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Finally, Beaufort

Posted by on November 20, 2012

The Big Chill and Great Santini used this locale for their filming.


With minimal diversions on this attempt, I finally made it to Beaufort.  One can become discouraged on the big-box sprawl that assaults you upon entrance.  The streets are lined with the usual megastores, fast food joints, outlets and budget motels. Oh no! The usual recipe for gridlock and architectural ugliness. But when you make the ninety degree turn that becomes Carteret Street, it’s like entering a whole new world of slow pace, Spanish moss-lined avenues, gentle breezes, and friendly people. This is the Beaufort Historic District, locally known as “the point.”  It is one of the most beguiling little towns you may ever visit. It’s no wonder “The Big Chill, The Great Santini, Forrest Gump and The Prince of Tides” were all filmed in part here. I parked the bike along the wharf and took the advice of the locals and just wandered the streets on foot.

 I lunched at the Low Country Market and Grille. As I approached the front door a lady told me “the melted cheese and bacon makes you just wanna slap someone silly” in that down home Southern drawl.  I decided to go with her suggestion.  It’s contents are a ton of melted pimento cheese, fried bacon and to bring on the tartness, a spread of some pepper jelly all grilled Panini style.  I’m going to have to put this on the menu at Lake In Wood as it was sublime.


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