Nestled on the banks of the May River, you’ll find the small Southern town of Bluffton, South Carolina. Bluffton is a place where the locals are friendly, the food is fresh, and the history is rich. The town’s vibrant and quirky spirit runs at a different pace than most.
The Heart of the Lowcountry
You know you’ve arrived in Bluffton when the sweet smell of saltwater marshes hit you. You’ll know you want to stay a while when you spot Old Town Bluffton’s streets lined with moss-draped oaks. Bluffton is nearly 300 years old, and Old Town’s centuries-old structures and aged oaks carry their Southern charm well.
A River Runs Through It
Much of life in Bluffton revolves around the May River. You cannot leave the town without trying its fresh local seafood or experiencing the waterways. Renting a kayak or canoe is a great way to explore Bluffton’s marshland. The views are spectacular, and you’re likely to spot more dolphins and seabirds on your paddle. There are also fishing and boat charters available.
The Local Food Scene is Fresh
On Thursdays, the Farmers Market of Bluffton serves up locally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants, herbs, and more. Fresh strawberries in the spring and peaches in the fall are just a few of the seasonal splendors you can sample. You can also pick up just-off-the-boat seafood to prepare your own feast.
Bluffton is home to several eateries that will please your palate. Local dishes you’ll want to try include Lowcountry boil, shrimp and grits, and local oysters. The Cottage’s sweet and savory menu makes for a tasty brunch spot to start your day.
Seafoodies need to stop into Bluffton Oyster Company. It’s the last hand-shucking house in South Carolina, and one of the town’s oldest family-owned businesses—it’s been in the family since 1899!
FARM Bluffton creates exquisite dishes with ingredients sourced from small local farmers and fishermen to artisan producers, to create a unique culinary experience that is delicious too!
Take Home Local Treasures
For a Southern take on “retail therapy” shop streets of Old Town. They are lined with unique boutiques, antique shops, and specialized retailers. Art-lovers will want to spend an afternoon popping in and out of the town’s art galleries—home to oils, acrylics, pottery, woodcarvings, photography, and more. Bluffton holds a number of local and traveling exhibits and art shows throughout the year as well. You will find a renewed sense of spirit in this place known as the Heart of the LowcountryTM for a reason. The “Bluffton State of Mind” is an experience unlike any other. Start planning your trip.