There is absolutely nothing negative I could say about this beautiful place.
I rented a house here for my husband's 65th birthday celebration and from the moment we stopped at the guard house to get our pass until we left, everything was perfect.
We arrived at the house, which had the bikes I had reserved waiting in the carport. We quickly put our things away and decided in which of the four bedrooms we would sleep. We actually chose what was not the master bedroom suite, which incidentally was probably 1200 square feet. It consisted of a beautiful "spa" bathroom, large bedroom area and then another large sitting room. This oasis was away from the rest of the house, reached by a beautiful dark wood staircase, creatively called "Gone With the Wind" inspired. We actually slept downstairs, using one bedroom to sleep and the other room to hold our things that we just laid out on the bed. That way, we each had our own bathroom and my husband, who is a very early riser, could get up in the mornings without disturbing me.
Although I never planned to cook, the granite and stainless steel kitchen had Viking Professional appliances with a built-in wine cellar nicer than the one we have in our vacation home. No expense has been spared on anything in this home with the best wood floors, porcelain/marble/ceramic tile, decor, amenities, et cetera, And the colors used are what I have at home so I, of course, thought it was topnotch!
The entire place has obviously been professionally decorated. Each of the five bathrooms was beautifully done with, for instance, the bathroom I used had an "old-fashioned" porcelain tub seated upon a porcelain pedestal. The toilets all had the European style flush mechanisms on the top of the lid. The soaps and gels are all Palmetto Inn's own branded products and I particularly liked the scent of th coastal lime.
Even the front porch was decorated to perfection to allow you to sit out and enjoy just basking in the glorious views of gardenias, magnolias, old oaks and other beautiful southern greenery. And it is quiet and peaceful. We barely saw anyone else. The back also had a screened-in lanai with two wooden lounge chaises and rocking chairs. All the windows had wooden louvered doors which you could open or close, depending on how much light you wanted. During the daytime, I opened these, along with the pocket doors on the inside and just had the screened doors keeping -- what? -- nothing -- out since this was enclosed inside the screened lanai. Over the bed in the room where we slept, the art appeared to be Audubons. I could go on and on about the beauty of this house but there is so much more ...
The next thing we did was to walk down to the town square to get our bearings, read about the history of this place (it was the private winter/spring residence of a family from New York whose gorgeous mansion on the property burned down in the 1920s). We walked into the lovely chapel which can be rented for weddings, walked out onto the dock to the gazebo at the end and then walked to the inn itself to see if we needed reservations for dinner. I had gotten reservations for the big birthday night but thought we would play everything else by ear. No matter as you can eat in casual attire on their screened-in porch or in their beautiful bar.
Then back to the house to get the bikes and we then did some serious biking. The bike paths are almost as wide as a regular highway and they go in and out of beautiful woods, run alongside the May River Golf Course in places and allow tiny peaks of the gorgeous houses built deep away from prying eyes behind private locked gates for each estate. There were no bugs or mosquitoes and I wonder if it is because of all the heavenly fresh cedar mulch I saw and smelled. No matter. No bugs is all that we cared about.
After biking about ten miles, we decided to head back and, all of a sudden, I told my husband that I saw something in the middle of the path ahead. We stopped and looked and it was a really cute little baby deer, who then ran along the path until it was out of sight. We saw many, many squirrels including the famous raccoon squirrels with black heads. We were both exhausted when we finally got back and I took a long, hot bath in the tub before dressing (very casually) to go to dinner, which was about a two-minute stroll for us.
For dinner, my husband chose sea bass which he said was wonderful. It was topped with some type of puréed ham hocks. I know it was super because it is what I ate the next evening.
We shared an appetizer of barbecued shrimp which they beautifully present on a bed of hand-ground grits (which are much better than the average grit!)
I had my favorite, that evening, of scallops with split peas. Perfect in every way. The service was superb and everything was served when it should be. I had one of their signature cocktails which was called Peaches and Bourbon. It is now one of my all-time favorites.
The birthday dinner was equally enjoyable with my husband getting the grilled Tuna entree (this was a special addition to the menu, replacing the flounder) and I had a black pea and beets over lettuce salad and the sea bass. I had no complaints. My husband said he thought his tuna was better than the prior evening's bass. They knew it was his birthday and brought a little plate with happy birthday on it with some very tasty macaroons.
This is the only thing which disappointed me. I had thought they would serve champagne and have perhaps a little cupcake. I, of course, expected to pay for this and I had asked if they could do something so the "something" obviously needs to be spelled out for them.
For my husband's special birthday surprise, I had arranged a 9:30 am tee time on their celebrated private Jack Nicklaus course and he really enjoyed the perfectly pristine course and reported he would have had a score of 67 if . .
While he was working away with those clubs in the woods, I was being royally pampered in their spa. Having enjoyed the best spa treatments all over the world, I was not overly optimistic and just hoped it would be relaxing. When Joe finished my massage, I was blown away. It was, no doubt, the best I have ever had. Massages are something I am super picky about, as I am sure everyone else is as well. What someone else likes does not always work for you. If it is not just right, it can be irritating rather than relaxing. I have actually just told someone (nicely) that I had had enough and paid and left. And my favorite to this point has been someone I have used for years who actually hurts me a bit but I was okay with that because overall it was a 10 for me. Well, Joe is a 12 on a scale of 1 to 10. He seems to just know where you need a kink worked out. I will sure go back in the future for his massages (luckily we live only 22 miles away).
My facial with Norma was all you can hope for and everyone working in this spa is pleasant, helpful and make sure you leave with a big smile. They also have some beautiful pjs and other casual clothing for sale which I did enjoy looking through, although I did not purchase anything.
To sum up this experience, if you want a trip or mini escape from reality, you can definitely find it here tucked inside the most beautiful southern oasis imaginable!
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