When thoughts turn to the things we are grateful to have and thankful to know – whether at Thanksgiving or any time of the year – our home here in Sea Pines comes high on the list. So often, Swallowtail visitors become Swallowtail owners, thanks to the experiences they hold dear here with friends, family, and loved ones. Whether the time we spend here is a week, a month, or year-round, the sense of belonging here comes easily. This feeling of belonging enhances the Swallowtail experience for visitors and residents alike.
Our location here in the middle of the “Miracle Mile” was part of the plan when Sea Pines founder Charles Fraser envisioned a world-class resort on this quiet, historic sea island. The influence of his ideas in the way resorts are developed was so profound that they are all but taken for granted today. In that impact, we lose sight of how remarkable his approach really was.
The genius behind the Sea Pines Resort touched us here at Sea Pines Center, not only in where The Center was placed, but also in how it was composed. Evident throughout Sea Pines are examples of what the world’s leading designers today call “considerate design.” Today, good design is not for show, they say. “The old luxury” is what designers call the plush, overstuffed look of privilege seen in times past. The idea today is that design features reflect how carefully our needs and desires were considered.
The insights of knowing where something should be placed so it will come to hand easily, of understanding what we will want and when, of anticipating what we will enjoy – this is the essence of considerate design. We are fortunate to have it built in to Swallowtail and to be surrounded by a masterpiece of this influence in the Sea Pines Resort.
Nestled in Nature
Preserving the shade, silhouettes, and wind songs of the spruce, loblolly, and long-leaf pine; and the stately stance of the Spanish moss-draped live oaks became essential to the mission of the Sea Pines founder. In pursuing this vision in Sea Pines, Charles Fraser overcame the inertia of old ideas and the hesitance of new investment as he patiently put together the paradise we see around us today.
This original vision attracted people to Sea Pines who were grateful to carry it forward. With these experienced residents came some high standards, born from having sampled the best in their travels throughout the world. Their preferences, and the ways that sustain those preferences, became the ways of life reflected today in Sea Pines. It’s not a flashy kind of wealth, but rather a sense of prosperity based on wisdom and awareness. The gentleness and good judgement that abound here make for good company.