The Story of Beaufort, SC

      Beaufort, SC, USA

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      323 reviews
      Mar 2 - 4, 2020
      Group size: 30 - 37
      The Story of Beaufort, SC
      Beaufort, SC, USA

      • Email address verified
      323 reviews

      Mar 2 - 4, 2020
      Group size: 30 - 37

      About this trip

      This trip is a Lowcountry 3 day/2 night winter getaway to Beaufort SC.  Beaufort is more than a hidden Lowcountry gem—it's a transformative destination that has charmed visitors since 1512. How is that possible you may think?  We begin to unravel that question with a visit to the Santa Elena History Center for "America's Untold Story" of a 16th century exploration and settlement.   This is just the first of several stories featured during this trip.   Native son and author, Pat Conroy believed “Tell Me A Story” to be the most powerful English words.  A visit to Beaufort includes stories of Pat’s life, tours of the Old Sheldon Church Ruins, a historic tour and a film location tour for many movies (The Big Chill, Forrest Gump and Prince of Tides).  A highlight is also the “Journey from Slavery to Freedom” Gullah tour including storytelling/dance and a visit to a Folk Art center.   The signature "curated free time" offered on a Trips by Patty trip also includes optional time to shop (there is an amazing lavender shop here!), tour America's only remaining Kazoo Factory or visit the Pat Conroy Literary Center.  As you can see, this little town offers a lot!   

      What’s included

      • Transportation
        Motorcoach transportation
      • Accommodations
        Best Western Sea Island Inn - newly renovated and located in the Historic District
      • Reception
        Welcome reception
      • Breakfast
        Daily deluxe continental breakfast
      • Dinner
        Dinner on Night One in Beaufort's Historic District
      • Lunch
        Lunch on Day Two in Beaufort's Historic District
      • Lunch
        Lunch on Day Three at the Gullah Heritage Center
      • Admission
        Admission and self-guided tour of Santa Elena History Center
      • Tour
        Guided driving tour of the History and Film Locations of Beaufort
      • Tour
        Journey from Slavery to Freedom Gullah Tour including Gullah storytelling and dance
      • Tour
        Self-guided tour of the Old Sheldon Church Ruins
      • Luggage
        Luggage handling
      • Tax & gratuity
        All taxes & gratuities
      • Snacks
        Bottled water & snacks on the coach

      Available Packages

      Double per person package price
      Deposit: $100
      Single package price
      Deposit: $100


      3 day/2 night trip
      The Story of Beaufort SC

      Day One

      Morning departures from Wilmington, Leland and St. James.   Pick-up locations and times to be announced once all are registered.  

      Lunch stop in Florence SC

      Afternoon stop just outside of Beaufort in Yemassee SC for a self-guided tour of the Old Sheldon Church Ruins

      Approx. 4pm - Check-in at the hotel, Welcome Reception followed by a group dinner in the Historic District

      Day Two

      Morning tour and Welcome Orientation at Santa Elena History Center

      Mini-bus tours by Historic Beaufort Tours featuring stories of native author, Pat Conroy, the history of Beaufort and film locations.  There will be one tour offered in the morning and one in the afternoon to accommodation all of us!

      Group lunch in the Historic district

      Free time in the afternoon for shopping, visiting the Pat Conroy Literary Center,  touring the Kazoo Factory or exploring the scenic Riverfront and Spanish Moss Trail.

      Dinner on own at any number of great choices in the Historic District.  Options provided in advance.

      Day Three

      9am - "Journey from Slavery to Freedom" tour along with Gullah storytelling, dance and a catered lunch in the Gullah Heritage Center.

      Shopping in the Red Piano Too Art Gallery - featuring Folk Art by Sea Island Artisans

      2:30pm - Departure for Leland and Wilmington

      Your Organizer

      323 reviews
      I love to travel so in my partially retired life I decided to adapt my passion for travel along with 25 years of experience in Travel & Tourism to create Trips by Patty. I received a BA in American History from UNC-Chapel Hill. Not knowing what I was going to do with that degree, I started working as a desk clerk at a hotel in Raleigh. I enjoyed the hotel business and the career path began. Hotel operations and sales, Convention Center operations and marketing, destination marketing with a Convention Visitors Bureau and even a stint as a tour guide. What happened to the history degree? Well, many times when I am escorting my trips I share the history of the destinations we visit. It's a great feeling to take your career skills and adapt them to your own small business. I love what I do and hope you'll join me on a trip one day!


      My wife and I both were very sick the day before the Compass Pointe trip to the Biltmore and we had to cancel. Patty tried to fill the slot but was unsuccessful with such little time to do so. We did not have insurance and I assumed the $1,200 we had paid was lost. But Patty diligently worked with the hotels and restaurants to cancel our portion of the reservations she had made for a bus load of travelers and was able to return over half the money to us. This is outstanding customer service and greatly appreciated.
      By Thomas M for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 25, 2024
      We had a great time…good food…good company…well organized. Thanks, will definitely use Patty again.
      By Donna M for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 24, 2024
      Another amazing trip with Patty. We had a great time.
      By Judy C for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 24, 2024
      Had a very nice time. Patty's trips are always so well organized. Fun group of people as usual. Biltmore and Chihuly were great. Only disappointment was one restaurant for dinner. I also enjoyed Reynolds. It's really nice that she organized that "extra" visit traveling back from Asheville. Very enjoyable trip
      By Karen M for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 24, 2024
      Great trip! Very organized and nice side trips!
      By Sandra S for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 17, 2024
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