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AIKEN, SC

There was a time down South when hospitality meant a certain grace, a peace of spirit. It meant pitchers of sweet tea in the afternoons, and saying hello to whomever passed just for sociability’s sake. Hospitality like that is hard to find nowadays. But in a little South Carolina town called Aiken, rocked in the fragrant embrace of long-leaf pines, this gracious way lives on.

History lives permanently here. High-stepping horses prance the shady streets, which are sometimes paved but just as often left Carolina clay for the tender treatment of hooves. Over brick walls and through white fences, many noble and historic mansions accessorized by wide, sunny gardens with climbing roses and rolling rugs of grass lure the eye.

Summertime is drunk with sun; the shade found under an oak tree feels as cool as silk on the skin. Fall is generous with its warmth and tenderhearted with its colors as the riding season begins and The Willcox is charged with the excitement of the race and the hunt. Winter brings its own magic: fires in the bedrooms and in the lobby, where a piano is played by a deft hand and the room rings with conversation. In the spring, streets are covered with a snowfall of blossoms. There are golfers and horse folks and those on the lookout for fun, all drawn to this jewel of the South.

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DIRECTIONS

FROM THE WEST VIA INTERSTATE 20 (FROM COLUMBIA)
Take exit 22 bound for Aiken and U.S. High 1. Turn left and follow U.S. 1 into Aiken for 8.1 miles. Follow the highway as it turns right on Richland Avenue. One block later, turn left onto Chesterield Street. Go 2 blocks to Colleton Avenue. Turn right and you will arrive directly in front of The Willcox.

FROM THE AUGUSTA AIRPORT
At the airport exit, turn right on Barnard Parkway toward Augusta. Go 5 miles until reaching U.S. Highway 1. Turn right. Follow U.S. 1 into downtown Aiken. Go to Chesterield Street (The Regions Bank building is on the corner.) and turn right. Go 2 blocks to Colleton Avenue. Turn right and you will be directly in front of the inn.

NEARBY AIRPORTS

AIKEN AIRPORT
(803) 648-7803
Aircraft mechanic on duty, 24-hour service available
Approximate travel time is 10 minutes

BUSH FIELD MUNICIPAL AIRPORT
(706) 796-5111
Approximate travel time is 45 minutes

COLUMBIA METROPOLITAN AIRPORT
(803) 822-5000
Most major airlines served
Approximate travel time is 45 minutes

HARTSFIELD-JACKSON ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
(800) 897-1910
Most major airlines served
Approximate travel time is 2½ hours

CHARLOTTE DOUGLASS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
(704) 359-4000
Most major airlines served
Approximate travel time is 2½ hours

GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURGINTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
(864) 877-7426
Most major airlines served
Approximate travel time is 2½ hours

 

TRAIN TRAVEL

AMTRAK
(800) 872-7245
850 Pulaski Street
Columbia, SC 29201
www.amtrack.com

CAR SERVICE

AIKEN LIMO
(803) 648-9977
153 Pendleton Street Northwest
Aiken, SC 29801
www.aikenlimousine.com

AUTOMOBILE RENTAL

AVIS
(800) 831-2847
www.avis.com

BUDGET CAR RENTAL
(800) 527-0700
www.budget.com

ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR RESERVATIONS
(800) 736-822
www.enterprise.com

EXPRESS RENT-A-CAR
(803) 642-1096

NATIONAL CAR RENTAL
(800) 227-7368
www.nationalcar.com