Drenched in Southern charm, from the tall columns fronting its grand 19th century facade to the plush upholstered comfort in its swank guestrooms, The Willcox ranks among the best in grand manor house hotels. Located in leafy Aiken, S.C. — once considered the Newport of the South by elite travelers — the staff once turned down a lodging request from the Duke of Windsor during a long-ago Master’s Week because they were fully booked.

To celebrate the upcoming release of the new, Baz Luhrmann film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, The Willcox plans a month of Gatsby-inspired celebrations that includes soirées with live jazz music and themed cocktails. From May 1–31, The Great Gatsby package includes a copy of The Great Gatsby, poker chips and a deck of cards, a three-course tasting menu for two, and a special Gatsby cocktail at turndown. Rates for the one-night package begin at $165 per person, and can be upgraded with a selection of tailored options such as a Willcox Signature Massage, roses, golf and a variety of tours and walks. Jay Gatsby, Nick and Daisy not included.

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