Relax: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff
By Sarah Crosland
Posted: Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2014
On your first evening at South Carolinas Inn at Palmetto Bluff (www.palmettobluff.com), take a stroll from your private cottage beneath oaks dripping with Spanish moss and up the wide, gas lamp lit brick paths to the grand main house. Here, the tidal water of the May River laps gently on the nearby bank and the tunes of jazz music from the screened-in front porch waft through the salty Lowcountry air. Youll feel as if youve stepped back in time 100 yearsand as if in doing so youve left the stress of modern life behind.This picturesque village community is set on twenty thousand acres of some of the Souths most beautiful land and is just a short drive from Hilton Head and Savannahnot that youll ever want or need to leave. Spots like the elegant River House Restaurant offer seasonal Southern dishes, while the villages more casual Buffalos features café style optionsand legendary house made pizzas. Be sure to pop into RTs Market, a charming general store perfect for grabbing a morning coffee or a gourmet snack to enjoy on your cottages secluded back porch. Youll be able to easily access any of these spots on the bikes or golf carts provided to all guests. Or, if youre in the mood to explore, cycle down the resorts miles of sandy trails that wind beneath majestic oaks and next to tranquil ponds. While you could spend days on its trails alone, there are plenty of other activities at Palmetto Bluff. Here you can kayak on the May River, cool off with a dip in one of the pristine pools, play a round on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, saddle up for a ride through the rural landscape, or even enjoy a game of croquet or bocce on the manicured green lawn. But dont try to pack in too much activity. This is a sybaritic spot designed for unwinding with leisurely walks, classic cocktails on the veranda, and, of course, time in its gorgeous spa. Treatments like the Pine Sea Salt Exfoliation or the Pluff Mud Wrap draw inspiration and ingredients from the local marshlands, and are perfect for soaking in the spas southern setting. And speaking of soaking, be sure to incorporate one of the baths into your treatment. Sink into an oversized tub set on a private lagoon-side porch and filled with warm, soothing water scented with oils like jasmine or lemon. Youre certain to leave the spaand Palmetto Blufffeeling both relaxed and refreshed.
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