Relax: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

03/19/2014 1:11 PM

03/24/2014 12:34 PM

On your first evening at South Carolina’s 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. You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time 100 years—and as if in doing so you’ve left the stress of modern life behind.

This picturesque village community is set on twenty thousand acres of some of the South’s most beautiful land and is just a short drive from Hilton Head and Savannah—not that you’ll ever want or need to leave. Spots like the elegant River House Restaurant offer seasonal Southern dishes, while the village’s more casual Buffalos features café style options—and legendary house made pizzas. Be sure to pop into RT’s Market, a charming general store perfect for grabbing a morning coffee or a gourmet snack to enjoy on your cottage’s secluded back porch. You’ll be able to easily access any of these spots on the bikes or golf carts provided to all guests. Or, if you’re in the mood to explore, cycle down the resort’s 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 don’t 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 spa’s 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. You’re certain to leave the spa—and Palmetto Bluff—feeling both relaxed and refreshed.

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