Remember those idyllic towns of yore, where locals smiled at newcomers, shady lanes meandered through walkable neighborhoods and the highlight of the day involved a stroll along the riverfront? Well, Beaufort has always been that way – and it’s never changed.
Downtown Beaufort entices with small-town charm. One-of-a-kind shops and galleries line historic Bay Street. Upscale and casual restaurants offer menus built around local cuisine and opportunities for alfresco dining. Independent bookstores stocked with classics, many by locals, make it easy to lose an hour – or an afternoon.
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park winds along the glistening Beaufort River, rewarding strollers with a vista of marsh islands and intersecting waterways. Horse-drawn carriages transport riders through yesteryear in “The Point,” an antebellum neighborhood where elegant mansions stand beneath moss-strewn oaks.
Things to do:
- Beaufort History Museum
- Shopp along Bay Street
- Travel out to Hunting Island State Park
- Climb up the Hunting Island Lighthouse
- Take the Southurn Rose Buggy Tour
- Take a boat tour