Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending a weekend at Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina. I had never been to South Carolina, and while my stay was brief, it was so memorable it already has me plotting a return. It’s safe to say, I love the low country. Perhaps a trip to Charleston next?
As you drive to the hotel, you can’t help but notice how absolutely gorgeous the property is. Everywhere you look there are ancient live oaks and the most charming homes with shutters, wrap around porches and rocking chairs. Everything was right out of my southern fantasy. My room in the hotel had what I can honestly say is the most comfortable bed i’ve ever slept in, a sitting area, a huge bathroom with everything you could ever need and a balcony; the perfect place to sip your morning coffee in the cozy bathrobe and slippers they provide.
After I got situated, I grabbed one of the bikes reserved for hotel guests and decided to explore the property. It was a beautiful day, and while I was feeling under the weather, I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I biked to adorable guest cottages overlooking the May river and though endless tree lined streets dripping with Spanish moss. I saw blue herons wading in the marsh and alligators soaking up the sun (I was told if you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you). I got back to the hotel and warmed up with a cup of hot cocoa by the fire. I couldn’t believe quite how vast the property was; 20,000 acres to be exact. Half of which is the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy and will never be developed. I love knowing how dedicated they are to not only preserving the surrounding land, but conserving it for all the little creatures that are lucky enough to call it home.
Winters are mild in the low country, and while it might be a bit too cold to use one of the many pools on the property, there is an endless amount of things to do during the colder months. We went bowling, played bocci, shot clays at the shooting club, had s’mores by the fire pit, went on a conservancy tour, had a hydrating facial at the spa and some of us went horseback riding (it sadly rained during my scheduled ride). There are also lots of restaurants on the property, depending on your mood; and a general store, if you just want groceries. Ultimately you don’t ever need to leave Palmetto Bluff, but we did venture out one evening to explore the historic town of Bluffton and eat at FARM. Honestly I have not stopped thinking about that meal ever since. It was one of the best i’ve had in quite some time and the cocktails are a must.
Before I knew it, the weekend was over. I truly had such an amazing time. Everyone who works at Montage Palmetto Bluff really takes that southern hospitality thing to the next level.
If you’d like to check it out for yourself use this link with code JWEBSTER to get a complimentary third night, now through February.