Beaufort in the News

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2021 (More To Come)

Beaufort Named 1 of "The Best Small Towns in America" by Travel + Leisure



• Beaufort is "The Most Patriotic City in South Carolina" by Insurify

• Named one of "Most Beautiful Small Towns to Visit in the U.S." by Trips to Discover

• The Spanish Moss Trail named one of "The 10 Best Urban Walking Trails in America" by Outside Online

• Named a “South’s Best Small Town of 2020” by Southern Living

• Rated one of "18 Surprisingly Cool Small Towns In The USA" by Buzzfeed

• Beaufort is one of "The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2021" by Travel + Leisure

• Dataw Island named “Best Golf Community” in the annual “Best of the Best” awards by deal-LIVING Magazine

• Anchorage 1770 Named on of "26 of America's Most Charming Bed & Breakfasts" by Veranda

• Beaufort named one of "25 Most Charming Southern Small Towns" by Big 7 Travel

• Highway 21 Drive in is the best in South Carolina in "The Best Drive-In Movie Theater In Every State" by Delish

• Beaufort is one of the best "26 Kayaking Spots in the Carolinas" by GO Carolinas

• Hunting Island State Park named one of “17 Top Beach Camping Spots in the U.S.” by U.S. News



• Named one of Southern Living’s 2019 10 Walkable Girlfriend Getaways”

• Beaufort Named 1 of "5 Best Surprise Romantic Getaways" by CBS News

• Named “The Best Small Town in South Carolina” by Southern Living

• Beaufort Named one of "Cutest Small Towns in America" by Jetsetter

• Named a “South’s Best Small Town of 2019” by Southern Living

• Rated one of the “Summertime Small Towns That Are Even Better in Fall” by Southern Living

• Anchorage 1770 Named a “South’s Best Inn 2019” by Southern Living


• Named one of Southern Living’s 2018 “Small Towns We Love”

• Rated one of the “Most Underrated Honeymoon Destinations in the US” by The Matador Network

• Named the “Most Underrated Town in South Carolina” in 2018 by House Method

• Named a “South’s Best Small Town of 2018” by Southern Living

• Beaufort named “Prettiest Town in South Carolina” by Architectural Digest in 2018

• Anchorage 1770 Named a “South’s Best Inn 2018” by Southern Living

• The Rhett House Inn was named “Most Charming Small-Town Bed and Breakfast in SC” by Reader’s Digest in 2018

• Hunting Island State Park was named one of the “25 Most Beautiful State Parks in America” by Odyssey


• Named the “Best Small Town to Visit in South Carolina” by Thrillist 

• Anchorage 1770 was named “Best of the Best of Summer 2017” by Coastal Living

• Anchorage 1770 was named the 2017 Best Seaside Inn in America by Coastal Living

• Saltus River Grill was included in the “100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America” in 2017 by OpenTable

• Beaufort International Film Festival recognized as a Top 100 Best Reviewed Film Festivals in the World

• Beaufort International Film Festival selected as a Southeast Tourism Society “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” 

• Named “The South’s Best Small Town” by Southern Living

• TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards featured Anchorage 1770 as #13 on the “Top 25 B& Bs and Inns – 


• Cuthbert House ranked #10 on trivago Awards 2017 list of award-winning hotels for the category of “Alternative Accommodations” 

• Named to the New York Times’ “52 Places to Go in 2016” list

• Fripp Island named “Best Beach Community of the Year” by Real Estate Scorecard

2007 - 2015

• Beaufort’s annual Water Festival named a “Top 20 Event/Festival of the Year” by the Southeast Tourism Society (2015)

• Named to Good Housekeeping’s list of “The 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America” (2015)

• Topped Southeastern Traveler’s list of the “Top 5 Beaches in South Carolina” (2015)

• Topped Travel Channel’s list of “Best Retirement Getaways for 2015”

• Hunting Island ranked #12 on TripAdvisor’s list of “Top 25 U.S. Beaches” (2015)

• Named to Southern Living’s list of “Small Towns We Love”; Beaufort was one of five small towns featured and was the lead in the feature story (2014)

• Smithsonian Magazine named Beaufort to its “Best Small Towns in the US” list (2014)

• Hunting Island ranked #7 on Trip Advisor’s list of “Top 25 US Beaches” (2014)

• USA Today featured Beaufort on its “30 Great Places for Business Travelers” List (2014)

• Named “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living’s readers (2013)

• Ranked #3 on Carolina Living’s list of “Top 20 Most Preferred SC Destination Towns” (2013)

• CNN Money highlighted Beaufort as one of the “25 Bests Places to Retire” (2010)