Quality Inn Aiken
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... accessories. Good fun! Many shops - William Sonoma, Victoria Secret, Barnes and Noble and so on.
After our long day on the road we relaxed and watched TV to learn the sad news about the Air Asia air disaster. So very sad to learn about the results. Our hearts go out to the Indonesian people who have lost their loved ones.
After a fun early Christmas weekend with our daughters, son-in-laws and grandkids, we started off on the first leg of our trip - driving down to Aiken, South Carolina. My brother and his wife own a house and property just outside of this small, historic town and they kindly let us stay at their 'ranch' before we fly off to Africa fr om the Atlanta airport.
We have nicknamed their property Morning Glory Ranch because of the beautiful sunrises that we ...
... aspect was that it didn't seem like a wealthy town. I assume that the golf club members come here for the day and the high tail it back to their mansions.
We went to the golf course and I spoke to the security guard who was just inside the entry gates. He advised me very politely that I was trespassing and that I could take as many photo's as I liked as long as I was outside of the gates.
This meant that I got a great shot of the ...
... of history surrounding Aiken. I have to say I was blown away. Cathy took us to a beautiful museum with several floors and rooms to view which was housed in an old Mansion. VERY COOL!!
Historic Inns - The Wilcox Inn (1898-1940) - The doorman wouldn't let you in if you were not wearing Johnson & Murphy brand shoes. He would simply say that the Inn was full! Some of the notables who came to this Inn were: Mrs. J.J. Astor; ...
... the Bartram Country Club and Mark showed us some of the local area sights including the gates of the beautiful Augusta National Golf Club and downtown Augusta, which is pretty cool.
This trip was a bit of a blast from the past and confirmed we can no longer hang with the big dogs and function properly. Back to the comfortable role of grandparents as we head north to spend couple of days with our son Shawn and his beautiful family in New Bern, NC.