If you are considering relocating to Beaufort, SC, and are considering an upcoming visit to take a look around, read the article below found this month in Vogue. It sums up Beaufort nicely.
Down in South Carolina’s Lowcountry is Beaufort, an alluring waterside town hidden away on Port Royal Island in the heart of what the locals call the “Sea Islands.” The town, which is pronounced as if saying “beautiful,” has all of the trimmings of the big city—culture, history, stellar cuisine—while remaining quaint, quiet, and ever-so charming. Trees kiss over the many bike paths, park benches overlook the water views, and Spanish moss dangles above the walking paths that crisscross throughout the town.
Today Beaufort is respected for its preservation of antebellum architecture—classic plantation style mansions with deep porches made for sipping Bittermilk mixed cocktails. Locals liken the town to a modest millionaire who never puts on airs. Lazy days here are spent in the sunshine strolling around the city’s waterfront or cruise-biking over to the other Sea Islands to visit their remote beaches. Here, a guide to this little slice of paradise.
Where to Eat
Old Bull Tavern is where the locals converge at any time of the day or night for elbow bending. Don’t miss the classic burger from pasture-raised cattle from nearby MiBek Farms.
Griffin Market features Northern Italian cuisine with a seasonal, ever-changing menu.
For a picnic next to the water, Lowcountry Produce will offer up a basket of French pastries, Southern pies, cheeses, and preserves.
Right on the water is the town’s most sophisticated dining spot, Saltus River Grill, with seafood that comes from local fisherman paired with interesting wines from California.
En route to the beach is when you should stop at the Shrimp Shack drive-through for shrimp burgers and hush puppies. A happy hour runs all afternoon every day.
Where to Shop
Fill up your bags at Scout Southern Market where everything is, as the name might suggest, Southern. The store carries unique home decor, furniture, lighting, jewelry, gifts, and small-batch specialty foods.
Besides offering Orvis-endorsed fishing charters on the river and on the lagoon, Bay Street Outfitters also sells everything you need to wear for the weekend, from Barbour to Patagonia.
For fun gifts (think: cheeky mugs, local caramel, colorful scarves, and modern accessories), visit Lulu Burgess boutique.
What to Do
Head to Higher Ground Outfitters to rent gear for stand-up paddleboarding on the lagoon. Go out to the sandbar to spend the afternoon, passing dolphins and stingrays along the way.
A visit to the nearby Penn Center, the site of one of the country’s first schools for freed slaves, is a great way to learn about local African-American history.
Hunting Island State Park is gloriously untouched—walk along the secluded beaches, climb the lighthouse for stunning Atlantic Ocean views, or hike along one of the nature trails.
Take time to visit one of the nearby farms. For strawberry picking, Dempsey Farms is a short drive out of town on St. Helena Island. The Sheldon Family Farm and Dairy just outside of town manufactures natural skin products like soap and lotion bars from goat’s milk.
Every Saturday, the Port Royal Farmer’s Market attracts folks from all around. Be sure to scout out some of the freshly made Southern-style crab cakes.