Every summer, my family and I head down to Hilton Head Island, SC. Over the years it has become our home away from home --- and I not so secretly wish that it was our permeant family home! What could be better than sun, the ocean, and lots of delicious seafood?!? This year, we were looking to do something different with some of our days and decided to head over to Beaufort, SC! It was my job to find fun things to do --- and I think I did a pretty solid job! Lots of food, treats, and beautiful homes were found, tasted, and lusted over. I can't even begin to tell you what a wonderful oasis this coastal Carolina town is. Here are some of the highlights of our day trip!
As always, head to the end of this post to find my "Quickie List" which includes additional fun places to visit, treats to eat, and places to stay!
Low Country Produce is a full market and cafe that serves delicious breakfast and lunch everyday in the beautiful reclaimed city hall building. On Friday they serve dinner and have live music!
What to Order:
You must try the fresh doughnuts (made to order for your table!), Scotch Eggs, sweet potato pancakes, and crab cakes Benedict. These fresh breakfast choices will make you full and oh so very happy! It is the perfect way to start your day in Beaufort!
This is a beautiful little neighborhood tucked away near the water in downtown Beaufort. The streets are packed with stunning historic homes and lovely tree covered streets (a perfect respite from the heat!).
What to Expect:
There are about six square blocks of restored antebellum homes and stunning views of the water. Be sure to take water (for hydration) and a camera (to capture to beauty!). It gets very warm walking around, but there are also bike rental services and historic carriage rides available in town if you are looking to catch a breeze! These houses are worth the walk I promise!
After you walk around the cute town, you are going to need to pop into this beautiful shop full of southern charm and home to the famous Sweet Tea Float. This beautiful store has home furnishings, decor, jewelry, gifts and my personal favourite: The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley!
What to Order:
After you have found all of the things you never knew you needed, head to the back of the store and order a Sweet Tea Float from the perfect little soda shop! What is a Sweet Tea Float? Oh --- it is just a big serving of Southern Sweet Tea with lemon, peach, mint or mango sorbetto floating in it. It is the most refreshing treat and you won't want to miss it!
The Inn is an opulent 18th-century Victorian mansion with a veranda, garden, rooftop bar & beautifully decorated rooms. They call themselves a home and hideout to romantics, heroes, bon vivants, and scalawags --- I call it stunning.
What to Expect:
Though I didn't spend the night at Anchorage 1770, Frank (one of the owners) gave us free range to look in the rooms and discover the space. I was instantly taken by the beauty and individuality of each room and the abundance of porches and common space. The Inn is a perfect fusion of modern luxury and classic architecture and history.
If you are up for a drive right out of town, head to St. Helena's Island and stop at this roadside dive for the Shrimp Burger and sweet potato fries. There is nothing fancy here -- just great flavors, great prices, and paper plates. But you will never have food like this again. I'm still dreaming about it.
What To Order:
Like I said --- step up to the window and order the Shrimp Burger and sweet potato fries. They have other things, but honestly if you don't order this you are a fool! They say Tom Hanks stopped by every single day for a Shrimp Burger when he was filming Forrest Gump. And if you are like me, you trust Tom Hanks. He is an American Treasure after all ;) So is this roadside treat!
- Grab a Sweet Tea Float at Scout Southern Market
- Eat a Shrimp Burger (deep-fried chopped shrimp cakes on a bun; $4.25) and sweet potato fries at the Shrimp Shack on St. Helenas Island.
- Wander around The Point -- which is the historic district full of about twelve blocks of beautiful historic homes.
- Grab breakfast or a treat at the Low Country Produce and Market.
- Eat a delicious Gullah lunch at Gullah Grub
- Spend at least one (glorious!) night at the Anchorage 1770 Inn.
- Check out the famous Sands Beach boardwalk in Port Royal.
- Visit the Old Sheldon Church Ruins and take lots of pics!
- If you want to visit a plantation, can check out the Edgar Fripp Plantation --- also known as Tidalholm.
- Stay out late and catch a movie at the Highway 21 Drive-In.
Lovelies -- Did I miss anything? Have you visited Beaufort recently?
Let me know in the comments below!