RHETT HOUSE INN SUMMER EVENTS!
Come enjoy Beaufort, SC!
Beaufort SC prices can be 1/3 less for comparable hotel and restaurant meals than expensive next-door sister cities Charleston and Savannah. Because of that, savvy travelers are now using Beaufort as a base and do day trips to Savannah (40 min. away) and Charleston (1 hr. 15), plus you don’t have to move your bags around as much checking in and out. Also golf guests at the Rhett house have exclusive access to three championship private golf clubs both in town and within a 30 min drive-The Sanctuary, Dataw, and Palmetto Bluff, instead of having to stay at just one location and the course there.
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Cypress Wetland Trail in Port Royal (3 miles away) See hundreds of nesting white egrets and other birds!!!
One of the most spectacular things we did on our visit to Beaufort!” – Elizabeth Hove, New Mexico
Best time to visit is toward sunset when hundreds of elegant white birds swoop in to land and roost for the night. Free parking on Paris Ave. just 1/10 of a mile south of left hand turn off from Ribaut Road on left. Look for markers. Elevated boardwalks offer striking views of this wetlands flora, and great opportunities to observe its fauna: nesting waterbirds, wading birds, ducks, fish, alligators and other wildlife. There are attractive markers here and there to tell you what you’re seeing – and what to look for – and benches for resting. The entire trail is a little over half a mile.
Beaufort: South Carolina Fly Fishing and Light Tackle At Its Best
Twentyfive percent of the entire United States east coast marshland water is here in Beaufort county. Located about halfway between Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA, and only a stone’s throw from Hilton Head. Shallow water sight fishing at its finest! The flats of the Low Country are teeming with fly casting and light tackle opportunities. Whether it is sight casting to tailing reds, chasing giant cobia or casting into schools of jacks , ladyfish, Spanish mackerel or trout, the fish are here! With literally hundreds of square miles of tide waters and grassy marshes to draw from, fishing possibilities are endless.
Bay Street Outfitters guided tours: baystreetoutfitters.com
The Historic Hunting Island Lighthouse Originally constructed in 1859 and is the only lighthouse in the state of South Carolina that is open to the public. From the top platform, for those who are adventurous enough to climb the 167 step spiral staircase, one truly can get a birds eye view of the Atlantic Ocean, the park and surrounding marshes from about 132 feet above the ground. Lighthouse Fees & Hours: $2 per person, from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. daily March-October, and until 3:45 p.m. November-February. During inclement weather, it may be closed. huntingisland.com/lighthouse.htm.
Explore the long and rich legacy of the United States Marine Corps and the exciting history of Port Royal. The Parris Island Museum features thousands of artifacts, images, and other materials that illustrate the history of Port Royal and Parris Island, from early Native American inhabitants of Port Royal to the modern Marines.
The 10,000-square-foot museum is located on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. The exhibits focus primarily on the long and honored history and traditions of the Marine Corps. On display are artifacts depicting Port Royal’s important military role from the American Revolution to the Civil War, along with development of the island into a Marine Corps installation after the Spanish-American War through the present. Alongside Marine Corps history, there are exhibits devoted to the Charlesfort-Santa Elena National Historic Landmark, site of French and Spanish colonies on Parris Island between 1562 and 1587.
The Museum is open daily to the public from 10:00am-4:30pm, and 8:00am – 4:30pm on Family and Graduation Days. Holiday closures include New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Admission is free.
For more information on the Parris Island Museum, visit http://parrisislandmuseum.com/ or call 843.228.2951.
The Verdier House Museum in Beaufort’s National Historic Landmark District is open for tours, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Guided tours are available by appointment. 801 Bay St. (843) 379-6335 or historicbeaufort.org
Rose Hill MansionMondays – Fridays: Daily tours of Bluffton’s Rose Hill Mansion, a Gothic Revival-style home built circa 1858 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Reservations required. 199 Rose Hill Way. (843) 757-6046 or rosehillmansion.com.