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Vacations with Benefits

Tucked away on 20,000 acres in South Carolina’s low country, this classic resort delivers quintessential southern hospitality at every turn.

Article by Sue G. Collins

Photography by Photography courtesy of Montage Palmetto Bluff

Originally published in Memorial Lifestyle

Finding a life partner just might be easier than finding someone you can travel with. Pace, patience and priorities all matter when organizing itineraries, straddling time zones and navigating new places.  Do you like languid mornings with room service, wide sandy beaches and white-glove service? Or, do you prefer watching the sunrise in hiking boots, launching into eye-opening excursions and digging to find that hidden gem of a restaurant that serves local food to locals?

When the stars align, both partners have an affinity for generally the same kind of vacation, or are willing to compromise. Enjoying travel with your mate is the icing on the (wedding) cake.

Tucked away on 20,000 acres of conservancy property in South Carolina’s low country, this classic resort delivers quintessential southern hospitality at every turn, whether you stay in one of the private cottages dotting the winding walkways along the May River or at the Main Inn with views of a maritime forest or inland waterway.  Dramatic giant oaks dripping with Spanish moss line the miles of shady paths for meandering and biking around dreamy Palmetto Bluff.  Golf with a caddy at May River Golf Course, a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. Venture out by bike with a bottle of the finest Veuve Clicquot bubbly for a private picnic. Paddle, kayak or join an intimate cruise on a vintage picnic boat along 32 miles of waterfront. Shoot clay targets on one of the elevated 5-Stands, or on the sporting clay courses winding through an expansive 120-acre facility. There’s tennis, pickleball, three pools, a fitness center or hikes with the in-house Naturalist to keep you busy. If being busy is not your idea of fun, spend a day in robes at Spa Montage. The May River Renewal is two and a half hour spa experience with exfoliation, a soak and Heart of the Bluff Massage. Dine at The River House, where charming wait staff from around the world serve elevated local fare, elegant cocktails and the most perfect bread service you’ll ever enjoy. It’s these thoughtful details at Montage Palmetto Bluff that make you feel like the day belongs to you both. 

Montage Palmetto Bluff

Palmetto Bluff, SC