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Beaufort and the Lowcountry

 

America's Happiest Seaside Town

A view of waterfront park in Beaufort, SC.

Welcome to the Lowcountry

South Carolina's coast is fortunate to have very mild winters and a wonderfully warm climate. This means you can enjoy more time outside each year — in the sun, breathing fresh air, invigorated!

Here in what is known as the "Lowcountry,"  many families head to the water for sport and relaxation. Fishing, shrimping, crabbing, boating, kayaking, and paddleboarding are popular pastimes on local rivers and estuaries, freshwater ponds and lakes, and even the Atlantic Ocean, just a short drive away. 

Of course, no one visits the Lowcountry without remarking on its incredible natural beauty. At Celadon, we've worked hard to preserve that atmosphere in our own neighborhood. Our homes are surrounded by trees in which native birds make their homes. Our significant acreage of designated green space contains massive, inspiring live oaks (dripping with that classic Spanish moss), along with other indigenous foliage to explore. Three small ponds are located along miles of trails. By providing parks, playgrounds, picnic areas, and more, our landscape encourages everyone to get outside, get active, and get together to indulge in this gorgeous setting.

Everything You Need is Here

Surprisingly, our picturesque location doesn’t come at the price of isolation – our neighborhood is close to some of the best schools, the nicest shopping areas, and a respected hospital.

At Celadon, you are minutes from casual and fine dining restaurants, shopping, banks, and other conveniences. The newest grocery store in Beaufort is just two minutes down the road, and the local farmers market is less than ten. 

Our education offerings are excellent for any age. Children can walk to Beaufort Academy, St. Peters, and Bridges Preparatory School. The University of South Carolina Beaufort accepts not only college students but also lifelong learners through its impressive OLLI continuing education program. OLLI at USCB is devoted to providing quality, intellectually stimulating, not-for-credit educational classes and programs specifically developed for adults age 50 and older. Any adult interested in lifelong learning is welcome to join. There are no educational requirements. Backgrounds may differ, but all participants share a desire to keep intellectually active.

In terms of health offerings (beyond the Celadon Club and Spa), residents benefit from close proximity to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, the largest hospital between Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA.

Beaufort, SC

Living at Celadon places you in one of the Southeast's most desirable cities  Beaufort, South Carolina  which Coastal Living labeled "America's Happiest Seaside Town." 

The Beaufort area is full of rich history, especially from the Civil War  many buildings were occupied instead of destroyed. As a result, you have a plethora of still-standing historic buildings and preserved artifacts to study.

The downtown waterfront, just five minutes away, is full of upscale restaurants, boutique shops, and plenty of Southern charm. Artisan-made products and locally owned stores make the Beaufort shopping experience unique. Smiling area residents turn out frequently throughout the year for the many festivals and events that play to varied interests and ages and always ensure a good time. 

Get Out and Play

Beaufort and the Lowcountry provide endless opportunities for enjoyment and adventure. One of the quickest ways to get an overview of the many scenic landmarks is to take a guided tour through downtown. Tickets are sold near the beautiful Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. 

The Waterfront Park is a focal point of downtown, and it hosts many festivals and farmers markets throughout the year. 2015 will mark the 60th anniversary of the Beaufort Water Festival, which is held every July. The Water Festival is one of Beaufort's most famous festivals, drawing tens of thousands from across the lowcountry, but it is by no means the only notable festival in town.

Every first October weekend for the past twenty years, the Shrimp Festival has also been held at the Waterfront Park. The Beaufort Shrimp Festival is a celebration of SC wild caught shrimp, with local restaurants competing to win prizes for the best and most creative dishes featuring the local shrimp. Admission is free, and the food is delicious!

If you crave something sweet, be sure to check out The Chocolate Tree, located within walking distance of Waterfront Park in downtown. Visitors can even watch through windows as the shop hand-makes their chocolates and other confections. It's obvious why the locally founded, owned, and operated Chocolate Tree has become a favorite Beaufort landmark over the past thirty-four years. Be sure to ask about the annual all-you-can-eat chocolate night.

Just one block from The Chocolate Tree, you'll find the Beaufort History Museum, located in the old Arsenal building. Given the distinctive architecture, you can't miss it. The Beaufort Visitor's Center is on the first floor of the arsenal, so feel free to drop in before you head to the second floor to find the museum and learn about over 300 years of local history.

Only partially completed, but already enjoying popularity from lowcountry residents, the Spanish Moss Trail is a welcome addition to active residents of the local communities. Whether you prefer to jog, bird watch, bike, or take the family dog for adventures, this recreational trail is designed to cater to you, with five miles of the new trail already in use by the public. When fully complete, it will travel through the towns of Port Royal, Beaufort, Burton, and Gray's Hill, ending at the Whale Branch Pier. 

Even more old-fashioned fun can be found less than twenty minutes from Celadon, at the Highway 21 Drive In movie theater. This extremely popular attraction boasts two screens and a large concession stand. Discounts are available for children, seniors, and active military.

Don't miss the The Parris Island Museum, containing 10,000 square feet of the history and traditions of the Marine Corps. The museum also has an exhibit detailing the town of Port Royal's particular military significance in various battles from the American Revolution to the Civil War. Admission is free, so there's no reason not to bring the whole family.

Hunting Island Beach is a barrier island that is not only South Carolina's most popular state park, but also a sanctuary for wildlife, including loggerhead sea turtles, alligators, pelicans, and dolphins. The abundant wildlife sightings are just one reason to visit; the island also contains five miles of natural beach and thousands of acres of wilderness: marshes, forests, saltwater lagoons, and an ocean inlet are all accessible to visitors. Hunting Island is also home to a publicly accessible, historic 170-foot lighthouse.

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Beaufort Things To Do & Events

There's so much to enjoy, do and see in Beaufort all year long. To learn more about how to stay active and engaged in our community, click below-