Lowcountry Christmas in Beaufort SC

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Lowcountry Christmas in Beaufort SC 

There’s always lots to enjoy in America’s happiest seaside town but a Beaufort Lowcountry Christmas is pretty special. Beaufort offers a plethora of cultural interests and Christmas fun for the whole family this holiday season.

Here are some suggestions to make your Christmas in Beaufort SC merry and bright:

Festival of Lights! Friday December 1st, 2017 from 6-9 PM Christmas Tree lighting by Santa himself and entertainment by local choirs, dance groups and clubs. Local businesses will stay open late so you can start your Christmas shopping or just browse and make a list.

Christmas Parade! December 3, 2017: The traditional Beaufort Christmas Parade starts at 3:00 pm and winds through the streets of downtown Beaufort. Take the kids and enjoy the floats, bands, community participants, fancy personal cars and trucks. 

Three Days of Fun for the Family – Some With Snow! December 1 – 3, 2017 The 30th Annual Festival of Trees to benefit Friends of Caroline Hospice is one of Beaufort’s most beloved holiday celebrations. This year’s Festival events include:

  • Friday, December 1st, School Tours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Open to the public.
    Come and see the decorated trees and enjoy food vendors with themed dishes and lots of fun for the kids including a rock climbing wall, bungee jumping, face painting and more. Any child who signs up for their school’s tour will receive free admission, courtesy of Sea Smiles Paediatric Dentistry. General Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
  • Saturday, December 2nd, Frozen Day: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Open to the public. Meet special guests Elsa and Anna from Disney’s ‘Frozen’ who will be in attendance from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy talking with the kids and taking photos and visit with our live reindeer, Sven, courtesy of Sea Island Carriage Co. General Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. 

  • Yoga in the Trees is scheduled for Saturday at 8 a.m. with Brittney Hiller. Yoga in the Trees is free, but donations are accepted.

  • Sunday, December 3rd, Kids Snow Day: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Open to the public. If Frozen Saturday wasn’t enough, a special Snow Day returns bigger and better than before. Bring the kids from 11am to 2pm to enjoy playing in the snow, building a snowman or having snowball fights with our outdoor snow fields bungee jumping, face painting and more. General Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Community Christmas Concert and Dessert: December 3, 2017: "An Evening in December" Hilton Head Island Community Church THREE SHOWS! 4:30p, 6:00p, & 7:30p. Tickets are $6 per person (includes a transaction fee).

Experience great musical performances of some of your Holiday favorites while enjoying delicious desserts in a festive atmosphere. Come 20 minutes before the show and enjoy a "Pre-Show" musical experience BACKSTAGE while you wait for the doors to open.

Attend a Tea Party! December 6, 2017 2 PM:  Winter Chocolate and Tea Party at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage in Ridgeland. 

Learn about Christmas traditions, patterns, and experience a traditional afternoon tea with Morris Center Director Annmarie Reiley-Kay. Admission is $15. 10782 S Jacob Smart Blvd. (843) 284-9227 or morrisheritagecenter.org.

Go To a Musical! Friday Dec 8, 2017 - Saturday Dec 9, 2017

Take a magical, musical Christmas journey with the Three Redneck Tenors to liven up your holidays this year.

Three Redneck Tenors - Christmas Spec-tac-YULE-ar
USCB Center For The Arts
Beaufort , SC  

It’s Christmas music like you’ve never heard and won’t easily forget. These real-life Broadway and Opera stars are ready to rock your holidays with classic, pop and a deep-fried fest of musical delights. There’s nothing old-fashioned about this music arranged by award-winning composer Craig Bohmler – it’s infused with vitality, energy, and passion. 

The familiar Christmas tunes in the show include classics like:

Sleigh Ride, White Christmas, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Santa Baby, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Blue Christmas, O Holy Night, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells, and Silent Night. 

You’ll also enjoy Christmas spoofs like Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, and a few other great surprises! It’s foot-stomp’n, toe-tapp’n, bell ringing fun for the whole family!

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Take in A Chamber Music Concert: December 10, 2017: University of South Carolina Beaufort Festival Series Chamber Music presents Beethoven!  

  • Duo in E-flat Major for Viola and Cello “With Two Eyeglasses Obbligato” WoO 32.
  • Debussy: La Cathédrale Engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral) for Solo Piano.
  • Dohnányi:Serenade for String Trio, Opus 10. Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Opus 47. Andrew Armstrong, piano. Aaron Boyd, violin. Danielle Farina, viola. Edward Arron, cello.

Starts 5 p.m. At 801 Carteret St. (843) 208-8246 or www.uscb.edu/festivalseries. Go to website for tickets.

Listen To Some Storytellers! Friday Dec. 15, 2017 An Evening of Story and Song 

New York Times best-selling southern writers Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle and South Carolina's own musical superstar Marshall Chapman will take the stage together for an unforgettable evening of larger-than-life storytelling. Join us for a book and CD signing after the performance. Reserved seating tickets also include an off-site after party with Lee Smith, Jill McCorkle, and Marshall Chapman following the book signing.
USCB Center For The Arts
Beaufort, SC

Go Christmas Shopping: Beaufort South Carolina has markets, fairs, art galleries, and gift shops for every taste and budget. Just head downtown and start looking. We couldn’t choose from among the many venues – they all offer something special. To get started just click on this website and start planning your route!

Bake Cookies! Whip up a batch of southern style Pecan Pralines for gifts, for family or just for you! This gorgeous recipe is from Southern Living Magazine 

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Pecan Pralines

Here's what you need:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pecan halves and pieces
  • 3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Wax paper

For baking instructions please click on this link: Pecan Pralines

Celadon, Beaufort’s # 1 address, wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas!

From Blah to Spa: A Luxury Spa Bathroom Makeover Plan

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From Blah to Spa

A Luxury Spa Bathroom Makeover Plan

Creating a luxury spa bathroom in your home can seem like a daunting task. With proper planning, you can create a spa-like bathroom and enjoy a serene place to relax, unwind, and spend some precious time pampering yourself.

If you’ve enjoyed the ambiance of a professional spa environment, you will know that certain details make the experience a luxury.

A spa is quiet, softly lit, and imbued with natural elements like stone, wood, soft neutral colours, warm floors and towels, and fragrances like Rosemary, cedar, sandalwood or jasmine.

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Would you like to have a spa-like bathroom at home?

Whether you have the budget for a full bathroom renovation or just want to make the space you have more luxuriously spa-like on a budget these ideas will inspire you. 

Consider these luxury upgrades! 

A spacious shower:

Modern shower areas are roomy and transparent. Made of frameless glass the enclosures give your spa an open feeling. Consider a steam shower with an aromatherapy pump, mood lighting, and a waterproof MP3 dock. And a comfortable seat to relax in.

The bath:

The ubiquitous whirlpool bath was a popular addition to modern bathrooms, and though it still has its place, there are new, exciting designs and technologies. Deep soaking baths are both striking statement pieces and comfortable spots for soothing away your stress.  Freestanding, at least 16 inches deep, with a temperature controlled heated surface and an optional bubble-massage, these beautiful baths come in many shapes and sizes and are a “must” for the home spa.

The spa bathroom sink:

One of the newest looks for bathrooms is the vessel sink which appears to be a free-standing bowl on the bathroom counter but is attached and has a drain installed. Choose from a variety of shapes made of porcelain, crystal, marble, glass, or slate and from colors like aqua, amber, green, and stone. 

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Warm floors, natural materials:

A bathroom renovation is the best opportunity to install radiant heat beneath your floors. Not only will you have a delightfully warm bathroom (and warm feet) but you can also choose the perfect spa look in natural flooring at the same time. 

Cork flooring is made from the renewable bark of the cork tree, is naturally water-resistant and resists mildew. A warm organic brown, cork is resilient, providing a soft surface underfoot. Cork needs a sealer to make it water-tight.

A second option is a natural stone. Reminiscent of mineral springs, stone lends an organic warmth and texture to your spa bathroom. Stone tiles will help in achieving the luxurious look you want. Slate tile is also a perfect option for bathroom flooring because it is naturally slip-resistant. Slate is available in a wide variety of colors including watery blues and greys. 

Lighting:

Low background lighting is essential and creates a restful, serene feeling. Softly directed spotlights, under-cabinet lighting and concealed lights that operate on dimmer switches are best. You will need some brighter illumination in makeup and shaving areas, but when it’s spa time, turn those lights down low. 

A fireplace and a chair:

A simple gas fireplace (if there’s room of course) will make your spa experience sublime, especially if you live in a climate with chilly winters. A chair is essential too, for both relaxing and dressing. Whether you choose a simple bench or plush seating, you’ll find many uses for a chair in your spa bathroom. 

The window:

If you have a large window, make the most of it! Put your bath beneath the window and if you have privacy and a view, let the light shine through. Window treatments, if needed, should enhance the spa ambiance – light, airy muslin or lace curtains, or folding wood or bamboo shutters will work for small or large windows. 

Unique hardware:

If you’re looking for luxury in bathroom faucets, your choices are unlimited. Brass, bronze, antiqued metal, and more contemporary brushed or satin stainless steel materials are materials used in a spectacular array of designs.

Your choice of sink, shower, and bath will inform the faucet design you choose. If you haven’t shopped for home hardware in a while, be prepared for some surprises and hard choices! For the most authentic spa look, however, consider simple lines.

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The rainfall shower head:

Rainfall showerheads come in many sizes, but they all offer the delicious sensation of bathing in the falling rain. Just warmer! They are an excellent addition to your home spa - and the bigger the showerhead, the better.

Ample storage:

There is no place for clutter in a spa environment. In keeping with the clean, relaxing mood of your beautiful bathroom spa, install enough cupboards to hold your everyday necessities. Display only your most beautiful accessories on the countertops and shelves.

A neutral shade of walls and doors:

Paint the walls with organic, natural, earth colours like stone, soft celadon green, sand or watery blues. Neutral shades are the most conducive to relaxation.

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The little extras that enhance your spa environment:

  • Big fluffy towels and a warm bathrobe are essential. If you install a warming rack or drawer, those towels will feel even better. 
  • Wood bath caddy for your book, your bath salts, and a glass of bubbly or lemon water.
  • A rack or hooks to hang your towels to dry.
  • Spa slippers. 
  • Display candles in soft shades and different heights.
  • A leafy plant or two, a beautiful orchid, or tall green bamboo shoots in a glass vase. 
  • Decant necessary bathing items (shampoo, conditioner, bath salts and body lotions) into attractive bottles and containers. 
  • Use aromatherapy such as natural essence of Rosemary, sandalwood, jasmine, vanilla or cedar in a diffuser. 
  • A wooden tray with a base of stones to display artisan soaps or to hold candles.
  • You will need a mirror. Mirrors reflect light and give bathrooms a sense of space. Your choice of mirrors will depend on the décor, your wall space, and your personal preferences.

 

It’s time to enjoy your luxury bathroom spa transformation! Fill the bath, light some candles, dim the lights, and put on some music.  Now relax and leave the stresses of the day behind.

Beaufort South Carolina: Steeped in History, Rich With Culture

A thriving arts culture and community are high on the list of “must haves’ for people relocating to enjoy life after 55. If you are an art lover and considering putting down roots in Beaufort South Carolina, you are on the right track. 

Art for everyone:

Author John Villani recognized Beaufort in his book, The 100 Best Art Towns in America. American Style Magazine designated this beautiful place a Small City Arts Destination.

Beaufort SC has much to offer those who love the Arts. Paintings, sculpture, pottery, textiles, and art glass are just a few of the gorgeous mediums that inspire artists to create. There are over 20 independent art galleries in Beaufort and the surrounding Sea Islands. Hundreds of residents contribute to the colorful and thriving art scene.

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Exploring Your Inner Artist

If you’ve wished for time to dust off your watercolor paints and pull out your easel and Kolinsky brushes that time is now - the coastal waters, picturesque Beaufort streets, and colorful markets offer themselves as subjects to painters and photographers alike.

You’ll no doubt be inspired by the art on view at numerous galleries in Beaufort and the surrounding Sea Islands. The Beaufort Cultural District is a walkable section of downtown where you can see a full array of arts, cultural venues, organizations, and special events.

Enjoy strolling musicians and delicious refreshments at Beaufort’s ArtWalk! This popular event takes place in the spring and fall each year, with visits to over a dozen galleries in the Beaufort Cultural District. The next Art Walk for 2017 is on October 28th, from 5 – 7:30 PM. Participating galleries include: Atelier On Bay, BeaufortPics, Indigo Gallery and Studio, LyBensons’ Gallery and Studio, and Thibault Gallery. 

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Enjoy music, live theatre, and literature here in Beaufort!

Beaufort music aficionados revel in the broad choice of opera, chamber music, country or good old blues and jazz. The University of Beaufort’s Centre For the Arts, local pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, and churches offer everything from organ concerts, choirs, and dueling banjos to symphonies, comedy skits, and literary lectures. 

Beaufort’s Annual Music Festival now in its 29th year takes place for two days each May and offers a richly diverse musical lineup with a focus on fresh musical talent. An immensely popular family-friendly event, the Festival also features food trucks, activities for children, and a beer garden. Bring a chair!

USCB Centre For the Arts on the historic Beaufort campus holds a 460-person auditorium, two public art galleries, a ceramics studio, a drawing and painting studio, and a 3D design studio.

As the cultural hub for Beaufort County for over thirty years the USCB CFA has a long-standing tradition of endorsing and supporting the arts, including the following: 

  • The Chamber Music Series.
  • The Beaufort Theatre Company, and countless performances of internationally acclaimed performing artists. 
  • Beaufort Children's Theater.  
  • The Met Opera Live in HD.
  • Movie Night featuring independent films and documentaries.
  • The Pat Conroy Literary Festival. 

Last but not least, the Beaufort Arts Council fosters ARTworks, a 12,000-square-foot community arts center, theatre, and gallery in the Beaufort Town Center located in the heart of historic downtown Beaufort. The Council provides opportunities for artists to create, display, learn, and perform art in all of its cultural and historical diversity. 

The Beaufort Arts Council is a non-profit organization that hosts memorable fundraising galas such as the upcoming Beaux Arts Ball. November 11, 2017, which promises: An evening of art, music, canvas design, and flavor, all cultivated to evoke your senses and emotions. 

Libraries: 

The rich culture of the south is exemplified in its literature. Beaufort libraries house a trove of books and films where bookworms and movie buffs can while away the hours.

  1. Downtown Beaufort Library has an online catalogue of talking books, a cloud library, digital library, and more.
  2. University of South Carolina Beaufort Library offers books, movies, ebooks, journals and newspapers, and other materials.
  3. MCCS Library has a full range of library offerings that can be accessed by military families.

History and Architecture:

Beaufort’s Historic District was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973.

The area is divided into five unique and distinct neighborhoods. Rich with post-civil war history and graced with massive Antebellum mansions the town of Beaufort offers hours of viewing pleasure and learning for history buffs – both residents and visitors!

Guides host walking history lessons throughout the Beaufort area, and for those preferring the comfort of wheels, some guides ride along in a horse drawn carriages or an air conditioned van stopping to discuss the history and architecture of the graceful Lowcountry mansions and other architectural treasures.

Life-long learning.

Lectures, courses, and educational travel offer Beaufort residents the opportunity to stimulate their minds and continue to develop intellectually. The most notable venue for life-long learning in Beaufort is the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), at the University of South Carolina.

Membership in OLLI comes with many benefits some of which include discounted tickets for events at the USCB Centre For the Arts. Their website has a wealth of information and will likely inspire you to sign on for a course or lecture.

There is so much to experience in Beaufort and the best way to enjoy it all is to live here! 

Why not start by paying us a visit here at Celadon? 

We’ve made it easy for you to come to Beaufort for a few days with our special Discovery Visit. You’ll stay at your choice of three fine hotels or inns and tour the neo traditional community of Celadon, an award winning planned community just minutes from downtown Beaufort.

To find out more about this $299 per couple opportunity and to explore what Celadon has to offer, go to our website here.

We sincerely look forward to seeing you soon and to showing you around this beautiful coastal town and Beaufort’s number one address – Celadon!

Live Well, Stay Well – Discover Celadon, Beaufort’s Healthy-Lifestyle Community

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When you open the door of your beautiful Lowcountry home in Celadon, South Carolina, you open the door to a world of opportunities. Culture, art, fine dining, life long learning, and healthy active living are at your doorstep in this coastal community just five minutes from Beaufort SC. 

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Outdoor Activities for Nature Lovers

64 large islands comprise Beaufort County and include Port Royal Island, Parris Island, Fripp Island, and many smaller ones.  Stately moss draped oak trees, and beautiful waterways are picturesque backdrops for walking and bicycling trips such as the Spanish Moss Trail, a nearly 10-mile greenway located in Northern Beaufort County that has become a “Must-Experience” activity for residents and visitors alike. 

The easy proximity to water invites kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and gives bird watchers the opportunity to see a variety of beautiful birds.

Carolina Wildlife Magazine contributor Bill Hilton Jr. writes of birding in Hunting Island State Park. "Where else can you walk a causeway with a freshwater pond on your right with Great Egrets, Least Bitterns, Common Gallinules, and American Alligators?" And a salt water mudflat and marsh on your left with Long-billed Dowitchers, King Rails, Black Skimmers, and Fiddler Crabs, and a sky full of Brown Pelicans, Ospreys, Rough-winged Swallows, and Painted Buntings?"

Where else, indeed?

Arts and Culture

Beaufort's historic downtown area on the waterfront is a trove of art galleries and antique shops. Art lovers enjoy the Thibault Gallery, Beaufort Pics, Indigo, Ly Bensons, and the Pinckney Simons Galleries during the annual Fall Artwalk, scheduled in 2017 for October 28th from 5 - 7 PM.

Beaufort's "The Point" district is a National Historic Landmark and renowned for an impressive collection of antebellum architecture. Take a stroll, bike ride or carriage ride around the Point and immerse yourself in the history and ambiance of another era. 

Beaufort's arts scene is so vibrant and varied that in 2016 the S.C. Arts Commission named Beaufort's downtown area an official South Carolina Cultural District.

Never Stop Learning

Beaufort's residents enjoy the Osher LifeLong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.  OLLI is a membership-led organization that offers people 50 years of age and older stimulating courses, lectures, and educational travel, along with opportunities to meet others with similar interests. No tests, no stress, just the enjoyment of learning.

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Dining Out

The more than 160 restaurants in Beaufort offer food lovers a cornucopia of culinary delights from classic Lowcountry fine dining to dockside seafood eateries and everything in between. 

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Dining at Home

Beaufort residents love to support farmers and fishermen in their communities. And it's a win-win because the freshest seafood, meat, bread, cheese, honey, barbecue, vegetables, herbs, and fruit are always right here, ready for your table, in every season. Enjoy preparing your favorite meals in your open concept Celadon designed kitchen - perfect for entertaining, or host your family and friends on your home’s big shady front porch.

Health and Happiness

Designed with its residents' health in mind the Celadon Club features a Wellness Center and Spa offering weight training machines, a weight room, members' lounge, locker rooms, personal trainers, customized wellness plans, a Jr. Olympic-sized pool, fitness classes, Pilates, and yoga. The spa includes massages, body wraps, saunas, treatment rooms, and a menu of services.

For your medical health care, Beaufort's Memorial Hospital, a 197-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital is located just 10 minutes from Celadon. Other options within 10 to 15 minutes include Port Royal Medical Center and Doctors Express Urgent Care.

Living Well

Making wellness an everyday part of your life is easy when your environment is stimulating, pleasant, and supports well-being. Accessible physical pursuits, healthy foods, and opportunities for expanding your knowledge and skills are essential elements of wellness. Active social connections - family, friends, community, and satisfying relationships give a sense of purpose and meaning in life.

Discover Celadon

Are you ready to visit Celadon and everything that awaits you in Beaufort, South Carolina? 

Discovery Visits are offered at the special rate of $299.00. Included in your real estate visit is access to the Celadon Club Wellness Center where you can renew your mind, body, and spirit. 

Come and see what healthy active living is all about. 

Book your Discovery Visit today!

15 Reasons Why You’ll Want to Make Celadon, South Carolina Your Home

There are many reasons folks decide to move to a new home and community. Growing families need more space and good schools, retirees want to downsize and be able to walk everywhere, new employment opportunities arise, or people just want to live in a climate where there is no more snow to clear!

Whatever your reason for finding a new home, you may be reading this because you are curious about living in South Carolina and you love Lowcountry architecture and ambiance. 

You may have also heard the buzz about South Carolina’s happiest town, Beaufort, and that Southern Living magazine voted Beaufort as the South’s Best Small Town, 2017

Beaufort’s accolades also include its designation as “America’s Favorite Town” (Travel & Leisure magazine), and “America’s Coolest Small Town” (Budget Traveler Magazine). The New York Times included Beaufort in their 2016 piece about the 52 best places to visit in the whole world!

Nestled in this perfectly idyllic setting is Beaufort’s #1 Address, Celadon. 

Selected as 2017’s Best of the Best by Ideal Living Magazine, Celadon is one of the best neo traditional communities showcased, receiving special recognition for its outstanding qualities, facilities, and programs.

Here are 15 reasons why you should consider making Celadon your next home:

  1. There is a home design to suit everyone. Celadon offers a diverse mix of single-family homes as well as lock and leave condominiums, or you can create a floor plan of your own in the charming Lowcountry style. You’re sure to find something to suit your family’s needs. 
  2. You can walk everywhere if you like! Celadon is an example of a traditional neighborhood development, which provides easy access to everything. From your daily stroll to the community market, your quick jog to the wellness center, or your evening stroll to the park, Celadon makes being outside fun and easy.  
  3. Convenience at the square. Celadon Square is a quaint commercial area that allows you to meet neighborhood friends at the market for coffee in the morning, catch up on the community happenings at the post office or work a few hours at your office in the Celadon Innovation Center.  The square at Celadon makes life’s necessities a breeze 
  4. You can play outside every day. Celadon has beautiful open spaces. Our thoughtfully planned parks, trails, and ponds make it fun to be outside year round.  
  5. Celadon is designed for all ages. The Celadon Club Wellness Center is the focal point of the community. With a diverse mix of programming, social events and planned activities there is something for everyone in the family.
  6. You’ll stay healthy. The Celadon community revolves around a culture of wellness, and at its heart is the Celadon Club with its multi-million dollar Wellness Center. Our staff of certified trainers and class leaders works together to design a program that is tailor made for you. After your workout, you can enjoy a dip in the center’s junior Olympic size swimming pool or enjoy a rejuvenating Jacuzzi.
  7. Enjoy your neighborhood spa. Luxurious spa treatments are just a stroll away from home. Enjoy a variety of therapeutic massages and custom facial services. Our staff also provides waxing, organic spray tanning, and other services.  
  8. Making friends is easy. You will get to know your neighbors at Celadon’s planned social community events. People walk more at Celadon, and with those inviting Lowcountry front porches everywhere, informal visits and friendly waves from passers by are the norm.
  9. You can go fishing. Three freshwater ponds provide a beautiful setting for fishing or even bird watching ventures, as they create a sanctuary for native wildlife. And for the more seasoned angler, the ocean, marsh, and miles of rivers are just minutes from your front door. 
  10. The best medical care is nearby. Beaufort Memorial Hospital is minutes away. It is the largest hospital between Charleston SC and Savannah GA and in addition to everyday care, it features the renowned Keyserling Cancer Center.
  11. The climate is perfect. On average there are 216 sunny days a year! And no snow!
  12. You will never be bored. In the Lowcountry, proximity to the water means endless opportunities for fishing, crabbing, shrimping, boating, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Great shopping, countless volunteer organizations, and continuing education opportunities at USC Beaufort fill the rest of your time. 
  13. The landscape is breathtaking. Sprawling live-oak trees festooned with fronds of Spanish moss line the streets. Indigenous Camellias, azaleas, gardenias, roses, and crepe myrtle grace many gardens and perfume the air with their sweet fragrance.  The sunsets and sunrises streaming through the Spanish moss and over the salt marshes, paint dramatic pictures that are unique and unforgettable.
  14. Shopping in downtown Beaufort is the best. Farmer’s markets, gift shops, bookstores, handmade chocolates, elegant fashions, and home décor boutiques are just some of the offerings in this extraordinary town. You will never get tired of shopping in Beaufort.
  15. Food. Beaufort is a food lover’s paradise.  From a fine dining date-night to a Lowcountry family BBQ, there is something for everyone. Beaufort’s talented chefs create local dishes fit to be served on white tablecloths or rustic picnic tables. No matter the venue, they choose the freshest ingredients.  South Carolina waters are teeming with snapper and other finned fish, oysters, shrimp, and blue crab. 

Chefs also frequent local farms to select the finest meats, cheeses, fresh vegetables, and fruit available. South Carolina is for food lovers.

If you would like to take a closer look at Celadon and Beaufort, we invite you to plan a Discovery Visit. 

It’s like a mini vacation!

For only $299 you can enjoy two nights and three days in Beaufort at one of three favorite spots: The Rhett House Inn, The Cuthbert House Inn B&B,  or the City Loft Boutique Hotel. Your stay includes a personal tour of Beaufort and Celadon.

Borrow bikes and cycle along the beach or enjoy Beaufort’s restaurants, shopping, galleries, and museums. We will even book a sunset wine cruise for you if you like.

Book your Discovery Visit now. Contact us at 843.379.9095 or use this link to our website

History and Nature Influence Lowcountry Décor

Prized for their architectural designs, fine craftsmanship and attention to detail in each lovely room these new Celadon Lowcountry homes in Beaufort, South Carolina are breathtaking. 

The Lowcountry design features a spacious porch, tall double-hung windows, high ceilings and large light-filled rooms.  

Choose the home design you love.

When you’ve made your choice from the many designs available, a fresh canvas awaits you. 

Already framed with historical influences your beautiful Lowcountry home now invites your personal touch.

How will you decorate? What furnishings and colors will capture the classic feel of yesterday while embracing the modern design elements of today?

Let's take a step back to the late 1800's for some inspiration!

Nature and climate influenced the structural elements of a Lowcountry home so its residents would stay cool and comfortable. Those large rooms and big shady porches were also perfect places for socializing with family, friends, and neighbors. 

One of the sweetest spots to spend an evening was on the porch, sitting in a swing suspended from the ceiling. Holding hands with your sweetheart, rocking a child to sleep, or just having a heart to heart with a friend, the ubiquitous porch swing was a must-have furnishing.

And on a drowsy summer afternoon, the porch swing was a lovely place to snooze.

Other porch furnishings invited relaxation and socializing. A small table and group of wicker chairs were perfect for enjoying a game of cards and a glass of iced tea with friends. Rocking chairs offer a comfortable place to read a book, pass the time or wave to your neighbors as they pass by.

Homeowners painted their porch ceilings Haint Blue - a soft blue-green shade reminiscent of the evening sky to both extend the feeling of daylight and, as the story goes, ward off evil spirits or “haints.”

Inside the home, nature's colors prevailed – sandy browns, sky blues, watery grays, the soft sage greens of live-oak leaves, and the ever changing hues of the nearby ocean all had a cooling and soothing effect.

Natural sisal or woven cotton rugs on hardwood floors in the living room, dining area, and bedrooms continued the feel of natural elements. Sheer cotton or muslin floor to ceiling curtains gave an airy feel to rooms allowing breezes to circulate and light to enter. 

Chairs and couches had slipcovers of white duck or canvas cloth that would be washed and stored at the end of summer. 

In some homes plantation shutters covered the windows, keeping out the sun while allowing air to circulate. Wide palmetto fans hanging from high ceilings, stirred the air. 

Lowcountry homeowners furnished their rooms with robust, large-scale wooden tables, sideboards, armoires, bureaus and four-poster beds. Inviting living rooms held large comfortable armchairs and settees or couches.

How you can create a Lowcountry home environment that echoes the past.

Today, Lowcountry style continues to draw inspiration from its coastal location where nature's palette provides beautiful colors for indoor and outdoor decorating. Soft whites and yellows, watery blues and grays, soft greens, delicate florals, and touches of coral are excellent choices for walls and upholstery.

Natural textures in cotton, silk, canvas, duck, and wool provide comfort and coziness. Wicker, rattan, palmetto, and sisal bring nature indoors and balance beautifully with hardwood floors and solid wooden furniture. 

For a modern, yet classic look, furniture can be a mix of antiques and new pieces. Furniture with a distressed finish looks lovely in Lowcountry décor, lending just the right touch of interest and history.

Beautiful works of art, always a personal choice, can bring your room to life. Accessories like colorful throw pillows, a unique wrought iron chandelier, a basket of seashells, driftwood sculptures, and some pots of dark green frothy ferns will give your rooms those homey touches that you love.

Eclectic, formal or shabby-chic - whatever your decorating preference, your Lowcountry home will be filled with light and the serene beauty of nature. With a nod to the past and your personal touch, you have created the home of your dreams.

Relax now, on that porch swing, with a glass of cold lemonade and a good book.

Welcome home.

Celadon Selected as the 2017 Best Of The Best by Ideal-Living

Ideal-LIVING magazine once again selected Celadon as one of the "Best Neotraditional Communities" to be showcased in their Summer 2017 Best of the Best special issue.

Hundreds of nominations were submitted to ideal-LIVING again this year. A special editorial committee reviewed the qualifications of each nominee and selected winners in more than 40 categories.

“Our goal in creating this ‘Best of the Best‘ feature is to honor those communities which deserve special recognition for their outstanding qualities, facilities, and programs,” said ideal-LIVING’s Editor and Associate Publisher Kelly Godbey. “We hope that this special feature in our Summer 2016 edition will serve our readers by focusing on the places which offer the lifestyle enhancements that are most important to them.” 

According to ideal-LIVING: "The best neo-traditional developments combine 21st-century convenience with small-town ambiance. In addition to tree-lined neighborhoods with wide sidewalks and pet-friendly parks, all of them feature town centers where residents can enjoy shopping, dining, plus a variety of professional services, without ever having to leave the community." 

Celadon is delighted to be once again recognized for our efforts in bringing this vision to life.

We continue to work hard to ensure Celadon residents have access to the best of the Lowcountry lifestyle, so it’s especially rewarding to hear that, once again, our work has paid off through the compliments of our homeowners and accolades such as this. We thank you all.

A Brief History of Beaufort’s Lowcountry Architecture

A Lowcountry style home is simple and practical while maintaining an air of elegance, grace, and history.

Along the coast of South Carolina lies the geographic and cultural region known as the "Lowcountry." The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area is Lowcountry and known for its historic cities and communities, natural environment, cultural heritage, and tourism industry.

Developed in the late 1700s, Lowcountry style architecture is one of the most distinctive elements of the region. Originally designed to accommodate residents of the subtropical climate of South Carolina, the historical features and designs of these stately homes are still loved by southerners and admired by visitors today.

The spacious rooms and porches of these elegant homes also facilitate that famous Southern hospitality - the heartbeat of the Lowcountry. 

What is “Lowcountry style” exactly?

A beautifully designed Lowcountry home is breathtaking with its air of elegance, grace, and history. 

Wide shady verandas that wrap around the house, large double-hung windows with wooden shutters, screened-in porches, and tall front doors with transoms above, are features visible from the outside. 

Porch ceilings and even shutters are often painted with "haint blue", a soft blue-green shade that South Carolina's Gullah people, who are descendants of African slaves, believed would keep away evil spirits. 

Some folks thought that the color repelled insects and others enjoyed the soothing brightness that seemed to extend the light of evenings. Whatever the reason, spirits, bugs, or twilight, the ubiquitous haint blue is everywhere in the south.

Inside the Lowcountry homes, are found spacious rooms with high ceilings, fans, and open-concept layouts to further encourage air circulation.

When it was first designed, the primary function of Lowcountry architecture was to keep the house and its inhabitants cool. 

With the knowledge that hot air rises and cooler air stays close to the floor, homes were built with airflow and ventilation features. 

Let's take a look at how the various features worked: 

  • Transom: This is a transverse horizontal structural beam or bar, or a crosspiece separating a door from a window above it. The window above the transom in a Lowcountry home could be opened to allow ventilation. It would also let in more light.
  • Screened porches: Wide furnished rooms on the outside of the house enclosed with screens instead of glass. Used for sitting during the day or sleeping on warm nights.
  • Verandas: These were often spacious additions to the exterior of a house, giving residents a shady place to relax and socialize while still allowing light into the interior. 
  • Double-hung windows: Tall windows with an opening at the top to allow hot air to escape, and an opening at the bottom to draw the cooler evening air in.
  • Shutters: Historically, shutters were used to keep out inclement weather and protect against gusting coastal winds. 
  • High ceilings: These were 10 - 14 feet high in older homes and had electric or rope-powered (by hand) fans. High ceilings gave warm air a place to go before being ventilated through the upper part of double hung windows.
  • Open concept room design: Large spacious rooms with doors and windows at each end allowed air to flow freely through the house. In addition, the space was perfect for large social gatherings of friends and family.
  • Reflective metal roofing: Many older homes had light-colored or silver-metal roofs made of lead, tin or copper - long lasting and ideal for keeping out tropical rains and reflecting the sun's rays. 
  • Landscaping features: Massive live-oak trees festooned with hanging moss grow throughout the south and provide natural shade to Lowcountry homes.

While all of these features were critical historically, the convenience of air conditioning today, renders the need for natural ventilation obsolete.

But the classic Lowcountry home is beloved, and deeply rooted in tradition. Southerners and visitors continue to love the grace and ambiance of Lowcountry architecture, and, of course, the beautiful live-old oak trees that still grow everywhere.

Lowcountry architecture is featured in Celadon's traditional neighborhood development constructed by preferred builders Henry Vala and TD Commercial. Their commitment to detail and quality craftsmanship assures customer satisfaction with every home sold.

Located on Lady’s Island—one of the picturesque Sea Islands of historic Beaufort—Celadon is a dynamic, wellness-based community on the South Carolina coast.

We invite you to take a look at some of the Lowcountry style homes available for purchase now, as well as the variety of designs we can build for you.

Beaufort South Carolina for Food Lover

Photo by joyosity CC

Photo by joyosity CC

Beaufort South Carolina is warm in every way. The climate is perfect, and our people are welcoming. And we sure know how to cook! Visitors look forward to tasting our popular seafood offerings, real southern barbecue, and divine desserts.

If this is your first trip to Beaufort, let us tempt you with some regional dishes made with local home grown ingredients. You can’t go wrong with any of these delights, but you’re sure to find your favorites in no time.

We’ve even thrown in a recipe so you can cook up a feast at home. It won’t be quite the same unless you live here and can get yourself some fresh caught fish, crab, or shrimp, but hey, you can try.

Beaufort and the surrounding area are dedicated to sustainable locally caught seafood. The Atlantic east coast waters are rich with a variety of shrimp, crawfish, crab, oysters and finned fish of every kind and folks down here have been finding delightful ways of preparing nature’s gifts for over a century.

And the simpler the dish, the more delicious:

No culinary tour would be complete without an introduction to Beaufort Stew. Also called Lowcountry Boil or Frogmore Stew, this meal is a winner and best served piled onto a wad of newspaper - and outside on a picnic table. It’s messy!

As with most traditional recipes, there are variations - gourmet style, country style, mom’s home-cooking style - but any way you make it this stew has some essential, must-have ingredients. Here is the simplest version.

Beaufort Stew

For each person, you'll need:

  • A big pot of water or beer and water, boiling.
  • 1 teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning. It is a vital ingredient here. There are recipes for making your own, but if you want easy peasy and guaranteed good, grab a can of this. A big can if you’re feeding a crowd.
  • 2-5 oz. of sausage - spicy (more or less) and smoked - kielbasa or Andouille works well. Cut your sausage into chunks about half a thumb-length thick. 
  • 1 and ½ ears of freshly shucked corn. Cut or break the ears into three pieces.
  • 2 whole, unpeeled, small red potatoes. Or more if you love potatoes. Cut up white or yellow skinned potatoes are fine too, but the little red ones boil up quickly, taste great, keep their shape, and look really pretty in the dish. 
  • 12 oz. of shrimp, big ones, freshly caught and raw with the shell on.

How to prepare the stew:

  • Put on a big pot half full of water to boil. You can mix half beer and half water or any combination of beer and water or even just water is fine. 
  • Toss in the Old Bay Seasoning and the sausage. Boil that for about ten minutes and
  • Add the corn and potatoes. Cook another ten minutes.
  • Add the shrimp and let it boil until the shrimp shells turn red. This won’t take long, just a few minutes. Don’t overcook the shrimp.

Strain the liquid off the stew right away, discard it and dump the whole mess of corn, shrimp, potatoes and sausage onto the newspapers in the middle of the table. If you're all formal-like, you can ladle the stew into big bowls, but it's more fun the other way.

Put out lots of condiments: shrimp cocktail sauce, mustard, pickles, heck, even ketchup, and make sure there is a big pan of fresh hot cornbread on the side.

You’ll need bowls for the cobs and shrimp shells and LOTS of napkins.

Cold beer, sweet (iced) tea or cold lemonade goes with this feast. 

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Dessert. There has to be dessert.

We love peaches - and there is nothing quite like a big juicy peach that comes right from the tree.

Contrary to what most people believe, South Carolina produces more peaches than any other Southern state.

If it’s summer peach season in Beaufort, serve up a bowl of fresh picked juicy sweet peaches just as they are.

Or you could make peach cobbler. Your guests will love peach cobbler, so it’s worth the effort. Little ice cream on the side? Whipped cream?

Or pecan pie? Or chocolate silk pie? Or apple pie? We love pie!

More about seafood:

If you’re down this way in April, don’t miss the soft shell crabs. These delicacies are available for a short period when the famous blue-shell crabs are molting. A soft shell crab is all of the crabmeat tastiness, with none of the shell. Fried or steamed, serve soft-shelled crabs on a bun with a side of coleslaw and fries. This is a real local specialty, and not to be missed.

Once the blue crab grows its shell, it is still a tasty crustacean and delicious in a crab boil.

Oysters!

From September through April, Beaufort has oysters! Roasted until they open then shucked and served with lemon, these succulent treats are harvested fresh off the shore. Fall through early spring is also the best time to enjoy clams and other local shellfish.

Finned fish.

There are many varieties of finned fish in the Beaufort area; the local salt waterways are teeming with bass, sea trout, redfish, and snapper. Deep-fried, grilled, baked, breaded, stuffed, or poached in a tasty sauce, freshly caught fish is another Beaufort treat.

Barbecue, barbecue, barbecue!

Barbecue is a swoon-worthy way to cook up a side of pork or some ribs. Long, slow cooking for up to 18 hours over a wood fire gives a smoky, spicy, sweet and salty flavor with fall-apart succulent meat.

If you are a true barbecue aficionado, then you are in the right place! South Carolina invented the art of barbecue, and we practice it in Beaufort in its purest tradition and most diverse styles.

Hard not to feel hungry when you walk the neighborhoods and the aroma of barbecue is in the air.

And by the way, there’s a bunch of different barbecue sauce recipes - everyone has their favorite, and they are all a little different. Mentioning one or two is not going to work here because we are bound to offend someone by leaving out their special sauce.  We can tell you though, that there are four main sauce types: light tomato, heavy tomato, vinegar and pepper, and mustard-based sauce. And that South Carolina is the only state to have all four!

You will have to try them all and find your own barbecue love.

A few other well-loved potables:

Milk

Yes, indeed, milk. Did you know that one of the favorite beverages in the Lowcountry is milk? You’ll see diners ordering up a glass of milk with breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. We love our milk.

Grits

We also love grits. Grits is corn meal cooked soft, and served as-is or fried. A staple of the south, it’s versatile, tasty, cheap and filling! Serve it with eggs and fried pork-back for breakfast and with shrimp or barbecue for lunch or dinner. 

Tomatoes 

Southerners love fresh tomatoes. Tomatoes in a sandwich, in a salad, sliced and fried (green or red), or eaten out of hand - we enjoy those beauties with everything. And we grow our own.

And More:

The south has the best okra, collards, pimento cheese, buttermilk biscuits, fried chicken and the list goes on!  

If your mouth is watering, we’ve got you. And we will set a place for you at the table!

Southern hospitality - we’re like that.

Take a tour:

During your visit to Beaufort, make the rounds of local eateries to experience all the traditional foods of the region. There are many good ones, but we aren’t playing favorites. 

Food Festivals:

Beaufort has food festivals all year long. Visitors can try a little of everything at events like these:

We are looking forward to your visit, and to sharing our beautiful town and delicious cuisine. See you soon!

More recipes!

The Celadon Guide to Retirement Living

Celadon is an award winning retirement community with planning patterns that are based on traditional, pedestrian-oriented 18th and 19th century European and American towns. The community includes homes, parks, educational and civic buildings as well as shopping, parks, a wellness centers, and plazas.

An active-lifestyle community, Celadon is focused on encouraging all aspects of its residents’ health, wellness, and social engagement. 

Located in beautiful South Carolina, Celadon enjoys a temperate year-round climate.

Retire where it’s warm!

You won’t have to shovel snow in Celadon. On average, there are 216 sunny days per year in South Carolina. The July high is around 91 degrees. The January low is 39. There will be about 43 inches of rain a year but no snow.

The fine weather invites outdoor activities. Fishing, swimming, boating, walking, cycling – whatever your pleasure, Celadon has the weather for it.

Enjoy health and wellness and fun!

A beautiful clubhouse, spa, and outdoor swimming pool, and a rich variety of services and interesting classes invite participation in physical activities that include yoga, aqua fit, and other gym-based workouts.

The Celadon Club social events are your chance to hang out and get to know the neighbors over barbecues, bocce tournaments, tennis matches, trivia night or holiday parties. Work in the Internet Café, have coffee by the fireplace in the lounge, or soak in the hot tub by the pool.

Well-groomed trails, beautiful parks, and walkable pathways allow easy access to nature, friends, and neighbors. Residents can drive, cycle, or walk throughout the community.

And we are part of the best small town in the USA!

Celadon is located just minutes from beautiful downtown Beaufort, South Carolina, chosen by Southern Living Magazine as the Best Small Town in the USA for 2017. 

Also known as America’s happiest seaside town, Beaufort offers rich history, fine museums, galleries, upscale restaurants, boutique shopping, and lush, green, waterside parks. Beaufort has churches, playgrounds, state of the art medical facilities and excellent schools.  It is home to the University of South Carolina Beaufort campus which offers lifelong learning opportunities for adults over fifty.

Enjoy a retirement lifestyle of your choosing on your terms.

Retiring to a life in the Celadon community can be as active or as quiet as you want it to be. Neighbors are close by, festivals and events are planned and always available, but opportunities for solitude and quiet contemplation are yours too. Read a book on your wide shady porch, walk your dog, tote your easel and paints to the water’s edge to capture the sunrise, or take a kayak out on one of Beaufort’s many waterways and watch the birds.

Celadon homes are filled with light and space.

Designed for comfort, beauty and ease of use, our elegant Celadon homes are inspired by the gracious Lowcountry architecture.

Prospective residents can choose from one of Celadon’s available homes or plans, or submit a plan of their choosing.

However you make your decision to live in this beautiful Celadon community, we hope this guide has been helpful.

Get started on your retirement dream now by planning a Discovery Visit.

We look forward to welcoming you to Celadon soon!

5 Reasons Why This Award-Winning Community is Perfect for Retirement

Your life is your adventure. Where will it take you next? 

Retirement affords you more time to enjoy every moment, so why not immerse yourself in a place of natural beauty, hospitable culture, good health, and unlimited fun!

Come to Celadon; it’s brimming with the promise of a perfect retirement, and many of our residents can attest!

Celadon is an award-winning community nestled on Lady’s Island in one of the Southeast's most desirable cities, Beaufort, South Carolina. Coastal Living called Beaufort, "America's Happiest Seaside Town”.

Here are 5 reasons Celadon is perfect for your next life adventure:

  1. You will live in gracious comfort and style with a choice of stunning light-filled homes in the traditional southern mode, with wide shady front porches and a “summer cottage” feel that’s like being on vacation all year ‘round.
  2. You’ll want to get outside! There’s easy access to fascinating and educational activities such as exploring walking trails, bird and nature watching in our pocket parks and larger greenspaces, and fishing in the surrounding lush natural sanctuary of ponds and inlets of the area. Celadon has a dedicated dog park where you can hang out with your fur babies, designated boat parking for your vessel (Beaufort is all about life on the water), and a community garden too! Check out our master plan.
  3. You can achieve the optimal health you’ve always dreamed of – the vibrancy and energy to stay flexible and vigorous. Our community revolves around a culture of wellness, and its heart is the Celadon Club and its state-of-the-art Wellness Center. Splash or swim in the Jr. Olympic size pool, and take advantage of professional health and fitness plans, yoga, Pilates, and individualized nutritional coaching. Our amazing Celadon Spa therapists offer to-die-for massage therapy for your post workout aches, in a venue of complete relaxation and pampering. 
  4. You’ll have lots of social time to hang with friends. Not from here? No problem. Celadon offers lots of opportunities to make new pals. Celadon Club buzzes with special events your family and friends can enjoy with you. Celebrate holidays like Christmas and Halloween, enjoy oyster roasts, wine tastings, barbecues, and spring garden parties. And more! There’s always something new happening at the Celadon Club that brings everyone together for fun and friendship.
  5. You’ll be less than three miles from downtown Beaufort, SC a small coastal town loved and lauded by many. Southern Living and Coastal Living frequently mention Beaufort as the standard to which all Southern cities aspire. National Geographic considers Beaufort one of “America’s Top 50 Adventure Towns” and Garden and Gun became so enamored with the small town charm that Beaufort is featured first on their list of “Southern Dream Towns.”

Your future awaits at Celadon

 

At Celadon, you will love waking up refreshed, rejuvenated, and living the life of your dreams. Embrace a community where you can enjoy your children, your grandchildren, your health, and your future all without leaving the neighborhood!

Come for a visit to find out first-hand how perfect your retirement adventure can be. 

Schedule your Discovery Visit now, right here.

Celadon announces the new Celadon Innovation Center

The Celadon community on Lady’s Island is excited to introduce the Celadon Innovation Center – featuring 6 office suites for lease.  Keeping in stride with their low impact development plan, the developers wanted to offer an office for lease option that is more in line with the market trends of today.  “A significant portion of the workforce is now comprised of freelancers, independent contractors and employees who just need a place to open their laptop,” stated JC Taylor, Managing Director of Celadon.  “The growth of independent workers is also outpacing hiring within the overall U.S. labor force and most of these folks don’t require the office buildings with traditional lease rates that are cost prohibitive to their everyday work model,” Taylor continued.

 

The Celadon Innovation center is the perfect location for the small business, start up, retired executive who is still consulting, or the territory sales executive – all who just need a small office and a nice, quiet place to occasionally meet a client.  Today, this segment of the workforce is highly mobile and often times, are working from home where they are forever dodging the comings and goings of their spouses and children.  When they need to meet clients they usually have to meet them in a coffee shop or restaurant that offers WIFI.  

 

Tenants of the Celadon Innovation Center will be provided high-speed WIFI, have access to a conference room for private meetings, and will also enjoy a membership to the outstanding Celadon Club Wellness Center.  The trend of wellness in the workplace has taken off in recent years and Celadon offers the ideal environment for those who wish to work and then work-out just a few steps away from the office.

Call us at 843.379.9095 or email at contact@celadonliving.com to learn more.