It was one of those places I’d seen highlighted over and over again in magazines: Beaufort, South Carolina. As we’ve recently made Hilton Head, South Carolina, our new vacation spot, we’ve been visiting some of the towns nearby each time we go. This past year, after we left Charleston where we spent three days, we mapped our drive to Beaufort and decided it was the perfect place to spend a few hours before checking into our condo on Hilton Head Island.
I’m so glad we took the time to visit. The town was everything I imagined it would be: small, quaint, full of Southern charm, hospitable and friendly, and the best part of all, it was right on the water. (And, a very nice lady in a clothing store let us use their restroom.)
We spent some time strolling the main street with the shops and restaurants, and then took a turn off of the street and explored the quaint, historic town with picturesque homes and white picket fences. One resident had the best Fourth of July decorations I’ve seen, and I wanted to assume that Beaufort’s most happening party would take place at his house.
My favorite part was the waterfront walkway along the water; restaurants with views of it make for perfect spots to sit and relax. There were also big swings that looked across at the boats as they passed by. Scenes from Forrest Gump were filmed in Savannah and in South Carolina, and the scene where Forrest is running and interviewed by the media was supposed to be Mississippi, but it was actually a bridge crossing the Beaufort River on the Richard V. Woods Memorial Bridge in Beaufort pictured below.
If you like visiting small towns, I encourage you to stop for a bit in Beaufort. Eat outside on the water, and just take a load off. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon. And the shopping was good, too.
Stephanie Verni is Professor of Business Communication at Stevenson University and is the author of Inn Significant, Baseball Girl, and Beneath the Mimosa Tree. Along with her colleagues Leeanne Bell McManus and Chip Rouse, she is a co-author of Event Planning: Communicating Theory and Practice, published by Kendall-Hunt.