Beaufort is for Besties 10

Girlfriend Getaway in the Lowcountry

Whenever I visit adorable Beaufort, I am quickly welcomed back into the fold. People there love the lowcountry, and are efficient with their time so that they can spend time near the water, watching sunsets and dreaming about what’s possible. Many business owners, like the Lesesnes who own the Anchorage 1770 Inn have run screaming from the big city, to find purpose in South Carolina’s shoreline and languid lifestyle. The historic main street is lined with sweet shops and an impressive number of really good restaurants, each with a personality that draws you in and feeds your body and soul.

One morning, I biked 7 miles out along the flat country road to the Foolish Frog in Frogmore on St. Helena Island. “Hey Sue, where you been?” The proprietor had been alerted to my visit by Tim Lovett at Higher Ground, with whom I’d paddled the day before. He insisted I had the grilled shrimp for lunch. “it came off the boat 15 minutes ago just down the road.” My new friends took care of me.


To Explore

Standup Paddle or kayak with Tim Lovett, Higher Ground Outfitters.

Cool outdoor gear, rentals, fun shoes, excursions 843.379.4327,

A day of paddling with Tim includes a quick 101, paddling along the city shoreline of historic Beaufort, across the Beaufort River and up the Intercoastal for lunch, then back through the serene tidal marshes for a sunset toast.


To Dine

Ribaut Social Club at the Anchorage 1770, Est. 1891

Executive Chef Byron Landis serves modern elevated cuisine for dinner, Sunday brunch, 877.951.1770

“Our aim is to capture the incorrigible spirit and convivial atmosphere of the original Ribaut Club….In its heyday, the Club hosted performances, grand parties, dances and even gambling—a raucous getaway from buttoned-up social strictures of the time.”


To Cocktail

Old Bull Tavern, a bright, bustling neighborhood pub, epicurean’s delight

843.379.2855 Closed Mondays. The delightful locally procured menu changes.

Sometimes really skilled bartenders are cold as ice, too busy with tinctures to chat. Not true at the Old Bull where the vibe is lowcountry warm but edgy, the conversations around the bar are elevated and cocktails tell stories.


To Stay

Anchorage 1770 Inn 877.951.1770 Follow them on IG: Anchorage1770

Built in the 1890s, the mansion offers a colorful history, now with luxe accommodations, sprawling porches, breakfast on the front porch and bikes for exploring. Inn keepers Frank and Amy Lesesne are naturals, ready to help you retreat and unwind.


To Fly

Beaufort Biplane Tours

Mike Rainey, pilot and owner,, 904-910-6369 Facebook: BeaufortBiplaneTours

The 1943 deHavilland Tiger Moth has been carefully restored and purrs like a kitten. Sitting in the open cockpit, the distinct sound of the engine is comforting. Soaring above the marshes and oyster beds and shore was a thrill.