Deluxe Family Travel: Bluffton, SC

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You want the serene, the spa, the lakeside glass of Pino Noir.  Your kids want to be entertained… constantly.  Lucky for you, there’s The Auberge Resorts' Inn at Palmetto Bluff (, which by the way, ranked #4 on Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Hotels for Families in 2012.   Whether you want to spend time together, apart, or most likely, a bit of both, there are a multitude of options.

Treat the family to a dolphin tour on the May River, kayak, or hop on a horse and then kick back at the 9,500 square-foot spa and unwind like never before. As General Manager, Marty Wall says, “The property lends itself to encourage exploration and connections, both inward and outward.”

That goes for your entire crew.  While you decompress, leave it to the experts to have activities galore for kids ages 5 and 17.  

For example, “Explorers and Pioneers” (ages 5-13), provides arts and crafts, team sports and various daily recreational activities while teens (ages 11-17) have the ability to travel to “Adventure Island” where a leader guides them through rope courses, kayaking and inner tubing.   There are also evening adventures complete with campfire stories, shrimping, crabbing, and fireside snacks.  

“Our Kids Camp allows children to experience positive group interaction in a safe and funenvironment,” says David Smiley, Director of Guest Services. “We place an emphasis on cooperation, teamwork, participation and fun. Through arts andcrafts, sports, daily recreational activities, and special events, we give children an opportunity to develop teamwork skills, experience fun adventures, and create new and lasting friendships.”

It’s an experience which also provides lasting memories and one of the few that won’t leave you needing a vacation from your vacation.  

When to visit:

March 30, 2013 Camden’s Carolina Cup horse races (

May 4, 2013 McClellanville’s Lowcountry Shrimp Festival (

May 24-26, 2013 Beaufort’s Gullah Festival (

May 24-June 9, 2013 Spoleto Festival USA (

June 2013 The SC Festival of Flowers in Greenwood (

October 4 and 5, 2013 Gaston’s Collard Festival (

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