Hilton Head Insider
Back in April, the Old Town Bluffton Merchants Association hosted its spring Art Walk set against the charming and rustic ambiance of our coastal town. Approximately 300 to 400 locals and visitors strolled the galleries and working studios, both indoor and outdoor. The Bluffton Art District hosts walks 3 times per year, showcasing pretty much every conceivable type of local and regional type of art – from watercolor, pastel and acrylic paintings to pottery, ironwork, sculpture, fine woodworking, basketry and more! Ever popular local artists like Lynda Potter and Louanne LaRoche as well as newcomers like Murray Sease relish the opportunity to show “their best” but also delight in the one-on-one aspect of these events in particular. Other artists at the Walk included Al-Harry (also new to Bluffton) with his fabulous custom painted furniture, and Andrea Peajeau offering her lovely seaside images.
As Memorial Day approaches and we prepare to honor our country’s soldiers past and present, what plans are you making? Time at the beach? Family Cookouts? No desk duty on Monday? All of the above sound good here, but I definitely will be making a trip over to Shelter Cove Harbour for one of my favorite, newer Memorial Day weekend traditions. The Hilton Head Island Art Festival celebrates its 5th birthday this year during the holiday weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26.
While I do not possess the ‘collector’ gene that my mother and her side of my family seem to embody as a way of life, there is one set of treasures that I have staunchly defended throughout the years whenever my family has moved: my collection of old cooking magazines. Mostly they are classic issues of Gourmet magazine with a healthy dose of Bon Appetite and Food & Wine plus a sprinkling of Travel & Leisure and Southern Living. Since I am firm believer in appreciating quality over quantity or one better…quality over fads, my treasured magazine collection is like an old friend and it never fails to inspire me. No, most of the recipes found within those pages would never be considered ‘trendy’ by today’s restaurant and tv cooking show standards, but I adore them just the same. There will always be a place for classically prepared, continental cuisine and as luck would have it, there’s no better place for this indulgence in the Hilton Head Island area than Claude & Uli’s Signature Bistro.
Locals and visitors to Hilton Head Island and Bluffton are lucky to be able to bike pretty much anywhere. With almost 60 miles of paths (and growing) on the Island and miles in downtown Bluffton, it’s easy to access the top restaurants, activities and festivals via bike anywhere in the Lowcountry.
If you ask my husband what one of the “crown jewel” events on Hilton Head Island is, he would tell you without a doubt, The Rib Burnoff! When we got married four years ago, our special day fell on the weekend of the Rib Burn Off and there was actual discussion (on his part, not mine) on giving our guests tickets to the event and hosting our reception there….but I digress