ideal-LIVING.com ideal-LIVING • fall 2015
ideal towns >>> bluffton, sc
Filled with antebellum homes and Spanish moss-draped oaks, historic churches and screened-in porches, it’s a place you would almost expect not to exist anymore. But
the secret is out, and Bluffton’s Lowcountry flavor and scenic
setting on the banks of the May River instantly draw you in. To
many locals, Old Town Bluffton is “the last true coastal village
of the South.” And, it’s waiting to share its story with you.
In Bluffton, you can park your car and switch to a slower,
more leisurely mode of transportation: your own two feet.
The town is compact and walkable, beckoning you to stroll
under the gnarled limbs of the oak tree canopy and slip into
Bluffton time. You don’t want to miss anything, so grab a
map from any merchant and get to know the sights, sounds
and smells of the town.
Inevitably, you’ll end up on Calhoun Street, the main hub
of activity in Old Town Bluffton. You may find yourself at
the farmer’s market on a Thursday afternoon, full of fresh
vegetables and handmade crafts, or browsing through one
of the many art galleries. Creativity and inspiration flourish
here, and the town is made up of working artists. Whether it’s
ironwork, photography, painting or pottery, you’ll find over
250 artists represented in the art galleries and shops that dot
the streets, and the buildings where you can admire their
masterpieces are works of art themselves. With a sense of self
preservation, the town’s old buildings have been repurposed
and renovated, and new buildings are modeled after what
already existed, keeping the town rooted in its historic past.
Pretty soon you’ll realize that Bluffton is more than just a
charming town filled with friendly people and good conversation.
Bluffton is a way of life, and it’s a lovely day, every day.
of South Carolina’s
Best Kept Secrets by Rachael Provost
• Cahill’s Market & Chicken Kitchen wants you
to experience a taste of true Southern comfort food
and welcomes the opportunity to have you join them
for a delicious home-style meal. There’s a relaxed country
atmosphere and a market featuring fresh produce.
• Corks Wine Company boasts a large wine
selection, delicious small plates and live music,
making it the perfect place for small or large gatherings.
• May River Grill is the perfect place for a pleasant
atmosphere and fresh food. Find a table and enjoy a
plate of delectable crab cakes and so much more.
• Pepper’s Old Town’s shrimp on a grit cake
sounds delicious—eat it and much more in a barn
with a unique history.
• Red Fish Bluffton specializes in cuisine where an
eclectic blend of seafood, steaks, fresh local fruit and
vegetables are combined with Lowcountry specialties
using home-grown produce and an extensive wine list.
TOP THINGS TO DO
• Bluffton Farmer’s Market
Fresh fruits, veggies, flowers and homemade crafts can be
found each Thursday afternoon on Calhoun Street in the
center of town.
• Heyward House
Enjoy a guided tour through one of only eight antebellum
structures remaining in Old Town.
• May River
Winding through the Old Town area, glimpse bottlenose
dolphins, marshes, sea birds and spectacular views.
• May River Theatre Co., Inc.
Catch all kinds of performances throughout the year to
entertain both locals and visitors alike.
• Rose Hill Mansion
Take a walking tour of the most beautiful plantation
house in the Lowcountry.