The Story of Beaufort, SC

Beaufort, SC, USA

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

Patty
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
90 reviews

$479
Deposit: $100
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
Available until Jan 10, 2020Sold Out
$479
Deposit: $100
Single package price
Available until Jan 10, 2020Sold Out
$649
Deposit: $100
$479
Deposit: $100

Double per person package price

Itinerary

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





Who’s Going


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    Susan Nelson
    Beaufort is a quaint little town within a stones throw of Hilton Head. I used to spend a lot of time there when I lived in the area. You will love it!
    Oct 29, 2019

Your Organizer


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Patty
90 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!

Reviews

For me, there was not enough information given about the house and the man that built it. We spent the better part of two days in the bus traveling and only spent about two hours touring the house. And for me, but not my wife, there was way too much time allotted for shopping. I can appreciate those who enjoyed the Downton Abbey display, but I had not watched the tv show and would much rather spent time in the Biltmore house or on the grounds. I did get some information from photographs and writings on the wall of the hotel and from the lecture in the church in the village. But, with so much to learn, I did not think we allocated our time efficiently. Jim Gunther
By Jim Gunther for Christmas at Biltmore on Jan 13, 2020
We had a great time. Very organized and the lights were terrific.
This trip was alot of fun. Patty did a great job organizing this event. Looking forward to another trip in 2020.
This was a fun trip. We had a great time with friends and thoroughly enjoyed the experience at Mike's Farm. Patty did a great job organizing this trip for us!
A fun experience. We would definitely go again. The southern cooking was plentiful and delicious. We were excited to see a patriotic and religious light show. A great family outing.
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