The Town of Bluffton is truly a magical place. This township offers so much more than a picture-perfect vacation destination, and a satisfying southern meal. It’s equally rich in culture, art, history, and charm. Located just between Hilton Head Island, SC and Savannah, GA, this spot is guaranteed to create experiences and memories to last a lifetime. A 50-minute drive from Skidaway Island, Bluffton is a great way to spend a day exploring the Lowcountry’s favorite little city.
1297 May River Road, Bluffton, SC 29910 | Phone: 843-816-5674
A good start to the day always begins with a ‘Cup O Joe’. This itinerary is no exception, you and your crew will want some caffeine and a quick bite to take on this action-packed day of fun in the sun! It’s hard to go wrong finding a nice cup of coffee in Bluffton, but we’ve narrowed it down to Corner Perk Cafe. The Corner Perk is a spunky little spot that offers Locally Roasted Coffees, Loose Leaf Tea, Espresso drinks, Frappes, 1OO% Real Fruit Smoothies, and Breakfast Wraps, Waffles, Sandwiches and Lunch Wraps, Sandwiches, and Paninis.
Dive Into Bluffton’s History | Rose Hill Mansion
199 Rose Hill Way, Bluffton, SC 29910 | Phone: 843-757-6046
Tucked back in between the spanish moss-covered trees and breathtaking rose gardens, is the Rose Hill Plantation House. The newly renovated home has been through the Civil War, a devastating 1987 fire, and years of neglect. Now the owners have opened the property grounds, and the first floor of their home for the public to experience! Visit the must-see landmark property to learn about it’s architecture, history, and the story of the current homeowners. Learn about key events in South Carolina’s history: the cotton boom and its collapse, secession and Civil War, emancipation and the fight for civil rights and Reconstruction and its violent overthrow. When wrapping up, join everyone for refreshments in the grand dining room. Purchase your ticket or reserve your pavilion in advance here!
If you are lucky enough to be wandering the low country on a Thursday, you will want to stop over at the famous Bluffton Farmers Market. This is a great way to experience the best that Bluffton has to offer, bringing locals and tourists together to bond over live entertainment, and good eats. Here, you can walk along the street and pick up fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants and herbs. Work up an appetite, because you will find that you’re in the courtyard of one of the best lunch spots in town!
This is the place for a patio lunch and live music! Pop in for lunch, and a cold drink to fuel up for the second half of your day. The oyster shooters are a huge hit, as well as their unique burger selection. Kill some time waiting for your meal while playing corn hole and swaying along to some jams. If your schedule allows, it’s only a five-minute walk to The Church of Cross.
You can’t be this close to the ocean and not get some time on the water! You can take your pick on what experience you are looking to get with this activity. May River Excursions offer scenic rides, fishing, crabbing, and shrimping excursions along the waters of Hilton Head island, Daufuskie Island, and Bluffton! You are sure to get to see bottlenose dolphins and views of local beauty throughout the trip. People rave about their favorite co-captains, two golden retrievers that provide the best tour in town! View all the different tailored tours on their website.
To finish off the day, take a load off at the Southern Barrel Brewery for a good meal and a cold drink or two. The bar, beer garden and Tavern restaurant offer a seasonal menu featuring locally sourced ingredients and beer fresh from our brewery. The ambience of the bar and décor throughout was crafted out of reclaimed barn wood from Pennsylvania that dates back to the 1700’s. You really can’t go wrong with any item on the menu, but would highly recommend you start with a soft pretzel for the table. If you have any energy left, they offer a tour around the grounds to see and learn all about their story and be sure to grab a pint of their Nationally awarded beer.
7 Lawton Street Bluffton SC 29910 | Phone: 843-757-0786
One final stop to bring the whole day to a close Bluffton style. In a throwback to the “yesteryears”, this establishment brings family and friends back into the business environment creating an environment that warms your soul. Their motto “We believe that love conquers all and that through love we can change the world”, makes this spot more than just a sweet tooth remedy but a true Bluffton experience. We recommend the ice cream before crawling into bed, but it doubles as the perfect ending to your Bluffton day itinerary. A “sweet” ending, if you will.
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