BEAUFORT, CARTERET COUNTY, (WITN) A coastal town here in the east has claimed the title of Best Small Town in the South by a major publication.
Southern Living magazine has proclaimed Beaufort as the South's Best Small Town for 2019.
The article came out in the March issue and was a surprise to many in the coastal town.
Business owners say this accolade couldn't have come at a better time as they work to not only recover from Hurricane Florence but also prepare for the upcoming tourism season.
Business owners say they are beyond excited about the designation and are even more excited about the exposure this will give them.
The article featured three businesses that are run locally and also gives an in-depth look at other small businesses and restaurants in Beaufort.
This is not the first big title the small town has grabbed. They've been ranked among the best places to visit and live by 12 other organizations and publications.