Beaufort has gotten a lot of love over the past few years, but nothing like what was bestowed upon it in 2017. And we’re not talking about love from locals and visitors alike, but from the rest of the country. It turned out to be the year of accolades for Beaufort.
She’s been named the Best Small Town in the South earlier in the spring by Southern Living and then was named The Town to Visit in SC by U.S. News and World Report just a few months ago. A few years back, Beaufort voted ‘America’s Happiest Seaside Town’ in Coastal Living magazine poll. And, there have been lots more in between.
In 2017, Beaufort was recognized by major magazines including Southern Living and Country Living; newspapers including USA Today and U.S. News & World Report; as well as travel, information and lifestyle websites including MSN, TripAdvisor and Lifehack.
Several of our local businesses are also noticed around the country. We have a top 10 drive in movie theater, a top 100 outdoor restaurant, an inn added to the prestigious Southern Living Hotel Collection and another named top 10 bed & breakfast. We’re also home to the best beach community and one of the most charming streets in the south.
Here’s a list of kudos that Beaufort has received in 2017, the year of accolades.
When you’re done reading it, you won’t be able to help but to smile and be proud. This is your home.
The grand daddy of them all came in the spring of 2017 when Southern Living Magazine named Beaufort SC ‘Best Small Town in the South’
Travel website Thrillist names Beaufort ‘Best Small Town in South Carolina’ 2017 accolades beaufort
Beaufort named most adorable town in South Carolina by MSN Lifestyle
Beaufort named Cutest Town in South Carolina by women’s lifestyle magazine PureWow
Jetsetter named Beaufort on its list of the 9 cutest towns in America.
Beaufort was also named ‘The town to visit in SC’ by U.S. News and World Report
Our town was also placed on the list of Most Charming Southern Vacation Destinations by TripAdvisor
Lifehack.org told the world about Beaufort during the holidays by placing it on the ‘list of amazing places to go for a warm Christmas’.
Our lifestyle was touted when Beaufort was named the healthiest county in SC for seventh straight year 2017 accolades beaufort
In a twist, of sorts, Beaufort was also named the Drunkest Spot in South Carolina by USA Today.
Tidalholm was given the title of Most Famous Historic House in South Carolina by Country Living Magazine
USA Today also showed some of our downtown restaurants some love in an article that called Beaufort a ‘town that lives to eat’.
Also in 2017, the Pat Conroy Literary Center was (rightfully) named a National Literary Landmark and the Anchorage 1770 Inn was placed into the Southern Living Hotel Collection as one of the best inns in the entire country. (You’ve got to be something really special to make that list.)
Our local colleges puffed out their chests a bit this past year when the Technical College of the Lowcountry was named the Best Community College in South Carolina by BestColleges.com and the University of South Carolina Beaufort was recognized as the 5th fastest growing college in the U.S.
In a town s special as Beaufort, there’s so much to love and so much to be proud about.