Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina

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Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina

As we survey recent events around the globe we’re forced to concede, perhaps ruefully, that it is small world. And sometimes we wish the world was a bit bigger: that distances were greater, and that bucolic peace could still be gained, and our everyday business rendered irrelevant with a 30-minute drive in any direction. (No, Laguna Beach doesn’t count.) To address these anxieties we bring you two suggestions, one a resort, the other a B&B. Both promise a sort of small-town ease that can only be found in the quieter corners of one’s home continent. Rest assured that such places still exist; they aren’t just day trips. But you want them to last longer than a day, right?

 

Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina

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. But all those plans could be felled by something as modest as a veranda. And there are many of them—screened porches, too—because Palmetto Bluff is more rural village than hotel. The resort is anchored by the Inn, a large plantation house with multiple suites, but the Bluff is known for the dozens of small cottages and two-story guesthouses that line leafy avenues. This is a neighborhood, family-friendly, with incomparable natural charms. The entire development is saturated with antebellum grandeur, and while this resort boasts the expected top-flight amenities (fabulous food, gorgeous rooms, a spa, fireside s’mores every night for the kids) its signature achievement is the perfect distillation of a romantic Southern landscape. You might be looking forward to kayaking, but when confronted with a grove of old-growth oaks draped in moss, afternoon birdsong, and the wistful sight of golden hour giving way to the fireflies, you’ll understand why we’re betting on that veranda. Rates begin at $525; visit www.montagehotels.com/palmettobluff/ for more information.

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