The Beaufort Inn SC – Historic Accommodation in South Carolina

Are you looking to stay at one of the best hotels in Beaufort, South Carolina on your Lowcountry vacation?

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The Beaufort Inn, SC

Beaufort is known to be one of the most beautiful and historic Southern towns in the USA. For that reason, you want your accommodation to be a little more than a standard hotel room 3-miles out of town.

When you visit Beaufort, you want your Beaufort hotel to be unique to the history and charm of the town, like the Beaufort Inn SC.

The Beaufort Inn, SC
Beaufort Inn cottages

We recently visited Beaufort on our road trip between Raleigh and North Florida. It makes a wonderful halfway stopover and addition to your East Coast road trip and if you’re heading that way we also enjoyed Myrtle Beach.

Although we originally booked for two nights, we enjoyed this property and town so much and found a good deal through that we decided an extra night was needed and booked it straight away!

About Beaufort Inn, South Carolina

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Arriving at the Beaufort Inn, Sc

Just like the city, the Beaufort Inn is beautiful, historic and charming plus combined with incredible value for any kind of traveler.

It’s located in the heart of historic Beaufort SC, only a block away from the artsy waterfront district on the Beaufort River, a short walk to all the best restaurants, cafes, and boutique shopping, and the Old Point neighborhood which I feel is one of the most beautiful historic neighborhoods in the USA.

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You are walking distance to downtown and Old Point neighborhood

And it’s only a short drive to all the other top Beaufort attractions, including Hunting Island State Park (Forest Gump fans don’t miss this place – they filmed the Vietnam War scenes here!).

Hunting Island State Park
You are a 30-minute drive to Hunting Island State Park

Beaufort Inn is spread out over a city block and is unique in that it’s a multitude of historic inns, restored cottages and homes, manicured gardens, and communal sitting spaces.

There are multiple accommodation options at the inn – a total of 48 guest rooms – to suit your style of travel and preference.

Check-in is in the main lobby area, and staff were friendly and welcoming, taking time to explain the property, nearby attractions and walked us to our room at the back of the property.

Smith Wallace Mansion, Beaufort Inn

Smith Wallace Mansion, Beaufort Inn, SC
Smith Wallace Mansion, Beaufort Inn

Couples and history buffs will love the historic Smith Wallace Mansion, which is the main pink Victorian inn. In the lobby, ceilings are coral-pink with lime-green trim, offset by floral wallpaper and yellow curtains.

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Lobby area at Beaufort Inn
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Looking down main hallway at Beaufort Inn

Pine-floor guest rooms have period reproductions, striped wallpaper, and comfy chairs, and several have fireplaces and four-poster beds.

It was built in 1897 by William Sidney Smith as a summer retreat for his family.

NOTE – children under 12 cannot stay in the main inn. As it has been restored to maintain the Victorian feel of this inn, it felt a little outdated and stuffy for my kids (they were able to walk through it, as the main lobby is in this mansion.)

Our girls were very happy to stay in the more modern house out the back!

Beaufort Inn Cottages

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Garden Cottage

The other accommodation options on the property include restored cottages and homes and range from Standard hotel/inn style rooms to those with living areas and fully equipped kitchens.

Some maintain the look and feel of the Victorian era with their decor, while others are more modern and chic.

Unique Cottages and Rooms

Near the main house are the cute two-room private Port Republic cottages with rocking chairs on the front porch giving you views of Port Republic residential setting.

Craven Courtyard King rooms cater to couples and business travelers with their coastal chic luxury rooms with a dose of Lowcountry charm.

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Craven Courtyard King

The Caretaker’s Cottage is a private house with fully equipped kitchen, dining room and living space and a front and back porch. This is a great option for those on an extended vacation – maybe us next time!

Caretaker's Cottage, Beaufort Inn
Caretaker’s Cottage

Perfect for a family or couples traveling together, the Fisher House Suites offer one king and one queen bedroom and one full bathroom to share. The suites are connected by a large gathering room, game table and mini-fridge.

Palmetto Courtyard Queen Room

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Palmetto Courtyard – where we stayed!

We had a two-queen bedroom in one of the Palmetto Courtyard Queen Rooms. It was beautiful on the outside and we had our own rocking chairs on the porch and sitting area out front with views of the quiet and charming Craven Street – Voted Most Charming Street in the South by Southern Living Magazine!

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Our queen room in Palmetto Courtyard

The rooms were a standard hotel room but beautifully decorated and wonderfully comfortable, with a great bathroom and shower.

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View of Craven Street from our Palmetto Courtyard

Manicured Grounds

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Back deck of the Smith Wallace Mansion

The manicured grounds feature trickling fountains, and brick paths with wrought iron benches connect all of the inn’s buildings.

There are several larger grassed areas on the block, which suited my morning HIIT workout perfectly!

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Garden Courtyard

You’ll find private courtyards and the beautiful Garden Courtyard surrounded by pecan trees and moss-draped oaks as you step outside the back of the main inn.

the Beaufort Inn (inclusions + value)

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Smith Wallace Mansion / Palmetto Courtyard

Beaufort Inn SC is one of our favorite accommodation stays on the East Coast so far. We were impressed by the value of this Beaufort accommodation.


  • $7 -$10 breakfast coupons each for three different restaurants nearby
  • Complementary entrance passes to Hunting Island State Park – the best thing to do in Beaufort
  • Pool passes to Cat Island Pools
  • Free bike rental (adult bikes only)
  • Free Parking across the street was across the street in a private, gated lot
  • Refreshments and afternoon snacks
  • Free Wi-Fi

Other amenities include:

  • S’mores packets to enjoy around the campfires
  • Fitness Center
  • Bang’s Salon and Spa is an Aveda concept salon providing a wide variety of luxury beauty services, all within steps of your room at The Beaufort Inn.

Note: Some of these may change due to the current times in 2020. Be sure to check with the Beaufort Inn before visiting.

If you’re looking for places to stay in Beaufort SC when you visit South Carolina, we would absolutely stay here again on a future visit and highly recommend it as a fantastic place to stay on the Carolina coastline.

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