Each year Southern Living releases a whole set of lists boasting “The South’s Best,” which include a little bit of everything, from bookstores to breakfast spots and BBQ joints, not to mention beaches, islands and cities. In their 2017 accolades, Beaufort, South Carolina landed the number one spot and was named “The South’s Best Small Town!”
Southern Living’s article highlighted novelist Cassandra King’s praise of Beaufort, stating that the city is more than a vacation spot or a photo op and, “It’s literally and figuratively halfway between Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia—not as grand as Charleston or as funky as Savannah but a homey, comfortable in between.” Also reminding readers that it’s pronounced “BEW-fert” and not “BOW-fert,” like North Carolina’s counterpart, which was named the fifth best small town for 2017.
Also on the 2017 list was Fredericksburg, Texas, at number two, Charlottesville, Virginia at number three and Dahlonega, Georgia coming in fourth. Florida’s Fernandina Beach, Alabama’s Auburn and Florence, North Carolina’s Wrightsville Beach and Madison, Georgia also made the list.