Kay previously owned and operated a restaurant (The Old Howard) in Hibbing, Minnesota for 14 years. She has had extensive experiences with on-site and off site catering as well as day-to-day operations of a 310 seat restaurant. She loves to cook and entertain, which is why she wanted to open an Inn located in Aiken, S.C. Kay and Steve have now opened a 40 seat fine dining restaurant at the Inn, which serves dinners on Friday and Saturaday nights, by reservation only, for the residents of Aiken and Inn guests to enjoy. Also, the facility is available for weddings, receptions, private dinners and lucheon and other catered events
During Kay's years of working, she was featured in the Minneapolis Star and Tribune for many of her special dishes and recipe requests.
Steve was a corporate attorney in Palm Beach Florida area for 34 years. After they were married in 2004, Kay and Steve decided a life style change would be great and the idea of a Bed and Breakfast seem to fit their mutual enjoyment of entertaining people and of fine food. They looked at many areas, but fell in love with Aiken S.C. They chose to utilize their surnames (General and Elliott) to name the Inn. Steve's father had prepared a family tree years ago that traced the Elliott Clan from Scotland, through England and Ireland to the Maryland coast of the American Colonies in the early 1700's. His descendants moved to Ohio as Presbyterian minister in the early 1800's. Steve's brother researched the family farther and found a branch of the Elliott's settled in Beaufort S.C. where three generations of Stephen Elliott's were born. Stephen Elliott born in 1832, became Brig. General Elliott during the Civil War, serving the Confederacy at Fort Sumter and suffering several battle wounds at Petersburg. General Elliott died of his wounds, a year after the War, in Aiken S.C. while running for the Congress of the United States. Of course, General Elliott will have a place of honor at the Inn.