The east coast of South Carolina is a complex of miles and miles of bio-rich inlets, islands, estuaries, bays, and coastal forests. This is where you’ll find the Palmetto Bluff resort: 20,000 acres of pristine South Carolina “lowcountry” encompassing a nature preserve, walking trails, a marina, and ample opportunities to fish, golf, watch birds, swim, explore whimsical tree houses—anything, really.
The traditional stone building housed a steam-powered olive oil press in the late 19th century; recently it was granted protected status by the Greek Ministry of Culture and converted into a lovely, quiet, family-run inn. The décor is modern but elements of the olive oil press remain: An immense drum of gorgeous hammered bronze has been burnished and repurposed as a reception counter.
The prize is worth your best effort even if you did hate high school English: A 7-course banquet for 300 partygoers dressed in Elizabethan attire, breakfast in the royal canopy bed, and the skull of poor Yorick on the nightstand.
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How different can small town, pastoral life look in two parts of the same country? Very different (ours is a big country). If Palmetto Bluffs is quintessentially Southern, then the Inn at Brandywine Falls, a mere 640 miles to the north, represents the Midwest impeccably.