Bluffton South Carolina Area Info & Activities
Located just across the bridge from Hilton Head Island and 20 minutes from Savannah, Bluffton is a perfect mix of new and old Lowcountry charm and living. Bluffton SC is a great half way point between Hilton Head and Savannah. The name Bluffton refers to its location on the top a scenic bluff along the May River.
Old Town Bluffton, located off Hwy. 46, is a quaint, charming area with antebellum homes (pre-Civil War), historic churches and unique shops which line the moss shaded streets of Bluffton's downtown historic district. Old Town Bluffton hosts a Farmers Market every Thursday from 2pm to 7pm in support of the area's local venders.
Bluffton (both new and old) is home to a number of award winning restaurants, accomodations and popular shopping centers developed along Hwy. 278 which connects Bluffton and Hilton Head Island. Hwy 278 runs all the way from I-95 to and around Hilton Head Island. In addition to the many commercial shopping plazas on Hwy. 278 in Bluffton are the Tanger Outlet Malls. Tanger Outlets Hilton Head I & II are open from 10am to 9pm daily.
Today's Bluffton is an ideal place to live or visit, with the Atlantic Ocean beaches just minutes away, many recreational activities of the inland waterways and all the conveniences of day to day life, it is easy to see why Bluffton is the fastest growing area in South Carolina. Bluffton has grown tremendously in the last 10 - 15 years with both new real estate being developed as well as new businesses, restaurants, golf courses, hotels, doctors and dental offices. There are dozens of Plantations and Communities in Bluffton to choose from when selecting a home or condo/ villa in Bluffton or any of the surrounding areas.
Farmers Markets of the Lowcountry
The Lowcountry Farmers markets feature unique vendors selling locally grown/ distributed products and live local entertainment. You're sure to find something to suit your taste at one of the Lowcountry area Farmers Markets. The markets offer a wide selection of local farm-fresh produce, meats, seafood, specialty items, prepared meals, plants, nuts, herbs and flowers. The Shelter Cove Park Hilton Head Farmers Market is open Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m.
The Old Town Bluffton Farmers Market is open Thursdays from 2-7pm. during the summer months. The outcome of a grassroots movement that began in 2006, this vibrant market opened in 2008 at the Bluffton Oyster Company Park on the May River and was managed by volunteers. Because of the huge public response and its potential growth, the market moved to its present location. The current site not only serves the public better but also promotes downtown Bluffton merchants to tourists and locals alike.
The market has been an overwhelming success. In the may 2009 issue of Hilton Head Monthly, Bluffton mayor Lisa Sulka describes the market as "our ever famous Bluffton Farmers Market" and goes to say, "This beloved gathering only gets better as the season progresses."