Lowcountry Lifestyle in Beaufort, South Carolina
Now that you’ve found a place to stay in Beaufort, whether it’s for a day or a week, or even longer, there’s plenty to see and do. Don’t let the size and serenity of the city fool you — there are some places that you absolutely have to visit, and there’s a good chance that you’ll enjoy one so much that you might not make it to the others in one go. Here are some of our favorite places in downtown Beaufort, and we think you’ll love them too:
M Home & Garden & Interiors is a quiet and cool enclave of refinement on Bay Street, and is filled with an assortment of gifts and home decor; whether you’re decorating your new beach house, or looking to settle in to your new home in the Lowcountry, M has you covered — literally. The shop offers custom upholstery and lighting services, both of which are proudly displayed in restaurants and bars around Beaufort, as well as having been featured in Southern Living Magazine. Many of the home accessories evoke a sense of whimsical practicality — does that phrase sound contradictory? One glance at one of my favorite items in the shop, a pad of printed paper placemats, in just about any vibrantly-colored design you can imagine, and you’ll understand exactly what I mean. For those looking to settle into a home in Beaufort for a little longer, M also offers interior design services, both for residential and commercial spaces, and in a variety of design styles.
Scout is another store that is located on Bay Street; and, like M Home & Garden & Interiors, it sells an array of home furnings, gifts, accessories and artwork. In addition to handcrafted cocktail mixes, Scout also sells sauces, dips, and preserves. But you don’t have to wait until you get home to try something yummy — the store boasts a “Sweet Tea Bar,” which serves snacks (pimento cheese, anyone?) and tasty beverages. Anyone who claims to love the “house wine of the South,” aka sweet tea, simply has to try one of the sweet tea floats, which includes housemade sherbert. I had one with lemon sherbet, and I have to say it was divine. There were several things I would love to own from this store, but I am particularly fond of the letterpressed stationery that features elegantly-drawn palmetto bugs; yes, I said palmetto bugs. Personally, I want to bring back the Southern tradition of calling cards, just so I can get a set from Scout and flash those little suckers all over town. For more Beaufort shopping check out the list at Eat Sleep Play Beaufort.