Celebrating in South Carolina


January 3, 2020
Words by Carolyn Steere
Photos courtesy of Montage Palmetto Bluff

Located within a 20,000-acre nature preserve between Hilton Head and Savannah, Montage has created a southern oasis along the May River. No wonder Justin Bieber selected Palmetto Bluff for his recent wedding celebration…. we quickly discovered why it made it to the top of his list.

Southern charm and hospitality, luxury amenities, sumptuous cuisine, and activities galore make Montage Palmetto Bluff a vacation destination that your guests will love, and no doubt want to return to. From golf on the pristine Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, the Longfield equestrian center, water sports on the May River, a shooting club, tennis courts and pools, there is something for everyone from little tykes to your special seniors. Memories for a lifetime are made around the firepit making s’mores, a fun bowling competition or watching the sunrise over the May River in a kayak. For added fun, the nearby town of Bluffton is charming with unique shops and restaurants, historic homes and churches…. best toured by bike taxi!

When it is time to pamper, the Spa Montage offers a full menu of relaxation and wellness rituals in a setting inspired by nature. And, of course no celebration is complete without food, and the culinary team are masters of their craft, known for their inspired use of local ingredients and flavors of the Carolinas. The onsite eateries including Octagon, Buffalos, Canoe Club and Coles offer a variety to satisfy every palate.

For the bridal couple,the collection of picturesque venues makes it easy to plan all wedding events on property, from casual settings for a rehearsal dinner to elegant ballrooms for your reception. Vows can be exchanged under live oaks draped with Spanish moss, in a quaint chapel, wine cellar or even on a one of a kind vintage yacht.

Accommodations range from privately owned homes, guest houses and waterfront cottages to suites and individual rooms in the main Inn, the center of activity.  The Inn is newly constructed but is designed to look like old southern charm with tall white columns and inviting porch outfitted with rocking chairs.

Palmetto Bluff is unique in that has been designed with conservancy as a primary value, treasuring its natural resources, native species and beautiful surroundings.  For example, the golf course was designed around the unique natural features (adding some challenge to playing the course) and every decision regarding development takes conservancy in mind.

Best seasons to visit Montage Palmetto Bluffs are spring and fall, although their holiday traditions would make nuptials at that time of the year quite special.  Marrying at the Montage Palmetto Bluff would be amazing, even if you are not Justin Bieber.

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