Deciding Where To Celebrate Our First Anniversary

Kayla and I were married on New Years Eve 2016.  My wife and I celebrated our honeymoon at the Montage at Deer Valley Utah. It was simply unbelievable.  So after spending months of reminiscing about our honeymoon my wife Kayla and I decided that it was only right that we spend our first anniversary at another one of The Montage properties. It would be a tough decision to pick the right one.  Eventually Kayla and I decided to celebrate our first anniversary at the Palmetto Bluff property in Bluffton, South Carolina (read more) . We are huge fans of The Low Country and make numerous trips to Savannah every year, but that’s for our next blog.

Montage Palmetto Bluff South Carolina

From Christmas Holiday to First Anniversary

With us having a New Year’s Eve anniversary, we first spent the week in Kentucky with our family for Christmas.  We then jumped on a plane to Charleston to stay for a night and explore Charleston. The next day we had a quick 2 hour drive to Bluffton, South Carolina.  A nice greeting at the guard gate and we had arrived at the Montage at Palmetto Bluff! This property was definitely different than Deer Valley. We took a 5 minute drive down the road until we reached the drive way to the Montage.  We  pulled up to what looked like an old plantation home. The architecture at Palmetto Bluff was perfect for this area. Check in was very efficient and we were driven in a golf cart to our private cottage.

Montage Palmetto Bluff South Carolina

Our Private Cottage

As we entered we were taken back by how the details were so perfect.  It was clear, once again,  The Montage was out to impress. We looked over and on the desk, there was a bottle of bourbon, sparkling lemonade and cider along with a charcuterie board.   The Marketing Director left us a hand written note congratulating us on our anniversary and thanking us for our stay. It may be they really like us.  Or it may be… I was just so impatient that I liked and commented on almost every one of their Instagram posts for 6 months leading up to our arrival in anticipation. Either way, next to the note was a framed collage of some of our wedding photos with congratulations written on the back of the frame. It was only 5 Minutes into our trip and I was already blown away.

Montage Palmetto Bluff South Carolina


Montage Palmetto Bluff South Carolina


Montage Palmetto Bluff South Carolina


Montage Palmetto Bluff South Carolina

Montage Palmetto Bluff South Carolina


Montage Palmetto Bluff South Carolina



The Amazing Property

We decided to eat at the local restaurant Buffalo’s for dinner and breakfast. Both meals were exceptional. As we were only there for a couple of nights, on the second day we decided to stroll through the property. We were able to walk through the local neighborhood that surrounds the property.  However, if you don’t want to walk, you can always rent a bike or use the bike that is provided at the cottages. The area was even grander than I had imagined. It is all set on approximately 20,000 acres of nature preserve overlooking the Deep South marshes. We had time to look at the ruins of the of the Wilson Plantation house which is also located here.  It was a nice little adventure to spend with my wife on our first anniversary.

Spa Time!

Finally, we made it to the spa.  Because of our wonderful honeymoon,  there was no way we were missing any opportunity to experience a Montage spa.  After sitting in the separate relaxation rooms for a little bit we were each brought back to our couples massage. An hour of everything that we needed in life. They have plenty of other spa services on their menu. For example,  a hot tub , cold pool and steam room.  As soon as our massage was completed we needed to start getting ready for our night. As we were about to exit the spa they wished us a happy anniversary. These wishes also included a little gift of massage oils too!

Montage Palmetto Bluff South Carolina

There’s more to come

As we entered our cottage we were greeted by a plate of chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne. Once again, we were just in awe of the customer service and how the staff went above and beyond to make our anniversary so special.

Montage Palmetto Bluff South Carolina


Anniversary Dinner

For our anniversary dinner, Kayla and I decided that we wanted it to be “fancy”, kind of like our wedding. So she decided to dress in a gown and I in a tuxedo. Because we travel to Savannah so much and the property is only about 30 minutes away, we were able to eat at our favorite restaurant, The Olde Pink House. If you have never been, I suggest you go, it will not disappoint. But again, another blog another time.

Montage Palmetto Bluff South Carolina

My wife and I aren’t too big of partiers, so we decided to call it a night.  We headed back to The Montage Palmetto Bluff after dinner. Arriving at night we were able to see the property all lit up for the holiday festivities. They also had a New Year’s Eve party going on which if it weren’t our first anniversary, we would have loved to be part of.


Montage Palmetto Bluff South Carolina


Montage Palmetto Bluff South Carolina


Montage Palmetto Bluff New Years Eve


Just a Little Dance

But instead we went back to the room and my wife surprised me with having a replica of our wedding cake topper made along with a bottle of champagne and a sparkling bottle of lemonade for me. The staff had our TV turned to the jazz station with the surround sound on throughout the cottage and we were able to turn our fire place on upon arrival.

First Anniversary New Years Eve at the Montage Palmetto Bluff South Carolina

Everything was perfect about this night.  The only thing left to do was to have a dance with my wife for our anniversary. Throughout this whole trip I experienced nothing but total class. However,  I have never felt as classy as wearing my tuxedo and dancing with my wife with the fire going and smooth jazz playing in the background.

First Anniversary New Years Eve at the Montage Palmetto Bluff South Carolina

We both celebrated the New Year by falling asleep before the ball had dropped.  Regardless, nothing could take away from this amazing trip. We packed our bags and a golf cart came to pick us up to bring us back to our car for our exit. I couldn’t help but think of all the things I want to do here upon our return. We will be back and suggest anyone who can experience The Montage Palmetto Bluff, do so as soon as you can. It will not disappoint!

First Anniversary New Years Eve at the Montage Palmetto Bluff South Carolina


Note from Sherrie:  Westley and Kayla love to travel just like Kevin and myself.  I look forward to more guest posts from beautiful daughter-in-law and handsome son! 



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Comments ( 29 )

  • Shirley (NaNa))

    WOW, Every detail you showed & wrote about was wonderful, so happy for you two, I’m sure one day you will be returning to this very special place, what’s not to love??

  • Wow, that is how you celebrate an anniversary.
    Don’t tell our wives they will start expecting more!

    I especially like that the hotel was so accommodating the provided an extra level of service to make the stay special.

    FYI there is nothing wrong with falling asleep before midnight when you are with the one you love.
    Congrats on your recent anniversary. Thanks for sharing. Keep travel blogging. Adventure is better shared with friends!

    • Westley allbritten

      Thank you, they are the best

  • Nathan

    This is so sweet! The level of attention and effort which the accommodation has put in to ensure that your anniversary is nothing less than perfect is amazing. The surrounding scenery and the amenities provided must have definitely enhanced the mood and ambience for the two of you. Awesome, I would love to spend a couple of nights there as well 🙂

    • Westley allbritten

      Thanks, you really should. It’s worth it!

  • Ian

    Ah guys, looks so romantic. Lots of nice touches and classy interior.

    • Westley allbritten

      Yes it was!

  • Unta

    So romantic! This place looks amazing, especially for couples. 😉 Happy anniversary!

    • Westley allbritten

      Thank you!

  • Katie

    First of all, congratulations on your anniversary. It seems like you had the best of times. This is the perfect place to celebrate, so Grande and rich and romantic.

    • Westley allbritten

      Thank you and yes it was!

  • Punita Malhotra

    Personal touches like these make a special occasion all the more memorable. Every little gesture means so much. It would have been a perfect first anniversary celebration. Second anniversary will have a tough time beating that! Congratulations on the first year of togetherness.

    • Westley allbritten

      Thanks, and yes, next year will be hard to top this

  • Katherine

    You guys had a big week of travel! Congratulations on your first wedding anniversary! The Montage Palmetto seems like the perfect place to spend it. Your photos are gorgeous, and you guys really dressed up for the occasion. This whole post put a huge smile on my face.

    • Westley allbritten

      Thank you very much and I am glad you enjoyed the blog

  • Baia Dzagnidze

    What a great place to celebrate the first anniversary. And I LOVED the personal note from the marketing person <3

    • Westley allbritten

      Yes, they truly made us feel welcome

  • Christopher Mitchell

    Now that’s some serious first class treatment if I do say so myself. Might I also add that it looks like you guys really took full advantage of the opportunity and soaked it all in!

    • Westley allbritten

      Yea, we did our next to take it all in!

  • Meagan

    My gosh, what an adorable couple you are – and happy anniversary! It sounds like the hotel went above and beyond to make your stay every bit as special as it should have been, which is really cool to see. Thank you for sharing all the lovely little details of your celebratory stay!

    • Westley allbritten

      Than you very much! We appreciate that and we are glad you enjoyed it!

  • Arti @artisdiary

    Absolutely amazing! Such gorgeous interiors, and so classy. Perfect I’d say to celebrate something so special. Happy Anniversary guys, stay blessed! 🙂

    • Westley allbritten

      Thank you, and yes, every detail is stunning there!

  • Samantha Sparrow

    Palmetto Bluff looks like such an incredible place to celebrate such a special anniversary! Things like a personal note always make you feel extra special, like a VIP which can add a special something to the overall anniversary! PS I always fall asleep before midnight, haha!

  • neha

    Wow. Looks like you had a wonderful time pampering yourself on your first anniversary. That cottage looks so cozy, inviting and just so beautiful. And the spa equally relaxing and pampering. The personal notes are like the cherry on top of the icing.

  • Such a beautiful place! And the room… This is a great way to celebrate the anniversary. It looks like they really took a good care of the lovely couple.

  • Lena

    Happy anniversary ! Looks like you had a wonderful time 🙂 I love staying in Hotels and to celebrate in bed with a good wine & a good view 🙂

  • Bruce Schinkel

    Wow, what an amazing experience! Thanks so much for sharing your anniversary with us. This property was very lucky to have such appreciative guests as yourselves 🙂

  • Chris DePauw

    When instagram stalking pays off. This is soo cool and really impressive they personalized your experience to such an extent. You two are such a beautiful couple, and your sock game is in point my guy

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