The Inn at USC|A Closer Look


IMG_3182As promised, I’m going to share a few more photos from our stay in Columbia and a little history about the Inn at USC.

To my Clemson fans, I know you’ve been on the edge of your seats, so this one’s for you!







IMG_3110The courtyard area was beautiful and serene. If I didn’t have an obsession with rocking chairs and front porches, this is where I would have spent my time working.



IMG_3175My mom, aka editor, writer and co-creative mind, wanted me to take photos of some of the architecture. I must admit, it was beautiful.

The Inn is called the Cain-Matthews-Tompkins House, built in 1910 for Columbia business man, Jefferson Cain. Cain moved to Columbia in 1899 and became one of Columbia’s leading contractors. Among other things, he financed, built and owned the Jefferson Hotel in 1913.





IMG_3168Who says USC isn’t an Ivy League school! We loved this wall. The whole thing was covered in ivy – it was so beautiful.

IMG_3171The Inn at USC provides a complimentary shuttle that will carry you around the downtown area. We took advantage of the service at dinner. It was so convenient not to have to find a parking space and worry about parking fees. All you have to do is let the front desk know what time you need to leave and they’ll give you a business card with a number to call when you’re ready to be picked up.

IMG_3188This was, by far, Preston’s favorite part of the trip. He wanted to ride it EVERYWHERE!

Now, let’s take a quick look inside…


IMG_3130Cocky is waiting at the front desk to welcome you. So was complimentary sweet tea. That’s how I knew these were my people.




IMG_3067President of the Palmetto National Bank, J. Pope Matthews, lived in the house from 1913 to 1931, when Author Tomkins bought the house. The University of South Carolina acquired the property in 1974. It was designated a historic landmark in 2002 and was renovated and opened as The Inn at USC in 2005.

As you can see, we were beyond impressed. I’m already trying to find a time this summer to go back again!

Thanks, again, Experience Columbia SC and The Inn at USC for a memorable stay!






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