Southern Cities Reviewed

Southern Towns for Retirement
Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Southern Living Magazine’s October issue just came out and has a great Southern Cities Review section which reviews Asheville, Louisville, Austin and Pensacola.  If you can pick up a copy I think you will find it interesting like I did, if you are a fan of city reviews.

Asheville NC is well know as a great retirement town. It is a college and trendy downtown with boutiques, art galleries, organic markets, bookstores, and is walkable.  You are surrounded by majestic mountains that offer sightseeing, hiking and day trips. Sounds good to me.

Austin TX is well know as a young person place with it’s music, urban loft living and a lot to see and do.  But these same traits are attractive to seniors.
Louisville Kentucky’s downtown is right on the river and is a well keep secret of a really neat place to visit (and live).  Art galleries, shops and entertainment.  In May Derby week is really something to behold (I have been twice!).

Pensacola FL downtown has a rich and long history evident with it’s brick streets and Art Deco buildings.  Very walkable downtown square.

source: Southern Living Magazine

Retirement Community Vacation Getaway

Would you like to see what living in an active adult community or other retirement community is really like?  One visit gives you a taste but staying over night at the property and using their facilities, joining their activities and meeting and speaking with some of the existing property owners does give you a much better feel for the property.  Eating at local restrurants and visiting the local grocery to see how it is, looking for entertainment also gives you a feel for the area.

Well you may be interested to know that many of the active adult communities offer a “Vacation Getaway” program where you may visit their community for between 2 to 4 nights in most cases.  You would stay in one of their vilas or model home, use their golf cart to get around, use their activities center including pool, exercise room, etc.

These active adult communities are offering this Vacation Getaway program so that you may really get interested in their community and want to live there.  There are some strings attached, like you must live 100 miles away form the community and you must agree to take a tour with a sales agent.  However these are not high pressure “timeshare” type deals and are really enjoyable.  There is a reasonable fee charge per day for your stay and many communities give you a coupon for a free dinner at a nice restaurant.

Almost all the largest 55 plus community developers offer this Vacation Getaway program.

If you are a member of Facebook, seach Del Webb and you will see their page. Then click on the Explore DW tab at the top of the page.  They list the Vacation Getaways at many of their communities across the country. We did the one at Lake Oconee GA for two nights and had a great trip.
Robson has a preferred guest program that includes 3 nights at one of their communities.

There are many other programs but they change all the time.  Just search “retirement community vacation getaways” on google and you will find more.