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In the often jaded approach to travel and resorts these days, there are rarely places that create an aura of mystique. One such place, however, was The Inn at Palmetto Bluff. We’d heard so much about it over the years and never imagined that it would live up to it’s hype. We were wrong.

Just 15 miles east of Hilton Head, SC, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff is discreetly tucked near the town of Bluffton. From the gatehouse, you meander down a 5-mile drive through part of Palmetto Bluff’s 20,000 acres of pristine wilderness and untamed beauty and arrive at the Village Square and the Inn. Overlooking the May River, the inn offers sophisticated amenities, classic style, and signature service, all in a setting of unspoiled beauty and unequaled serenity.

Nestled between scenic waterfronts and acres of preserved forest, you can choose from the Inn’s 50 Cottages and Cottage Suites for your very own private hideaway. Or, for the ultimate in style and comfort, you can choose from two-, three- and four-bedroom Village Homes, each featuring luxurious appointments and full kitchens creating a warm atmosphere to relax and enjoy friends and family.

Activities abound at Palmetto Bluff, with guest privileges at the May River Golf Club, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature course, inshore and deep-sea fishing tours, hiking or biking along their many historic roads and trails, miles of uninterrupted waterways by canoe or kayak, or spa treatments in the Inn’s luxuriously appointed spa. Or just sipping a glass of iced tea on your verandah or on the Inn’s porch.

Dining is an event at Palmetto Bluff, with several options available all offering exceptional cuisine. Whether it’s the 90-seat River House Restaurant in the Inn, Buffalo’s in the center of the village, The May River Grill at the Golf Club, or the Canoe Club Restaurant at the Canoe center, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff takes dining to new .

So the mystique is gone. But the love affair with The Inn at Palmetto Bluff has just begun.