Sweet Country Living at South Carolina's Inn at Palmetto Bluff

by  Chanize Thorpe | May 22, 2009
Inn at Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina
Inn at Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina / Photo courtesy of the property

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Visions of a South Carolina sojourn might go a lil’ something like this: Long balmy days spent sipping sweet tea or mint julep on the porch, listening to birds singing in the tall oak trees, and feasting on darn-good (albeit artery-clogging) country favorites like fried chicken, biscuits, and pie.  You’ll find an upscale version of this kind of South Kakalaki (local slang for South Carolina) living at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, set on the banks of the May River right between Savannah and Hilton Head. The five-year-old Auberge Resort – made up of spacious cottages, elegant country homes, and a championship golf course – has an old-time, lemonade-served-in-crystal feel that’s appealed to the likes of Food Network star Tyler Florence, John Travolta, and even Madonna. The place isn’t cheap (rates start at $475 in June) but they include fishing, kayaking, and beach-cruiser biking around some of Palmetto’s 20,000 acres. Oh yeah, you can also borrow a new Mercedes (I was sweet on the GL450 SUV) if you want to leave the property for a bit. One of the best freebies? Nightly s’mores around the firepits – sure to evoke bittersweet summer camp memories.

For more trip ideas in South Carolina, check out our Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head travel guides.

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