Congratulations to Beaufort, South Carolina, named by Coastal Living magazine as the "happiest seaside town in America."
With its beautiful antebellum architecture, Spanish moss-covered trees, stunning coastal views, and southern charm, it's no wonder this Lowcountry town has been bestowed this title. It has been the inspiration and backdrop for many novels and movies. And in 2008, Southern Living
readers named it the"best small town in the south."
Although I grew up in South Carolina, my first visit to Beaufort wasn't until last fall while attending the culinary super fest, Music to Your Mouth Festival in nearby Palmetto Bluff. We were fortunate enough to find a room at the historic Rhett House Inn for both nights of our trip. The gorgeous Greek Revival antebellum home sits surrounded by live oak trees and looks out over a bay on the Intra-Coastal Waterway. It is the quintessential small-town, coastal southern get-away.
The only thing that matches the beauty of this small town is the hospitality of its residents. The welcoming staff and cozy environment at the inn made us feel more like family than guests. This Southern girl agrees with Coastal Living and believes the natives of Beaufort are the secret to what makes their community the "happiest seaside town in America."
Photos by Evelyn Savage