Down in South Carolina’s Lowcountry is Beaufort, an alluring waterside town hidden away on Port Royal Island in the heart of what the locals call the “Sea Islands.” The town, which is pronounced as if saying “beautiful,” has all of the trimmings of the big city—culture, history, stellar cuisine—while remaining quaint, quiet, and ever-so charming. Trees kiss over the many bike paths, park benches overlook the water views, and Spanish moss dangles above the walking paths that crisscross throughout the town.
Today Beaufort is respected for its preservation of antebellum architecture—classic plantation style mansions with deep porches made for sipping Bittermilk mixed cocktails. Locals liken the town to a modest millionaire who never puts on airs. Lazy days here are spent in the sunshine strolling around the city’s waterfront or cruise-biking over to the other Sea Islands to visit their remote beaches. Here, a guide to this little slice of paradise.
Where to Rest Your Head
— Anchorage 1770, the stunning 18th-century Victorian house on the water, opened just a year ago with just a handful of suites. Four-poster beds, bay windows, generous porches, gorgeous linen, and vintage plasterwork make this the perfect nest for a weekend away. In the 19th century, the inn was home to the locally famous Ribaut Club, a literary crew who met for drinking, plays, and dancing—a tradition they plan to resurrect.
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Source: Vogue Magaziner