I just got back from Aiken on Sunday. I didn't want to come back. It was still cold and windy but a nice break. Of course in MA you have that dirty word - snow.
Augusta, GA is about 20 miles away from Aiken so there are options there.
For the sushi lovers there is TakoSushi. It is a fusion of sushi and mexican. Reasonabley healthy.
I went hiking in Hitchcock woods and loved it. Yes it is horsefriendly but nice for families to hike. My dog had a blast eating poop. He was on a leash in the park but I used a long leash and a lead rope. That way he could run but I could pull him back when horses were on trail.
We mostly cooked every night at the condo to save money.
OTTB - Hurricane Denton - Kane AKA Bubble boy
Boxer - Tugger's - outlasted my marriage
Good botanical gardens, historic society.
A morning at the training track, and an awesome breakfast at the track kitchen, is interesting horsey/nonhorsey.
There's a super Cuban place downtown.
There's an excellent hippie style cafe - the Blue Moon Cafe. They do breakfast lunch and dinner (carry out, I believe, for dinner.)
There's many historic antebellum houses, many open for touring, but just as serenely interesting to do a drive around town half a day or so.
There's plantation shooting, I believe, nearby if there are gun hunters in the group.
There are many super thrift shops if that interests anybody.
I agree to hiking around the woods - there's a Sand River that is a natural wonder, and lots of excellent specimen trees, wildlife, pretty and serene, and smack downtown.