Bring on the Low Tide Fun at Bluffton’s May River Sand Bar

When in Bluffton do as the locals do. This means:

• if you don’t catch your seafood yourself you buy it as the Bluffton Oyster Company
• if you don’t grow your own produce you buy it from the local farmers and vendors at the Thursday afternoon farmers market in Old Town and…
• if you have a boat or access to one, on summer weekends when the tide is right you hang out at the May River sand bar

These truisms are just part of living a full life in Bluffton.

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Everything Old is New Again (and Delicious!) at the Bluffton Oyster Company

Visitors to Bluffton know it doesn’t take much time at all to become rapt in the charm of Old Town. On the surface it’s the quaint restored buildings and the shady avenues draped in Spanish moss strewn live oaks.

Dig a little deeper by visiting the historic Heyward House, or stop in for a drink at Bluffton BBQ, The Old Town Dispensary, or Tavern 46 (or a myriad of local watering holes) and you’ll quickly learn that the quirky appeal of this Lowcountry ‘burg just begins with the Antebellum- infused environment. That ‘Bluffton state of mind’ people talk about here is, more than anything else, all about the people who have, and still do, call Bluffton home.

There’s no better place in my mind to see the convergence of Bluffton history, charm, people and work than the Bluffton Oyster Company. Here you will find fresh off the boat (if they aren’t out fishing, the boats are tied to the dock beside the building!) locally caught fish, shrimp, blue crab, clams and if the time is right, oysters.

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Bluffton’s Spring Art Walk Bursts with Creativity

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.

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Small town, BIG fun at Bluffton’s Village Festival!

It’s almost the merry month of May and that means a few things around Bluffton, SC…soft shell crab season (for about 2 weeks, maybe), hanging out at the sand bar on the May River, and it’s time for the annual Bluffton Village Festival. This year marks the BIG 3-5 for this celebration of all things ‘Bluffton’ so come on down (or over or up) for a day of music, art and great food in a family-friendly atmosphere.

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Where nature and luxury effortlessly meet: Palmetto Bluff

There are times that I yearn for peaceful moments; longing to sit for hours and read a good book. I want to meander a quiet country lane, listen to Mother Nature whisper her secrets and become enveloped by a wide-open space, where I can count the stars under the enormity of a clear Lowcountry night sky. Here in Bluffton, there is arguably no better place to lose oneself, to be covered by soothing relaxation, AND get caught up in fresh vitality than Palmetto Bluff. Here nature meet luxury and it’s nothing short of spectacular.

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Everyone is invited to this treasure hunt at Bluffton’s Hampton Lake Market Day!

Springtime in the Lowcountry is made for being outdoors and when one can combine browsing for fabulous one-of-a-kind finds with a fun festival atmosphere, you’ve got the makings of a sensational Saturday! Here in Bluffton we love our markets – no matter if it’s of the farmer, flea or swap meet variety – packing up the car and heading to the “market” practically guarantees a good time.

Beginning on April 6, Hampton Lake will host their own monthly Market Day from 11 am until 4 pm at their award winning Lakeside Amenity Village along the porch of the Tackle Box gift shop and Boathouse areas. The public is invited to peruse the wares of local vendors, whose offerings will range from produce and fresh baked goods to artwork, jewelry, gifts, home and garden accessories and more. Various raffles will take place throughout Market Day and complimentary mini-boat cruises on the Lake will delight both the young, and the young at heart. It’s a family-friendly atmosphere here at Hampton Lake!

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Catch Up on Bluffton!

Spring sparkles in Bluffton and hey, you know it’s almost upon us! Azaleas love the coastal climate, and they display their contentment by flowering profusely throughout Old Town Bluffton starting now. Lots of other flora appreciate the warm, lightly salt-sprayed weather too, resulting in lush foliage lining the sun dappled lanes and streets of our historic community.

Taking a cue from Mother Nature and to the delights of locals and visitors, the town of Bluffton has recently refreshed and reinvigorated several outdoor spaces including Dubois Park, located squarely in the center of Old Town close to The Heyward House and Calhoun Street. This lovely park is a perfect spot for families with young tots, who can swing to their hearts delights, slip and slide on the new playground equipment and basically run around in the large grassy open space.

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Bluffton Turns Up the Heat at the 2nd Annual Red Apron Chili Cookoff!

Spring has bloomed in Bluffton and that makes it the perfect time to get out to local springtime festivals and events. Bluffton Self Help is in the final stages of preparation for their second annual Red Apron Chili Cookoff. Chili chefs from across the Lowcountry and Southeast will compete in this ICS sanctioned event held on Saturday, Feb. 23rd starting at 11 am at the Tanger II Outlet Center in Bluffton.

This is a family-friendly event and the community is invited to come out, partake of some fabulous gourmet-level chili and support the wonderful charitable efforts of Bluffton Self Help.

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Shop-worthy Bluffton, SC!

Traveling throughout the South, it’s all too simple to lose your mooring amid the commercial thicket of the same old fast-food chains and big-box stores. But push on a few miles beyond the interstate exit, and you may discover a town that’s anchored by a distinctive “Main Street” — one with unique architecture, eclectic small businesses, and community-oriented features like a park, theater, marina or the like.

Often it thrives thanks to locals who have made diligent efforts to fight any general decline of their “Main Street” and hold on to what is distinctive and often times, irreplaceable. For the visitor reaping the rewards, this can lead to both the unexpected and the tempting. Nowhere is this more true than right here in Bluffton, SC.

Stock Farm Antiques selection of fine English and American antiques is the bets in the area. You can count on Emmett and Teddy McCracken for attentive service and a nice chat too!

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