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Anchorage 1770, Beaufort, South Carolina

It’s said that a wise man doesn’t have a boat; he has friends with boats. Substitute “mansion” for “boat” and you’re in Beaufort, South Carolina, at Anchorage 1770 and in the welcoming embrace of Amy and Frank Lesesne, your friends who hand you the keys to their mansion. And what a mansion—built from tabby, a concrete made of lime, sand, and oyster shells of the South Carolina Lowcountry—this tawny Federalist beauty with soaring white columns earned its sobriquet as “The Queen of the Bay,” perched as it is along a crescent of waterfront adjacent to Beaufort’s bustling, historic downtown. With the same joie de vivre that motivated the couple to buy and painstakingly renovate the home starting in 2014, the Lesesnes hang out and play ultimate hosts, setting you up on excursions like a tasting tour of Beaufort, fly fishing on local waters, or a paddleboard exploration of the historic harbor. Ponder your good fortune while you stretch out on a four-poster bed and glimpse the sparkle of the Beaufort River from your window. You do have the best friends.

Get here Beaufort is a one-hour drive from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Georgia, and about 90 minutes from the airport in Charleston, South Carolina.  Stay here The main inn’s 13 rooms have waterfront, town, or garden views. A cottage behind the main house has two suites, one with a private patio. Two rooms are dog-friendly, part of the inn’s “Sea Dog” program. Rates start at $185; 877-951-1770 or  Inside tip Don’t miss the nightly happy hour up on the mansion’s topmost deck, with sunset views over the Beaufort River and cold adult beverages.

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