Live a Little Easier in this Senior Living Town That Made Sweet Tea Famous

Parents drinking tea with their daughter at local cafeIn Summerville, majestic forests, fragrant flowers in bloom, and three centuries of heritage and unmistakable Southern charm create quite a recipe for distinctive small-town living. In fact, South Carolinians and even others from around the world used to come to Summerville in search of respite from summer’s heat and even the purported healing powers of the region’s centuries-old swaying pines. These days, there’s even more to love about life in and around our charming Lowcountry home!

Historic Downtown Summerville is now a modern-day hub for boutique shopping, world-class dining, culture and entertainment, and the Summerville Farmers Market, a local favorite which comes alive each Saturday from April to December. The Downtown streets, however, remain lined with beautiful and architecturally significant buildings which span multiple generations. The town itself is home to more than 700 homes and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, many of which can be seen while strolling the Downtown corridor.

Arts and theater lovers will find multiple appealing choices in Summerville as well. Options include the Flowertown Players, Summerville’s community theater, whose productions have graced the James F. Dean Theater stage for more than 40 years. The Summerville Orchestra performs year-round at multiple venues including the Summers Corner Performing Arts Center, and signature public art and sculpture installations await throughout the streets and parklands of Summerville.

From our doorstep at TerraBella Summerville, it’s walking distance to the Oakbrook Nature Trail, a great spot for birdwatching and getting moving in an enjoyable, nature-rich setting. Outdoor lovers will also want to experience the rugged beauty of the upper Ashley River, which flows nearby, as well as check out the Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, where remarkably preserved archeological remains give a glimpse into the (very) early history of South Carolina.

Follow the Ashley River east towards nearby Charleston and encounter iconic places from America’s history including Middleton Place, the stunningly beautiful Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, and Drayton Hall and its more than 265 years of history and heritage.

Back in Summerville, be sure to experience the Flowertown Festival, held annually in Azalea Park, itself a flower-filled oasis near the center of the Downtown entertainment district. Plus, this being the “Birthplace of Sweet Tea,” you can’t miss the annual Sweet Tea Festival and sampling the area’s best year-round along the Sweet Tea Trail.

Our community sits within easy reach of all this and so much more, including many of our own favorite neighborhood spots for dining and recreation. A convenient central location, delightful small-town feel, and big-time possibilities for fun and entertainment just add to the list of reasons why TerraBella Summerville provides a perfect setting for living well and enjoying life here in the Carolina Lowcountry.