Beaufort, NC is such a beautiful small town; in fact, it was named America’s Coolest Small Town. Being the 3rd oldest town in North Carolina helps Beaufort have Southern charm with a dash of salty seaside spirit. While our area’s original visitors greeted friends with a friendly “argh,” today’s visitors are met with a welcoming smile and many of the state’s best eateries and traditions. Homer Smith Docks and Marina has the perfect location for those looking to experience all Beaufort has to offer. With everything from museums and boating to restaurants and shopping within walking distance, you can dock your boat at Homer Smith Docks and Marina and enjoy all the area’s treasures just steps from the marina. Here’s our list of what you should experience in America’s Coolest Small Town:
Beaufort Grocery Company brings the subtle grace and charm reminiscent of a French country bistro to the local scene. Open six days a week (closed on Tuesdays) for lunch and dinner, you can choose from homemade soups and salads to fresh baked bread for your deli-type sandwiches. Take out service is available and includes the option of prepared picnic baskets – a perfect addition to a day on the water. Brunch is also served on Sundays.
Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub has a beautiful view of the Beaufort waterfront and even better food. With beer and drink specials daily, you’ll always find something you like. On the first Friday of every month they have FREE North Carolina craft beer tastings! With their bar having antique mahogany wood you’ll really feel at home in this restaurant. Looking for a more upscale dining experience? Aqua, their sister store and a tapas-inspired eatery, features big wines and smaller tasting plates as well as full sized dinners.
Queen Anne’s Revenge is a charming full service restaurant and bottle shop located right on the Beaufort boardwalk with beautiful views of the water. Known for their fresh, local seafood and hundreds of craft beers and boutique wines, as well as their delicious homemade artisan pizzas, it won’t be hard for you to find something you like. With craft beers from around the globe to our very own small production breweries in North Carolina, you’ll be able to taste everything from coastal brews to mountain beers.
North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort is a wonderful attraction that shows our pirate history, beginning with Blackbeard! This museum gives you a taste of coastal cultures and maritime history. Their numerous exhibits feature the state’s rich seafood industry, life-saving stations and lighthouses, sailboats and motorboats. This museum is the official house for artifacts from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge, which ran aground near Beaufort in 1718.
The Fudge Factory is a delectable dessert that appeals to everyone from the age of 1-99. This fudge is still made the old-fashioned way, by hand. Each batch is individually cooked in a large copper pot and then cooled on a specially made marble table. It is paddled by hand and while still warm is formed into loaves and sliced. Come experience this melt in your mouth, all-natural fudge and see why it’s the World’s Best Fudge!
There is so much more to do in America’s Coolest Small town, but these are a few of our favorites! Whether it’s a week-long vacation to the Crystal Coast or you’re looking to stay a while, Homer Smith Docks and Marina has all the amenities you’ll need to enjoy your stay in Historic Beaufort, NC.
Homer Smith’s Docks and Marina serves boaters in Carteret County, Beaufort, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores and the entire Crystal Coast. Contact us today to learn more about our leasing options.