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The swing-span Woods Memorial Bridge, as seen from the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, is one of Beaufort’s notable landmarks.

The swing-span Woods Memorial Bridge, as seen from the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, is one in all Beaufort’s notable landmarks.

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The everyday huge names — Charleston, Myrtle Seashore and Hilton Head Island — didn’t make TheTravel’s record of South Carolina’s charming locations.

As a substitute, smaller locales topped the chart.

TheTravel, an internet site that tells 4 million readers the place to go, eat and sleep, honed in on quaint South Carolina spots teeming with historical past, structure and nature.

Bluffton earned the No. 1 spot, toppling Anderson and Clemson. And Beaufort got here in eighth for its vibrant downtown and wealthy historical past.

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Sundown on the Could River close to Church of the Cross in Bluffton Wendy Purdy Submitted

The location lauded Bluffton, typically deemed “the South’s final true coastal village,” for the Could River’s magnificence and utility, and the city’s eating places and artisan retailers.

TheTravel advised a keep on the Montage Palmetto Bluff, a sprawling 20,000-acre neighborhood on the Could River. Or, conversely, a spot on the Stoney Crest Plantation Campground, a year-round campsite 10 miles from Hilton Head Island.

Within the coronary heart of the Lowcountry, Bluffton has been described as “eclectic,” because it’s stuffed with artists, artwork galleries, festivals and parades, based on the city’s web site. Bluffton’s historical past dates again to its 1852 incorporation as a 1-square-mile river city, nevertheless it started booming and increasing in 1998. However in 2019, it grew to 54 sq. miles and now has greater than 20,000 residents.

Historical past buffs can’t miss the Heyward Home & Museum, the Garvin-Garvey Home and The Church of the Cross. Nature lovers can head to the Could River to see expansive marshes, dolphins and birds whereas taking out a ship or kayak.

The city is chock-full of eating places providing recent seafood and produce, and it’s virtually sure there’s some type of occasion to attend every weekend. Test the city’s web site when heading to Bluffton to see what all it has to supply that week.

Bluffton Oyster Co. on Wharf Road is likely one of the city’s many eating places that supply recent seafood. Drew Martin dmartin@islandpacket.com

Whereas it didn’t beat out Bluffton for prime title, the town of Beaufort has gained quite a few awards for structure, magnificence and friendliness, being referred to as the nation’s Happiest Seaside City in 2013 by Coastal Dwelling journal.

Beaufort’s enrapture comes from its centuries-old historical past, relationship again to 1500s. The state’s second-oldest metropolis, it’s positioned on Port Royal Island and is one in all solely a handful of cities that’s had its whole downtown designated as a historic district by the Nationwide Belief for Historic Preservation, based on the S.C. Division of Parks, Recreation and Tourism web site.

TheTravel advised both a keep on the Beaufort Inn or the Landmark Historic District or Finest Western Sea Island Inn, each positioned within the coronary heart of the historic district.

The Maxcy-Rhett Home, often known as Secession Home, at 1113 Craven St. is in downtown Beaufort. Stephen Fastenau sfastenau@beaufortgazette.com

Pastel antebellum properties dot the town’s downtown space, which is stuffed with native distributors and eating places serving Southern delicacies. Guests can sit by the downtown marina close to the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park or take a carriage tour by the town.

Historical past lovers can spend the day within the historic district the place they’ll see the Robert Smalls Home, the Succession Home, the Lewis Reeves Sams Home the Verdier Home, amongst many different well-known properties. The Reconstruction Period Nationwide Historic Park and the Beaufort Historical past Museum are additionally must-visits.

There’s no scarcity of artwork, tradition and historical past, and there’s tons to be eaten within the metropolis of Beaufort. And naturally, this isn’t an exhaustive record the town has to supply.

A wide range of boats are tied at Beaufort Downtown Marina. The town is discovering a brand new operator for the marina and at potential enhancements to proceed to attract guests and improve public entry. Stephen Fastenau sfastenau@beaufortgazette.com

Sarah Haselhorst, a St. Louis native, writes about local weather points alongside South Carolina’s coast. Her work is produced with monetary assist from an Power Basis grant. She graduated from College of Missouri — Columbia, the place she studied journalism and sociology. Beforehand, Sarah frolicked reporting in Jackson, Mississippi; Cincinnati, Ohio; and mid-Missouri.

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