Palmetto Bluff is a 22,000 acre luxury development on the May River on the outskirts of Bluffton. In 2001, the developers–Crescent Resources, a subsidiary of Duke Energy–commissioned Lowcountry artist, West Fraser, to capture the area on canvas. Several of his paintings can be viewed on the site.
The Bluff is also home to the first East Coast property from Auberge Resorts, the Mill Valley-based small hotel proprietor. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff features 50 riverfront cottages and “is the embodiment of all that is graceful, comforting and romantic about the South,” according to the Inn’s web site. Cottages start at $600 per night in season, putting it in a category well beyond exclusive. The Inn also features a fine dining restaurant, meeting space, a spa, and guests are welcome to play the new Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course (green fees are $175).