Romantic Beaufort: The charm of bed and breakfasts

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By Pamela Brownstein

In cities and small towns across the country, bed and breakfasts beckon with unique features and amenities. From Napa Valley, California, to Cape May, N.J., couples seeking an intimate getaway can find good food and personal attention at a variety of locally owned bed and breakfasts and inns.

Beaufort is fortunate because the bed and breakfasts here combine history, comfort and Southern hospitality for an all-around enjoyable experience. While these places attract many out-of-town visitors, locals can also take advantage of these quaint accommodations for “staycations,” even for just one night.

Here are some of the favorite romantic places to stay in Beaufort:

• The Rhett House Inn: Located at 1009 Craven Street, this inn, owned by Marianne and Steve Harrison, has had many famous people stay in the beautifully decorated rooms. www.rhetthouseinn.com.

• The Beaufort Inn: This pink building on Port Republic Street is located in the heart of downtown. It represents romance to me because my husband and I got married in the Tabby Garden and all of our friends and family stayed at the inn during our wedding weekend. The courtyard in the back glows with white lights at night, and having Southern Graces Bistro in the dining room is a great perk. www.beaufortinn.com.

• The Cuthbert Inn: In addition to amazing views of the Beaufort River from its location on Bay Street, this historic inn also has many interesting stories from the past. www.cuthberthouseinn.com.

• Two Suns Inn Bed & Breakfast: Also located on Bay Street, this cute inn has beautiful views of the live oaks and bluff and the water beyond. www.twosunsinn.com.

There are many inns and hotels in Beaufort that aren’t technically bed and breakfasts but are still romantic places to stay. One of our favorites is the City Loft Hotel on Carteret Street. The modern rooms exude luxury, and having City Java coffee shop right there is an added perk.

In next week’s Romantic Beaufort series: The natural beauty that surrounds the area.

Do you have a favorite place in Beaufort that feels romantic to you or perhaps a memory of a romantic day spent here? Tell us about it by emailing theislandnews@gmail.com or post it on The Island News Facebook page.