If your interests include American history, historic architecture, gourmet dining, shopping, gallery browsing or water activities, there will be plenty of attractions, events, and things for you to do during your stay at the Cuthbert House Inn in Beaufort, SC. Named one of the country’s top 10 small and happiest towns, Beaufort is a safe, vibrant place to spend a vacation.
Explore Beaufort, SC
Set between Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC, Beaufort retains small town charm with ample things to see and do. There’s something for every vacationer in Beaufort.
Adventure lovers might enjoy historic tours, boating or kayaking eco-tours. Those who love the finer things in life might enjoy shopping and perusing art galleries. 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.
Book your room today, and we will send you a link to our Digital Guide Book to help you plan your trip.
Area events include:
- South Carolina Restaurant Week – January
- The Beaufort Oyster Festival – January
- The Beaufort International Film Festival – February
- The bi-annual Marine Corps Air Station Airshow – April
- The Gullah Festival – May
- Annual Garden Club Garden Tours – June
- The Beaufort Water Festival – July
- Beaufort Restaurant Week – September
- The Shrimp Festival – October
- Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens – October
- Homes for the Holidays Decorated Home Tours – November
- Three-day celebration of the Christmas Holiday Season – the first weekend in December
The history of the Civil War has played an impressive role in our city’s survival and legacy. There are several exciting things to do for history buffs. Travel back in time by taking a guided history walk through our National Historic District. A short horse and buggy tour clops down our shade-dappled streets on an hour-long tour. Take an early evening graveyard tour visiting many historical and beautiful churches around the downtown area, such as Saint Helena’s Episcopal Church.
Other area attractions include the Penn Center with its 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 being burned by the British in 1779, and then again being destroyed during the war in 1865.
Spend your afternoon exploring the shops and several art 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 South Carolina Lowcountry to life. Be sure to check out their extensive Civil War Room where many collector pieces are available for purchase.
Activities In and Around the Water
Beaufort is one of 200 islands on the Intracoastal Waterway. Our geographic location is at the mouth of the Port Royal Sound. The sound is the source of our high salty tides that reach far inland, 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 and long walks on the South Carolina shoreline or a tour of its historic lighthouse.
Head over to the fishing pier where you can rent a rod and reel. Just across the street at The Downtown Marina, Coastal Expeditions South will take you on a dolphin and history cruise or a sunset cruise that feature a wonderful view of Beaufort from the water. Kayaking and paddle boarding are also available just across the street at the Downtown Marina (reserve in advance with Beaufort Lands End Paddling – 252-259-6227), or, for a more in-depth eco tour, Beaufort Kayak Tours will take you on a kayak tour of the ACE Basin, a fresh water basin slightly to the North of Beaufort.
U.S Marine Corps Recruit Depot
Parris Island is only six miles away and is the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Parris Island also features a museum and frequent graduation ceremonies when new recruits become Marines. Parris Island, its museum, a restaurant and the graduation ceremonies are open to the public.
Check out the Beaufort area nightlife along the waterfront. The party begins at about 9 p.m. with live music Thursday through Sunday at a number of restaurants and bars along the waterfront park. It spans from the swing bridge to the Sea Islands at Carteret Street to the Downtown Marina. The park features a number of adult swings to relax and appreciate our ten-foot tidal changes and passing boats.
Beaufort is a filmmaker and author’s paradise. Several movies and best-selling books capture the ambiance of Beaufort, SC. Beaufort’s historic charm shines through in these popular productions: The Big Chill, 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 for our small town.
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.
Whether you’re exploring the waterways of South Carolina, or shopping downtown, you’ll never be at a loss for things to do in Beaufort, SC. The variety of activities and sights in the area will keep you coming back every year. Once you reserve your room, we will send you our Digital Guide Book to help you start planning your trip.
Beaufort, SC Restaurants
Your stay at Cuthbert House Inn is sure to be filled with local cuisine from the many Beaufort restaurants. Restaurants in Beaufort’s downtown area range from small bars to authentic seafood restaurants. Cuthbert House Inn is conveniently located just two blocks from the downtown area, so you can explore all of Beaufort’s unique restaurants with ease. You’re sure to satisfy your cravings during your stay.
Beaufort restaurants are known for their delicious seafood from the local waters and for Southern comfort food. This includes wild-caught shrimp dishes, fish, crab, oysters, steak, and fried chicken. Enjoy a four-course meal on the water or grab a quick bite at one of the area cafes. Have a drink at one of Beaufort’s several bars and taverns or peruse one of Beaufort’s food markets. Every restaurant in Beaufort takes the time to ensure a quality meal delivered with Southern charm.
OUR TOP PICKS FOR BEAUFORT, SC RESTAURANTS
Here, Chef Lang and Chef Shaw create their version of ‘New Southern Cuisine’ which contains elements of the past and present. Younger, lighter and more fresh than ‘old school’ Southern deep-fried fare, Breakwater cuisine incorporates culinary influences from around the world. Lunch and Dinner, Closed Sundays. (843) 379-0052
Creatively blending Lowcountry favorites, locally sourced ingredients, and modern technique, the menu becomes a world-class compliment to the charming, laid-back setting that is our Lowcountry. On the waterfront. Open daily for dinner. (843) 379-3474
Griffin Market brings relaxed elegance and a taste of Italy’s Piedmont region to the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Situated on Carteret Street in historic downtown Beaufort, the restaurant features the culinary and wine expertise of Laura and Riccardo Bonino. (Cuthbert House Inn tip: Allow Riccardo to pair a wine with your menu choice!) Open Wednesday through Sunday for dinner by advanced reservation only. (843) 524-0240
Wren Bistro & Bar is a hip neighborhood restaurant that boasts a relaxing, yet upscale environment. Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. (843) 524-9463
Plums Restaurant is a local favorite since 1986 and is known for an ever-changing menu that combines seasonal, fresh & local ingredients in global dishes. On the waterfront. Open daily for lunch. (843) 525-1946
Creatively blending Lowcountry favorites, locally sourced ingredients, and modern technique, the menu becomes a world-class compliment to the charming, laid-back setting that is our Lowcountry. Open daily for lunch. (843) 322-1900
A family owned and operated restaurant located in nearby Port Royal, striving to provide a quality, casual-upscale dining experience. Many of the staples ingredients are sourced from small local farms and fisheries. Open Tuesday- Saturday for lunch and dinner. (843) 524-3663
Beautiful rustic restaurant nestled on the Lowcountry barrier island, with stunning marsh views, serving local shrimp from the shrimp boats just up the road. Serving lunch and dinner. Located on Saint Helena Island, in Frogmore, closed on Monday/Tuesdays. (843) 838-9300
The Old Bull Tavern is Beaufort’s friendly neighborhood gastropub that features an ever-changing market-based menu of European and American comfort foods, select wines, and craft beers in bottle and on tap. Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner. (843) 379-2855
Dockside Restaurant is a casual, waterfront, seafood restaurant overlooking the boat docks on the Factory Creek River on Lady’s Island. Open daily for dinner. Does not take reservations.(843) 379-3288