A Natural Harbor: The tidal Beaufort River as seen from Bay Street, looking toward Port Royal and Parris Island
Kayak Farm guide-owner Eric Gibbons leads a group of paddlers through Fripp Inlet.
The Anchorage 1770, an 18th-century Greek Revival mansion turned into a 15-room inn in 2015, offers prime views of the bay—plus sweet breezes.
A view of Beaufort’s riverfront downtown and Bay Street lined with retail shops and restaurants
By the 1500s, Spain and France were staking claims along the Port Royal Sound, including the Spanish settlement of Santa Elena on present-day Parris Island. High bluffs and live oak trees are part of the scenery.
Anchorage 1770’s Ribaut Social Club, helmed by chef Byron Landis
Sauteed soft-shell crab with lemon caper sauce at the Anchorage 1770’s Ribaut Social Club
The bridge between downtown Beaufort and Lady’s Island across the river
Bay Street Outfitters fishing guide Captain Tuck Scott
Perusing the titles at NeverMore Books on Craven Street, a collection focused on fiction and first editions, as well as displays of art and sculpture
Frank Roberts, founder of Lady’s Island Oysters, with some of his catch on ice
Beaufort butter clams at Panini’s on the Waterfront
Beaufort’s harbor is on the Intracoastal Waterway, about 60 nautical miles from Charleston.
At his Old Bull Tavern in Beaufort, chef-owner John Marshall focuses on the local bounty, like this freshly caught queen triggerfish.
Inside the Old Bull Tavern on West Street
Irene Simons at her I. Pinckney Simons Gallery on Bay Street, where the sea islands’ scenery inspires much of the art
I. Pinckney Simons Gallery on Bay Street
For a gathering at Lady’s Island Oyster Farm, Louis “Granny” Albany shakes spices onto local blue crabs.
“Single Lady” oysters are served on the half-shell, along with crab and shrimp prepared in Albany’s spicy, garlic-crab style.
Chef Byron Landis and owner Amy Lesesne at the Anchorage 1770
House-made gnocchi at the Old Bull Tavern
Artist William Rhett III at the Rhett Gallery on Bay Street
Public Spaces, Protected Views: The promenade at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, downtown on the Beaufort River