When you’re residing on Hilton Head Island, you have the opportunity to take day trips to other towns along the South Carolina coast. Take an easy, breezy drive and travel from Hilton Head, SC, to Beaufort, SC. Beaufort is the perfect weekend getaway from Hilton Head! You’ll have a blast in Beaufort, as well as other areas that you can stop and check out along the way. Check out our tips for the perfect getaway from Hilton Head, SC, to Beaufort, SC below!
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Make These Stops Along the Way
Head out from Hilton Head Island, cross over the bridge, and stop in the charming and historic town of Bluffton. Take a scenic stroll through the historic district and bask in the beauty of the Spanish moss trees, antebellum homes, and adorable shops. If you love to shop ‘til you drop, stop by the Tanger Outlets and score some deals. Bluffton is also home to an array of art galleries and museums, like the Red Piano Art Gallery.
Port Royal, SC
Before you reach Beaufort, veer off and make a pit stop in Port Royal. The quaint town of Port Royal is just slightly south of Beaufort and just north of Parris Island. This Lowcountry town is the perfect combination of southern hospitality and maritime town. From dining at eclectic, local restaurants to adventuring through the Cypress Wetlands Trail to shark tooth hunting at the Sands beach, there’s always something to do in Port Royal. Also, throughout the year they hold many exciting events, like the Annual Soft-Shell Crab Festival!
What To Do in Beaufort
You’ve arrived! You made the trip from Hilton Head, SC, to Beaufort, SC. Beaufort is extremely unique and historical. It is one of only a handful of towns in the United States that has had its entire downtown designated as a historic district. Bay Street is a picturesque road that is lined with live oak trees and is home to many mansions that were built by wealthy plantation owners before the Civil War. Take in the views of the whole town and learn more about its history, including the Reconstruction Era, by taking a horse-drawn carriage tour. How fun! A standout attraction is the Penn Center with its Gullah cultural history museum dedicated to the preservation of the Sea Island story.
When you visit Beaufort, activities, attractions, and fantastic eateries will continuously entertain you. One of the best restaurants in Beaufort, SC, is Wren Bistro & Bar. You’ll fall in love with their locally grown ingredients and farm-fresh meats and their Carolina Shrimp N’ Grits will tantalize your tastebuds. Be sure to check out the nightlife along the waterfront. The party begins at about 9 p.m. with live music Thursday through Sunday at a number of restaurants and bars along the waterfront park. It spans from the swing bridge to the Sea Islands at Carteret Street to the Downtown Marina. The park features adult swings to relax and appreciate views of passing boats along the Beaufort River.
Rest Your Head at the Cuthbert House Inn
When you’re traveling from Hilton Head, SC, to Beaufort, SC, rest your head at the Cuthbert House Inn. Cuthbert House Inn is a beautiful bed and breakfast conveniently located on South Carolina’s Intracoastal Waterway. Our inn is near picturesque beaches, golf courses, and the bustling Beaufort downtown area.
When you stay at Cuthbert House Inn, you have an array of pristine guest rooms to choose from. Our deluxe Garden Room is a spacious, second-floor guest room with direct access to the southern-style porch overlooking the formal gardens and courtyard. Can you imagine anything more gorgeous and relaxing? Check our availability and start planning your getaway to Beaufort today!