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Once you’ve spent time in this fetching South Carolina coastal town situated on the May River and just a half an hour’s drive from Savannah, we predict it will rise in the ranks as your go-to getaway. A relaxed air pervades the place like Spanish moss, but this is no scruffy enclave. Bluffton has the certain sophistication of the well-traveled. You’ll find chef-driven food, an abundance of art, the allure of live oaks and sandy streets, well-appointed shops, and a penchant for a fine cocktail. The farmers’ market in the middle of Old Town has been named one of the best in the state. Order a small batch bourbon and catch a tight show at the intimate music venue, The Roasting Room. Rent a stand-up paddleboard or kayak and tour the May River byway. Visit designer Anne Hagerty’s retail space, Abode, and take home a bit of her coastal panache. The Lowcountry will quickly weave its magic, rendering passage to the enduring state of mind that is Bluffton.

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Andes Rotisserie Their tagline is “prepare to slavitate.” We’re with you, Andes. Wow, good thing the decor is European rustic, or else we’d be embarrassed by our salivary glands’ response to succulent trays of perfectly spiced meat with Aji Verde (mean green sauce of our dreams) and roasted rainbow carrots. Even the menu itself is a love letter to the food, taunting us with descriptions of their Smoke Kissed Scandinavian Salmon and San Gimignano Porchetta: The Ancient Italian Pig Roast Sandwich. Do not miss this Peruvian food. Your mouth will be forever sorry it had no chance to slavitate. 7 Johnston Way (E)

The Village Pasta Shoppe  Pick up fresh pasta made daily and all the provisions you’ll need for a delectable Italian meal to impress your friends and comfort your soul. 10B Johnston Way (S)

Juice Hive and Health Emporium  Get glowing with Juice Hive’s delicious smoothies, fantastic cold-pressed juices and wellness shots, kombucha, daily soups, salads, Earth bowls, and wraps. Shop for herbal tinctures, vitamins, essential oils, and teas. Boost your immunity with a “hot shot,” and don’t go away without ordering some of their Good Foods awardwinning Magic Memory Balls. 14 Johnston Way (E)

Dolce Vita  Bluffton is in a long-time love affair with Dolce Vita, and who can blame them? With offerings like silky housemade pappardella, perfectly seared scallops, impeccable wine pairings, and a dreamy tiramisu, Dolce Vita remains an excellent choice for a special evening out. 163 Bluffton Road Suite F (E)

Toomer Family Seafood House  When May River Oysters are in season, there’s no better spot than Toomer Seafood House for fresh catch with no fuss. Order your seafood however you like and pile on the smoky greens. 27 Dr. Mellichamp Dr. (E)

Bluffton Oyster Company  Buy your oysters from this family-owned business in operation since 1899. This is the last of the hand-shuckers, folks. They’ve got local shrimp, too!  63 Wharf St. (S)

Mi Tierra  Sometimes the craving for Mexican food overtakes us. Give in at MiTierra, voted Best of Bluffton by Bluffton Today readers. The moral of the story: never refuse tableside guac. 27 Dr Mellichamp Dr #101 (E)

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Fat Patties  We’ve lost count of how many times they’ve been voted Best of Bluffton. But we’ll just say, it’s enough to warrant your burger loyalty. Fat Patties local, grass-fed beef burgers have earned them a cult following. They serve confit wings and Hunter Cattle Farm brats, too. So many delicious sauces to choose from you might be struck with indecisiveness. Don’t even get us started on those rosemary dusted fries! Fat Patties has an epic patio on which to enjoy a lovely craft beer or display your cornhole prowess. 207 Bluffton Rd. (E)

Salt Marsh Brewing  This hometown nano- brewery on the second floor of Fat Patties has six beers in regular rotation, from the banana-infused Nana’s Puddin German Hefeweizen to the infinitely drinkable High Tide Hazy IPA. Chillax at their outdoor container bar in fair weather. The sour fans on our team are itching for a repeat appearance of Da Watermelon School Bus this summer. 207 Bluffton Rd. (E)

Abode  Designer Anne Hagerty’s retail shop is coastal bliss to us. Stop in to lend your space the Southern grace it has been missing. Abode’s impeccable design aesthetic will fill your mind with renovation schemes. Shop for furniture, rugs, lighting and accessories both understated and unexpected. We are digging local maker Oysters All Around’s gilded oyster and tassel keychains and Nori’s graphic citron tea towels. 6 State Of Mind St. (S)

Bluffton BBQ has slap your mama good ribs, bbq and sides. It would be a crying shame if Ted’s seasonal greens and Donna’s sweet potato casserole didn’t make it on your plate. Delish. 11 State Of Mind St. (E)

Agave Side Bar  With “agave” in the name, you know the margaritas are on point. The Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita is our jam. Their festive outdoor seating is smack in middle of the action and perfect for people watching. Order some Mexican street corn plus a few primo tacos and get in the Bluffton State of Mind. 13 State of Mind St. (E)

Local Pie  Awarded Best of Bluffton, Local Pie sources their ingredients close to home for their infamous Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas. 15 State Of Mind St. (E)

Captain Woody’s is a local favorite. Get that island feeling upstairs on the balcony. Captain Woody’s is a particularly good choice for a seafood nosh at happy hour, daily from 4-7. 17 State Of Mind St. (E)

Cocoon has vibrant cotton clothing and home decor to infuse your life with a jolt of color. 6 Promenade St. Suite 1008 (S)

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Calhoun Street Tavern  Enjoy Southern comfort food in an upscale, but relaxed setting. If Calhoun’s fantastic Pickle Brined Chicken Sandwich smothered with smoked gouda pimento, Asian slaw and tamarindo barbecue sauce doesn’t hit the spot, nothing will. Wind down your week with a masterful craft cocktail on the patio and Calhoun’s Artisan Cheese Plate or crispy cornmeal waffle crowned with goat cheese and pepper jelly. Bottles on Cal’s Reserved Wine List are half-off every Wednesday. Join them for Sunday Funday brunch and cheeky takes on the requisite cocktails such as The Dude Abides and The Spa Service. Live music on the weekends. 9 Promenade St #1201 (E) 

The Bluffton Room  Whether you are looking for an elegant fine dining experience or just the perfectly crafted libation at their open-air bar, The Bluffton Room is top drawer. Start your weekend early with their festive New Orleans spin on lunch and decadent martini specials (Fridays only). Their signature burger is available at the bar only, so make plans to arrive early to snag one of the coveted seats. We’re partial to the refreshing Ahi Tuna Tiradito with charred pineapple, chili-lime cucumber and jalapeno. Your Old Town experience is not complete with a visit to The Bluffton Room. 15 Promenade St. (E)

Roasting Room Lounge and Listening Room was made for memorable evenings. The intimate music venue hosts local, regional and national acts playing World Jazz to Southern Acoustic Folk. With an insane bourbon list, Roasting Room will give you a case of the feels, all the way down to your toes. 1297 May River Rd. (D)

The Roost Host and Home Elegant lighting, the perfect decanter, a lion door knocker, or a lovely accent chair with French flair—you never know what might strike your fancy in Roost. A nice place to snag a hostess gift, Roost also features amazing jewelry, exquisite French-milled soaps, and coastal-themed paper goods from local maker 7th & Palm. 1299 May River Rd. (S)

Corner Perk Cafe The perennial favorite in reader polls, this coffeehouse’s wide fan base is built on housemade syrups in every specialty latte, .25 cent weekend mimosas from noon on, brunch everyday—and of course—their ethically-sourced and perfectly roasted coffee available as a pour-over, fresh brew, or beans to take home by the pound. We suggest you go ahead and sign up for a PERKscription. The love is real. It’s like Corner Perk understands your every need, like that righteous Protein Blasted Cold Brew to refuel after your morning workout. Smack in the heart of Old Town, you couldn’t pick a cozier spot to demolish Citrus Avocado Toast or a scrumptious Bacon Basil Biscuit. 1297 May River Rd #101 (E)

FARM  One can’t help but fall head over heels for FARM’s “locally focused, thoughtfully sourced” food. Their plates have a verve equal to FARM’s dynamic dining space, both earthy and urban. Even a familiar dish is elevated to special, such as their Grilled Heirloom Carrots with golden raisins and peanut milk spiced with tamarind-chili paste and za’atar. Chef Brandon Carter sets the bar high from his South Carolina Tilefish accompanied by shaved fennel and smoked peppers to the Tiller Baking Co. Sourdough Toast topped with whipped ricotta and muscadine preserve at brunch. It’s a good thing the plates are small enough to let your palate run free. 1301May River Rd. (E)

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Jacob Preston Studio is home to handsome stoneware and porcelain by the affable Jacob Preston, one of Bluffton’s resident artists for the last forty years. You’ll also find the intricately textured works of Bevan Brynne Bowler. A visit to this pottery on Church Street is a must, as much for the art as for the engaging conversation. Ask about custom work too. 10 Church St. (S)

SOBA/ Society of Bluffton Artists  This busy non-profit operated by member artists features monthly shows including an annual judged art show and operates a Center for Creative Arts.Their gallery strives to make original, affordable art accessible. SOBA’s focus is on growing community artists’ abilities at every stage with “classes and workshop for students of all skill levels.” Sign up and let your muse take the lead. 6 Church St. (S)

Old Town Bluffton Paint Out is Saturday, April 27th. Sponsored in collaboration with Bluffton galleries, Paint Out is an annual plein air art competition and part of the Spring Fling Arts Weekend. Registration is only $20 in advance. Get your brushes ready to give the gorgeous Lowcountry the homage it deserves. Paintings will be on display for Sunday’s Stroll and Savor event.

Bluffton General Store is the place to score those “Bluffton State of Mind” trucker hats and tees, Salt and Shore soy candles, groovy rope doormats and more. 12 Church St. (S)

Eggs N Tricities  The locals just call it Eggs. While you’ll have to pop over to the nearby Farmers’ Market to score the farm fresh kind, Eggs certainly has an eclectic mix of gifts, decor, clothing, and Lowcountry cheekiness to keep you pleasantly engaged. 5 Calhoun St. (S)

Al and Harry’s Furniture Design  Known for their custom hand-painted furniture, Al and Harry’s can help you pull together a room with the perfect piece. Shop for statement chandeliers, accessories, and wall decor as well. 20 Calhoun St. (S)

Pluff Mudd   Voted a local favorite, this happy cottage carries art in a plethora of mediums including wood, glass, clay, fiber, oil paint, porcelain, metal and mixed. Arresting photographs, sculptural work, and unique jewelry round out the offerings at Pluff Mudd. 27 Calhoun St. (S)

Spartina 449  Begun in nearby Hilton Head, Spartina’s handbags, accessories, and jewelry have the right quotient of island flair and refinement. 32 Calhoun St. (S)

Maye River Gallery features fifteen area artists working in a range of materials to capture the spirit of the Lowcountry. This lovely gallery also contains a working studio where you can observe the artistic process. 37 Calhoun St. (S)

The Cottage Cafe, Bakery, and Tea Room  Yaaasss. Dining in this restored 1868 cottage is why we love going places. The Cottage’s decadent desserts are memorable (think Pistachio Cake), as is their award-winning Daufuskie Bacon Pimento Shrimp and Grits, nominated by USA Today as one of the best in the state. Winner of the Good Foods Award for their Low Country Kimchi and Shisho Leaf Kimchi, The Cottage knows how to innovate classic Southern fare with exciting global flavors like their breakfast winner, Kimchi N’ Eggs. Go old school for A Full Cottage Tea one afternoon or dine with your honey on the porch for lunch or dinner. Choose from a copious selection of loose teas or delicious coffees by May River Coffee Roasters. 38 Calhoun St. (E)

Gigi’s Boutique  Awarded the Best of Bluffton, Gigi’s features contemporary looks with a casual vibe. 40 Calhoun St. (S)

Fantozzi Wrought Iron  Rhonda Fantozzi knows how to wield a welding rod. Creating unique pieces for two decades, Fantozzi’s builds hand-forged wrought iron gates, fireplace screens, furniture, accessories, and custom work. 41 Calhoun St. (S)

The Storybook Shoppe  Stoke the imagination of the wee ones you know with a book, or seven. 41A Calhoun St. (S)

Mameem & Maudie is one of our all time favorite shops, just slightly off the sandy strip. The beach cottage is brimming with stylish gifts, accessories, jewelry, women’s clothing, and plenty for the little tikes, too. But  Mameem & Maudie doesn’t stop there. With an in-house confectionery, biscuit cafe and coffee shop, plus Crabby’s Corner Icery just outside beckoning with creamy towers of goodness embraced in a crispy waffle cone, you’ll have no trouble rationalizing the need for a daily visit. 7 Lawton St. (S)

Farmers’ Market of Bluffton  Every Thursday from 1-6 pm (or dusk) head on down to Old Town and score local fruit, veggies, honey, salsas, baked goods, crusty bread, fresh pasta, seasonal flowers and more. Local chefs will be whipping up something wonderful, and a master gardener will be there to answer all your planting questions. King of Pops will be “in the house” with plenty of their icy goodness, too. Don’t miss it! 40 Calhoun St. (S)

Birdie James Take your look upscale at this popular Hilton Head boutique founded on classic styles with modern flair. 52 Calhoun St. (S)

The Pearl Kitchen and Bar  Pan Seared Diver Scallops with gouda grits and romesco, Carolina She-Crab + Popcorn Chowder, Hand Selected Oysters with cucumber mignonette, Lemongrass Martinis—The Pearl has our number. Take in the Spanish moss and sea air on their gracious Southern patio with a night cap, or dine indoors accompanied by live music Thursdays through Saturdays. 55 Calhoun St. (E)

Fall Hands on Workshop  from CHI Design Indigo: “From Farm to Fabric” Click here to keep tabs as more information is released about the September workshop.

Three Sisters Farm Organics   You’ll see Three Sisters’ organic produce and herbs grace the menus of your favorite restaurants in the area. Hunt them down at farmers’ markets to score a delightful bouquet of fresh flowers and whatever is in season. Their wildly popular CSA is full currently, but you can still get on their summer waiting list. Three Sisters also grows indigo on the farm; check out their fabulous indigo-dyed pillow cases!

La Petite Gallerie  Six local painters, a sculptor and a jeweler are member artists in this charming petite gallery on Calhoun. Be sure to wander out into the enchanting garden area full of whimsical sculptures and funky garden art. 56 Calhoun St. (S)

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Old Town Dispensary  In the heart of Old Town, the Dispensary is usually hopping and for good reason. Bring your dog, sit outside near the stage with live music, cozy up to one of the firepits, and if you’re peckish, order a Ghost Burger and their Parmesan Truffle Fries with curry ketchup or their signature dish, OTD Grouper over boursin grits. Naturally, this saloon carries abundant beverage options including local craft beer. Heaven. 15 Captains Cove Rd. (E)

May River Grill is the kind of enchanting dinner spot that makes us feel the night is wide open to possibility. Serving creative, soul-satisfying dishes, May River Grill is a little piece of Bluffton magic. 1263 May River Rd # D (E)

Four Corners Fine Art & Framing  Along with top notch framing services, Four Corners is a “collector’s gallery” featuring pieces from dozens of local artists in a variety of media. If you can drop by on opening reception nights, all the better. 1263-B May River Rd. (S)

Twisted European Bakery and Cafe  Get you fill of delightful Berlinas (European donuts), fresh fruit tarts, Irish soda bread, jumbo soft pretzels, and gluten-free baked goods. 1253A May River Rd. (E)

Red Stripes Caribbean Cuisine and Lounge  Jerk, curry, drunken—however you prefer your protein (including vegan options)—Red Stripes is slaying it. Branch out and try their Caribbean sodas and delicacies, too. 8 Pin Oak St. (E)

Squat and Gobble  This iconic Bluffton diner serves breakfast and lunch daily. There’s plenty of tongue-in-cheek decor to amuse as you scarf down your Breakfast Philly, too. 1231 May River Rd. (E)

Alvin Ord’s  Cold cuts piled high on freshly-baked bread, Alvin Ord’s house specialty sandwich, The Salvation, will give you life. 1230 May River Rd. Suite A (E)

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Alljoy Donut Company is a tiny haven of sugar and caffeine. We have mad respect for anyone who tops a donut with toasted meringue. Chocolate lovers will dig their Pluff Mud donut, too. You can’t subsist on veggies all the time. 22 Thomas Heyward St. (E)

Back to Nature  If you missed the farmers market this week, buzz down to Back to Nature and stock up on organic foods, cbd oil, and herbal remedies. The crab cakes using Grandma Ida’s recipe have no filler, no eggs, and nothing artificial–basically, they will rock your world. 1125 May River Rd. (S)

Cahill’s Market and Chicken Kitchen  Go for the fresh eggs and produce, stay for the Chicken and Waffles. Serving farm-to-table Southern comfort food on their May River farm, Cahill’s is a must. 1055 May River Rd. (E)

Southern Barrel Brewing Company  Beer cheese connoisseurs, these are your people. Addictive pub cheese aside, Southern Barrel has several award-winning beers to whet your whistle including Helles Lager, Betty Wit, and Saison N’on N’on. With a fetching beer garden and full menu of mouthwatering grub to wash down your favorite beverage, Southern Barrel scores high on our hang-time list. 375 Buckwalter Place Blvd. (E)

Island West & Ridgeland

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Butcher’s Market & Deli  It’s always good to know the best butcher in town. Butcher’s Market daily specials will bridge the gap between trudging out to a sit down restaurant and resorting to microwave popcorn. Grab one of their fabulous meals-to-go, pop it in your oven, and then dine watching the sunset in your skivvies if you want. 102 Buckwalter Place Blvd.(E)

The Lunch Lady  Diner fans will be won over by Lunch Lady’s daily specials and the Cheddar Crisp Burger51 Riverwalk Blvd #3, Ridgeland (E)

River Dog Brewing Company is as laid back and friendly as a water-loving Labrador, and folks are equally loyal to the brews here. Go in and sample a flight. From the refreshing Sourshifter series, a kettle soured Berliner Weisse taking advantage of seasonal fruit to the deeply nuanced Perkolatte Stout brewed with Corner Perk’s cold-pressed coffee, River Dog nabs it. 591 Browns Cove Rd N, Ridgeland (E)

Fire & Pine  Specializing in burnt pine historical maps and custom artwork, Fire & Pine crafts unique pieces that elicit conversation. Their headquarters is in Ridgeland, but you’ll often find them out on the road spreading the love. We are digging their Appalachian Trail map and anatomy renderings. Super cool. 240 Short Cut Road Ridgeland (S)

Rose Hill

There’s a good possibility you’ll be invited to a wedding at Rose Hill Plantation House if you linger in the South for any length of time. This soaring Carpenter Gothic house under the live oaks may be one of the most Insta-famous historic sites in the Lowcountry. Go take a gander and imagine the opening line of your next novel. 199 Rose Hill Way (D)

Fording Island Road and Nearabouts

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Chow Daddy’s Kitchen and Bar  Fantastic tacos and ping pong is pretty much all that it takes to make us happy some days. Maybe you’re in more of a poke mood? Chow Daddy delivers a dynamite selection of bowls and burgers, too. Fun cocktails like the Chocolate Bourbon Martini don’t hurt either. 15 Towne Dr. (E)

Truffles Cafe  Whether you’re crushing your workday fueled by a delicious lunch, or relaxing with friends over drinks and dinner, Truffles has got you. No matter the question, Tuna Wontons is always the right answer.  Belfair Towne Village 91 Towne Dr. (E)

Sigler’s Rotisserie and Seafood  Sit at the chef’s counter and bask in Chef Michael Sigler’s enduring passion for his food. An integral part of the community for over twenty years, the Sigler family will treat you as one of their own. Guinness Braised Short Ribs served with garlic smashed potatoes is just the kind of meat and potatoes we crave. Save room for the Banana Foster Bread Pudding because you only live once. 12 Sheridan Park Circle (E)

Palmetto Running Co.  Find the right shoe for your gait and get inspired to better your time at this locally-owned running store. 30 Plantation Park Dr. Suite 202 (S)

Walnuts Cafe  Your Sophie’s Choice between sweet or savory at breakfast time is not going to get any easier here, my friends. Though Walnut Cafe’s brunch special dilemma like Pear & Almond French Toast topped with cream cheese drizzle and rum sauce or Oysters Rockefeller Benedict provides the kind of challenge we can handle. Well, coffee first. They’ve got a sensational lunch, too. The house Roasted Turkey Sandwich layered with ginger pears and brie is killer. 70 Pennington Dr. Suite 20  (E)

Bluffton Brauhaus  Get your schnitzel on! The Brauhaus serves authentic German food in a convivial atmosphere. With three kinds of bratwurst, traditional red cabbage and spätzle, and a plentiful selection of Deutsch bier and wein, the Bluffton Brauhaus is sure to put you in a celebratory mood. Prost! 68 Bluffton Rd. (E)

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Baleada Express  We have a real weakness for South American food. So, we were overjoyed by the Honduran street food of Baleada Expresshearty portions of authentic pupusa, plantains, enchiladas, ropa, and the like, sure to stoke your travel lust. 4 Oliver Ct. (E)

Pour Richard’s  Sure the menu is upscale, but the vibe couldn’t be more relaxed. The “Pourhouse” serves creative American fare and fun cocktails like the Farmer’s Market Martini, ice cold Tito’s plus six kinds of fruit and a dash of brandy. One look at their wine list, and you know they mean business. Go with the suggested pairings, you won’t be sorry. Daily specials are posted on their Facebook page, and that includes some killer desserts. 4376 Bluffton Pkwy. (E)

The Scottish Mill Shop  Get your tartan on: bespoke kilts directly from Scotland, throws, children’s clothes, booties, and more. The Scottish Mill Shop carries British foods and Celtic jewelry, too. 1200 Fording Island Rd. (S)

The Sugaree   This quaint eatery specializes in Maine Lobster rolls and housemade bagels. 142 Burnt Church Rd. Suite D (E)

Choo Choo BBQ Express will hook you up with smoking ribs, brisket, pulled pork and all the traditional Southern fixins for a most excellent carpet picnic, or any other variety. And as a bonus, you can relive a childhood fantasy to be a train conductor. 129 Burnt Church Rd. (E)

Bluffton Bike Taxibecause not everyone can tool around Old Town on their golf cart. Live your best life on the back of a rickshaw; rent a Bluffton Bike Taxi for a scenic tour, wedding, or just an entertaining trip back to your hotel. (843) 707-6807

Buffalo’s at Palmetto Bluff   If you’ve never been to Buffalo’s famous weekend Biscuit Bar, Carpe diem! The views of the river and spectacular grounds are a welcome bonus. Buffalo’s serves casual Italian fare at lunch and dinner, but the real standout is the housemade ice cream. 1 Village Park Square (E)

A Lowcountry Backyard  There is so much amazing food in Bluffton, we hesitate to send you further afield—with one exception—A Lowcountry Backyard, on the island. It’s like being invited to a good buddy’s backyard shindig, but with killer Moonshine Punch and heavenly banana pudding. This place will have you searching the MLS for real estate. Fun times. 32 Palmetto Bay Rd Hilton Head (E)

 

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Not to Miss Events

Taste of Bluffton  This foodie town puts its culinary talent on display April 7-13th. Beginning with Restaurant Week and finishing strong with a lively evening of Brews Under the Stars on Friday and the epic Street Festival on Saturday April 13th, prepare your stretchy pants for a big week. Purchase tickets here.

Sunset Party Series  Watch the sun go down on the May River chillaxing at Oyster Factory Park grooving to live music. These monthly events feature a craft beer garden, food court, and fun for all ages. Bring your dog (on a leash). April 26th is the Kick Off Festival. Learn more here.

Food Truck Watch: Lowcountry Rocks Lobster; Downtown Curbside Kitchen; Murican Border

Mayfest-Bluffton Village Festival  On the Saturday before Mother’s Day, Bluffton tries to exercise a serious case of Spring fever with the annual Bluffton Village Festival held in Old Town. Get down to Calhoun Street for live music, pie eating contests, local arts and crafts, abundant food vendors, and the yearly installment of the wryly humorous Ugly Dog Contest. More details here.

Chocolate and Coffee Festival  This December festival is everything—gourmet chocolate in every iteration you now need in your life paired with roasted coffee—yes, just yes. Keep your eyes out for details on this year’s event brought to you from the folks at The Cottage.

Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival is a week long celebration in October including a road race, Iron Chef competition, paddle board tours, an epic oyster roast, chalk art contest, haunted history tours, Gullah village, swanky four course dinner under the stars, and more. It all culminates with StreetFest, a juried art show featuring 100 artists. Mark your calendars now for October 12-20th. Get further info here.

Palmetto Bluff Marathon, Half and 10K  Runners, not only do you get to run amidst the beauty of “a tree shaded course hidden away among an intricate maze of rivers, islands and maritime forest,” but your race fee also makes the world a better place. “Race proceeds will benefit the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the natural, historical and cultural resources of the Bluff. With regular educational programs and year-long research projects on the abounding wildlife and rich history of the Bluff, the Conservancy ensures the spectacular ecology and diverse environments of the community will be enjoyed for many years to come.” Deets here.

Palmetto Bluff Music to Your Mouth Festival brings together a heady mix of “talented chefs, vintners, brewers, distillers, and artisans from across the South (and around the world) to toast the tastes, sips and sounds of the South” in the stunning surrounds of Palmetto Bluff resort. Put it on your bucket list for this year. Keep tabs on next year’s event here.

Out of Doors

Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve  Amble four miles of flat trails, including one large loop, beneath the ample shade of tall pines and saw palmetto. Closed to hikers during hunting season, October through December. Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve is great place to breathe in nature on a relaxing walk or easy going run. Be sure to snap a pic of the trail map. Sawmill Creek Road  (D)

New River Linear Trail  This 3.4 mile rail trail ends at the New River and is particularly suited for fat tire bikes. You’ll be afforded some good views of the old rice fields and a secluded ride amongst the tall grasses. 3809-3835 Okatie Hwy. (D)

Stand and Paddle is your go-to for all things paddle board including lessons, outings, SUP yoga and race training. Sign up for sunset or moonlight paddles. Trust us, it is amazing. Get a workout while feeling connected to the wildlife and splendor of the May River estuaries and salt water creeks. 75 Wharf St. (D)

May River Excursions  Take one of their guided eco-tours and get familiar with” the wild side of Daufuskie which includes the birds, gators & other reptiles, edible weeds and plant life abundant on Daufuskie, marsh life, marine life, insects, and other critters readily found on island.” You can also book a fishing, crabbing, or shrimping excursion and feel like a genuine sea islander for the day. Take in a gorgeous sunset on a May River Excursion or have them taxi you over to Palmetto Bluff. 81 Calhoun St. (D)

Old Sheldon Church Ruins This pre-Revolutionary War church was burned twice, but the remains of the Greek Revival structure are still stunning. These hauntingly beautiful ruins have stories to tell. Old Sheldon Church Road, Yemassee (D)

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