Beaufort, South Carolina
The town filled with history on every corner
South Carolina was the place where I first saw the ocean for the very first time a year ago, and I remember when I first laid my eyes on the ocean because I cried! The ocean is such a magical place that has so many unanswered questions and I find that beautiful but terrifying. Isn't it crazy that most of the ocean has not been explored, and there are creatures that have not been documented yet living in our ocean? How whimsical!
Well, I visited the ocean for the second time just recently and I went back to the exact same place to do so and that place is Beaufort, South Carolina! Caleb and I put in some PTO hours and left for a whole week. Calebs oldest sister tagged along with us, and we all got up early in the morning and headed south for a 10-hour drive or 646 miles to be exact.
If you love history and learning about new things, Beaufort is a great town to visit because there is history on every corner. Beaufort, South Carolina is a city on Port Royal Island, one of South Carolina’s coastal Sea Islands. It’s known for its antebellum mansions, especially in the downtown historic district. Beaufort also has a population fewer than 15,000 residences. We are extremely fortunate because Caleb and his sister have a place to stay down in Beaufort because their mom and her husband now reside there and they are always kind enough to open their doors for loved ones to come visit. However, I did some calculations for you and to get a hotel in Beaufort, you will be looking at about $150 a night in a hotel that has an average of a 3-star rating.
Not only was visiting the ocean and sightseeing a huge treat, but it was really great to just spend time with Caleb and his family. They are extremely generous, and I am forever grateful for everything they did for us down there and his mom was such a trooper with running around with us every single day so we could go see the most of the town her and her husband loves!
Downtown Beaufort is a great little spot filled with tourism, shopping and good eats! Just within the past year, they have added many new eats and shopping spots! One of Caleb's favorite spots was the new retro and pop culture store called Flash Back Gear. It was a neat spot filled with comics, toys, knick-knacks, collectables and more! One of my favorite shopping spots down there was an olive and vinegar bar called Olive the Above. I visited this shop last year, and got a delicious strawberry vinaigrette, and I hopped back in on vacation and stock piled back up on some much needed herbal tea! The cool thing about this spot is it's also an excuse to grab a quick free snack because they allow you to get some popcorn, and taste all of the different herbal infused oils and vinegars for free before you buy!
However, if you are looking for a really great lunch spot after a whole morning of shopping around Bay Street, I highly recommend Panini's on the Waterfront. It's a great spot for new world italian cuisine right on the beautiful waterfront. The best view, and the best food!
Panini's on the Waterfront
It was funny, while looking at the menu my mouth was drooling over a pizza, and a reuben sandwich but I knew that I could never in a million years eat them both and finish them by myself. Luckily, Caleb's mom and I were on the same page, and we decided on a pizza we both wanted to try, and a sandwich, and when the food came we split it! Oh, the best of both worlds!
My goal when picking out a pizza that day was that I wanted something completely different, and possibly something I would never have thought of ingredients wise that should go on a pizza. Well, I accomplished that to say the least.
The toppings on the pizza are as follows:
Yes, you read all of that right. I couldn't even finish half of it as I parted ways with some of it for Calebs mom, but then I took it home to eat for the next day, and this was considered a small! For $9 stinking dollars. Holla' for a dolla'.
... I miss this place. Now it's only a memory.
The Old Sheldon Church
If you decide to visit South Carolina, I find it extremely important to sightsee and get in touch with the history. We visited a few neat spots that had a lot of history, good and bad. My favorite spot was the Old Sheldon Church. The church was once known as Prince William's Parish Church. The traditional understanding is that Prince William was burned by the British in 1779 during the Revolutionary War, rebuilt in 1826, and then burned again in 1865 during the Civil War. No wonder that this church has been reported haunted for years. It's been said that a woman dressed in a simple brown dress, perhaps Pilgrim style, can be seen standing over an infant’s grave. A feeling of sorrow reportedly comes over visitors who walk near the child’s tombstone. The woman’s name is Ann Bull Heyward. She also resides in the graveyard. There have been other accounts of ‘strange’ activities, such as heavy footsteps being heard, and flashing lights in the area that are unexplained. An apparition of a young girl in a white dress in the road outside the property has been reported as has stories of people being grabbed by ghosts while walking the grounds. While none of this was experienced for me personally, there was something about it that took your breath away. Spooky!
Chapel of Ease Ruins
This Chapel sits on St. Helena Island, and was built in the 1700's. The chapel was created using tabby walls. What is a tabby wall? Glad you asked, because I had no idea and it was the coolest idea! Tabbys walls is a type of concrete made by burning oyster shells to create lime, then mixing it with water, sand, ash and broken oyster shells. You can literally see the shells in the wall! It makes sense environmentally. The chapel was constructed by planters on Saint Helena Island as a chapel of ease for parishioners who had difficulty traveling to worship at the main parish church in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Fort Fremont sits on St. Helena Island as well, and was a spot for the military in the very early 1900's. The base originally had bakeries, stables, barracks, guard houses and more, but only the hospital, the 10 inch, and rapid fire battery now stand. The fort sits right in front of the ocean to protect Port Royal from Spanish invasion in the late 1890's. Directly across from Hilton Head Island the guns at Fort Fremont had the capability of shooting across HHI to protect the port.
While Beaufort gets the crown for this weeklong travel, visiting Savannah is probably the easiest way to knock Georgia off of the states to still visit list, and it's a huge tourist spot roughly 30 minutes out of Beaufort. It's a quick drive, and there are a million things to do! With it's tours, shopping, boat rides and exhibits, you couldn't possibly find yourself bored here. If you can, the historic district is a place to start, right next to the river front.