“ It is a relaxing, walking waterfront town. We found fine fare and hospitality at The Beaufort Inn .” —Dana Adkins Campbell,
Founded in 1711, Beaufort, the "Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands" exudes warm southern hospitality, coastal breezes, and a rich cultural environment. Repeatedly named by Southern Living as "Favorite Small Southern Town" and as a Top 100 Small Art Town In The United States, Beaufort is home to the 8th best beach in the US and holds the distinction as a top 20 fishing destination in the US. If you are looking for art galleries, fresh seafood from local waters, history, fabulous shopping, grand architecture, ghost tours, great golf or simply a quiet stroll through an award-winning Waterfront Park, Beaufort has it all. It's no surprise that Beaufort fishing charters, carriage rides and ghost walks are so popular. Welcome to Beaufort, SC.
Beaufort Waterfront Park overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway and Beaufort River, and is home to many signature festivals including Water Festival, Shrimp Festival, Gullah Festival and numerous other events. River tours and charter fishing are available from the marina in the Park. Perfect for a sunset stroll after dinner at one of the many fine dining establishments on the Park or to sample Beaufort's interesting and expanding nightlife, the Park is just 1 block from The Beaufort Inn . Our guests enjoy taking a refreshing respite in the park while shopping or gallery hopping.
Hunting Island State Park SC is ranked the 8th best beach in the US according to Tripadvisor.com and is the jewel of the SC State park system. Over 1.2 million visitors per year enjoy five miles of beach, an historic lighthouse, dolphins, pelicans and a special lagoon. Featured in movies including Forest Gump, The Animal Book and more, Hunting Island is a short drive from The Beaufort Inn .
Carriage Tours are a great way to enjoy Beaufort's Landmark Historic District and the summer mansions of the Low Country Rice planters, shippers and merchants. Tours vary in content and generally last one hour with guides discussing area history and telling stories about the magnificent area homes and their owners.
Parris Island is the place where recruits become Marines including all women Marines for the United States Marine Corps. The Marine Corps Museum and the fabled lore of Americas' warriors that are the "Tip of the Spear" when our country calls make this Sea Island military facility one of the most visited in the United States. Take time to thank those brave men and women and their families who sacrifice to secure our freedom now as Marines have always sacrificed to secure our freedom. Many guests at our Inn are there to watch their family members graduate from basic training and become a Marine. We're honored to make their visit special.
Penn Center Penn Center is a special place with a unique history in Civil War, Reconstruction, Civil Rights and the Gullah Culture of the Sea Islands. Located on St. Helena Island, just a short drive from Beaufort, Penn Center was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974. The 50 acre grounds include the cottage where Martin Luther King Jr. lodged and wrote the "I Have a Dream" speech; historic burial grounds, the "Brick Church" and York W. Bailey Museum. Founded during the Civil War by Laura M. Towne of Pennsylvania, Penn School was the first school for freed slaves. The York W. Bailey Museum houses a permanent exhibition, "Education for Freedom", and has ongoing programs dealing with the history and culture of the Seal Islands.
Completed in 1798, The Arsenal is an historically rich center with a unique Gothic design. With substantial Civil War ties and a history of military operation, this is an impressive structure which houses countless fascinating relics. Beaufort’s Visitor’s Center is housed in the Arsenal, just one block from The Beaufort Inn .
John Mark Verdier House Museum
One of the finest architectural examples of the Federal Period, the Verdier House was built in 1800 and illustrates life in Beaufort during the 19th century with antique rooms and furniture. It’s located on Bay Street just a short walk from our hotel.
Southern Graces at The Beaufort Inn
Spoil yourself when you join us for daily lunch or Sunday Brunch in our gorgeous dining rooms and verandahs. A two-time Iron Chef winner, Chef Christopher Hewitt and his team will indulge your palate with a delightful twist on Lowcountry cuisine. Monthly Gourmet Supper Club events and private dinners are available. Call 843-379- 0555 for dining reservations and more information.
Breakwater Restaurant & Bar
Just steps from The Beaufort Inn , Breakwater is Beaufort’s hidden gem with consistently fantastic food, excellent wines, imported beers, American microbrews and an elegant, yet casual atmosphere.
203 Carteret Street
Eclectic and casual, this quaint bistro is just a block from The Beaufort Inn . We love their take on a classic filet and are sure you will, too! Extensive wine list, extraordinary desserts.
210 Carteret Street
Saltus River Grill
Enjoy a striking view of the Intracoastal Waterway from the Sonoma-style patio at the Saltus River Grill. The sizzling contemporary grill paired with the full-service bar and elegant dining room delivers big city chic with the historic Lowcountry charm of Beaufort.
802 Bay Street
Gullah Geechee culture is rich here on the Sea Islands especially our two nearest islands, Lady's and St. Helena Islands. The Gullah Geechee people are the descendants of freed slaves that were isolated on these islands after the Civil War and retained much of their culture and practices even to today.
From the Beaufort Waterfront Park and Hunting Island State Park SC to the amazing historic tours in Beaufort, SC, restaurants and shopping experiences, you can rest assured that your trip to Beaufort is going to be filled with historic marvel, epicurean delights and fun.
Group rates are available upon request. Please call us to make your reservation (843.379.INNS) or book online now to enjoy Beaufort, SC accommodations at their best! We can also help plan romantic weddings in Beaufort, South Carolina.