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Bluffton, South Carolina, nestled along the banks of the May River, is a hidden gem that comes alive throughout the year with vibrant activities. Bluffton is a beacon of Southern charm, and benefits from a location that is in close proximity to Beaufort, Hilton Head and Savannah, GA. Whether you’re seeking family-friendly adventures or luxurious experiences, Bluffton has something for everyone. These popular events offer the perfect way to experience the magic of Bluffton and make it a must-visit destination all year round.

Bluffton Farmer’s Market

The Bluffton Farmer’s Market is a beloved street fair held every Thursday. This weekly community event is where both locals and tourists alike gather, not only to browse local produce, but also to enjoy delicious food, listen to entertainment, and relax with friends. Located in historic downtown Bluffton along Calhoun and Lawrence Streets, this family friendly market showcases local growers, local food vendors, local entertainment.

Bluffton Famer's Market with vegetables on display

Taste of Gullah Festival | February

Held during the month-long Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration, February 10, 2024 is the annual Taste of Gullah festival, taking place on the grounds of the Hilton Head Arts Center. From storytelling to gospel music, dance and more, an afternoon of performances shines the spotlight on Gullah heritage. Indulge in Lowcountry specialties including original island gumbo, barbecue ribs, fried fish, shrimp and grits, and shrimp and okra gumbo. Don’t miss this quintessential lowcountry festival!

Hilton Head Island Marathon | February

For fitness enthusiasts and families looking for an active start to the year, the Hilton Head Island Marathon is a must-attend event. Held February 10th, 2024, this marathon takes participants through the scenic routes of Hilton Head, offering breathtaking views of the island. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just want to enjoy a family-friendly 5K, the event caters to all fitness levels. It’s an excellent way to stay active while taking in the natural beauty of the coastal surroundings.

Runners taking part in the Hilton Head Marathon. Close up of feet and shoes

Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival | March

An annual event showcasing many of the world’s premier wines while shining a light on the Lowcountry’s unique and thriving food scene. Held March 24-30, 2024, this event offers a week of wine, craft beer and culinary experiences celebrating the world’s top wineries on gorgeous Hilton Head Island!

crowd attending the Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival Hilton Head SC

Art and Soul: The Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival | October

Bluffton is not only about embracing the outdoors but also about celebrating the vibrant arts and cultural scene. The Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival, held October 12- 20, 2024, is a showcase of the town’s artistic soul and rich maritime heritage. Wander through the charming streets adorned with local artwork, indulge in delicious seafood delicacies, and witness live performances that capture the essence of Lowcountry culture. The festival fosters a sense of community and offers a unique opportunity to engage with local artists and craftsmen.

Bluffton Stouts & Stogies / Cigar & Bold Beer Festival | December

For those seeking a unique take on an age-old tradition, Bluffton offers the Stouts & Stogies Event, hosted in December. This popular event for beer and cigar enthusiasts is held at the Hayward House, located at 70 Boundary Street, in Old Town Bluffton with an array of barbecue, beverages and cigars.

Discover Luxurious Experiences in Palmetto Bluff

For individuals seeking unparalleled luxury, Palmetto Bluff, the picturesque community that embodies Southern charm, offers an array of exclusive experiences. There’s so much to do here, from private yacht charters along the May River to spa treatments that redefine relaxation, this upscale resort community caters to those with a taste for the finer things in life. Indulge in gourmet dining, unwind in lavish accommodations, and explore the expansive grounds that make up this one-of-a-kind private resort, where every corner exudes opulence.

Street view Wilson Village Palmetto Bluff

Bluffton, SC, beckons visitors with a diverse array of activities catering to families and adventure-seekers alike. Whether you’re seeking a cozy winter retreat, an active getaway, or an opulent experience, Bluffton’s charm and warmth will make your visit truly unforgettable. Embrace the Southern hospitality, explore the natural beauty, and create lasting memories in this enchanting destination.

Stay in Luxury

Plan to stay in luxurious comfort within the Palmetto Bluff resort where your vacation can include a fun-filled day spent exploring historic Bluffton. A stay booked in our portfolio of luxury vacation homes offers the breathtaking lowcountry backdrop of Palmetto Bluff’s centuries-old oak trees, majestic pines and vast waterways. Palmetto Bluff is a lush, lowcountry resort community nestled within 20,000 acres of Bluffton’s stunning wildlife. With its scenic landscape and resort style amenities, Palmetto Bluff has both a quaint, small-town feel and a sense of understated luxury. Our collection of vacation rentals in Palmetto Bluff features incredible amenities and superb locations. Let our Concierge team plan a fishing charter for you and your friends, or have a private chef waiting to cook your catch-of-the-day while you sit around the fire pit with a cocktail, telling stories of the big one that got away. And, while you’re there, why not plan a southern-style happy hour on the porch, or travel by private water taxi to explore the Bluffton Farmers Market? With our Guide to Exclusive Experiences, these are just some of the ways you customize your stay for an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind vacation – and we have a team of people ready to help you plan it all.

 

 

Bluffton, South Carolina, has always been a charming destination for those seeking a taste of Southern hospitality and exquisite cuisine. With each passing year, the culinary scene in this Lowcountry gem continues to evolve and surprise. Set alongside the banks of the May River, and with its close proximity to Palmetto Bluff, Hilton Head and Savannah, this up and coming small town is quietly becoming a culinary destination of its own.  We’re excited to introduce you to some of the the top restaurants that have opened their doors in Bluffton, including the remarkable Okàn, fast becoming Bluffton’s most coveted dinner reservation in 2023.

Okàn

Exterior view of Okan restaurant Bluffton SC

Introducing Okàn, the restaurant that’s been the talk of the town since it opened in spring 2023. Okàn brings a unique cuisine to Bluffton that follows the culinary journey of West African-rooted cooking and a blend of Southern flavors, creating an unforgettable dining experience. Okàn’s Executive Chef, Bernard Bennett has been recognized as a “2023 Semifinalist for Emerging Chef” by the James Beard Foundation.

Located on Calhoun Street, Okan’s interior is a fusion of modern design with traditional elements, creating a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. The menu at Okàn takes you on a taste journey that focuses on the foods and flavors that came to the Lowcountry through the enslavement of African Americans and the dishes that are a nod to their West Africa heritage.  Okàn knows how to surprise and delight your taste buds. Don’t forget to try their craft cocktails, expertly paired with the dishes, to complete your dining adventure.

Farm

Exterior view of Farm restaurant Bluffton SC

Located on May River Road in Bluffton, Farm offers a locally-sourced menu and a distinctive dining experience at this rustic-yet-modern, Lowcountry eatery. The seasonally inspired, ever-evolving dishes created by Chef Brandon Carter pay homage to the small local farmers, fishermen and artisan producers who provide the restaurant with its fresh produce, seafood and food products.

 

The Bluffton Room

exterior view of The Bluffton Room restaurant Bluffton SC

Named in the “Top 10 Places to Dine in Bluffton” by The Culture Trip this contemporary American cuisine will not disappoint! They’ve ditched the idea of classic dining by providing table-side preparations in an intimate setting, both indoor and outdoor, paired with service beyond anything you’ve experienced before. The intimate and vibrant atmosphere of the dining room and open-air bar has earned this restaurant rave reviews from diners and critics alike. Enjoy classic American cuisine, tableside preparations and crafted cocktails for dinner. Gracious service, well crafted cocktails, and table-side preparations evoke the feeling of a lively dinner party.

The Pearl Kitchen & Bar

Interior view of The Pearl Kitchen and Bar Bluffton SC

Located at 55 Calhoun Street in the heart of the historic art district of Bluffton, The Pearl Kitchen and Bar brings a refreshing new approach to the dining experience focused on a complete sensory experienceWith an outstanding wine list, handcrafted drinks, fresh locally sourced produce, and certified steaks, it’s no surprise that this is one of Bluffton’s most popular spots to dine at.  Enjoy drinks by the outside fire pit before or after dinner.the freshest of ingredients prepared in a manner that will excite, entice, and keep you coming back for more.

May River Grill

Located on May River Road, the menu at this local favorite is heavy on fresh seafood from the local waters. Throughout its 15 year history, the May River Grill has earned the accolades of Wall Street Journal, South Carolina Living, Taste Magazine, and Bluffton Today. Top picks include Daufuskie-style crab cakes, scallops meunière, seafood pasta pomodoro, stuffed shrimp and bone-in scored flounder.

Stay in Luxury

Plan to stay in luxurious comfort within the Palmetto Bluff resort where your vacation can include a fun-filled day spent exploring historic Bluffton. A stay booked in our portfolio of luxury vacation homes offers the breathtaking lowcountry backdrop of Palmetto Bluff’s centuries-old oak trees, majestic pines and vast waterways. Palmetto Bluff is a lush, lowcountry resort community nestled within 20,000 acres of Bluffton’s stunning wildlife. With its scenic landscape and resort style amenities, Palmetto Bluff has both a quaint, small-town feel and a sense of understated luxury. Our collection of vacation rentals in Palmetto Bluff features incredible amenities and superb locations. Let our Concierge team plan a fishing charter for you and your friends, or have a private chef waiting to cook your catch-of-the-day while you sit around the fire pit with a cocktail, telling stories of the big one that got away. And, while you’re there, why not plan a southern-style happy hour on the porch, or travel by private water taxi to explore the Bluffton Farmers Market? With our Guide to Exclusive Experiences, these are just some of the ways you customize your stay for an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind vacation – and we have a team of people ready to help you plan it all.

 

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