What do you do when you only have 15 hours in Beaufort, S.C. (with half of that time asleep)? You just let the day take you where it takes you. . .
Driving in to Beaufort, I was surprised by all of the new commercial development that had sprung up since the last time I was there - so many fast-casual joints now. But keep driving through the you-ve-seen-it-all-before sprawl and you'll get to the unique historic charm and coastal antebellum homes downtown.
Beaufort is the second oldest city in South Carolina (Charleston is first), and is the very definition of lowcountry. The city is surrounded by rivers, swamps and marshes that are made for waterfront living and breezy porch views, mint julep or sweet tea in hand.
During my brief visit on my way up from Savannah to Wilmington, I spent the morning hours on foot, walking around downtown, and fantasizing about living in any of these gorgeous old homes - and taking mental notes of the gardens and "curb appeal" to bring back to Richmond.
If only Palmetto trees could grow in Richmond, life would be perfect. But they don't, so to get that lowcountry-coastal look in RVA, here are my suggestions:
There is obviously plenty more to do in Beaufort than home-touring, all of which you can find here. I didn't get a chance to check out the beaches - I wanted to visit Hunting Island State Park because I keep reading that it's the most popular state park in South Carolina. Must have something going for it if that's so, right? Next time.
If you missed my last two blog posts on my N.C.-S.C.-Ga. road-trip, you can find them here: Charleston + Savannah. Next up: Wilmington.
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