A Romantic Summer Escape in Aiken, SC

Day 1


Afternoon: Explore Downtown Aiken

  • Take a stroll through Aiken’s historic downtown and take a selfie photo in front of the ‘I Love You’ mural.
  • Walk through Aiken’s charming downtown area and browse the quaint boutiques, cafes, and shops. See the 31 life-size fiberglass-painted horse statues around the city and discover ‘Aiken through the Horse Around Aiken Treasure Hunt’ at no cost! The treasure hunt begins and ends at Aiken Center for the Arts at 122 Laurens St. SW.
  • Have a leisurely lunch at Electric Eats. Located in the heart of downtown Aiken, it offers outside seating where you can sit in the Alley.

Evening: Dinner and Nightcap

  • Enjoy a delicious dinner at The Willcox’s restaurant, known for its elegant ambiance and delicious cuisine.
  • End the evening with a nightcap by the hotel’s enchanting poolside, where the soothing sound of the waterfall adds a touch of magic to your night.

Day 2

  • Start your day with a peaceful horseback ride or a walk through one of the largest urban forests in the United States, Hitchcock Woods & Gateway Park.
  • Pack a picnic breakfast to enjoy in the serene setting.

Afternoon: Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum

Evening: Wine Tasting and Dinner

Day 3

Morning: Hopelands Gardens

  • Spend a tranquil morning at Hopelands Gardens, a beautiful 14-acre estate with winding paths, ponds, and seasonal flowers.

Afternoon: Salty Tomatoes Aiken Restaurant & Bar

  • Enjoy lunch at Salty Tomatoes, a casual restaurant in downtown Aiken next to shops.

Evening: Fun Activities

Day 4

  • Indulge in a couple’s spa treatment at The Spa at The Willcox. Choose from massages, facials, and body treatments.
  • Relax in the spa’s serene environment and enjoy the amenities.

Afternoon: Light Lunch and Departure

  • Have a light lunch at New Moon Café, known for its fresh, local ingredients and cozy atmosphere.

Additional Tips:

  • Make dinner reservations in advance, especially for popular spots like The Willcox.
  • Check local event calendars for festivals, performances, or special events during your stay.

Enjoy your romantic summer escape in Aiken, SC!