To view the entire list of The Beaufort Gazette 2012 Readers' Choice Award Winners, click on the Readers' Choice special section.
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BG - Best Historic Tour Company

Southurn Rose Buggy Tours

Let the professional tour guides of Southurn Rose Buggy Tours take you on a ride through Beaufort’s history while you enjoy the calming clippity-clop of the horse-drawn buggies.
1002 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902


BG - Best Hospital

Beaufort Memorial Hospital

Beaufort Memorial Hospital might be located in a small town, but it offers big service with a medical staff of more than 150 board-certified physicians who offer a broad range of inpatient and outpatient services. BMH is affiliated with Duke Medicine and strives to provide the highest quality of care with integrity, compassion and responsibility.
955 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902


BG - Best Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn

Spend the day enjoying Beaufort’s history and beauty and then unwind in one of the spacious guest rooms at Hilton Garden Inn. The hotel also offers easy access to all of the area’s military bases.
1500 Queen St., Beaufort, SC, 29902


BG - Best In-Home Health Care Service

BrightStar Care of the Lowcountry

Susan Whittelsey, owner and operator of BrightStar Care of the Lowcountry, realized the value of compassionate, quality, in-home healthcare after she was left to take care of her own family members. BrightStar emphasizes “Making More Possible” for the client and their family. This includes understanding daily routines and individual needs while enhancing the overall quality of life.
29 Plantation Park Drive, Suite 105, Bluffton, SC 29910


BG - Best Insurance Agency

Kinghorn Insurance

Kinghorn Insurance of Beaufort has insured families and businesses in Beaufort and the surrounding area since 1898. They use that experience and knowledge to tackle any of the challenges that come along with insuring a coastal location.
910 Carteret St., Beaufort, SC 29902


BG - Best Interior Designer

Laura Baker, M Home & Garden Interiors

Beaufortonians looking for varied design styles from traditional and coastal to modern or industrial, turn to Laura Baker and M Home & Garden Interiors. Laura and the design staff strive to create great-looking spaces that function well and exceed the expectations of their clients.
813 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902
13 Market, Beaufort, SC 29906


BG - Best International Restaurant

Panini's Cafe

Tired of boring chicken and burgers? Need to add a little flavor to your dining out menu? Panini’s blend of Italian and Mediterranean flavors in their delicious salads, stone-baked pizza and Panini sandwiches will spice up your lunch or dinner.
926 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902


BG - Best Italian Restaurant

Griffin Market

Griffin Market takes advantage of locally sourced ingredients to bring a relaxed elegance and taste of Italy’s Piedmont region to the Lowcountry.
403 Carteret St., Beaufort, SC 29902


BG - Best Jewelry Store

Bay Street Jewelers

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. There’s no better place than Bay Street Jewelers to hand select that one-of-a-kind piece for someone special or better yet – for you. Bay Street Jewelers will also buy unwanted or outdated gold, silver or platinum jewelry so you can use that hard-earned money toward something sparkly and fun.
902 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902


BG - Best Kitchen/Bath Fixture Store

Kitchen Design Center

If you put the fate of your kitchen or bathroom cabinets in someone’s hands, it’s helpful if their family has practiced woodworking for three generations. The staff at Kitchen Design Center won’t just create a stylish space in your home, but one that actually fits your practical needs.
154 Robert Smalls Parkway, Suite 2, Beaufort, SC 29906