There were three developments that I wanted to visit when we went to Beaufort, South Carolina. One was Oldfield. One was Habersham, and the one I most wanted to see was the Inn at Palmetto Bluff. In fact, it was the place I wanted to stay, but unfortunately we made our reservations too late to find a room within our budget. But we did get to explore the resort one evening during our trip.
Right at dusk we wound our way through the Carolina low country outside of Bluffton and arrived in Palmetto Bluff. It was even more beautiful than I had hoped it would be. This was my idea of heaven. Truly. The setting sun gave the whole place a golden glow, and all the gas lamps of the resort were on. I can’t even begin to tell you how gorgeous it was.
The drive into the 22,000 acre resort is more than 4 miles long. Ruins of a mansion once owned by wealthy New York banker, Richard T. Wilson, Jr. stand outside the inn ready for exploration.
The inn is actually a collection of 50 cottages and suites. Among the numerous awards it has won is the title of Best Hotel in the Country in 2012 by U.S. News and World Report. I can see why. Not only are you surrounded by the beauty of the natural setting of the May River, but also the architecture and interior design details of the place are a feast for the eyes. Just step inside and take a look.
The bedrooms in the cottages are simple with a refined style.palmettobluff.com
And then there is the dining…so many choices.travelodestination.com
There is a little market right as you come into the village for you to pick up any needed items.
And also a selection of shops further into the resort.
There is seating scattered around the outside of the shops for further relaxation.
Finally, there is The Chapel at Palmetto Bluff – the ultimate place of calm in the village. Modeled after a small church on Edisto Island, its floors are made of wide heart pine planks. To make the pews, three thousand pounds of antique heart pine recovered from a building destroyed in the September 11 attacks on New York were used.
Its foundation and steps are made from hand molded bricks, and in its steeple is a handcrafted bell.
In each of my South Carolina posts, I have left you with a pretty view to enjoy until our next post. Today I hope you will enjoy the wicker rockers and the view of this little chapel with the river flowing behind it.
We will take a look at the charming homes of Palmetto Bluff in part 2. See you then!
until next time….