The drive from Atlanta is 288 miles, about 4.5 hours.
The Best Western Sea Island Inn is located in the heart of Beaufort’s National Landmark Historic District, a quaint downtown area lined with boutiques, bistros, cafes, galleries and gift shops. Rooms from $104-$140, including continental breakfast; www.bestwestern.com, 1015 Bay St., 843-522-2090.
Low country’s the place for barbecue and Sgt. White’s is the hands-down regional favorite. Southern favorites such as pulled pork, ribs, butter beans and sweet potatoes are displayed buffet style. Choose a meat, two sides, cornbread and iced tea or lemonade for $7.99; 1908 Boundary St., 843-522-2029.
Explore the charming shops along Bay and Carteret streets and make a stop inside St. Helena’s Episcopal Church (501 Church St.), established in 1712. Graves in the old church yard cemetery date back to the Revolutionary War; www.sthelenas1712.org. For a day out, visit Hunting Island State Park (16 miles from Beaufort); park admission is $4 adults; $1.50 ages 6-15; www.huntingisland.com.
Beaufort is a 45-minute drive from Savannah. Economy class round-trip rates of $250 require a 21-day advance notice and a weekend stay.
The 1898 Old Point Inn features five guest bedrooms and wrap-around verandas to take in river and lush garden views. Guest rooms are decorated with objets d’art which the innkeepers have collected from around the world. Rooms from $125-$175 (lower now-Feb. 28); www.oldpointinn.com, 212 New St., 843-524-3177.
Wren, a combination bistro, bar, bakery and wine and cheese market, is housed inside a renovated industrial space. This chic spot serves freshly prepared soups, salads and sandwiches during lunch and fancier dinners (entrees $15-$25); 210 Carteret St., 843-524-9463.
Get out on the water aboard the Prince of Tides with Capt. Dick’s River Tours. Watch for playful and curious dolphins along the 80-minute tour as a guide informs about the region’s wildlife, sea life and ecology. Adults $18; $12 children 12 and under. Call 843-524-4422 to reserve; www.beaufortrivertours.com.
One-way, walk-up economy class rates to Savannah start from $328; Delta, nonstop.
The romantic AAA Four-Diamond Rhett House Inn is a plantation home a block from the Intracoastal Waterway and a short stroll to the historic district. Rates for the deluxe cottage room start from $239; www.rhetthouseinn.com, 1009 Craven St., 843-524-9030.
Revved-up Southern cuisine at Breakwater is prepared with sustainable seafood and produce from local farmers and growers; entrees $16.50-$33; www.breakwatersc.com, 203 Carteret St., 843-379-0052.
An evening lecture and cocktail reception with literary great Pat Conroy, a local resident, will be held Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in historic downtown Beaufort; $150 tickets include an original essay by Conroy; www.openlandtrust.com. On Saturdays from April 10-Nov. 20, take a full-day guided kayak adventure through the ACE Basin, the heart of the state’s rice growing region; $120 per person; www.beaufortkayaktours.com.
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