Jan
3

Travel: A Relaxing Stay at Palmetto Bluff

The weekend before Christmas, Brad and I decided to take a short trip to one of our favorite places, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina. I wanted to do something before the end of the year because my busy season at work starts soon which means that there will not be any time for travel until the summer. I wanted to go some place where we could do nothing, relax and have no plans.

I checked Jetsetter, my go-to for last-minute inexpensive luxury travel. Palmetto Bluff happened to be running a special so I booked it. I highly recommend checking out Jetsetter if you haven’t already. We have used it many times before and it has exceeded our expectations every time.

Inn at Palmetto Bluff - a review of one of my favorite places on earth!

Palmetto Bluff is perfection. It is one of those places you think cannot possibly exist in the real world. I discovered it back in 2008 when I was planning our wedding. I saw a wedding at Palmetto Bluff featured in InStyle Weddings magazine and knew that it was the place I wanted to get married. The Inn is comprised of 50 guest cottages scattered throughout the property. When we stayed at the inn for our wedding back in 2009, we stayed in a river view cottage suite. For this trip, I wanted to stay on the lagoon side, so we stayed in a lagoon view cottage.

Inn at Palmetto Bluff - a review of one of my favorite places on earth!

Each cottage comes with two bikes to help you get around the property. You can also rent a golf cart, if desired. Everything you could possibly need is on property. There are three restaurants and a small marketplace.

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I might be willing to give up my whole house to live in this bathroom. You can’t see the shower in this picture, but it functions as both a shower and a steam room with three shower heads and plenty of room.

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The things that make the Inn at Palmetto Bluff really stand out are the special touches and impeccable service. From slippers and bathrobes to complimentary snacks, wine and drinks, they have everything that you could possibly need. And if you don’t find it in your cottage, they will do whatever it takes to get it for you. Everything in the next two pictures, except the first bottle of wine, is complimentary.

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The weather was absolutely beautiful while we visited in December. Since we had never visited Palmetto Bluff in the winter, I thought it would be a great time to experience the low country. We rode bikes, visited each of the two treehouses on property and relaxed in hammocks. The Inn also has plenty of activities to keep you busy. Kayaking, boat tours, walking tours, horsebaking riding, two pools, tennis courts, fitness center, spa and world glass golf course offer plenty of options to keep you entertained. But, in all honesty, I could stay here for a week, do nothing, and never get bored.

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One afternoon they had hot chocolate, cider and cookies available for their guests. And every evening at dusk they have s’mores available by the firepits outside of the inn.

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One of the days, we rode our bikes down to Moreland Landing, a venue for outdoor entertaining. There was no event going on that day, but the view was absolutely gorgeous. We stayed a while, relaxed in the hammocks and climbed the five story tree house that wraps around a big live oak tree.

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For meals, we ordered a pizza one night from Buffalo’s and then dined with them again the next day for lunch. Both were very good. On our last night at the Inn, we dinned at the Canoe Club and our entire meal was amazing. For breakfast, we just grab a few quick muffins and snacks at RT’s Market, a small market and gas station on property.

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The remainder of our time at Palmetto Bluff was spent exploring many of the beautiful sites on property. We stopped by the little chapel that we were married in almost 5 years ago. Everything about Palmetto Bluff is quaint, quiet and relaxing.

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Palmetto Bluff isn’t just a resort, it is also a community where people live. These are some of the houses in the village. A few are available for rent from the Inn. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to live in a place like this. I was relaxed and calm the entire weekend and I can imagine living in this dream place would be similar.

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The picture below is the adult fitness center and pool. It is heated in the winter but we did not use it on this trip.

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Here are a few pics from our stay and wedding back in 2009:

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*All photos below from Terri Smith Photo

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OVERALL THOUGHTS

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff is worth every penny. In fact, it is my second favorite place in the entire world, second only to 30a (I’ll do a detailed review of 30a in the future). The staff is always courteous and they will bend over backwards to ensure that you have the best stay. I highly recommend Palmetto Bluff if you seek luxury, beautiful scenery and a relaxing stay. I could go on and on about this beautiful place, but you need to experience it for yourself. We are already looking forward to the next time we can experience this amazing property.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Palmetto Bluff or Jetsetter and am not being compensated in any way.  This post does contain a referral link for Jetsetter for new sign-ups that gives me a small credit towards my next trip booked on Jetsetter.

20 Comments

  1. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    Whoa! Looks so relaxing and charming. I totally want to go now. :) Hoping to plan a nice little trip away for me and the hubs. Definitely will look into this.
    Happy New Year Ashley!

  2. Ashley

    Oh, this sounds like such a wonderful time! I’m so jealous : ) haha And this place looks just absolutely gorgeous and so relaxing!!

  3. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen

    Looks like you guys had a great time! I’ll have to look into vacationing here at some point. I love that each room comes with bikes! :)

    • Ashley

      Yes, since it is the lowcountry, it is so easy to get around on bikes! You should definitely look into visiting, Christina!

  4. Min @ MJ and Hungryman

    Wow! What a beautiful place! So tranquil and inviting. Haha, and yes, the bathroom is quite exquisite. I’d probably give up my whole house as well ;). Tim and I really haven’t traveled much this past year and would love to squeeze in some weekend getaways. I showed him these pictures, and we def plan on visiting in the near future. Thank you so much for the review! S’mores every night? Count me in! I loved seeing glimpses of your big day. You were a gorgeous bride ;). Happy New Year, Ashley!

    • Ashley

      I hope you do get to visit sometime, Min! We can’t wait for our next trip back. Happy New Year!

  5. Kelly

    What a beautiful and relaxing resort. It sounds like such an incredible getaway, thanks for the review and sharing all these gorgeous pics, including your stunning wedding pics :) I love the sound of the little things they think of and the s’mores and treehouse sound awesome! Happy Friday Ashley and hope you have a great weekend:)

  6. Joanne

    Oh my gosh how beautiful!! Such a perfect venue to get married in and I love that you went back to vacation there!!

  7. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

    Love all your pictures! Such a beautiful place. I sometimes look online at the houses for sale at Palmetto Bluff and fantasize about retiring there.

    • Ashley

      Ha, me too! All of the homes are gorgeous. And it is so quiet there, it must be like living in a whole different world.

  8. marcie

    What a beautiful, charming place to relax! Sounds like the perfect place to go before getting back to the old grind, and get married for that matter. Thanks for sharing, Ashley!

  9. Tonia

    What an amazing short vacation! I even see Minneapolis MN on that post!

    • Ashley

      We actually met someone from Minneapolis while we were there.

  10. Sues

    I’ve always wanted to go to the Carolinas (my husband is from Virginia) and this is making me want to visit even more!

    • Ashley

      I hope that you get to visit sometime. It would be a nice escape from the cold, New England weather :)

  11. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    Sounds like a great getaway! Love the inn. Enjoy your trip Ashley and Happy New Year! :)

  12. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    Oh wow. This looks like one of the most perfect places on Earth. It is so beautiful and it sounds super relaxing. I hope you had the best of times there!
    And hot chocolate + cookies involved? I’m moving there. My gosh, that place really sounded flawless ;–) xx

    • Ashley

      It is pretty perfect! I was super excited about the hot chocolate and cookies :)

  13. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker

    Oh my god, what a beautiful place!! I love everything about it! The bathrooms, mini fridge <3!! We are here in the winter snow and you are relaxing in this beautiful paradise!! Have Fun!! 😉

    • Ashley

      I grew up in New England and do not miss the snow at all! Stay warm!

  14. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    When I saw you post about this on Instagram I was excited to read the entire post. That bath tub, oh goodness gracious, that is what dreams are made out of. When we stayed in Berlin there was a bath tub like that with a rain shower and I swear we spent most of our Berlin trip in the bath, it was just too great to pass up!

    • Ashley

      The bathroom is definitely my favorite part about the whole cottage. Our entire master bathroom could probably fit in the shower so I always get excited about big bathrooms!

  15. Gloria // Simply Gloria

    What a gorgeous place! I’m happy to say that I’ve at least been to SC once. I never, in a million years thought I would ever get to visit over that way. And, I would love to go again! It was the week after Christmas… nine years ago. (A last minute trip with Justin when we were very first dating…and went to go see all the light houses on the Outer Banks… all within 2 days, from Utah!) Now, I know where we would stay when we head that way again.
    I love how they supply you with bikes! Your pics are all so gorgeous…even the ones with your wedding day.
    PS… you are so pretty!

    • Ashley

      Wow, sounds like an amazing trip! I am glad you were able to visit at least once. I don’t get out west as often as I would like.

  16. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    What a beautiful place, Ashley. Your photos and your story just make me want to pack up and travel there right now. Thanks for the wonderful post. I will definitely keep this place in mind for future travel. :)

  17. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    Wow, this place looks seriously amazing! I love that style of decor. I’m going to try to convince my hubby to go for a little getaway :)

  18. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    Could it be anymore charming and beautiful??? Ok, I need to go to there. I am thoroughly wow’ed.

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