In the coming weeks any threat of cold weather will be behind us and the lack of ‘green’ in our landscape will start to change. Spring is nearly here. Fortunately, we have warmer spring-like temperatures ahead as February rools along in Beaufort. This time of year we start to get excited about all the upcoming events and festivals that are right around the corner and we’ll start to exchange our jackets, hoodies and scarves for shorts, flip flops and t shirts (the official wardrobe of Beaufort). There are so many things to look forward to.
In fact, here are 8 reasons we can’t wait until spring arrives in Beaufort…
8. Bustle and tourists in downtown
You can’t beat warm weather and shops, galleries, restaurants and sidewalks all filled with locals and tourists alike. Taking a walk through Waterfront Park and along Bay Street and seeing everyone bustling about town in the sun is always a welcome sight after the weather warms a bit.
5. Sea Turtle Season
Later in the spring, it’s our favorite time of the year. Momma sea turtles hit Beaufort’s local beaches and lay their nests and sometimes even stop to pose for a quick photo or two. For a good look at turtle season, follow the Fripp Island Turtle Team and ESPB contributor Janie Lackman. Learn about our endangered sea turtles and see some fabulous photos and amazing videos too.
4. Warmer weather = shorts and flip flops
Yes, we get to shed our jackets, scarves and anything else we used to keep ourselves warm with during the winter chill and replace them with our much missed worn-in (out) flip flops, shorts and t-shirts. It doesn’t have to be fashionable. It just has to be comfortable.
3. We’re closer to the reopening of Hunting Island beach
We’ve been without our beloved beach since October and spring’s impending arrival means that we aren’t far away from being able to enjoy a lazy afternoon with a good book, a nifty camera lens, or time spent just lounging around on our favorite local spot. Hunting Island expects to be open in the late spring/early summer.
2. Strawberry season
One of our favorite local pastimes has returned along with the spring season: The lure of the strawberry patches from our local ‘you-pick’ farms. Nothing beats taking the kids down to Dempsey’s or Barefoot Farms on St. Helena Island to pick a bucket of fresh local strawberries. And when you least expect it, The Chocolate Tree’s chocolate-covered delights hit the shelves, and you know that spring has indeed arrived.
1. Festivals and events…and festivals
Bring it. Celebrating local seafood, BBQ, Beaufort’s restaurant scene and some history, the Beaufort area’s festival season starts with a super fun Bands Brews & BBQ in Port Royal, and hot on its trail are the Soft Shell Crab Festival and downtown’s A Taste of Beaufort. Add a dash of a few fabulous local Oyster Roast fundraisers in our midst and you’ll also see that our festivals and events ultimately help support our community, and celebrate our culture and our traditions.
Springtime is indeed one of the best times in Beaufort.