RHETT HOUSE INN WINTER 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.
JUST OPENED AND FREE!! 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.
Hunting Island Beach
Gorgeous undeveloped nearby beach with lighthouse–State Park entrance fee only $5- Rhett House provides free beach chairs and towels. Hunting Island is located just 9 miles from Rhett House Inn and is one of the most popular and beautiful beaches in South Carolina. This 5,000 acre park and it’s 3 miles of spectacular natural beach is a place where you can truly find yourself again. Park Hours: Monday-Sunday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. (extended to 9 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time). Park Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Park Admissions Fee – cost per person: Adults: $5, SC Seniors, $3.25, Children 6-15, $3, Children 5 & Under, Free. huntingisland.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.
The Parris Island Marine Museum
Open daily from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Family and Graduation Days. Explore the long, rich legacy of the Marine Corps, as well as the exciting history of the Port Royal region. Admission is free. The public is welcome to visit Parris Island, access may be dependent upon current security needs. A driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance and registration are required. Boulevard de France. (843) 228-3650(843) 228-3650 or mcrdpi.usmc.mil.
Ongoing 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(843) 379-6335 or historicbeaufort.org.
January – March, 2014
Travel Back in Time, aboard the Annlee
Vintage Voyages invites you to come aboard the Annalee, and appreciate pleasure yachting the way it was meant to be, comfortably paced, quiet and serene, with that “not a care in the world” feeling.
Our state-of-the-art, custom designed hybrid engine, with whisper quiet electric drive, is non-polluting and friendly to the environment and wildlife, so relax and enjoy all the breathtaking natural beauty the Lowcountry waterways have to offer.
For information visit: www.beaufortvintagevoyages.com
2014 Beaufort International Film Festival
Save the date for the 2014 Beaufort International Film Festival ~ February 12-16, 2014.
The Festival opens with a wonderful opening reception and features 28 independent films and 6 screenplays, chosen from a world-wide selection of entries, All film screenings will be shown at the University of SC, Beaufort, Center for the Arts. the Films run from Wednesday through Saturday, capped with a grand Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Hour at the Center for the Arts. This is an annual not-to-be-missed event.
Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor Center in the Historic Arsenal at 713 Craven Street. See you at the movies!