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Getaway to Aiken, South Carolina PDF Print E-mail

East Alabama Living — June 2015

Once a winter colony for elite Northerners in the gilded age, Aiken, S.C., was known as the Newport of the South with ballrooms lit with candlelight and competitions settled on the polo field. Royalty, politicians and captains of industry mingled with the privileged, who inherited enormous fortunes. Evalyn Walsh McLean could be seen sporting the Hope Diamond at a concert or in town with the diamond adorning her dog’s collar. 

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Willcox Pianist is Signed Onto Film PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — June 2015

The first day The Willcox pianist John Vaughn arrived in Hollywood, he said he met late actor and musician Charles “Buddy” Rogers, who then took him “under his wing.” In 2012, while Vaughn was in England, he came across a story about Poverty Row Entertainment doing a film called “The First,” based on Rogers’ late wife, actress Mary Pickford.

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Aiken’s Cookin’ with Celebrity Chefs Cooks Up Funds for Good Cause PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — June 2015

The rainy weather let up just in time to let 21 celebrity chefs put their finishing touches on their meals before Aiken County residents and out-of-town visitors poured into The Willcox for the annual Aiken’s Cookin’ with Celebrity Chefs event Friday night. Food ranging from lemon pound cake to blackened mahi-mahi tacos were featured at the event, and the smell of food could be smelled throughout the city block.

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Couple Wins Dream Wedding Through 'Southern Living' Willcox Wedding Sweepstakes PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — May 2015

Jeremy Spitler didn’t believe his fiancée Morgan Crumpler when she said they won an all-inclusive $35,920 wedding package. The package was the prize in the Southern Living “Willcox Wedding” Sweepstakes ran from December 2013 to February 2014.

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Destination Aiken: City and Willcox Make Perfect Match for California Couple’s Wedding PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — May 2015

When Bryan Wilson and Sarah Whiting, who both grew up on the East Coast and now live in San Francisco, were looking for a place to get married that would give them the most time with family and friends during a busy weekend, Aiken and The Willcox became the perfect destination for a destination wedding.

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Dine & Dish: Enjoy Elegant Brunch at The Willcox PDF Print E-mail

Augusta Chronicle — April 2015

So when I found out about the hotel breakfast (or technically, brunch) at Aiken’s The Willcox, I couldn’t wait to try it. The Willcox is a historic hotel, built during Aiken’s heyday as a Winter Colony, and has played host to luminaries such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and the Vanderbilt family – and famously had to turn away the Prince of Wales during Masters Week when there was literally no room at the inn.

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Aiken Battles Bad Weather to Celebrate Earth Day PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — April 2015

Deborah Carlisi sped up, barreled over the Aiken County police car and made a right turn to finish the final lap of the 5K obstacle course. She and her son, Nathaniel, were two of many participants to run the race in honor Earth Day, a day that Aikenites celebrated Saturday with a downtown festival.

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The Willcox Makes "Best Restaurant" List PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — March 2015

The Restaurant at The Willcox has been named the Best Restaurant in Aiken County, according to the Charleston Food Bloggers. On Feb. 21, the blog operators posted a “Best Restaurant In Each South Carolina County, 2015.”

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Best Restaurants in Each South Carolina County PDF Print E-mail

Charleston Food Bloggers — February 2015

When most people around the country think of South Carolina restaurants they immediately start thinking of Charleston.  The rest of the state however has some amazing places to eat too.  Here is a list of the best restaurants in each South Carolina county as determined by Charleston Food Bloggers and a hand picked small group of other like minded foodies around the state.

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Travel Can Be Hazardous to Your Figure PDF Print E-mail

The Blade — February 2015

If you plan well and pay attention, travel should be exciting, relaxing, and informative. What travel brochures fail to warn us is that it also is the ideal route to gain weight. I should know. I packed more slacks and skirts than I care to admit for this two-month trip south and not one of them has the comfortable fit that they did when I left Toledo on Christmas Eve.

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The Dish: The Willcox PDF Print E-mail

WJBF Channel 6 — January 2015

On today's episode of The Dish, lots of fun things are happening. We celebrate Ana Christina's birthday with Chef Regan Browell from the Willcox Hotel with some of Ana's favorite dishes.

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Classic Southern Weddings at The Willcox PDF Print E-mail

The Lovely Find — January 2015

A beautiful day and a beautiful wedding… what more can you ask for? Ashley Seawell Photography captured this gorgeous wedding at The Willcox just overflowing with classic Southern charm (the way we like it)! There’s not much more in life lovelier than a church wedding; the bride and groom on horseback after the ceremony had us at “just married!” A mix of classic white hydrangeas and baby’s breath, a touch of golden glitter, and all the classic styling are just darling!

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Natives To Bring Old Hollywood to Aiken PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — December 2014

During the early 20th century, the names of Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and Andy Williams graced theater billboards and radio top-hits charts. While time has replaced their billing, musicians such as singer Brooke Lundy and pianist John Vaughn, still carry on their names.

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The Willcox Trades Time With Santa for Toys PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — December 2014

Sarah Northington had two specific reasons for embracing the Christmas spirit and getting her kids to The Willcox on Wednesday afternoon: to drop off a toy for the Toys for Tots effort and so her kids could see Santa and Mrs. Claus before they head back to the North Pole.

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Conde Nast Traveler 10 Perfect Vacations: Readers' Choice Awards PDF Print E-mail

Condé Nast Traveler — November 2014

"The service at The Restaurant at The Willcox in Aiken, South Carolina, was fantastic. When our infant son got fussy at dinner, we left early and returned to our room. Our waiter delivered our leftovers to us, along with a delicious dessert." — Kyle Moses

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Owning Historic Inns Often a Labor of Love PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — November 2014

When the historic Partridge Inn was sold this summer, the new owners took over a “tired” property in need of a financial boost.

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Willcox Named No. 3 Hotel in South PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — October 2014

In their Readers Choice Awards 2014 Condé Nast Traveler has named The Willcox as No. 3 among Best Hotels in the South in their annual members’ vote.

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The Willcox Voted No. 3 Among Best Hotels in the South PDF Print E-mail

Buzz on Biz — October 2014

In their Readers Choice Awards 2014, Conde Nast Traveler has named The Willcox as No. 3 among Best Hotels in the South in their annual members’ vote.

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Best Hotels in the South PDF Print E-mail

Condé Nast Traveller — October 2014

Condé Nast names the best hotels in the south according to readers.

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Aiken PDF Print E-mail

Charlotte Observer — October 2014

Cooler autumn weather brings horse lovers to Aiken for the Fall Steeplechase, polo and horse-driving competitions, all events that highlight the city’s long history with equestrian sports – and its love of a good party.

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‘Southern Living’ Test Kitchen is headed to The Willcox PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — September 2014

For those looking for new cooking ideas and tips, two culinary experts are teaming up to help. On Sept. 20, The Willcox Hotel will host Southern Living Test Kitchen on the Road. The event will have two sessions: Sunday Suppers at noon and Great Grilling at 5 p.m. Each session costs $35.

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Southern Accents PDF Print E-mail

WTCI — June 2014

First we visit the Tennessee International Dude and Guest Ranch near Chattanoog where you can become a cowboy or cowgirl on your next vacation. We'll see what folks love about SAW's BBQ in Homewood, AL. Then we'll visit the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN where you can explore your creative side. And finally we head to the historic Wilcox Hotel in Aiken, SC for a luxourous getaway with gourmet food.

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South Carolina Couple Win The Willcox’s Wedding Sweepstakes PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — June 2014

The day is one year away, yet an early wedding present has already arrived for this South Carolina couple. Morgan Crumpler and Jeremy Spitler of Charleston have won an all-inclusive wedding package – priced at $35,920.

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Elvis Comes to The Wilcox Inn, Churchill Enjoyed the Show PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — May 2014

Early Easter morning on the running trail, 53 degrees and windy. It’s cool and damp from the previous day’s rain and dogwood petals, leaves to be truthful, fall like snow. Elvis Presley is on my mind.

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Celebrity Waiter Night: A Time for Good Food, Friendly Service, Fun PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — May 2014

Celebrity Waiter Night, which has been an annual event in Aiken for nearly 20 years, is a time to eat good food, enjoy friendly service and raise money for a good cause. It also can be a time to have fun.

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The Willcox Hotel PDF Print E-mail

Augusta Magazine — March 2014

Built in the 19th century by Aiken’s storied Winter Colony as guest accommodations for their rich and famous visitors, the historic Willcox Hotel prides itself on offering the same gracious accommodations, five-star service and excellent cuisine the venerable inn extended those fabled guests from the city’s gilded past. The Willcox today is all that as well as a popular meeting place for locals, who mingle with overnight guests at the bar or around the lobby’s original stone fireplace on any given evening. Stop in for a cocktail and a bite to eat and you’re sure to strike up a conversation with someone interesting, whether they’ve just finished an afternoon of foxhunting or a few hours’ shopping in the boutiques along nearby Laurens Street. 

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Roadtrip: Where the Horse Reigns Supreme PDF Print E-mail

Azaela Magazine — March 2014

Aiken will win your heart and soul with her equestrian connections and beautiful parkways.

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Learn To Plan the Perfect Southern Wedding at The Willcox PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — January 2014

Southern Living insider and Executive Director Kristen Payne will visit The Willcox on Saturday to share ideas and advice on how to have the perfect Southern wedding. One of the largest Southern lifestyle publications in the U.S., Southern Living encompasses four major pillars – food, travel, home and garden, said Tina McCarthy, general manager at The Willcox.

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Southern Charm for the Holidays PDF Print E-mail

Palm Beach Daily News — December 2013

Stone fireplaces, s’mores and Santa’s elves help guests enjoy the easygoing elegance of this historic South Carolina hotel. Professional musicians lead holiday sing-alongs in the Willcox Hotel lobby, followed by fireside treats of homemade marshmallows dripping with Belgian chocolate and cups of steaming hot cocoa.

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Southern Living Runs Contest for Wedding at The Willcox PDF Print E-mail

Buzz On Biz — December 2013

Southern Living is sponsoring a contest to win a dream wedding, and chose The Willcox as the site for it. At least 10 of the Aiken area’s finest local vendors will donate their services, from the horse-drawn carriage to the venue to the golden wedding bands, with a diamond added for the bride. The total package is estimated beforehand at of a total value of more than $35,000.

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Horses, Carolers to Spread Holiday Cheer Downtown PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — December 2013

It's a winning combination. The majestic beauty of horses paired with the sounds of the holiday season. Aiken's downtown will come alive, the streets fully animated with horsemen and horses who will perform Christmas favorites as part of the Fifth Annual Hoofbeats and Christmas Carols on Wednesday.

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The Willcox Will Host Toy Drive On Wednesday PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — December 2013

The Willcox invites the Aiken community to join it in bringing toys to local children who might otherwise have none for Christmas. The historic hotel will host Santa and Mrs. Claus at the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots celebration from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Aiken Musicians Bring Hollywood to The Willcox PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — December 2013

Hollywood has been labeled as glamorous, shimmering and classic. Every week, two musicians strive to bring that feeling home to Aiken. Natives Brooke Lundy and John Vaughn have traveled to the Tinseltown. She played on TV; he played for classic movie stars.

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Win a Dreamy Wedding at The Willcox PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — December 2013

Weddings, as wonderful an event as they are, sometimes come with two things – stress and empty wallets. The Willcox and Southern Living magazine are offering a chance of a lifetime in which one lucky couple could receive a dream wedding for free.

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Movember Celebration at The Willcox PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — November 2013

A collection of photos from the Movember celebration at the Willcox.

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The Willcox PDF Print E-mail

Talk Greenville — November 2013

Everyone loves to find a best kept secret, and The Willcox is one of the best. Built in 1898, The Willcox is located the heart of historic Aiken, a sophisticated city known for its wquestrian sports and high society.

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Where is The Willcox Located? PDF Print E-mail

Forbes Travel Guide — November 2013

Often called “The Living Room of the Community,” The Willcox is a landmark located on 100 Colleton Avenue SW, in the heart of historic downtown Aiken, South Carolina. Treasured by locals and guests alike, the boutique hotel is also one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Hotels of America.

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What Are the Rooms Like at The Willcox? PDF Print E-mail

Forbes Travel Guide — November 2013

As a small boutique hotel, each of The Willcox’s 22 rooms has a character all its own. Tall plantation shutters let in the warm Southern sun, highlighting beautifully reproduced, turn-of-the-century details on each room’s wooden desk, wardrobe and intricately carved, four-poster beds. A cloud-soft bed — wrapped in a crisp white feather duvet and topped with plump feather pillows — is the ultimate in luxury, as are the marble and white-tile bathrooms. Just some of the many room amenities include evening turndown and access to a horse and dog concierge, a service that caters to the comfort of your four-legged friends.

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What Restaurants Does The Willcox Have? PDF Print E-mail

Forbes Travel Guide — November 2013

The Restaurant at The Willcox is an intimate dining space known for its seasonal, locally grown, organic menu by executive chef Regan Browell. It is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and from 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner. Regulars point to its certified Angus beef filet mignon and its fresh catch, flown in daily, as must-orders. From 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., guests in need of a pick-me-up can order from the petites menu, with its signature chicken liver pate with port wine gelée, Italian and French cheeses, house-made desserts, specialty coffees, ports and cognac, served in the dining room, lobby, bar or via room service.

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Locals Dine on ‘Custom’ Food in the Streets at The Willcox PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — November 2013

The Willcox hotel blocked off the length of its little end of Colleton Avenue, and lined up tables end-to-end, to host a special outdoor dining experience for the launch of Jefferson’s Chef’s Collaboration bourbon-rye blend on Saturday, Oct. 19.

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The Willcox PDF Print E-mail

The Greenville News — November 2013

Everyone loves to find a best kept secret, and The Willcox is one of the best. Built in 1898, The Willcoxis located the heart of historic Aiken, a sophisticated city known for its equestrian sports and high society.

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Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World PDF Print E-mail

Condé Naste Traveler — October 2013

The Willcox Hotel hosted a Gatsby-themed event for this year’s Celebrity Waiters Night in Aiken. The hotel was one of 14 restaurants and businesses that offered guests dinner served by celebrity waiters at a variety of locations around the city. Proceeds from the event benefit Children’s Place in Aiken. 

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Jazz Age Glamour PDF Print E-mail

Aiken H&L — October 2013

The Willcox Hotel hosted a Gatsby-themed event for this year’s Celebrity Waiters Night in Aiken. The hotel was one of 14 restaurants and businesses that offered guests dinner served by celebrity waiters at a variety of locations around the city. Proceeds from the event benefit Children’s Place in Aiken. 

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The Southern Living Hotel Collection Welcomes Four New Hotels PDF Print E-mail

Hotel Online — October 2013

The Southern Living Hotel Collection, a small, curated group of independent, four-and five-star level hotels, resorts and inns that span 18 Southern states and offers the best in authentic Southern hospitality is pleased to welcome its newest members: The Willcox Inn (Aiken, SC), The Henderson Park Inn (Destin, FL), The Swag (Waynesville, NC), and The Inn at Willow Grove (Orange, VA). Since its launch this past July, the Collection has grown from its 15 premier hotels, resorts and inns to 19 carefully selected properties chosen by the editors at Southern Living.

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The Top 20 Business Travel Hotels in the World PDF Print E-mail

Bloomberg — October 2013

"Surrounded by azaleas right in the middle of town," the 22-room Willcox—nestled in South Carolina's "premiere horse country"—is "a favorite of both visitors and locals." One guest says, "Staying at the Wilcox is like stepping into the luxury and history of the South." The hotel is an "incredible experience" for anyone who loves "the South, golf, horses and history not at the expense of luxury."

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The Willcox Makes Conde Nast Best Hotel List PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — October 2013

The Willcox has been recognized once again for being a top-class hotel. Conde Nast Traveler recently ranked The Willcox No. 14 on its list of Top 20 Best Business Travel Hotels in the World, according to a press release. Conde Nast Traveler described the historic hotel as offering an “incredible experience” and is a favorite of both residents of Aiken and those visiting

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Scene Around Town PDF Print E-mail

Bella Magazine — September 2013

Party at The Willcox to View Palace Malice Race in The Travers Stakes, Saratoga, NY.

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Willcox Inn Gets Up in Final Jump to Win Washington Park Handicap PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — August 2013

A dark bay horse seems to be living up to his famous namesake. The Willcox has distinguished itself as one of the world’s finest hotels, and a son of Harlan’s Holiday, named after the Aiken establishment, keeps adding to his already successful career.

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Celebrity Waiter Night PDF Print E-mail

Bella Magazine — August 2013

The Willcox roared through the same Jazz Age that inspired lavish parties in the 1920s and 30s. The Hitchcocks, Vanderbilts, Whitneys, Harrimans and many more wealthy families maintained huge houses on Long Island, Manhattan and Newport, R.I., where they danced the years away. As the weather turned cooler, they followed their horses to their ‘cottages’ in Aiken for the Winter.

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The Wilcox in the Top 5 on Two Lists PDF Print E-mail

Buzz on Biz — August 2013

In the latest issue of the esteemed international travel magazine, Travel + Leisure, The Willcox was named the #3 Inn and Small Lodge in the U.S. Perhaps even better, these global travel experts also tabbed The Willcox as #5 in the World for hotels of all sizes with a room rate of $250 or less per night. Accommodation rates at the 115-year-old Willcox hotel in Aiken, S.C., begin at $185.

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The Willcox Again Recognized As Top Hotel By Travel + Leisure PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — July 2013

The Willcox has done it again. The hotel has been recognized by Travel + Leisure, an international travel magazine, once more for offering an inexpensive yet pleasurable experience to its guests.

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Roland to Play at Golden Harvest Benefit PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — July 2013

Musician Ed Roland will be making an appearance in Aiken on July 11 to benefit Golden Harvest Food Bank. The lead vocalist and primary songwriter for the rock band Collective Soul will perform at The Willcox on Colleton Avenue.

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Gatsby in Aiken PDF Print E-mail

WRDW — May 2013

The Roaring '20s comes roaring back to the big screen with Friday's premiere of "The Great Gatsby." The movie is also putting an Aiken family and a local hotel back in the spotlight. For Tommy Hitchcock and the Willcox Inn, the story is more about history than it is fiction. It was a time of extravagant parties, famous families and polo.

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Coiffed Heads in Beds PDF Print E-mail

Southern Living — May 2013

The jazz age is in full swing at The Willcox hotel in Aiken, South Carolina, for The Great Gatsby release this month. Story has it Tom Buchanan's character was inspired by Tom Hitchcock, Jr., whose mom helped Mr. Willcox open the hotel as a winter retreat in 1900. 

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A Roaring Soirée PDF Print E-mail

Wine Enthusiast — April 2013

Lavish celebrations, the power struggle between old money and new money, dizzying unrequited love. There’s only one thing we could be talking about, and it’s happening this Friday, May 10, 2013. The much-anticipated release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, hits theaters, and what better way to celebrate the classic novel come-to-life than with a sophisticated soirée. We show you how to throw a party that will rival any hosted by Jay Gatsby at his West Egg estate. As the antihero himself puts it, “Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!”

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Hotels offer up Gatsby-gilded deals PDF Print E-mail

NBC News — April 2013

Bring on the flappers, the swell fellas and the well-heeled hoofers doin’ the Charleston. With “The Great Gatsby” set to hit theaters on May 10, it seems Baz Luhrmann isn’t the only one hoping to recapture a bit of the Roaring '20s.

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The Great Gatsby's Carolina Connection PDF Print E-mail

WLTX — April 2013

"The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald has a certain Carolina charm. "He liked certain things about the South. The luxuriousness of it, its attention to the past," USC Sumter English professor Park Bucker said. Author F. Scott Fitzgerald had the South on his mind when writing "The Great Gatsby."

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Hotels that evoke the Gilded Age of ‘The Great Gatsby’ PDF Print E-mail

EuroNews — April 2013

As buzz around the Hollywood release of “The Great Gatsby” continues to build, travelers looking to time travel back to the Roaring Twenties have no shortage of options in the US, where select properties have either preserved or recreated the spirit of flapper chic opulence, jazz and the Gilded Age. 

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Hotels where the Great Gatsby would stay PDF Print E-mail

FOX News — April 2013

It seems like Gatsby fever is starting to take hold with the highly anticipated opening of the 3D adaptation of the classic novel hitting theatres May 10. Movie-goers will swoon for the epic love affair between Jay Gatsby, (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) as it heads toward its tragic end. 
 

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Willcox to bring back ’20s PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — April 2013

Tommy Hitchcock Jr. has been called “the greatest polo player ever” and is a war hero. Around Aiken, he is known as a former Winter Colony resident and is part of the prominent Hitchcock family. But he also has another claim to his name – a character in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.
 

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Literary Libations PDF Print E-mail

The Local Palate — April 2013

When we think about f. scott Fitzgerald’s literary masterpiece The Great Gatsby we rarely consider a Southern connection. While the novel is set in Long Island and Manhattan, a small town in South Carolina stirred up some inspiration for Fitzgerald as well: Aiken, South Carolina, home to the 114-year old Willcox hotel. 
 

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The Willcox Celebrates Great Gatsby PDF Print E-mail

Global Traveler — April 2013

Drenched in Southern charm, from the tall columns fronting its grand 19th century facade to the plush upholstered comfort in its swank guestrooms, The Willcox ranks among the best in grand manor house hotels. Located in leafy Aiken, S.C. — once considered the Newport of the South by elite travelers — the staff once turned down a lodging request from the Duke of Windsor during a long-ago Master’s Week because they were fully booked.

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Willcox co-owner a finalist for state award PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — April 2013

A local entrepreneur is a finalist for an award that recognizes outstanding small business owners across the state. Shannon Ellis, co-owner of The Willcox, is one of five finalists for the U.S. Small Business Administration S.C. District Office’s 2013 South Carolina Small Business Person of the Year award.

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Great Getaways : Aiken, South Carolina PDF Print E-mail

Equine Journal — March 2013

Aiken, South Carolina is the perfect getaway for the horse enthusiast. Racing, polo, carriage driving, hunting, jumping, eventing, dressage and steeplechasing are all avidly pursued in this historic southern town.

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Juilliard Goes South PDF Print E-mail

Indulged Traveler — March 2013

Aiken, South Carolina has long been known as “The Winter Colony,” a charming and temperate environment in which elite New York City society of the last century continued its equestrian pursuits during the cold winter months up north. Names like Astor, Vanderbilt and Whitney were as prominent in Aiken as they were in New York, and patronage of the arts and culture was a year-round endeavor.

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Do You Deserve To Lose Money? PDF Print E-mail

Bill Bonner's Instablog — March 2013

"Are you new to Aiken," said an attractive 70-something woman with a soft cotton accent named Sissy. We were coming out of the Willcox Hotel. She spotted us as visitors and offered help. She was wearing a floppy hat. She admired our hats. We admired hers. Later, we learned that she is known locally as the "hat lady." 

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Julliard Goes South: The Must-Attend Winter Festival PDF Print E-mail

Southern Living — March 2013

Suffering the winter doldrums? Then you might want to make like the Vanderbilt family and head to Aiken, South Carolina. Starting Friday March 9 and continuing through March 15, patrons of the arts from across the country will gather at sites like the Willcox Hotel and Joye Cottage for the 2013 Julliard in Aiken Festival. This series of chamber concerts, master classes, community outreach, and premier performances allows locals a chance to show off their Southern hospitality, while enjoying emerging talents.

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Warm Up With Aiken's Southern Charm PDF Print E-mail

AAA Going Places — March 2013

I am an East Coast native who spent many summer vacations in Myrtle Beach, SC. Since my family never traveled inland, I had never heard of the city of Aiken until my dad and stepmom retired there a few years ago.

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The Willcox ‘The living room of the community’ PDF Print E-mail

The Aiken Standard — March 2013

When the white wooden doors of The Willcox open, jazz music trickles out in greeting from the overhead speakers, as the concierges await you at the front desk. This year, this grand establishment was again listed as one of Travel + Leisure’s Top 500 Hotels worldwide for 2013.

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Bill Murray Visited The Willcox Last Fall PDF Print E-mail

The Aiken Standard — February 2013

Actor Bill Murray was in Aiken last fall and made a stop at The Willcox. Murray didn’t stay the night but took a tour of the hotel and spent some time in the Roosevelt suite. Though it wasn’t clear at the time, it was later determined that Murray was interested in the suite and the hotel’s history because of his role in the new film, “Hyde Park on Hudson” in which he plays 32nd U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Tailgating, The Willcox Way PDF Print E-mail

Equestrian Calendar of Aiken — February 2013

Equestrian events are hungry work. Whether you’re hunting, showing, playing polo -- or just playing the role of casual spectator -— you’ll be building up an appetite and ready for a hearty tailgate before you know it.

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The Willcox again named Best Hotel by Travel + Leisure PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — January 2013

Praised for its Southern charm and hospitality, The Willcox has been recognized by the same national publication for a second consecutive year. The Willcox was included in Travel + Leisure’s Top 500 Hotels worldwide for 2013 with a score of 94.25 out of 100. In 2012, The Willcox was 32 out of 50 on the World’s Best Hotels list.

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Joyful Victory and Willcox Inn make their 2013 debuts tomorrow Read more: Joyful Victory and Willcox Inn make their 2013 debuts PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — January 2013

Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm’s multiple graded stakes winner Joyful Victory will be making her 5-year-old debut, returning to the races after a 65 day layoff, and the gray daughter of Grade 1 winner Tapit has been entered in the 1 1/16-mile $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic Saturday at Sam Houston Park. The Ontario-bred conditioned by Larry Jones has drawn the rail, and will carry 115 pounds. Jockey Rosie Napravnik will be in the irons. Joyful Victory was broken and trained by Tim and Cary Frommer.

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Discovering Barley's Hidden Charms PDF Print E-mail

NPR — January 2013

As someone who dines out a lot for work, I can tell you that barley doesn't appear on a whole lot of menus. And as a home cook, I can see how this grain maybe isn't perceived to be as sexy as farro, as healthy as quinoa or as versatile as oats.

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Gourmet on the Go in the Equestrian World of Aiken PDF Print E-mail

CNN iReport — January 2013

The Willcox's restaurant on wheels, The Food Truck, is a short-order patois of specialized dishes that goes beyond a traditional, low budget food truck. The equestrian-centric, high brow locals in the town of Aiken, SC, crave restaurant quality meals but now can get them served on paper plates. Dishes come with three-course plated options including Braised Beef Ravioli with Garden Peas in a rich beef sauce and Parmesan Mascarpone; Seared Salmon with Wasabi Mash and Sugar Snap Pea and Ginger Salad; and a Cumin Dusted Pork Loin with Butternut Squash Puree and Baby Spinach. The Food Truck also makes appearances at special events offering Aiken residents and guests a range of gastronome-minded options including a traditional cook out with all of the fixings; hors d'oeuvres receptions; as well as children's parties. First time white gowned brides have had their dinner produced right out of the food truck.

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Residents Enjoy Cocoa, Cookies At The Willcox Toys For Tots Celebration PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — December 2012

The Toys for Tots collection boxes at The Willcox were filling up fast Monday as people stopped in to donate, to see Santa and Mrs. Claus and to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. This is the third year the historic Aiken hotel has hosted the U.S. Marine Corps. Reserve's Toys for Tots celebration, a “great organization,” according to The Willcox co-owner Geoff Ellis.

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Santa, Carolers To Be At The Willcox For Toys For Tots Drive PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — December 2012

The Willcox will host the U.S. Marine Corps. Reserve’s Toys for Tots celebration – and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus – from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday. The festive afternoon will feature the North Pole’s most famous residents having their photos taken with area children followed by a lobby full of carolers at the grand piano. Santa and Mrs. Claus will sit in their bright red sleigh in front of a roaring fire in the lobby of the 114-year-old Aiken landmark, listening to the dreams of Aiken-area children.

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Moustaches Are Sprouting In Aiken To Raise Awareness For Men's Health PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — November 2012

Movember begins today where male members, or Mo Bros, traditionally shave their face and start to grow their folical masterpiece over the next 30 days, all to raise awareness about men's health issues.

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Into the Woods PDF Print E-mail

The Traveler's Journal — November 2012

Aiken, South Carolina is the heart of America’s storied thoroughbred country, “The Winter Colony,” where the cream of New York society once gathered in cold-weather months to continue their equestrian pursuits. No town in America features a more traditional or communal Thanksgiving celebration than Aiken, nor is there a more special place to enjoy it than at the town’s 114-year old, beautifully refreshed and preserved hotel, The Willcox. The holiday is launched with a beloved custom signifying the start of the festive holiday season, the Blessing of The Hounds, and a traditional Thanksgiving buffet feast at the grandest white-pillared dame in South Carolina.

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When It's November, It's Movember! PDF Print E-mail

Bella Magazine — October 2012

When some guys in Melbourne, Australia decided to raise awareness and money for men’s health issues, they didn’t create pink bows or red dresses. They did what comes naturally: they grew facial hair for a month, specifically mustaches, and renamed the month Movember! Their motto? “Knowledge is Power; Mustache is King.” That was seven years ago, and the organization Movember has since spread around the world and raised $120 million in the fight against prostate and testicular cancer.

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Fall Getaway Steal PDF Print E-mail

The Today Show — October 2012

Travel + Leisure readers ranked the hotel No. 3 on the 2012 World’s Best Awards list of Top Inns and Lodges in the Continental U.S. And it’s easy to see why, as rooms have plenty of antebellum charm: crown moldings, four-poster beds and fireplaces. The Willcox even has its own food truck serving dishes such as spicy fish burritos and fried chicken biscuits. Fuel up and then head outdoors to enjoy local parks or go for a horseback ride.

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Musician Comes Home To The Willcox PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — September 2012

John Vaughn's music career has taken him all over the world. But, for now, he's settling back in to his native Aiken. Vaughn will be in Aiken through the winter season and is playing piano at the Willcox Inn each Friday night. It's a venue that holds many fond memories for him.


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The Willcox Is One Of The World's Best Hotels PDF Print E-mail
WJBF Channel 6 — September 2012

Try to imagine the best hotel in the world. Perhaps the Plaza comes to mind, or the Four Seasons, Paris. WJBF News Channel 6's Aiken Bureau Chief, Ashley Bridges, has the story of one of the worrd's best hotels ... right here in Aiken.

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Skyware Hospitality Solutions is Proud to Service The Willcox Hotel, Awarded as one of the Top 50 Hotels in the World by Travel & Leisure Magazine PDF Print E-mail

PR Web — August 2012

When Shannon and Geoff Ellis took over The Willcox, their goal was to make the historic hotel feel like Aiken’s living room. Today, the inn welcomes many visitors from out of town - in fact, the room occupancy rate has tripled in the two and a half years that the Ellises have owned it.

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The Willcox: Aiken's Favorite Inn PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Polo Club Magazine — August 2012

When Shannon and Geoff Ellis took over The Willcox, their goal was to make the historic hotel feel like Aiken’s living room. Today, the inn welcomes many visitors from out of town - in fact, the room occupancy rate has tripled in the two and a half years that the Ellises have owned it.

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Aiken's Willcox Hotel Named One Of Top 50 Best Hotels in the World PDF Print E-mail

WJBF Channel 6 — August 2012

It’s an exciting time at The Willcox Hotel, in Aiken.  Especially, because it’s only been the about two and half years since Shannon and Geoffrey Ellis bought it. They call it a miracle purchase, because the deal came through just minutes before hotel would close for good.

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Aiken Hotel With Ties To Pres. FDR Named One of ‘World’s Best’ PDF Print E-mail

WRDW Channel 12 — August 2012

Things are buzzing inside the doors of The Willcox, an historic Aiken hotel.

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Mom and Dad Can Combine Back to School Time With Some Leisure Time PDF Print E-mail

Atlanta Journal Constitution — August 2012

fter you've dropped Junior off at State, where can you go for a good meal, an entertaining walk, a night on the town? We offer some diversions along the return trip for parents seeking a little entertainment. (Provided they have any money left after paying tuition.)

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Residents Mix It Up at The Willcox Cocktail Class PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — July 2012

The Willcox announces the appointment of Katy Judd as Catering Sales Manager. Judd has many years of experience in marketing and the hospitality industry, including work in Aiken for the past six years and five years as Casino Events Manager for The Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas.

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Katy Judd Named Willcox Catering Manager PDF Print E-mail

Buzz on Biz — July 2012

The Willcox announces the appointment of Katy Judd as Catering Sales Manager. Judd has many years of experience in marketing and the hospitality industry, including work in Aiken for the past six years and five years as Casino Events Manager for The Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas.

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The Willcox Sets Itself Apart PDF Print E-mail

The Aiken Standard — July 2012

Travel + Leisure, a respected international travel magazine, has named The Willcox one of the top 50 World's Best Hotels overall. Actually, it's No. 32 on the list. And, note it is the "World's Best, which ramps up the prestige-factor significantly. The Willcox topped well-known luxury resorts in exotic locations like Capella in Singapore, a palace in India, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Hawaii and even a luxury mountain resort overlooking the coast in Capetown.

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World's Best Hotels 2012 PDF Print E-mail

Travel + Leisure — July 2012

Thanks to that special southern hospitality, The Willcox feels more like a home than a hotel. Flanked by grand white pillars and big oak trees, it oozes Southern charm. The rooms look like you’ve just stepped into Scarlett O’Hara’s house—four-poster beds, fireplaces, and stitched floral pillows.

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The Willcox Ranks As One Of the World's Best Hotels PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — July 2012

An international travel magazine announced Friday that The Willcox is one of the top 50 World's Best Hotels overall, and owners Geoff and Shannon Ellis haven't stopped smiling since.

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26 Women To Watch: Shannon Ellis PDF Print E-mail

WAGT Channel 26 — June 2012

Nestled in downtown Aiken, the Willcox Hotel is in its 114th year. People like Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt have walked the historic Willcox’s halls. But, in 2009 the hotel's story nearly ended when its current owners decided to shut it down.

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Celebrity chefs will cook to benefit mental health group PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — June 2012

Chefs and patrons of Aiken's Cookin' with Celebrity Chefs, Mental Health America of Aiken County's annual fundraiser, will sample the creative variety and flavors Aiken has to offer at its new venue on Friday.

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Historic Luxury at The Willcox PDF Print E-mail

Bella Magazine — Summer 2012

Having completed our tours of the Aiken Barn Bed and Breakfast, The General Elliott Inn, and the Oakland Bed and Breakfast, the Bella Bed & Breakfst Tour now moves into Aiken with a look at The Willcox.

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The Masters? The Willcox! PDF Print E-mail

IMINA Travel — May 2012

Yeah! I got the email!  Although I shouldn’t be too excited —  it was just a message letting me know I could “apply” for tickets to the 2013 Master’s Golf tournament, which approval of said application, is only by a random selection.  So, with all those other applicants; my chances are pretty slim, but I can always wish, right?

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A Look at the Cost of High School Prom PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — April 2012

With one senior prom down and three to go, Aiken teens are hitting the stores and calling for reservations in preparation for their big night. In categories such as formal wear, fine dining, flowers, accessories and transportation, young shoppers are hunting up the best supplies - and the best bargains.

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ETV Short: The Willcox PDF Print E-mail

SC Educational Television — February 2012

The Willcox Hotel, located in Aiken, was built in the late 19th century for Yankees seeking warmth. Closely located to downtown Aiken and Hitchcock Woods, the hotel embodies the history and culture of the area. The hotel was voted one of the Best 50 Small U.S. Hotels and also has a restaurant that offers an innovative, delicious cuisine.

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Shannon Ellis and The Willcox PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Woman Magazine — February 2012

Shannon Ellis has been everywhere. She grew up in Tornoto, Canada, finished high school at the Lycee Canadien en France in St. Jean cap Ferrat, France. Did her undergraduate work at the University of Western Ontario, Canada and has an MBA from the university of Waikato in New Zealand. She was involved in politics in Charlotte, N.C. Lived in Los Angeles for several years and opened six restaurants with her husband, Geoff Ellis, while living in New Zealand.

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Willcox Honored for Green Efforts PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — February 2012

The Willcox hotel and restaurant has once again been recognized for being kind to the environment. On Monday, The Willcox owners Geoff and Shannon Ellis, along with staff members, traveled to Columbia to accept the Good Earth Keeping Award from the South Carolina Hospitality Association.

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