Palmetto Bluff Travel Guide

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Curator’s statement

I recently returned from a glorious stay at The Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, SC. This was a magical trip for our family. We spent a long weekend biking under the canopied Spanish Moss Trees, watching dolphins dance in the May River, embracing the southern hospitality, sipping sweet tea on the porch, roasting marshmallows over the fire pit. This was an unforgettable trip that will stay in our hearts forever.

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Where to stay in Palmetto

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Things to do in Palmetto

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  • Palmetto Bluff Waterfront offers plenty of group watercraft activities and private charters. Take a boat tour to historic Daufuskie Island, a scenic Dolphin tour, boat trip to local beaches, Salt-water & Fresh-water fishing, paddleboarding and kayaking.

  • Day Trip to Hilton Head - The beautiful island of Hilton Head is only 30 minutes away from Palmetto Bluff. Spend the day visiting the most beautiful beaches, delicious restaurants and world-class golfing.

  • Day Trip to Savannah - A short 30 minute drive will take you to historic downtown Savannah. Leisurely walk the cobblestone streets, visit museums and monuments, enjoy the wide array of boutique shopping and choose from over 100 restaurants to dine in. Be sure to stop by Leopold’s Ice Cream for award winning ice cream.

Places to eat & drink in Palmetto

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  • The River House - The River House is a dining experience you will never forget. Enjoy southern hospitality overlooking the May River and surrounded by sweeping oak trees. With floor to ceiling expansive windows you feel like you are dining outdoors. The cellar features over 2,500 different wines from all over the world. Open for dinner only, be sure to try the wedge salad and the Chateaubriand.

  • The Octagon Restaurant - The Octagon welcomes guests for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. It’s located in the Main Inn and offers seasonally-inspired cuisine served with true southern hospitality. The casual dining room overlooks the Inn Backyard. You can also dine in The Octagon Bar which is a central gathering point in the inn. Octagon Bar features shareable bites, creative entrees, steaks, classic cocktails with a creative twist, locally crafted beers and our Signature barrel-aged Artillery Punch.

  • Canteen - The canteen is located in Moreland Village. They are open from 9:00am-3:00pm. They offer a delicious array of paninis, wraps, salads and sandwiches. You can also get coffee or breakfast sandwiches. Be sure to try their delicious ice cream sandwiches!

  • Fore & Aft - Located on the lagoon waterway by the Inn Pool overlooking the bird sanctuary. They serve delicious Mexican-style fare. Relax and unwind while sipping on a margarita.

Need to Know

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