Aiken, SC (June 13, 2018) - For nearly 50 years, Southern Living has served as the leading inspiration for the region, featuring the best ideas and emphasizing the positive aspects about life in the South. In addition to Woodside being named one of only 14 Southern Living Inspired Communities, our hometown Aiken, SC recently took home the magazine's "South's Best Small Town" award for 2018!

In Southern Living Magazine’s annual “South’s Best” issue, Aiken took home not one, but four accolades!

  • “South’s Best Small Town,” an honor awarded to Beaufort, SC in 2017
  • “South’s Friendliest Town
  • Second “South’s Best Food Town”
  • Second “South’s Best Hotel” awarded to The Willcox, whose far-reaching reputation was built on its atmosphere, impeccable service and excellent cuisine
  • Today, Southern Living is focusing on Woodside specifically with an article they've shared on their website, and we thought you'd enjoy that along with the Southern Living perspective on our community.

“The secret’s out: we love Aiken. Voted this year’s Best Small Town, this historic South Carolina gem is more than just an equestrian’s paradise. It’s a place filled with culture, tradition, and plenty of Southern hospitality and charm to go around. In fact, after just one visit, you might find yourself ready to pack your bags and relocate; if that’s the case, then you’ve got to check out Woodside, one of our very own Southern Living Inspired Communities.

Just ten minutes from downtown, Woodside is the perfect place to call home for those who want to be just steps away from everything that exciting Aiken has to offer, yet still be able to retreat to true community living.

Just beyond the entrance of Woodside, you can find just about everything that lends itself to a blissful, Southern lifestyle. Woodside’s developer was dead-set on keeping the natural, lush beauty of the area a focal point, and because of that, the community is home to 15 miles of nature trails, ponds for fishing and kayaking, and plenty of open space for soaking up the Southern sun. Additionally, Woodside boasts four golf courses, tennis and pickleball courts, and a swimming pool that promises endless outdoor fun for all ages. And, although Aiken’s food scene is not one to be missed, there are also eight dining options within the community to keep your taste buds happy.

Our editors (and readers, too!) can’t say enough good things about life in Aiken, and Woodside is the perfect complement to this Southern treasure. Whether you’re looking for a community of friendly faces, a unique and thriving culture, a delicious culinary destination, or you’re just looking for something new, Aiken’s got it. Even better, Woodside gives you a community within the town to call home.”


A special thanks to the editors of Southern Living for continuing to recognize the dedication of our community to our residents, and helping them enjoy the ideal Southern lifestyle.

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