by John Floyd
on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 at 10:19am.
On a recent beautiful Sunday afternoon my wife and I decided to go spend the day on Bay Street in the historic city of Beaufort, SC. There is so much to love about this charming city. Beaufort was founded in 1711, making it the second oldest city in South Carolina behind only Charleston, SC.
I grew up vacationing in Beaufort and we have made these day trips many times with how close we live. It’s amazing having so many close Historic cities (Beaufort, Savannah, Charleston) within a short drive away. It’s about a 40-minute ride or less from Bluffton, SC to downtown Beaufort, and around 50-minute to an hour ride to Beaufort from Hilton Head Island.
It’s hard to hit every great amenity that downtown Beaufort has to offer in a short post, but I’ll recap what we did and some of the places we’ve visited in the past.
We started with a quick lunch at Hearth Wood Fired Pizza. Cool place with a lot of character, good environment, and plenty of tv’s. I’m usually more of a traditional pizza guy, but we ordered the Prosciutto & Arugula pizza and I must admit it was fantastic. Wasn’t too heavy since we weren’t starving and made it feel healthier than eating most pizza (not sure if it was, but I like to think so.)
Other restaurants I recommend (I’m sure there’s plenty more, but these I have been to.)
After lunch we went and grabbed ice cream at YoYo’s Ice Cream and enjoyed our cones on a bench overlooking the water views. The waterfront park is spectacular to say the least. There’re benches, swings, large playground, big green area for picnics and playtime for kids, and even an amphitheater for concerts and events. All this while overlooking the marina and enjoying the sights of yachts and fishing charters heading to and from the Atlantic Ocean.
Before calling it a day we went and toured a lot of the historic district by foot. We have driven through it many times, but there’s nothing like walking around and enjoying all the small details that you never notice otherwise. There’re so many beautiful homes that are worth viewing and taking photos of. Also, there’s many classical looking churches which seem to be on every street corner.
If you live or are planning to vacation in the Hilton Head Island or Bluffton, SC areas, then I highly suggest a day trip to downtown Beaufort, SC. You won’t regret it, I promise!