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Area Attractions

If your interests include American history, antebellum architecture, gourmet dining, shopping and gallery browsing or water activities, Beaufort, South Carolina, may be for you! Named one of the country’s top 10 small and happiest towns, Beaufort is safe and walkable, historic and vibrant.

Beaufort, South Carolina, is a coveted jewel set between the two larger historical cities: Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC. Even though Beaufort used to be as sophisticated as and richer than its larger neighbors, Beaufort still retains much of its small town charm and soothing pace even today. Beaufort is a small town with great things to do; for instance, during your vacation you might enjoy fine restaurants, historic touring, eco-tour boating and kayaking, as well as shopping and a treasure trove of art galleries. Additionally, some guests of Cuthbert House Inn use Beaufort as an unhurried base to enjoy the surrounding areas including day trips to Savannah, the Ashley River Plantations or the city of Charleston.
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Area events annually include The Beaufort International Film Festival, The Beaufort Water Festival, Beaufort Shrimp Festival, art exhibits, theatrical performances, historic home tours and so much more.American and Civil War histories have played an impressive role in our city’s survival and legacy. Wander back in time by taking a highly recommended leisurely history stroll through our National Historic District among some of the finest antebellum homes in America. A short horse and buggy tour clops down our hallowed streets on a 45- to 55-minute tour, or take an early evening graveyard tour visiting many historical and beautiful churches found around the downtown area, such as Saint Helena’s Episcopal Church (1724) just a half block from the Cuthbert House Inn. Follow these experiences with a light lunch at a cafe with outdoor seating seasonally. Spend your afternoon strolling the shops and two dozen galleries along Bay Street. They begin just steps from our front door. Don’t miss the Rhett Gallery where four generations of family artists bring the Low country to life, and don’t miss their extensive Civil War Room where many fine collector pieces are available for purchase.

Beaufort is on the Intracoastal Waterway where it is one of 200 barrier islands along the Carolina coast. Our geographic location, at the mouth of the Port Royal Sound, is partly responsible for our long history of hurricane-free weather. The sound is also the source of our high salty tides and picturesque marshes and beaches. A trip across the islands to Hunting Island State Park on the Atlantic coast is a great day of sand, surf, long walks and primitive South Carolina shoreline or a tour of its historic Lighthouse. Go to the fishing pier where you can rent a rod and reel and try your luck in the noonday sun. For more in-depth eco-touring try the Ace Basin Tours on Coosaw Island for a two-hour pontoon boat tour on our rivers and marshes. A shorter eco tour leaves just across the street at The Downtown Marina with Captain Dick on a dolphin cruise and a wonderful view of Beaufort from the water. Kayaking tours or paddle boarding is also available just across the street at the Downtown Marina

Golf courses and tennis courts are minutes away from the inn and open to the public. The U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, is only six miles away with a sophisticated museum and the frequent impressive graduation ceremony when new recruits become Marines. Parris Island, its museum, a restaurant and the graduation are open to the public. The Parris Island Golf Course is one of our finest public golf courses.

Dinner options near our inn are varied and numerous. We have our favorites, and they may become yours! After your fun-packed day, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments with us; then venture out for a wonderful dinner where many choices overlook our waterways. We can recommend the best and make your reservations if needed.

Other short trips of interest include the Penn Center with a Gullah cultural history museum dedicated to the preservation of the Sea Island story. A trip up Route 21 takes you to the ruins of the Old Sheldon Church whose massive brick columns still stand after destruction by the British in 1779 and again by Union troops under General Sherman’s command in 1865. It’s a favorite wedding location in the Low country.

If you’re not ready for bed, nightlife along the waterfront begins about 9 p.m. with live music Thursday through Sunday at a number of restaurants and bars along our beautiful waterfront park on the Intracoastal Waterway. The park spans from the swing bridge to the Sea Islands at Carteret Street to the Downtown Marina where many of our guests tie up and walk a short block to the Cuthbert House Inn. The park is safe day and night with a number of adult swings to relax and appreciate our swift rolling river, our six-foot tidal changes and a number of passing watercraft.

This area is a filmmaker’s paradise with many movies and best sellers capturing the ambiance of the past.   Beginning with the 1983 classic The Big Chill, Beaufort’s ante-bellum and tropical charms shine through in these popular Hollywood productions: The Prince of Tides, White Squall, Forest Gump, GI Jane, Something to Talk About, Forces of Nature and Rules of Engagement. The list of credits just keeps growing.

Best selling author Pat Conroy’s books and characters come alive as you walk, or better yet ride a bike through the legendary streets of The Water is Wide, Prince of Tides, The Great Santini and Beach Music.

Are you getting sleepy? See you in the morning for a hot homemade southern breakfast! The menu varies daily from Eggs Benedict to Pecan Belgian Waffles and many more specialties.