To view the entire list of The Beaufort Gazette 2012 Readers' Choice Award Winners, click on the Readers' Choice special section.
For The Island Packet winners, click here.

BG - Best Annual Community Event

Beaufort Water Festival

Where else you can chow down on Lowcountry Supper, buy unique, handmade crafts and “run” in a bed race? It’s the Beaufort Water Festival of course. This annual event held each summer offers activities and delicious food for young and old alike. It is always fun, hot and 100 percent Beaufort.
Downtown Beaufort


BG - Best Auto Dealer - New

Vaden of Beaufort

If you've ever bought a new vehicle from the gang at Vaden of Beaufort, you know they really do "go the extra mile for you." From the time you walk in, to the moment you drive away in your new ride, Vaden's staff of sales professionals will assure you pick out the right new Buick, Chevy or GMC.
2811 Boundary St., Beaufort, SC 29906


BG - Best Auto Repair Shop

O'Brien's Professional Auto Service

With age, comes wisdom. O’Brien's Professional Auto Service has been servicing vehicles in Beaufort since 1980. There’s a reason why customers count on O’Brien's for their auto repairs.
148 Savannah Highway Beaufort, SC 29906


BG - Best Auto Repair Shop

Beaufort Auto Center

When you hear your car making “that” noise, you know you have to take it somewhere you can trust. Beaufort Auto Center can diagnose and repair the most challenging “noises” your vehicle can make.
436 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort, SC 29906


BG - Best Bartender

Shannon Smith, Rosie O'Grady's

If you’re looking for that friendly face on the other side of the bar, look no further than Shannon Smith at Rosie O’Grady’s. She's very attentive to her customers and always serves them with a smile. She’s what her looks for in a barkeep - always looking for a new idea or a new drink recipe, and she's not afraid to try something new. So, pony up the bar at Rosie O’Grady’s and find out why readers voted her “Best Bartender.”
2127 Boundary St., Suite 2, Beaufort, SC 29902


BG - Best Bed & Breakfast

The Rhett House Inn

The Rhett House Inn is known for its sweeping Greek Revival verandas and lush gardens that provide the perfect spot for relaxation. Start the day with a full Southern breakfast. Then after guests explore the 300-year-old jewel of Beaufort, they can enjoy complimentary afternoon tea, evening hors d’oeuvres and nightly desserts at Beaufort’s only AAA Four-Diamond Inn.
1009 Craven St., Beaufort, SC 29902


BG - Best Boat Repair

East Coast Marine

A family business now owned by "Ray Junior" Horn, East Coast Marine was founded in 1991. The shop repairs motorized boats, personal watercraft, trailers and generators. All welding is done on site, and East Coast Marine also paints the bottom of boats, sells gas and diesel generators. East Coast Marine doesn't cut corners—they take pride in all they do.
401 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort, SC 29906


BG - Best Car Wash

Custom Clean Car Wash

Custom Clean Car Wash provides its customers with the most modern equipment and a well-trained staff of professionals. They can help you answer questions like how often you should wash and wax your car and how to rid your car of rust, tar and other irritants.
1802 Boundary St., Beaufort, SC 29902


BG - Best Carpet Cleaning Service

Heaven's Best Carpet Cleaning

There are lots of cleaning companies, but you don't have the time to wait for the cleaning company to finally show up, clean your floors, and then for the floors to dry. If you choose Heaven's Best, their staff promises to arrive on time, be professional, and your carpet will be dry in 1 Hour!
4921 Bluffton Parkway, Bluffton, SC 29910


BG - Best Carpet/Flooring

Carpet One/Creative Interiors

Whether you need durable and easy-to-clean carpet that holds up to race cars and snack time; soft and cozy for mornings filled with a cup of coffee and a good book; or elegant and timeless for those monthly cocktail parties, Carpet One/Creative Interiors has your floor options covered.
1404 Boundary St., Beaufort, SC 29902