Thinking that South Carolina would be warmer than New York City in February, we booked three nights at the Inn over the President's Day three-day weekend. It was definitely warmer, despite the cold front which brought the highs only into the 50s on Saturday and the 40s on Sunday. Even so, we really enjoyed our 3-night stay in Cottage 13 which faces the May River. The cottage was spacious with a gas fireplace, a large dressing area separate from the sleeping area, a beautiful bathroom with a soaking tub and double sinks, and a very comfortable bed. We used the fireplace every night and in the mornings. On Saturday and Sunday, we took long bike rides. Our first ride was along the path that winds through the May River Forest and provides peeks of the golf course and homes (the concierge Pat was very helpful in planning our route). For our second ride, we biked through South Wilson and then proceeded on the hard packed dirt to where the village of Moreland is being constructed. Both are easy rides with minimal inclines.
Our flight from JFK to the Savannah airport arrived around 9 p.m., so we drove into Savannah for dinner at A.Lure (yummy shrimp and grits, homemade potato chips, and fried tomatoes). The Inn is about a 35 minute drive from Savannah. Saturday evening we ate dinner in the bar adjacent to the dining room (oysters to start followed by duck gumbo and then beignets for dessert). On Sunday, we drove to Hilton Head for dinner at the Sunrise Cafe (excellent shrimp and grits). Twice we had breakfast delivered to our room, while the third morning we roused ourselves to go to Buffalo's for breakfast.
Hertz's car rental counter is in the Savannah airport terminal, making the car pick-up and return really easy. We hardly used our car while at the Inn, but it was nice to know it was there. For our drive to the Sunrise Cafe, we borrowed one of the Inn's complimentary Mercedes which was a blast to drive according to my husband.
Overall, we had a terrific time and have planned a return visit in May when the warmer weather will allow for kayaking and sunning by the pool.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn at Palmetto Bluff a prestigious luxury inn with gracious South Carolina cottages and village homes located along the May River and a short drive to Savannah - 50 beautifully appointed cottages and cottage suites- South Carolina luxury vacation two, three and four bedroom home rentals - The Spa at Palmetto Bluff is one of the top-rated spas in the United States - 5 locally renowned restaurants for an exquisite dining experience or a casual snack- 2 exclusive pools - Extensive activities offering including: equestrian, boat rides, kayaking and more- 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course- 2 private fitness centers, a movement studio and tennis courts- 8 stunning and intimate locations for weddings and events ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn At Palmetto Bluff, An Auberge Hotel Bluffton
- Hotel At Palmetto Bluff
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