Beaufort waterfront a delight after dark

Cars streak by as the sun sets over the Beaufort waterfront recently.

Cars streak by as the sun sets over the Beaufort waterfront recently.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM.

It’s Barefoot Wade rather than Beyoncé. It’s sundresses and sandals rather than short skirts and high heels. It’s a stroll along the boardwalk, with warm, summer breezes blowing in the sounds of acoustic guitars and gulls.

It’s Beaufort by the Sea, and if you’re looking for a thumping, dance club nightlife, look elsewhere. That’s not Beaufort.

It’s a sunset cruise on the Crystal Coast Lady, a dinner of jerk tuna and scallops at the Queen Anne’s Revenge. It’s a cold beer upstairs at The Dock House, where Barefoot Wade and other musicians entertain a casually-dressed crowd that seems to enjoy the simpler things in life.

“It’s for couples and families,” said Lee Whitley, who was strolling along the boardwalk with his wife Dawn on a recent Friday night in Beaufort. “I think that’s the way they want it.”

The couple lives in Charlotte but also has a place in Beaufort.

“It’s our home away from home,” Dawn Whitely said. “The sunsets are magnificent. I love the people. I’ve never met an unfriendly person.”

Beaufort offers an alternative to the busy beach scene. Front Street was made for walking. During the day, shops such as Art and Soul, Island Outfitters, Top Deck and Scuttlebutt beckon the curious shopper.

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