October 2018

Explore SC: Destination Bluffton

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Kendall takes a stroll along Calhoun Street in front of the restored Seven Oaks, originally built in 1850.

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(Available at Birdie James)

Delight in the abundance of art galleries and interior design shops and that line both sides of Calhoun Street and spill into Bluffton’s newest district, the Promenade. If you want to take home a piece of Bluffton created by a resident of Bluffton, wander into SOBA Gallery, where all artwork on display and for sale is by local artists in a variety of mediums.

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(Available at Coastal Bliss)

For a piece of history, stroll down to Oyster Factory Park, where you will find the recently restored Garvin House. Cyrus Garvin, a Freedman, built the house on the property of what might have been his former owner Joseph Baynard. Baynard’s house was burned down during the Union attack on Bluffton in June of 1863, and the Garvin House stands on the exact location where the residence had been located, on a bluff overlooking the May River. Garvin purchased the land, 54 acres, for $239.70 in 1878.

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Escape Handbag: $35
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Arguably one of the most picturesque spots in Bluffton is where the Anglican Church of the Cross sits, overlooking the May River. The church was built in 1854 and was designed by Architect E.B. White, who had the rose-colored glass of the windows delivered from England. This house of worship survived when Federal troops burned much of Bluffton in 1863, and it has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975.

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Bracelets: $8 each, or 5 for $35,
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(Available at Too Belles Boutique)

Those lucky enough to wander into Preston’s Studio and find Jacob at the potter’s wheel will experience a real piece of Bluffton’s recent history in the flesh. This kindhearted local, billed as “Bluffton’s Tallest Potter,” has been creating beautiful pieces of clay transformed into plates, bowls, pots and platters for over 40 years. If you’ve been across the bridge to Hilton Head Island, you may have seen his likeness in the King Neptune statue who watches over Shelter Cove Marina. Once upon a time, he was the model for that impressive structure.

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(Available at Gigi’s Boutique)

Right in the middle of Calhoun Street sits The Cottage, a bustling café with al fresco seating overlooking the street. A recently re-imagined menu offers a plethora of healthy options so you can justify dessert. One of the few places that offers tea service in the area, it is a great place for a ladies’ luncheon.

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If shopping is what you crave, make your way to Old Town Bluffton’s commercial hub on Calhoun Street. There you will find unique boutiques for women including Babbie Guscio’s The Store, Eggs ‘N’ Tricities, Gigi’s, Birdie James and Mameem & Maudie. Spending time here is not just shopping; it’s an invitation to sit a spell and catch up on town gossip.

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Heels: $148,
Pearl Drop earrings: $48
(Available at Birdie James)

Christmas is a special time in Bluffton, and the most wonderful time of the year is accentuated with festive wreaths hung on lamp posts throughout the historic district. The first Saturday of December ushers in the season with the Annual Christmas Parade—a don’t-miss event that brings out all the locals and their lawn chairs. Highlights include the Ugly Dog Contest, Santa arriving on a fire truck and local businesses strutting their stuff with creative floats.

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Sunglasses: $60
(Available at Pink Pineapple)

The Promenade is host to numerous restaurants with every flavor profile imaginable. Craving seafood while you watch the game? Try the upstairs bar at Captain Woody’s where you’ll have a bird’s eye view. Just two doors down, you will find the best BBQ in the Lowcountry at Ted Huffman’s Bluffton BBQ. For an elegant dining adventure, make reservations at The Bluffton Room. Grab a margarita and some guacamole at Agave.
So. Many. Choices.

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After a long day of shopping and exploring, head to Calhoun’s in the Promenade for a cool cocktail or glass of wine.

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