The South’s Most Charming Streets

The South’s Most Charming Streets Courtesy Southern Living Magazine and Courtesy of Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce There are few better ways to spend an afternoon than with a stroll through a quaint, picturesque thoroughfare—and lucky for us, the South has plenty. The South has so many hidden treasures and undiscovered gems. Locations that girlfriends, families, and couples plan trips around visiting. The South has great restaurants, amazing shopping, beautiful beaches, and some of the best bars and breweries. We also have gorgeous spots that are off the map. Most of them don’t even run a half a mile long, and they were intended for long, leisurely strolls. The quiet walks that bring us back to life. Think about your favorite spot. Is it a beautiful block lined with colorful homes or a charming cobblestone street? Or could it be a picture-perfect road that leads to acres of green grass or a sandy path that leads to a serene body of water? We bet you can see it now. Those picturesque spots that bring you a sense of solace, peace of mind, and make you take a deep breath. How do we choose the most picturesque street in the South? Well, we tried and handpicked a few of our favorites here. Craven Street: Beaufort, SC In the 1800s plantation owners chose Craven as the prime location to build their summer homes due to the fact that the intercoastal breeze flows through even on the hottest summer day. Here, you’ll scope out some gorgeous porches and, at the end, the classic “This View Brought to you by Beaufort, SC” sign,...

Chef Beverly’s Famous Southern Grits

        1 cup course stone ground grits 4 cups water 2-4 teaspoon chicken base 2-4 teaspoon of butter Combine all ingredients. Cooking over low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Half and half Salt to taste Pepper to taste Resume cooking the next morning, adding half and half as needed to thicken and salt to taste. Continue to cook for another hour. Serve with a pat of butter and pepper....

Rhett House Inn and Chef Beverly Mayo

The Rhett House Inn, Beaufort S.C. Featured in National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s 20 Best Trips of 2015 to Visit in the World   The editors of National Geographic Traveler magazine have lauded Beaufort’s Gullah culture, with a spotlight on the Rhett House Inn as the place to stay as one of the top 20 Best Trips in the world to make in 2015. The Rhett House Inn’s Gullah Chef Beverly Mayo’s breakfast is detailed in the article which hits stands this week nationwide. Says Chef Beverly who grew up in the Gullah tradition, cooking with her mother and grandmother in Sheldon. “To us, food is love…you put your love, heart, and soul in it and that’s what makes the difference and the ingredients follow”. She remembers her grandmother making sweet grass baskets by the stove while also turning bread, or churning butter. Adding “At Christmas, we would all cook and give each other presents of beautifully presented food and Christmas cookies”. About working at the Rhett House, Chef Beverly says “The Rhett House has a wonderful spirit, our guests are our first priority, that’s why I love it so.” She’s had guests from all over the world tell her ‘they’ve never tasted grits like hers before’. Her secret? She uses chicken stock instead of plain water, with cream and butter and adds Gullah seasoning at the very end. The recipe is online at www.rhetthouseinn.com. For Christmas this year she’s making cinnamon pancakes in addition to her renowned sweet potato ones. The complimentary breakfast comes with a nightly stay at the Inn. The historic Rhett House Inn, built in 1820...

Rhett House Inn’s 150th Birthday

Rhett House Inn’s Sesquicentennial Birthday Celebration!   The Rhett House Inn celebrates it Sesquicentennial in 2015—150 years as a beloved historic Inn serving visitors to Beaufort SC. In 1865 after Union troops who had occupied the building retreated at the close of the Civil War, the William Rhett house became an Inn for the first time and operated that way for the rest of the 19th century and into the 20th. Manhattanites and former fashion designer Marianne and Steve Harrison have been the proud owners for the past 28 years and the Inn has been awarded the coveted AAA Four Diamond award for the past 26 of those years. “Loved the champagne upon arrival” “Great Southern Breakfast” “Amazing after dinner deserts” “Walk to everything” “Super attentive staff” Are just a few of the rave reviews you will see about us on Trip Advisor. Sesquicentennial Birthday Specials In honor of our 150 years, for the months of Jan and Feb we will be offering $150 off the total of any two night stay. A savings of $75 a night! Come join in the celebration of one of the South’s great historic landmarks and sit by our roaring fire with a great glass of wine or a slice of our famous bourbon ­pecan pie. Book...

Sour Cream Spice Cake

        2 cups flour 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar 1 cup raisins, cut up (optional) 1 cup sour cream 1/4 cup butter, softened 1/4 cup shortening 1/2 cup water 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 2 eggs Mix all ingredients together on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape bowl. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into greased and floured round cake pans and bake a 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean....