palmetto Health Richland and ten minutes from Palmetto Health Baptist.
The best places for fried chicken in Columbia are: Bernie's, Zesto's, and Publix. The best places for BBQ are: Shealy's (Batesburg-Leesville), Little Pigs, True BBQ, Hite's, and Hudson's. The best coffee is at Immaculate Consumption and Drip. Now you know, even if you don't stay with me. :)
I have two cats--one friendly, one scared of life. They are long-hair cats. I would not recommend staying here if you have any allergy concerns. The house is fine for school age children but it's not toddler or baby proof.
Interaction with Guests
I live here. I work at the house a good bit. I make every attempt to stay out of guests' way, but, as you can tell from my reviews, also love to chat!
Public transit is challenging to use in Columbia.
I really think this is basic etiquette, y'all.
Do: Use all the dishes and pots and pans that are in the kitchen. Use the refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer. Help yourself to any of the towels in the bathroom cabinet. Feel comfortable asking if you can have someone come over for a meal or a drink up to a reasonable hour--I might like them too! Help yourself to coffee and tea. You'll get the wireless password when you arrive. Please park in the driveway, even if I'm home.
Please Do Not: Eat the food that is here (with the exception of coffee/tea/creamer/salt/pepper, etc.) Feed my cats anything. Smoke inside or put anything up your nose while you're here. Leave windows open.
My house is fine for school-age children, but not for small toddlers or babies. The cats have been around children sparingly, and I would hate for something to happen. If you have any allergy concerns I recommend you find another property.
It works best for guests to arrive in the afternoon, and leave by noon.
Everything about our stay with Melissa was great. Her house is kitschy and has a very home-y feel to it. Everything was neat and in place. The cats were friendly (well one was) and a couple of the mornings she had french press coffee made with cream, sugar, and cups out for us. Neighborhood was quiet and the front porch perfect for kicking back at the end of the night.
And Melissa was awesome. She hung out with us, was easy to talk to, fun, sweet, funny, and even came to the South Carolina game with us Thursday night.
If she'll have you over, book her place!
Melissa has a lovely home, and we felt very welcomed. If you're looking for gracious, simple, Southern hospitality, Melissa's is the place for you in Columbia. I loved having my coffee on the porch in the mornings!
Melissa has a beautiful bungalow home with hardwood floors and well decorated with in minimal fashion with antique furniture. There is a large dining room table with lots of room if you need to sit an study or work on your computer. There is also a table and chairs on the front porch and to lounging chairs if you would like to relax out front and watch the world go by at a snails pace on this private side street. There is also a well appointed kitchen in case you would like to cook yourself something from the local market. Melissa was really helpful with ideas about what to see and do while I was in town. Plus she always had a cheerful welcoming smile on her face. The bungalow is really close in to both downtown and the colleges. Melissa and her lovely home provide a much better environment than a hotel or motel. Thank you for 3 lovely days Melissa!!
Mellissa offers a nice, clean and comfortable room. She's a great host and nice to chat with. I would stay again.
Melissa was a wonderful host. Her home is lovely, great location. Though we did not have a lot of spare time, we very much enjoyed talking with her. She was kind enough to have coffee in a thermos for our very early mornings! Definitely will be back and would highly recommend staying with her if you are in Columbia!
I had a great time in Columbia. Melissa is an amazing host. The room is sweet and cozy. Her cats are cute but a little bit tricky lol. Now I will consider her more like a friend than just a host.
Fabulous Bungalow in Columbia. tree lined streets and nice area.
Melissa's home is furnished with dark woods and older things that match the time period of her bungalow. You are greeted with two large fuzzy cats upon entering her home. They warm up to you later but may be stand offish at first or hiss, but they made us smile and couldn't wait for all of our extra attention we gave them.
The bed is comfortable and you share a bathroom. The bathtub is HUGE and taking a bubble bath is a must for all you folks who want a luxurious spa event without the price.
Melissa's southern hospitality was charming. She also is proud of living in Columbia. There is more to Columbia then meets the eye and Melissa knows all about it...take her word for it!
A lovely time, we shall return!!
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