2 Things Retirees Want: The Best Coast Towns to Retire AND...

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What do people want most in a second-home or retirement location?

According to Ideal-LIVING’s 2017 Marketplace for Buyers survey, a home on the coast and exceptional dining opportunities top the list for 74% of Americans. 

Over half of the survey’s respondents wished to locate to a small town on the coast, and 73% narrowed that down to the southeast US.

One of the most talked about towns for relocation, retirement and vacation home options is Southern Living’s Happiest Seaside Town, Beaufort South Carolina. 

And this sunny southeast coastal town has enough dining experiences to keep a food lover in delicious delights all year round.

Over one hundred restaurants - seafood, sushi, barbecue, pizza, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Greek, French, and All-American, lure hungry vacationers and residents with tempting dishes. 

There’s something for everyone too, with both casual and fine dining options.

Taverns, bistros, cafés, markets, grills, eateries, barbecues, pizzerias with wood fire ovens, dockside oyster bars, and gastropubs – the list goes on - and you’ll soon find your favourites.

An abundance of locally grown fruit and vegetables, farm-raised livestock, and fresh-caught fish, crab, shrimp, and oysters, supplies Beaufort’s many dining establishments with the finest Lowcountry ingredients. 

The best way to enjoy Beaufort’s culinary delights is to come down for a taste! 

A Discovery Visit will get you here for two nights at one of three of Beaufort’s finest hotels and inns. Explore Celadon’s lovely Lowcountry architecture and Beaufort’s shops, restaurants, and galleries.

Start your first evening with dinner at The Old Bull Tavern (rated number one in Beaufort on Trip Advisor.) Diners rave about the cocktails, lamb shanks, salmon, and carefully curated wine list. It’s a lively spot with excellent service.

Wren is also popular and offers a cozy atmosphere, excellent service and simple, yet elegant Lowcountry options. Everything from shrimp and grits (and fried green tomatoes) to scallops or lamb chops is a win and portions are generous.

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If you’ve chosen the Rhett House Inn or Cuthbert House Inn for your Discovery visit accommodation, an elegant Southern breakfast is included in your stay and will get you fuelled and energized for your Beaufort adventure.

 

 Breakfast options are a short walk from the urban boutique  City Loft Hotel  (or borrow one of their bicycles) and head downtown to the historic district.  Choices are as robust as your appetite and breakfast preferences!

Breakfast options are a short walk from the urban boutique City Loft Hotel (or borrow one of their bicycles) and head downtown to the historic district.  Choices are as robust as your appetite and breakfast preferences!

Southern biscuits, waffles, Cajun shrimp and grits, seafood omelets, corned beef hash with eggs?  Coffee and French pastries? What about some crab cake bennies?  You won’t go wrong with Blackstone’s, The Boundary Street Café, or Magnolia Bakery Café for breakfast or brunch.  These are favorite spots, so give yourself time.

In Beaufort there are many ways to fill the hours between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Whether you’ve been touring Celadon Living, carriage riding, cycling, shopping, or even snacking on homemade ice cream or chocolates, you owe it to yourself to enjoy an excellent evening dining experience.

The upbeat, award-winning, Breakwater Restaurant and Bar presents a lighter version of elegant Southern dishes with seasonal ingredients. Blackened Mahi, fried chicken, bourbon-glazed pork chops, and a Wagyu beef pimento cheeseburger are some of the menu selections.

Breakwater’s carefully curated wine and champagne list offers a choice of over 60 labels.

Saltus River Grill, on Beaufort’s Waterfront Park, overlooks the Beaufort River. Sophisticated yet relaxed, Saltus creatively blends Lowcountry favorites, locally sourced ingredients, and modern culinary techniques. They offer a laid-back setting, a wood grill, a spectacular wine selection, and a raw bar featuring the best oysters anywhere. Diners rave about the incredibly fresh sushi, the crab bisque, blackened Dorado and caramelized scallops.

We’ve barely scratched the surface of Beaufort’s dining opportunities. The suggestions made here include Trip Advisor favorites, but there are many more delicious places to dine.

They say that once you’ve visited this delightful seaside town, you’ll never want to leave.

If you’re looking for a new home, your Celadon Discovery Visit will show you some of the most beautiful and affordable Lowcountry architecture in the Beaufort area.

So join us. There is a lot to do, and new friends to dine with.