Downtown Aiken has all the quaint charm
you’d expect of a historical Southern
town, and plenty of shops and cuisines for
every taste. The Southwest/Asian fusion
restaurant Takosushi has become a nearly
legendary required stop among visiting
The Willcox is a grand hotel and
restaurant accentuated by stately columns
out front. It was built when Aiken started
booming in 1870 with wealthy Northerners
flocking south every winter for horse racing,
fox hunting and high society.
When you’re ready to diverge from the
horsey attractions, outdoorsy types can visit the
Aiken Citywide Arboretum. The designated
Arboretum trail begins at Aiken County Public
Library and has a handy cell phone-guided tour
feature—just dial the number posted at each
tree along the trail to learn more about it.
Aiken County Historical Museum is a
great place for history bu;s to learn about
Aiken’s past from ever-changing exhibits. Set
in one of the town’s famed “Winter Colony”
cottages, the museum itself was originally
built in 1860 as two homes and has 32 rooms,
15 bathrooms and a ballroom.
Go to aikenhorsenews.com for horsey happenings
and www.visitaikensc.com for visitor info. HI
The Willcox Hotel is a
historic treasure, and
houses a top-class
The Aiken Polo Club holds matches every
Sunday during their regular season.
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Hitchcock Woods is free for all riders to enjoy. Fox hunts come through periodically.