Spooky Haunts and Halloween Festivities on Hilton Head Island

For a beach town, Hilton Head Island sure does know how to do it right for Halloween. There are plenty of spooky haunts and Halloween oriented festivities on the Island as well as across the bridge in Bluffton for ghosts and goblins of all ages to enjoy. Here are some of the frightful festivities to enjoy this Halloween on Hilton Head Island.

Halloween Festivities on Hilton Head Island

Halloween at Coligny – October 25 – Halloween fun at Coligny with costume contests for all ages, trick-or-treating around the plaza and entertainment by DJ Crush and more from 4-7 p.m.  

Salty Dog Café Haunted BBQ – October 27 – Dress up in your Halloween costume and come out to the Salty Dog at South Beach Marina. The fun-filled haunted BBQ and costume contest features an evening filled with ghoulish food, live music, sweet treats, face painting and more!

Bluffton Jack’s Haunted History Tour – Various Dates Throughout October – Enjoy a walking GHOST TOUR of historic Old Town Bluffton. Hear spooky Bluffton tales told by certified tour guide Bluffton Jack. Tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. Prepare for a hauntingly good time.

Halloween Wagon Rides in Sea Pines October 27 – Wear your Halloween costume and look for clues to lead you to the pumpkin patch during Halloween Wagon Rides through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve.

Halloween on the Harbour – October 28 – Visit Harbour Town for the complimentary Halloween on the Harbour with activities and trick-or-treating around Harbour Town.

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So Much to See and Do in Beautiful Bluffton, SC – 2019 Fall Festivals

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 FestivalOctober 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 FestOctober 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 24The 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.

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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!  

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Dinner with a View in the SC Low Country

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

Fishcamp at Broad Creek

Crazy Crab

Poseidon Coastal Cuisine

The Quarterdeck – 

Skull Creek Dockside

Restaurants with a Water View in Beaufort

Luther’s Rare and Well Done

Saltus River Grill

Restaurants with a Water View in Bluffton

Buffalo’s at Palmetto Bluff

Canoe Club at Palmetto Bluff

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.

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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.

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Spring Break Fun on Hilton Head Island 


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 offer a 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 RideSea Pines – April 19 and April 20, 2019 – 11am, 12:30pm and 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, 2019 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in Old Town Bluffton. Children are invited for the Old Town Bunny Parade at 10am on 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, 2019 6:00 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, 2019 11:00 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! 

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Spring in the Low Country of Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Beaufort, SC

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 FestivalMarch 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 ParadeThe 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.

WingFestMarch 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 harbour all day; and children’s activities. The Carolina Dreams Car Club will have a selection of classic cars on display.


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History Lesson: The Harbour Town Light House on Hilton Head Island

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!

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How to Prepare for a Real Estate Home Inspection

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 such as 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!

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For Sale by Owner – The Pros and Cons of Selling Your Bluffton or Hilton Head Home By Yourself

If you are considering selling your home in Bluffton, Beaufort, or Hilton Head Island, you may have also considered forgoing a Bluffton Realtor and selling it yourself. While it may sound like a good idea to save a little bit of money on Realtor commissions, just be sure you are aware of everything you are getting in to.

Things such as paperwork, laws, and other legal requirements for homes for sale in Bluffton and homes for sale on Hilton Head Island can be quite mind boggling for those who don’t deal with it on a regular basis and can cost thousands of dollars if care is not taken. Although there can be some advantages to a “For Sale by Owner” (FSBO) situation, there are also risks that a seller (and buyer) should be aware of.

Pros of For Sale by Owner Homes

  • No Realtor Commission – The commission for a Bluffton Realtor is typically 4 to 6% of the sale price of the home. Those who choose to do a FSBO can keep this money to use for other things they will need for the FSBO of their home.
  • Friendly Buyer – If you are considering selling your home for sale in Bluffton to a friend or relative, a FSBO situation can help you avoid the real estate agents’ fees, so that the sellers can afford to offer the home at a lesser price to their friend or family and still make a decent profit.
  • No Stress Home Showing – Not having a real estate agent allows you to have complete control over the showing of your home and lets you work around your schedule with no stress of pressing agents with clients on a deadline.

Cons of For Sale by Owner Homes

  • Additional Costs – There are many costs that a seller may not be aware of that add up quickly. First and foremost, they need to pay a for a professional home inspection report to avoid the risk of accusations that they have not properly disclosed all the problems with the home and an expensive lawsuit that can follow. There is also the cost of advertising, landscaping, staging, and photography. Other costs include home appraisal and attorney fees, as well as services from title and escrow companies.
  • It is Stressful! – Sellers and buyers can get overwhelmed by all of the many details that are involved in the transaction of selling/buying a home. For sellers who are emotionally attached to a home, it can be especially hard to maintain a professional stance during the selling process. When you have a Bluffton Realtor involved in the negotiation, they can relieve the burden and stress of negotiation and tiresome paperwork involved.
  • Welcome to Your New Part Time Job – Selling a house is a lot of work! There is a reason why Bluffton Realtors get paid a commission. The sale of your Bluffton or Hilton Head Island home requires professionalism, dedication, and lots of time! At first it may seem easy, but when you add the demands of selling your home to your day job and demanding family schedule, it may add up to more than you can reasonably take on.

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Common Mistakes First Time Homebuyers Make When Buying Homes for Sale in Bluffton

The home buying process is not necessarily a simple one. A lot of things are dependent on each other for everything to go well. Stress levels are high and first time homebuyers are anxious.  It really can be an enjoyable experience though, if you work with the right Realtor in Bluffton. An experienced Bluffton Realtor can negotiate a great deal on your dream home and help you along the way with any tips, advice, and knowledge to make your Bluffton home purchase as smooth as possible.

Here are some of the common mistakes first time homebuyers make and advice on how to avoid them from Bluffton Realtor Anthony Dufrene of the Dufrene Group in Bluffton, SC.

Common Mistakes that First-time Homebuyers Make

  • Failing to Get the Home Inspected – Having a home inspection for a property you are considering can potentially save you thousands of dollars in the future. Paying the cost of a home inspection now, which is around $350-$500, is pennies compared to potential issues the home may have such as problems with the foundation, plumbing, HVAC or electrical system.
  • Untimely Correspondence with Lender – A common mistake by first time homebuyers in Bluffton, SC is that they fail to check their e-mail or messages regularly. Since the mortgage process is very time sensitive, it is crucial to approach the approval process with urgency and promptly respond to critical loan documentation that your mortgage company has requested. Also, be on the lookout for correspondence from your real estate agent, appraiser, and inspector.
  • Choosing Not to Work with a Buyer’s Agent – Some first time homebuyers think that they either don’t need or can’t afford a buyer’s agent when looking at homes for sale in Bluffton and homes for sale on Hilton Head Island. This is not true at all! There is no charge to work with a buyer’s agent, as the seller pays the commission on the sale of the home. In addition, purchasing contracts can be filled with legal jargon that is confusing. Choose a buyer’s agent that will work hard to show you the properties in your budget and desired areas to find your favorite homes for sale in Bluffton.
  • Ignoring Loan Assistance Programs – Be sure to take advantage of the various loan programs for first-time buyers from federal, state and local resources, as there are some programs designed to develop certain rural areas. The HUD website can give you information on loan and grants offered, and veterans should also be aware of the VA program. Assistance ranges from down payment help to closing costs, if you qualify. Be sure to ask Your Bluffton Realtor for program information.

The Dufrene Group Can Help First time Homebuyers with Homes for Sale in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island

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Fall Festivals on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC

September through November is a great time to be on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton, SC. The weather is near perfect with daytime temperatures near 80 and temps that only dip into the 50’s at night. The mild fall and winter seasons are a few of the many reasons so many people look for homes for sale in Bluffton and homes for sale on Hilton Head Island. Many folks look for a Bluffton Realtor to show them vacation homes so that they can spend the colder seasons down South, to enjoy life with no snow shoveling, heavy coats, and freezing temperatures. Others ask their Realtor in Bluffton to show them homes on Hilton Head Island, so they can enjoy the beach and amazing weather of the SC coast all year long.

Fall is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the wonderful weather and fun-filled festivals in Hilton Head and Bluffton, like these popular Low Country events:

Fall Festivals on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC

  • Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival – October 13 thru Oct 21, 2018 – This popular festival is a week-long event offering a variety of activities, with locally harvested seafood, delicious Low Country cuisine, rich history, culture and art of the area and Southern hospitality found only in Bluffton, SC. Get more information here.
  • Music & Taste on the Harbour at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina – September 20, 2018 (and more) – This exciting seasonal event returns this fall on Thursdays beginning September 6th through October 18th at Neptune Statue, combining the best local bands with delicious food and drinks. Now in its 10th season, this outdoor concert series will kick-off with The Headliners and will feature a variety of bands on Thursday nights. Get more information here.
  • Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival – November 3, 2018 – Hilton Head Island’s own Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival offers the creme de la creme in automotive exhibition, racing, dining, and entertainment. Here the best, the brightest, and most passionate automotive and aeronautic dreams of yesterday, today, and tomorrow come true right before your eyes. Get more information and tickets here.
  • Crescendo – September 27 thru November 4, 2018 – Crescendo, a regional event, organized in honor of October’s National Arts and Humanities month, highlights and showcases the vast array of arts, culture and history organizations, individual artists, performers, and authors residing and working in the Hilton Head/ Bluffton area. Join the celebration and honor the importance of arts and culture in America and our local community. Learn more here.  
  • Music to Your Mouth at Palmetto Bluff – November 15 thru November 18, 2018 – The 12th Annual Music to Your Mouth is a celebration of the best and the brightest of the South’s culinarians and the delectable cuisine of our region. Family recipes passed down from each generation, fresh produce from local farms and the creative masterminds behind it all converge for a multi-day event series that is a culmination of the finest in Southern food.Learn more and buy tickets here.

Want to be a Part of the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton Community?

We would love to have you join our community and enjoy Low Country living at its finest. If you would like to see homes for sale in Bluffton or homes for sale on Hilton Head Island, the Dufrene Group can show you the available properties in your desired community and price range. Our Bluffton Realtors are here to help and would love to show you around town. Contact us here to schedule a tour!

 

 

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