Just about 20 miles from Augusta, Georgia, Aiken is the genuine article: It’s not a gimmicky horse-themed tourist attraction but an authentic South Carolina equestrian community rich in historic charm and tradition. This town is a picture postcard waiting to happen, from the iconic archway of live oaks along South Boundary Avenue and serene Hopelands Gardens to the strong Thoroughbreds you might see warming up in the early-morning light.
Southern Living Magazine is learning what some of us have known for quite some time – Aiken is an extraordinary place. The Hitchcock Woods, the blooms of springtime, the equestrian vibe, the funky downtown… but most of all, it’s the people. Friendly, kind, eclectic and diverse; the people make Aiken. They come from all over the world, bringing their flair, their skills, their talents with them.