Escape for a Date
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By Linda Holloway
Photography by www.larryhollowayphotography.com
I believe in love, and I believe in romance. For almost 46 years, I have loved the same man—a man of character. A man I met and fell in love with at first sight, and we were married eight months later. There is nothing quite like “new love.” What happens after the romantic obsession has diminished is totally up to you.
I understand the purest form of connection does not happen overnight. It must be cultivated over time and tested with seasons of life’s every day trials. Family life can often test romantic love. Trying to juggle family schedules and include quality time with your spouse is not easy. If you manage the process successfully, you have taught your children how to value and respect their future spouse through your example.
The family vacation will piece your family memories together like a jigsaw puzzle. We have stacks of photos to prove it. An annual escape for a date is just for the two of you. It is a gift you give yourself. Celebrate your anniversary, Valentine’s Day or an ordinary day or weekend by looking your spouse in the eye and saying, “I still remember why I fell in love with you. Let’s go away and celebrate!”
Over the Top Celebration
The Inn at Palmetto Bluff
Bluffton, South Carolina
How do you know if The Inn at Palmetto Bluff is an over the top romantic destination? Easy! The resort was recently given the distinction as the #1 Resort in the U.S. by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler. The famed Auberge Resorts are known for world class accommodations set in idyllic locations. The South Carolina Lowcountry provides the backdrop for The Inn at Palmetto Bluff. Pat Conroy delivered the best description in his novel, “The Prince of Tides.” Here, everyday life and recreation is dictated by the ebb and flow of the tides in this Bluffton, South Carolina, paradise.
I took note of the morning rays as they squeezed through ancient untamed live oak trees after we traveled along the eight mile stretch road to the resort. Wilson Village Square is the hub of the resort, where a quant chapel is perched on the banks of the May River. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff is built next to the site of the ruins of the once opulent mansion “Palmetto Lodge.” Built in 1911 by Richard Wilson Jr., the family entertained socialites in grand style from New York, Savannah and Charleston in the ballroom. Today, imposing columns and bricks stand as a reminder that nostalgia and nature equals romance.
After dropping our car off at the Inn’s River House, we were escorted to our cottage (#28) overlooking the Lagoon and Bird Island. Designed with couples in mind, the property has 50 guest cottages and cottage suites featuring private screened in porches, king size beds dressed in fine linens and oversized teacup tubs built for two. There is also a marble steam shower. Couples will find a cozy gas fireplace as well.
From our porch, we enjoyed a concerto of contented birds singing while we applauded as egrets dove for dinner and settled in the trees. It was like having a bird orchestra singing melodies to the tune of their acrobatic feats. After relaxing, two bicycles parked next to the front steps were all the transportation we needed to explore a portion of the resort’s 20,000 acres of Lowcountry. Enjoy the Palmetto Bluff Water Trail Cruise on an electric Duffy. You will find kayaking, canoeing, biking and hiking also. The Dolphin Eco Tour is amazing.
Golfing couples have access to the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature course, and there is even an adult pool for splashing. Take time to browse the specialty retail shops on Boat House Row and enjoy a brick-oven pizza at Buffalo’s Café. Be sure and dine on Lowcountry cuisine on the wide wrap-around porch at the River House Restaurant.
One of our favorite activities was “Sunset on the May Cruise” where we traveled on the historic flagship Grace to view nature as her passengers did 100 years ago. The restored motor yacht features unparalleled scenery of the marshes complete with hors d’oeuvres.
Take advantage of one of the top-rated spas in the United States, The Auberge Spa at Palmetto Bluff. Ask about the amenities in the Lovers’ Jubilee treatment guaranteed to be a memory maker! Enjoy the Spa’s private out-door patio veranda overlooking the Lagoon. You can tour Palmetto Bluff, Hilton Head Island, or Savannah, Georgia, by reserving one of the Resort’s complimentary Mercedes.
When I was a child, our family would throw a blanket on the ground and stare at the stars for hours. There are not many resorts where the bold artificial lights do not encroach on this past time. The dimly lit low lights along the path back to our cottage allowed me this pleasure again. Our last night, a million stars guided us back to our wooden framed cottage where time became our enemy. Morning came and the tide dictated it was time to leave this natural splendor that touched our soul…a place where nature lulled us into perfect peace of mind
The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, 1-866-706-6565, www.palmettobluff.com.