With Beaufort, Charleston, and Savannah all just a short drive away, Brays Island owners need not go far for the finest in arts, culture, shopping, and dining—as well as everyday necessities.
Consistently ranked as a top destination by Travel + Leisure, Charleston combines world-class cuisine with one-of-a-kind experiences. Visitors enjoy walking the cobblestone streets, touring Fort Sumter and the USS Yorktown, shopping for Sweetgrass baskets in the historic city market, catching a show during Spoleto Festival USA, delighting their palates during Charleston Wine + Food festival, getting spooked on a ghost tour, and snapping photos in front of the famed “Rainbow Row.” Dining options are seemingly limitless and range from fresh-caught seafood and eclectic eateries to incredible steakhouses and rooftop hot spots.
The Hostess City of the South features a sprawling downtown dotted with oak-filled squares and historic homes. Savannah’s 13.5 million annual visitors enjoy strolling along Riverfront Plaza with a cocktail in hand, admiring the many public parks and gardens, touring historic homes and cemeteries, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in a big way, spending a day at the beach on neighboring Tybee Island, antiquing in the City Market, taking a tour of Fort Jackson, and delighting in true southern indulgences like shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, and neverending sweet tea.
A lesser known but equally charming city, Beaufort delivers art and culture in a small beach town setting. Home to the late novelist Pat Conroy, Beaufort has served as the backdrop for several films, including The Big Chill, The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, Forrest Gump, Something To Talk About, and G.I. Jane. Visitors enjoy coming to Beaufort for the Home Water and Shrimp Festivals—both annual events, seasonal tours of historic homes, and “A Taste of Beaufort.” Recognized as a top arts town, Beaufort has nearly 20 galleries in the city, supporting hundreds of local artists.