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National Hot Toddy Day

Crackling fires, cozy chairs, close company, and a warm, spiced beverage.  We specialize in creating an experience and ambiance that can be described as high quality meeting easy going elegance. The Lobby Bar is furnished with large sofas and chairs, walls wrapped in curly pine, and is anchored by large stone fireplaces. You’re likely to find people gathering for professional purposes or intimate social gatherings. We know our guests visit us for a multitude of reasons, and we love finding any reason for celebration.

This January we are celebrating National Hot Toddy Day at The Willcox. For those who may not be familiar with what a Hot Toddy is, you are in for a treat. A Hot Toddy is a warm cocktail that originated in the UK, and then has been found throughout history as the cocktail of American Southerners. It is still known as a southern winter staple today.

At The Willcox, we use Bourbon as the base spirit for our Hot Toddy, however, it can be crafted with Whisky or Rum as well. The spirit is poured over a mixture of sweet honey dissolved in hot water.  It is finished with a little bit of fresh lemon juice and a twisted strip of lemon peel garnish.

The Lobby Bar was voted as the area’s best, including the  “Place to See and Be Seen,” during happy hour and home of the “Tastiest Original Cocktail.” Matt is our mixologist and the friendly face that will greet you at our massive, solid oak bar. We invite you to come sit by the fire, order your own Hot Toddy, and relax and enjoy true Southern Hospitality.

Hot Toddy Recipe

Stir honey and hot water in a 2-cup measuring cup until honey dissolves. Add bourbon, and twist a strip of lemon peel over each drink, then add to glass.

  • 2 oz Burbon
  • 1 Tablespoon of Honey
  • 2 Teaspoons Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup of Hot Water

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We love the holidays and we are excited to have parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and elves tucking in children.


Here are our top 10 fun holiday to-dos inside and outside of The Willcox:

-Enjoy a cocktail & live holiday tunes performed by John Vaughn and Brooke Lundy in our lobby on Sunday, Dec. 11 or Dec. 18 from 6-8pm by our roaring fireplaces.

-We love our city! Enjoy a trolley tour through Aiken on one of the following dates: Dec. 10, 17, 24 or 31! You’ll see Historic homes, equestrian sites and other special points of interest. To learn more, visit: http://www.visitaikensc.com/calendar/event/aiken_historic_tour

-Get holiday ready at our spa! Try one of our guest favorites like our signature manicure and pedicure or a hot stone massage.

-Give the perfect gift, The Willcox gift card can be used in our spa, hotel or restaurant – have you seen our new packaging?

-Hopelands Gardens is truly enchanting – enjoy over 2 miles of lighted pathways and 100,000 twinkling lights. To learn more, visit: http://www.visitaikensc.com/calendar/event/christmas_in_hopelands

-Staying at The Willcox over Christmas? Make your experience magical by having one of Santa’s elf tuck in your precious little one, bring cookies and read a book! See the video above!

-Have a holiday party to attend? Treat yourself by having your make-up and hair styled here at The Willcox and enjoy a glass of champagne for ultimate relaxation and enjoyment!

-Join us in celebrating the joyous season with our Christmas Eve Dinner: $45 per person and kids menu available for children 12 and under. (Reservations needed)

-Have your complimentary photo taken with Santa & Mrs. Claus by photographer Brent Cline in front of the fire when you bring an unwrapped gift or cash donation for Toys for Tots! December 14th from 4 to 6pm

-We have marshmallows for roasting! Snuggle up with your loved ones and enjoy the classic tradition of making S’mores. Available to hotel guests through our Custom Tailored Experience options for $20 per couple.

We look forward to hosting you and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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