The Story of Beaufort, SC

      Beaufort, SC, USA

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

      • Facebook verified
      256 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

      256 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!


      PATTY is just "AMAZING"! She orchestrates the best trips ever! Always great venues, SUPERIOR BUS SERVICE, thinks of the smallest details to meet everyone's comfort, yummy and healthy snacks, SUPERIOR KNOWLEDGE of the event, timely, organized, friendly, yet maintains her composure and professionalism. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
      By Kathryn E for South's Grandest Christmas Show on Dec 05, 2023
      Once again Patty you did not disappoint. The show was amazing. The restaurant was wonderful; orders were correct and everyone’s food came out together. And of course, Donny did a great job getting us there and back safely.
      By Marie D for South's Grandest Christmas Show on Dec 04, 2023
      We had a great time. Patty always sets up the perfect trips
      By Ellen L for Night of A Thousand Candles on Dec 03, 2023
      We had a great time. Patty did a wonderful job with all the arrangements Would recommend traveling with Patty.
      By David C for South's Grandest Christmas Show on Dec 01, 2023
      It was very exciting for me, never went in a bus before. So accommodating and it felt like family. The food was yummy and I can’t wait to go on my next trip
      By Laureen W for South's Grandest Christmas Show on Dec 01, 2023
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