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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.

Bluffton, South Carolina, nestled along the banks of the May River, is a hidden gem that comes alive throughout the year with vibrant activities. Bluffton is a beacon of Southern charm, and benefits from a location that is in close proximity to Beaufort, Hilton Head and Savannah, GA. Whether you’re seeking family-friendly adventures or luxurious experiences, Bluffton has something for everyone. These popular events offer the perfect way to experience the magic of Bluffton and make it a must-visit destination all year round.

Bluffton Farmer’s Market

The Bluffton Farmer’s Market is a beloved street fair held every Thursday. This weekly community event is where both locals and tourists alike gather, not only to browse local produce, but also to enjoy delicious food, listen to entertainment, and relax with friends. Located in historic downtown Bluffton along Calhoun and Lawrence Streets, this family friendly market showcases local growers, local food vendors, local entertainment.

Bluffton Famer's Market with vegetables on display

Taste of Gullah Festival | February

Held during the month-long Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration, February 10, 2024 is the annual Taste of Gullah festival, taking place on the grounds of the Hilton Head Arts Center. From storytelling to gospel music, dance and more, an afternoon of performances shines the spotlight on Gullah heritage. Indulge in Lowcountry specialties including original island gumbo, barbecue ribs, fried fish, shrimp and grits, and shrimp and okra gumbo. Don’t miss this quintessential lowcountry festival!

Hilton Head Island Marathon | February

For fitness enthusiasts and families looking for an active start to the year, the Hilton Head Island Marathon is a must-attend event. Held February 10th, 2024, this marathon takes participants through the scenic routes of Hilton Head, offering breathtaking views of the island. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just want to enjoy a family-friendly 5K, the event caters to all fitness levels. It’s an excellent way to stay active while taking in the natural beauty of the coastal surroundings.

Runners taking part in the Hilton Head Marathon. Close up of feet and shoes

Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival | March

An annual event showcasing many of the world’s premier wines while shining a light on the Lowcountry’s unique and thriving food scene. Held March 24-30, 2024, this event offers a week of wine, craft beer and culinary experiences celebrating the world’s top wineries on gorgeous Hilton Head Island!

crowd attending the Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival Hilton Head SC

Art and Soul: The Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival | October

Bluffton is not only about embracing the outdoors but also about celebrating the vibrant arts and cultural scene. The Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival, held October 12- 20, 2024, is a showcase of the town’s artistic soul and rich maritime heritage. Wander through the charming streets adorned with local artwork, indulge in delicious seafood delicacies, and witness live performances that capture the essence of Lowcountry culture. The festival fosters a sense of community and offers a unique opportunity to engage with local artists and craftsmen.

Bluffton Stouts & Stogies / Cigar & Bold Beer Festival | December

For those seeking a unique take on an age-old tradition, Bluffton offers the Stouts & Stogies Event, hosted in December. This popular event for beer and cigar enthusiasts is held at the Hayward House, located at 70 Boundary Street, in Old Town Bluffton with an array of barbecue, beverages and cigars.

Discover Luxurious Experiences in Palmetto Bluff

For individuals seeking unparalleled luxury, Palmetto Bluff, the picturesque community that embodies Southern charm, offers an array of exclusive experiences. There’s so much to do here, from private yacht charters along the May River to spa treatments that redefine relaxation, this upscale resort community caters to those with a taste for the finer things in life. Indulge in gourmet dining, unwind in lavish accommodations, and explore the expansive grounds that make up this one-of-a-kind private resort, where every corner exudes opulence.

Street view Wilson Village Palmetto Bluff

Bluffton, SC, beckons visitors with a diverse array of activities catering to families and adventure-seekers alike. Whether you’re seeking a cozy winter retreat, an active getaway, or an opulent experience, Bluffton’s charm and warmth will make your visit truly unforgettable. Embrace the Southern hospitality, explore the natural beauty, and create lasting memories in this enchanting destination.

Stay in Luxury

Plan to stay in luxurious comfort within the Palmetto Bluff resort where your vacation can include a fun-filled day spent exploring historic Bluffton. 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. Palmetto Bluff is a lush, lowcountry resort community nestled within 20,000 acres of Bluffton’s stunning wildlife. With its scenic landscape and resort style amenities, Palmetto Bluff has both a quaint, small-town feel and a sense of understated luxury. 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.

 

 

Bluffton, South Carolina, has always been a charming destination for those seeking a taste of Southern hospitality and exquisite cuisine. With each passing year, the culinary scene in this Lowcountry gem continues to evolve and surprise. Set alongside the banks of the May River, and with its close proximity to Palmetto Bluff, Hilton Head and Savannah, this up and coming small town is quietly becoming a culinary destination of its own.  We’re excited to introduce you to some of the the top restaurants that have opened their doors in Bluffton, including the remarkable Okàn, fast becoming Bluffton’s most coveted dinner reservation in 2023.

Okàn

Exterior view of Okan restaurant Bluffton SC

Introducing Okàn, the restaurant that’s been the talk of the town since it opened in spring 2023. Okàn brings a unique cuisine to Bluffton that follows the culinary journey of West African-rooted cooking and a blend of Southern flavors, creating an unforgettable dining experience. Okàn’s Executive Chef, Bernard Bennett has been recognized as a “2023 Semifinalist for Emerging Chef” by the James Beard Foundation.

Located on Calhoun Street, Okan’s interior is a fusion of modern design with traditional elements, creating a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. The menu at Okàn takes you on a taste journey that focuses on the foods and flavors that came to the Lowcountry through the enslavement of African Americans and the dishes that are a nod to their West Africa heritage.  Okàn knows how to surprise and delight your taste buds. Don’t forget to try their craft cocktails, expertly paired with the dishes, to complete your dining adventure.

Farm

Exterior view of Farm restaurant Bluffton SC

Located on May River Road in Bluffton, Farm offers a locally-sourced menu and a distinctive dining experience at this rustic-yet-modern, Lowcountry eatery. The seasonally inspired, ever-evolving dishes created by Chef Brandon Carter pay homage to the small local farmers, fishermen and artisan producers who provide the restaurant with its fresh produce, seafood and food products.

 

The Bluffton Room

exterior view of The Bluffton Room restaurant Bluffton SC

Named in the “Top 10 Places to Dine in Bluffton” by The Culture Trip this contemporary American cuisine will not disappoint! They’ve ditched the idea of classic dining by providing table-side preparations in an intimate setting, both indoor and outdoor, paired with service beyond anything you’ve experienced before. The intimate and vibrant atmosphere of the dining room and open-air bar has earned this restaurant rave reviews from diners and critics alike. Enjoy classic American cuisine, tableside preparations and crafted cocktails for dinner. Gracious service, well crafted cocktails, and table-side preparations evoke the feeling of a lively dinner party.

The Pearl Kitchen & Bar

Interior view of The Pearl Kitchen and Bar Bluffton SC

Located at 55 Calhoun Street in the heart of the historic art district of Bluffton, The Pearl Kitchen and Bar brings a refreshing new approach to the dining experience focused on a complete sensory experienceWith an outstanding wine list, handcrafted drinks, fresh locally sourced produce, and certified steaks, it’s no surprise that this is one of Bluffton’s most popular spots to dine at.  Enjoy drinks by the outside fire pit before or after dinner.the freshest of ingredients prepared in a manner that will excite, entice, and keep you coming back for more.

May River Grill

Located on May River Road, the menu at this local favorite is heavy on fresh seafood from the local waters. Throughout its 15 year history, the May River Grill has earned the accolades of Wall Street Journal, South Carolina Living, Taste Magazine, and Bluffton Today. Top picks include Daufuskie-style crab cakes, scallops meunière, seafood pasta pomodoro, stuffed shrimp and bone-in scored flounder.

Stay in Luxury

Plan to stay in luxurious comfort within the Palmetto Bluff resort where your vacation can include a fun-filled day spent exploring historic Bluffton. 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. Palmetto Bluff is a lush, lowcountry resort community nestled within 20,000 acres of Bluffton’s stunning wildlife. With its scenic landscape and resort style amenities, Palmetto Bluff has both a quaint, small-town feel and a sense of understated luxury. 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.

 

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Roughly two hours or so from Charleston down Hwy 17 gets you to Palmetto Bluff, or “The Bluff ” as it’s affectionately known. Charlestonians have their getaway places. In the summer it’s often to the mountains of North Carolina and in the fall there is simply no better place to be than The Bluff, located in Bluffton SC. This lowcountry getaway, drips old southern charm, offering up hospitality at the highest level and catering to a crowd that appreciates an outdoor-centric, sporting lifestyle. In Palmetto Bluff, this resort getaway designed for relaxation, time has the uncanny ability to actually feel like it is slowing down.

The South Carolina Lowcountry

Palmetto Bluff is 20,000 or so acres of old southern woodland stand, deer hunting tracks and timberland turned in to a resort and a surrounding planned community. The whole place is on a physical bluff some 20 feet above the May River almost guaranteeing a steady pleasant breeze, even in mid-summer. Like many of the exclusive resort communities along the coastal Carolinas it has its mix of permanent residents, returning vacation home owners and travelers in search of a unique (but still upscale) vacation experience, in a similar manner to many of the other Barrier Island communities. Kiawah without the opulence or the traffic, Defuski but with more polish. While it has its own resort within the development providing a superb range of amenities, the true appeal to the majority of vacationers is a stay in one of the luxury vacation rentals dotted throughout the resort and the chance to experience  the lowcountry like a local.

A Love for the Outdoors

So just what does a vacation look like at Palmetto Bluff? A typical day might look something like this. Sleep late, enjoy quiet mornings with coffee on the porch, play with the children, and bicycle everywhere. Eat breakfast late, swim, read, converse and contemplate. Take the kids to explore an adventure-filled treehouse.  Palmetto Bluff has two magical treehouse creations that would make even the Swiss Family Robinson envious.

The first is tucked away in the live oaks in Moreland Village, alongside the May River, With 55 steps, and unlimited views at the top, this 5-story tree house was designed to blend in with the surrounding Palmetto Bluff landscape. The second is 3-stories of climbing fun, featuring a spiral staircase, a slide, a wooden boardwalk, and a rope ladder. Fish from the Moreland Dock, or just about everywhere, or watch enormous Blue Herons fishing for themselves or Egret colonies roosting at dusk.

 

Wilson Village

The idyllic town square, Wilson Village, includes quaint shops, and restaurants, from Melt ice cream shop, dishing up twelve signature southern ice creams, to Octagon or The River House serving up exceptional lowcountry cuisine. There are old ruins to explore, nature trails, guided tours, golf courses, shooting classes, gyms and conservancy lessons. You can cruise the river into Bluffton proper or Savannah a little further off, or even kayak the river and its surrounding tidal creeks joined by the occasional frolicking dolphin.

 

You can roast s’mores at sunset and listen to live music play until bedtime, gaze at the stars and listen to the frogs.  Crisp fall evenings call for cocktails around the fire pit, or a crackling fireplace on the porch.

 

 

All of this with a backdrop of just incredible lowcountry beauty. Shady tree-lined streets with ancient live oaks heavy with Spanish moss. Scenic views of the May River include the Grace, a perfectly restored 1913 motor yacht, tied up to the dock at Wilson Village waiting for afternoon excursions that include drinks at sunset, or the meandering Inland Waterway that makes a journey through many of Palmetto Bluffs neighborhoods. Marshes and tidal creeks teeming with trout, redfish, crabs and shrimp that beckon for exploration and a day spent fishing.

Plan your Palmetto Bluff Getaway this Fall

You’re sure to enjoy your stay in Palmetto Bluff when your trip includes all the comforts offered in our Luxury Simplified Retreats vacation homes. Our collection of rentals features incredible amenities and superb locations. There are so many things you can do on the property and the scenic, breathtaking backdrop of the Lowcountry surrounds you in Palmetto Bluff, with gorgeous oak trees, vast waterways and a laid-back, serene lifestyle. But why not experience a vintage voyage in a 1930’s Bentley, 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.

Explore our Guide filled with Exclusive Guest Experiences