Boutique hotels are popping up everywhere carved from unusual spaces. One such I stayed in recently is the City Loft Hotel in Beaufort, SC. The owner took a tired motel and transformed each room into a stylish micro-loft. There is a fitness center and a cafe in the building. The hotel staff welcomes you with a voucher for 2 free coffee or tea drinks from the cafe (that also has gourmet goodies and sandwiches). The decor is modern. Art, colors, fabrics, and comfort details have all been carefully chosen and have a wonderful feng shui feeling.
Directly outside your door is an umbrella’ed table and chairs to enjoy the balmy Beaufort weather while sipping your beverage. But the best part of all is the spa like bathroom where you can relax in a soaking tub while watching TV. The City Loft Hotel is pet friendly, too. While you’re in Beaufort, be sure to check out Hunting Island State Park.
Feng Shui By Fishgirl is focusing this month on the Travel & Helpful People section of the bagua. I have been to Hunting Island State Park outside of Beaufort, SC twice and its unusual beauty still haunts me. The beach has trees strewn about it like so many pick-up sticks, left there by a hurricane several years ago. The branches and trunks and roots of trees poke up out of the sand of this broad beach. The feeling is eerie and surreal. Walking among these sculptural forms with the waves crashing nearby is a meditative and inspiring experience. The park also offers a beautiful lighthouse, boardwalk trails that take you out into the grassy lowlands marshes, and lots of wildlife. They even have a pond that is sometimes inhabited by an alligator. If you decide to go, stay at the City Loft Hotel–a boutique hotel in historic Beaufort. (tip: they are pet friendly!)