My husband and I visited Savannah, Georgia for a 20th anniversary getaway and decided to take a day trip down to Beaufort. Let me say, it was well worth our tiime, as the city is beautiful with many gorgeous historic homes that sit right on the water. We scheduled a historic walking tour of the area with The Spirit of Old Beaufort for the morning, but the owner called to say that, because of the heat, she would not be able to do the walking tour. She instead offered us a van tour. We are not fans of "riding" tours normally, since we like to see things "up close," so we decided to take a walking tour with another guide in town who was recommended to us by the Visitor's Center Staff in the morning (he did a wonderful job!) and keep our reservation with Spirit of Old Beaufort for a ghost van tour in the evening.
When we had called to schedule our tours a few weeks earlier, the owner, Evelynne, had been kind enough to open up the van tour just for us, and, as it turned out, we were the only people on the tour. We were a bit surprised to see our guide, Ashley, since we were expecting Evelynne, but we were not disappointed in the least. Ashley was bright and bubbly and very knowledgeable concerning the area. She took us to a few locations in town and then drove us out to the islands, even taking us on an amazing tour of an old fort that ended with a gorgeous sunset story on a beautiful private beach. We were happy to discover that this was not just a "riding" tour, but rather a "ride and stop" tour where we were able to get off and walk at the stops with the advantage of covering more ground but still being able to see things "up close." Ashley was a great story-teller and explained a lot about the gullah people and their historic beliefs in the supernatural, as well as the practices of "working roots" that are still alive and well in the area today. Ashley was so personable and in no rush to end our tour, even though she spent nearly an extra hour of her own time with us. It was an unexpected highlight of our trip, and we highly recommend Spirit of Old Beaufort and Ashley as well.