It doesn’t get too much more charming than this in the South. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina is located midway between Savannah and Hilton Head, about 45 minutes from each. The 50 cottages and cottage suites run 1,140-1,340 sf with hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, private screened-in porches and a sunny decor with upscale Lowcountry furnishings. If Martha Stewart was a Southern girl, she’d be baking, sewing and cookbook-writing somewhere around here.
For meetings and events, there’s an impressive stable of creative venues for a resort this size. The colonial River House Oak Ballroom & Veranda hosts 175 diners under a tall cathedral ceiling, with views of the May River. Right on the river, The Moreland Landing is a restored craftsman’s home for quiet meetings. For casual dining, the Canoe Club restaurant is a collegiate-style space with decorative woodwork and arched ceilings.
May River Golf Club hosts both indoor and outdoor events alongside the groomed fairways. The club features two screened-in porches, a beautiful mahogany bar and a fire pit. Also gather on the Village Green or May River Lawn under the immense ancient oaks around the ruins of a grand old mansion. Pull up an Adirondack chair, grab a bourbon ginger and sit a while.
For golf events, the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature course winds through May River Forest. And many groups come here just for the Auberge Spa at Palmetto Bluff, ranked among the top spas in the South.