It’s true; Bluffton was ranked as the #1 Amazing Non-Beach Alternative for a Summer Getaway by Huffington Post. If you’re visiting Hilton Head, it’s definitely worth a trip over the bridges to the mainland to visit this charming town. Until fairly recently, Bluffton was a well-kept secret in the Lowcountry. Now driven by art, this historic enclave lives up to its reputation…Bluffton is a state of mind. Here you’ll find an eclectic side of the Lowcountry not seen on Hilton Head Island. It’s genuine hospitality, charming streets and rich history will captivate any visitor.
A great place to start your tour of Bluffton is right in its heart, the historic Heyward House. This 19th century Antebellum home is 1 of 2 Antebellum homes in southern Beaufort County open to guests. Take a guided tour of the property of stroll through at your own pace. Your next stop will be Calhoun Street. Calhoun Street is home to a weekly Farmer’s Market, antique shops, boutiques, art galleries and plenty of dining opportunities. While on Calhoun Street, stop by Preston Studios where you’ll meet “Bluffton’s Tallest Potter”, Jacob Preston and peruse his hand crafted pottery.
Stroll along Calhoun Street a midst the old oaks to the May River where you’ll find the historic Church of the Cross. Make sure you walk around this beautiful church and if you come during the spring and summer months, be sure to look up. Colonies of honey bees make their home along the gables and in the attic of the church. The bees are left undisturbed but their honey is harvested for sale. Along the grounds of the church are some of the most stunning views of the May River. Sit atop the high bluff and take in a beautiful sunset over the river.
Just a short distance away is the community Palmetto Bluff. It’s worth the drive to see the old plantation house ruins, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff or just enjoy a day at the spa. Also within Palmetto Bluff you’ll find world class golf and superb shopping and dining. Now through December 14, 2014, you are also able to tour the Southern Living idea house of Palmetto Bluff.
A few other events not to be missed this Fall in Bluffton include:
Bluffton Sunset Party Dog Days of Summer -
Friday August 15, 2014 starting at sundown at the Oyster Factory Park
May River Preserve 5K -
Monday, September 1, 2014
BBQ and Bluegrass -
Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Heyward House Historic Center
Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival -
October 21, 2014 – October 19, 2014 is historic downtown Bluffton
The 21st Polo for Charity Event -
Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the Rose Hill Equestrian Center
Posted on July 22, 2014
by hilton Head Rentals Staff