10 Local ideas for Mother's Day in Beaufort

Mother’s Day is coming up and we think we’d all agree that Mom deserves the absolute best, but it’s not always easy deciding what to do for her on her special day.  If you haven’t even thought about a gift yet, don’t panic. You still have time. Luckily, the Beaufort area offers a variety of wonderful options to salute Mom on Mother’s Day this year.

mother's dayHere are a few thoughtful gift ideas to help you out. These suggestions are guaranteed to make the leading lady in your life feel special on Mother’s Day. If you do wait until the last minute, we included some gifts that will work for that situation too. Take a few minutes and get shopping.


“Mama always told me life is like a box of chocolates.”  Give her the gift of chocolate, or chocolate-covered local strawberries, from Kilwins or The Chocolate Tree!

The Chocolate Tree


PACK A PICNIC  Pack a picnic basket full of wonderful prepared foods & goodies from Lowcountry Produce, Lowcountry Cider Co. & Superior Coffee, or Common Ground Coffeehouse, then take Mom to your favorite picnic spot for a special Mother’s Day picnic!

Lowcountry Produce Market & Café


PERUSE LOCAL ART  Visit some of Beaufort’s fabulous art galleries! Beaufort River Glass, Beaufort Art Association, Charles St. Gallery, I. Pinckney Simons Gallery, and more.

Beaufort River Glass


TAKE HER SHOPPING! Go Shopping on Bay Street! Bay Street offers world-class shopping for everyone in the family. Support local business by visiting: It’s Retail Therapy, Bay Street Outfitters, Barefoot Bubba’s, Scout Southern Market, Hollyhocks, LuLu Burgess, Rossignol’s, Finders Keepers, and more. Each with something unique to offer.

Finders Keepers


TREAT HER TO LUNCH OR DINNER  Enjoy one of Beaufort’s favorite local restaurants: Emily’s, Luther’s Rare & Well Done, Panini’s on the Waterfront, Wren, and more. Take a look at our Restaurant Guide and pick the perfect spot to treat her to the perfect Lowcountry meal.

Wren Bistro and Bar


HIT THE BEACH! Take Mom to the Beach! Hunting Island State Park offers a pristine sandy beach, a natural setting, and the warm Atlantic Ocean…or take a fun trip to The Sands in Port Royal for some relaxation may just be the thing mom needs.

Hunting Island State Park


EXPLORE SOME LOCAL HISTORY Visit the Penn Center on St. Helena Island! Located on St. Helena Island, one of the most beautiful and historically distinct of the South Carolina Sea Islands, Penn Center sits at the heart of Gullah culture on 50 acres of the historical campus of Penn School. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, it is a part of the Penn School Historic District which is comprised of nineteen buildings related to and used by Penn School–Brick Church. Darrah Hall, one of the oldest buildings on St. Helena Island, old burial grounds, Gantt Cottage where Martin Luther King Jr. lodged, a Nature Trail, Chowan Creek, acres of pines as well as native flora and fauna.

The Penn Center


PICK SOME BERRIES! Pick strawberries at Dempsey Farms U-Pick. It’s strawberry pickin’ time in the Lowcountry. Take the whole family out to Dempsey Farms and pick your own strawberries. Call (843) 838-3656 for more information.

Dempsey Farms U-Pick


KAYAKING Take Mom on a fabulous Kayak Tour and explore beautiful Beaufort by water. Our friends at Coastal Expeditions and Beaufort Kayak Tours offer several tours and all the gear you need or you can rent kayaks at Higher Ground Outfitters.

Coastal Expeditions South


TAKE MOM TO THE DRIVE-IN! Take in a double-feature at the Highway 21 Drive-in Movie Theater. Bring back memories of yesteryear and take in a couple of movies from the comfort of your family wagon. To check to see what movies are playing, call (843) 846-4500 for more information.

Highway 21 Drive-In


Of course, there are more than just 10 ideas for Mother’s Day. All you have to do is pick one to make it memorable!