Your Guide to a Spring Break Staycation in Columbia

Your Guide to a Spring Break Staycation in Columbia
Photo by Jim Wood

Discover Maury County over Spring Break by experiencing local history, events and food! Whether you want to go all-out tourist with a hotel and first-timer view or dive deeper into local history and culture, Maury County has an unforgettable Spring Break to offer you.

Where to Stay

Blythewood Inn Bed & Breakfast

Blythewood Website

Blythewood Inn Bed & Breakfast is located in the heart of Columbia. Their rooms provide modern comfort with vintage decor creating the perfect collision of today’s world and the Victorian Era. Once a private residence, this antebellum home was built in 1857 and has survived numerous historical events such as the Civil War, a tornado threat and even the risk of the wrecking ball at one time. Today, you can enjoy its history as a guest while making memories of your own.  

Where to Eat

Square Market Cafe

Tucked away in a quaint little corner of Columbia Square, you will find the Square Market Cafe. Established in 2003, it has grown to be a local favorite. Enjoy wonderful salads, soups, sandwiches and entrees all made fresh with high-quality ingredients. 

Big Shakes Chicken

Big Shake’s menu includes a variety of dishes that feature catfish, shrimp and you-guessed-it, Nashville Hot Chicken. Have your chicken served on its own, between 2 buns, in a taco or atop a fresh-made Belgian Waffle. Craving catfish? Try it on a platter with a delicious side or in between some bread for a satisfying sandwich. Discover the Shrimp Burgers that started it all on ABC’s Shark Tank back in 2011. You can try Big Shake’s famous Shrimp Burgers in Southwestern Style or BBQ.

Southern Tre Steakhouse

Southern Tre Steakhouse is located on Columbia Square and is currently one of the trendiest places to dine in the Columbia area. It is a family-owned and operated restaurant that aims to provide great food, a great atmosphere and an overall great experience that makes you feel like family. 

Historic Experiences 

The National Confederate Museum 

With a mission to “provide the public with a Southern perspective of the War Between the States”, The National Confederate Museum desires to educate each generation on the history of the Civil War and the Southern point of view. The museum strives to preserve Southern history to accurately reflect the South’s political, cultural and economic position during the times of the Civil War. 

The President James K Polk Home and Museum

Learn all about our 11th President as you walk the hallways of his family’s Columbia home. This is where James K Polk practiced law and launched his political career by successfully running for state legislature. Tour the main home, his sister’s home and the museum room that displays a timeline of James K Polk’s life. 

Historic Downtown District

Also known as the Columbia Square, the Historic Downtown District was incorporated in 1817 and has been the site of many historic events. Today it is filled with the hustle and bustle of lunch-goers, shoppers and everyday wanderers looking to soak in the Maury County vibe. 


Mule Day 

Arguably the biggest celebration in Maury County, Mule Day is steeped in Maury County history. Mule Day is an annual celebration and will take place March 28 – April 3, 2022. It is full of festivities, a large parade, music, food and, of course, mules. 

First Fridays

First Friday will be held on March 4, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is packed full of local experiences. Wander the Columbia Square as live musicians fill the atmosphere with their songs, food trucks line the streets with their own unique flavors and local artisans & shops stay open a little later than usual to display their crafts. 

Family Experiences

aMuse’um Children’s Museum

aMuse’um is a children’s museum that serves the Maury County community. It provides an educational atmosphere where children can have fun, grow and create all while learning something new. Check their calendar for special events and activities. 

Chickasaw Trace Park

Spend a day connecting with nature and discovering the land that makes up Maury County. This 300-acre park provides 9 miles of biking trails (suitable for young kids up to experts), a playground, pavilions and plenty of great areas to view and enjoy the Duck River. You can even rent a cabin for the night if you wish to stay a little longer.


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