We decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend in Beaufort, South Carolina. I love Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, Ga., so I knew Beaufort was the perfect coastal town for our next destination.
What I didn’t know was that Beaufort would become one of my favorite places. With its small-town charm, waterfront park, historic homes and some of the best food (not exaggerating), we fell in love right away. So here’s my travel guide to Beaufort, S.C.
Where to stay
The Rhett House Inn
I’m in LOVE with where we stayed in Beaufort! From the stunning white exterior to the blue porch ceilings, it was the embodiment of Southern charm. The Rhett House Inn is within walking distance of shops and restaurants (if you ever want to leave once you get there). The complimentary breakfast was served over a white tablecloth and comes with all the Southern classics. The innkeeper even made us cookies for Valentine’s Day. I’m in love.
Fun fact! Did you know that celebrities like Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford and Gwyneth Paltrow among others all have stayed at the inn? That TOTALLY did not influence our decision *wink *wink.
Where to eat and drink
If you visit Beaufort, you have to get breakfast or lunch at Lowcountry Produce. I was in heaven with the green accents and high ceilings. They serve Southern classics and even have merchandise like canned peaches and pickles. I recommend the Big Fat French Salad. SO GOOD.
Saltus River Grill
For our Valentine’s Day dinner, Asher made reservations at Saltus River Grill, a restaurant serving local Southern dishes with a French twist. We both agree it’s probably one of the best meals we’ve ever had. Plus it’s on the water, so the seafood is fresh. Asher ordered the blackened dorado (fancy word for Mahi) and I opted for the farm plate and local shrimp. And can I tell you… that farm plate was some of the BEST vegetables I’ve ever had. The shrimp, however… well those little suckers came with legs, which made it way too personal for me. I told Asher he was either going to have to order me a few more glasses of rosé to build my courage or start peeling them. So if you order the shrimp, ask for shrimp sans legs or find yourself a friend like Asher.
We tried Plums for lunch on the second day, and while it wasn’t my favorite of the restaurants we visited in Beaufort, it was still good. Asher got a chicken salad sandwich and I ordered the Greek salad.
Another dinner spot we had to try was Madison’s in Port Royal. The inn had it on a list of recommended restaurants and the owner is the brother of one of my friends. Asher and I both loved it! We ordered the scallops and shrimp (very thankful the shrimp here didn’t have legs) and it was excellent. The waitresses were also some of the kindest people.
Superior Coffee at Lowcountry Cider Company
Superior Coffee at Lowcountry Cider Company has hands down one of the best lattes I’ve had in my life. Even Asher agrees. We ended up going there twice because it was SO GOOD. I went with my normal almond milk latte, while Asher switched it up with a red velvet cake latte and a butterscotch latte. The shop also offers pastries and the famous Carolina cider.
What to do
Walk along Bay Street
Most of the shops and restaurants run along Bay Street. I recommend making stops at Tidal Creek Haven (plant people, take notes), Island Lavender Co., Bathe (for soap and body products), Bay Street Outfitters and Lula Burgess (for the funniest gifts).
Visit Nevermore Books
If you love bookstores, you have to visit NeverMore Books, an Edgar Allan Poe-themed bookstore. The store is conveniently located right beside Lowcountry Produce and across the street from some of the prettiest houses. So grab a bite to eat, find your favorite book, and take a walk to see the historic homes!
Take a Walk along the Waterfront Park
I highly suggest spending some time at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. The park has beautiful views of the water, bridge and boats. It’s a perfect place to go for a picnic or a stroll at sunset.
Explore the historic district
I LOVE looking at houses, especially historic homes with extravagant landscaping and Spanish moss galore. Asher and I took a stroll through the historic district and loved every minute of it. This would be the perfect sunny day pastime for the bikes at the inn.
Hunting Island State Park
We visited Hunting Island State Park in a downpour, so I definitely want to go back for a visit in the sunshine. The park has the most beautiful vegetation, nature walks and beaches. We visited to see the lighthouse, which if you didn’t know was featured on the Netflix show “Outer Banks.”
With only a weekend in Beaufort, there were so many other places to stay and eat. I always research a place before we take the trip and write down all the places we want to visit. Below are some other places that I looked into and that came highly recommended.
City Java, Herban Market and Cafe (lots of vegan and GF options), Blackstone Cafe, Hearth Pizza, Magnolia Cafe, Wren Bistro and Bar, Southern Sweets Ice Cream, Morgan River Grill & Lady’s Island Dockside
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