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Derry, New...
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Spending a week

Hi looking for help we are spending a week in Bluffton, in late April. I am looking for great sightseeing locations, there are so many that I am looking for a little help. We are looking to go to Charleston for a day and Savannah for some sight seeing if you can recommend any place around that would be great. Also maybe a place or two to eat.

Thanks in advance!!!

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1. Re: Spending a week

Staying in bluffton? is there a specific reason why? Not a whole lot going on in bluffton....Unless you really really like outlet malls and fast food joints.

I would really recommend staying in Charleston, there's soooooo much to do, you can spend a ton of time there and still not see everything.

I'd skip Savannah, Its just a run down, smaller version of Charleston without the class.

Beaufort is worth checking out however, wonderful little waterfront downtown area.

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Staying in Bluffton, with a friend for the week. She's the reason we are heading to the area.

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Definitely suggest Beaufort for a lovely day trip, which is only 30 minutes away from Bluffton. A link for more Beaufort info is below. I do suggest Charleston as well, but I think Savannah may be worth the trip as well.


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Bluffton has a cute little "old town" with some local art galleries. There is also a pretty Civil War era church at the end of Calhoun Street in "old town". That is a nice location to watch the sunset over the May River.


There are a few decent (IE not chain) restaurants in Bluffton.

May River Grill




Pour Richards


Pepper's Porch


Inn at Palmetto Bluff has some nice hiking and biking trails and you can go kayaking from there as well.


Bluffton has a lot of biking trails. Not as many as Hilton Head Island, but they are working on it. One of the plantations (meaning, gated communities) has horseback riding if I am not mistaken. And of course lots and lots of golf courses and most communities have a swimming pool and probably tennis court.

Savannah is about 30 minutes away if you take the back roads to get there - meaning Route 46 and Hwy 17 into Savannah as opposed to driving all the way to 95. Bluffton is actually right in the middle of Savannah, Beaufort, and the HHI Beaches. Each will be about 30 minutes door to door (well, Folly Field beach is 20-25 minutes from door to parking spot, especially if you take Bluffton Parkway).

Where does your friend want to go when you visit? Charleston is lovely too but that is a good 90 minutes from Bluffton. Savannah is much closer and there is a lot you can see and do there as well - and eat!

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I agree with skywalker beth - what does your host suggest? Living in a great place (Charleston) I am happy when my friends have a wish list, and I know several days of great spots if they don't.

I like to suggest a list of my favorite visits to my guests in advance, so they can tell me what they might like best. Maybe your friend who lives in Bluffton can do the same for you.

Bluffton is such an odd place these days. A charming waterfront village surrounded by Sun City and discount malls, with the highway to Hllton Head cutting thru it all. Again, what do you and the friend you're visiting like to do?

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I totally disagree with Winterface, Savannah and Charleston are very different and both special in their own right. Savannah has beautiful squares and it is great to walk around the historic district. There are lots of restaurants to choose from. We love to go to Zunzi's and grab lunch and sit in their courtyard or in one of the squares and have lunch. Savannah is much slower and smaller than Charleston. Charleston is more cosmopolitan. There is more to do in Charleston but not necessarily better than Savannah, just a different experience. Old town Bluffton is worth a visit and their is usually a farmer's market on Thursdays. We like Mi Tierra and Hogshead Kitchen in Bluffton. The Cottage is also good for brunch or lunch. Truffles is also a favorite.

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