Aiken is a city in South Carolina.
Drive about 20 minutes to Redcliffe State Historic Site, beautiful plantation home and grounds. Tours on the hour. Incredible Tree Collection.
Great Plant Nurseries in the area: look for: specialty woody shrubs at Nurseries Caroliniana, outside of North Augusta. Native plants at Woodlanders in Downtown Aiken. Crinum lilies near Redcliffe Plantation in Beech Island 
Funny Fried Fish Place, great fried bream, in the back parking lot of the Baptist Church on Hwy 278 in Beech Island, SC (lushlifegarden.com)
- Fairfield Inn & Suites Aiken, 185 Colony Parkway, +1 803 648-7808, Toll-free: +1 800 228-2800, Fax: +1 803 649-6515, .
- Holiday Inn Express, 155 Colony Parkway, +1 803 648-0999, .
- Carriage House Inn, 139 Laurens Street, NW, Aiken, SC 29801 (Historic downtown), ☎ 803-644-5888, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. $103-$135. edit
- Hotel Aiken, (235 Richland Avenue West 29801, Aiken), ☎ +1-803-648-4265, . Located in the heart of historic downtown Aiken, SC. Is perfect place for both leisure and business travelers alike. edit
- Sleep Inn, 1002 Monterey Dr, ☎ 803 644 9900. checkin: 2.00PM; checkout: 11.00AM. edit