Southern Charm in Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina

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Did y'all know that this Connecticut Yankee is really a southern girl at heart?

Recently, I took a quick trip down south to celebrate my sweet baby niece, Claire's, first birthday in Charleston and then headed a little further south to the beautiful resort of Palmetto Bluff.  I had previously had to cancel two separate trips down there, so I was VERY excited to finally get to spend a couple of days there along with a group of other Brownell travel advisors.

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Driving into the resort, I was awed by the gracious beauty of the property. Every tree was draped with Spanish moss and the roads were lit by gas lamps. I knew I was arriving someplace very special.

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After checking in to the Montage Palmetto Bluff,  the bellman whisked me in a golf cart to my beautiful room in one of the guest houses. I had just enough time to unpack and go meet the group for our afternoon activities.

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I began channelling my inner southern belle at Palmetto Bluff the minute I was presented with an "amuse bouche" of shrimp and grits before we even ordered lunch...throughout the next three days, I enjoyed several more servings of that tasty low country delicacy, fried green tomatoes, chicken and waffles and a biscuit bar for breakfast - I definitely satisfied my appetite for southern food!

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On the afternoon we arrived, I got REALLY outside my comfort zone when we went to the Palmetto Bluff  Shooting Club for a round of sporting clays...I had NO idea it would be so much fun! We also had a tour of the world class stables and got to meet a few of the horses available for guests to ride, including Winter, snow white pony that children can paint (it is like a massage for the pony - she loves it and it washes right off!)

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Before dinner, we headed over to the newest area of Palmetto Bluff - Moreland Village - for a cocktails and bowling (more stepping outside my comfort zone) and a delicious family style dinner at Cole's.

The next day was packed with activities. We began with a tour of several different room types offered by Montage Palmetto Bluff -  from inn to guesthouse to cottage - each room type offers something unique for different guests.  The Montage Residences really wow-ed me - I seriously want to move into one and never leave! Perfect for family gatherings!

[gss ids="7537,7529,7506,7505,7530,7531,7532,7533,7534,7535,7536,7538"] Click through for more pictures of rooms, cottages and village homes.

After the hotel tour, we headed to nearby historic Bluffton for lunch and a little shopping. A highlight there was a visit to the Church of the Cross, a wooden Anglican church built pre-Civil War and spared by the Yankees when they burned the rest of the town.

Afternoon was spa time! One incredibly relaxing massage and a glass of champagne later, it was almost time for the evening festivities.

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Every night on the back porch of the Inn around the fire pit, the chefs prepare "Culinary Heirlooms" - samplings of southern cuisine for guests to try. What a great way to enjoy a cocktail and a pre-dinner snack!  We then went to the Presidential Suite for "southern sips and storytelling"...for a taste of the very potent "Artillery Punch" prepared by the bartender from a family recipe and to hear about the storied history of Palmetto Bluff. Dinner was at the Canoe Club - one of the fine dining restaurants on property - once again excellent!

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We skipped dessert in favor of stopping at The River Club to enjoy S'mores by the fire - homemade marshmallows in several different flavors!

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My final morning, I enjoyed the biscuit bar at Buffalo's, followed by a long walk around the property. I really would have loved to stay longer at Palmetto Bluff, but I know I will be back again...and again...and again.

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In addition to the activities I mentioned above, there are even more things that I didn't have time to do - golf, tennis, croquet, biking, hiking, and a myriad of water activities, including dolphin watches, fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking and even trips to a private island. The optimum amount of time for a visit is 4-5 nights so you can really enjoy all that Palmetto Bluff has to offer.

The Montage Palmetto Bluff is a perfect destination for just about anyone - couples, families, girls' weekends...you name it, there is something for everyone there! They have some great promotions including a suite offer that includes a complimentary connecting room, as well as a "stay 4, pay for 3" promotion.

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Thank you to Heather and Katie and the entire staff of the Montage Palmetto Bluff for making my stay so special!!

xoxo

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All photos, except the one I took of the chef, are courtesy of the Montage Palmetto Bluff who generously shared their photos since mine didn't turn out too well!