Aiken is the best of both worlds; combining a warm, friendly, southern atmosphere with a subtle sophistication and elegance. It is a town where people stop in the grocery store to have a chat, friends and families grow up together, residents bring their dogs to street-side cafes for a relaxing cup of coffee. It’s a place for formal dinner parties, steeplechase galas, and croquet on the lawn. It’s a place for active retirees, for families, for young professionals. Aiken is little cottages and large historic homes. It’s gated golf course communities, and rural horse farms. It’s a place where it’s common to see horse and rider or carriages on the city streets, and horses always have the right of way. It’s a place where professional golfers prepare for the Masters, as the town explodes in a riotous splash of spring blooms in color. Aiken is a nature lover’s paradise, with one of the largest urban forests in the nation; the 2100 acre Hitchcock Woods in the center of town. Aiken is small, with a population of just under 30,000 residents, but has a huge heart. It’s a place to connect; with nature, with neighbors, with history, and with yourself.