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Nestled amidst the Lowcountry’s serene landscape, Palmetto Bluff promises an idyllic escape, where afternoons can be spent on the waters of the May River, biking the miles of trails that wind through this luxurious resort, or exploring Old Town Bluffton. Spring is a popular time to visit the Bluff, and we’ve designed the perfect spring itinerary, with a curated selection of experiences that capture the essence of this enchanting destination.

Day 1: Arrival and lunch at Buffalos

Upon arrival at Palmetto Bluff, you will immediately be immersed in the luxurious ambiance of the Palmetto Bluff resort. After settling in, treat your taste buds to a culinary delight at Buffalos, where lowcountry-inspired dishes tantalize in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Located in the heart of Wilson Village, Buffalos is a favorite dining destination for a casual lunch or weekend brunch and the ideal spot to take in the incredible May River views. With a menu that includes savory seafood creations and true southern classics, coupled with its close proximity to the Canoe Club resort pool, this is a “must-do” lunch spot for families.

Exterior view of Buffalo's in Wilson Village Palmetto Bluff SC

Day 2: Grab your Clubs and head to The May River Course

Following coffee and pastries at Buzz, Palmetto Bluff’s quaint coffee shop, head to The May River Course for an exhilarating round of golf amidst lush fairways and pristine greens. With its challenging terrain and unparalleled beauty, this 18-hole, Jack Nicklaus Signature Course promises an unforgettable golfing experience for enthusiasts of all levels. Finish your day with dinner at The River House, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the May River and specialties like venison tenderloin, Rainbow Trout or Japanese Wagyu.

Day 3: Exploring Bluffton’s Charm and Thursday Farmer’s Market

Book a seat on the Palmetto Bluff Water Taxi with May River Excursions and embark on a leisurely excursion to Bluffton, a charming town steeped in history and Southern hospitality. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of local culture at the Thursday Farmer’s Market, where an array of fresh produce, artisanal crafts, and live entertainment await. Engage with local vendors, savoring the flavors of the season as you wander through the bustling streets of Bluffton, each corner offering a glimpse into the town’s rich heritage and vibrant community spirit.

Day 4: Biking, Fishing, and Beach Bliss

Grad a map that details the extensive trail system that winds its way through this 20,000 acre resort and pedal your way through trails lined in live Oaks, longleaf pines, saw Palmettos and dripping Spanish Moss.

bike riding along the trials of Palmetto Bluff SC

Or, book a fishing charter and feel the thrill of the catch as you embark on an excursion along the tranquil waters of the May River, casting your line for largemouth bass, red drum, spotted sea trout, flounder, sheepshead, black drum, tarpon, jacks, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and more. Cap off your day with an afternoon to the beaches of Hilton Head, where pristine sands and azure waters beckon travelers in search of serenity and rejuvenation. Bask in the warm embrace of the sun, as the gentle Atlantic ocean breeze caresses your skin and the melody of the waves soothes your soul.

man and woman walking along the beach in Hilton Head South Carolina


More than just a vacation destination, Palmetto Bluff embodies the essence of Southern hospitality, offering an array of amenities and activities designed to elevate your experience and captivate your senses. The allure of a getaway like this isn’t just the beauty of the destination, but the incredible array of activities that exist. No two days are alike and the opportunities for crafting a one-of-a-kind vacation are limitless. Here are just a few of the amenities you can add on to your stay:

Tennis and Pickleball:  For the Racket (and Paddle!) Sports Lovers

For enthusiasts of racket sports, the Wilson Lawn and Racquet Club is a recreational hub and a perfect gathering place for friendly competition. Along with the lawns, the expansive club facility includes eight Har-Tru tennis courts, six pickleball courts, two bocce courts. You can take to the courts and indulge in a spirited game of tennis amidst the backdrop of towering pines. Or embrace the growing phenomenon of pickleball, a delightful blend of tennis, badminton, and ping pong, where strategy and skill converge in an exhilarating display of athleticism and camaraderie.

Fitness and Wellness: Nourish Body and Soul

Nestled amidst the tranquil beauty of Palmetto Bluff, the resort’s state-of-the-art fitness facilities beckon wellness enthusiasts seeking to nourish body and soul. From invigorating group classes to personalized training sessions, discover a myriad of opportunities to embark on a journey of self-discovery and renewal. Whether you prefer the serenity of yoga or the adrenaline-fueled intensity of a high-energy workout, Palmetto Bluff offers a holistic approach to well-being.

Woman Enjoying Private Yoga Experience with Luxury Simplified Retreats

Equestrian and Clay Shooting:  A Sporting Tradition

Step into the world of equestrian excellence at Palmetto Bluff. With expert instruction available, equestrian enthusiasts can experience the thrill of horsemanship amidst the tranquility of Palmetto Bluff’s sprawling acres. For aficionados of the shooting sports, Palmetto Bluff offers a premier destination to hone your marksmanship skills amidst the beauty of the Lowcountry. Accompanied by a member of the Shooting Club and with world-class shooting facilities at your disposal, discover the timeless allure of this beloved Southern tradition as you test your mettle against the backdrop of Palmetto Bluff’s pristine landscape.

Stay in Luxury

From the verdant fairways of the golf course to the tranquil waters of the May River, plus adventures that include biking, clay shooting, tennis, pickleball, or yoga all set amidst a breathtaking backdrop, Palmetto Bluff weaves a tapestry of experiences that captivate the senses and nourish the soul. Plan to stay in luxurious comfort within the Palmetto Bluff resort where your vacation can include days filled with adventure. A stay booked in our portfolio of luxury vacation homes offers the breathtaking lowcountry backdrop of Palmetto Bluff’s centuries-old oak trees, majestic pines and vast waterways. Our collection of vacation rentals in Palmetto Bluff features incredible amenities and superb locations. Let our Concierge team plan a fishing charter for you and your friends, or have a private chef waiting to cook your catch-of-the-day while you sit around the fire pit with a cocktail, telling stories of the big one that got away. And, while you’re there, why not plan a southern-style happy hour on the porch, or travel by private water taxi to explore the Bluffton Farmers Market? With our Guide to Exclusive Experiences, these are just some of the ways you customize your stay for an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind vacation – and we have a team of people ready to help you plan it all.

Charleston, South Carolina, is a city steeped in history, culture, and southern charm. While the Holy City itself offers a plethora of attractions, there’s a world of adventure waiting in and around the coastal lowcountry, and even the mountains of the South Carolina Upstate. If your visit to Charleston is a month long or longer, why not take some time to explore some of the charming towns that are just a short drive away.  There are a variety of day trips you can take, venturing to nearby small towns like Georgetown, Camden, Savannah, Beaufort, and Asheville NC. Each of these destinations offers a unique blend of history, natural beauty, and cultural experiences, making them perfect for a day of exploration.

Georgetown, SC

boats and shrimp boats along the waterfront in Georgetown SC

Drive Time: Approximately 1.5 hours
Things to Do: Stroll Front Street along Georgetown’s historic waterfront, explore the Rice Museum, and enjoy fresh seafood at local restaurants.
History: Located half-way between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, Georgetown boasts a rich maritime history and played a vital role in the rice and indigo trade during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Best Time to Visit: Spring and fall for pleasant weather, but year-round access makes it a great destination anytime.

Camden, SC

Drive Time: Approximately 2 hours
Things to Do: Discover historic sites like the Kershaw-Cornwallis House, take a scenic walk along the river, tour the nearly century-old Springdale Race Course, dive into equine history and lore at The Steeplechase Museum, visit a working horse farm or experience the Carolina Cup Steeplechase held every spring.
History: A town with a storied equine heritage, Camden boasts the highest density of horses in all of South Carolina, with a thriving equestrian community. Camden is steeped in Revolutionary War history and served as a major British garrison during the war.
Best Time to Visit: Spring for the Carolina Cup horse race, or anytime to soak in its historic charm.

Savannah, GA

View of the fountain in Forsyth Park Savannah GA

Drive Time: About 2 hours
Things to Do: Take a leisurely walk in Forsyth Park, explore the historic district, stroll the waterfront along the Savannah River and enjoy the sumptuous Southern cuisine.
History: Savannah is known for its well-preserved antebellum architecture, and it played a significant part in the Civil War.
Best Time to Visit: Spring and early fall when the weather is mild and the city is in full bloom.

Beaufort, SC

Exterior Image of historic home in Point neighborhood Beaufort SC

Drive Time: Approximately 1.5 hours
Things to Do: Visit historic homes like the Thomas Hepworth House, tour the charming downtown, and explore the waterways of the Port Royale Sound.
History: Overlooking the Beaufort River and the Port Royale Sound, Beaufort is one of the oldest towns in South Carolina and played a role in the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War.
Best Time to Visit: Spring and early summer for comfortable temperatures and lush lowcountry scenery.

Asheville, NC

view of Blue Ridge Mountains and valleys in Asheville NC

Drive Time: Around 4 hours
Things to Do: Explore the Biltmore Estate, hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and enjoy the vibrant arts and music scene.
History: Asheville is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and has a rich Appalachian heritage and a robust music scene. Famously known for its reputation for those seeking an “artsy” lifestyle, the River Arts District and West Asheville are full of restaurants and vibrant street art.
Best Time to Visit: Fall for stunning foliage, but for the hiking enthusiasts Asheville offers something special year-round.

When to go

The best time to embark on these day trips depends on your preferences. Spring and early fall offer mild weather, blooming landscapes, and fewer crowds, making them ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing. However, each destination has its unique appeal, so you can plan your day trips based on your interests and the local events happening throughout the year.

Where to stay

Whether you’re interested in history, nature, or simply experiencing the warm hospitality of these charming towns, the day trips from Charleston, SC, offer a delightful escape. If you’re considering spending a while in Charleston, SC, there’s no better choice than booking a longterm rental from our luxury portfolio. As you settle in to explore our charming city, you can rest assured that we’ll be there every step of the way to ensure every need is met. Whether you choose to stay on Folly Beach by the water or in the heart of downtown Charleston, you’ll have everything you need to make your space feel like home. Browse our long-term vacation rentals to find your ideal home away from home.