Bluffton, SC, is a town unlike any other. When you arrive here, you immediately feel a sense of calm. You feel a slower, more relaxing pace takes over. The spot where this is most apparent is Bluffton’s Old Town Historic District! Below, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about this unique downtown and why it’s so special. For more local recommendations regarding the Lowcountry’s hidden gems and most beloved spots, be sure to access our free Vacation Guide! It’s the area’s best resource for planning your coastal Carolina getaway.
All About Bluffton’s Old Town Historic District
Where to Find it
Many know the town of Bluffton as the town you drive through to reach Hilton Head Island, a popular beach vacation spot. Those who are “in the know,” however, understand that this small town is much, much more. Though Bluffton is technically everything between the towns of Hardeeville, Beaufort, Savannah, and Hilton Head, “Old Town” only stretches a few blocks. This area parallels the May River, a gorgeous natural spectacle. This is where the magic happens!
What Makes it Historic?
Dating back to colonial times, the Old Town district of Bluffton has gone through generations of change. This riverside community was founded in the early nineteenth century by planters as a resort community. Plantation owners and their families from cities like Savannah and Charleston would arrive by boat and relax along the uninhabited banks of the May. Between attractions like the Heyward House and the Church of the Cross, there are still plenty of reminders of the area’s rich history.
Some of the Best Spots in the Old Town Historic District
Today, there are countless reasons to bring your friends and family to this special part of Bluffton. Here are just a few of our favorite spots to see while you’re in town:
- The Corner Perk, a homegrown coffee shop
- Maye River Gallery, one of Bluffton’s best art galleries
- The May River Sandbar, a local “secret”
- Bluffton Oyster Company, one of the town’s oldest and most valuable spots
If you and your loved ones are searching for a new and refreshing way of vacationing, you need to experience Old Town Bluffton Inn, the Historic District’s newest addition (and only boutique hotel). Our gorgeous, family-owned inn is located just steps away from historic gems like the May River and Heyward House. When we built the inn, we considered all aspects of Bluffton’s roots. You’ll love waking up to the luxurious details of your guest room, which is named after an influential Bluffton figure. Plus, our premium amenities will make you feel like part of our town’s unique story! Whether you visit for a fun festival or to simply unwind, there’s a fantastic experience waiting for you here at Old Town Bluffton Inn.