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Breathing New Life In To The Willcox of Aiken PDF Print E-mail

Verge — May 2011

Shuttered for decades and then operated in a stuffy style the locals shunned, new ownership and management have restored The Willcox hotel and restaurant to the lively center of fun and good taste in Aiken.

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Local Celebrities Serve to Benefit Fundraiser PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — May 2011

The celebrity waiters stationed at various restaurants around Aiken Monday had one overarching strategy: raise as much money as possible.

They employed jokes, warm smiles, songs and, at The Willcox, a variety of activities from a silent auction to casino games, all in an effort to raise money for Children's Place during the agency's biggest and certainly most well-known fundraiser.

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Environmental Practices Earn Top State Honors For The Willcox PDF Print E-mail

Bella Magazine — March 2011

Having “gone green” since it went under the ownership of Geoff and Shannon Ellis, The Willcox and The Restaurant at the Willcox were awarded the State’s top certification this past winter for the highest level of sustainability Palmetto designation offered by the South Carolina Green Hospitality Alliance. The coveted Three Palmetto certification was given to both the hotel and the restaurant at the Willcox, only the fourth hotel and the first restaurant in the state to reach the top. Douglas O’Flaherty, director of operations of the South Carolina Hospitality Association, acknowledged that no other establishment in South Carolina has ever been awarded six Palmettos.

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Aiken Tourism Brings In Big Money PDF Print E-mail

WAGT TV, Channel 26 — March 2011

Tourism is South Carolina’s money train. The $18 billion business is getting is vamping up efforts to bring even more people this summer—and not just to the beach.

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The Willcox Hotel: Celebrating 113 Years As a Treasured Southern Retreat PDF Print E-mail

Tango Diva — March 2011

Nestled amidst the beautiful oak lined streets and stately homes of Historic Aiken, South Carolina, The Willcox Hotel has lived a grand and graceful life over the last century. The hotel’s magnificent white pillared entrance leads us to an illustrious past full of delightful tales and monumental memories. This quaint and intimate property, despite its size, is larger than life in terms of its history and hospitality.

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Willcox Awarded Environmental Sustainability Certification PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — February 2011

Some may say it's not easy being green, but The Willcox Hotel and Restaurant proved otherwise as it was recognized for its environmentally-friendly facility.

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The Perfect Blend of Creativity and Function PDF Print E-mail
The Willcox— February 1, 2011

Shannon and Geoff Ellis teams up with Innovative Solution's design department to showcase the historic Inn and Restaurant.

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Toys for Tots Drive PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — January 3, 2011

Garrett and Caroline Boswell hang out with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Willcox Inn Christmas party and Toys for Tots drive.

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Restaurant Report Card PDF Print E-mail

WAGT NBC Augusta 26 — December 2010

This week's Restaurant Report Card includes four perfect scores and showcases The Restaurant at The Willcox at 100 Colleton Avenue in downtown Aiken.

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Sleigh Bells and Christmas Carols Coming To Aiken's Willcox Inn Wednesday PDF Print E-mail

WJBF News Channel 6 — December 2010

The sounds of Christmas will return to The Willcox Inn hotel Wednesday when a most-festive hay wagon full of carolers winds up an hour-and-a-half singing tour of downtown Aiken at 5:30 Wednesday.

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Party at The Willcox Benefits Toys for Tots PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — December 2010

Agnes Hobson couldn't resist bringing children Austin and Annie to the Willcox Inn's Christmas party Monday.

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Toys for Tots to Hold Holiday Party PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — December 2010

Aiken's Toys for Tots campaign will hold its second Christmas party on Monday, Dec. 20 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Willcox Inn.

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Party People PDF Print E-mail

Skirt — October 2010

Winston Churchill had good times at The Willcox, but go there today and you can one up him: you can toast the good life and enjoy Regan's gastropub fare made with fresh local ingredients.

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The Restaurant Celebrates Its First Birthday PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — October 2010

Shannon and Geoffrey Ellis cut the first birthday cake for The Restaurant at the Willcox. A large group of about 100 regular customers helped them celebrate with champagne and birthday cake.

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My Faraway, Nearby PDF Print E-mail

Augusta Magazine — October 2010

Sometimes it only takes a 20-minute drive to find yourself a world away.

In the late 1930s, Georgia O'Keeffe painted an evocative oil she titled, "From the Faraway, Nearby," a piece that blends skeletal and landscape imagery in a way that captures the mystery and magic of the American Southwest, the region that influenced much of O'Keeffe's work, particularly that created later in her life.

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Gourmet Casual PDF Print E-mail

Augusta Magazine — September 2010

Whether you're an overnight guest of the historic Willcox Hotel or an Aiken resident looking for a new place to hang out, the Restaurant at the Willcox is the place to go. Owners Geoffrey and Shannon Ellis have succeeded in creating a place with the relaxed social atmosphere of a neighborhood bar that at the same time offers upscale cuisine.

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Ancient Knowledge, Modern Convenience and Old Fashioned Fine Service Come Full Circle PDF Print E-mail

Just Breathe Studio — 2010

The owners and management of The Willcox hotel and Just Breathe Studio announce a sharing of their exquisite services for the enjoyment of their clientele and those interested from the general public, starting Monday, May 17. Guests of The Willcox will have the luxury of taking Yoga, beginner’s Tai Chi and Water Aerobics classes in the hotel’s beautiful and cloistered pool area, taught by the highly accredited instructors of Just Breathe Studio. What’s more, if they choose to, hotel guests will automatically be regarded as members of Just Breathe Studio at 1501 Whiskey Road, and able to make use of their full range of classes in Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates and much more. There is no charge for hotel guests.

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Historic Hotel Ownership Changes PDF Print E-mail

Front Gate Properties — January 2010

Geoff and Shannon Ellis, who opened The Restaurant at The Willcox in November, now own the historic hotel. The couple recently purchased the stately Colleton Avenue property from The Garrett Hotel Group, which had owned the hotel since 2000. Specific details on the sale have not been released.

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New Proprietors for Aiken Landmark PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Horse — 2010

During the gilded days of the Winter Colony, Aiken was known for its wonderful hotels, especially The Willcox. The Willcox grew out of a catering business started in 1897 by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Willcox. Over the years, the Willcoxes converted their home into a sumptuous inn that became the social nucleus of Aiken’s winter visitors. In the 1920s and 1930s, the guest book read like the New York Social Register – Vanderbilt, Harriman, Pulitzer, Iselin, Astor. Even Franklin Delano Roosevelt stayed at The Willcox – his private railway car would pull up to the back door and he would enter unannounced.

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Dining in Style PDF Print E-mail

Metro Spirit — 2010

Located in a newly rejuvenated historic inn that used to entertain wealthy winter colonists in Aiken, The Restaurant at The Willcox offers locals delectable dishes like salmon filet with stone-ground grit sticks, asparagus and smoked tomato sauce, or risotto of roasted, marinated artichoke, lemon, arugula and feta.

It wasn’t that long ago that dining options in Aiken were limited to a handful of oldtime establishments, barbecue joints and fast-food restaurants.

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Not Just Horsing Around PDF Print E-mail

South Carolina Living — April 2010

When Hollywood hoofer Fred Astaire would retrieve his mail at the Aiken post office, he would dance up and down the stairs, to the gathered crowd’s delight.

While perhaps a bit apocryphal, the story speaks to the spirit of Aiken, a long-time haven for well-heeled horses and horse owners alike, thoroughbred champions
and captains of industry who made the little South Carolina town their home away from home.

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Willcox to host new pool volleyball league PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — July 11, 2010

The Willcox Inn will be featuring digs, spikes, blocks and sets as part of a new pool volleyball league organized by Aiken resident Todd Stilp.

The games will be casual and will offer an informal setting with the Willcox Inn being one of the venues, said Stilp. Topspins, floats and underhand serves will add to an environment renowned for its outstanding hospitality. Stilp brought the idea to the Willcox Inn's Geoff and Shannon Ellis, Mattie Sayer and Tina McCarthy.

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Toys for Tots gathers gifts for hundreds PDF Print E-mail

The Augusta Chronicle — December 24, 2009

Shannon Ellis, the owner of The Restaurant, approached Mr. Parker about hosting the toy drive. She enlisted the help of employees and friends — to play Santa and Mrs. Claus — and professional photographer Todd List to make the holiday portraits possible.

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The Restaurant at The Willcox is 'gastropub' PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — November 6, 2009

Local restaurateurs Geoff and Shannon Ellis are bringing a new dining experience to Aiken. The two recently opened The Restaurant at The Willcox, a gastropub, which is the first of its kind for the area, according to Geoff.

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Restaurant owners buy historic Willcox PDF Print E-mail

The Augusta Chronicle — January 8, 2010

The owners of The Restaurant at The Willcox announced this morning that they’ve purchased the historic Aiken hotel, the Willcox Inn, from Garrett Hotel Group.

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Historic hotel ownership changes PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — January 24, 2010 

Geoff and Shannon Ellis, who opened The Restaurant at The Willcox in November, now own the historic hotel.

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Jazz group is draw for The Willcox PDF Print E-mail

Aiken Standard — February 1, 2010

By midweek, unwinding from the stresses of work and life is necessary; there are some new cats in town who are helping folks do just that.

Four Cats in the Doghouse is a newly formed jazz quartet sharing its chops with Aiken audiences every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Willcox. The combination of the music and ambiance create an atmosphere in which you can leave your worries behind.

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