I remember vacating during the Summer in Burlington VT , what a great time. What’s not to like… walkable downtown with great restaurants, located right on Lake Champlain. Visiting Vermont Teddy Bear outlet, Ben and Jerry’s and a short ride up to Stowe Vermont, a ski village with apple cider, cheese shops and scenery all around.
Then I thought out loud…this may be a good place to retire. Well, I was quickly reminded about the harsh Winters and winds off Lake Champlain. It seems Burlington VT is a great place to visit in the Summer, but not in the Winter.
Mary Ann and I just spend 9 days in Spokane WA. We stayed at The Continental Hotel at The Park, Riverfront Park that is. Located on scenic Spokane River, Riverfront Park is right downtown and easy walking distance to lots of restaurants and the rest of downtown.
We visited Spokane Falls, toured historic Campbell house, and saw there were many gardens in Spokane Parks.
Walking downtown we found all kinds of neat restaurants, Steelhead Grille was one of our favorites. Main Street Market Food Co-op was another favorite.. kind of a mini Whole Foods run and owned by some cool people. Things were really different than back in our home state of Georgia, but we liked the change.
Again, the Winters could be pretty cold, we were told. A Summer cottage sounds tempting.
Live Part of the Year in a Small Town
Many retirees live part of the year in the Sun Belt states, notably Florida, SC, even Georgia. But what if you lived in the South and spend some of the Summer in a small town in other parts of the country, like the two I like above. I really have not heard too much of that happening but it sounds like an idea.
The idea is not new. Many residents of Atlanta have Summer homes in Cashiers NC and Western NC. Many times these are weekend homes for people working in the city. But renting a home in Western NC, Boone NC, Bar Harbour Maine, Portland Oregon, Spokane WA, Jackson Hole WY (expensive), or other places during the Summer, really sounds like a good idea. Being retired, a person could have a seasonal home in a small town in other sections of the country and enjoy the variety.