Placed on the 5-mile stretch of Port Royal Island in South Carolina, Beaufort is a seaside city and one of the nation’s Sea Islands. Known for southern charms and rich histories, the city is quaint but popular with travelers. There are beaches galore, with surroundings of the Atlantic Ocean and several ports for docking boats—both commercial and leisure.
The draw for many to Beaufort is the historic architecture and downtown district. Strolls throughout Beaufort yield fascinating sights to see, such as old antebellum mansions, plantations with still-standing slaves’ quarters, antique farm equipment, and museums galore. On average, according to Google, travelers spend 4 days exploring Beaufort and getting to know this little South Carolina island.
Beaufort is home to picturesque landscapes and numerous historical landmarks!
The James Robert Verdier House
For a real lesson in histories and old-fashioned architectures, there is the Marshlands. Or, as locals know it, the James Robert Verdier House, located on Pinckney Street. Mostly used for weddings and other celebrations that require a lavish venue, the house is an old Southern mansion, built in 1814 but renovated in the last decade. While privately owned, guests to the home can ask for tours of the grounds and the house interior. You might even be in for a few ghost stories about the past families and events that took place there. The Marshlands exterior is exactly that—marshlands, with a gorgeous pond, beautiful gardens, and several nature paths with shaded rest areas.
Old Shelton Church
Built in the Greek Revival style in the late 1740's, see remains of Old Sheldon Church (formerly known as Prince William's Parish Church) burnt in 1779 during the Revolutionary War. Rebuilt in 1826, it was later burned down by General Sherman in 1865. Now gloriously draped in Spanish moss, this is a popular site for ghost hunters, photographers and weddings.
Another historical landmark on nearby St. Helena Island is the Penn Center, built in 1862 as the first academic center for freed slaves. In addition to the well-preserved museum showcasing the Gullah Geechee culture, take time to tour some of the nineteen buildings on the property including Darrah Hall, one of the island's oldest buildings and the Brick Church. While here, enjoy a leisurely walk through the pines passing Chowan Creek, and follow a beautiful nature trail. You'll be able to explore the flora and fauna of this picturesque island.
When you come to the south, you best believe you will leave satisfied and stuffed after indulging in delicious, homemade Southern cuisine.
There are over 100 restaurants in Beaufort—from cheap eats to sit-down experiences, and half of those are top-ranked.
Dukes Barbecue of Beaufort, however, comes in first place as the best cheap eats in Beaufort, according to the Certificate of Excellence and positive reviews via TripAdvisor. Located on Salem Road, this BBQ joint cooks up ginormous portions for big appetites. Locals love it and travelers keeping coming back for it.
It’s good, home-style family dinners with homemade fare, like corn fritters, sauce-slathered slow-cooked ribs, collard greens, BBQ chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, and fried chicken. If you opt for the buffet, you get one meat and three sides—all chosen by you; portioned by the servers. Get a few swigs of their delicious Southern sweet tea to go.
There is something so much fun about learning quirky facts that you never knew what you wanted to know. And that’s precisely what you get from the Kazoo Factory. This attraction is small and perfect for music-loving kids and eccentric adults.
Quirky tour guides will take you through the history of the kazoo with demonstrations and little songs and dances, then you can actually see how kazoos are made. The tour ends in a little gift shop, where you can buy your own kazoo. Which should make for an interesting car ride home, to say the least.
Expect a combo of learning and relaxation in Beaufort!
Some days you might feel like roaming around the city, checking out the must-see sites. While, other days, you simply want to chill at your hotel room, watch some television, and take a dip in the local swimming pool. These are the best ways to experience Beaufort. With that said, if you book a hotel in Beaufort, take the following four hotels into consideration.
Hilton Garden Inn
Lavish and well-furnished, the Hilton Garden Inn has the exterior of a luxurious, often expensive hotel. However, while there are a few indulgences, the hotel offers homey accommodations at fair prices year-round. Located on Queen Street, this Beaufort favorite is home to a beautiful lounge area, complete with sectionals, shade umbrellas, and a four-square ottoman—the perfect place to relax and unwind with a cocktail from the hotel bar.
Families will appreciate the full-service restaurant, 24-hour room service and children's menu items, a 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market, cribs, highchairs and playpens, plus a coin laundry. Other amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, a workout room, and a business center with meeting rooms and conference areas.
Country Inn and Suites
On Boundary Street sits Country Inn & Suites, ranked high in a top ten line-up of the best hotels in Beaufort. Past guests have commented, via TripAdvisor reviews, that the hotel staff is friendly, reliable, and will go above and beyond to ensure guest comforts.
Other accommodations to look forward to includes a heated indoor swimming pool, your choice of queen-sized or king-sized beds, a tennis court, and an in-site restaurant that serves up free daily breakfasts. If you love history and exploring the epitaphs of centuries-old graveyards, take a walk through Beaufort National Cemetery commissioned by Abraham Lincoln.
The Sleep Inn
Super-clean, comfortable, and quiet, the Sleep Inn is the kind of hotel that remains a go-to for returning guests to Beaufort every year. This hotel boasts awesome accommodations, like a free hot daily breakfast with made-to-order eggs, bacon, breakfast sandwiches, and bagels.
Other features include an outdoor swimming pool, self-serve laundry facilities, a fitness center, free parking for guests, free high-speed internet, and a 3-mile drive from famed parks and historic monuments. For entertainment without leaving the hotel, book a relaxing spa experience at the front desk.
Holiday Inn & Suites Beaufort
The go-to for reliable, comfortable accommodations, the Holiday Inn & Suites Beaufort is a must-stay for weekend travelers. The family-friendly atmosphere is both pleasant and peaceful, with a location just off of Boundary Street. Ranked the fifth best hotel out of 15 hotels in Beaufort, the Holiday Inn is one you can always trust to be accommodating and cozy.
Notable amenities include close proximity to all of the attractions, shops, and restaurants of Parris Island, movie nights in the lobby with free popcorn, a heated indoor swimming pool and hot tub, an on-site restaurant, lounge, and bar, and 24-hour room service. For fun, book a horse-drawn carriage ride that takes you on a tour of downtown Beaufort. Ask the front desk for information.
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