Sunday, September 8, 2013

Day Trip of the Month: Beaufort, NC

I guess you could call it our "babymoon" my hubby and I enjoyed a long weekend over Labor Day in Beaufort near the NC coast. It was a great mini vacation for just the two of us--with great restaurants, shopping, beach time, and sightseeing.

Up here in North Carolina (as opposed to the tidewater town in the state south of us with the same name) Beaufort is pronounced "BOW-FURT" rather than "BE-U-FORT."

The Beaufort Historic Site

If you have not ever heard or been to Beaufort, NC-- you are in for a treat! It is the cutest little coastal historic town down east, really close to the Outer Banks. It's home to the North Carolina Maritime Museum featuring the Queen Anne's Revenge, Carrot Island, Fort Macon State Park, wonderful local restaurants, and a fabulous early historic district!

It has a very long history, founded in 1709, as North Carolina's 3rd oldest town! For more on Beaufort history:  click here

Here are some highlights of our trip:

downtown Front Street

This is a good example of what some call the "Beaufort House" type. It's essentially a two-and-a-half-story, frame house with an engaged two-tier porch. This house type was common in the nineteenth century in Beaufort, from the early 1800s to the last quarter of the nineteenth century when Victorian styles start to appear with more frequency. 

Here are some photos of the old Beaufort town cemetery, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The grave markers were extremely old for a North Carolina town.

a wooden marker

more wooden markers- headstone and footstone

one of my favorite houses we passed- a frame "story-and-a-jump" house with dormers, a wood shingle roof, and impressive brick end chimney. 

We had a wonderful time just the two of us on a relaxing weekend trip before babies :)


  1. Thanks for sharing your trip. Living up on the coast in RI, it's not a place I would have thought of visiting down south. Now it is.

    Thanks again.

  2. My fiance and I spent the weekend there when I ran the Historic Beaufort 10K this summer. You're absolutely right -- it's a perfect, relaxing getaway. I highly recommend trying the Beaufort Grocery for lunch or dinner. The food and desserts are wonderful!

    I just came across your blog, and I hope to see more of your daytrip entries!

  3. Looks like a great place to spend your babymoon! Thanks for clarifying the pronunciation too - I was totally thinking of it the wrong way! I really like all those gorgeous houses. It's such a quaint, charming place!