Southern Agenda

New Hotel Ahoy

The colonial seaport of Georgetown, South Carolina, is abuzz with a fresh sleep-and-eat pairing about an hour’s drive up Highway 17 from Charleston. This spring on Front Street, the George Hotel opened as a fifty-six-room boutique spot full of designer Jenny Keenan’s nods to the area. “We all wanted something that blended into the town and the landscape,” she says. To that end, pecky cypress forms the floor and paneling. A painting of an alligator and a mermaid by Charleston artist David Boatwright hangs in a hallway. Sweetgrass baskets grace the lobby—which offers peeks into the Independent, a restaurant named for a nearby family-owned seafood market that recently closed after eighty years, but whose legacy endures in such regional specialties as shrimp and grits and blackened flounder with lump crab and andouille sausage pileau.