Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Palmetto Bluff, A Montage Resort set among 20,000 acres in Low Country ~ Bluffton, South Carolina

Money Magazine recently published a list of 25 of the Best places to Retire, Bluffton, SC was named one of them.  The Resort of Palmetto Bluff an entire 20,000 acres of land is literally a slice of heaven!

 According to the Palmetto Bluff information website, Natives came to settle on Palmetto Bluff back in 10,000 BC. To date,  archaeologists have found pieces of shells and pottery proving this fact. In fact, a Kayak tour out of Palmetto Bluff will take you to a small island which you will almost always walk away with a small piece of broken pottery from these times! It's pretty cool, I have one myself. The natives had landed here to harvest the area, fish and oysters.

In 1902, a wealthy banker by the name of R.T. Wilson from New York bought the land and built a grand mansion. The total history can be found on Palmetto Bluff's website at http://www.palmettobluff.com/about/history.aspx I highly recommend checking it out!

There is no way you can possibly explain this property to someone or even show pictures to really give it the true value it deserves. From the turn off the main road you see a very simple wooden sign not expecting it to be anything special at all. I really hope that sign never changes. It is about a 1 1/2 mile to the security gate. Once you are cleared to enter there is an unbelievably scenic drive about 9 miles long to reach the Inn.

We have been here a few times before and it always takes my breath away. The property used to be managed by Auberge.  We have been here once since it became a Montage property and everything seems to be going smoothly. From the moment we arrived at the Inn, we felt like we were home. The staff at Palmetto Bluff is always friendly and helpful.  Most of the staff know us by name and give us a wonderful warm, southern greeting. From bellman, to Concierge, to host/hostess, all wait staff and many many more.

On this last visit we rented cottage 33, it was on the inner water way. I would highly recommend when making a reservation to rent a cottage on the May River side if possible. They are all great cottages but the May River side is great this time of year, you can actually see teams of Dolphins swimming by. 

Golf Course

Momma Gator with babies on side of the golf course

View of the May River
The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

Whenever we have any wants or needs, they are immediately tended to. I had a service at the spa and that was great! I realize it's a temporary place while the new one is being built however, i found it to be very comfortable and relaxing! We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Canoe Club. It is always a great relaxing dinner when we visit. The staff, food, and service were all amazing. We ate at the River House a few times and we just loved it! We sat outside on the screened in porch and it was very comfortable. We were fortunate enough to be there as a new menu was rolled out. The Executive Chef did an amazing job! We really do look forward to visiting again!

The Ruins from the fire in 1926 of the original Wilson Mansion

Buffalos Restaurant

There are many activities for old and young alike at Palmetto Bluff. First of all, there are thousands of running/walking/biking trails throughout the property. A lot of the trails bring you through undisturbed preserved natural areas of beautiful, amazingly old trees, birds, deer and much wildlife. There is also two pools on the property, one is under construction at the moment but the other is near the Canoe club. I honestly cannot give an opinion on either one as I have never sat at them because we are always very active there. There are Kayak rentals available, Kayak tours, boat tours to different areas, paddle board rentals and I'm sure many more I am missing. There is a multi use studio which hosts classes such as yoga, spinning, etc. There is a bocci court in Wilson center, there is also a smaller tree house in the center near RT's Market. There are fire pits that are stocked with wood right outside of the main Inn available for guests use with supplies to make smores.

The Big Tree House at Mooreland

 On this visit we were fortunate to play golf. It was an unbelievably beautiful scenic course! We had just played in Kauai two weeks prior so it was something I was comparing it to. The huge live oaks with the moss falling from it and palm trees all around! The view is just spectacular! Our caddie, Ryan Meely was just amazing! I am a new golfer and had only golfed twice before, I was a little nervous about having someone with us the entire time! Ryan was great, he made me feel at ease and he was great about giving me tips to improve my game. We ate lunch at the golf club a couple times and both were great! I had the special open face turkey sandwich and it was amazing! The staff were all friendly and helpful. We ate breakfast and lunch at Buffalo's. We have always liked it there and this time was no different. Food, service, all top notch and staff friendly as always.

I do have to say one thing I have observed is the low turnover rate of the employees there and how much the staff really enjoy their jobs! To me this speaks volumes! There are many employees with 10+ years employment there and it appears everyone is happy with the transition to Montage. I look forward to being there in the not too distant future, in fact, my visit is already booked.

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