Beaufort isn’t just for warm weather vacations; Beaufort is for enjoying life all year long. With the wide range of activities to keep you entertained throughout all four seasons, you’ll understand why people are falling in love with homes in Beaufort NC.
Beaufort might be a small town on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, but it is packed with fun things to do and close to neighboring cities to offer even more adventures. Being a smaller NC destination, you can expect smaller crowds during summer months but just the right amount of hustle and bustle for a variety of entertainment.
For classic coastal small-town charm, don’t miss Front Street. This picturesque street is more than just a photo op for Instagram; it’s also a great place to explore the wide range of boutique shops, ranging from the General Store to specialist yarn stores, as well as local restaurants. Being right there on the water, you will find plenty of great seafood places. Right on Front Street is Clawson’s, but other nearby popular seafood restaurants in Beauford include, Moonrakers, Front Street Grill and 34 Degree North waterfront restaurants, just to name a few. Front Street is a great place to find specialty, locally made goods and services. You will also find out Beau Coast information center! While you’re there, take a walk along the dock for some beautiful views of the water. You may even get a view of the traveling boats and yachts that are making a stop on their sea journey.
Beaufort is one of the oldest towns in North Carolina, so a visit to the two-acre Beaufort Historic Site is a must. If you’re new to town, this complex of nine historic houses brings to life the fantastic history of the region during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Visitor’s Center will get you started on the right path and while you’re there, don’t miss the charming and fascinating Apothecary. The Site is located in the Historic District, so you can also wander around and take in the colorful and impressive architecture of the area, influenced from the sailors’ travels.
While the Historic Site gives you a feeling of going back in time, the North Carolina Maritime Museum will provide you with plenty of history worth learning in a setting that is still entertaining and definitely informative. The Crystal Coast has a long history and the sea has played a vital role in Beaufort. This museum – back on Front Street – will teach you about everything from pirates like Blackbeard to the seafood industry. The history is extensive, and the museum goes beyond just the history, looking at the role the sea still plays today in Beaufort and the surrounding area. It’s an entertaining and fascinating look at everything from history to science and how they’re all related to the sea that made Beaufort what it is.
Part of the Maritime Museum is the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center, located on Taylor Creek, across from the North Carolina Maritime Museum. The center is dedicated to preserving the craft of traditional ship-building and even offers courses for all skill levels if you want to learn. Even if you’re not looking to get hands-on, there are demonstrations all year long and it’s always worth a visit to see one of these beautiful ships taking shape.
Though it may not seem an obvious choice, a visit to Beaufort’s Old Burying Ground is a moving yet beautiful experience. The grounds date to the early 18th century and there are guided tours that you can schedule in advance or you can visit on your own. Taking the guided tour at least once will give you more insight into this special place in Beaufort.
If you want something a little less haunting, you can always hit the waters in a kayak and explore the natural beauty that surrounds Beaufort. Beau Coast community even has its own kayak barn, making it easy to get out and explore as the mood hits you. Of course, we also have a clubhouse and pool, a community dock, dog park, Beau Gro to Go, featuring craft beers and wines amid the other delicious items available, along with a fireplace inside and a fire pit outside so that you can enjoy it throughout the year.
These are just a few of the reasons why people are choosing to live full time in Beaufort and choosing to purchase a home in the Beau Coast community or building a dream home in the Peninsula. We hope Beau Coast in Beaufort, NC is now one of your “loves” when considering a place to build your life!