Win A Stay At Beaufort’s Anchorage 1770

Anchorage 1770/Photo by Amy Lessane

Anchorage 1770/Photo by Amy Lessene

We are so excited about the new Anchorage 1770 in Beaufort, South Carolina. Built in 1770, it will be officially open for business May 1.

Former Atlanta residents Amy and Frank Lessene have restored the waterfront building to its glory, and it is spectacular. With 15 guest rooms and more than 1,500 square feet of porches, the inn provides a gracious stay in one of our favorite Lowcountry destinations.

In the course of its history, the building served as a private home, a Civil War hospital, and a hotel. Nearly demolished in the early 70s, the Lessenes have done a complete restoration. Beaufort native Cooter Ramsey served as the architect on the project, and Michelle Prentis managed the interior design.

Guest room/Ph

Among the features: a rooftop bar for visitors and locals to gather, Carolina hanging beds on the porches, and rooms with unobstructed views of Beaufort’s downtown marina.

And you can win a two-night stay there. To enter, tell us why you should be chosen to win in the comments below. We will pick a winner. For a full list of rules click here.

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Anchorage Inn



  1. Karen Rodriguez

    It looks so beautiful. Stepping into the past. I love all things Historical especially the era that home is from. I would love to win the prize of staying there it would be my very first time at a bed and breakfast as well. Please consider this southern belle wanna be!

    June 22, 2016 at 4:54 pm
  2. Suzanne Edwards

    I’ve never been to South Carolina and can picture myself sitting on your porch swing. As a single mom of two very busy kids, I would relish a trip to unwind.

    May 17, 2016 at 9:40 pm
  3. Don Whitney

    I wish I had seen this sooner. My family was raised in this beautiful home. My Grandmother (Dreaka Wilder Stokes) owned this home for many years and turned it into a B&B before there were B&B’s. My brothers and myself and cousins spent many hours on our hands and knees hand waxing the solid oak floors with Johnson paste wax. The main dining room was our meeting place with all the relatives for holiday’s and other events. The kitchen area at the back door became the most important area of all as I remember my brothers and I raiding the refridgerator of the never ending goodies that Dreaka would accidently leave for us. (wink, wink) There are only two of us left from my family and my brother is planning on going to his 50 year reunion in October. This would have made a wonderful walk down memory lane for him. And I am sure he could have filled in some missing History on The Anchorage.

    September 4, 2015 at 2:05 pm
  4. Deborah Fenten

    I would love to win this as I haven’t been on any sort of vacation in over 16 years.
    It would also be the perfect 1st get-away together for my boyfriend and me.

    August 8, 2015 at 8:11 pm
  5. Sue Wessel

    I’m a B&B fanatic😍 and love Beaufort, SC. At the age of 63 my goal is to reach 63 B&B stays before my next birthday… I can’t think of a more beautiful setting to help me reach that goal ( I started 16 yrs ago and am 3 away)

    June 26, 2015 at 9:58 am
  6. P B Yong

    I start my busy day and pause to think
    How wonderful it would be
    To leave the busyness behind
    And walk serenely by the sea

    The Anchorage Inn would be ideal
    Such beauty I would see
    I’d be a queen just for a day
    And stop and just be me

    The clock tells me it’s time to run
    Time to put all dreams behind
    Thoughts of Beaufort and the sea
    I’ll find another time

    June 4, 2015 at 8:34 am
  7. Holly temple

    I should win because I deserve to win. I’m a stay at home parent. Also a spouse to an Army Veteran who has severe PTSD. Every day is a constant reminder of our troops and Veterans sacrifice for each American. I need to have a break. This would be heavenly. A break from the rigors of life.

    June 1, 2015 at 11:06 pm
  8. Dorothy Carnes

    Would absolutely love to stay in this beautiful inn. My husband and I are both retired would love to win this wonderful contest. Thank you

    June 1, 2015 at 2:35 pm
  9. susan miller

    At this time in our lives on set income we are unable to enjoy staying at different inns, which we so love and Beaufort is lovely. We would of loved to buy. But the second best would be to stay at your lovely Inn and have a wish come true.

    June 1, 2015 at 2:16 pm
  10. Gwen Russell

    Would LOVE to win this trip. We have been to Beauford only once and long to return. That beautiful inn would be a dream come true. I can only imagine being able to stay in such a grand place. We would certainly promote Beauford and the inn following such a visit. A great celebration for our summer anniversary of 37 years.

    May 31, 2015 at 10:14 pm
  11. Michele S Brooks

    I would love to win this contest for my daughter and son-in-law. They are a young couple with 3 young children and this sounds like a wonderful trip for them to get away together. They live in Florida and the drive would be beautiful and the Anchorage 1770 has the looks and feel of a great southern home placed within a city that would be fun to explore. My daughter is a 5th grade teacher and my son-in-law is in charge of technology interfacing at the local community college. They both have good jobs but winning this stay at Anchorage 1770 would make it possible for them to enjoy an intiment and relaxing vacation.

    May 31, 2015 at 11:53 am
  12. Brenda Arthur

    I’ve never been to Beaufort SC and would love to win. It looks lovely!

    May 30, 2015 at 4:13 pm
  13. Gary Etherton

    My wife and I lived in Beaufort when we were first married and I was serving as a Marine Corps Drill Instructor. After leaving the area we never returned until our 4oth wedding anniversary. It was like going home.

    May 29, 2015 at 9:10 pm
  14. Elaine Blackburn

    Elaine Blackburn

    I have been to Beaufort twice and am smitten with the beauty and charm of this town. It would be wonderful to revisit the wonderful restaurants and shops, walk the streets admiring the lovely homes, seeing the marshes at sunrise and sunset, and to be able to stay at this beautifully restored home. Beaufort is food for the soul!

    May 29, 2015 at 8:27 pm
  15. Lindsay Pennington

    I should win the two night stay because not only do my Husband & I love Beaufort, but we adore the History and charm of the city! Our favorite things to do are to enjoy a great meal while having a view of the water and then spending the evening walking around the city! Keeping my fingers crossed that we are lucky enough to win!! Thank you!

    May 29, 2015 at 6:44 pm
  16. Elaine Voorhees

    My husband and I have been married for 53 years. we love southern food and southern traditions! This looks amazing. the detail and care taken to restore this historic building is a real tribute to it’s heritage.. .it would be a wonderful blessing to be able to visit this
    beautiful restoration. And the first time in many years of having a getaway.

    May 29, 2015 at 6:41 pm
  17. Mrs Glenn Alexander

    My husband and I will be celebrating our 48th anniversary, this summer. We love history, and we love Beaufort! We have wanted to revisit this lovely little town ever since our first visit many years ago. I have never been to a place that feels so quintessentially southern in every good sense of the word. The trees with their hanging moss, and the lowland marshes are enchanting. How we’d love to spend time in this “new” old inn built in 1770. I have no doubt that the walls have many stories to share with us! We are eager to hear them all!

    May 29, 2015 at 6:27 pm
  18. lyn avale

    lyn avale
    now that we retired young- beaufort is part of our bucket list trip. all of these years of reading southern living, we are finally going to get the opportunity to start visiting some of these amazing places your articles highlighted over the years.We would like to start our new adventures in beaufort and move down the southern coast to visit all of the southern living clipped articles I have saved over the years.This sweepstakes would be a wonderful start on our bucket list of southern living places to see. Thanks for even offering this sweepstakes opportunity.

    May 29, 2015 at 4:29 pm
  19. Donna Mattingly

    I love South Carolina! It has been 14 years since I last visited the state. Brought my father in 2001 after my mother had passed away. He enjoyed his trip that year to Charleston. We stayed in an old home then with large beds. Your house is beautiful and this time I would love to come see it with my husband of 5years who has never been to the Carolina’s.

    May 29, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I’m a single grandmother raising two young granddaughters. It’s a delightful life but can be difficult to find the time and funds to expose the girls to all the wonders and joys of being a Southern woman. Because I work in a federal disaster recovery agency we tend to take mini-vacations during the lulls between storms and try to learn new facets of our Southern heritage with every trip. We’ve yet been able to see any areas East of Texas and this would be an ideal spot to take 2 well-behaved little ladies for a lesson “true Southern gentility”. Please consider us for this adventure!

    May 29, 2015 at 1:41 pm
  21. Joan Blacharski

    Went to school in Anderson, S.C. and toured a lot of S.C., however, never visited Beaufort. I now live in Ga. and would love to visit S.C. once again and relive those fond memories.

    May 29, 2015 at 12:58 pm

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