Christmas Events in Beaufort SC

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Christmas Events in Beaufort SC

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Beaufort, and there is so much happening. We’ve listed some of the most popular events, concluding our list of “things to do” with a recipe for a no-bake boozy bourbon pecan cookie. Enjoy!

Sounds of the Season:

November 29, at 5:30. Enjoy this musical concert hosted by the Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL). Featuring Christmas classics performed live by local artists. Cookie reception to follow and TCL ornaments for sale.
Musicians include Recording Artist and Songwriter Mahoganee Amiger – Vocalist, Jeff Shawd – Trumpet, Dave Skinner – Saxophone, Ed Morgret – Piano, Allyn Perdue –Bass, and Chuck Denier – Drums.

31st Annual Festival of Trees!

This incredibly popular event starts with SNOW Day on Sunday, December 2 at Tabby Place in Downtown Beaufort. 

Bring the kids from 11am to 2 pm to enjoy playing in the snow, building a snowman or having snowball fights with our outdoor snowfields. They will love face painting, train rides and more! Elsa and Anna from Disney’s Frozen will also be there to enjoy talking with the kids and taking photos.

And we will have sweets and treats for the entire family! 

Tickets and wristbands are available for purchase on-site at Tabby Place. 

$3 for children 5 and up, 4 and under – FREE!

Tree viewing will be open to the public Tuesday, December 4 – Thursday, December 6.  

The Celebration of Giving Gala

Takes place on Thursday, December 6th at Tabby Place amidst the trees with music, wine, beer, and lots of food from ten of Beaufort’s best local restaurants. Santa will also be in attendance all week to have some fun and get some photos with attendees. Gala tickets can be purchased here. 

Feasting, Art, and a Full Stage Musical!

Holiday Sea Island Celebration – A Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish. December 7, take in this extravaganza of history, culture, theatre, music, and food at the USCB Performing Arts Centre. Get tickets and more details here.


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Beaufort’s Holiday Weekend Events

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Beaufort’s holiday season begins on Friday, December 7, kicking off with a Christmas street party.  Shops will stay open late to welcome regular and new customers with special treats. Streets will be closed off for safe and happy wandering (and shopping).

The evening features the City of Beaufort’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, entertainment by community organizations, schools, churches, dancers, and a visit from Santa. Details can be found here.

Saturday, December 8th, starting at 6 pm, is the night for one of our favorite local events, the creative and festive “Stars in the Rigging” Holiday Boat Parade. The City of Beaufort and America’s Boating Club of Beaufort invite you to join the fun as the community gathers along the river in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park to watch the annual parade of holiday-decorated boats. For more information, check this link.

Christmas Parade! December 9:

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. 

The Beaufort Symphony Orchestra presents “Home For the Holidays” on December 13 and 16. 

This musical event features Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, one of the most famous works by Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as assorted holiday classics. More information and ticket sales can be found here.

See The Nutcracker Ballet! December 15 and 16.

This timeless classic is a seasonal must for children and adults. Enjoy the sparkle and fun onstage and delight in the grace of exquisite ballet. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.uscbcenterforthearts.com

Go Christmas Shopping:

Beaufort 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 unique. To get started just click on this website and start planning your route!



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Pecan Bourbon Balls

Whip up a batch of these easy no-bake Pecan Bourbon Balls and leave a few out for Santa on Christmas Eve! Here’s the recipe from Southern Living Magazine.

Ingredients:

BUTTERY TOASTED PECANS

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

  • 4 cups pecan halves

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper

BOURBON BALLS

  • 1 (12-oz.) package vanilla wafers, finely crushed

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 cup of the buttery toasted pecans, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup bourbon

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup

  • Powdered sugar, for coating

How to Make Them

Step 1

Prepare the Buttery Toasted Pecans: Preheat oven to 325°. Toss together butter and pecans. Spread pecans in a single layer in a jellyroll pan; bake 25 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven, and sprinkle with salt and pepper, tossing to coat. Cool completely. Store up to 1 week.

Step 2

Prepare the Bourbon Balls: Stir together first 6 ingredients. Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar or coarsely chopped Buttery Toasted Pecans. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.

Celadon Living, Beaufort’s premier address, wishes you and your family a very 

Merry Christmas!

Afraid to Declutter? The Secret to Successful Downsizing Is Use To Your Head and Not Your Heart.

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Whether you are moving into a smaller home or into a similar size or even larger house, sorting, de-cluttering, purging, and packing are exhausting tasks.

It’s hard to part with belongings you have had for a long time, especially those that have significant memories attached to them.

And the work involved – the decisions to make – where do you even start!

Overwhelmed? 

You are not alone.

Books, videos, magazines, and blogs offer a wealth of information to help you de-clutter and downsize your home and life with lists, guides, and “how-to-get-started” advice.

There are even packing and organizing services that will come to your home and do the work for you, but you’ll still have to make hard decisions about what to keep, and what to do about those things you probably don’t need but are attached to. Professional organizers can simplify the process for you because they’ve had lots of experience and understand how you feel. 

Most books, services, and organizers offer the following suggestions in one form or another:

  1. Start sorting and packing well before your scheduled move date – this job is going to take you longer than you imagine.

  2. Don’t try to do it all at once. Commit to 2 – 3 hours a day and understand that choosing what to keep or discard can be emotionally challenging.

  3. Go through items by category. You’ll be surprised how many duplicates people find, especially of photos, books, kitchenware, and clothing.

  4. Clothing purges can be liberating! We all have things we haven’t worn in years. Let them go. If you’re relocating to the sunny south, from the frosty north, you probably won’t need that down coat or those snow boots!  Own five black t-shirts? Donate a few to the local thrift shop. There are people everywhere in need of clothing, linens, dishes, cookware, furniture, office and school supplies, and working electronics.  Google or your local yellow pages will help you find services such as shelters, resettlement, and faith-based organizations that will match your donations to the right person. 

  5. Deciding what to do with old family photos, films and videos is always a challenge. Before digital and smartphone cameras, pictures and other media were hard-copy only and stored as such, in files, shoe boxes, heavy albums and so on. These days, everything can be digitalized. Scan your photos to a disk or flash drive and give family members each a copy. Film and VHS formatted family videos can be converted to digital also. 

  6. Make a floor plan of your new home and decide which of your favorite furnishings will fit in the new space. Modern décor embraces the “shabby chic” approach of incorporating interesting older pieces with newer more contemporary items. Keep what you love but make sure it is going to fit. Your measuring tape will help!

  7. Items that you don’t want can be sold, but a yard sale may not be the best use of your time and energy. Instead, consider an estate auction. Some companies come to your home and photograph all of the items you want to sell. They list the items online and viewers bid on what they want – usually for about ten days. The winning bidder picks the item up from your home under the supervision of the estate sale company. You receive a percentage of the total sale, and some goes to the auctioneers. 

  8. When you are sure about things you want to keep, pack them in a sturdy box that is not going to be too heavy to lift. Label boxes with both the general contents (books, stemware, good china, etc.) and the room you want the box taken to at your new residence – bedroom, laundry room, kitchen, and so on.

  9. Keep the things you absolutely love and USE them in your new home. Your beautiful dishes, crystal ware, and softest towels. You’ll enjoy your lovely items daily and have much less to store when you relocate.


The following items are easy decisions:

  • Garden tools: especially if you are downsizing your outdoor landscape.

  • Large appliances: Most new homes come with built-in appliances that are not only space-saving but also probably more energy efficient than what you own.

  • Your kids' stuff: If you are storing your adult children’s belongings in your attic, garage, or basement, this is a perfect time to ask them to pick everything up and store it at their own places. 

Let them know that their snowboards, bicycles, skis, bowling balls, hockey equipment, and old college books and notes will have to live somewhere else or you’ll find everything a new home.

If they don’t have space, they’ll have to decide what to keep and what to discard! 

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See what you’ve started?

Everyone’s de-cluttering, downsizing, and moving journey is unique.

This was one lady’s solution:

A few years ago, a friend’s elderly aunt decided to leave her three-story six-bedroom heritage home and relocate to a two-bedroom condo. She’d raised three children in that house, all of whom were starting families of their own.

Each floor of the vast house held large heavy pieces of furniture – carved bedsteads, mirrors, bureaus, and needlepoint chairs. There was a baby–grand piano, a massive mahogany dining table with twelve chairs, and enough silver to finance the Spanish Armada. 

And many sofas.

Cupboards and shelves overflowed with hardcover books, sheet music, precious knick-knacks, framed photos, and souvenirs from years of world travel, dozens of albums filled with yellowing photographs, cooking manuals, and decades of National Geographic magazines.

Walls on every floor were hung with tapestries, oil painted portraits of long - ago relatives, candle sconces, and framed prints.

Because Auntie was an excellent cook in her prime, predictably the kitchen, pantry, and storage areas were stuffed with – well – cooking tools.

Not much of this collection was suitable for a small modern urban condo, but Auntie’s solution to de-cluttering and downsizing was brilliant. If her children each took some of her things, that would ensure treasures stayed within the family. 

Would they want her mementos and collections?

A lot of her belongings were valuable, but because there were memories attached to them, she didn’t relish just selling everything off.

As it happened, her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and good friends loved the idea of choosing from among the home’s many treasures. Auntie listed items she would take to the new condo, but the rest of what was there was up for grabs.

Over half of her home’s contents disappeared in a few weeks.

Whatever the family didn’t want or couldn’t use, was sold through an estate sale auction. What didn’t sell went to charities.

Problem solved. 

Auntie found later, living in the new condo with her favorite, though significantly pared down belongings, that she didn’t miss all the stuff she’d been so attached to. Didn’t miss it at all.

You may not have as many treasures as Auntie, but however much you’ve collected over the years, it’s probably time to scale it down. And think of all the lovely space you’ll have in your new home!

If you are in the market for a new home, look no further than Celadon, Beaufort South Carolina’s premier address.

We’ve made it easy and fun for you with our Discovery Visit Special. For only $99 per couple, you will enjoy two nights at one of three of Beaufort’s finest hotels, breakfast included!

You can explore Beaufort, America’s happiest seaside town, and explore Celadon too. We’ll take you on a guided tour of our community and our beautiful homes with their distinctive Lowcountry style.

Contact us soon to schedule your visit. This special rate is offered until the end of December 2018.

Your new home awaits.

Celadon Is One of the Best Master-Planned Communities in America

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Master-planned communities have, for many reasons, become increasingly popular lifestyle choices both for young families and active retirees. 

These thoughtfully planned residential communities evolved from the earliest rustic American settlement St. Augustine, in 1695, to the multi-faceted, amenity-rich complexes available today. 

In 2018 the best master-planned communities have a small town ambiance while offering a balance of residential homes, recreational facilities, businesses, schools, and natural environments. 

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Some planned communities focus on special interests such as golf or equine pursuits, while others, such as Celadon, offer accessible parks and bike paths, a Clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pool, spa, and community garden, all of which encourage residents to embrace healthy pursuits, wellness, and social interactions.

Celadon’s South Carolina coastal location provides a mild year-round climate and, the town of Beaufort, was designated by Coastal Living as  “America’s Happiest Seaside Town.”  

Coastal Living also said, “The town is known for its historic antebellum architecture, exquisite local cuisine, and rich African-American heritage…then, as any local will tell you, there’s the shrimp, the sweet tea, and the Mandeville-perfumed breezes that imbue the slowed pace of Lowcountry life.”


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Beaufort is among the top 10 counties that buyers moved to between January 2015 and March 2017 according to ideal – LIVING magazine’s Executive Report 2017. Some buyers were seeking an investment or vacation home, but the majority (86%) were looking for a new primary residence. Many wanted to live by the coast.

And, ideal - LIVING listed Celadon among its top 100 “Best Planned Communities” for 2018. 

Homebuyers purchasing a home in Celadon’s Master Planned Community are assured, not only of comfort, safety, enjoyment, and health conscious activities, but also of value. Homesites are often more expansive than those in urban and suburban areas, while the homes themselves are uniquely designed, beautifully crafted and finished, and customizable by the potential owner before they are built.


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Celadon homes, with their charming Lowcountry architecture, are designed and built under a preferred builder program and offer buyers the following options: 

  • Purchase a move-in ready home.

  • Choose a homesite and a pre-approved home plan.

  • Have our preferred builders build a custom home of your design. Their familiarity with Celadon's architectural standards will be an added benefit as you take your dream home through the design review process.

By living only minutes from downtown Beaufort, Celadon residents enjoy the benefits of exceptional health care from Beaufort Memorial Hospital and excellent schools.

Art galleries, music venues, live theatre, film, literary events, and faith services are also close by as are artisan shopping experiences, fairs, fine dining, festivals, and markets.

Good news!

For a limited time Celadon is offering a Fall Discovery Visit Special.  

Only $99.00 for three days and two nights in one of Beaufort’s top hotels while you explore Beaufort’s #1 address, Celadon.

Your $99 Celadon Discovery Visit will include:

  • Accommodation for 2 nights in either the Rhett House Inn, City Loft Hotel, or The Cuthbert House

  • Complimentary breakfast each morning

  • Complimentary access to Celadon Club Wellness Center

  • Personalized tour of the Celadon community

This offer is valid for stays in Oct/Nov/Dec 2018 based on availability.

Click here to book your Discovery Visit Now!

Beaufort has many festivals and events year round. It would be fun to coordinate your visit with one of these great local favorites. Click here to find out what’s happening and when.

Celadon is Growing!

Our beautiful neo-traditional community of distinctive Lowcountry homes is enjoying some welcome expansion as fourteen new homes are currently under construction or in the architectural drawing phase. 

Three new spec homes are available to view and purchase.

To find out more about the Celadon building “boom,” we spoke with Henry Vala, one of Celadon’s hand-selected preferred builders and President of Artisan Custom Homes. Mr. Vala, a Beaufort resident for the past thirteen years, has been in construction for over thirty years, with a specific focus on Lowcountry architectural style for the past decade.  He has a well-deserved reputation of excellence. 

Mr. Vala described how the long-term planning of Celedon involved “phases” which are being completed as scheduled. The homes are unique and beautifully crafted, with quality materials and workmanship.

“There is a home for every family’s needs and dreams here at Celadon with a library of designs to choose from or the option to customize a project of your choice. You can even design your own.” Mr. Vala said.

What makes Celadon’s homes so affordable, and so sought after?

 “Celadon homes are priced competitively, and our goal is to provide better value within that price point, than our competitors,” said Mr. Vala. 

He added, “Celadon has a lot to offer-  a beautiful peaceful environment with parks, trails and mature live oak trees that have been left in place, and it’s just minutes away from the beaches and local waterways, all the cultural offerings, and all that downtown Beaufort has to offer. People love it here. It’s a way of life that suits everyone – from families to retired people. It’s the best of the Lowcountry.”

What brings you the most satisfaction in the work you do?

“I’ve been in this business for a long time - met a lot of people – and made friends with many of my customers. I enjoy working with people to help them achieve the home of their dreams. Quality and craftsmanship are important to me – a customer’s wishes are important to me. And I work with a great crew that shares the same values.”

See Our New Model Home!

Take a look inside one of our brand new model homes in this quick video and view some of the architectural designs available for you to choose from, here.

Special Discovery Visit Offer!

In September we invite you to visit beautiful Beaufort and Celadon only $199 per couple for three days and two nights! 

That’s $100 off our regular Discovery Visit rate!

Choose a place to stay from one of our three favorites: City Loft Hotel, The Rhett House Inn, or The Cuthbert House Inn. 

Your Discovery Visit Itinerary

First and foremost, you’ll explore Beaufort!  The Rhett House, Cuthbert House, and City Loft Hotel are each steps away from everything downtown (or a quick spin, if you choose to borrow one of the beach cruiser bicycles available to you from the Rhett House or the Cuthbert House).  You can stroll to restaurants, boutique shops, and local art galleries, or enjoy a guided tour of the South’s most impressive historic neighborhoods. 

And there’s more! Take a look here.

Get to know Celadon:

Now it’s time to show you why Celadon is the perfect place for you in Beaufort! We’ll take you on a thorough and personalized tour of our Lowcountry neighborhoods, where you can check out or available homes and homesites, lovely parks and trails, Celadon Club and more.

Call 843.379.9095 today to book your visit. 

Lowcountry Summers Are Warm and Sweet – and Perfect For These Family Activities

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Lowcountry Summers Are Warm and Sweet –

and Perfect For These Family Activities

School is over, and the weather is ideal for being outside. There are so many exciting things for you and your family to enjoy out of doors that it’s going to be hard to choose where to start!

For Celadon families, outdoor activities are an everyday part of their lives.  The community’s carefully preserved open green spaces and parkland with trails throughout invite the exploration of nature to look for birds and other wildlife. 

The Celadon Club Junior Olympic-size pool is a favorite gathering spot for members, their children, and grandchildren offering attractively priced summer memberships that include 24-hour gym access, all group classes, kid’s summer camp discounts, spa discounts, and more. These are on first come first serve basis until June 15, or until they are all sold. Call the Club at 1-843-379-1088 for information.

Two summer camps at Celadon - Camp Play for ages 5-11 from July 23-17 and Camp Create for ages 7-11 from August 6-10. These camps are popular and fill up quickly  - call the Club at 1-843-379-1088 for more information.

The Celadon Race Team is all in for the Dragon Boat Beaufort Race Day event on June 23rd. 

Even if you don’t want to paddle, you can still support the fundraiser and cheer for your favorite team. 

Birding is fun and educational.

The Celadon community’s enthusiasm for the Eastern Bluebird Project is a pretty good indicator of how much we love our wildlife. Children enjoy birds too, so getting them interested in locating different species could be fun.

The Lowcountry coastal marshes are teeming with over 300 species of birds - there’s always something to see. 

All you’ll need is a field guide, a pair of binoculars, and sharp eyes. A notebook is handy too, to record your sightings. 

If you are birding with younger kids who are new to the idea, let them practice spotting the many birds that frequent your neighbourhood feeders and backyards. Have the children identify the birds in the field guide and make a list of the ones they see. 

Some familiar backyard visitors are: 

  • Blue jays

  • House Finches

  • Mourning doves

  • Woodpeckers (the petite downy and the red-bellied)

  • Eastern Bluebird

  • Chickadees

  • Tufted titmice

  • Carolina Wren

  • Cardinals

If you venture down the road to the water’s edge, (try the Cypress Wetlands where you can view from the boardwalk) you’ll see a plethora of both seabirds and freshwater varieties. The Cypress Wetlands are also home to ibis rookeries.  

Try going in the early morning or late afternoon when the birds are feeding, for the best views. 

Some easily found summer-residing wetland birds are:  

  • Wood ducks

  • Osprey

  • A variety of wading birds – herons, egrets, the American bittern, ibis and storks

  • Cormorants and pelicans

  • Mockingbirds

  • Thrashers

  • Painted bunting

  • Woodpeckers

  • Cardinals

  • Red-winged blackbirds

  • Rails and gallinules

Along the water you can see dolphins, raptors (eagles and owls), and river otters. On the land side of the boardwalk, you may catch sight of a rabbit or mink, especially if you tiptoe.

By summer’s end your field guide will be weathered and your notebook full of the names and descriptions of birds you’ve found.  Birding can be quite an adventure for many youngsters – and an experience that may be the start of a lifelong interest.

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Explore the local markets:

A day of bird watching and walking sure does whet the appetite! Beaufort’s many farmers’ markets have delicious fresh food on offer so take a look. You could get some to take home or eat right there. Many markets have a sit-down barbecue, freshly cooked seafood like crab cakes and shrimp, baked treats, and ice cream.

Farmers markets can be found in Beaufort, Bluffton, Port Royal, and the Sea Islands. Almost every small town has its own farmers market, and they are all worth exploring. Buying locally grown food not only supports our farmers, but it also means your family enjoys the healthy benefits of a vast selection of the freshest fruits and vegetables.

Close to home, and open Wednesdays from 3 – 7 pm, May through October, the Downtown Beaufort Farmer’s Market (West Street) has something for everyone – locally grown produce like juicy peaches, raspberries, blueberries, and fresh vegetables. Sweet corn, watermelon, and tomatoes are in season. Craft vendors sell a variety of artisanal items like jewelry, soaps, textiles, and sweets.

You can also find live entertainment, seafood vendors, homemade bread, cakes, cookies, and cobblers, jarred goods, cheeses, honey, fresh flowers, local restaurant samples, and a host of other goodies.  Everything you find at the market is locally grown, harvested, made or caught.

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Dolphin Tours and Fishing

 

Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are fun to watch as they race and leap around in the ocean. Watching from a small boat or a catamaran – which is a double hulled sailboat, or zippy Zodiac – a kind of motorized rubber raft – adds to the excitement and brings you quite close to these wonderful mammals.  With any luck you might witness the dolphins “strand fishing,” where they use a team approach to rounding up fish for their meals. 

The Beaufort waterways are alive with fish, rays, crabs, dolphins and other sea creatures. As the tides recede, or rise, they reveal how complex the marshland ecosystems are. 

Knowledgeable tour guides teach children (and adults) about the wildlife they see, and about the history and ecology of the area.

Some dolphin tours offer fishing experiences tailored to the ages of the passengers on board. 

There are lots of tours out of Beaufort to choose from, some for as little as $30.00 an hour.

The Beaufort Water Festival July 13 -22:

This annual mid-summer celebration, now in its 63rd successful year, is one of the South’s biggest outdoor festivals.

The ten-day extravaganza hosts over twenty-four events from bocce and badminton contests, to a children’s Toad Fishing Tournament! There will be a Raft Race, a Bed Race, a Ski Show, Shrimp Boat Tour, and even a Talent Show.

An Arts and Crafts market is open every day, and there are special events just for kids (Kids Day) and teens (Teen Dance).

If you like good food, parades, exhibits, music, dancing, water activities, games, and tournaments, this is the place to be.

For information regarding schedules, tickets, and even more events, go to this link.

We’ve mentioned only a few of the great things to do this summer in Beaufort and Celadon. You’ll find more on the Eat, Sleep, Play Beaufort website.

Home sweet home

However much fun you and your family have exploring, it will be good to get home to Celadon in the evening and settle on your porch with some iced tea or lemonade. 

Pass around a bowl of fresh peaches from the market, share the day’s adventures, and revel in the sweetness of a Lowcountry summer.

The Eastern Bluebird is back and Celadon residents couldn’t be happier!

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The Eastern Bluebird is back  

and Celadon residents couldn’t be happier!

The bluebirds’ return is the result of enthusiastic volunteers establishing and maintaining bluebird nesting boxes and safe environments. Celadon residents are working now to have their community recognized as a Certified Bluebird Habitat by the South Carolina Bluebird Society.

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About the Eastern Bluebird

   

A member of the thrush (Sialia) family, the Eastern Bluebird male sports a bright blue plumage above with a breast and throat of deep orange. A splash of white on the underside and a 9-12 inch wingspan makes them easy to spot as they dart among the trees and in and out of strategically placed, custom-made nesting boxes. 

As with many bird species, the female’s plumage is similar but not as vibrant. The female bluebird has a beige colored throat and breast, a gray-blue head and back and light blue wings and tail.

Wild bluebird populations, once as familiar as the American Robin, have suffered from the destruction of their natural habitat, and from two introduced species, European starlings, and House sparrows. The territorial sparrows continue to vie for space in the bluebirds’ habitats and must be watched so they don’t take over the nest boxes.

Bluebirds are gardeners’ friends:

Gardeners love the feathered beauties because, in organic gardens that don’t use herbicides, they are an effective and natural source of insect control. Although the omnivorous bluebirds don’t eat commercial birdseed, mealworm grubs placed in feeders or on trays, supplement their diet of ground-sourced insects. They also enjoy a diet of wild seeds, berries, and fruit.

Natural habitats:

The bluebirds frequent backyards, fields, orchards, and pastures and can be found around the fringes of forested areas. Water is vital to many birds, and the bluebird is no exception. In South Carolina, bluebirds don’t migrate, and while they can find water sources readily in the warmer months, they benefit from a heated birdbath when temperatures are cooler.

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How the Celadon Bluebird Project began:

   

 

In 2017 Celadon homeowner Charlene Kinest’s first nest box attracted a pair of bluebirds within days.  She was excited to observe the couple raise several batches of fledglings that spring and quickly asked her neighbors to participate in attracting more bluebirds to Celadon. 

Celadon Club manager Stephanie Fairbanks reached out to Celadon’s developer JC Taylor and asked him to support a community project to help the bluebirds - he readily agreed. Stephanie then contacted the South Carolina Bluebird Society president Mike DeBruhl who traveled to Celadon to teach homeowners about bluebirds, nest box building, and how best to attract them and nurture their habitat.

Mike DeBruhl was impressed that the Celadon developers had planned so much open green space and parkland, supporting the perfect habitat for wildlife. 

Stephanie Fairbanks knew that the enthusiasm of homeowners would result in a successful project. And she was right.

The Celadon community volunteers!

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Celadon homeowners volunteer to build and place the bluebird nesting boxes and monitor the birds’ activity. They will continue to gather data from weekly inspections including numbers of birds, eggs, and fledglings. The data will be sent to Mike DeBruhl who will then send formatted statistics to the North American Bluebird Society.

Once thirty nest boxes are installed and monitored for a year throughout nesting season) the certification process will be complete.

There are presently fifteen nesting boxes installed throughout the community – along trails, near ponds, in backyards, and around the community garden.  

Students at the Bridges Preparatory Academy can see some of the bluebird nesting boxes from their classroom windows providing them with a fascinating view of bluebird behavior. This experience builds skills of observation, reasoning, and concentration and at the same time teaches respect for natural habitats and wildlife.

If you are a Celadon resident and interested in participating in this exciting and worthwhile project, contact Stephanie Fairbanks at the Celadon Club. 

About Celadon

Celadon is an upscale, wellness-focused, master-planned community on Lady’s Island – five minutes from downtown Beaufort. Celadon offers a charming selection of finely appointed, single-family homes and its walkable neighborhoods demonstrate the best in classic Lowcountry architecture. Significant “green” development, including parks, ponds, trails, and other outdoor amenities encourage outdoor activity and neighborly interaction.  The Celadon Club and its Wellness Center (complete with spa services) provide unmatched opportunities for fitness, health, and wellness. Celadon homes are available from the mid-$300's, and homesites from the $70's.

For more information and continued updates on Celadon Club or the Celadon community, visit CeladonLiving.com.

How To Improve Your Lowcountry Garden Game Without Digging Up the Yard

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If you love to garden, and most of us do, right now you’ll be drawn outdoors by the warm spring sunshine, longer days, and the fragrance of sun-warmed earth. 

A walk around the Beaufort and Celadon areas in May and June reveals some of the South’s most iconic plants: Crepe Myrtle, Magnolia Trees, Azaleas, climbing roses, French Hydrangeas, and Camellias. These plants bloom in colorful profusion in many of the county’s gardens – a medley of gorgeous pinks, reds, purples, and whites – fragrant and lush. 

The ubiquitous daffodils, pansies, and tulips grace pathways, borders, and flowerbeds.  

Breathtaking, bouquet-worthy, and the pride of any gardener, a beautiful garden enhances a lovely home, too.

But, it’s a lot of work.

Short on time, energy, and know how? Don’t despair. You too can have a lovely garden.

And living in Planting Zone 9 means it’s not too late in the season to begin.

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Here’s how: Container gardening.

If you are not able (or willing) to maintain a big garden, you can opt for a low maintenance environment that offers fragrance, attractive foliage, edibles, and a minimum of watering and weeding.

Hanging gardens and container gardens, especially on your porch, satisfy the desire to grow things, while keeping the work manageable, and at hand. 

Self-watering containers, drip systems, and timed irrigation setups will water your plants as needed. 

Slow release fertilizer gives veggies, herbs, and flowers the right amount of nutrition. All you’ll have to do is some planning, planting, deadheading, trimming, and harvesting.  

Let’s start with the containers:

A browse through Pinterest shows creative gardeners using everything from galvanized washtubs, wooden crates, old whiskey or wine barrels, and wicker baskets, to antique chamber-pots as containers. For a shabby chic and rustic look, these kinds of planters offer interest and whimsy, especially when planted with frothy trailing foliage like asparagus fern or lime green sweet potato vine, and flowers in robust blues, reds, and yellows.

Terracotta planters come in many shapes and sizes, and are budget friendly, iconic, and drain well.  Ceramic planters with bright glazes provide a pop of color that can coordinate or contrast with whatever is blooming.

Cast iron and sculpted cement urns, polished aluminum or tall obelisk-style planters offer traditional elegance to a more formal arrangement as well as the weight and depth to support larger flowering shrubs or evergreens.

Whatever your choice of a planter, obtain a variety of sizes to allow for both large and small plants and aesthetically pleasing arrangements. All containers should have proper drainage holes.

Hanging garden containers can include everything from an old milk pail swung from a low lying branch near your front porch to moss and straw-lined window baskets lushly planted with beautiful flowers and vines. 

Leafy tropical Boston or Sword ferns grow well in hanging baskets, just out of the direct sun.  One large specimen or an arrangement of two or three can transform a front porch into a magnificent green oasis and look beautiful against a backdrop of rustic wicker furniture.  

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Planning your container garden. Choosing what to grow.

Flowers, shrubs, and vines:

Many colorful flowers, vines, and plants with brilliant foliage thrive in containers.  If you have a color scheme in mind choose the colors you want and then do some research on which plants in those colors will do best in the containers you’ve obtained. Learn too, how much water, sun, and shade your new plants need.

An excellent source for flower selection is here.

Herbs:

You can have pots of your favorite herbs next to the kitchen on the back stoop, or steps, or a backyard patio. There are many herbs from which to choose. Decide on the ones you want to cook with or grow them merely for their beauty.

If you want to place herbs front and center as part of your mini-landscaping plan, their foliage and flowers are ornamental and deliciously fragrant. Many have insect repelling properties. For example:

  1. Bay leaf repels flies
  2. Chives repel garden insects like Japanese Beetles and aphids
  3. Dill repels aphids and spider mites
  4. Fennel keeps aphids slugs and snails away
  5. Lavender – fleas, flies, and mosquitoes
  6. Oregano – this kitchen staple repels many pests and dries well for winter pasta sauces.
  7. Basil repels houseflies and mosquitoes – it also makes fabulous pesto!
  8. Rosemary repels mosquitoes
  9. Parsley: Another must-have for the kitchen but if you are growing asparagus anywhere. Parsley repels asparagus beetles
  10. Thyme: Delicious in food, but mosquitoes give it a wide berth, as do whiteflies, cabbage maggots, corn earworms, whiteflies, tomato hornworms and small whites. 
  11. Mint: Juleps or Mojitos anyone? Mosquitoes don’t like mint though.
  12. Lemongrass – mosquitoes don’t like it –Lemongrass contains citronella - but it’s superb in Thai dishes.

There are many more herbs – if you have loads of boxes and containers, grow them all. Some, like basil, prefer part shade, some herbs grow best in loamy, fertile soil, and others thrive best in sandy well-drained soil. 

Your garden center can guide you. Alternatively, a quick check on the Internet can help you choose the best environment for your herb plants.

Vegetables grow well in larger containers with excellent drainage and good soil.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac offers the following, sage advice to gardeners who want to grow vegetables in containers:

Plant pots? The bigger, the better. While you can grow microgreens and lettuce in a window box outside your kitchen window, larger, heavier and taller plants, like tomatoes, need a broader base, and enough depth to securely insert a climbing support like a cage, trellis, or stakes.

Place vegetable containers where plants will receive 6 - 8 hours of direct sun daily. 

Beans, broccoli, eggplant, carrots, onions, and radishes need a 5-gallon box. Peppers and cucumbers can grow in a one-gallon pot if there’s just a single plant.

Start your container garden with just a few plants, especially if you are new to gardening, and, of course depending on how much time you can commit. 

A few flower arrangement planters, some small pots of fragrant herbs, and a couple of easy to grow veggies like tomatoes and cucumbers will give you a good start on your low maintenance gardening journey. As you gain more experience, (and success), you can add more.

Fried Green Tomatoes?

Keep an eye out for unusual “planters” as you peruse the garden centers, antique markets, and resale stores. Your garden is a creative endeavor, and one that will continuously evolve. 

Enjoy the journey, and, if you grow some beefsteak tomatoes, pick a few while they are still green and fry them up for lunch.

Further reading and resources:

Celadon homeowners enjoy the camaraderie of a designated Community Garden just beside the Bridges Preparatory School on Celadon Drive.  If you’d like a plot to grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs, just sign up and join in!

  1. Garden centres in Beaufort SC.
  2. South Carolina Vegetable Planting Guidelines
  3. The Beaufort Garden Club
  4. The Greenery Inc Landscape, Nursery and Garden Center

2 Things Retirees Want: The Best Coast Towns to Retire AND...

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What do people want most in a second-home or retirement location?

According to Ideal-LIVING’s 2017 Marketplace for Buyers survey, a home on the coast and exceptional dining opportunities top the list for 74% of Americans. 

Over half of the survey’s respondents wished to locate to a small town on the coast, and 73% narrowed that down to the southeast US.

One of the most talked about towns for relocation, retirement and vacation home options is Southern Living’s Happiest Seaside Town, Beaufort South Carolina. 

And this sunny southeast coastal town has enough dining experiences to keep a food lover in delicious delights all year round.

Over one hundred restaurants - seafood, sushi, barbecue, pizza, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Greek, French, and All-American, lure hungry vacationers and residents with tempting dishes. 

There’s something for everyone too, with both casual and fine dining options.

Taverns, bistros, cafés, markets, grills, eateries, barbecues, pizzerias with wood fire ovens, dockside oyster bars, and gastropubs – the list goes on - and you’ll soon find your favorites.

An abundance of locally grown fruit and vegetables, farm-raised livestock, and fresh-caught fish, crab, shrimp, and oysters, supplies Beaufort’s many dining establishments with the finest Lowcountry ingredients. 

The best way to enjoy Beaufort’s culinary delights is to come down for a taste! 

A Discovery Visit will get you here for two nights at one of three of Beaufort’s finest hotels and inns. Explore Celadon’s lovely Lowcountry architecture and Beaufort’s shops, restaurants, and galleries.

Start your first evening with dinner at The Old Bull Tavern (rated number one in Beaufort on Trip Advisor.) Diners rave about the cocktails, lamb shanks, salmon, and carefully curated wine list. It’s a lively spot with excellent service.

Wren is also popular and offers a cozy atmosphere, excellent service and simple, yet elegant Lowcountry options. Everything from shrimp and grits (and fried green tomatoes) to scallops or lamb chops is a win and portions are generous.

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If you’ve chosen the Rhett House Inn or Cuthbert House Inn for your Discovery visit accommodation, an elegant Southern breakfast is included in your stay and will get you fuelled and energized for your Beaufort adventure.

 

 Breakfast options are a short walk from the urban boutique  City Loft Hotel  (or borrow one of their bicycles) and head downtown to the historic district. Choices are as robust as your appetite and breakfast preferences!

Breakfast options are a short walk from the urban boutique City Loft Hotel (or borrow one of their bicycles) and head downtown to the historic district. Choices are as robust as your appetite and breakfast preferences!

Southern biscuits, waffles, Cajun shrimp and grits, seafood omelets, corned beef hash with eggs?  Coffee and French pastries? What about some crab cake bennies?  You won’t go wrong with Blackstone’s, The Boundary Street Café, or Magnolia Bakery Café for breakfast or brunch.  These are favorite spots, so give yourself time.

In Beaufort there are many ways to fill the hours between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Whether you’ve been touring Celadon Living, carriage riding, cycling, shopping, or even snacking on homemade ice cream or chocolates, you owe it to yourself to enjoy an excellent evening dining experience.

The upbeat, award-winning, Breakwater Restaurant and Bar presents a lighter version of elegant Southern dishes with seasonal ingredients. Blackened Mahi, fried chicken, bourbon-glazed pork chops, and a Wagyu beef pimento cheeseburger are some of the menu selections.

Breakwater’s carefully curated wine and champagne list offers a choice of over 60 labels.

Saltus River Grill, on Beaufort’s Waterfront Park, overlooks the Beaufort River. Sophisticated yet relaxed, Saltus creatively blends Lowcountry favorites, locally sourced ingredients, and modern culinary techniques. They offer a laid-back setting, a wood grill, a spectacular wine selection, and a raw bar featuring the best oysters anywhere. Diners rave about the incredibly fresh sushi, the crab bisque, blackened Dorado and caramelized scallops.

We’ve barely scratched the surface of Beaufort’s dining opportunities. The suggestions made here include Trip Advisor favorites, but there are many more delicious places to dine.

They say that once you’ve visited this delightful seaside town, you’ll never want to leave.

If you’re looking for a new home, your Celadon Discovery Visit will show you some of the most beautiful and affordable Lowcountry architecture in the Beaufort area.

So join us. There is a lot to do, and new friends to dine with.

Beaufort Celebrates Literature and Film

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Beaufort Celebrates Literature and Film

A story is a living thing; it moves and shifts...Pat Conroy

The fascinating history of the American South with its plantations, charming people, and scenic landscapes provides writers, artists and the movie industry with rich fodder for their novels, essays, poetry, films, and art.

 

Whether delving into one or another side of the conflicts or choosing to walk the moderate pastoral path, authors of every ilk have, for centuries, penned their ideas and versions of what the south is all about: family, faith, and country.

But it is the exquisite little Lowcountry town of Beaufort, South Carolina that captured the interest of the film industry as well as some well-known writers, notably the late Pat Conroy, author of Prince of Tides.

Nestled between Charleston and Savannah, on the southeast Atlantic coast, Beaufort is part of Port Royal Island, one of the largest of the coastal sea-islands.

Beaufort, founded in 1711, boasts stately mansions built before the Civil War, avenues lined with moss-draped live oak trees, a charming downtown historic district, and a bustling waterfront that offers the finest shrimp and oyster feasts and festivals anywhere. 

Beaufort is also the beloved home of some of the friendliest people you could ever hope to meet. 

Beaufort’s writers and artists are moved and inspired by the beauty of the Lowcountry’s bucolic island landscapes and rich tidal marshes - the perfect backdrops for tales of love, war, family, passion, beliefs, and stalwart patriotism. 

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Pat Conroy

Best selling author Pat Conroy (October 26, 1945 – March 4, 2016) made Beaufort his home when he was 15 years old. As a writer, Conroy drew inspiration from his personal and tumultuous family life and the scenic beauty of Beaufort and its surrounds.

His most notable novels “The Great Santini,” “The Lords of Discipline” and, “The Prince of Tides,” brought Beaufort to the attention of the world, especially when in 1991, Prince of Tides, written and filmed in Beaufort, became a blockbuster movie.

In the ensuing decade, Hollywood filmed over a dozen more movies in Beaufort County including Forrest Gump and The Legend of Bagger Vance.

Pat Conroy’s legacy lives on in the thriving literary centre that bears his name and that holds a Pat Conroy Literary Festival each year in October. 

Beaufort celebrates its love of film and literature every February by holding the Beaufort International Film Festival (BIFF) and honoring actors, screenwriters, technical and art directors with achievement awards. This year Dale Dye received the Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award, and Set Decorator Missy Ricker received the Behind the Scenes Award for over20 years of creative work.


The Pat Conroy Literary Center held its second annual March Forth on March Fourth day of learning on Sunday, March 4th, at the Frissell Community House at Penn Center on St. Helena Island. This event commemorated the second anniversary of Conroy’s passing and featured National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney, two-time Lillian Smith Award-winning novelist Anthony Grooms, master naturalist and memoirist J. Drew Lanham, poet and retired teacher Tim Conroy, and best-selling novelist Cassandra King Conroy.

You Really Should Live By the Ocean - Here’s Why.

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You Really Should Live By the Ocean - Here’s Why.

Whatever we lose, 
(like a you or a me) it’s always our self

that we find in the sea.
E.E. Cummings

Once the ocean has cast its inimitable spell on all of your senses, you will be left with a longing to return to it. And choosing to live by the ocean may well be one of the best decisions you ever make.

The residents of Beaufort South Carolina know this is true. They live in what Coastal Magazine calls, "America's Happiest Seaside Town.” 

Why are Beaufort residents so happy? Because their town is beautiful AND it's by the ocean! And we humans thrive when we live near water.

Think about it.

Water inspires, heals, stimulates, and soothes us. And it doesn’t seem to matter which body of water you live near - it can be in places like California, Fiji, South Carolina, Hawaii, or Newfoundland. The oceans, lakes, marshes, and rivers of the world all affect the human spirit in wonderful ways.

Imagine Serenity.

A quiet beach, with warm sand and sparkling blue waters reaching far into the horizon, infuses us with serenity and bliss. Think winter vacation. Do you head for the beach? Many of us do.

It can also be invigorating!

Crashing waves and the salty air upon your face can be invigorating – dramatic - mighty, and even spiritual. 

And musical too.

Falling asleep at night to the sounds of water lapping gently and rhythmically on the shore is one of the sweetest experiences known to humankind. 

The bubbling murmur of a meadow brook or mountain stream rushing over stones and rocks is like music.

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The Ocean is Mysterious

Exploring the world beneath the ocean’s surface is described by those embarking on that journey for the first time as feeling full of wonder, like an astronaut exploring a new planet. Fascinated, curious, humbled, and incredibly serene. In the words of Jacques Yves Cousteau, “In the deep space of the sea, I have found my moon.”

It’s also super healthy!

Waking each morning with the knowledge that you can, within minutes, be out walking or cycling along the shore and watching the sun as it rises on the horizon is the inspiration to seize the day, every day. You want to get up and go outside!

Breathing saline rich ocean air soothes our respiratory systems, sunshine reflected off the water boosts our Vitamin D levels and the fresh briny scent of the marsh at low tide is unforgettable.

It’s Win-Win for you and the planet!

Being on, near, or in the water benefits us all as humans, but the water also fares well.

To paraphrase marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D. from his book, Blue Mind: when our proximity to water enhances our happiness, we pay more attention to the eco-health of our rivers, lakes, and oceans. 

And that eco-health is important because a robust ocean is lavish with its gifts. Ask any seafood lover! Crabs, oysters, shrimp, and fish fresh from the ocean is delicious and unlike any shipped or frozen seafood. 

You’re never bored.

Thousands of coastal dwellers play on the water daily in boats, kayaks, and sailboats, on surfboards and paddleboards. Fresh air and exercise are good for your health.

Beachcombers strolling along the beach know it's nearly impossible to resist picking up a pretty conch shell, a sand dollar, or piece of sea glass.

When is the last time you skipped stones across the water or searched for sea urchins, crabs and starfish in a tidal pool?

Ocean and river cruises attract travelers worldwide. After all, the world’s waterways lead to distant shores, to adventures and new experiences. 

Wildlife and sea life abound.

Cormorants, gulls, pelicans, heron, and other seabirds fish along the shores and in the salt marshes. The coast is a bird lover’s paradise. The ocean is teeming with fish, sea mammals, turtles and crustaceans. Get out your binoculars and camera.

Think you can’t afford to live near the ocean?

After all, some of the loveliest properties belonging to the wealthiest people are on coastlines. 

Could a little bit of this paradise ever be yours?

We think it can and here is why.

In Beaufort, South Carolina, that happy seaside town we mentioned earlier, you’ll find Celadon, a dynamic, wellness-based community. 

Located on Lady’s Island—one of the picturesque Sea Islands of historic Beaufort—Celadon is a haven for wellness and a retreat for friends and family. It’s a place where life is in perfect harmony and balance. And it’s only minutes from the Atlantic Ocean.

We make it easy to create the home of your dreams – choose from our selection of thoughtfully designed custom homes (from $300,000), condominiums (from $400,000), or homesites (starting at $55,000).

Try our Discovery Visit and enjoy a few days and nights exploring the sights, scents, and ambiance of this ideal community. 

Take a look at some of Celadon's lovely home designs and find out for yourself why choosing to live by the ocean may well be one of the best decisions you ever make.

12 Front Porch Ideas For Houses That Need Some Southern Charm

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12 Front Porch Ideas For Houses That Need Some Southern Charm

We've curated a list of front porch ideas for houses that will add comfort, style, and, of course, the charm that is as distinctly southern as iced tea and homemade biscuits.

Welcoming, comfortable, breezy, and hospitable, this indoors-goes-outdoors environment is the perfect place to express your creativity and personal style. We hope these front porch ideas will inspire you!

Your decorating choices are limited only by your imagination, the size of your porch, and yes, your budget. But if you’re looking for front porch ideas for your Lowcountry – designed home, you’ve come to the right place. 

Porches come in many styles and sizes. Most southern homes have porches – front and back porches, wrap around porches, screened, porches with rails and or columns, and porches that are open and unobstructed. Some even have stacked porches featuring a main level front porch and another directly above it on the second floor. Double the space and double the decorating fun.

No Porch at all yet? There are Front Porch Kits for Sale!

If you are starting from scratch or renovating to add a porch to your house, take a look at the variety of front porch kits, plans and parts for sale that will surely get you started. 

You can buy a porch kit for any design complete with the features you want: timbers, mantels, transoms, railings, columns, stairs, and screens.  If you purchase ready drawn plans for your porch, just choose the materials you prefer, to build it with.

Whatever you choose, get ready to have a porch for your house that will give you years of enjoyment, more space, and that classic southern look.

Let’s start with these 5 structural elements: 

1.    Railings: If your porch is raised, an enclosure will add safety. Railings come in a variety of materials – wood, metal, balustrade, spindle, and more. Your choice of whether or not to build a railing will be influenced by the design of your home and your desire for privacy. 

2.    Columns: Railings attach to columns, which can add another aesthetic to your home. Clean “modern” lines or Victorian-style charms are just two options to consider. Columns also act as roof supports and as stand-alone features (without a railing); they provide the feel of an old antebellum mansion.

3.    Floors and ceilings: Tongue in groove wood flooring is a traditional treatment for your porch ceiling, and wood, vinyl tiles, brickwork, ceramic, and stone are gorgeous options with a variety of benefits for your floor. A synthetic or natural fiber outdoor area rug offers a budget-friendly decorating choice that can pull together a seating area and add colorful interest.

4.    Awnings and hanging sun-proof fabric panels: Awnings add another level of shade as well as style and color to your outdoor living area, while fabric panels ensure privacy, especially if your home is close to a neighbor, or to the street. Pulling the curtains closed on a hot or rainy day will give your porch, and you, a layer of protection from the elements.

5.    Screens: Screened porches, a feature of many Celadon Lowcountry style homes, are often at the back or side of a house next to the kitchen and dining room, providing a breezy extension to a family’s dining experience. 

Historically, screened-in porches have been prime gathering places for families for taking meals, socializing or relaxing. Today they have evolved to include options such as flatscreen televisions and retractable screens which allow you to retract your screens with the push of a button. 

7 Ideas For Front Porch Décor

Porches are the perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy the view. 

They provide for socializing, but should also be a place to retreat to alone with a good book, a glass of tea, and your favorite music. Whatever kind of porch your house has, make the most of it with beautiful décor to create comfortable rooms outdoors. 

1.    Comfortable chairs - at least four if you plan on having friends over and since we are talking about southerners, just place those comfy chairs, and they will be filled with friends in no time.

If you’re aiming for a rustic look, you can’t go wrong with all-weather wicker chairs and big soft cushions in outdoor fabrics. The chair sizes you choose will depend on the width of your porch but do include a rocking chair or two. 

2.    A table to hold your drink, your book, or a vase of flowers. Tables come in wicker too, but it’s fun to mix up the styles. An old milk-painted trunk or a brightly colored coffee table – even a small bench, can give you the surface you need along with some panache!

3.    A porch swing is a standard feature of the southern front porch, and they come in all sizes and styles. If you have a big porch opt for a sizeable ceiling-hung swing with a broad seat and loads of pillows. There’s no better place for a cuddle or a nap. 

4.    A ceiling fan will keep the breezes moving on a warm day.  Depending on the size or length of your porch, you may want to have a few of these installed at intervals along the ceiling.

5.    An area rug in a bright or natural hue will pull a seating area together and give you somewhere nice to rest your bare feet.

6.    Gas wall-sconce lighting gives you candle-like ambient lighting with the advantage of staying lit during a power outage! 

7.    Potted plants and flowers bring the garden close and add beauty, color, and texture to your décor. Whether your style is formal, contemporary, shabby chic or rustic, leafy dark green ferns, sky blue hydrangeas, fronds of palm or coral hibiscus will add that extra something every lovely environment needs.

Where to shop if you live in Beaufort:

Outdoor furniture and décor shopping options abound in Beaufort, South Carolina. Some establishments like M Interiors, Scout Market, Sweet Bay in Beaufort, and Octopuses and Bellavista in St. Helena carry a good selection of porch furnishings. Decorative items, antiques, fabrics, and curios can also be found at these great stores. 

Grayco carries hardware, screens, columns, shutters, stairs, rails and more for building or renovating your porch, as well as outdoor furnishings and décor.

Your new, renovated, or redecorated porch will add to the value and curb appeal of your home, but more important, it will give you and your family a place to relax and be together. 

When all the work is done, and the furniture is arranged just so, and the pillows are all plumped up, make a pitcher of iced tea and invite your neighbors over for a drink.

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 colors, 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 colors 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.