South Carolina: Montage Palmetto Bluff

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Montage Palmetto Bluff. The opinions and text are all mine.

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A couple weekends ago, Montage Palmetto Bluff graciously hosted a group of us at their property. The itinerary was so carefully planned out so that we could experience our next few days through the eyes of the guests who come back again and again to this beautiful resort. We rode horses, shot clay targets, kayaked, tubed in the May River, rode our bikes around the neighborhood, and so much more! I felt like I was living a whole summer in only a few days! And the inn itself has the most gorgeous decor... Even the residences were beautiful, and even though they were mainly second or third homes for a lot of Northeasterners, they were fully and impeccably furnished. Hopefully, my blog post does the experience justice, and you'll be able to relive the trip with me.


Day 1

On the first day, we checked in and relaxed a bit before going on a tour of the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy. The property is 20,000 acres, and they are extremely passionate about keeping the ecological and environmental integrity of the lands the same as it was before they built upon it. In fact, more species thrive here now than before. Scientists actually come here to conduct studies of wildlife that they don't have access to anywhere else (like the Northern long-eared bats, which have never been seen this far south).  


On this tour, we attempted to release a 2-year-old turtle into a pond, but there was an 8'9" alligator coming towards us, so our guide Justin saved it for another time! We also looked into a bird nest and found newly hatched chicks! Then we walked through the forest, where Justin taught us about all the different trees, plants, animals, and even gave us fun facts about the history of the land. I really loved how passionate he is about his job, and I would later find out that everyone who works here is passionate about Palmetto Bluff. The area is what attracts the best of the best, whether it's a sommelier, boating tour guide, or property manager! 

In the evening, we visited a 5-story treehouse that overlooked the marshes. It was an incredible view! We saw people fishing on the dock, and blue and green as far as the eye could see.

After our sightseeing, we went to eat dinner at Cole's, which had stunning views of the marsh! I couldn't stop staring out the window at the humongous trees! I felt like we were in a safari treehouse. And when the sun was setting... oh wow. After dinner was bowling, which was in the same building! What a fun restaurant!

Day 2

The second day, we woke up dark and early! Yep, we kayaked the May River as the sun was rising. We even saw dolphins! All the while, our guide was telling us about the habitat, oysters, fish, and birds in the area. Another passionate soul, as I was telling you about! 


In the afternoon, we went to the Palmetto Shooting Club where I went clay target shooting for the first time! I'm actually pretty scared of guns, but it was a good time, and I managed to shoot a few targets down! Eeek. 


Octagon Porch

During our downtimes when we could get breakfast or lunch at leisure, I was always drawn to the Octagon Porch. The porch seating is GORGEOUS! And it just opened up in May! It used to be a regular porch, but the staff noticed that people liked to hang out there a lot and would even ask to bring their meals from the restaurant into this area. So they turned this space into a dining area. I love how much thought and attention they pay their guests! I think it's so impressive they noticed an area could be better utilized and turned it into something people loved even more.

Octagon Porch

After lunch, we spent the entire afternoon on the water! We got on a boat and headed to Page Island, where we ate snacks and relaxed. On the way there, our guide had the BEST stories that kept us laughing, and, again, we learned so much about the history of Palmetto Bluff! More and more, I fell in love with the area and the people!


As we headed to back to the river for some swimming, the skies opened up, and we actually had a blast jumping off the dock and tubing the rest of the way home! That's what I love about South Carolina - the storms pass quickly, and it's as if they never happened! 

After our Page Island excursion, we still weren't done! We got cleaned up and then went on a May River cruise down to the quaint town of Bluffton.

We got to take a bike taxi tour through the streets, where learned more about the antebellum homes, historic churches, and history of the town.

Our final destination in Bluffton was FARM, one of the best farm-to-table restaurants I've eaten at in awhile... everything was amazing! I love that the restaurant carefully selects their partners based on mutual respect for the land, the animal, and the people who tend to them.

Day 3

My last full day started with a late morning trail ride. The stables were so stunning and built from the perspective of a horse! It was my first time horseback riding since 5th grade, so I was a little intimidated (I have a fear of being kicked by a horse), but the horses were so gentle and had such fun personalities! 

After the trail ride, I went to get my 90-minute massage at the spa. I fell asleep and woke up sooo refreshed!

After a bit of relaxation time, we headed to the inn fire pit to enjoy an evening sampling of Culinary Heirlooms. "Each evening, the culinary team shares one of four items that they have determined to be culturally significant in the gastronomic history of South Carolina’s Lowcountry." They have shrimp & grits, frogmore stew, Hoppin' John, and grilled oysters. This night was oysters!

After that, they drove the bar cart over to us, and we got to taste the resort's Signature barrel-aged Artillery Punch.

Afterward, we had our farewell dinner at Octagon Porch and s'mores back at the fire pit! What a beautiful ending to our trip! 

I hope you were able to relive this weekend with me! There was so much to see and do, and I loved learning about Lowcountry culture! My friends at Montage Palmetto Bluff were also gracious enough to provide me with a promo code to give to all of you: Reserve two nights in a guest house suite or cottage accommodation and receive a third night complimentary for select dates in Summer. Click here to book with the promo code KarenL!

Celebrating 100 Years with The Wigwam

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The Wigwam. The opinions and text are all mine.

I was recently invited to The Wigwam in Arizona to celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of its Organizational House, the first building on the site that is still intact today. The resort was established by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company executives as a place to oversee their cotton ranching business, and it has managed to keep so much of its history over the past 100 years, including original buildings, decor, and even windows in the pattern of vintage Goodyear tire treads.


Our first night at the resort was incredible: cocktail hour, followed by an intimately lit dinner in the Trellis garden, where we had full view of an amazing Arizona sunset. 

The next morning, we headed out at 7AM to hike at the nearby White Tank Mountain Regional Park. It takes 75-100 years for a saguaro cactus to grow its first arm, and the size of some of the cacti were so impressive!


Afterward, we had lunch a the spa, and I got a long, relaxing facial! 


Later in the day, we played a demo of FootGolf (SURPRISINGLY more fun than I thought it'd be!) and then went to a beer and appetizer tasting at Red's Bar & Grill right off the golf course. We ended the night with live music by the lobby and perfect evening weather.

I loved that we had plenty of downtime to relax and enjoy the entire resort. I spent some days walking around and explored every nook and cranny of the resort. I actually really love the original Organizational House. It's so charming and looks just as it did 100 years ago!

Original Organizational House

Original Organizational House

One of my favorite experiences was the open kitchen cooking demo, where we got to watch the chef cook some dishes from the Litchfield menu. Everything was sooo delicious, and we had to hold back on eating because our actual dinner at Litchfield's was shortly after. We got to try dumplings, lamb, carrot soup, all paired with different cocktails. It was definitely the culinary highlight of the trip! I love that they emphasize farm-to-table and even have their own herb garden for ingredients right outside.


Our last morning, we had a big brunch, complete with fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes... and pork belly! I went back to take a long nap before heading back to Texas. Although we did so much at the resort, I left feeling completely refreshed!


If you're looking for a resort full of history, golf, tennis, multiple pools (even water slides!), live music, and SO much more, this is the place to be! It's very family friendly too! I loved hearing how it's a favorite among locals! To celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the first building on their property, The Wigwam is offering a Centennial Thank You Package for a two-night stay in an Adobe Traditional Room and $100 resort credit per stay!