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ideal towns >>> beaufort, sc
Moss-draped oaks mingle with native palmettos. A sunset paints strokes of oranges, pinks and purples on a watery horizon. You have arrived in
the Lowcountry. You have arrived in Beaufort, SC.
You’re in the heart of the Sea Islands, surrounded by
hundreds of islands, the inhabitable ones linked together with
bridges. Marsh views are available for miles. It’s not hard to
see how this Lowcountry gem captures everyone’s attention.
But it’s what’s inside the town that makes people want to stay,
and call Beaufort home.
The best way to experience Beaufort (pronounced
BEW-fort, not to be confused with North Carolina’s Beaufort, pronounced BO-fort) is on a guided tour. Whether that’s on your
own two feet, on a bus or in a horse-drawn carriage is up to
you. But the horse-drawn carriage tours give you the feeling of
going back in time, perfect for delving into the town’s history.
Beaufort’s downtown is one of only a few that has been
entirely dedicated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. During the Civil War, the Union Troops decided to spare
the town instead of destroy it, and today there are more than
50 homes—some of them private—that have been beautifully
Sunsets in the
restored. Get a glimpse of antebellum and Victorian structures
that tell stories of the town’s past. Tours don’t stop at carriage
rides though. Wait until it’s a little darker outside, and walk or
ride around Beaufort, along with its ghosts, on a ghost tour.
Taking a tour doesn’t mean you’re just learning about
Beaufort’s history. You’re passing art galleries and boutiques
you’ll go back to later, and scoping out places to grab a bite
to eat (Beaufort is full of good eateries). You’ll glimpse the
Gullah culture, unique to the Lowcountry. And you’ll find
yourself consumed, once again, with the charming scenery
that got you here in the first place.
Lowcountry by Rachael Provost
• Blackstone Café’s grits are surely their specialty,
whether you eat them at breakfast or lunch, or with
shrimp. A pet-friendly patio means your four-legged
critters can come too!
• Foolish Frog boasts delicious food, gorgeous marsh
views and stunning sunsets, whether you take them in
for lunch, dinner or brunch on Sunday.
• Wined It Up, Beaufort’s newest wine bar, may soon
be your new favorite hangout, complete with wines on
tap, a specialty deli, evening tapas and so much more.
• WREN Bistro and Bar, nestled in the heart of downtown, is the go-to-spot for locals looking to relax and
out-of-town guests looking for exceptional food and
• Southern Graces Bistro o;ers indulgent cuisine in the
beautiful Beaufort Inn, featuring scrumptious lunches,
best-in-class brunches, a;ernoon tea and upscale
contemporary Southern gastronomy for dinner.
TOP THINGS TO DO
• Beaufort Movie Tour
From Forrest Gump to ;e Big Chill, see where Hollywood
has le; its mark around town.
• Beaufort Strolls
Bring your camera along on this two-hour guided tour
through the historic district’s most stunning locations.
• Hunting Island Lighthouse
Built in 1859, this historic lighthouse o;ers stunning
views from its platform—167 stairs up.
• Old Sheldon Church Ruins
Explore the beautiful remains of Prince William’s Parish
Church among majestic oaks and scattered graves.
• The Beaufort Shrimp Festival
Competing shrimp recipes, live entertainment and more
take place each year on the ;rst Friday and Saturday