The Lighter, Healthier Side of Lowcountry Cuisine

There are few things in this world more delightful than gathering family and friends around the table to enjoy a meal.

Wellness and healthy, active living are the cornerstones of Celadon’s traditional community. Green parklands, trails, sunshine, and ocean breezes invite outdoor activities beneath the stately live oak trees, immersed in magnolia and jasmine’s fragrance.  

Staying healthy also includes eating food that is good for you. Studies show that nutrition, along with active living, can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and some cancers and help you have a healthy body weight.

Thanks to South Carolina’s fertile coastal farmlands and bountiful ocean harvests, Celadon’s residents enjoy a plentiful supply of healthful, homegrown produce and freshly caught seafood. 

Farmer’s markets in Beaufort sell locally grown fruits and vegetables and shrimp, oysters, crabs, and finned fish, which are perfect for cooking up your favorite recipes at home. 

You’ll also find farm-fresh pork, chicken, and beef for your summer barbeques.

Beaufort’s bakeries sell fresh-baked bread and other treats, but many families enjoy making cobblers, biscuits, pies, and squares at home.

Lowcountry cooking is one of the mainstays of southern culture, and many beloved recipes are so delicious that families have passed them along for hundreds of years. Traditional southern dishes like root vegetables creamed or mashed with butter and brown sugar, collards cooked in bacon fat, pan-fried chicken, mac and cheese casseroles, sweet and spicy barbeque, grilled cheese, or pimiento sandwiches, shoo-fly pie – there are so many, and they are all wonderful.

But they are not always the healthiest choices for everyday eating.

Health-conscious southern cooks have recently modified some of the oldies-but-goodies by reducing the amount of fat and sugar in recipes. They’ve replaced traditional ingredients like white flour with whole grains, and incorporated cooking methods that use less (or no) fat, while still producing mouth-watering results. 

Modern kitchens now include slow cookers, instant pots, and air-fryers – appliances that enhance the nutritional value and flavor of everyday meals. Air-fryers eliminate the need for oil but still deliver a crispy piece of chicken or plate of fries. Oven-roasting techniques can also produce a “deep-fried” texture without using oil or fat. 

Try a few of these health-conscious recipes and decide for yourself.

Sweet or savory but always sumptuous, these easy, healthy summer dishes celebrate the best local and seasonal Lowcountry produce. They use basic ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry – everything you need to prepare the lighter version of a traditional Lowcountry family feast.


Juicy Faux Fried Chicken From SkinnyMs. It’s a southern classic. With that juicy, savory goodness, it’s the much-craved entreé called deep-fried chicken. The only problem is that most fried chicken recipes are loaded with unhealthy fats. Not this one. Our Juicy Faux Fried Chicken is better than most fried chicken recipes because it isn’t fried at all, but you’d never guess that from its taste. This recipe is sure to be a classic at your house. Enjoy!


Cornbread Crab Cakes. This recipe from Southern Living Magazine invites you to: Enjoy a guilt-free serving of these hearty crab cakes with a rich dollop of cilantro-jalapeño sour cream. Add fresh greens to your plate for extra goodness.


Key “Light” Pie!  Another treat from Southern Living: If you love Key Lime Pie, try this recipe. Why it’s better for you: You’ll hear angels sing (Jimmy Buffet tunes) when you taste how rich this version is without all the fat!


Light Fresh Peach Cobbler from Food.com uses low-calorie margarine, non-fat milk, and relies on the sweetness of fresh ripe peaches, adding only six tablespoons of sugar.


Fresh green salads, oven-baked fried green tomatoes, steamed green beans, and tangy coleslaw made with low-fat mayo make great side dishes. Fresh ripe peaches and juicy watermelon slices are perfectly healthy and low-calorie desserts.

Enjoy!

Remember, you can explore the delights of Beaufort and Celadon by enjoying a three day, two-night Discovery Visit.

Give us a call or send an email to learn more. We can’t wait to show you around Beaufort, voted America’s Happiest Seaside Town, and take you on a tour of Celadon’s beautiful traditional neighborhood community.

Celadon: Be Well and Stay Well

Wellness, or personal health, encompasses five main aspects: physical, spiritual, emotional, social, and intellectual wellbeing.

Imagine waking up every day to buttery yellow sunshine streaming through your bedroom windows. You step out onto your front porch and inhale the heady sweet fragrance of jasmine and citrusy magnolia. Warm breezes carry the rich aromas of nearby salt marsh grasses and the tangy scent of the ocean beyond.  

No, you aren’t dreaming, nor are you on vacation. This is Celadon, where you live year-round.

The Celadon community is vibrant. People are up early walking their dogs or heading out for a hike along the marshes. Cyclists roll by, and the regulars are making their way along Jade Street to the Celadon Club Wellness Center for a workout or yoga class in the gym.

Coastal living in South Carolina offers a warm, gentle climate, so every day invites you to be outside in nature. Celadon’s wide-open spaces, parks, gardens, and well-maintained trails are designed for walking and cycling.

South Carolina’s coastal ecosystem rewards the early morning walker with glimpses of herons, terns, egrets, and ibises feeding on fish, shrimp, and fiddler crabs along the shoreline. Elusive mammals such as otter and deer appear if you’re quiet. There’s often a turtle sunning itself within the marsh grass.

Research, such as that done by the National Trust, supports the mental and physical health benefits of living close to nature, and specifically, close to the ocean. Environmental psychologist Eleanor Ratcliffe, who carried out the National Trust research, said: “It’s clear there’s something really special about the coast that can allow people to boost their mood, relax and sleep.” 

A 2014 study from the UK found that coastal proximity increased your chances of being fitter and healthier than those who lived elsewhere – partly because those living closer to the sea have higher levels of physical activity.

Tasty coastal dining offers optimal health benefits.

Those seabirds along the salt marsh know a thing or two about fine dining. Fortunately, so do the folks in Beaufort, South Carolina, America’s happiest seaside town. You can go into almost any of Beaufort’s wonderful restaurants and find fresh, local seafood on the menu.

Not only is fresh seafood delicious, it’s also good for you. Low in fat and cholesterol, fish is an excellent source of minerals such as selenium, zinc, iodine, and iron. Selenium is a potent antioxidant that protects against cell damage. Zinc is needed for cell growth and immune system health.

Restaurants and local markets offer (in season) freshly caught shellfish like shrimp, oysters, crab, and clams, and finned fish such as flounder, sea trout, redfish, and tarpon. Whether you’re cooking up a shrimp filled Frogmore Stew, or grilling a fresh-caught sea trout, you are eating a nutritious meal.

Since no Southern meal is complete without fresh vegetables and fruit (mmm it’s peach season right now), staying healthy is delicious.

Celadon’s planned community embraces and promotes all aspects of wellbeing.

Designed to encourage social interactions, our community provides a variety of gathering spots where friends and neighbors can meet. The Mac, (our lovely new market cafe), the Celadon Club, our community garden, and our outdoor pool are just some of the meeting places you can enjoy.

Beaufort’s galleries, libraries, life long learning opportunities, and numerous cultural events – dance, concerts, plays, and literary celebrations inspire, teach, and stimulate the mind.

A balanced lifestyle that includes friends, faith, good food, active intellectual pursuits, and a healthy dose of cardio is the recipe for happiness.

Experiencing life against a backdrop of majestic live oaks, nature in all her beauty, and the boundless ocean nearby is perfection.

Come and see for yourself.

Contact us about our Discovery Visit package. You’ll have three days and two nights in your choice of one of Beaufort’s three finest hotels. At the same time, you will explore the excitement and charm of downtown Beaufort and have a personal tour of Celadon.

Read more about the Celadon Community.

Celadon’s Responsible Development: Staying Green For Now and For Our Future

A lush tree canopy covers all three phases of Celadon’s neo-traditional community. Seen from above, the sweep of green stretches across forty acres, all the way from Sams Point Road to Little Capers and the endless wetlands and saltmarshes.

Beneath the canopy lies a carefully planned neighborhood with a diverse mix of single-family homes unified by Lowcountry architecture and all featuring classical proportions and porches.

The word Celadon describes a shade of willow-green, and there can be no question that this aptly named community is one of the greenest developments in South Carolina. Native trees such as cypress, live oaks, pine, and palmetto line miles of manicured walking trails and sidewalks. The area is a wonderland of ponds and parks and even has a nature preserve.

A community garden draws residents to share in planting and harvesting food, and an award-winning Wellness Center “The Celadon Club” is open to the community at large. Members enjoy a junior saltwater outdoor pool, state of the art fitness facilities, activities, events, and a luxurious spa.

Public and private spaces have equal importance, creating a balanced community that serves a wide range of home and business owners. The inclusion of civic buildings and civic space, often in the form of plazas, greens, parks, and squares, enhances community identity and value.

From its inception, Celadon’s development was carefully planned to ensure the highest standards of conservation and ethical stewardship of trees and water as well as the cultivation of a community committed to wellness and quality of life.

JC Taylor, President and Founding partner of Catalyst Group, the developer behind Celadon, puts it simply:

“You can’t separate wellness and sustainability and ecology; they don’t stand apart.”

Celadon’s vision and practice align with the common goals set out in the Lady’s Island Area Plan published in 2018 and devised by The Northern Beaufort County Regional Plan Implementation Committee, a group of citizens, businesses, and government offices concerned about unchecked growth and development in the area. Celadon representatives also worked with the Beaufort Implementation community.

This brief excerpt from the Regional Plan speaks to the ideals and interests of the Lady’s Island community.

The common goals of the Lady’s Island Area Plan are:

  1. Quality of place: Lady’s Island will have a built environment with an exemplary design quality that meets the living needs of its residents through strong neighborhoods and mixed-use business centers built to last for generations.
  2. Connections: Connections tie places together with transportation and other public facilities. Lady’s Island neighborhoods, business centers, natural areas, and water are connected to each other and well served with public facilities.
  3. Protected nature: natural resources are preserved and protected, allowing residents to live in a quintessential Lowcountry landscape with majestic live oaks, marsh views, and river access.
  4. Active stewardship: growth and change of Lady’s Island are managed responsibly by the City of Beaufort and Beaufort County in collaboration with local civic organizations.

Celadon is one of the best examples of how a development can adhere to the highest standards.

The following highlights some of Celadon’s best practices. 

Preservation of trees is critical.

Celadon takes a multifaceted approach to preparing the land for homes and roads. Foremost is the preservation of existing trees. 

Homesites are designed around the trees that are already there. To protect those trees, landscape architects, site planners, and builders, carefully build around the trees on every lot, moving boundaries and lines if necessary.

If it is impossible to preserve a tree, the company replants the numbers of trees equal to the diameter of the tree that was removed.

Stewardship of water and aquifers is also critical.

“We don’t want to divert water to the salt marshes,” said JC Taylor, “so we minimize runoff by using gravel, not cement; that maintains water, and by placing rain guards on each site, we can allow the rain to refurbish the aquifers. 

We also minimize impervious surfaces to maximize the absorption of water. We narrow the roads, so we have less hard-space, and it also forces traffic to slow down.

Our goal is to limit vehicular traffic and encourage pedestrian and bicycle traffic.”

Celadon continues to grow; the third phase is underway. It will have a redesigned storm system to retain stormwater and ensure that the water never leaves the site and doesn’t reach the saltmarshes.

According to the Smart Growth Network, responsible developers invest in the community by fostering distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place.

Quality of life is important to our residents who have sought and found in Celadon, a peaceful place with both history and character, a place where they can thrive and grow. 

Celadon’s thoughtful approach to planning and developing an environmentally sustainable community both honors our history and considers the needs of future generations.   

Seeing Celadon for yourself is the best way to experience what we’ve described.

You are always welcome to visit us here, and we are always happy to show you around. 

We’ve made it easy and fun to pay us a visit! 

Our Discovery Visit plan offers you an opportunity to spend three days and two nights in Beaufort at one of three beautiful spots. Come and tour America’s favorite town. Explore the restaurants, the waterfront – enjoy an evening cruise if you like, and also have a guided tour of our beautiful Celadon neighborhood.

What Adventure Does 2020 Hold For You?

Resolutions, decisions, changes, or adventures – whatever you call them – every new day is the first day of the rest of your life.

Thinking about relocating? Retiring? Tired of the biting cold winters where you’re living?

Wishing for fresh air, and warm sunshine, ocean views, and a place where you can just walk outside and feel as though you’re part of something?

You’re not alone.

You don’t have to be close to retirement to relocate, you just have to love the idea that where you are going will make you happy.

That it will be a place where you can live your best life.

For many folks, that place is Celadon.

Here’s why.

Beaufort SC was listed (by ideal-Living) as one of the top 10 counties that people relocated to in 2017. And that trend continues to grow.

Did you know that 62% of people relocating are those born in the 1950s?

This diverse group is predominantly interested in living somewhere near or on the coast and having ready access to walking trails, and a wellness/fitness center. A place with a sense of community was also listed among the top four “must-haves.”

Sound like you?

If you’d like to enjoy the best of your life in a beautiful Lowcountry coastal environment among wildlife and in nature, Celadon has that and more.

The more

Friendly neighbors, (well, we are Southerners), Beaufort’s arts and cultural activities, fine dining, festivals, world-class hospitals, opportunities for lifetime learning, farmer’s markets, and boutique shopping.

Add to all that the exquisite architecture and Lowcountry flavor built into our lovely homes, and you’ll understand why we are growing!

Celadon is excited to announce that Phase Three of our development plan is well underway, with a great selection of Premium homesites now available.

Unquestionably, the best way to get the feel of Celadon is to pay us a visit.

We’ve made that easy and fun for you with our Discovery Visit.

You’ll stay at your choice of one of three Inns – The Rhett House, Cuthbert House, or City Loft Hotel. From there, you can stroll to restaurants, boutique shops, and local art galleries, or enjoy a guided tour of the South’s most impressive historic neighborhoods.

If you’d prefer to get on the water, we can help you book a sunset wine cruise, fishing expedition, or kayak rental for an outdoor adventure!

Then we’ll 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 our available homes and homesites), lovely parks and trails, Celadon Club, and more.

Your Celadon Discovery Visit is just $299 for a three-day stay. Contact us for more information and assistance in planning all aspects of your trip. We can’t wait to show you how much you are going to love living here!

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Mark your calendars y’all. There will be oysters! 

And you won’t want to miss the first Beaufort Oyster Festival.

There is always something going on in Beaufort, SC, but this is new, so be sure to write it down. 

Inaugural Beaufort Oyster Festival

January 11-18, 2020 | Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center & Historic Downtown Beaufort

This event is envisioned to celebrate all aspects of our Lowcountry oystering culture and agri-tourism economy from historical, to architectural, ecological, agricultural, culinary, hand-crafted, and more. The full event is as an 8-day festival that corresponds with South Carolina Restaurant Week, where the focus is on presenting oyster fare at area restaurants. The event will end with a weekend festival in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

Happy New Year!

Are You Ready For A Celadon Lowcountry Christmas

You know it’s hard to imagine that Celadon could look any prettier than it usually does, but during the Christmas Holiday season, magic happens. 

The neighborhood homes all twinkle and glow with colorful lights, and their front porches are decked with evergreen wreaths and garlands. Shimmering Christmas trees sparkle in the windows.

The air is fragrant with the aromas of turkeys and hams roasting, gingerbread baking, and apple cider simmering. Out come the treasured Christmas sugar cookie recipes and that old syrup-splattered one for Aunt Ann’s pecan pie. 

Hanging up stockings, exchanging gifts, and welcoming old Santa Claus with a plate of homemade cookies and a glass of milk is plain good fun. But do you know what the best part of a Lowcountry Christmas is?

It’s us!

Nothing compares to the friendliness, warmth, and hospitality of a community of big-hearted Lowcountry Southerners.

Whether we’re sharing a neighborly cup of hot chocolate (or a drop of bourbon), friends and family are at the heart of the holidays. And in Celadon, friends are all around us.

Finding and enjoying a sense of community is the reason so many people have chosen a home here. Our close proximity to Beaufort, America’s happiest seaside town, just makes the whole experience even better.

Why not gather up your children, family, and friends and take them to enjoy some of these Beaufort events? We’ve included some of the main celebrations, but there’s also caroling, feasting, shopping, and church happenings. 

Festival of Trees 2019

Tuesday December 3, 2019: The Festival of Trees 2019 will be celebrated at Tabby Place in downtown Beaufort with tree viewing Tuesday, December 3rd, Wednesday, December 4th, and Thursday December 5th. The Gala will take place Thursday, December 5th.

Beaufort Holiday Weekend 2019 Activities

Beaufort Holiday Weekend 2019 Activities

Fri. Dec. 6, 8:00 pm to Sun. Dec. 8, 5:00 pm:

December 7: Annual Night on the Town Celebration. This opening of the holiday shopping season takes place on the closed off streets of downtown Beaufort with a big Christmas street party. Shops will stay open late to welcome regular and new customers with special treats. The evening features the City of Beaufort’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, entertainment by community organizations, schools, churches, dancers and a rumored visit from Santa.

Sat. Dec. 7, 5:00 pm: Beaufort SC “Light Up the Night” Christmas Boat Parade. At Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park on Bay St. The whole family will enjoy watching the magic and sparkle of a flotilla of Christmas – decorated boats pass back and forth along the waterfront. 

Sun. Dec. 8, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm: Christmas Parade! 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 Nutcracker

Dec. 13, 2019: The Nutcracker. A holiday favorite. Delight in a cast of local ballet dancers as they recreate the magic of the Nutcracker, the world’s favorite holiday ballet. The story of The Nutcracker was originally written by E.T.A. Hoffmann, however, the beautiful score which accompanies this world-famous ballet was created by Tchaikovsky and received its debut over 100 years ago in 1892. USCB Center for the Arts 

All of us here at Celadon Living, Beaufort’s premier address, wish you and your family health and happiness and the best of everything this wonderful Christmas season has to offer. 

Why Beaufort, South Carolina is Even Better in the Fall

Southern Living recently named Beaufort No. 2 on its “Summertime Small Towns That Are Even Better in Fall” list. 

And we couldn’t agree more. We love our part of the world in any season, but some things happen in the fall that are just so special, we don’t mind the end of summer so much. 

The Beaufort Lowcountry fall is about family, food, football, festivals, and just plain fun for everyone. 

Oysters are here!

We’re not bragging (well maybe just a bit), but we have some of the best fresh seafood to be found, and it’s oyster season! With the Beaufort Annual Shrimp Festival just behind us, we’ll now enjoy oyster feasts until there are no more months with the letter R in them. 

Oyster roasts are popular. If you don’t want to host your own, there are plenty of community oyster roasts where you can go and eat your fill.

Turkey and Pie?

Fall is the time for Thanksgiving. Few holidays are more beloved than our Thanksgiving, steeped in tradition and celebrated with family and friends. Thanksgiving is when we take out all the old recipe books and pull together roasted (or deep-fried) turkey, baked ham, mashed potatoes, collards, green bean casserole, and any sweet potato goodness. 

Someone is going to make an oyster dressing, and you can bet there will be biscuits. 

And pie. Pecan, pumpkin, and apple pies are traditional and made with the best of fall’s seasonal offerings, but there are other wonderful desserts too. You know the ones you love.

And with any luck, there will be leftovers!

The temperature drops in the fall.

Cooler evenings are a highlight of fall in the Lowcountry, and those temperatures are ideal for a family stroll around the saltmarsh, or through downtown Beaufort. 

Residents of Celadon’s neotraditional neighborhood enjoy gorgeous walking trails and community spaces, perfect for evening strolls and gatherings. 

And a visit to the beautiful Celadon Club and Spa helps folks take care of any guilt they might have had about enjoying that second helping of Thanksgiving pecan pie. 

There is always something happening in Beaufort. 

The six-day Pat Conroy Literary Festival wraps up November 3, and there is still time to get down to the book sale on November 2 and 3.

There’s so much to see and do!

Visitors to this beautiful seaside town love to explore the quaint historic neighborhoods by horse and carriage. Dining out is an infinite pleasure with many restaurant choices for every budget and taste.

Art is everywhere, with more than a dozen galleries in the downtown district. There are good reasons why Beaufort SC was rated as one of the top ten small art towns in the United States!

So, why not pay us a visit this fall?

We’ve made it easy and affordable. 

You can experience both Beaufort and Celadon during our favorite season with a Discovery Visit limited time offer of only $199 per couple.

Take a Discovery Tour and see this beautiful community for yourself!

Visit Celadon and spend three days and two nights in charming downtown Beaufort.

Walk to shops and waterfront dining, or take a historical tour. Love the water? Come and explore all the Beaufort area has to offer; fishing, boating, or just enjoying Mother Nature’s glories from the shore.

The water here has something for everyone.

Then visit Celadon, just five minutes from downtown, where our experienced team can help you find your own piece of the Lowcountry.

This limited time offer includes 3 days and 2 nights’ accommodations in historic downtown Beaufort. Personalized real estate and amenities tour. Access to Celadon Club Wellness Center with a large pool, fitness classes, state-of-the-art exercise equipment, and luxury spa services.

Contact us today to take advantage of our special limited time offer!

The Best of Beaufort South Carolina: Lowcountry Arts and Culture Fall Events

Art lovers in Beaufort couldn’t be happier. There are many wonderful cultural activities to enjoy in this beautiful town in the fall and all year round.

There is something for everyone. Whether you’re a theater lover, painter, writer, reader, history buff, foodie, or art collector, Beaufort offers unlimited opportunities for enjoyment.

Let’s start with the Beaufort Annual Shrimp Festival because it’s coming up soon.

Everyone loves food, especially Southern food and especially shrimp.

In case you haven’t put the Beaufort Annual Shrimp Festival into your calendar, do it now. It’s happening on October 4 and 5 – and you sure don’t want to miss out on some of the most delicious shrimp dishes you will ever taste. Local restaurants are offering a variety of traditional southern foods for your feasting pleasure.

There is a Friday evening concert, a Saturday Run Forrest Run 5k run (or) walk, activities for kids, an arts and crafts fair and in the evening you can enjoy the sparkling lights of brightly decorated shrimp boats on the water. 

Arts and Cultural Coolness

In 2005, writer John Villani recognized Beaufort as a cultural center in his book, The 100 Best Art Towns in America. The National Arts Administration, in its introduction of Villani’s book, wrote:

Small art towns have come to epitomize rural cultural coolness because who wouldn’t want to visit a lively, open-minded town. In this book you’ll find communities across the United States and Canada that are attracting a new wave of cultural tourists, immigrant artists, culturally minded retirees, art gallery owners, musicians, mobile career professionals, theater directors, restaurateurs, arts festival promoters and coffee bar entrepreneurs.

Beaufort SC has much to offer those who love Visual Arts. Paintings, sculpture, pottery, textiles, and art glass are just a few of the gorgeous mediums that inspire artists to create. 

There are a variety of independent art galleries in Beaufort where you can enjoy viewings and openings. 

Get active in the arts!

Beaufort also has three major art organizations that invite you to become involved in acting, performing, buying or selling art, competing in art contests and attending events.

Contact any of these organizations and find out how to cultivate your inner artist:

1. Beaufort Art Association Bay Street – Since its inception in 1957, over 61 years ago, Beaufort Art Association (BAA) has contributed to the visual arts in Beaufort County, South Carolina. As Beaufort developed into one of the most charming artistic communities on the east coast of the United States, the BAA became a regional centerpiece for local artists, art lovers and artisans to support, exhibit and grow their individual talents. Instrumental in offering art classes, workshops and exhibits, BAA welcomes the public to these presentations. 

2. 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 Theater 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. 

The 2019 Fall event schedule is available at the USCB Centre For the Arts and features Monty Python’s SPAMALOT. Performances are Sept 21, 22, 27th.  Get tickets on their website.

3. ARTworks Community Art Center is a 12,000-square-foot community arts center, theater, 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.

Explore downtown and see all the galleries

The Beaufort Cultural District is an easy-to-navigate section of downtown where you can enjoy 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 ArtWalk for 2019 is on October 26th, from 5 – 7:30 PM. 

Libraries – the heart of cultural preservation:

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!

Summertime is Social Time: 7 Lowcountry Classics to Cook For Your Friends

There’s something special about summer in Lowcountry. The warm, sunny days are perfect for walking by the ocean, paddling on the river, or a long patio lunch in Beaufort

The mild, breezy evenings make dinner outside so appealing, especially if you’re in a quiet little neighborhood like Celadon. It’s the perfect time to invite your friends over to share a meal and some quiet conversation.

We checked out Southern Living’s recipe box and found 7 recipes sure to make your guests feel at home.

Mama’s Fried Chicken

A lowcountry classic, the secret to great Southern fried chicken is buttermilk – make sure to soak your chicken for at least two hours to get that rich, savoury flavor that will remind you of family dinners as a kid.

Green Bean Casserole From Scratch

What better time to make a veggie casserole from scratch than when those veggies are in season. It’ll only take 25 minutes to pull together and makes a great sidekick for fried chicken.

pot roast

Company Pot Roast with Creamy Mushroom Grits

Southern comfort food at its finest. Serve it hot from the slow cooker, or cook it ahead of time and serve it chilled on french bread. Chuck roast can be flavourful and tender with the right combination of bacon, garlic, red wine and time…and Southern living is all about taking your time…

Roast Spatchcock Chicken

Going for a more traditional Sunday-style dinner? This roasted chicken with lemon and thyme is a sure fire favorite. It’ll take a little longer to prepare, but it’ll be worth it. And you can dress up the meal with a variety of roasted veggies – brussels sprouts, carrots, baby potatoes…whatever you find at the local market.

30-Minute Chili

Perfect for that spontaneous dinner – the one you “planned” when you bumped into your neighbors at Celadon Square – this chili comes together quickly. Feeding a bunch of families? Not a problem, this six-ingredient chili is easy to adapt so all your guests leave the table well fed.

strawberry shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Nothing says Southern food like a buttery homemade biscuit, and nothing says summer like fresh strawberries. End your evening with this rich, delicious strawberry shortcake, served up with a dollop of whipped cream. 

Homemade Fresh Peach Ice Cream

A hot summer day calls for a cool evening treat. Surprisingly easy to make – all you need is a food processor and a bit of time. And having ripe, sweet peaches helps, too!  

If you’re living in a planned community like Celadon, you know that any time is a good time to slow down and enjoy the good life, and that includes taking the time to cook a good meal to share with great friends. 

Your beautiful home is a welcoming place – sharing your Southern hospitality around the dinner table is the perfect way to embrace it. And who knows, an after-dinner stroll on one of the beautiful woodland trails might lead to plans for the next friendly gathering.

Why don’t you come for a visit, take your own Discovery Tour, and find out if you’re “home”.

How to Smoothly Transition to a Planned Community

Your life has changed.

Maybe retirement arrived earlier than you planned, your children moved away and it’s time to enjoy your freedom.

It could be the perfect time to change how you live. In a recent study, 66% of Americans said they wanted to live in a planned community with a wellness center, like Celadon. But what is a planned community and will you want to live there?

What is a Planned Community?

A planned community is a tailor-made neighbourhood designed from the ground-up. Unlike a traditional city that grows in spurts, a planned community is developed on a blank slate and is created with intention and purpose. The homes, roads, parks, public spaces are all planned to enhance ease of daily living without sacrificing privacy and a sense of being “home”. 

Some communities cater to young families, others to the very elderly. Celadon Community in Beaufort, South Carolina is perfect for active empty-nesters.

Is a Planned Community right for you?

Not sure if a planned community if for you? Answer these 5 questions:

  1. I’d rather spend my leisure time swimming, strolling through a park, or going for a bike ride instead of worrying about the next landscaping project I have to tackle.
  2. I’m not ready for condo living but our house is more than we need. I’m tired of the repairs and upkeep.
  3. I love to socialize and really get to know the people who live in my community.
  4. I’d love to leave the car in the garage more often.
  5. I want to focus on my health and fitness. I appreciate living in a community that’s designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

If these statements ring true for you, if you’re ready to downsize but not slow down, Celadon might be the perfect fit for you.

Fit and active lifestyle

The Community is designed with movement in mind.  Our state-of-the-art fitness club, including a crystal-clear pool, is the perfect place to exercise and socialize. 

Workout in the weight-room or take one of the many classes designed to suit every level of fitness, from yoga to water aerobics to zumba. 

Or find a personal trainer who can customize your exercise program to be perfect for you.

There’s a full-service spa waiting for you when you’re ready to unwind from your workout, or treat yourself “just because”.

More options at your doorstep

Celadon Square is steps from your home and features all the amenities you’d need day-to-day.  This beautiful town center is also a gathering place – a friendly place to connect with your neighbours.

If you’re looking for a day trip or evening out, beautiful seaside Beaufort’s downtown is a just 3 miles from your front door. 

Called “America’s Happiest Seaside Town”, you’ll find upscale dining and little boutiques alongside the services you’d expect from a city center, all wrapped up in Southern hospitality. 

And the town is rich in Lowcountry history just waiting to be rediscovered.

Living in nature, naturally

The community features acres of protected green space – including parks, ponds, and walking trails. 

Take a stroll and soak in the sounds and scents…the soft drone of bees and dragonflies, the twitter of nesting songbirds, the fragrant ocean breeze, the misty salt marshes.

With mild winters and warm, breezy summers you’ll be drawn outside year-round to enjoy the natural beauty Lowcountry has to offer.

Fewer decisions, more time to enjoy

Celadon is focused on a simplified lifestyle. We like to say it’s best appreciated at a laid-back, Southern pace.

You’ve earned a change of pace. Your life at Celadon can be as active or as low key as you choose…day to day, season to season.

Of course, a planned community isn’t for everybody. But if you want to live in a community that balances comfort, convenience and calm with a wealth of possibilities every day, you’ve probably found your next neighbourhood. 

Why don’t you come for a visit, take your own Discovery Tour, and find out if you’re “home”.

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In Beaufort, Summertime is the Best Time!

There are many ways to enjoy this gorgeous season here at Celadon: relaxing on the porch with a cold drink and a book, an evening stroll around the neighborhood to greet friends and catch up with the news, maybe a cool and breezy boat ride around the Beaufort harbor.

And a ten-day party!

If you enjoy a hearty celebration you are in for some fun because Beaufort puts on a summer party like no other.

For 63 years the Beaufort townspeople have gathered to celebrate the best of the Lowcountry with music, feasting, dancing, water sports, and a whole lot of shenanigans. 

And they are doing it again!

Welcome to the 64th Annual Beaufort Water Festival!

From July 12 to 21, 2019 Beaufort presents the 64th Annual Beaufort Water Festival – a ten-day extravaganza that includes live music, delicious lowcountry food, arts and crafts, boat races, a teen dance, the blessing of the fleet, the Commodore’s Ball, and many special activities for children. 

There’s a full roster of events for each of the ten days, so check the schedule and make sure you know what’s happening so you don’t miss out. Also, some of the events (like the Commodore’s Ball) require a ticket purchase. 

It’s easy to understand why the Beaufort Annual Water Festival was voted Best Community Festival for 2019!

More information and full schedule click on this link

It’s Peach Season and we’re in for a bumper crop!

An apple is an excellent thing — until you have tried a peach.

George du Maurier

According to the Farm Service Agency of the Department of Agriculture, there are 13,986 total acres of peaches planted in South Carolina. That’s a lot of peaches and with a bumper crop expected it’s time to get out those recipes and maybe even a few canning jars.

Peaches are so sweet and juicy it’s hard to imagine they’d be good for keeping the body trim and healthy too. An average peach (think four peaches to a pound) has only 38 calories!  A peach is more than 80% water and a terrific source of dietary fiber.

Peaches are a very good source of antioxidant Vitamin C, which helps the body boost its immune system. In addition, they are a good source of Vitamins A and B, energy, potassium, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and iron.

In late June and July these varieties will be at their peak:

  • Red Globe
  • Cresthaven
  • O’Henry

There will always be an occasion for a hearty Peach Cobbler (and we know you have a recipe) but for those of us looking for a lighter way to enjoy this delicious peach bonanza the South Carolina Peach Council offers this recipe for Fresh Peach Salsa. It’s excellent with fish, chicken, and pork dishes. 

And it’s easy and fast to prepare!

Fresh Peach Salsa

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe firm peaches peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup of chopped green onions
  • ½ teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of white pepper
  • 2 tablespoon of chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • ¼ cup of finely chopped yellow bell pepper
  • ¼ cup of finely chopped orange bell pepper

In chilled non-metal bowl, gently stir together all ingredients and cover. Refrigerate for 90 minutes before serving.

Refreshing Teas and Sippers 

The warmer summer weather is perfect for these cooling and hydrating beverages. And you get peaches to drink!

Fresh Peach Lemonade from Joan Halliford, Taste of Home

This makes 5 servings but just double the recipe for more.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 2 medium peaches, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced
  • Mint sprigs, optional (but delicious)

In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups water, peaches and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5-7 minutes or until peaches are tender. Remove from the heat. Cool. Strain, discarding peach skins.

In a large pitcher, combine the peach mixture, lemon juice and remaining water. Add lemon slices and mint if desired. Serve over ice.

Lemonade Iced Tea – Makes 8 cups – from Southern Living Magazine

Similar to an Arnold Palmer, this refreshing drink combines two summer favorites  – lemonade and iced tea. Turn this into a cocktail by adding bourbon or spiced dark rum.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 1 (1-oz.) fresh mint leaves (about 1 cup loosely packed)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 (6-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • Garnish: fresh citrus slices

Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan. Remove from heat, add tea bags, and stir in fresh mint. Cover and steep 10 minutes.

Remove and discard tea bags and mint. Stir in sugar until dissolved.

Pour tea into a 3-qt. container, and stir in 4 cups cold water and lemonade concentrate. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

If you want to make this an “adult” beverage just add bourbon or rum

Bourbon-Lemonade Iced Tea: Prepare recipe as directed, and stir in 1 cup bourbon. Makes 9 cups.

Spiced Dark Rum-Lemonade Iced Tea: Prepare recipe as directed, and stir in 1 cup spiced dark rum. Makes 9 cups.

About that Peach Cobbler….

We published a link to this southern classic in our Celadon News a few years back. If you missed it, here is the link again. 

Classic Peach Cobbler

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