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Beaufort - NC's Friendliest Town

Posted March 20, 2008

"Sleepy town by the sea. Morning wakes quietly.

Beaufort wins the Carolina Conversations contest for NC's Friendliest Town. What a glorious place!  Congratulations!

The history. The seafood. The laidback pace. The pretty white houses with picket fences on Ann Street. Old churches and graveyards. Memories of the Tall Ships Festival. Grand view of the wild horses on neighboring islands. Those are just a few of the things that attract me to Beaufort.

What about you? What do you like to do in Beaufort? What makes it such a friendly town?


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  • joannpwatkins Mar 21, 2008

    I love Beaufort! One of my best friends, Carole, lives on Front St. It is wonderful to wake up in the morning and look out over the water and see the horses! Love the yearly home tour and antique shopping!

  • iriemom Mar 21, 2008

    We like to hang out on the dock at Finz in Beaufort (never been to the one in Morehead City). There's a gas dock there, so you get to see lots of boats, people, and dogs. My kids love it. We also love to stroll, watch boats, watch people, watch dogs, pop into shops and chat with the clerks, take boat tours, and visit the Maritime Museum. We love the whole Crystal Coast area!

  • allison842 Mar 21, 2008

    Congrats to Beaufort! I guess with such a beautiful and relaxing ambiance, it's hard for the people not to be friendly!!

  • thinknc Mar 21, 2008

    Kayaking around the Rachel Carson natural area......wild ponies, horseshoe crabs, sandbars covered with sand dollars, whelks in the water, and armies of fiddler crabs advancing over the much to see, and most of the time the paddling is in water 1-3 feet deep.
    There's a NC Wildlife boat ramp just a few minutes down from the main area of town where you can put your boats in and find parking. A great outing--and there's the General Store for ice cream afterwards!

  • ADN4now Mar 20, 2008

    Every time I go to Emerald Isle, I always make a trip to Beaufort. I love the shops along the waterfront. Fudge is awesome! And no trip would be complete without a ride to Shackelford Banks or a dolphin watch with Captain Bill of Island Ferry Adventures. I love the peace and serenity there, and the people are awesome. I have never dined in Beaufort, but have had the misfortune to eat at Sanitary Fish Market in Morehead. The food did not live up to the hype. Maybe on this trip I will get to dine in Beaufort.

  • mclarkteacher2 Mar 20, 2008

    Reading about Beaufort reminds me of the movie "A Walk To Remember". Was it filmed there or just mentioned in the movie? You do a great job with the traffic report. I live in rural Randolph county, but have an uncle in Wake Med. Your traffic report helps me to learn more about travel around Raleigh.
    Misty Clark

  • Tango4 Mar 20, 2008

    Beaufort is the perfect choice. My family has made it a must visit place at least once a year. What do we do in Beaufort? Stroll is the first thing that comes to mind. Stroll and browse. Stroll, browse, and breathe. The atmosphere of that beautiful place can literally be absorbed through the skin.

  • spritz Mar 20, 2008

    A great choice. Clawson's, The Dock House, and other waterfront bars, Back Street Pub are all great places. My favorite memory/activity is staying at The Inlet Inn, second floor, French doors open to the street and sidewalk below. Making love with my wife as the sounds from below filter in and our sounds go out.

  • ninamc65 Mar 20, 2008

    Mr.Gup2...Darnyou is right. The Sanitary is in Morehead City, not Beaufort.

  • davidgnews Mar 20, 2008

    The Spouter Inn rocks my world !




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