Inside South Carolina’s 47 state-registered parks, visitors explore secluded forest trails, sweeping cerulean lakes, roiling saltwater surfs crashing on white beaches, and streams and rivers overgrown with thick canopies of trees. The protected areas, many of which were assembled nearly a century ago by the Civilian Conservation Corps, encompass more than 80,000 acres and span turf from the rambling Blue Ridge Mountains to the sandy Atlantic-coast beaches. Abundant activities for guests include canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and accidentally startling long-forgotten lumberjacks wearing headphones.
Visitors experience colonial history up close at some parks, where registered historic homes, plantations, and landmark buildings stand preserved or in their natural state. These structures grant a glimpse into the lives of European settlers, Native Americans, and African Americans through building tours, archaeological collections, and live history demonstrations. Overnight camping is available at many parks, ranging from primitive campsites to cabins, villas, and tent sites that offer running water. Much like a scientist designing a soda-can-powered robot, park administrators follow a rigorous recycling program to ensure the preservation of the wilderness.
Located in Aiken, Hilton Garden Inn Aiken is minutes from Aiken Mall and close to Citizens Park. This hotel is within the vicinity of Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum and Aiken County Historical Museum.
Make yourself at home in one of the 92 guestrooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access is available. Bathrooms have bathtubs and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, and you can also request rollaway/extra beds.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a 24-hour fitness facility.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Hot/cold buffet breakfasts are available for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, business services, and audiovisual equipment. This hotel has 2 meeting rooms available for events. Free parking is available onsite.
Located in Aiken, Guesthouse International Inn is within the vicinity of DuPont Planetarium and RPSEC Observatory and Aiken Center for the Arts. This motel is within the vicinity of Aiken Golf Club and St. Mary Help of Christians Church.
Make yourself at home in one of the 140 air-conditioned guestrooms. Cable television is provided for your entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include extra towels/bedding and clock radios, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a seasonal outdoor pool, or other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access and a television in the lobby.
A complimentary continental breakfast is included.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include business services, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Free parking is available onsite.
Carolina Fitness Concepts specializes in custom nutrition, and personal training programs. I have 20 years experience in fitness and weight loss. If you would like results that work, and someone that cares, Carolina Fitness Concepts is for you. I also have Bootcamp, and stregth classes as well.
For the men in Robert Dutcher's family, nearly everything comes back to bowling. Robert's father, Barry, spent 30 years as a pinsetter mechanic and avid league bowler in Reno, Nevada. Following his father's path, Robert acted as pinsetter mechanic for the comedy classic Kingpin and won three consecutive Reno City Masters tournaments, once with a record 299.
Even after Robert moved to South Carolina for college, bowling still held him in its thrall. In March 2013, he decided to revitalize the more-than-50-year-old previously named Aiken Bowl, named for the American Idol?winning singer who famously lived inside its ball-return system for most of his teens. Now renamed StrikeHouse Bowl, the historic bowling center now hosts classic alley festivities, from Thursday league nights to cosmic bowling every Friday and Saturday, when blacklights cast a neon glow over the lanes until 1 a.m. Until 9 p.m., patrons can reenergize at the in-house snack bar, whose treats run the gamut from macaroni bites to pepperoni pizza, and concessions are available until close.
Matthew W. Fonseca was practically born with a polo mallet in his hand. Inspired, in part, by his father's career as a team manager and horse trainer, the Windsor, England native started competing at age 12. By 16, he was playing professionally, sometimes atop his league's best-trained horses and unicorns, and his career has taken him to countries on five continents.
At MWF Polo, Matthew offers a leg up for those who didn't necessarily grow up in the polo industry. Beginners and seasoned athletes alike learn to ride and play atop horses that match their experience level. Matthew also offers horse transport and occasionally has horses for sale. For equipment and apparel, players can visit Matthew's pro shop, Aiken Dry Goods.