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Things To Do

Hilton Head National RV Resort

is ideally located within minutes of Hilton Head Island, a paradise vacation destination with great beaches, boating and beauty. Just outside the Resort is Historic Bluffton, an authentic Lowcountry township with its special charms. Better yet, both HHI and Bluffton offer a wide selection of shopping venues and excellent fine dining, eclectic cafes, friendly pubs and night spots.

BLUFFTON AND ITS CHARM

The town of Bluffton is both one of the oldest and one of the newest in South Carolina. Having been virtually destroyed by the Union Army in 1863, it has been resurrected over the past 25 years with trendy new construction adding to the original antebellum appearance. The original one square mile town limit is now known as “Old Town.” It’s situated on high banks alongside the lovely May River, and just a quick 8-minute drive from Hilton Head National. Despite its serious heritage, it has an off-beat vibe and the folks who live near Old Town seem to love the local arts and culture that has given it a reputation of being “funky, quirky and laid back.” The flavor of Old Town Bluffton is captured by the following:

 
Calhoun Street -
 
Stroll Calhoun Street, The Promenade and nearby lanes.
It’s a pedestrian friendly, delightfully charming locale with several historic and cultural highlights replete with little art galleries, boutiques, eclectic shops and restaurants for casual fare or fine dining.
 
Farmer’s Market -
 
The Bluffton Farmer’s Market held each Thursday along Calhoun Street has been recognized as one of the best Farmer’s markets in the Southeast, and for good reason.
Purveyors showcase the very best from local growers in surrounding counties as well as unique artwork, jewelry, apparel, spices and gift items. On the day of market, Calhoun Street is lined with small colorful tents showcasing the goods with live music to accompany the festive atmosphere.
 
Historic Sites -
 
Near the end of Calhoun Street are two historic sites. The first is Heyward House, built in the 1840s for a local plantation baron. Preserved by the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society, it includes exhibits, artifacts plus tours.
The second is Church of the Cross, a handsome cruciform Gothic-styled structure completed in 1857, that has withstood both war and hurricanes. As you step through the heavy pine front doors, you are immediately transported into a time long gone.

SHOPPING

As one might expect with a destination populated largely by vacationers, second homeowners and retirees, both Hilton Head Island and Bluffton are packed with a wide range of dining and shopping possibilities. From major outlet malls, to national brand big box stores, to chic boutiques and quirky consignment stores, the area surrounding Hilton Head National RV Resort is chock full of selections to shop.
The largest choices for our guests, however, are virtually right across the street at two large but separate Tanger Outlet Malls. On the island there are several shopping plazas and specialty stores that can be explored. Our best advice is simply hit your search button on Google to find what you are looking for and how to get there.

DINING

The choices are enormous and range from upscale fine dining to funky and authentic local eateries. Seafood is often requested by newcomers and there are many choices. Two that have been popular for many years are Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks on Hilton Head and Bluffton Family Seafood House near Old Town Bluffton.
Other non-seafood, long time favorites on Hilton Head Island, often mentioned in national magazine reviews, are Reilly’s Grill & Bar (since 1982) and Signe’s Heaven Bound Bakery Café (since 1972), which has also been featured on The Food Network and CBS. In Bluffton, The Cottage on Calhoun Street and Cahill’s Market and Chicken Kitchen are authentic and popular. For details about nearly every eatery in the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton area visit the Fork & Fun online restaurant guide which is updated twice a year:

HILTON HEAD ISLAND

Since development began on Hilton Head Island just over 50 years ago this 12 mile long and five mile wide coastal island has become renowned as one of America’s best year-round vacation destinations. Located just minutes from the front entrance of Hilton Head National RV Resort, the splendid attractions of Hilton Head Island await your discovery – including broad Atlantic beaches, exceptional boating, world-class golf courses, nature trails, historic sites, 60-miles of bike paths plus superb shopping and dining opportunities.

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