March 2007

Slipping Away to Palmetto Bluff

Author: Nancy Lee Honey

In a world of ordinary and conventional, the Low Country excels in distinctive hideaways, leaving an everlasting impression not only on its visitors, but on those fortunate enough to reside in its midst. Even living in paradise, as many consider life in the warm Southern sun, doesn’t insulate us from day to day stresses. Whatever problems we are facing, an occasional slip away to refresh keeps us going. A weekend change of scenery can provide an entire new perspective and allow us to return relaxed and renewed.

Whether it’s business pressures, a case of island fever or just plain boredom, you won’t have to go far to find a pleasurable getaway. Only minutes from the hustle of Highways 278 and 46 in South Carolina, Palmetto Bluff provides the ultimate oasis. According to Wendy Coulson-Murray, Director of Reservations and Leisure Sales for the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, the 20,000 acre resort nestled beside the May River between Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Savannah, Ga. sprung to life as Palmetto Bluff in 2004. The newest brainchild of the world-renowned Auberge Resorts has since been singled out by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the 50 most romantic places to visit.

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff allows us to tiptoe into a slower pace of living, where wilderness and water soothe our souls. Whether your desire is for peace and tranquility or active sports activities, you’ll find it there. A remarkable facility of health, beauty and serenity, the spa offers you escape with a fabulous array of energizing spa and body treatments. But sharing a therapeutic mud bath or a soak in a Spanish moss-and-citrus bath is only one pleasurable pursuit you might consider.

Only a dolphin’s leap away from the 50 white clapboard cottages is an award-winning Jack Nicholas golf course, providing hours of challenge. Not a golfer? No problem. The Wilson Sports Campus, built in 2006, provides eight Har-Tru tennis courts (two lighted and two exhibition sized to accommodate bleachers for special events). Tennis clinics, round robin tournaments and private instruction are also offered. In addition to the tennis facilities, you’ll find two croquet lawns, two bocce courts and a 2715 square-foot pro shop and pavilion.

Next to the three lap lane, 100-foot, heated horizon pool and the River House is a fitness center with breathtaking views of the May River. “Auberge is very environmentally conscious, and lots of research led to the graceful blending of our resort into its natural surroundings,” said Coulson-Murray. Wonderful history tours await and fabulous artists visit and exhibit frequently. Of course there is biking, fishing, canoeing, boating and kayaking along the eight miles of internal waterways. And for a one-time $75 fee, you can have your best four-legged friend join in the fun.

For reservations or more information, call 706-6500, or visit online at

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