By Ronda Racha Penrice
Mazda has always seemed content to do its own thing. But even when rocking to the rhythm of one’s own drum, evolution is natural. That was evident when I got an invitation to join Mazda at the posh Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina between Savannah and Hilton Head a few months back.
I may have been flying to Savannah, in the same state I live by the way, but I had to travel through Charlotte to get there and the weather was so not cooperating. So due to the storm, my connecting flight goes poof when I land, greatly threatening my first-ever Mazda rendezvous. Thankfully my night was salvaged and I was able to get on an earlier flight than initially re-booked.
Arriving at the airport in Savannah put everything all the way back on track. A Mazda driver was there to greet me and another writer and off we went in the CX-9. A relaxing 45 minutes later we were at the expansive Montage Palmetto Bluff.
Check-in was a breeze. My room was so lovely I didn’t want to leave, but I had to freshen up quickly to get to the dinner-in-progress on the May River Lawn, which is located on the other side of the property. Ever so thoughtful, Mazda had asked for my dinner selection when it looked like I would be late and I was super glad I opted for the grilled vegetable strudel because it was absolutely delish. After dinner, we closed things out a bit at the Octagon Bar and Gathering Place, where I had to have a mule, my cocktail of choice for a couple of years now. Couldn’t imbibe too much or stay too late though.
Delightfully back in my room, I took advantage of the shower, caught up on some news, and scanned many of the great magazines. I got to bed quickly though because the Mazda Presentation was bright and early at 8:45 a.m. Now I can’t lie and say that was the time I arrived at the Somerset Chapel, but I am happy to report that I did not miss a word of presentation. Mazda had already piqued my interest with all the vehicles lined up outside. My biggest takeaways? Mazda is for people who actually like to drive and pride themselves on individualism. Consequently, the Mazda driver tends to be a college graduate just shy of a six-figure income.
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