Throughout the southeastern region of the US, there are hundreds of little known, yet fascinating small towns. A trip through the mountains, Piedmont or coastal plains of the southeast is sure to uncover one delightful spot after another. Many are worth repeated visits or maybe even something more permanent! Here are 3 not to miss!
Beaufort, South Carolina
First things first, please be aware that it’s pronounced “Bew-fert”. It would be unforgivable to confuse it with its shared NC namesake, “Bow-fort”. Although both are seaside towns, Beaufort, SC is firmly rooted in the heart, history and culture of the “Palmetto State’s” low country region.
Charming neighborhoods filled with lovingly restored antebellum, Colonial and Victorian homes is one of its most appealing features. Wide avenues with low hanging Spanish moss frame picturesque views from the beautifully landscaped Waterfront Park. Beaufort’s central business district and quaint downtown cleverly house offices, boutiques, cafes and upscale restaurants behind turn of the century, and older, storefronts. Did you know that after Charleston, Beaufort, which was incorporated in 1711, is the oldest town in SC?
Home to just over 12,000 lucky residents, Beaufort is the place to embrace the coastal lifestyle. Steeped in the traditions of the Sea Islands, a diverse mixture of ingredients has played a huge role in shaping the little town’s distinctive character. Although it is much smaller than its cousin Charleston, Beaufort has carefully preserved its connection to the Civil War, the Gullah people, and all of the hardworking shrimpers and fishermen who settled here. Just minutes from Hilton Head, a visit to Beaufort promises a day of photo ops, gastronomical delights, and unique finds along Bay Street. Some of Beaufort’s most scenic areas include Lady’s Island, Battery Creek, the Spanish District, and Port Royal Island. For more information, please visit: http://www.cityofbeaufort.org/ [Read more...]