What We Love
- Walking distance to Aiken’s town center, which is filled with boutiques, restaurants and horse sculptures
- The property dates back to 1898; original features abound
- Live Jazz by 4 Cats in the Doghouse fills the house every Thursday night
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Tuesday night’s free hors d’oeuvres draw a crush of locals, so claim your table early
- Aiken is the equestrian center of the South; the small town swells with owners and trainers (the “Winter Colony”) between October and May
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Sophisticated hunting lodge. Off the rocking chair–lined veranda, the lobby living room feels ever so turn-of-the-century, with two large stone fireplaces, curly heart pine paneling and distinctive, high-backed “Aiken” sofas. Downstairs, hallways are done in warm shades of red, gold and bronze and adorned with equestrian artworks, while on guest floors peanut-red doors add punch to the grass cloth–covered corridors.
Bed and Bath
Housed in interconnected 19th-century houses, guestrooms range from petite Queen Rooms to the sprawling Roosevelt Suite, with its Chippendale veranda and separate living room. All are individually designed in an attractive melange of new and old furnishings, including chaise longues, four-poster beds and gas fireplaces. Beds sport coma-inducing feathertop mattresses, white linens and cream-colored matelasse coverlets. Modern all-white tile bathrooms feature custom Carrara marble-topped dark wood wash stands, glass-enclosed showers and, in suites, deep soaking tubs.
Bed and Bath
A few steps above the Living Room, the magnificent 19th-century Oak Bar is a refined spot for listening to live jazz (every Thursday), sipping specialty cocktails and sampling exquisite “petites” such as chicken liver pâté and rock shrimp bruschetta. Overlooking the garden, the Restaurant has a more contemporary feel, in burgundy velvet chairs and button-studded banquettes, and serves up exciting gastropub fare overseen by chef Regan Browell. Steps away, the pampering four-room spa gets high marks for complete hair and nail services, as well as restorative treatments using Dermalogica and Phyto products. Outside, the intimate, patterned-brick pool area is a calming place to relax or dine. The historic landmark’s legendary service is laced with genteel Southern charm.
In the Area
Two hours from Atlanta and Charlotte, this charming town is an equestrian epicenter thanks to an abundance of the soft clay soil expensive thoroughbreds love. Here, more than 200 green islands filled with arching live oaks, azaleas and magnolias grace the main thoroughfares, while streets named Easy and Whiskey are lined with enormous cottages and studded with water troughs for horses. Catch a polo match on an emerald-green field, then head to the Track Kitchen for a yummy down-home breakfast with jockeys and trainers. For a dose of retail therapy, family-owned shops including Vinya’s and Lionel Smith have a cult following; Equine Devine and Aiken Dry Goods offer natty sport clothes as well as saddles and boots. After browsing the Aiken Antique Center, in old McCrory’s five-and-dime, grab a tasty sandwich from Betsy’s On the Corner, and head for Hitchcock Woods, one of the largest privately owned urban forests in the country, open to walkers, riders and carriages.
How to Get There
The Wilcox Inn has a very special meaning to me and my husband as we spent the first night of our honeymoon at the Wilcox - the Vanderbilt Suite. Several weeks ago I saw this special where you paid for 2 nights and got one night free. I called and Michelle helped me book it fir me and my husband as well as planned a massage for Saturday am. What a wonderful time we had! We stayed in The Whitney Suite and couldn’t have been more pleased! Thanks to an awesome staff; awesome facility; and wonderful compassionate folks who helped me maneuver in my motorized chair and were spot on!!!
We were celebrating a birthday at The Willcox and last year we celebrated at their
sister property, The Greystone Inn on Lake Toxaway.
After staying at the Greystone Inn and experiencing the fabulous accommodations and service, we were expecting at least the same level at The Willcox and they delivered!!!
The two nights that we were in residence were wonderful. The room was comfortable, the breakfast had a number of made to order selecitons and was excellent and the lobby bar was great, along with the live music.
You cannot go wrong selecting The Willcox or The Greystone Inn for any special ocassion.
We had a grand time at the Wilcox and thought everything was first class. Michelle, who booked our room and checked us in was great. Our King room, was clean, comfortable and well appointed. The lobby is beautiful and adorned with a salute to the past, including fresh lemon pies and infused water. The salt water pool and pool area is beautiful. The lobby bar and lobby area are energetic and a fun place to hang out, meet fellow travelers or engage the friendly staff. Overall we had a great time and thought the hotel was great value. Only ding, our dinner server seemed harried, Unengaged and as others intimated parts of our dinner were just ok. Would return to this hotel, restaurant - absolutely and would recommend wholeheartedly.