Savannah Series: Bluffton, SC — Almost a Homecoming

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I know, I know, this blog is called For 91 Days in Savannah! But when we saw the town Bluffton, we had to go... because Mike is from Bluffton! Fine, he's from a town with the same name in Ohio... but we had a great time in Bluffton, South Carolina, which was filled with strange shops and interesting people. This article was first published on our Savannah Travel Blog in 2010.


I grew up in Bluffton, Ohio. A Midwestern metropolis of about 3000 people, Bluffton is the kind of place where a knitting festival would be the cultural highlight of the month (if something as cool as a knitting festival ever actually took place). Friday night football, the bowling alley, and cruising up and down Main Street in an endless loop, looking for something, anything to do… ah, the memories.

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So visiting Bluffton, South Carolina, was amusing to me. It’s about ten times the size of my hometown, and a lot more interesting. Located on the May River, close to Hilton Head, it’s a funny city filled with strange characters. We spent the day and on the way home, found ourselves in total agreement on one thing: Bluffton is bizarre.

Our unofficial guide for the day was a local. We met Nancy inside her store called Eggs N Tricities, which is packed from wall to wall with exactly the things you’d expect to find in a store called “Eggs N Tricities”: vintage clothes, old books, so-bad-they’re-good paintings, knick-knacks, seashell creations and other curiosities which defy description.

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Nancy was a perfect guide to Bluffton. She knew a lot of stories about the locals, and it was fun to see these beautiful old houses, and hear about the crazy things which happened inside them. We paused for a delicious lunch at a restaurant called The Cottage, which was still busy at 2pm, and then visited a few of the town’s shops. Bluffton is a very artsy town, packed with knick-knack stores and local painters. After finishing shopping, we went to the Oyster Factory and checked out the Church of the Cross, an impressive wooden structure which dates from 1857.

There are actually two sides to Bluffton, and the one in which we spent the day was the old part. The “new city,” built up and around the highway, is where the more usual businesses can be found, and is much busier. Nancy said that some people who live in New Bluffton have never even been to the old town. That’s shocking, because this is a special little place, and definitely worth the trip from Savannah.

Location on our Day Trip Map

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Such a beautiful light in the first photo! What an interesting town, I'm glad you went to visite it. Sometimes you had to break the rules xD

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Thank you for the comment ... yeah, the light was beautiful thanks for someone burning leaves. Good timing!!!

Artist is out!! 🤗 I love reading your blogs, Will be following you... So much information and such an experience..

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ha ha! Someone is enjoy himself on the swing!

I love old towns and their folklore! In South Africa we also have an old little town called McGregor and it's filled with artists from any hue! Then of course we also have the town of Prince Albert which is a story on its own. A great post indeed here and upvoted! Blessings! @for91days

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