Beaufort wins 2013 Happiest Seaside Town in Coastal Living contest

emoody@beaufortgazette.comMay 7, 2013 

The city of Beaufort has been chosen as the 2013 Happiest Seaside Town in a Coastal Living magazine contest.

The results were posted to the magazine's website Tuesday morning, and a segment on the TODAY show was expected between 9 and 10 a.m.

"Lowcountry friendliness and urban refinement strike just the right balance in this beautiful South Carolina town known for its historic antebellum architecture, exquisite local cuisine, and rich African-American heritage," starts the article on Coastal Living's website.

Beaufort's architecture, history, natural environment, connection to the water and more are touted, and the Cuthbert House Inn is included as a recommended place to stay.

"And then, as any local will tell you, there's the shrimp. And the sweet tea. And the mandevilla-perfumed breezes that imbue the slowed pace of Lowcountry life. All of it, in Beaufort," the article says.

Beaufort garnered the most votes in an online poll between 10 cities and towns across the country to win the title. Local politicians and organizations pushed regularly throughout the January and February contest for residents to cast votes hourly.

Beaufort was in the lead most of the contest, but vote totals were hidden during the final week.

On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported Beaufort won in an article about how Sag Harbor, N.Y. did not want the title. Sag Harbor won fourth.

Other top 10 towns include: Harwich Port, Mass.; Sanibel Island, Fla.; Newport, R.I.; Rowayton, Conn.; Kennebunkport, Maine; Pa'ia Town, Hawaii; La Jolla, Calif.; and Pescadero, Calif.

The winner and list, ranked by votes, will be published in the June edition, according to the magazine's website. The results had originally been intended for release May 15.

Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter/IPBG_Erin.

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