Weekend in Beaufort, South Carolina
The abundance of shoreline means many homes are close to the water. Houses with deepwater docks often fetch seven-figure prices. There's a diverse mix of housing, from renovated historic homes and new condos around town to fixer-uppers, remodeled properties, and just-built waterfront bungalows on nearby islands (among them Lady's, Dataw, Fripp, and Cat).
Hunting Island State Park
Only a 16-mile drive east, Hunting Island State Park is a 5,000-acre preserve with jungle-lush foliage, an 1859 lighthouse, a long fishing pier, and four miles of pristine Atlantic beach.
The urbane interior complements the kitchen’s deft takes on Southern fare, such as a fried green tomato Napoleon. 203 Carteret St., 843/379-0052 or breakwatersc.com.
Emily's Restaurant & Tapas Bar (left)
A longtime local favorite, known for its large tapas menu and award-winning shrimp and grits. 906 Port Republic St., 843/522-1866 or beaufortrestaurant.com.
Shops and restaurants cluster on and just off Bay Street. Art galleries abound—the Beaufort Art Association Gallery showcases work by more than 90 artists. Shop for handmade local gifts at Fordham Market, and home accents and decor items at Joli Home & Events (left).
In the heart of the historic district, The Beaufort Inn offers suites, two-bedroom lofts, private cottages, shady porches, and a lavish Sunday brunch at Southern Graces Bistro. Bonus: The Beaufort Day Spa is steps away. Rates start at $149; 888/522-0250 or beaufortinn.com.
The Cuthbert House
Dating from 1805, The Cuthbert House Inn welcomes guests with spacious rooms, WiFi, complimentary evening appetizers and drinks, and an inviting veranda with commanding Intracoastal Waterway views. Rates start at $139; 843/521-1315 or cuthberthouseinn.com.