The Barefoot Mermaid’s Guide to Aiken, SC

My Mama grew up in Aiken so I have found childhood memories of Magnolia trees, cousin twins, the Secret Garden, family, Ginkgo leaf bouquets, walks and bike rides, parks, rose pine cones, and Red Lobster. The past few years we have made a few stops in Aiken and it is thriving. I love to see the Downtown coming back to life. It seems like the happening place to live these days, it sure is nice for a visit.


Hotel Aiken We have stayed here twice in the outside building hotel. The main area is being renovated. We love the location as it is located in the heart of Downtown.

The Wilcox

Carriage House Inn


Magnolia is on my list of places to try.

Aiken Brewing Company We ate here during our last stay. The food was good. I can not give any advice on the brewery part since I don’t drink beer.

Whiskey Alley is on my list to try. We love tapas.

New Moon Cafe is one of our favorites. We have eaten here a few times. Everything is good but the Nutella fairy toast is what dreams are made of. The vanilla chai is also great.

Apizzza de Napoli is one of our favorites. I love the prosciutto  wrapped mozzarella balls.


Aiken County Farmer’s Market We stopped by on a chilly Saturday. I bought some artwork, a pencil sketch of Boundary Street and an ornament.

Hopeland Gardens is a delightful place to stroll. They have Christmas lights up in December on select nights.

There are tons of playgrounds and parks in the Aiken area.


Downtown Aiken is full of the cutest little shops. I love how vibrant the downtown area is. Really it’s buzzing more than it was when we were younger. I recommend just taking a stroll around to see what catches your eye. Some of our favorites include the antique stores and Plum Pudding.

Wood Market and Garden is our must stop a few times a trip. Get the goat milk fudge and pickles. I also grabbed some Butter which was good. I was dreaming of Paris.

The main town area is also home to many corporate stores should you need them.

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