Located 11 miles north of Parris Island, Beaufort, SC is a small, friendly community that mixes family life with a friendly regard for visitors. On any given day, you’ll find folks fishing along picturesque walkways and families picnicking in the parks, all ready and eager to say hello.
Make your way to Waterfront Park for incredible views of the Beaufort River and Woods Memorial Bridge. Something is always going on at this multi-acre common, which plays host to summer’s half-century running Waterfestival, A Taste of Beaufort and Gullah Festivals and autumn’s Shrimp Festival, as well as performances, weddings and receptions throughout every season.
Learn all about historic Beaufort when you visit the National Landmark History District. See the 1776 Marshlands House, home of the doctor who discovered the treatment for yellow fever, and the John Mark Verdier House, a federal-style museum and Civil War relic. Beaufort is just next door to St. Helena Island, the location of the first school for freed slaves. Reserve a day for the York Bailey Museum at Penn Center, a 50-acre campus of historic landmarks including a cottage Martin Luther King Jr. frequented, a Nature Trail and ancient Native American burial grounds.
If you’re a big movie fan, Beaufort is the destination for you. Walk through famous backdrops from movies like Forrest Gump, The Big Chill and the Great Santini, and make sure not to miss February’s International Film Festival. Book a stay today in a comfortable, affordable and stylish IHG hotel today to schedule your unforgettable visit.