Tucked along the water in Beaufort, South Carolina, this Lowcountry inn is an elegantly historic small-town retreat and a nature-lover’s paradise all in one.

By Lauren Phillips
August 25, 2017
Photo: Amy Lesesne/Courtesy of Anchorage 1770

Every week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, our readers are voting for the best spots of the summer—and this week’s winner for the Best Seaside Inn is Anchorage 1770 in Beaufort, South Carolina!

Elegantly perched overlooking Beaufort’s Harbor River, Anchorage 1770 is housed in the so-called “Queen of the Bay,” a Federalist manor that has served myriad purposes over its almost 250-year history. The mansion underwent a major renovation starting in 2014, when it was purchased by Amy and Frank Lesesne and transformed into a stunning 13-room inn, complete with four-poster beds and ample water views. An additional cottage behind the main William Elliott House offers two additional suites.

Guests of this gorgeous Lowcountry retreat can look forward to a refreshing balance of urban and natural pleasures. One day can be spent enjoying the small-town (and historic!) charms of Beaufort, while the next can include fly-fishing or a paddleboard exploration of the harbor. Regardless of what you do during the day, though, everyone can gather on Anchorage 1770’s upstairs porches for small plates and drinks in the evenings. Happy hour has never been happier.

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Congratulations to last week’s winner for Best Clam Shack, The Clam Box in Ipswich, Massachusetts! Click here to see all the winners so far, and don’t forget to vote in this week’s competition: What Is the Best Coastal National Park? Keep an eye on our Best of Summer 2017 voting schedule to make sure you don’t miss a single competition!

Congratulations, Anchorage 1770!