I surprised my mom with a birthday getaway and only gave her enough information on what to pack. Halfway through, I gave her a present to open and unveiled our final destination. Beaufort is a great girls getaway or romantic weekend retreat. Here are a few favorites:
VRBO is my tried and true favorite when it comes to unique accommodations. Beaufort has several traditional hotel options in the more commercialized area and also boasts several bed and breakfasts. Our cottage was outstanding and the best part was the marsh view. This little rental was nicely furnished and had a great stocked kitchen (one of my rental pet peeves).
Dockside | A great choice over the bridge on Lady's Island. In my opinion, the menu was quite similar to the traditional seafood restaurant but everything we ordered was delicious. The salmon and scallops were our preferred choices.
Lowcountry Produce | If Southern Living covered this little gem, I knew it must be good. Our lunch was super yummy and the little market was too cute. My chicken salad sandwich was a great choice.
Plum's | Water views get me EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Plum's was packed at lunch so we waited a bit but it was worth it. My shrimp salad was divine making this a place not to be missed.
Breakwater | I was torn between lots of options for dinner but chose Breakwater and am so glad I did. It wasn't crowded (probably due to off-travel season) but everything was spectacular. I ordered a caprese salad and scallops with risotto and both were outstanding.
Red Rooster Cafe | A great brunch stop with the sweetest staff. I recommend the breakfast burrito if you like spicy that early in the morning. I will note that it was a little hard to find due to road construction but is attached to their sister seafood restaurant (go figure).
SHOPPING & ACTIVITIES
Biking | Luckily our house came with bikes but you can rent through a few companies in town. This was by far my favorite part, considering I haven't ridden one in roughly 16 years. Biking is the best way to see the old homes up close and to really get a sense of how quaint this little town is.
Hunting Island | About 16 miles south of Beaufort, makes this state park a great afternoon trip. They have beach access, a marsh walk and historic lighthouse to visit. My biggest tip would be to pack bug spray. The mosquitoes were intense so we didn't last long.
Gay Fish Company | Located down by the state park, this hidden gem is your tried and true fish market. We bought shrimp (for a great price) that had come right off the boat. Another neat perk is their boats were used in Forrest Gump.
Sheldon Church Ruins | On your way in or out of Beaufort, stop by the Sheldon Church Ruins. They are gorgeous surrounded by huge oak trees and a great glimpse into years past.