Let Aiken, SC Steal Your Heart Away This Month

S’mores by the fireside. An overnight stay in a luxury lodge. Lavish dining. Live Music. Spa Treatments. Nightlife. Shopping. Whether you plan a “girl’s weekend” or a trip with your sweetheart, you will experience true Southern hospitality in Aiken, SC. This beautiful city will no doubt steal hearts on Valentine’s Day. We’ve compiled a list of top things to do in this city that will make this Galentine's and Valentine’s a memorable one for you! 

1. Take a Tour of our Lovely Historic Town

What could be more romantic than whisking your sweetheart away for a Valentine’s Day weekend in Aiken? It's a city rich with history that began with a railroad and a love story. No spoilers here! Tour the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum to learn more. 

2. Enjoy a Romantic Meal for Two

Enjoy a decadent Valentine’s Day dinner at one of these romantic restaurants in Aiken. With something for every palate, Aiken boasts beautiful and award-winning cuisines from around the world. Experience authentic Indian food at TAJ Aiken Indian cuisine or indulge in Puerto Rican dishes at the El Borikuazo Restaurant. For a taste of Italy, dine at the Casa Bella Italian Restaurant. Immerse yourself in fantastic Greek cuisine with the sous chef at  Acropolis Pizza. Experience a trip to Paris in Aiken at La Parisienne French Restaurant & Bakery. Add a little twist to your romance by sampling international cuisine that is fused with southern dishes at Fuse Aiken. Choose your own wine and cheese and eat in the garden at Cork and Cap. Love is in the air at Neon Fig, and it is inspired by fun, imaginative and handcrafted dishes and colorful drinks. Reserve a table overlooking stunning views of the Aiken Golf Club at The Legends Grill. Dine where Aiken meets Ireland at Jameson McDubby’s.  Aiken has many spectacular restaurants on the list, so don’t let other restaurants fly under your radar. Click here for a list of other enticing options.

3. Book a Valentine's or Galentine's Day Package

Enjoy southern hospitality at its finest for a romantic getaway (or with friends and family) in Aiken, SC! Book a Romantic Escape at The Willcox that includes dinner for two, daily cooked-to-order breakfast, fireside s’mores, and a love bath butler with champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Plan a Valentine's Getaway at the Inn at Houndslake with a room overlooking the golf course and indulge in a scrumptious brunch. Book the premium jacuzzi room at Carriage House Inn and enjoy champagne, decadent chocolates, and breakfast in bed. Stay in a vacation rental at 419Hayne that has luxurious accommodations with features such as unique art, cozy furnishings and top of the line decor.  Aiken has many other places to stay click here to find your home away from home. 

4. Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

For your kid or the kid in you, be sure you visit the candy store in downtown Aiken. Cyndi's 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.

5. Take Your Breath Away and Sneak off Into Our Beautiful Gardens

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 romance on a polo field, or head to the Aiken State Park for adventure.

6. Share an 'I Love You' With Someone Special  

What can be better than a beautiful city full of art, culture, history, and LOVE?! Your trip isn't complete unless you stroll downtown with your significant other and stop for a photo op in front of the “I Love You” mural downtown for a keepsake. Aiken is sure to steal your heart and keep you coming back for more!