Aiken is the best of both worlds; combining a warm, friendly, southern atmosphere with a subtle sophistication and elegance. Aiken’s 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. Aiken is home to active retirees, families, and young professionals. Aiken is little cottages and large historic homes. It’s gated golf course communities, and rural horse farms. Horses and carriages are commonplace 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 right 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.