I returned earlier today from spending 3 nights in Beaufort. Here's just a brief rundown of my trip and a few observations.
Arrived Sunday, stayed at the new Hilton Garden Inn. This is a beautiful hotel and I would highly recommend it. It is in a great location and a great place to stay while touring Beaufort and the surrounding areas. Wandered around the park on Bay St. Sunday night and ended up at Luther's for dinner. I realize it was around 8 at night but the place was dead. I sat at the bar, had a burger and fries and that was about it for day 1. Food was good, but nothing special, just your average bar.
Monday- Woke up around 9, the rest of my party and myself went out to Hunting Island to visit some friends of my mothers who are camping there for the week. I have been to Hunting Island once before and it was just as dreadful this time as it was the last. I don't know how people can stand camping there for a week or more because after a couple hours I was ready to go. The beach is beautiful but camping there just appears to be more horrible than words can describe. It was hotter then heck, windy, muggy, bugs and sand everywhere and in everything, the bathrooms/showers are gross and the nearest stores and shops are 25 min. away. After my previous trip there I vowed to never return, after this time I really mean it and I was only there for about 3 hours. Anyway, after Hunting island it was back to the hotel for some Air conditioning and a shower. The rest of my party went back there for dinner while I went out exploring. I was in the mood for a good fried fish sandwhich and I expected it to be easy to find since I was in the land of seafood. However I was wrong, I went to 4 different places and read their menus, alot of fried fish dinners but no fish sandwhiches. I ended up back on Bay. Street and went to Kathleens. I found my fried fish sandwhich and it was good but not outstanding. Again the place was dead, there was live music on the patio but it was too hot and breezy to sit outside and the inside was about as empty as can be. I don't know if maybe this is the offseason because of the heat or if the economy has hurt busines but both times I visited Bay St. in the evenings the place was dead.
Tuesday- I hung out at the hotel most of the day while the family was walking around town, it was just too darn hot to go out. We booked a River Safari tour with Captain Bill in the afternoon. This was the highlight of the trip and I would highly recommend that anyone looking for a short boat excursion to look into the River Safari. We had booked our tour for 4pm, it was pouring rain at that time but Captain Bill was nice enough to wait it out with us and by about 445 the sky had cleared and we were off. Here's a tip for anyone interested in the tour, Captain Bill is Cash/checks only if you pay onsite with him but if you visit the Beaufort Visitors center you can book your trip through them and they can take credit cards. It is 15$'s for adults and 10 for children under 12, 6 people per tour. Captain Bill leaves out of Port Royal Marina, you go from there to near Parris Island, around the marshland some and if you're lucky you'll get to see dolphins. He knows a lot about the area and it's history and it was a very informative and fun tour. After the tour it was back to the hotel. Had pizza for dinner at the Pizza Inn next door to the hotel, it was very blah but cheap and close-by.
Wednesday- Woke up, checked out, drove back to Atlanta.
Observations- Beaufort in late July is HOT, way too hot if you ask me. It is also boring as hell if you're like me and used to places like Destin/Myrtle Beach/Hilton Head. The houses are beautiful and the marshlands and islands are pretty to look at but I need more to do than tour homes and shop. This location was chosen by my mother, not me, because she wanted to be close to her friends on Huting Island and I went along because I work for Hilton and get cheap hotel rooms. I think i'm going to stick with Hilton Head/Destin for my beach trips.