June Aiken Trip- Day 1

June 7th, 2014

This marks our third trip to Aiken (and probably our last for awhile, so many new places to explore.) On this trip we decided to retrace of the steps we took on our first trip to Aiken. This meant starting our time in Aiken at Malia’s on Laurens St. SW.

Since the humidity was high and the sky looked increasingly threatening, we opted to eat indoors. There were a few tables in front, apart from the main dining area, which gave us the feeling of sitting outside while still having a roof over our heads.

Malia's
Malia’s

We were absolutely starving so it didn’t taking long for us to decide. I went with the turkey club, and mum had the chicken and berry salad.

Turkey Club
Turkey Club
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Grilled Chicken Salad

After lunch we decided to head over to the needlepoint/knitting shop nearby before dropping our bags off at the hotel.

I purchased this little book on how to knit. Hopefully I can learn, otherwise my mum will continue to be my sole provider of knitted items!

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Eager to drop our bags at the hotel we drove a short distance away to The Willcox, our go to destination to stay while in the Willcox, and some would say our whole reason for going to Aiken!

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We had help getting our bags up to the room, and were so happy that my mum finished our fun new tapestry bags for this trip.

Tapestry bags by D. Sagmoe
Tapestry bags by D. Sagmoe

Don’t you just love them? I was inspired to have a tapestry bag of my very own ever since I watched Austenland (very good if your in the mood for some ‘Austen’ inspired hilarity.)

After we’d had a moment for a little refresh, we headed back out again. Our first destination? Threads.

I had intend to walk away with some new tops and a dress or two, I was beyond pleased to have found some lovely cardi’s and my new go-to bag for the spring/summer season. It’s bone so it goes with everything… pretty much.

While in Threads and clouds that had been threatening for so long finally decided to burst, so we waiting awhile before heading on down the street to the next few shops.

We found one of the Aiken Horses just one door down at the Aiken Arts Center, and a few other interesting items.

Next, we headed over to Folly… a lovely little shop with plenty of gorgeous things to look at.

 

Moving onto Equine Divine…

After our shopping, it was time to head back to the room before heading down in the dinning room for our 6pm reservations.

They just changed the menu... I had to say I like the options last time much better.
They just changed the menu… I had to say I like the options last time much better.
Salmon for me...
Salmon for me…
Moroccan Chicken for mum
Moroccan Chicken for mum

We headed over to the Aiken Community Playhouse a little after seven to pick up our tickets for the 8pm showing. Several people had already arrived, so we just waited around the playhouse until they started letting people into the theater.

We stayed for the first half (1 1/2 hours) but decided to leave at intermission. There were some talented singers in the cast and the play itself wasn’t bad, but we were more than ready to head back to the hotel for the night!

Stay tuned for Day 2.

~theavidpen

 

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