The aptly named Old Point Inn (212 New St., 843/524-3177, www.oldpointinn.com , $115–175) is not only a great value, but also the only historic inn in Beaufort  with full views of the river and marsh. Tucked between the historic Lewis Reeve Sams House and the circa-1717 Thomas Hepworth House, the oldest building in town, the Old Point Inn combines Southern style with a delightful lack of pretension. There’s a hammock on the upstairs veranda and a small garden patio. Owners Paul and Julie Michau have furnished each themed suite with their own eclectic collection of international furniture and objets d’art.
The Best Western Sea Island Inn (1015 Bay St., 843/522-2090, www.bestwestern.com , $135–170) is a good value for those for whom the B&B experience is not paramount. Anchoring the southern end of the historic district in a low, tasteful brick building, the Best Western offers decent service, basic amenities, and surprisingly attractive rates for the location on Beaufort’s busiest street.