With February just a stone’s throw away, and more cold weather in our future, I can’t help but think about spring. We already have quite a few spring and summertime plans, mainly to the same places that we visit repeatedly because we LOVE them. However, I wanted to highlight the adorable town of Beaufort, South Carolina that I visited this past July with my girlfriend, Daphne.
Beaufort, SC is a quaint Southern town located about an hour’s drive from both Savannah, GA and Hilton Head Island, SC. If you have been to Charleston, SC, I would compare it to that, but on a much smaller scale. Multiple boutiques and several restaurants give the town an upscale feel, but the quaint size definitely appeals to those who may want a sleepier atmosphere. Oh, and please don’t confuse Beaufort, NC, with Beaufort, SC. Although they are both adorable towns, I personally found the SC town to be much more happening. (FYI….the NC town is pronounced BO-fort, while the SC moniker is called BUE-fort).
Arriving Friday afternoon, Daphne and I dropped our bags off at out AirBNB, and headed out to stroll around the town. We checked out several cute boutiques and shops, and stopped for a late lunch at Q on Bay. Known for their barbecue, they also had a good overall bar menu. Our lunch lasted longer than we thought, as we spent some time chatting with the bartender. By the time we made it back in the early evening, we were ready to call it a night.
The next morning, after our epic twelve-hour sleep, we headed over to Blackstone’s Cafe for a leisurely breakfast. The entire restaurant was decked out in college paraphernalia, which was a blast to check out. The food was tasty also!
Afterwards, we milled around for a bit and did some shopping before stopping for a lunch break and a mimosa at Panini’s on the Waterfront. Pretty soon it was time for our historical tour of the town. Both Daphne and I love to take ghost tours whenever we visit a town. Although a ghost tour was not available that night, we opted to take a bus tour of the town. Yes, they do offer carriage rides most of the year, but in the middle of July, it is simply too brutally hot for the horses, so they were on a little vacation. Bummer, but totally understandable.
While on our tour, we were able to see many breathtaking plantation houses. Several movies have also been filmed in Beaufort, so we enjoyed listening to the stories about the numerous famous actors who spent time in the area.
I also loved being able to see where the famous author, Pat Conroy, lived at one time. (Note…….that is NOT his house above. I couldn’t quite snap a good pic). Unfortunately, he has since passed away. He died on March 4th…..the only date of the year that is also a complete sentence. Pretty cool, huh? As an author, he would surely have loved the irony.
Lots of Pat Conroy down here, friends.
After our tour, we headed to the Old Bull Tavern for a quick drink, then on to Saltus River Grill for an exceptional steak dinner. It was fairly expensive though, so take that into consideration when you are visiting. Lots of good “pretty-people” watching, though. This was definitely one of those “where the other half eats” places LOL.
Afterwards, we headed back to Q on Bay to check out some live music, before eventually calling it a night.
Sunday morning was here before we knew it. We took a quick walk before leaving, and began the trek back to Raleigh.
I would absolutely recommend Beaufort for a weekend away. It would be perfect with girlfriends or a significant other. There was not a whole lot to do with children, but bear in mind that you are only an hour from Savannah and HHI. If you want beaches, you will likely have to head in that direction. However, you could easily make a long weekend and check out all three places, or even make a quick stop into Beaufort on your way to the other destinations.
Definitely check out this gem if you have the chance!