Our travel spotlight shines on the charming town of Beaufort, South Carolina (it’s pronounced “BEW-fert” unlike the town with the same name in North Carolina), where you can find southern charm, historical homes, and low country views right on the Atlantic Ocean. Geographically, Beaufort sits right between the larger cities of Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA, but it also is a happy medium between those two cities’ cultures. As the second oldest city in South Carolina, it is rich in history, dating back to the beginning of our country. It’s charm and scenery have also made it a perfect place to film a movie. Well known titles such as “The Big Chill” and “Forrest Gump” are among the movies filmed here.This is the area of the country for oysters, so what better side dish than our freshwater pearl and oyster necklace, which can be found at a lovely fine jewelry store in Beaufort.Modern Jewelers is among many of our customers who sell fine jewelry alongside high-end costume jewelry to serve an array of customer’s jewelry needs. Our 24k handcast gold fits the bill for that elegant look.
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Of course shopping for Susan Shaw Jewelry isn’t the only thing you’ll come to Beaufort for. Did we mention the history?The Beaufort History Museum, located in the historic Arsenal in Downtown Beaufort, is rich with the history that helped shape our country. Beaufort was declared Union territory early in the Civil war, making it one of the first places to free slaves and work towards Reconstruction.Next on your historical tour, take a stroll through Beaufort’s oldest neighborhood, The Point, lined with breathtaking antebellum homes. As one of the oldest and most historic areas of Beaufort, The Point was once a shipyard in the early 1700s, but is now home to the some of the most beautiful homes in the south. Some of the oldest ones still standing date back to the 1770s.While in the area, don’t miss St. Helena’s Episcopal Church, established in 1712. Beautiful scenery surrounds this church and gravesite dating back to the Revolutionary War. Inside, the nautically inspired altar was carved by sailors long ago.Beaufort also has some great parks, the most popular being right in the heart of historic downtown. Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park is right off Bay Street and complete jogging paths, playground, picnic tables and a seawall walkway.Hunting Island State Park, along with thousands of acres of marsh and a saltwater lagoon, is also home to Hunting Island Beach- where you can see dolphins and pelicans and other interesting marine life. You can even climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the Atlantic.
Another great beach is The Sands Beach, where the locals go to relax and take in the beach life. Sportsmen will enjoy the fishing at Paradise Fishing Pier, Broad River Fishing Pier, and the Port Royal Boardwalk at The Sands. Also golf courses and tennis courts are great places to enjoy the outdoors in this wonderful town.Beaufort is also home to a thriving art scene. In fact, the city has been named #14 on the list of ‘Top 25 Small City Arts Destinations’ by American Style Magazine, and also was named in the book ‘The 100 Best Art Towns in America‘. Take a walk down Bay Street and you will see the countless art galleries and studios. Of course with scenery like this, it’s no wonder the art community would be inspired. The cuisine in Beaufort will not disappoint. There are countless wonderful places to eat, but we will just mention a few. Wren Bistro located in Downtown Beaufort, is a great place to grab a delicious meal. Locals rave about their fried green tomatoes, burgers, and gourmet seafood. Saltus River Grill, located on Bay Street, is continually cooking up low country favorites with a modern twist. Their oysters and raw bar is incredible as well. Breakwater is another great spot to find upscale food locally sourced and inspired by traditional South Carolina fare.
Not to bury the lead, but Beaufort was named “the South’s Best Small Town” by Southern Living in 2017. So if you’re looking for a place to enjoy the Low country, look no further than this charming little town.
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