Best Small Towns to Retire in Colorado

Points out some of the best small towns to live and retire in Colorado. If you want to take a look outside and be in constant amazement whenever you do, then Colorado is definitely a place to consider retiring to.

Did you recently retire and you are looking for a really great place to retire to?  Maybe you will be retiring soon and you are looking forward to some peace and quiet after a lifelong of working really hard.  For a lot of people, they opt to retire in places like Florida where it is warm and sunny all year round.  Still, it is good to be open to other options because there are many places in the United States that are definitely looking into.  Colorado happens to be one of them and before you start thinking that retirees generally do not like skiing, these are some things that you should know about the place. Here are nine of the best smalls towns to live in Colorado. Continue reading “Best Small Towns to Retire in Colorado”



Best Small Town for Retirement in Florida

Best Small Town for Retirement in Florida

Do you want to retire to the Sunshine State, but want to skip the crowded streets, high housing prices, and worrisome crime rates of big cities like Miami and Jacksonville? Small town Florida living offers all of the benefits you seek – great climate, senior-friendly tax laws, proximity to beaches, great healthcare facilities – without the nuisances of urban retirement. Although the “best” place to retire is a very subjective question, but several  Florida small towns really stands out. Here are some of our favorites. Continue reading “Best Small Town for Retirement in Florida”



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.



Small Town Pride | Best Towns Contests

Small Town Pride | Best Towns Contests

I have noticed people living in small towns have a lot of pride about where they live.  They have pride in their local parades and community events like fairs, art festivals and beauty contests. They have pride in their high school sports teams. They have pride in winning town contests.

Magazines hold contests where you can vote for your small town to win the title of something and people really get involved and promote voting for their town. I did a post about the South’s Tastiest Small Towns contest. Then there are the prettiest towns,  best places to live, most liveable towns, best small towns for food, healthiest small towns and many others.

People like calling their town “the best” in anything. Newspapers and Chamber of Commerces really liked the PR of having the title of being ‘the best” gives their town.

In the news today, I see the headline “Travelers Rest tied for third in ‘coolest small towns’ contest.  This is in the Budget Travel magazine’s annual contest to find the coolest small towns in America.  Other finalists include Berlin, Md.; Buckhannon, W.Va.; Cazenovia, N.Y.; Deadwood, S.D.; Elkin, N.C.; Estes Park, Colo.; Evergaldes City, Fla.; Galena, Ill.; Hunting Woods, Mich,; Kelleys Island, Ohio; Matthews, Va.; Nevada City, Calif.; Pahoa, Hawaii; and Rockport, Texas.  Apparently there were about 1,000 small town entries in the coolest small town contest.

So I went to the Budget Travel website to see what the criteria is for the coolest small towns 2014 but only see “we know a cool small town when we see it”.  I guess coolness is hard to define but you will know it when you see it.

So I go over to view the comments left by people on the contest page to see if I can find any clues as to why a small town may be cool.

Fay says “Travelers Rest SC is the perfect place for people who love the outdoors and want the very best of living with nature and having all the things civilization has to offer in Greenville. Lots of local culture and the ocean is only 4 hours away.”  (Ashevlle is nearby too).

The contest does have a good description for each of the finalists in coolest small town contest. You have until Feb 25th to vote.



Are Best Small Towns to Visit Good For Retirement

small town homeThe Smithsonian Magazine has come out with the Best Small Towns to Visit list and since this blog is titled “Best Small Towns to Retire” I jumped on it.  Of course the best small towns to visit could be different than the best towns to retire let alone live in.  They go on with a sub title “the most intriguing small towns to enjoy arts and smarts”.  How catchy.

So they screened for small towns big on culture and looked at small towns with populations of less than 15,000.   If that possible?

Further they embellish “Happily, the top towns also boast heartwarming settings where the air is a little fresher, the grass greener, the pace gentler than in metropolitan America.”   Continuing “Most important are the people, unpretentious people with small town values and high cultural expectations- not a bad recipe for society at large”.   Well with all that testing they certainly have a larger budget than I do, so I will consider their best small towns list.

Ok what do we have on the list of the 22 best small towns?  This is going to be good.

1. First up is Gettysburg, PA home of the Gettysburg battlefield which draws over a million vlsitors a year and a quant towns with relic stores, a Museum, a tavern, even a winery.

Well this may be fine a place visit and maybe even to live or retire in, but I just wonder if you would tire of the blue grey theme. See our Best Small Towns in Pennsylvania

Note: don’t worry I am not going to cover all 22 small towns here. See them yourself here.

2. St. Augustine on Florida NE coast is near the top of the best towns list too.  They point out the Dow Museum with a current collection on loan of 39 artworks by Pablo Picasso.   The Lighthouse and Museum and even an Alligator Farm.

I have heard St. Augustine is beautiful so it may be fine a fine place to retire and is worth checking out.   Not on our Best Small Towns in Florida to Retire In list, but a candidate.

Some others on the best towns lists include:  Sitka AK – well everyone knows Sitka a good place to visit just ask anyone who has ever taken an Alaskan cruise, but I don’t see it is a place to retire, at least not for me.   Sausalito CA is another interesting place to visit and probably to live if you can afford it.   Jackson WY is a wonderful place to visit I can attest to after taking two vacations there.  In Jackson there may be some seasonal homes there too.  At one time a lot of California people were moving there.  I have only seen Lihue HI as a cruise ship passenger but I could see retiring there.

Well these 22 small towns really do seem like a good place to visit, maybe even to stay awhile.



Best Small Towns to Live in Maryland

With four seasons this New England state of Maryland has several small towns which we consider the best to live or retire in. Here is our list of the best small towns includes these in Maryland.

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With four seasons this New England state of Maryland has several small towns  which we consider the best to live or retire in. Here are three towns from our list of the best small towns in Maryland.

1. Easton

Located along Maryland’s eastern coast, Easton has approximately 10,000 residents and is know for its excellent health care system and its cultural activities including a historic theater and art venues.  Easton offers four seasons and a variety of outdoor activities. The Chesapeake River offers a nice location for sailing, fishing or boating and the town presents seven scenic golf courses that are noted throughout the region as some of the best holes in New England. The Eastern shore offers retirement and 2nd homes as well.  Chesapeake Active Adult Living Community, a Del Webb 55 Plus community is located in Easton MD and should be checked out if you are 55+.   Easy commute to Washington DC, Baltimore and Annapolis from the Eastern Shore.

2. Crofton

The town of Crofton was originally a gated community that surrounds a large scenic loop that encompasses two elementary schools, a country club and a town hall. One year Crofton was named one of the 100 Best Places to Live in the US.  The Crofton Parkway is designed for bicyclists and joggers who long for outdoor exercise and fresh air offered in Crofton. The area is a safe community with an exceptionally low crime rate. Crofton is only thirty minutes away from Baltimore MD which makes it a desirable place for city dwellers wishing to slow down a bit. Crofton’s population is about 28,000.

Photos of Tilghman Island, St. Michaels
This photo of Tilghman Island is courtesy of TripAdvisor

3. Tilghman Island

Another desirable small towns along Maryland’s eastern shore lies the picturesque town of Tilghman Island, the so-called Pearl of the Chesapeake Bay.  The area is considered to be unspoiled and a place where one goes to unwind and relax. The town is filled with quaint spots for shopping and dining, City walk sightseeing, the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum and is a working watermen’s village with excellent fishing, an excellent retirement activity.  Take a visit to Tilghman Island for a peaceful getaway to check it out.

See our page for the top 7 best smalls towns in Maryland for more towns to consider.  Also check out our Maryland Retirement Communities to see 55+ communities in Maryland.