DIRECTIONS TO THE RHETT HOUSE INN
The Rhett House Inn sits just a block from the Beaufort River and Downtown Marina, a short walk from the award-winning Chambers Waterfront Park and the Bay Street shopping district. In the heart of Beaufort’s Downtown National Historic Landmark District, you are minutes away from the area’s best resorts, beaches, historic sites, shopping, and dining. Easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway, the Atlantic Ocean, Highway 17, and I-95 make trips to and from Charleston, S. C., Hilton Head Island, S. C., and Savannah, Ga. convenient trips by boat or car. Carriage Tours, which are the best way to see Beaufort’s historic district and hear its rich history leave from the Downtown Marina, a five-minute walk from the Inn.
VIA I-95: Exit #33 (Beaufort/Parris Island) onto US Highway 17N. The S. C. Lowcountry and Resort Islands Visitors Center is 1/4 mile on the right (you will see the beautiful wrought iron gates and oak-lined drive from the highway). Located in historic Frampton Plantation, it is well worth a stop. Continue on US 17 for 9 miles, then merge to the right onto US Highway 21S (Beaufort) for 15 miles. Continue through Beaufort to Charles Street (stoplight). Take a right onto Charles Street and proceed 8 blocks to Craven Street. Take a right onto Craven Street, proceed 1 block, and the Rhett House Inn is on the right. The parking lot is behind the Inn.
The Rhett House Inn: 32° 25′ 58″ N, -80° 40′ 26″ W
A fantastic way to experience the natural beauty of the Lowcountry, boating on the Intracoastal Waterway takes you past numerous docks, piers, bridges, and centuries-old rice fields. Wide and ocean-like one minute and narrow the next, with plantation homes peeking through moss draped oaks, this stretch of the ICW is one of the most beautiful on the eastern seaboard. It supports a spectacular array of wildlife, including many species of waterfowl and wading birds, deer, bobcats, foxes, bears, dolphins, alligators (which, although native to fresh water, have adapted to this brackish environment – one of the reasons for their spectacular comeback from the threat of extinction), fishes, and . . . if you’re lucky, you might even spot S. C.’s much-beloved (and zealously protected) state reptile, the Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta). Docile, furtive, and the size of a small car hood, these magnificent creatures sometimes feed in the salt waters of this inland passage before heading out to sea to mate. If you see something that looks like a small log floating in the water, it might just be a “log”gerhead (get it?) turtle. Shrimp, oysters and crabs also thrive here, along with striped bass and mullet.