Montage Magazine Staff 2015-09-02 01:52:15
A classic Lowcountry community is one of the South’s best-kept secrets. Nestled in South Carolina’s Lowcountry on more than 20,000 pristine acres, among live oak trees, historic architecture and tranquil water, is a retreat that’s seemingly been transported from another time. Palmetto Bluff, a sanctuary for outdoor enthusiasts, families and those who seek an escape from the everyday hustle, is a well-kept secret that’s worth uncovering. While visitors have been drawn to the area’s beauty and diverse natural environment since the early 1900s, recent developments and exciting offerings have attracted new generations who are looking to make the burgeoning destination their home. Coveted Community LaCreasa Allen and her husband are originally from Ohio, but landed in the South five years ago due to career opportunities. “We discovered Palmetto Bluff, and started coming down on long weekends and some vacations,” she explains. “We just fell in love with the feel here, and when [my husband] decided to change his position and look for something else, he said, ‘That’s where I want to be.’ ” The couple has been in Palmetto Bluff full-time for two years, and Allen is now opening a home design shop in historic Bluffton, an area that’s been thriving in recent years. She’s pleased with the growth, along with residents’ willingness to support independent businesses. “Palmetto Bluff has such a wonderful sense of community,” she says, adding that on top of larger events like Music to Your Mouth (a foodfocused festival happening Nov. 19-22 this year), homeowners enjoy mingling at smaller gatherings. “There’s always something going on.” A Place to Play In addition to the locals’ warmth and a close neighborhood feel, the community presents a range of activities on land and water. One of the newest offerings is the Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club that opened this year and preserves one of the region’s long-standing traditions. Michael Perry was hired as the director of the club and is also a fishing guide, but he says that it was more than a job that attracted him. “The passion for hunting, fishing and shooting brought me to palmetto Bluff,” he explains. Born in Tennessee, Perry is a third generation hunting and fishing guide, and loves the multifariousness of the property, for his own enjoyment as well as his family’s. “I grew up out in the woods, basically barefoot and running wild as a kid,” he laughs. “That’s the kind of stuff I want my girls to experience, but I want more for them.” Fortunately, the area allows for year-round fun, from shooting clays and fishing to shopping and dining, which Perry, his wife and daughters enjoy. “I wanted to be a part of a growing project like this, and I plan on being here for a very long time,” he says. Preserving Palmetto As Palmetto Bluff has grown, certain agencies and individuals have been hard at work to safeguard the charm and natural resources that made the area into the sought-after destination it is today. Jay Walea, director of the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, has worked on the property for more than 25 years, and recalls when he made the decision to be a part of the community. His father had brought him along on a father-son hunt, and Walea was enamored with the land. “I told my dad, when I was 13 years old, that I was going to come to Palmetto Bluff and work,” he explains. “It is the most diverse, beautiful property I’ve ever set my feet on.” He has seen the area undergo decades of evolution and change, but because of his work and the conservancy’s efforts, the same stunning surroundings continue to inspire awe. “We do over 90 events, lectures, hikes and field trips a year,” he says. “We feel like if we can instill the true Lowcountry in our visitors, then they’re going to fall in love with it for more reasons than it being a pretty place.” Whether it’s the people, various amenities or unparalleled natural surroundings that have drawn so much interest to Palmetto Bluff, the dynamic area presents a new way to get the classic Southern experience. SOUTHERN COMFORT Montage Hotels & Resorts presents a new way to see Palmetto Bluff. A limited number of Montage Residences Palmetto Bluff will be released for sale this fall, offering a chance to own a piece of this Southern gem. An enclave of 35 single-family residences, ranging from two to five bedrooms, will be built on a sprawling green as well as the waterfront. Pearce Scott Architects, a local firm that has deep ties to the area, designed the residences. Inspired by the region’s unique aesthetic, the structures will emphasize Lowcountry architecture, embracing the rural landscape with breezy entryways and expansive outdoor living spaces. All residences will be nestled against a lush backdrop of trees and sit around a large green space. “That’s where the real living is,” says Pearce Scott, principal at the firm. “We expect people to live out there as much as inside.” In addition to a private pool, residents will have access to the same amenities and signature services as guests of The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Montage Resort, ensuring every return home is a memorable one. Experience the best of hasslefree Lowcountry living with the conveniences of a resort stay, all year-round. “It’s timeless, something that grandma will relate to as well as grandson,” Scott adds. For more information, visit montagehotels.com/palmettobluff/residences.
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