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World's Most Romantic Hotels: No. 13 (tie) Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Montage Resort, Bluffton, SC

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No. 13 (tie) Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Montage Resort, Bluffton, SC

A stay at Palmetto Bluff is about slowing down, way down—so slow that they don’t allow cars on the grounds. Instead, the main modes of transport are cruiser bikes, golf carts, canoes, and horses. Spread across 20,000 acres of South Carolina marshland, this Lowcountry legend defines southern gentility with its cottages with vaulted ceilings, antique pine floors, and gracious verandas. Rent the antique Hinckley picnic boat to cruise up the May River for an oyster roast at Moreland Landing, which has a five-story, thatched-roof tree house. Or let someone else do the driving: hitch a sunset wine sail past the Bluffton Oyster Company and centuries-old oak trees draped in Spanish moss on The Grace, a 60-foot antique motor yacht named after society hostess Grace Vanderbilt.


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