The Best of Columbia: Mule Day, Main Street and More! by Kelly Murphy

The Best of Columbia: Mule Day, Main Street and More!

Welcome to the beautiful city of Columbia, just 45 minutes south of Nashville, Tennessee and 80 miles north of Huntsville, Alabama. We’re so glad you’re here for our time-honored tradition we call Mule Day. This week-long celebration is rooted in the rich agricultural history of the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee dating back to the mid 1800’s. The festivities include a wide variety of mule shows, great food, live music, contests, vendors, and the crown jewel of the celebration, the Mule Day Parade! There’s so much to do around town, too. We hope you’ll stay a while and take it all in.
Columbia is a classic movie set downtown. Mike Wolfe of the famed television show ‘American Pickers’ says so. At the center of town is the historic courthouse square surrounded by restaurants, boutiques, a bookstore, and the barber shop, bordered by the beautiful Duck River. This is the kind of place where you can stop for a craft brew or a double mocha express with a triple shot, pick up your favorite vintage vinyl next door, and shop for antiques and trendy boutique finds.
Once you’ve visited Columbia Square, get ready to take in the emerging Arts District, adjacent to downtown. Here you’ll find the arts are thriving. Havens of creativity like Columbia Arts Building and Row & Co. offer a variety of arts you’ll want to experience.
Now, how about a quick bite at one of our local dining hot spots. Then wander over to the ancestral home of the 11th President for a tour of the home and grounds. It’s the highlight of local history, but merely the beginning of an exploration of Columbia’s rich past.
Classic? Yes. Typical, no. It’s the real-deal touch of Southern hospitality that comes with every warm welcome here. It’s where the unexpected interrupts history so we’re never stuck in the past.
And there’s even more going on so come on over, you’re welcome here. We hope you’ll be enchanted by our city and feel connected to the stories, experiences and people of Columbia. It’s a classic Southern town with a kick!

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