Dining, shopping and relaxing during holidays in Beaufort and Port Royal

Special winter events abound in these two Lowcountry towns near Kiawah. Visit the “Calendar of Events” link at to learn about occasions that include Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration (, Nov. 7-9, and A Night on the Town to Celebrate the Holidays (, Dec. 6-8.

Dining in Beaufort is a year-round affair at Griffin Market ( – get a taste of Italy’s Piedmont region, or try the seafood and locally sourced ingredients at the waterfront Saltus River Grill (

If shopping is your thing, head to eclectic Lulu Burgess ( for holiday gifts for him, her, the kids and friends. Or stop by McInstosh Book Shoppe in historic downtown and pick up a signed copy of the newest book by Beaufort’s own Pat Conroy – “The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son,” debuting Oct. 29 – or any by his novelist wife, Cassandra King, including her newest: “Moonrise,” set in Highlands, N.C.

For a day of wintery stress relief, enjoy a day of pampering and tranquility at The Beaufort Day Spa ( Or head over to Port Royal Sound where Fishing Charters of Beaufort ( offers great fishing year-round.