While we were in Beaufort, South Carolina, we had the chance to stay at Anchorage 1770. Beaufort’s only waterfront inn, Anchorage 1770 has been voted one of the top ten “best seaside inns” in America by Coastal Living, and it’s easy to see why. From the opulent guest rooms to the stunning views from the 3 porches, Anchorage 1770 is a labor of love. The owners, the Lesene couple, are originally from Atlanta. They fell in love with the William Elliot House at first sight, and began the process of turning it into the inn of their dreams.
When we arrived, we were greeted by the owner, Amy, and the chef, Bryon, who helped carry our bags inside. This was just the first of many experiences with a staff that went above and beyond. In fact, although the rooms were beautiful and the food was great, it was the staff who made our experience one to remember. In fact, at one point, MaryAnn, one of the breakfast servers ,gave the baby a banana from her own lunch.
Which brings us to the next point: a baby at a bed and breakfast? That’s right. Anchorage 1770 is both kid and pet friendly. To have your pet stay with you at Anchorage 1770, you must inform the hotel in advance and sign a dog waiver. Anchorage 1770 will provide guests a walking map of Beaufort, which includes directions to nearby dog parks.
Anchorage 1770, being a bed and breakfast, offers a delicious breakfast each morning. When you arrive in the downstairs dining area, you’re given a menu with several options to choose from. I ordered The Anchorage both days, which came with my choice of bread, grits, fresh fruit, eggs, and bacon or sausage. Each day, there is a chef’s special. It was blueberry pancakes during both days of our stay. Everything was treat, but get the grits. They’re mentioned in almost every Yelp review for a reason!
If you’re hungry or thirsty when it’s not breakfast time, it’s an easy walk into Beaufort, where there are a variety of restaurants waiting for you. However, you would be amiss to in-house restaurant, Ribaut Social Club. Ribaut Social Club serves small plates Wednesday through Saturday from 5-8 p.m., and serves a Sunday Brunch. The small plates and Sunday Brunch are not included in the cost of stay, but they’re worth the splurge. Check out the sweet potato chips. Anchorage 1770 also offers an honor bar on the fourth floor, which is fully stocked with a variety of soft drinks, alcoholic offerings, and mixers.
Anchorage 1770 offers turn down service each night with cookies and lemon water. I thought the lemon spa water was a nice touch, as were the bathrobes stocked in every room. One night, we asked the staff to tell us any ghost stories they knew about the place. They were able to tell us the history of the hotel, including our favorite story, about an admiral who married a Prohibitionist. He sent her off to France for a shopping spree, and had cubby holes installed throughout the house. He stashed alcohol in the cubby holes, which can still be seen today— the cubbies, not the alcohol.
If that hasn’t convinced you to book a trip, I’ve saved the best for last: the three story porch. Each story of Anchorage 1770 has a huge porch, perfect for relaxing and enjoying small plates, a cocktail, or just the company of your traveling partner. The fourth floor porch is the highest public access point in Beaufort, and boasts an amazing view of the water. The third floor porch is a hidden treasure, featuring locally made swings that just happen to be double beds. I didn’t find the third floor porch until our last day at the Anchorage, and it’s probably for the best, because I would have spent the whole trip there. As it is, I spent a while relaxing on the swing beds, dreaming of how to get one for myself.
As we had our farewell luncheon on the porches on the Anchorage, the Lesenes told us that many of their guests come back for a second trip, then a third, then eventually buy property in Beaufort and stay forever. “There’s something special about Beaufort,” they said. One of those special things is Anchorage 1770, which has us ready to come back for another stay.
Have you ever been to Beaufort, South Carolina?