In Lowcountry, the ultimate luxury is time. Time spent exploring the brilliant natural surroundings that give Palmetto Bluff South Carolina Resort its distinctive spirit. Navigate your way through this ecological nirvana - twenty thousand acres brimming with wildlife and geographic diversity - on foot or horseback, by kayak, or aboard a serene river cruise. Adventure is just a few steps away.
The Inn at Palmetto Bluff introduces our exclusive and once in a lifetime experiences. These programs are designed to allow you the flexibility to create your own unique and memorable Lowcountry experience. To book your once in a lifetime experience; contact the Palmetto Bluff Adventures Team at 843.706.6560. All excursions require a minimum of 14 days booking prior to the experience.
DISCOVER THE ROOTS OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
Tour historic Daufuskie Island, accessible only by boat, with native Sallie Ann Robinson. Sallie Ann, famed culinarian and author in her own right, was one of Pat Conroy's students about which he wrote in, "The Water is Wide." She'll guide you along the island to visit the historic First African Baptist Church, the Praise House and Mary Field's Elementary School (the school of inspiration for Pat Conroy's novel.) After this trip back in time Sallie Ann will accompany you back to Palmetto Bluff and cook up a Gullah lunch you'll never forget.
THE ECOLOGY OF LOWCOUNTRY WATERWAYS
Climb aboard the Hinkley to take a tour down the May River. We will discuss the ecology of the rivers and marshes in the Lowcountry in addition to observing some of our fascinating wildlife.
RIVER ROAD TOUR
Explore the 122 acre River Road Preserve with a Conservancy Team member. Get glimpses of hard marsh ecosystems, majestic live oak canopies, hidden wetland gems as you walk and learn about the habitats and history of Palmetto Bluff.
PALMETTO BLUFF'S HISTORY & NATURE TOUR
Discuss the history of Palmetto Bluff from Native American sites, to antebellum plantation homes, early 20th century mansions and hunting lodges to the current conservation practices and development, all while admiring the natural beauty of the Village. The tour starts at the Ruins, and goes to a historic cemetery and archaeology sites. Must be able to walk up to 1 mile.
BIRDING THE BLUFF EXCURSION
Birding is one of the most popular pastimes in America and Palmetto Bluff has wilderness tailor made for it. Located on the Atlantic Migratory Flight Path, Palmetto Bluff is home to a diverse population of bird life throughout the year, and for spring/fall migration. Join an expert birding guide for a Palmetto Bluff birding adventure. You will visit some of our survey points used for our long-term research on our extensive bird community in addition to some of our excellent birding spots along water bodies.
ENDANGERED SPECIES INTRODUCTION
Palmetto Bluff is home to many Federal and State endangered species, including Bald Eagles, Wood Storks, and Fox Squirrels. The Conservancy is constantly monitoring these populations. Hitch a ride with Conservancy staff as we travel to roosting and nesting sites. Along the way, you'll learn about these threatened species and some of the reasons why they are protected.
Join our on-site Conservation team to get an inside look at the life and biology of American alligators. As part of our wildlife conservation efforts at Palmetto Bluff our team has studied local habitat types and the influences of a changing landscape on movement patterns. While the alligator may be in either terrestrial or aquatic habitats, we will keep a safe distance at all times and you will not at any point be in a position that creates any risk for anyone involved. Come and observe these fascinating dinosaurs in their natural habitats.
Experience a private guided tour of the Owens-Thomas House in downtown Savannah, thought to be the finest example of Regency architecture in the country, when the house is closed to the public.
After the tour, drive with your guide around the famed squares of this historic first city of Georgia and hear about the architecture, the history and the tall tales that make Savannah famous.
Along your tour, you'll stop to visit the studio of master furniture maker Greg Guenther….master restorer of antique furniture and maker of museum quality pieces where you'll have the opportunity to purchase or commission one-of-a-kind pieces to bring historic southern charm into your home. Your tour will conclude with all that the South is famous for, a fine meal and lively conversation with lunch at the private Oglethorpe Club. The Oglethorpe club, one of the oldest men's clubs in the country, overlooks the charming Forsyth Park in downtown Savannah.
BEAUTIFUL BEAUFORT BY THE BAY
Take one of our Mercedes up to Beaufort for the day, South Carolina's second oldest city founded in 1711, this small coastal city is the queen of the sea islands.
Sea island cotton, phosphate mining, rice, and indigo all contributed to the great wealth of Beaufort in the early 19th century. Occupied early on by the Union troops, Beaufort was spared from destruction during the Civil War. You will have a private guide to show you the high spots including the interior of one the magnificent private historic homes that Beaufort is known for. After your tour you'll enjoy lunch in one of Beaufort's historic private houses.
LEGACY ON THE COMBAHEE RIVER
Nemours Plantation, now Wildlife Foundation, was the winter retreat of the late Eugene Dupont. Established as a Foundation in 1995, Nemours' nearly 10,000 acres contains a rich diversity of habitats and is listed by The Nature Conservancy as "one of the last great places." Bring your camera, binoculars and jeans and enjoy a naturalist tour of the area visiting old tabby slave cabins, learning about the cultivation of rice, the commodity that brought the Lowcountry such vast wealth and the wildlife that thrives at Nemours today. After you've trekked and toured you'll enjoy a lunch in the Dupont home on the plantation.
Upon your return trip to Palmetto Bluff, you'll stop to visit the ruins of The Prince Williams Parish Church, known as Sheldon Church, another iconic Lowcountry site.Â The church was built circa 1745 and was burned by the British troops in 1779. Rebuilt in 1826, the church was again burned by Sherman's troops in 1865 during their March to the Sea and now stands as it was left after that second fire. While Nemours Plantation stands as a testament to the resiliency of nature, Old Sheldon Church stands as a testament to the foundations of early architecture. This tour is available September through May.
OSSABAW ISLAND EXPEDITION
Get in touch with nature on one of Georgia's famed barrier islands, accessible only by boat. Dress in your jeans and walking shoes for an unforgettable tour that begins as you take one of our Mercedes down to the Delegal Marina to begin your journey. You will be transported by boat to the dock at Ossabaw and if lucky greeted by the resident burro family. You will begin your tour down the main avenue (a sandy oak draped island road)… have a delicious picnic on the beach… just you and your guide… and then continue on our tour of the old artist's colony on Ossabaw. Return boat trip across Wassaw Sound in time for you to return for dinner at the Bluff.
Ossabaw is one of the largest barrier islands of Georgia, and contains about 9,000 acres of wooded uplands, and freshwater ponds, as well as 16,000 marshlands with tidal creeks. This tour is available October through April.
AMAZING GRACE MASSAGE ON THE MAY
Embark on your own private sanctuary of relaxation and revitalization aboard our antique, restored, 1913 yacht, Grace. Immerse yourself in serenity while cruising along the May River, discover the beauty of nature and let our expert staff guide you on your path to renewal and wellness through massage. Choose from a sixty minute or ninety minute Palmetto Classic massage.
Experience authentic Lowcountry life out on the May River with one of our boat captains by shrimping, digging for oysters or trapping crabs based on the season. You will return with the bounty of your catch and go into one of our village homes where our chefs will show you how to expertly prepare your fresh catch.
The well traveled sommelier, the accomplished equestrian, the river guide who knows the hatches, tides and migrations, the naturalist at one with the forest, wildlife and every inch of these 20,000 acres - it is people who enrich and enliven life on The Bluff. Indeed, from golf to tennis, to the rivers, the ocean, our past, present and future, every journey in the company of our extraordinary guides is certain to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and one you'll quickly hope to enjoy again tomorrow.
The May River Golf Course meanders – through a magnificent Lowcountry forest, along its namesake river, and through bunkers and hazards of every description. It’s much like golf itself, where one’s game meanders from highs to incomprehensible lows. Keeping golfers on the high road is Head Golf Professional Greg Wrobel. A patient student of the game and human nature his is a nurturing approach designed to keep spirits high and shots long and straight.
Designed to challenge golfers of all skill levels, the May River Golf Course meanders through the May River Forest and features wide, inviting fairways with strategic bunkers and natural waste areas. Champion Bermuda greens, well guarded by white-sand bunkers, test your nerves, while gently undulating slopes challenge your putting skills. All tee boxes and fairways feature Paspalum, the newest eco-friendly turf. Head Golf Professional Greg Wrobel is your conductor as you test your skills and wits on this 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Course.
As the Head Golf Professional for May River Golf Club, Greg Wrobel guides a golfer’s journey. His role includes day to day operations of the Club - making tee times, placing special merchandise orders, organizing member events and tournaments, and handling special golf requests. As a PGA professional, one of Greg’s main focuses is golf instruction, providing private lessons, clinics, group lessons, a three-hour intensive learning program, and two and three day golf schools.
Greg is a Certified PGA Professional in General Management as well as Golf Instruction. His background includes working with the high-end membership at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin as well as the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina. Greg is also trained as a golf fitness instructor by the Titleist Performance Institute.
There are some 20,000 acres on The Bluff and untold thousands on the rivers and wetlands that surround it. No human in history knows every acre, plant, animal, season and nuance of this treasured land as James Walea. “Big Jay” as he is so affectionately called grew up on this land and has dedicated his life to caring for it as a naturalist and wildlife manger of the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy. A walk with Jay is a journey into wondrous worlds that come alive as our understanding grows – which plants are edible, which attract quail, where the armadillos like to forage, the pattern of the tides, the migration of birds, gators and everything that moves…this is Big Jay’s world…and to share it even for a short spell is one of the true joys of life on the Bluff.
Jay has worked at Palmetto Bluff for over eighteen years and today, as part of the Conservancy Environmental Team he works to develop, implement and manage programs relating to the environment and stewardship. He works with the development planning team, design review board, construction staff and property owners to identify and preserve natural resources. In this capacity he handles habitat identification and preservation; lot development; traditional land and forestry management; wildlife management; interface with Design Review professionals on natural resource protection/building placement; design and implementation of nature trails; and education and outreach.
Jay has also been spotted talking about armadillos at kid’s camp, telling ghost stories, putting his calligraphy skills to use for the marketing department, and singing at a wedding or two. He’s got skills.
Amid the 20,000 acres of Palmetto Bluff lie untold stories and treasures. For more than 30 years Charlie Bales has been uncovering both. From the Union Camp era to present day, Charlie has traversed the property almost daily managing the “wild world.” With a southern drawl and a twinkle in his eye, Charlie weaves stories of the Bluff like no other. A day spent with Charlie will reveal an adventure like you’ve never had before – whether birding, fishing, or discovering and exploring his favorite spots you will indeed walk away with a new appreciation for the land and those who have kept it pristine for centuries.
Charlie Bales is the Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife Manager for the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy. The Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to natural resource protection and conservation at Palmetto Bluff. Charlie works in many areas from environmental planning and research; wildlife and land management; fisheries management; outreach and education. With over 30 years working on this amazing property, Charlie brings a wealth of passion, knowledge and expertise on everything associated with the land and its inhabitants, and he willingly works with new residents to acclimate them to this landscape.
Southern food, perhaps more than any other regional cuisine in America, has long been recognized for its diversity and history and for the stew pot of cultural influences that have been inherited from unique and authentic African cultures. The style of food originated in the early Colonial period, beginning with the rum and sugarcane plantations of the West Indies and the Creole French and Spanish inhabitants of the Deep South. They harvested the fields, cleaned the game, ground the spices and created the meals that set the standard for southern cooking as we know it today. At Palmetto Bluff, we honor those traditions on the plate and in the glass at each meal, every day.
Born and raised in a small town in Alabama, Jeremy has an undeniable connection to the people, the food ways, and the hospitality of the South. “So much of what I have done professionally has been a celebration of, or inspired by, growing up southern. For over 20 years, I have had the privilege to play a role in developing some very amazing places … and the opportunity to be a part of creating some of the most special memories for people.” You’ll find Jeremy’s special touches everywhere food and drink is enjoyed on the Bluff.
Prior to joining Palmetto Bluff, Jeremy’s experience includes posts as Director of Restaurants and Outlets for Sea Island Resorts, Sea Island, Georgia and Director of Food and Beverage for Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville, Georgia. Jeremy’s time at Palmetto Bluff has been spent shaping the food and beverage experiences here – perhaps none more fun or more southern than our annual food and wine series, Music to your Mouth - which helped to earn Palmetto Bluff’s #1 Best Resort ranking from the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.
At Palmetto Bluff, we honor the southern culinary culture by using the freshest of ingredients harvested from the surrounding waters, woods and local farms to create a unique epicurean experience. This noble fare is further accentuated by sharing the finest wines, creating a complete sensory experience. At the helm of this journey is Hugues Le Berre, Palmetto Bluff’s self-proclaimed “wine geek." His worldly resume includes the one Michelin Star Restaurant La Roseraie de Bel Air in Brittany, France, the Three Michelin Star Waterside Inn in England, the Relais Gourmand Bosman Restaurant of The Grande Roche Hotel Relais & Chateaux in South Africa, and the Relais & Chateaux Le Vieux Manoir au Lac in Switzerland. Our epicurean and vinicultural course is clearly well charted.
Hugues began his career in the hospitality industry at 17, simultaneously completing a hospitality degree and polishing his skills at the One Michelin Star Restaurant La Roseraie de Bel Air in Brittany, France. After graduation, Hugues served in the military as a headwaiter commander in the French Navy.
Since that time, his career has taken him around the world to the Three Michelin Star Waterside Inn in England and later to Relais Gourmand Bosman Restaurant of The Grande Roche Hotel Relais & Chateaux in South Africa, and the Relais & Chateaux Le Vieux Manoir au Lac in Switzerland.
In 2000, Hugues relocated to South Carolina where he worked at the Woodlands Inn, Relais & Chateaux – Relais Gourmand as the Restaurant Manager and eventually Food and Beverage Director. He joined Palmetto Bluff in January 2009 as the Assistant Director of Food and Beverage where his first assignment was to reinforce the standards and quality of service at the River House. Since then, he has worked to train and develop new supervisors and managers for the other food and beverage outlets of the property, and create new ideas and concepts for our dining venues. Wine remains a passion for Hugues and he thoroughly enjoys getting to know our guests and helping them to select and pair the perfect match. Hugues is currently preparing for his Sommelier certification (which sounds like a lot of fun!).
There is no better way to experience the beauty of the Lowcountry than from a boat or the seat of a kayak. Let one of our interpretive naturalists lead you through the heart of our southeastern coastal salt marsh, where you'll enjoy close-up observation of bottlenose dolphin and the thriving birdlife that inhabit this remarkable tidal ecosystem.
Located just north of the Village Center, Wilson Landing includes boat rentals, a Harbourmaster Office and Palmetto Bluff Outfitters. Open daily.
Starcraft Deck Boat
20-foot deck boat perfect for sightseeing and relaxing. Maximum 8 ppl.
Ranger Flats Boat
16-foot boat perfect for fishing shallow water. Outboard motor for the May River or electric trolling motor for our inland lagoon system. Maximum 3ppl.
Multi-purpose 13-foot boat for exploring local waters. Maximum 2ppl.
Craig Cats Catamaran
11-foot electric catamarans to explore the water trails. Maximum 2ppl.
Well suited for water trail excursions with family and friends. Maximum 6ppl.
All boat rentals may require an in water trial with Wilson Landing Captains.
TOURS & CRUISES
2-Hour Kayak Nature Tour
On this casual tour, you'll explore the local creeks with a naturalist guide. No kayak experience is necessary.
Outback Boat Tour and Archaeological Paddle
You'll begin your day with a boat tour through the marsh to Page Island. Once you arrive, your guide will take you through a brief paddling clinic, after which you will board kayaks and explore the coastal marshlands, tidal creeks and ancient Native American archaeological sites off the coast of Daufuskie Island.
May River Historic Guided Paddle
Tour the scenic and historic May River and learn about the fascinating local histories of the Native Americans, plantation owners and riverboats of the area as well as Bluffton's role in the Civil War.
1-1/2 and 2 hour Backcountry Discovery Dolphin Tours
It's a Lowcountry backwater tour like you've never imagined. You'll discover hidden creeks, undeveloped islands and see dolphins and other wildlife so close you'll practically be able to touch them.
Mimosas on the May
Each Sunday from 11:30am to 1pm we'll set sail on the Grace, Palmetto Bluff's antique yacht, to explore the May, watch for dolphins, enjoy a little continental breakfast and sip on mimosas.
Since the time of the Native Americans, people have come to Palmetto Bluff to enjoy the amazing diversity of sea life. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert , you’ll discover an array of experiences to help make your stay unforgettable.
Bring the whole family and experience the amazing fishing crabbing, shrimping and more that the local waters have to offer.
For the spin or fly fisherman who wants to try catching the local reds. You get the boat for four hours and we offer expert guides to help you navigate the area.
Enjoy the unmatched excitement of deep-sea fishing. You can make advanced reservations on a number of local yachts depending on the number of anglers in your party.
Experience the ultimate in inshore sport fishing. Your specially fitted kayak will tour the marsh with your own personal guide.
3-Hour Brim and Bass Experience
The fresh water ponds and lakes at Palmetto Bluff are an angler’s paradise. Stocked and carefully managed for over seventy years, the property's waterways are teeming with brim and bass.
The 3-hour Brim and Bass experience is guaranteed to catch fish. We will venture out on our custom designed 16' Carolina Skiff, The Fish Hawk, into the extensive fresh water lagoon system. Your professional guide will take you to the best fishing spots on the property. During the program, discussion and instruction will be offered.
Fly Fishing Instruction
Learn the proper techniques of fly fishing from seasoned professionals who will help you cultivate a strong foundation of skills. Whether your goal is to fish our fresh water ponds, stalk the Lowcountry salt marsh for redfish or head to a distant stream, Palmetto Bluff Outfitters can show you what you need to know.
Treat family and friends to an unforgettable private cruise or host an impressive private event on our historical yacht.
The History of Grace
GRACE, named in honor of R. T. Wilson's sister, wife of Cornelius "Neily" Vanderbilt, III, celebrated her 92nd birthday at Palmetto Bluff in March 2005. She has the unique distinction of being one of the last remaining examples of the early gas-powered yachts built prior to World War I.
She has had a long history of colorful owners. Among them was James Adams, owner of the James Adams Floating Theater, which was towed to many coastal towns of the South bringing entertainment and culture to isolated areas. GRACE would follow the theater to all its destinations, many times with distinguished guests. Novelist Edna Ferber wrote Showboat, which later became a smash Broadway play, from her experiences aboard and traveling with Mr. Adams.
The vessel was abandoned several times over the years, but in 1990, a partnership of antique yacht aficionados moved her to Fairhaven, MA, where a rebuilding project was begun. In the fall of 2004, Palmetto Bluff began further restoration that continues today.
SPECIAL TOURS & PRIVATE CHARTERS
GRACE is available for tours and private charter throughout the year for any special occasion.
May River Scenic Cruise
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
1:30pm - 3:00pm / Year-round
GRACE will wander up the May River past Buck Point to Old Bluffton by the Bluffton Oyster Factory, the last operating oyster company in the Southeast. Then it's down past Potato, Bull and Barataria Islands all the while looking for the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin.
May River Evening Wine Cruise
Thursday & Saturday
5:00pm - 7:00pm / Spring - Summer
4:00pm - until dusk / Fall - Winter
The most relaxing cruise on the May River. Watch the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin at play and enjoy the history of Palmetto Bluff. Tour includes a wine selection and light hors d'oeuvres.
*GRACE will be substituted with our Hinckley boat if less than six people sign up for a regularly scheduled cruise. Four hours notice of cancellation is required. Please sign up at least two hours before cruise is scheduled to depart. Cruise times may change throughout the year based on season.
Mimosas on the May
11:30am - 1:00pm
Experience a leisurely cruise on the May exploring and watching for dolphins while sipping on mimosas and enjoying a little continental breakfast.
PRIVATE YACHT CHARTERS
River cruises aboard GRACE, Palmetto Bluff’s 60-foot antique motor yacht, are available for private charter tours throughout the year for any special occasion. Treat family and friends to an unforgettable private cruise or host an impressive private event on our historical yacht.
For reservations or additional information, call 843.706.2757.
||New York Yacht, Launch & Engine Company, Morris Heights, NY
||1913, Rebuilt 1996, Current restoration commenced 2004
||22 Guests plus Crew
||Cruising - 9.5 Knots
Top - 12.8 Knots
Above deck - Pilothouse and seating with awning and weather curtains
Below deck - Intimate lounge with dining area, galley, owner's stateroom, head and engine room
Bottom - Long-leaf yellow pine planking below the waterline, white cedar above on steam bent white oak frames
Cabin & Interior - Original mahogany paneling with brass fixtures
Original - 4-cylinder, 50HP 20th. century gasoline marine engine
Present - Caterpillar 3116, 350 HP diesel marine engine
Palmetto Bluff Hinckley Picnic Boat
"Palmetto Bluff", a Hinckley picnic boat, offers a unique luxury boating experience for up to 6 people. The Hinckley name is synonymous with the highest levels of yachting. Craftsmanship rooted in Maine’s maritime heritage. Every aspect of boat building comes together to create an original work of art in the Hinckley construction. Hull construction, deck layout, joinery, salon and cockpit design are all integrated and rendered as a single concept. Riding on the Hinckley allows you to experience a sense of power, control, and performance you’ve never known before. This is undoubtedly a memorable mode of transportation for seeing the sights of the Lowcountry.
PB Explorers & Pioneers
Through arts and crafts, sports, daily recreational activities, and special events, we give children an opportunity to develop teamwork skills, enjoy fun adventures, and create new and lasting friendships! Ages 5-13.
Teen Adventure Island
It's the perfect place to meet other teens and have fun in the outdoors. Head over to Page Island, where the team and leadership staff will lead a day of rope course challenges, kayaking and inner tubing. Five hours, ages 11-17.
Evening Kids Island Adventure
Evening Kids Island Adventure offers your children two options for nighttime adventures, including campfire stories, fishing, shrimping, crabbing and delicious fireside snacks.
Option #1 - Your kids take a boat ride out to the adventure outpost on Page Island. This tour will also include stargazing and guided night walks. This 4-hour outing requires a minimum of four children.
Option #2 - This adventure takes place at Moreland, where the kids will enjoy evening campfire stories, fishing, shrimping, crabbing and fireside snacks. This 4-hour outing requires a minimum of four children.
GROUPS & FAMILIES
The Ultimate Family
For the adventurous family that truly wants to experience the Lowcountry, we'll plan a full 8 hours of customized activities based on your family's preferences.
5-Hour Family/Group Team Building Program
Bring the whole crew for the day of a lifetime. This package is perfect for weddings, reunions or just for fun get-togethers. Begin your adventure with a boat ride through the backcountry marshes to Page Island. There, you’ll have our 30-acre Team and Leadership Development Center all to yourselves. Your group will be put through a series of icebreakers, low challenges and friendly competitions.
Full-Day Family/Group Team Building Program
This program adds high-level peak challenges and a full lunch to the 5-hour program.
Palmetto Bluff specializes in customizing team building and other activities for your group or family.
Perfect for your family reunion, group outing or special occasion, our photographers will help to capture your priceless memories using Palmetto Bluff's beautiful setting as the backdrop for your portraits.
IT'S ALL RELATIVE
Created to bring together siblings, cousins, grandparents and extended families, the new It's All Relative program helps guests plan a personalized, one-of-a-kind family reunion. Families enjoy a host of unique activities, including complimentary kayaking and canoeing on the resort's internal waterways, scavenger hunts, bicycle tours, game deck access and nightly s'mores roasts at the Inn's River House Fire Pits.
Families can add even more activities, from alligator tracking and customized basketball tournaments to private boat excursions and a festive Lowcountry Boil.
Personalized Activities Include:
Tier A - Complementary
- Independent kayak and canoeing on internal waterways
- Scavenger Hunt
- Bicycle Tour
- Nightly Smores' kits at the River House Fire Pits
- Game Deck: pool, ping-pong, foosball, chess and checkers
Tier B - $10 per person per activity
- Basketball, croquet, bocce, volleyball, badminton tournaments (instructor included)
- Guided nature hikes including exploration of maritime habitats, wetlands, estuaries and marsh. Learn about the wildlife and biodiversity of Palmetto Bluff
- Arts & Crafts (examples: birdhouse painting, tie-dye projects, holiday specific crafts)
- Guided nature hikes
Tier C - $50 per person per activity
- Family Olympics/Team Building at Calder Park
- Kids Night Out (Just for Kids)
- PB Explorers & Pioneers Interactive Kids Camp
- Family golf and family tennis clinic
- Private poolside movie
- Exclusive fitness class
Individually Priced Activities/Amenities
- Customized meals
- Personalized mementos
- Boat excursions and rentals
- Fishing charters
- Private chapel service
- Family carriage rides with picnic lunch at Longfield Stables
- Lowcountry Boil at Moreland Landing
- Spa treatments/PJ Party
- Private chapel service
For more information, please call 866.706.6565.
The Inn at Palmetto Bluff doesn't just indulge you with hedonistic delights, our fitness facilities let you stay connected to your physical conditioning far from your daily routine.
A heated, horizon lap pool with breathtaking views of the May River entice a dip. A modern Fitness Center with floor-to-ceiling windows and high-end cardio and strength-training equipment makes your workout a breeze. And a welcoming movement studio for spinning, yoga and Pilates classes encourages you to break a sweat.
Located adjacent to the swimming pool and River House, the Fitness Center features spectacular views of the May River and the surrounding Lowcountry wilderness. Enjoy an array of Precor treadmills, bicycles, and elliptical machines, as well as strength-training equipment.
River House Fitness Facility open 24 hours a day for your convenience.
- 4 Precore USA treadmills with flat screen TV's
- 3 Precore USA bikes, 2 with flat screen TV's
- 1 spinning bike
- 3 Precore USA elliptical trainers with flat screen TV's
- 1 Precore USA stretch trainer
- 1 Paramount functional trainer station
- 1 Paramount leg extension machine
- 1 Paramount shoulder press machine
- 1 Paramount leg curl machine
- 1 Paramount rotary chest machine
- 1 Paramount glute press machine
- Jump rope
- Resistance bands
- Free weights
- Medicine balls
- 2 movable benches
River House Pool Hours of Operation
8:00 am - dusk
- 100 feet; 3 lap lane horizon pool
- Heated to 78 degrees year round
- Salt water solution for a healthier swim
- 3-4 feet deep; no wading area
- No diving allowed
- No Lifeguard on duty
- Jacuzzi heated to 102 degrees
- No pets allowed in pool area
- Adults only
Located within the Canoe Club complex, the Fitness Center offers spectacular views of the May River and offers treadmills, bicycles, elliptical machines with built in televisions, as well as strength training equipment. Personal trainers can be scheduled.
Plus, the perfect complement to a day spent exploring our Lowcountry wilderness, the expansive swimming pool and Jacuzzi encourage relaxation and fun. Slip into the soft salt waters of the horizon pool, where lap lanes offer a serene workout, or simply breathe in the fresh maritime air from the soothing, bubbling Jacuzzi.
Canoe Club Fitness Facility Hours of Operation
7:00 am to 6:00 pm
- 1 Precor AMT with flat screen TV
- 1 Concept II Rowing Machine
- 4 Precor treadmills with flat screen TVs
- 1 Precor bike with flat screen TV
- 2 Precor elliptical trainers with flat screen TVs
- Cable Crossover
- Leg Extension
- Leg Press
- Bicep Curl
- Rotary Chest Press
- Seated Row
- Lat Pulldown
- Dumbbells and Benches
- 12 Spinning Bikes
- Balanced Body:
- Combo Chair
- Ladder Barrel
- 2 Reformer/Trapeze Combination Units
Canoe Club Pool Hours of Operation
- 80 feet; 5 lap lane horizon pool
- Salt water solution for a healthier swim
- 3-5 feet deep; no wading area
- No Diving allowed
- No Lifeguard on duty
- Jacuzzi heated to 102 degrees
- No pets allowed in pool area
- Kiddie Pool
- Recreational Pool
YOGA, PILATES, SPINNING
This is a perfect class for anyone new to spinning and wanting a new workout. You will learn bike set-up and hand positions, and enjoy a low intensity workout.
Pilates Body Sculpt
This class incorporates balls, bands, and Pilates rings into basic Pilates exercises in order to strengthen your core muscles. Each class will focus on proper body alignment, breathing, coordination and relaxation. Great class for beginners and veterans.
Throughout the class, the instructor will cue participants to change the resistance to simulate going up and down hills and will even get out of the seat to "climb" or sprint. You control the resistance, thus, the intensity of the workout.
T.B.C. (Total Body Conditioning)
This class is a full body resistance training session and the instructor will guide you through a total body workout using a combination of hand weights, resistance bands and tubes, fitness balls, and isolated moves.
Yoga is a vigorous, graceful, and dynamic class that works on breathing and body movement. Yoga develops strength, flexibility, endurance, poise, and beauty.
A fusion of the ancient disciplines of yoga and tai chi with modern Pilates techniques. The exercises mix both disciplines to develop core strength, help tone muscles, increase flexibility, and reduce stress.
Personal Training, Swim Lessons, Private Yoga and Private Pilates.
WILSON LAWN & RACQUET
The expansive Palmetto Bluff Club facility includes eight Har-Tru tennis courts, two croquet lawns, two bocce courts, four courtside shelters and a 2,715-square-foot Pro Shop and pavilion. Wilson Lawn and Racquet Club blends gracefully into its natural surroundings, which include a healthy population of pine and live oak that provide shade and ambiance.
For more than 20 years, Warren Florence has taught and written about tennis. As a past Editor and Chief of Tennis Industry Magazine in New York, Warren traveled the country in search of interesting teaching techniques, exemplary business models and astonishing tennis courts. As a frequent contributor to TENNIS magazine (both in front and behind the camera), Warren wrote about the international game, its players and celebrities. Under TENNIS.com he’s written to help improve both your mental and technical game.
In the early days, while teaching in his hometown of Greenville, S.C., as either an assistant professional or a tennis director, Warren consulted for Dunlop Racquet Sports’ technical division. He later taught at New York’s famed Wall St. Racquet Club before moving to Beaufort, S.C., in 2001. Warren continues to work with tournament level juniors and adult leagues in private and group lessons. We trust you’ll enjoy his infectious zeal for the sport.
CLINICS & LEAGUES
Junior Tennis Programs
Palmetto Bluff believes that great programs include kids. We offer a range of programs for ages 4-18, and anticipate the need to modify our programs based on a particular group or an individual’s needs.
QuickStart Tennis, also known as “10 and Under Tennis,” is a competitive play format that features modified equipment and courts, allowing kids to rally and play the game of tennis earlier than the expected advanced lesson training. With shorter and narrower courts, lower nets and lower compression balls, kids build the confidence and ability to cover the entire court. Now, children 10 and under can compete and play, moving their way through a progressive court system until they reach the traditional court size where tournament ages 12 and up play and compete.
In this stage of a junior’s development, we narrow in on the more serious-minded tennis athlete. In keeping with this group of disciplined player’s strive for significant improvement – and not without laughs and fun – high performance tennis is the priority. We will continue to focus on the whole player by advancing:
- Technical development and sound technique; Good footwork and conditioning
- Court consciousness in doubles and singles; Point set up; Shot making and closing
- Consistency; Patterns of advanced play; Match philosophy
- Honesty; Sportsmanship; Character
- Video analysis available upon request
CROQUET & BOCCE
Folks arrive, often times generations apart, to share a game that developed generations ago. Throwing balls (or polished, worn rocks) toward a target is considered the oldest game to mankind. As it continues to be played in the same vein of Italian and French squares, bocce is played here informally at Wilson Lawn & Racquet Club - and along the riverfront adjacent to Buffalo’s - by people of all ages.
Our croquet lawns have encouraged the likes of unlikely croquet players. It has turned the curious into contestants, the uncomplicated into strategists. This game, involving both billiards and chess wasn’t always as a mild-mannered as it feels today. Croquet, when its popularity began in the 1890s, brought along with it a great deal of drinking, gambling and other behavior that alarmed the local Boston clergy enough for them to seek a ban on the game. Today’s game and its rules, however, resembles more the affection of the 40s and 50s Hollywood types, with many still choosing to wear the traditional ‘all-white’ when playing.
Longfield Stables includes a covered arena with a riding surface dimension of 130'x 250', an outdoor FEI Regulation size Dressage Ring, a Cross-Country practice course designed by Olympian John Williams, a 5-acre turf event field available for schooling horses and special events, a 24-stall main barn, and a 14-stall receiving barn, both featuring oversized 12'9" x 14' stalls with Rubber Mat Systems installed for comfort and safety.
Temporary stabling is available for guests’ horses at Longfield Stables’ state-of-the-art facility. 13' x 14' stalls with rubber mats are available in our Receiving Barn, and 24-hour care is provided including stall cleaning, feeding, and turnout customized to each animals need. Guests who are boarding their horses are invited to enjoy all of Longfield Stables riding amenities which include the Cross-Country Course designed by Olympian John Williams, an FEI regulation size dressage ring, turf event field, oversized and lighted covered arena, and miles of equestrian trails.
Longfield Stables has over 15 miles of trails for your riding enjoyment. Most trails are wide enough to accommodate a cart or carriage. Trails are maintained regularly to ensure good footing and a pleasurable riding experience. Our experienced guides will ensure that you are partnered with an appropriate horse, suitable for your riding style and experience. All trail rides are walking rides, and are accompanied by a guide. Rides with 5 or more riders will be required to book 2 guides. Minimum age of 12 years old to participate. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate riders over 250 lbs. Longer rides available upon request and availability.
Great for children being introduced to horses and riding, or for those counting down the days until they are old enough for lessons! Our safe, reliable ponies will tour you around the Longfield Stables campus, while parents have plenty of opportunities for photo ops. Minimum age of 3 years old to participate.
Children will create their own work of art on a live canvas! All you need is a little fingerpaint, a pony and a lot of creativity. Up to 3 children per session. Minimum age of 3 years old to participate.
Temporary stabling is available for guests' horses at Longfield Stables' state of the art facility. 13' x 14' stalls with rubber mats are available in our Receiving Barn, and 24-hour care is provided including stall cleaning, feeding, and turnout customized to each animals need. Guests who are boarding their horses are invited to enjoy all of Longfield Stables riding amenities which include the Cross-Country Course designed by Olympian John Williams, an FEI regulation size dressage ring, turf event field, oversized and lighted covered arena, and miles of equestrian trail.
Please email or call the Longfield Stables Office at 843.706.9559 for reservations or more information.
All who visit Palmetto Bluff are stunned by its natural beauty – the abundant wildlife, the thriving flora, the undisturbed marshlands and waterways. One look is all it takes to understand why people come here the first time, but it’s our approach to conservation and preservation that explains why people come back time and time again. A full one-third of our 20,000 acres are and will always be completely undisturbed, with the beauty of the Carolina Lowcountry allowed to shine through without homes, shops or any other development.
Elsewhere development is thoughtful and limited as we make great efforts to preserve the natural state so you can experience the untouched beauty of the land. Among the highlights is the River Road Preserve, a natural wildlife haven spanning 1.4 miles of waterfront on the island’s eastern edge. Spot bald eagles from the observation posts, learn about eelgrass via interpretive signage, and see the great blue heron tend to its young. And for those who want to learn more, the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy offers regular programs and activities that highlight the best of our natural world.
MUSIC TO YOUR MOUTH
The Lowcountry of South Carolina has an enduring legacy of Southern hospitality steeped in history, etiquette, and of course, food. At Palmetto Bluff, hospitality is a part of our heritage. In 2012 we'll carry on that tradition by presenting another year of one-of-a-kind culinary experiences that will redefine the way you look at food and wine. We’d like to think that we have put together the finest nibbles and nectars to ever tickle a taste bud.
We have gathered a cavalry of culinarians, winemakers, musicians and artists to accentuate the abundance of ingredients from our surrounding waters, woods and local farms. It is only because of the collaborative efforts of these industry leaders that we are able to take you on a sensory experience that can only be called Music to Your Mouth.
Join us at our table and become a part of our tradition. Visit www.musictoyourmouth.com to see what we are cookin’ up.
Total escape means feeling as though the whole world is subject to your whims. This is especially true at The Inn, where in-suite dining is available 24 hours a day. Whether you're in the mood for a fine gourmet meal or a casual snack, you’ll enjoy our signature cuisine from the privacy and comfort of your accommodations.
Order up breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late-night snack to your cottage or Wilson Village home, and savor the authentic Lowcountry flavors by the fireplace or on your private porch. Available 24 hours a day.
The ruins that grace the Village Green at Palmetto Bluff are all that remains of R.T. Wilson, Jr.’s “Palmetto Lodge.” Shortly after the turn of the twentieth century, R.T. Wilson, Jr. entertained lavishly in his magnificent 72-room home, complete with grand ballroom. The Palmetto Bluff estate was designed with guests in mind. Visitors arrived at the estate by way of a Savannah Line steamship, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, or the Seaboard Airline train. The social pages of the New York Times listed the comings and goings of the New York elite with frequent mention of individuals “leaving today to visit Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Wilson of Palmetto Bluff, S.C.” Guests would stay for weeks, enjoying Mrs. Wilson’s lavish parties. One can only imagine the elegance and bounty of the meals served there, with the freshest of ingredients harvested from the surrounding waters and woods, and the produce of Wilson’s extensive farms.
The Wilsons' pastoral winters at Palmetto Bluff came to a sudden and tragic halt in 1926 when, during their occupancy, a fire broke out in the attic of their mansion that could not be controlled. The destruction of the 14-year-old mansion was heartbreaking to Richard Wilson Jr., who is reported to have wept profusely at the loss and had to be twice carried from the burning building. In ill health, with liver and other problems, he made no attempt to rebuild the mansion and sold the entire property, including the sawmill and other business properties, to the Varn Turpentine and Cattle Company in 1926.
Named for the merchant Richard Thornton Wilson, Sr. – the father of Richard T. Wilson, Jr., the early 20th-century owner of Palmetto Bluff – RT’s Market is your neighborhood general store, but it is also much more. Here you can pick up your morning newspaper and coffee, top off your gas tank, buy milk and bread for tomorrow’s breakfast, or gather the ingredients for a gourmet meal for a house full of guests. RT’s offers a creative selection of high-quality and unique products – a large wine selection, gourmet items, seafood and meats, gifts and souvenirs – in an atmosphere of warmth and welcome.
The Chapel at Palmetto Bluff is a culmination of design elements and materials that were essential in the creation/recreation of an iconic symbol seen in small towns and communities for centuries across the South. The primary influence of the simple, wood-clad structure was a small church on Edisto Island, which had a deep porch across the front, providing refuge from the elements.
The materials are those typically used a century ago, such as the wide board pine floors made from 1,250 square feet of Long Leaf Heart Pine reclaimed from the Piedmont Mill in Piedmont, SC. The Chapel Pews were handcrafted from 3,000 pounds of refurbished Antique Heart Pine, which was recovered from a New York City building destroyed on September 11, 2001. The high gothic triple-hung windows were important not only to the look, but particularly to the function of the space, as they rise from the floor six feet to allow easy passage from indoors to the lawn outside.
Bricks used for the Chapel came from the Old Carolina Brick Company, and were hand molded on the colonial tradition of craftsmanship and lasting beauty. The steeple bell was rung for the first time on September 1, 2004. Genesis Construction commissioned the Chapel Bell to be handcrafted by The Verdin Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. Verdin is a fourth-generation Bellforge established in 1842.
The gathering place for all in residence here at Palmetto Bluff, be it for a moment or a lifetime. Wilson Village's corner café offers patrons picturesque views of the May River as well as the chapel. Buffalo's menu of casual fare is committed to simplicity and local ingredients.
To start your day, the menu offers a variety of breakfast favorites. For lunch, our menu features market fresh salads and sandwiches served on house-made breads, followed up by delicious pies, pastries and fresh spun ice cream all created in-house. As our chefs create local favorites, you can also enjoy a selection of fine wines by the glass or bottle as well as one of our signature cocktails, or local craft beers.
Wilson Landing is the ideal site for boat owners who want a safe haven for their vessel and quick access to the pristine Lowcountry waterways. Located on the May River, with Skull Creek, the Cooper River, Calibogue Sound and the Atlantic Ocean all close at hand, Palmetto Bluff is an outstanding central location from which to base your boating activities.
Located just north of the Wilson Village Center, Wilson Landing is comprised of a dry storage boat facility with 80 racks accommodating boats up to 36 feet in length, a dock with six platform lifts over the water, an outfitters center, and the Boat Club rental program.
THE SHOPS AT BOATHOUSE ROW
Nestled in the center of Wilson Village and along the banks of the May River sits Boat House Row, a shady, eye-catching street of residential and retail buildings. The shops are only footsteps from the Village Square, the center of activity for homeowners, Inn guests, and day visitors to Palmetto Bluff.
Fine Furniture Galleries and Coastal Living Interiors
An eclectic mix of beautifully designed furniture and home accessories; personalized design services.
The Boutique at Boat House Row
Fashionable apparel, accessories and gifts.
The History Center at Palmetto Bluff was designed to display artifacts which reveal fascinating details from past generations of human occupation on the 20,000-acre site of this newly emerging community.
The Palmetto Bluff Conservancy's Executive Director, Patty Kennedy, worked with Dr. Mary Socci, the community's on-site archaeologist, to uncover numerous fascinating artifacts to include in the History Center, which features an historic "timeline wall," as well as maps and miniature exhibits. The timeline wall traces Palmetto Bluff's past from 10,000 B.C. to present day. The wall recounts such things as the history of early Native Americans who inhabited the local area as well as specific events from the more recent past.
One of many changing exhibits features Richard T. Wilson, Jr., a Wall Street financier from New York City, who purchased 18,000 acres of the current Palmetto Bluff property in 1902. Wilson, like other multi-millionaires from the North and Midwest, saw great value in the peace, quiet and beauty of the Lowcountry as well as the maritime forests teeming with wild game. This combination of recreation and relaxation made the Bluffton area a perfect getaway.
Some items discovered onsite and displayed in the History Center include; a Listerine bottle from the early 1900s, (used to ward off common colds and illness), En's Fruit Salt Derivative (imported from England to treat upset stomachs), Dr. Scott's electric toothbrush (permanently charged with electromagnetic current), Carl Schultz seltzer water, De Betuwe jam jar (imported from the Netherlands) and Lea & Perrins sauce.
The History Center is located in Wilson Village and is open to the public on a daily basis. There is no admission fee.
Daufuskie Island History
This half-day tour will introduce you to the stunning beauty and rich history of legendary Daufuskie Island. Your day will begin with a boat ride through the beautiful salt creeks of the area. Once you arrive at the island, your group will board golf carts to tour the famous historic district. Your guides, all Daufuskie historians and naturalists, will take you to the First Union African Baptist Church, the Mary Field School where Pat Conroy taught, Bloody Point Lighthouse, Silver Dew Pottery and much more.
Historic Bluffton Excursion
A quick boat ride across the May River will begin your tour of old Bluffton. Once across, you will begin a walking excursion through this beautiful city. Stops will include the Church of the Cross, Heyward House and the Old Bluffton Oyster Factory. You'll
also tour the local artisans' studios and art galleries. This three-hour tour has a three-person minimum.