Just over the bridge from Hilton Head Island is the cozy riverside town of Bluffton, SC. What used to be a quiet little fishing village has developed into one of the best kept secrets on South Carolina’s East coast.
While many visitors come to the area to spend some time on the gorgeous beaches of Hilton Head Island, no visit to the SC Low Country would be complete without spending some time in beautiful Bluffton.
There is so much to see and do in Bluffton including unique shopping experiences, delicious dining options, and fun-filled tours and adventures. In addition, Bluffton never misses an opportunity to have a festival downtown to celebrate the many things that make this thriving community so special. Here’s some of the upcoming festivals in Bluffton. Be sure to add them to your list of things to do in the Hilton Head area.
2019 Fall Festivals in Bluffton
Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival – October 12th – 20th – Celebrates fresh-from-the-water seafood and the talent of the local arts community. Located on Calhoun Street in the historic district includes a juried art show, live music, and Bluffton seafood – shrimp, oysters, scallops, blue crabs – and barbecue for the “landlubbers”. Enjoy weekend festivities including great music from local bands, a seafood tasting extravaganza, and a fireworks grand finale.
The Bluffton International & Craft Beer Fest – October 26th – Features specialty brews at the Bluffton Oyster Factory Park. Known as the “The Best Little Beer Fest in the USA,” it includes over 100 unique beers from more than 40 breweries in the US and around the world. Live music.
13th Annual Music to Your Mouth Festival – November 18 to 24 – The vibrant Palmetto Bluff community, located a few miles down May River Road from Old Town Bluffton, welcomes guests to enjoy the event features of the four-day music, food, and wine celebration, highlighting renowned chefs and favorite musicians.
The Dufrene Group – Your Bluffton Real Estate Specialists
We would love to welcome you to the thriving Bluffton, SC community as our neighbor! Check out the homes for sale in Bluffton here at no obligation, and then just let us know when you want to take a tour! We are excited to show you around our amazing little town and help you own a piece of paradise today!
If you’re lucky enough to be spending Labor Day Weekend with us on Hilton Head Island, you will find it is the absolute perfect time to relax in the SC Low Country. School has already been in session in our neck of the woods for several weeks and classes will begin the day after the holiday weekend for most other areas. This means that the hectic days of summer vacation are behind us and we can relax and enjoy having more of the beautiful Island to ourselves!
It’s also the perfect time to look at the homes for sale on Hilton Head Island and homes for sale in Bluffton, SC. Our experienced team of Realtors in Bluffton would love to show you around the Island during your visit. It’s our pleasure and privilege to let you look at the amazing homes available in our little piece of paradise. If you would like to call Hilton Head or Bluffton home, or are interested in a vacation or investment property here, we’d love to help you realize your dream!
Here are some of the exciting Labor Day Weekend activities and festivities on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton:
Labor Day Events in Hilton Head and Bluffton
Parrot Palooza Caribbean Concert – Enjoy a night of dancing with the Parrot Palooza Caribbean Concert featuring Shannon Tanner & the Oyster Reefers for the Labor Day Weekend Shows Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1 at 7pm. Cappy the Clown will also be at the Harbour with fun kids’ activities from 6-9pm!
Friday Social Dancing – The Hilton Head Island Carolina Shag Club welcomes you to their Friday night Social Dance on
FridayAugust 30. The Social Dances are from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. at Dolphin Head Golf Club in Hilton Head Plantation and are open to the public. There is a $ 5 floorcharge. Anyone who loves to dance is invited to attend – ballroom, swing, country, line, singles and out of towners are welcome!
Gregg Russell Labor Day Concerts – Celebrating over 40 years in Harbour Town, Gregg Russell has become a Sea Pines classic! You’ll find him under the famed Liberty Oak in Harbour Town entertaining adults and children alike. August 29 thru September 1, 2019.
Free Golf Class & Exhibition Palmetto Dunes – Location: Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course -Enjoy a free golf clinic & demonstration is offered at the Robert Trent Jones course in Palmetto Dunes. Ask questions to former PGA Tour player Doug Weaver & staff. The class is hands-on, interactive and all skill levels will benefit.
The Dufrene Group – Your Bluffton Realtor Team
The Dufrene Group is here to help with all your real estate needs. Whether you are a local to the area or are looking to invest in a vacation home on Hilton Head Island, our team can help you find the home you are looking for! Visit our website here for more info today!
There is no better place to celebrate the 4th of July holiday than on beautiful Hilton Head Island. There is so much to see and do for the whole family. Whether you are looking to relax and unwind or experience an exciting adventure, there is truly something for everyone on Hilton Head Island. Check out these fun and festive Independence Day activities on Hilton Head Island.
Celebrate 4th of July on Hilton Head Island
Firecracker 5K – Be a part of the 34th annual Hilton Head Firecracker 5K Run and Family Fun Walk!
Funstarts at 8:00 a.m. at the Shelter Cove Community Park. With more than 1,700 runners and walkers each year, this is the largest and oldest road race in Beaufort County, as well as one of the top 10 races in South Carolina.
4th of July Parade – Check out the 4th of July parade at Harbour Town in Sea Pines. Decorate your bike, wagon, pets, and dress up the kiddos for the fun-filled Parade at Harbour Town. Entries will be judged on patriotism, so don’t be afraid to wave your flag proudly!
Salute from the Shore – The Salute from the Shore promises to be an awe-inspiring spectacle! Each year on the 4th of July, hundreds of thousands of people gather on South Carolina’s beaches to show their appreciation to America’s armed forces during a military aircraft flyover. This year, F-16s from the McEntire Joint National Guard Base will fly overhead at approximately 1:00 p.m. The flyover starts at Cherry Grove in the Myrtle Beach area and wraps up at the sand bar on the May River in Bluffton. Grab a chair and head to the beach. Then look to the sky shortly after
1pmfor the flyover as they make their way down the coastline to Hilton Head Island beaches.
Pre-Fireworks Fun – Head to Shelter Cove Towne Center, where kids of all ages can enjoy inflatable bounce houses and face painting for a small fee beginning at 5:00 p.m. Or, visit Shelter Cove Harbour for a special Fourth of July edition of HarbourFest, where you’ll be treated to performances by Shannon Tanner and Cappy the Clown at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Fireworks Displays – Bring your lawn chairs to Harbour Town in Sea Pines, the Skull Creek Boathouse, or enjoy Palmetto Dunes’ Harbourfest with family-friendly activities and fireworks at Shelter Cove. All fireworks display will begin at dusk.
The Dufrene Group – Your Realtors on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton
There’s no better place to spend the Fourth of July than Hilton Head Island and there is truly no better place to live! The Dufrene Group can help you find the vacation home of your dreams on Hilton Head Island or a year-round home in beautiful Bluffton. Contact us today for assistance or search homes for sale here.
Thinking of Selling Your Low Country Home? Here are the Best Home Improvements for a Higher Resale Price
If you are thinking of selling your Hilton Head Island or Bluffton home in the near future, now is a great time to start considering the best home improvements to make to help you get the best resale value. Savvy home sellers know that if you want to get the most money for your home, it is crucial that it be in tip top shape to attract buyers and command the asking price. Do not underestimate the value some minor home improvements can add to your bottom line when you sell your home.
As experienced Realtors in Bluffton, we know that our clients need to start taking an inventory now of the things they can do to increase the value of their home and have it looking its finest when the listing hits the market. Here are some tips about the best home improvements to make on your home for sale on Hilton Head Island or Bluffton home for sale.
Home Improvements to Make for Best Resale Profits
- Don’t Forget the Yard – Do not underestimate the
rolea colorful row of flowers or a well-manicured lawn plays when people are house hunting. Replace overgrown shrubs with pretty, flowering plants, and other eye-catching focal points like a stone walkway or paved path to add instant appeal and value to the home.
- Clever Kitchen Updates –Even minor kitchen updates can go a long way in increasing the appeal and the price of your home for sale. Consider updating any appliances you can, sanding and painting existing cabinets for a fresh new look and updating curtains and window trim to add a designer touch.
- Spruce Up the Bathroom – When a complete remodel is not an option, spruce up outdated bathrooms for a more modern feel to attract more buyers. Consider re-calking the tub, re-grouting any old looking tile, and replacing the toilet for a more modern look. Also, updating the bathroom mirror as well as the fixtures will enhance the home for buyers.
- Be Energy Efficient – Being energy efficient means being budget efficient in the eyes of a home buyer. While you may not actually be able to see these upgrades in your home for sale, an energy efficient home is a true favorite choice of home buyers today due to the potential long-term monetary savings it offers. Upgrading the HVAC system, insulation, water heaters, and windows are very popular upgrades with those looking to buy a home.
- Freshen Up the Walls – One of the most effective yet least expensive updates you can make is to give the walls of the home a fresh coat of paint. New paint not only lightens and brightens each room
,it also disguises any imperfections or defects to make the home look clean and fresh. Just be sure to choose a color that will be appealing to a wide variety of people such as a neutral yet urban gray tone.
- Don’t Forget the Yard – Do not underestimate the
We definitely have our fair share of amazing restaurants to choose from in Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, and Beaufort, SC. Our coastal location gives the SC Low Country an abundance of fresh local seafood and there is truly nothing better than relaxing with a spectacular water view while dining. Here are some of the area restaurants that offer an amazing water view in the SC Low Country.
Restaurants with a Water View on Hilton Head Island
Restaurants with a Water View in Beaufort
Restaurants with a Water View in Bluffton
No matter which water view you choose, we are lucky to have these and many other delicious restaurants in the area to choose from for delicious SC Low Country cuisine.
Trust the Dufrene Real Estate Team
Whether you are a local resident looking to sell your home in Bluffton and buy a new one, or a fan of the area who wants a vacation home on Hilton Head Island, the Dufrene Group is here to help. Our experienced team of Bluffton Realtors can help you buy or sell a Bluffton or Hilton Head home. Contact us for a FREE consultation today to see how we can best serve your Hilton Head Island real estate needs.
Spring is a wonderful time to relax and enjoy the amazing weather on Hilton Head Island. Whether you are looking for some beach time, a fishing excursion, hitting a few golf balls, or snoozing in a hammock, Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC
offera much-needed break at a slower pace. Be careful though, many people who visit Hilton Head Island on vacation decide they want to own a piece of our paradise and end up buying a home for sale on Hilton Head Island or one of the gorgeous homes for sale in Bluffton!
April on Hilton Head Island offers an abundance of family friendly events and festivities you won’t want to miss! Check out these popular Spring activities in Hilton Head and Bluffton, SC.
Bluffton and Hilton Head Island Spring Activities
Easter Bunny Wagon Ride – Sea Pines – April 19 and April 20, 2019 –
11am, 12:30pmand 2pm– Hop aboard the big red wagon and experience a spring exploration of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve, while children play a game of “I Spy” along the way. The wagon will stop at Fish Island where the Easter Bunny will be waiting. Refreshments will be provided as well as activities and games for the whole family to enjoy. Reservations required; call (843) 842-1979. $16/adult, $13/children (ages 12 and younger).
RBC Heritage Golf Tournament – Each year in April, the PGA brings golf to the SC Low Country with the Heritage Golf Tournament. Join in on the fun! April 15-21, 2019.
Bluffton Community Parade and Easter Egg Hunt – April 20,
201910:00 AM – 12:00 PM in Old Town Bluffton. Children are invited for the Old Town Bunny Parade at 10amon Calhoun St.at The Store, followed by a Community Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by St. Andrew By-The-Sea Bluffton Worship at Bluffton Oyster Factory Park at 11am.Bring a basket if possible. Refreshments also served.
Music & Taste on the Harbour at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina – April 11,
20196:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Ongoing through May 16) The spring outdoor concert series will feature a variety of bands on select Thursday nights. The free event is open to the public, and mixes live, local music with gourmet food, shopping and sunset water views from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday evenings.
–Harbour Town Easter Egg Hunt – April 21,
201911:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Harbour Town – Held at the Greg Russell Harbour Town Playground, the Easter Egg Hunt is an annual tradition with the Easter Bunny as part of the festivities. Hosted by The Sea Pines Resort and the Shops at Harbour Town.
Your Realtor in Bluffton, The Dufrene Group, is here to show you any of the available homes for sale in Bluffton and homes for sale on Hilton Head Island. Give us a call at 843/707-2267 or contact us via email here. We’d love to be your Realtor in Bluffton and show you around the area!
The RBC Heritage will be held April 15 – 21, 2019 on beautiful Hilton Head Island, and it is expected to be one of the best years ever! Held each April on the Island, thousands of people make their way to Hilton Head, SC to be a part of South Carolina’s only PGA event.
Held annually on The Sea Pines Resort’s famed Harbour Town Golf Links, the RBC Heritage is one of golf’s most notable tournaments. This popular family-friendly event features some of the biggest names in golf and is very popular with thousands of spectators from around the world in attendance each year. The Heritage is also a favorite among TOUR players, many of whom enjoy staying with their families at The Sea Pines Resort and enjoying the amenities of Island.
The RBC Heritage is one of the few golf events that enables fans to get up-close and personal with the players and The Dufrene Group would like to give you a chance to experience that! Visit our Facebook page now to enter! You could be the lucky winner of the drawing on April 7!
This year’s tournament promises to be another year of exciting golf and
fun filledIsland events. Harbour Town Golf Links in The Sea Pines Resort will be where the party is this April, so be sure to get your tickets soon to be a part of the festivities. Learn more here.
The Dufrene Group Keller Williams is here for all of your Hilton Head Island and Bluffton real estate needs! We have expert agents ready to help you sell your home or find the perfect Low Country dream home to buy. Call or message us to get started today!
Spring is a magic time in the coastal communities of Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Beaufort in South Carolina. The weather is almost perfect, the beautiful azaleas are blooming their fabulous colors, and our beaches and rivers welcome Spring Break visitors for the new season of fun in our beautiful area.
As we welcome Spring on March 20, we appreciate the sunny, long, days and the plethora of events, activities, and celebrations on Hilton Head Island, beautiful Bluffton, and nearby Beaufort, SC. Here are a few of the planned festivities:
Spring Activities in the SC Low Country
Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival – March 11-17 – 34th Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival in Sea Pines Resort. The week will consist of wine tastings/educational events as well as wine dinners throughout the island, with the Grand Tasting will be Friday night, March 15th and the Public Tasting Saturday, March 16, all located in and around the iconic Harbour Town.
Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade – The 36th Annual Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at Coligny Circle at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Clowns, marching bands, floats, Shiners, dignitaries and animal contingencies make their way down Pope Avenue to Office Park Road, and end at Park Plaza.
Bluffton Farmer’s Market – Every Thursday, farmers, cooks, jam- and salsa-makers and all kinds of artisans meet locals on Calhoun Street for the Farmers Market of Bluffton from 1-6 p.m., (or Dusk if earlier!) With an assortment of farm fresh produce, including strawberries, carrots, onions, spinach, varieties of lettuce, broccoli, mushrooms, beets, potatoes and more, the Farmers Market bound to have something for every kind of guest.
WingFest – March 22- March 23 – The WingFest is a family fun event on Friday and Saturday. Kick off the weekend with an intimate gathering underneath the Shelter Cove Pavilion with WingFest Happy Hour. A low-key evening watching the sunset over Broadcreek. Saturday is the competition day. With over 20 local restaurants competing for People’s and Judge’s top three choices. Come out and vote for your favorite.
Harbour Town Spring Fest – March 24 – Enjoy the splendor of Harbour Town with a Harbour Town Shops sidewalk sale offering great deals; local favorite Deas-Guyz in concert, nautical activities featuring a variety of watersports, tours and boat rides; dining on the
harbourall day; and children’s activities. The Carolina Dreams Car Club will have a selection of classic cars on display.
The Dufrene Group Can Help You Sell Your Home in Bluffton, Hilton Head or Beaufort
If you are ready to buy a home, the Dufrene Group in Bluffton can help. Let us compile a list of homes that
suitsyour needs and get started today on the search for your dream home today!
If you are ready to sell your Bluffton, Hilton Head, or Beaufort home, the Dufrene Group can help, too! Get your FREE, NO OBLIGATION in Depth INSTANT Home Evaluation Report now! You can also give us a call at (843) 707-2267 or email us here! We are ready to help you sell your home and get the best price possible!
The most recognizable Hilton Head landmark, the world famous Harbour Town Lighthouse, was built in 1969 in an effort to help ships traveling along the Intracoastal Waterway and Calibogue Sound see better at night. It was the first privately financed lighthouse to be built since way back in the 1800’s so it was the talk of the town.
Today, the popular 93-foot red and white striped lighthouse welcomes you to the Harbour Town Yacht Basin and is open to the public. There are 111 stairs to the top of the lighthouse that leads to a gift shop, museum, and a top-level viewing deck that provides panoramic views of the Calibogue Sound, Daufuskie Island, and Hilton Head Island. These 360-degree panoramic views of the water, marsh, Harbour Town Golf Links, and the marina, are some of the best on the Island. Check out the webcam here!
Guests are welcome to take a self- guided “Legends Tour” in the Historic Museum to learn more about the Island’s history and the creation of the lighthouse. In addition, the Top of the Lighthouse Shoppe is a unique and popular boutique with lighthouse figurines, Harbour Lights collectibles, t-shirts, local art, jewelry, Christmas ornaments and more!
The Dufrene Group Can Help You Find the Your Hilton Head Island Vacation Villa
We’d love to have you as a neighbor! Are you thinking of buying a home or vacation villa on Hilton Head Island or in Bluffton, SC? The Dufrene Group can help! Check out available Hilton Head Island homes for sale here or feel free to contact us for more info at (843) 707-2267 or email us here! We are ready to help you find your Low Country home!
If you are thinking about selling your Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, or Beaufort home, The Dufrene Group can help! Our team of experienced Realtors is here to assist you with selling your home quickly, for the most money…and with no stress to you at all!
From listing your Hilton Head Island home and taking photos for advertising purposes, to staging ideas, and helping you understand all of the technical lingo involved in the selling and closing of a home, the Dufrene Team is on your side from beginning to end!
Here are some tips for sellers to help you prepare your house for the home inspection the buyer will request prior to closing:
Preparing for a Real Estate Home Inspection
Offer Access to the Home – Be prepared to allow the home inspector access as needed to perform the necessary assessment of the home and property. Get rid of excess clutter that may impact access in areas
suchas attics, basements, storage rooms, etc.
Inspect for Insects – Be sure to address any known bug, spider, or wasp problems prior to the home inspection. Seeing some of these insects is normal in the SC Low Country, but it can still be an issue for some potential buyers.
Check for Water Leaks- Signs of water leaks or water damage are definitely on the top of the list for the home inspector. Be prepared and check for water issues near sinks and faucets, the base of toilets, bathtubs and showers. Be sure to also look at appliances such as dishwashers and refrigerators as well. Check walls, ceilings, and floors for tell-tale signs of water damage such as warping, staining, and sagging.
Keep Home Cleaned and Maintained – Seeing a well-kept and maintained home sends a good message to the home inspector and keeps all red flags at bay. Things like a fresh filter in the HVAC system, functioning toilets, and replacing burned-out light bulbs indicate that the home is taken care of.
Rely on Your Bluffton Realtor – Working with an experienced Realtor not only greatly reduces your stress, but also ensures you have an experienced person on your side that knows what to expect during Bluffton and Hilton Head Island home inspections. Rely on your Bluffton Realtor to guide you through the process.
The Dufrene Group Can Help You Sell Your Home in Bluffton, Hilton Head or Beaufort
If you are ready to sell your Bluffton, Hilton Head, or Beaufort home, the Dufrene Group can help! Get your FREE, NO OBLIGATION in Depth INSTANT Home Evaluation Report now! You can also give us a call at (843) 707-2267 or email us here! We are ready to help you sell your home and get the best price possible!