If Southern charm had a headquarters it would be in Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina. Located in the Lowcountry of the Carolina Coast, Palmetto Bluff hosts the luxurious resort that is Montage. The Montage Palmetto Bluff is a premier property within 20,000 acres of dense forest along the banks of the May, New and Cooper rivers in the historic town of Bluffton. The sprawling resort encompasses a quaint village, marina and nature reserve within the beauty of moss draped live oaks in low country.
The Montage Palmetto Bluff, which went through an expansion in 2016 offers 200 spacious suites, guest houses and cottages. 48 beautifully designed cottages which are up to 1140 square feet in size grace the property. The Inn, whose design is inspired from the original R.T. Wilson Jr. mansion houses 152 gracious, oversized guest rooms. There are also 35 residences which are single family homes ranging in size from 2200 to 4200 square feet and up to 5 bedrooms. Home owners get to enjoy exclusive access to all the amenities within the resort.
The spectacular resort offers year round tennis, cycling, boating, horseback riding, bocce, croquet, and golf, just to name a few of the activities to enjoy. Located in the Inn, a luxurious spa with 13 treatment rooms, redwood sauna, whirlpool and salon is available to pamper and preserve using state of the art procedures and products. A fitness center offers a variety of classes lead by trained professionals with the newest equipment at hand. The resort is the ideal venue for a corporate event or lavish social affair with over 16,000 square feet of meeting space. Perfect for visiting families, The Montage also offers a program called Paintbox for children ages 5 -12 so parents can relax or participate in the wide array of activities.The program is based on adventure and creativity and provides their young guests with themed events involving arts and crafts, games and activities and is offered in half or full day sessions.
In addition to the charm of the land and the people that the South is acclaimed for, it has it’s food, which The Montage is sure to become famous for. There are six dining options ranging from Jessamine, named after South Carolina’s state flower which serves delicious inspired Southern fare in the Inn to the more casual Buffalo’s located in the Center of Wilson Village. Buffalo’s is the perfect spot for a hearty, generous meal of comfort food. Treat yourself to the exceptional biscuit bar on a slow weekend morning. The variety of hand made biscuits and multitude of exceptional toppings will provide you with the necessary fuel whether you’re planning an action packed day of activities or a quiet read by the pool. Fore and Aft, Canoe Club, Octagon Bar, River House Veranda are other options to relax with a handcrafted cocktail or to savor a romantic meal along the May River. R.T.’s Market is Palmetto Bluff’s neighborhood general store which offers gourmet grocery items, an impressive wine selection and small gift items for purchase.
Because of The Montage Palmetto Bluff’s historical location, the property has many unique features. On the grounds there are two original chapels, perfect places to host a wedding ceremony for all faiths. In deference to the origins of the property, the ruins of the former Wilson mansion, which was lost in a fire centuries ago remain greatly untouched. View the photos displayed along the walls of the Inn for a further glimpse of the grandeur of the grounds during the South’s turbulent past. One of the resorts best features is the Grace, a restored 1913 motor yacht which is available to patrons for scenic cruises, private charters and even a Sunday brunch along the river. With Hilton Head Island a short distance away guests can also be taken by speed boat to spend a day at leisure at the beach. A visit wouldn’t be complete without a ride down the river to visit the genteel town of Bluffton. Be sure to take in Calhoun Street, with it’s gatherings of artisan shops, boutiques and multiple restaurants that prepare the freshest foods plucked right from the river banks and local area farms. Take a tour via pedi-bike as your driver points out the sights and gives you a quick and colorful history of your surroundings.
Longfield Stables, the 173 acre farm is an award winning equestrian center considered to be one of the best in the country. It has a 5 acre event field with an outdoor dressage arena and oversized stalls within the main barn and a 15 mile trail system fitted for hours of adventure. If golf is your pleasure the 18 hole Jack Nicklaus designed May River Golf Club will be sure to delight any golf enthusiast. Trying to keep the beauty of the land in mind with the design it runs along the river with live oaks and palmettos without much interruption of nature. The club hosts a PGA certified instructor and caddie program, a pro shop and grill. If you enjoy mastering the art of marksmanship be sure to visit the Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club which has 5 elevated stands with 13 clay stations within a 40 acre forest. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will guide the most novice of guests through the exhilarating experience. The Wilson Lawn and Racquet Club has multiple tennis, croquet and bocce courts with a pro shop and pavilion with friendly staff members eager to show off their techniques.
If your favorite activities bring you to water, the Montage will not disappoint. The resort has multiple swimming pools in addition to the fishing, boating, paddle boarding, water skiing and kayaking which are available along the river. You will have to share the water with an abundance of wildlife. Watch as good natured dolphins and fish swim alongside guests and egrets glide through the warm breezes.
A stay here is like taking a trip back in time, to a slower paced existence where nature and neighbors mingle along gas lit streets and wrap around porches. Evening are spent relaxing around a fire or enjoying a peaceful stroll through the village. All are welcome here, even your family’s treasured four legged members. The property has a canine ambassador program which greets it’s guests with the gentle and happy pawings of furry friends. The Montage Palmetto Bluff offers so much to it’s visitors, making it a true retreat from the hurried lives we live. The hardest decision will not be when to go, but when to leave.