Historic Beaufort ArtWalk & Candelight Homes Tour


When vacationing in Emerald Isle, a day trip to the historic maritime town of Beaufort is a must. Its unique charm and ambiance draws visitors again and again to its beautiful waterfront and through its tree-lined streets.

Saturday, December 8 offers the ideal opportunity to take full advantage of a day in Beaufort. In addition to its usual charm, visitors get a glimpse into the historic homes, inns, and bed and breakfasts of the area decked out for the season, as well as art receptions and open houses at many of the downtown locations. Let's take a closer look on what's going on in beautiful Beaufort-by-the-Sea this weekend.

Beaufort ArtWalk
Featured Artists Courtesy of the Beaufort Historic Association
From 1-5p.m. on December 8, enjoy nice selections of varied styles with artwork from regional artists as they are showcased throughout Beaufort's shops, galleries, and restaurants.

The Beaufort ArtWalk begins at the town's historic site located on 130 Turner Street. Maps are available throughout the town in participating locations. Featured galleries on the tour includethe Mattie King Davis Art Gallery, Aqua Restaurant, The Backstreet Pub, Beaufort Grocery, Clawson's Restaurant, and The Cedar's Inn and Restaurant.

Beaufort Candlelight Homes Tour
After the ArtWalk, continue spending the evening in Beaufort as the historic homes in the area open their doors and invite you to step back in time and enjoy the holiday hospitality of the season. From 4-8p.m., visitors can delight in the festive d?cor and decorations in period style.

The Beaufort Candlelight Homes Tour includes stops at the Beaufort Inn, Old Seaport Inn, Ann Street Inn, Inlet Inn, and the Josiah Bell House. Also included on the tour is the Ann Street Methodist Church which features special holiday music for your listening pleasure. Private homes are also on the tour as you stroll the candlelit streets. Join carolers on the English double-decker bus for a free ride to the destinations.

Tickets for the tour are $12 and are available at the Beaufort Historic Site. During the day, free tours of the Beaufort Historic Site's houses decorated with Christmas d?cor are available in addition to narrated tours of Beaufort on the double-decker bus from 11a.m. to 1:30p.m. The bus tour tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children.


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No matter what time of year you choose to vacation in Emerald Isle and the surrounding Crystal Coast area, there's plenty of coastal beauty to behold and a wide selection of local events and activities to suit you and your family's interests.

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Have you vacationed in Emerald Isle during the month of December? What did you do? What did you see? Tell us about it. We always love hearing from our readers.