Inn at Palmetto Bluff: Treehouse

14 May 2012

I’m not quite done telling you about our South Carolina adventure! After we left Beaufort, our next stop was Bluffton, and the Inn at Palmetto Bluff. Y’all, this place is magical. It’s 20,000+ acres of natural, wild beauty set on the May River marshes and interspersed with small pockets of exquisite luxury. We visited for just about 25 hours, but we packed in absolutely as much as we could! I don’t think I’m going to give you the hour by hour recap, but I did want to tell you about a few highlights. One of our favorites? The treehouse!

Isn’t that cool??

In my opinion, what sets a truly luxury resort or hotel apart from just an expensive one is two things:

1) A luxury resort has not just impeccable, but truly friendly and gracious service. No one is snooty, and no question or request is dumb.
2) They also remember to incorporate whimsy. Sometimes this takes the form of a special, unexpected treat, sometimes it’s a purely decorative detail, and sometimes — sometimes, it’s a tree house.

I love that the Inn didn’t forget its youngest, and young at heart, visitors! John and I had a great time exploring this three-story beauty. It had a ramp, a slide, several ladders, winding stairs, several balconies, and an incredible view at the top. AND it had a mini zip line! (Yes, yes we did try it out.)

The tree house was built into a huge old live oak, and the coolest part is that at no point does the tree house structure actually touch the tree – it’s held up by entirely by secondary supports, helping to ensure that the tree will remain healthy for many years. Like everything at the Palmetto Bluff, the tree house was both beautiful and thoughtful!

P.S. More tree houses

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May 14, 2012 8:21 am

I *so* want to go here!! I loved your recap on SW.

May 14, 2012 4:41 pm

Emily, this is GORGEOUS!!! We need to visit this place! :)

May 14, 2012 7:48 pm

What fun! Your photographs are especially lovely and really convey the feel of what you are writing about. Such a talent! AND so many fun and interesting ideas. see you soon, xo

May 21, 2012 12:50 pm

I just found your blog! It is wonderful! And so is Palmetto Bluff! We are leaving in two days! We go about twice a year. It is our favorite place in the states where we can go and actually RELAX! Y’all have to go back for a longer stay! I’m ready for a bike ride down to the treehouse! =)