If you’re a traveler at heart, the pandemic has undoubtedly caused some heartache + major wanderlust – and we’re right there with you. For those ready to travel, one of the safest ways to get away while following social distancing protocols is a weekendroad trip to a nearby destination.
Views from the Henry C. Waterfront in Beaufort, SC | Photo by Shawn Hill Photography
One such destination is Beaufort, SC, the second oldest city in SC (just a ~1.5 hour drive away). Beaufort was recently named one of the “11 Best Small Towns in America” by Travel + Leisure and has been voted the “South’s Best Small Town” by Southern Living, and for good reason — the historic downtown is coastal, scenic, and easily walkable, ft. small streets lined with oak trees dripping in Spanish Moss. (Read: Your Instagram aesthetic will thank you.) 📸
Check out these 13socially-distant activitiesin Beaufort to start planning your next road trip:
Explore Hunting Island, South Carolina’s No. 1 visited state park | Photo provided by Visit Beaufort
○ Cool off at Hunting Island State Park, a pristine sandy beach with 5+ miles of uncrowded beaches, nature trails, access to the state’s only public lighthouse + more.
Development ○ The King Charles Inn (237 Meeting St.), which has been closed for renovations since 2020, will reopen this spring as The Ryder. New features include 91 rooms, a restaurant + bar, cafe and an all-new look. (The Post and Courier)
Civic ○ According to GasBuddy, the national average price of gas per gallon — currently at $2.54 — could rise10-20 centsdue to the extreme cold weather recently faced across the country. Areas close to Texas + Kansas, including the Carolinas, are likely to see a higher increase due to the shutdown of 11 major refineries. (WCSC)
Announced ○ The Citadel has announced that it will not sell individual tickets for this spring’s football season. The stadium will welcome season ticket holders, members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets + players’ guests, but capacity will be limited to 27%. 🏈 (WCBD) ○ CARTAwill add nine new electric buses to their public transportation fleet, with two expected to arrive next week + seven in July. Eventually, CARTA hopes to have 100 electric buses as well as a newtransit center with super charging stations. 🚍 (WCSC)
CSU ○ High school students can now sign up for dual enrollment classes at Charleston Southern University to receive college credits ahead of time. The program offers a variety of general courses required for most majors and includes both online + in-person classes. 🎓
ForPets ○ Happy hour at Frannie and The Fox (181 Church St.) will now include four-legged friends. Every Tuesday night from 3-5 p.m., guests are encouraged to bring their pups and stop by for drink specials + dog treats. 🐕 (Holy City Sinner)
FeelGood ○ St. Andrew’s Parks and Playground in West Ashley received an anonymous $5,000 donation in honor of the local Parker family, who has volunteered at St. Andrew’s Parks for four generations. As a result, the park was able to purchase new baseball equipment for thespring season. ⚾️ (WCSC)
Listen ○ We love a good coastal community collaboration here at CHStoday. That’s why we’re listening to Health Focus, a podcast produced by SC Public Radio featuring MUSC health professionals + researchers, covering health and medical advancements. Ⓟ
Cause ○ The Blood Connection (5870 Core Rd.) has received several pleas for help from blood centers in Texas, who are struggling to meet their local hospitals’ needsas a result of the winter weather. While the community blood center will always prioritize local hospitals’ needs first, TBC wants to be in a position to help if more donations start to come in. Schedule your donation here. Ⓟ
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Recently, the team behind Uptown Social announced that its in-house sandwich shop Bodega + new concept Share House will be setting up a brick and mortar location at 23 Ann St. Here is afirst look via a sketch rendering of the new space coming in mid-2021.
The sketch, created by Slow Poke Press, is the first in a series of images that will be highlighting the new space’s features.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.