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North Carolina

Best North Carolina Small Towns

North Carolina has some of the very best small towns to relocate to. Such a varied state is NC. You have the Western Mountains (blue ridge mountains) which are beautiful, the Beaches, the large metro areas and more.

We just visited Asheville NC and noticed many new retirement communities around the area. We took the Asheville Food Tour and enjoyed the eclectic downtown area as well.

Hendersonville NC is another area we visited and walked down their wonderful Main Street and visited the Visitors Center where they were very help. Lots of retirees moving to Hendersonville. But here is another town you may want to consider for NC.

Best Small Towns for Retirement in North Carolina

Charlotte Area – All around Charlotte metro area seems to be the place for Active Adult Communities: Trilogy Lake Norman up on the Nortwest side of Charlotte,  Lennar at Imagery at Mount Holly, Tree Tops also by  Lennar Homes on the Southside down by Sun City Lakes which is all resales by now, Cresswind Charlotte a 55+ community over on the East side next to the hospital, Carolina Orchards, a Del Webb Community down on the Southside at Fort Mill. These are the big five retirement communities near Charlotte NC.

Chapel Hill – If you are seeking the perfect small town retirement location, and are drawn to the moderate climate and Southern charm of North Carolina, the small city of Chapel Hill may be the place for you. Chapel Hill, located in North Carolina’s “Research Triangle” (home to three renowned universities, teaching hospitals, and one of the largest research parks in the nation), offers everything a retiree desires. Not only are there cultural activities, medical facilities, and other senior-friendly amenities galore, but the area’s four distinct seasons draw retirees from across the country.

Chapel Hill, situated in the hills of central North Carolina, enjoys close proximity to three thriving institutions of higher learning – the University of NC at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, and Duke University. College towns in general are enriching and invigorating places to retire – with art, music, education, a wide variety of dining options, and a “young” atmosphere – and Chapel Hill offers these benefits threefold.

The proximity of the universities also means that stellar medical care is available only minutes away from downtown Chapel Hill. Both the University of North Carolina and Duke University have large, modern teaching hospitals, and the large number of seniors moving to the area have drawn even more world-class health facilities into the region.

As a popular retirement destination, the Chapel Hill area boasts a number of 55+ communities that offer resort retirement living, although the cost of housing here is higher than in many small town retirement locations. There are golf communities, mixed-generation neighborhoods with a senior-friendly focus, and assisted living facilities. Closer to downtown, retirement condominiums and apartments are also available. Active retirees can enjoy the vibrant cultural scene in and around the city, or pursue recreational activities among the nearby mountains and beaches, both just a couple of hours’ drive away. With many social activities and dining establishments in town, meeting other retirees and making new friends can be easier than in smaller or more rural settings.

If you are considering North Carolina as a retirement destination, this charming small city with a cosmopolitan atmosphere may appeal to you. You may want to look into the city of Chapel Hill proper, or one of the many 55+ communities nestled among surrounding towns such as Carrboro and Durham.

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Asheville NC
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Originally posted 2020-09-02 09:47:51.

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Georgia

Home With Southern Charm in Bogart (near Athens GA)

Bogart GA

Last weekend I went to a wedding in Bogart Georgia which is located off the Atlanta Hwy just outside Athens.  The house where the wedding took place was in a large house that has been turned into a special events facility.  Getting outside Metro Atlanta and visiting this place took me take to my Southern roots.  I was born in Middle Georgia and went  to the University of Georgia in Athens.

This house as you can see from the picture of the front porch was Southern style through and through.  Very nice wedding took place there but first we had cocktails on the back patio overlooking the gardens and little court yard areas with small buildings around.  Inside had hardwoods floors and nice windows.  The house was nice but I think it was the outside which impressed me.  I took some more pictures, but I don’t want to be tacky and post someone’s wedding photos so I will stick with these two.

It was a very peaceful  setting to have a wedding.  The thought occurs about living in a house like this one and how  neat that would be.

Maybe if it was in Athens which is one of the most charming towns in Georgia but Bogart is a little remote for me.  But I do like those Southern Style homes and wouldn’t mind living in one.

wedding day

Actually, it is called The Thompson House and Gardens and here is a better picture.

Bogart house

Originally posted 2013-10-13 23:51:58.

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Retirement

RETIREMENT ADVENTURES – TOUR YOUR OWN CITY

Atlanta Zoo
MLK Tomb
MLK Tomb
Oval Office at Carter Presidential Center

Retirement Activities in Your Own City

Many times we boomers travel and discover the attractions of other cities in the US and around the world, most often during our short vacations in our working years.  We just want to get away for a few days and do something different. We visit remarkable museums and landmarks and wonder what it would be like to live in other places.

In retirement I have noticed that I can experience some of these discoveries right here in my own city, during most any mid week day for very little money but get the same thrill and pleasure of visiting some new places.  Most people do not take in the sights in their own city when they are working as they do not have the time or can’t get away for many reasons.  But every city has attractions enjoyed by out of town visitors but not fully enjoyed by the city’s own residents.

For example last weekend I visited the Atlanta Zoo with my wife, our nephew and his wife and two kids.  Beautiful fall day with blue skies and made a day of it, ending up with dinner in the trendy Virginia Highlands neighborhood.  Got the senior discount at the zoo.  Took plenty of pictures. It has been 23 years since I last visited the Atlanta Zoo, so this was like a new trip for me.

Woke up today a few days later, with another beautiful Fall day with powder blue skies and decided to go two places that I have never visited before and always wanted to: Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum.

I researched on the Internet and then headed down GA 400 to visit the Martin Luther King , Jr, National Historic Site.  It is a short block off I-75 in downtown Atlanta.  Plenty of free parking and walked over to the King Center and toured the museum (free admission) before walking over to Dr. King’s Tomb and Eternal Fame. A film crew was filming. A couple of doors down is the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Heritage Sanctuary which is being renovated for a 2011 opening.

Next back in the car for a short 1.5 mile trip down Freedom Parkway to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum.  Wow, this is a large complex with the Carter Center (not open to visitors) and then the library and museum.  After paying the $8 senior admission fee I toured a very interesting museum.  Man the stuff the other nations give our Presidents as gifts is amazing!  Had lunch right there with fried chicken and two sides for $5.50.  Enjoyed the nice grounds and the lovely Koi pond.

Back home this afternoon thinking this was really something and wondering why I haven’t visited these two huge attractions after living here most of my life. But this week confirms to me that a large benefit of being retired is the ability and interest to get out and see and do things in my own backyard that maybe I didn’t do earlier.

– Robert Fowler

Originally posted 2010-10-21 17:36:09.

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Gainesville Hoschton

Two Interesting Small Towns with Retirement Communities in Georgia

Interesting Georgia Small Towns with Retirement Communities

Retirement communities and small towns go together anywhere and Georgia is no exception.

Maybe it is the idea that folks want to slow down and get out of the rat race. Maybe some folks remember growing up in a small town and would like to return to the days not so complicated by traffic and businesses everywhere.  Some want the natural scenery and being close to many outdoors attractions. Some say the land is cheaper for the big track of land to be developed into a large retirement community.

What ever the reasons, many of the retirement communities in Georgia are located in small towns, albeit many are in close proximity to the large Atlanta metro area.

So what are some of the small towns with retirement communities in Georgia?

Fall Festival in Hoschton GA
Fall Festival in Hoschton GA

1.  Hoschton, GA – Is home to Village at Deaton Creek, a Del Webb community of over 1,000 homes. By the way a new hospital with 100 beds is under contruction adjacent to this community.  The City of Hoschton is a small community located just off Interstate  I-85 in Jackson Country in North Georgia.  This area where Deaton Creek is located is the convergence of three or four counties and most of the homes are actually located in Hall County but have a Hoschton mailing address.  This area is a small community but close enough to be at Mall of Georgia in about 20 minutes.  This mixes the advantage of small town living and the convenience of being less that 45 minutes from cities like Athens, Gainesville and Atlanta metro.

Lake Lanier GA
Lake Lanier GA

2.  Gainesville, GA – ia home to  Cresswind at Lake Lanier, a wonderful retirement community on Lake Lanier while still in the city of Gainesville, which is the country seat of Hall County. Downtown Gainesville has a mixture of shops and first class restaurants. Also there are like 4 or 5 theaters and playhouses in Gainesville. At the foothills of the North Georgia mountains and easy access to Metro Atlanta from both I-985 and GA 400, Gainesville is a highly rated town for retirement with excellent hospital, shopping, Lake Lanier and more.

Other Georgia towns with nice retirement communities are Griffin, Canton and Greensboro.

Originally posted 2014-02-25 22:06:39.

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Small Town Living

Small Town Living Headlines

Small Town Living Headlines

This blog is about small towns and a lot of headlines about small town living cross my desk every week. This post will highlight some of the more interesting ones about small towns.

small town lifeMiniature Paintings Pay Homage To Small Town Life – Well this guy, Rod Penner, takes a photo of a ordinary and unassuming scene from small town life and then goes about creating a very detailed painting of the scene.  Not only that, but they are miniature paintings, like post card size.

If you ever lived in a small town you will think you recognize some of these scenes.

The scene to the right is a Penner painting. Source: story

fictional small towns5 Fictional Bollywood Towns That Have Great Tourism Potential – Well this is certainly an interesting story … seems Indian film makers are making up stories and characters in small towns, that is fictional small towns, that have their own interesting and colorful cultures. These towns have their own distinct characters in the films. Some suggest these fictional small towns would have great tourism potential.  So would this be like visiting Hunger Games?   Source: story

25 Signs You Grew Up in a Small Town – Well if you  grow up in a small town as I did, you will recognize at least a few of these.

A few of the signs you grew up in a small town that I like:

  • 2) You could name every person in your graduating class. (I think I had about 52 in my graduating class).
  • 5) You never carried a key for your house because it was always unlocked.
  • 11) An exciting day was driving 20 miles to the nearest Walmart or McDonlad’s. (yes, driving the 15 miles to Milledgeville to the Dairy Queen/Braissaire was a treat!
  • 21) you went to school with kids from eight other tiny towns. (yes, we only had one high school in Wilkinson County in Middle Georgia  and went to school with kids from Gordon, Irwinton, Toomsboro, MyIntyre, Allenton, Ivey – well only 6) Source: story

small town living

Originally posted 2013-11-24 13:47:22.

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Marietta

Downtowns in Small Towns Make Come Back

Marietta GA small town

Remember in the 60’s and 70’s when mon and pop businesses on main street in most small towns were being driven out of business by big box retailers like Walmart who settled on the outskirts of town on the bypass and near the edge of the freeways and sold at at discounts the Mom and Pops could not match?  In additional to cheaper prices there was plenty of parking and the newness of it.  Then after a while the main street of small towns were ghost towns.

Now many of small towns have their main streets and downtown section back in business with more mom and pop businesses like restaurants, clubs, music stories, antique shops, restored move theaters and more. There are town greens, town squares, bandstands, free concerts, art shows and people walking around taking it all in.  A stroll around on main street of many small towns making you feel good and enjoy their comebacks.    Some housing is even taking place in or near these walkable down towns with lofts being made from old buildings that were hotels or above store fronts or even new construction for people who like living in a walkable community.  The buy local movement plays right in to these down towns with some having weekly farmers markets and seasonal festivals featuring local craftsman.  Then there are new communities on the outskirts that try to bring this small town feel to lifestyle with a town square and walking trails, and some retail.

Some downtown in small towns are going beyond and becoming quite trendy and artsy sporting boutiques and tasty unique restaurants.  Many times local governments have helped bring these downtown back by making improvements including building city centers to get things started.  I am writing this post tonight after spending the day in Marietta Georgia, strolling around their town square, vising museums, antique shops, having lunch at a nice restaurant, stopping by the visitors center and buying tickets for a future concert on the square.   There were many people strolling around and enjoying the Spring weather and this beautiful small town. It is good to see small towns across America make a come back.

Originally posted 2010-04-07 22:18:36.