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It's difficult to imagine a more idyllic Southern coastal town than Beaufort, where life is defined by the rivers and waterways that surround the community. Neighboring St. Helena Island is the spiritual home of Gullah culture, including the newly designated Reconstruction Era National Monument. Spend the day exploring the beaches and forests of Hunting Island, before an authentic Lowcountry dinner along Bay Street, the town's main drag.
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16 Penn Center Cir W, St Helena Island, SC 29920, USA
St. Helena Island is home to the Lowcountry's most active and vivid Gullah culture, thanks, in part, to the history of the Penn School. One of the nation's first schools for freed slaves, it's now the cornerstone of the Reconstruction Era National...
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2555 Sea Island Pkwy, St Helena Island, SC 29920, USA
This beachfront state park features camping spaces, trails, ample fishing spots, and a functional lighthouse. Bike rentals are also available just before the bridge onto the island. Pack a picnic lunch and beach chairs if you visit for the day. On...
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709 Bay St, Beaufort, SC 29902, USA
If you're enraptured by the beauty of the South, you'll love this gift shop where the pages of Garden & Gun magazine seem to come to life. From stocking the pantry to entertaining with class and style, the store's open design invites shoppers to...
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825 Bay St, Beaufort, SC 29902, USA
If you've ever dreamed of hooking a tailing redfish on a fly, this Beaufort mainstay is your home base for information and gear. Saltwater fly fishing requires regional expertise and specific gear, both of which are in supply here. Even if fishing...
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Plums sports a raw oyster bar and a menu of seafood and sandwiches, but its greatest asset is location. Huge windows look out across a wide porch and Beaufort's Waterfront Park. Order a cold drink and one of the chef's specialties, like curried...
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403 Carteret St, Beaufort, SC 29902, USA
Owners Laura and Riccardo Bonino opened this local staple in 2011, bringing inspired, authentic flavors from Italy's Piedmont region to small-town South Carolina. The late author Pat Conroy was fond of eating here, a fact that the restaurant plays...
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302 Carteret St, Beaufort, SC 29902, USA
Half market, half restaurant, this brightly colored kitchen proudly serves exemplary shrimp and grits and crab cake sandwiches, among a menu of locally sourced sandwiches and salads. After enjoying breakfast or lunch, take home a jar of pickled...
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203 Carteret St, Beaufort, SC 29902, USA
It's a tough call between the surf and the turf at this Beaufort standard-bearer for fine dining, where Southern flair permeates the menu of steak, seafood, and pasta. Many dishes are available as small plates or entrees, and over two dozen wines...