Cupid’s bow and arrow is aiming at Aiken with Valentine’s specials, romance packages, special dining, events, and more! This charming town will no doubt steal hearts on Valentine’s Day. We’ve compiled a list of top things to do in this charming town that will make this Valentine’s a memorable one for you!
Learn about the town’s rich history that was built on a love story. (No spoilers here! Visit us and we will tell you the love story.)
Enjoy a decadent Valentine’s Day dinner at one of these romantic restaurants in Aiken. Reserve a table overlooking stunning views of the Aiken Golf Club at The Highland Park Grille and choose from the four course prix fixe Valentine’s menu with mouth-watering items like Assorted Artisan Cheese and Charcuterie, Green Jacket Salad, Grilled Filet Mignon with Béarnaise Sauce and a French Chocolate Mouse for dessert. Reserve a quiet table for two at Rose Hill Estate at either The Stables or in The Main House and choose from a menu selection that boasts Rose Hill Salad, Beef Wellington, Crème Brulee, Oysters Rockefeller and Chocolate Soufflé. Love is in the air at The Red Pepper. The Valentine’s Dinner Package includes a menu carefully selected by their Chef with delicious options for you to choose from such as an Amuse Bouche, small scrumptious bits of something fancy, Firecracker Shrimp, Filet Mignon and Strawberry layered cake. You also receive a complimentary champagne toast and a special mystery (no-peek offer) envelope to be redeemed at a later date. If your sweetie wants something more casual but with a terrific menu and big beverage list, try Whiskey Alley. Opened just two years ago, Whiskey includes small plates like Sloppy Joe “Poutine”, Charred Spanish Octopus, Cheese Board, Fish and Chips and Tiramisu for dessert.
The Willcox, voted one of the best hotels in the world, awaits you with a Romantic Spa Package that offers magical settings for one-of-a-kind evenings. There is a variety of packages to choose from: Private and Completely Customized Dinner for Two, After Hours Spa and Dinner, The Ultimate Aiken Experience, Picnic for Two, and Fireside S’mores. The Carriage House Inn invites you to enjoy an authentic southern hospitality experience where location meets luxury. This luxuriously restored historic inn caters to couples in search of romance that includes packages with a premium jacuzzi room, champagne, decadent chocolates, breakfast in bed, and a late checkout. The Inn at Houndslake offers Southern hospitality at its finest. This charming cozy Inn is tucked away in a beautiful golf course community in historical Aiken. The Rose Hill Estate is a beautifully restored Winter Colony nestled in the midst of beautiful gardens, which encompasses an entire city block in the equestrian town of Aiken. When booking an overnight stay, you will be greeted with a rose and champagne.
For your kid or the kid in you, be sure you visit this one-of-a-kind shoppe. If sugar is on your agenda, shop in the most popular candy shop in Aiken! Cyndis Sweet Shoppe is always churning out new goodies that will soon become must-haves for your family. Create your own valentine’s basket with interesting and unique treats like chocolate covered sprinkled pretzels or candies.
From romantic drives to leisurely strolls to hiking trails and canoeing in the river, Aiken is in the heart of unique outings for the outdoor adventurer. The beautiful 100 year old canopy oaks overlooking and surrounding South Boundary is the perfect setting for a romantic drive. Take your sweetheart on 14 acres of tranquil gardens, winding trails and courtyards at Hopelands Gardens for a romantic stroll. Connect with nature at Hitchcock Woods for an adventure hike among one of the largest urban forests in the nation, with about 2,100 acres of forestland resources. Reignite the romance on a polo field or head to the Aiken State Park for some real adventure.
Keep the romance alive by adding a twist to your Valentine’s celebration and try some high tea and scones. La Dolce serves breakfast and lunch all day and hosts Traditional English Afternoon and High Tea by reservation. Their Tea Master has chosen over 100 premium loose-leaf teas and they serve delicious locally roasted coffees. Wear a hat (hats are in the tea room for purchase), and immerse yourself in the La Dolce’s authentically British ambience. You will swear you just had a “Downton Abbey” experience. Pick up some pretty pink Valentine’s cupcakes on your way out or a "Sweet Heart" for your "Sweetheart", Vanilla Cheesecake with fresh fruit.
Listen to some music in downtown Aiken at numerous venues or attend a classical performance presented by the Aiken Symphony Orchestra, The Best of Classical Guitar, or catch a Heart Show Benefit at The Etheredge Center, “Mystery on Heart Island”. Can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th? There are many things to enjoy before, after, or on a weekend.