Our Babymoon at the Montage Palmetto Bluff

We had the most fabulous babymoon last weekend at the Montage Palmetto Bluff in the low country of South Carolina! The Montage has been on my bucket list for years and years and we finally felt like this was the perfect opportunity to book a trip and go. Set on 22,000 acres, the Montage is an absolute southern paradise with so much to do and places to explore!

We arrived on Saturday morning and checked out Monday evening so we had 2 nights and 3 full days to explore everything the property had to offer! It was the best way to celebrate our last vacation just me and Patrick before baby girl’s arrival and the Montage went above and beyond to make our trip extra special. So today I’m sharing everything about our trip and all the places we ate and fun things we did. If you’re interested in booking a trip to the Montage, we 10/10 recommend and can’t wait to go back one day!

Saturday

We woke up on Saturday and made the 4.5 hour drive to Bluffton, SC (just outside of Savannah and Hilton Head). We stopped for lunch at Cahill’s Market to try their famous fried chicken. Patrick had the chicken and waffles and I was a BIG fan of their creamy mac n’ cheese. The perfect way to kick off the weekend! Afterwards we drove up the road to downtown Bluffton and walked around looking at the cute art galleries and shops before heading over to check in at the Montage.

Arriving at the Montage was a dream. The 10-minute drive down spanish moss lined roads led us to the main Inn for check-in. Now the Montage is definitely a luxury 5-star resort and it will cost you a pretty penny, but they really lived up to the hype by finding so many ways to make us feel so taken care of and spoiled! Upon check-in we were upgraded to their Lagoon View King Balcony room and when we walked in there was a beautiful bouquet of flowers waiting for us that said, “Happy Babymoon!”, along with sparkling lemonades, macaroons, and cookies and jam. Such a treat!

After settling into our room, we set off to explore the grounds! There are miles and miles of walking and biking trails around the property, and we enjoyed every minute of our 5 mile walk. The Montage has 3 pools, 8 restaurants in the cute villages, tons of recreational activities from water sports to shooting to equestrian, a few cute shops, and the most gorgeous low country views! I also loved just looking at the residences on the property… we were taking a lot of future home inspo design notes! That evening we had reservations at Buffalo’s for dinner (highly recommend their burrata salad!) and they surprised us with a HUGE ice cream sundae as a congratulations for baby girl! Buffalo’s sits right across from one of the chapel’s on the property and it was actually where Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin got married! (Now shooting a Montage wedding is TOP of my bucket list!!!) We then walked out onto the chapel dock and watched the sunset over the May River before catching a golf cart ride back to the Inn where we snuggled Tucker to sleep.

If you’re planning on visiting the Montage, one thing we learned is you NEED to reserve all of your dining reservations, activities, spa, etc. well in advance. We made all of our reservations about 2 weeks before and still were not able to get into two restaurants we were dying to try (Canoe Club and Cole’s). This wasn’t a huge deal because we had amazing food everywhere we went, but we just need to go back so we can try a few more places!

Sunday

We had a slow Sunday morning that started with in-room dining on our back porch that overlooked the adult pool and lagoon. The original room we booked didn’t have a porch so we were SO grateful when we got upgraded to this room because we ended up spending a lot of time out there soaking in the views and relaxing! Definitely would be worth paying a little extra if you’re torn on what room to choose! After breakfast we laid by the pool (we were SO lucky to have the best weather of upper 70s/low 80s all weekend… perfect pool weather!) and then we had lunch reservations at Octagon. Patrick loved their cocktails and I had the most wonderful mocktail! We split the hot honey chicken sandwich and their lobster cobb salad and were in food heaven!

After lunch I had a prenatal massage at the Spa Montage and it was beyond relaxing! There is something SO special about getting to lay on your stomach when you’re pregnant and they had special massage tables with a hole for my belly so I was able to do just that. After the spa, we grabbed bikes and did a bit more exploring! We biked 5 miles over to Mooreland Village where we visited the Mooreland Treehouse which had spectacular views of the May River. This was one of my favorite parts of the entire trip! The bike paths were truly spectacular and it’s easy to see how bikes are the preferred mode of transportation there.

That evening we headed back into downtown Bluffton for dinner and we had the glowiest golden hour light so I convinced Patrick into snapping a few bump pictures of me before we left! Then we drove into town and had dinner at FARM. Everyone we spoke to about this trip told us that FARM was an absolute must and worth leaving the property for, but being completely honest, we were a tad disappointed! Maybe because there was sooo much hype? We were really looking forward to doing the chef’s tasting menu, but thankfully Patrick asked if it was pregnancy friendly and the waitress told us it unfortunately was definitely not. The chef’s tasting menu is constantly changing but that particular night it was raw fish and oysters as 2 of the 4 courses. No biggie we thought, so we ordered a la carte from the menu and tried 5 of their small plates to share. While the side of honey cornbread was hands down the BEST cornbread I’ve ever had in my life (this is high praise coming from me because I’m a southern gal who loves carbs and cornbread), some of their other plates were not for us and it felt really hit or miss. However, the cocktails/mocktails were 10/10 and I’m glad we gave it a try!

Monday

On our last full day, we had another slow morning with coffee in bed and room service out on our porch before heading back to the pool to soak up the last few hours of relaxation before we hit the road. Then, Patrick surprised me with a private boat tour of the May River with a naturalist who did an amazing job giving us all the low country history and pointing out wildlife (we saw 40+ dolphins, a big shark, and lots of birds!). We had a blast with our guide, Mickey, and it was the PERFECT way to end our trip.

We took one last walk around the property before grabbing a quick lunch at Fore and Aft and laying by the pool until the very last minutes before we had to check out.

 

Helpful Hint: We booked our stay through our Amex Platinum card’s Fine Hotels and Resorts Program. This gave us ALL the perks– a room upgrade, $100 resort credit, $60 breakfast credit for in-room dining each day, and early check in and late check out (which basically gave us an entire extra day to enjoy!).

While we would’ve loved to stay longer, Patrick and I both agreed that we felt like we got to really experience so much of what the Montage had to offer in just a long weekend. Other than not getting to try two of the restaurants we wanted to, we honestly felt like we got to do everything we wanted to. Huge thank you to the wonderful staff at the Montage Palmetto Bluff for spoiling us and making our babymoon extra special!!

xoxo,

Marybeth

 

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