Ring in the New Year in Aiken

(Fire Over Aiken photo credit: Josh Rinder)

Celebrate New Year’s in Aiken …

Whether it’s toasting to the New Year with fine dining, spending the night out on the town or making plans on New Year’s Day, Aiken is the place I want to be!

Embrace the New Year by dining in the cozy charm of Aiken’s most originally presented “Winter Colony” estate. Rose Hill Estate is welcoming the 2017 year with a scrumptious five-course dinner and wine pairings. Enjoy a night of live jazz music during the culinary journey. The chef will start your palate off with the amuse-bouche, the Smoked Sturgeon Deviled Egg with Vodka Crème Fraiche and Caviar. Following the amuse will be the soup course, and the succeeding course will be salad. The Herb Smoked Chateaubriand with Bordelaise Sauce, Truffled Duchess Potatoes and Garlin Parmesan Roasted as the main course. You will have to reserve to find out the dessert. The sweet ending will be a culinary perfection. Make reservations today at Rose Hill Estate.

Or how about waking up to the New Year in luxury by staying at one of the world’s best hotels (as named by Travel and Leisure magazine) for a special one night stay. Unwind at the Willcox with a spa treatment and sit by the crackling fire with complimentary champagne. Enjoy the evening turndown service, which includes a cashmere hot water bottle tucked under the sheets and a special treat for your sweet tooth. Wake up in 2017 to a deluxe complimentary breakfast and a Bloody Mary bar. Reserve your New Year’s package at the Willcox!

And after a night of eating and drinking, kick off those resolutions with a “First Day Hike 2017”.

Hikers in 30 state parks in South Carolina will be hitting the trails on New Year’s Day for ranger-guided hikes. These hikes welcome the coming year in the outdoors (great resolution to have), and it’s a creative way to get exercise while enjoying stunning views of wildlife.  Rejuvenate your mind and body; and experience the first day hike at the Aiken State Park hiking the Jungle Trail or New Year Plunge. Admission fees are $2/adult age 16 and up, free for children age 15 and under. Be sure you take lots of water and bring a camera and binoculars. Getting a daily dose of the outdoors can help alleviate the symptoms of many different ailments and increase overall health and physical well-being.

Hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!