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Asheville, North Carolina: Retire to your happy place
When you retire in North Carolina, you can lay to rest the myth that you can’t have it all. North Carolina offers a temperate climate, with four distinct seasons that include plenty of sunshine and a lot less snow than the northern states. It’s a state that’s known for culture, history, knowledge, fun, and an affordable cost of living (lower than the national average).
Once you decide North Carolina presents the retirement lifestyle you want, consider Asheville as your new home. For many reasons, this southern city will give you a retirement that delivers a wealth of opportunities without costing a fortune.
#1. It’s the Happiest City. Researchers have been looking at the Asheville lifestyle for many years, and they continue to agree that the city is a great place to live. From Self Magazine’s proclamation of Asheville as “The Happiest City” to Livability.com ranking it as one of the top 100 “Best Places to Live”, there’s no doubt that you will feel right at home in this western North Carolina city. Conde Nast Traveler’s readers have repeatedly listed Asheville among “The Best Small Cities in the U.S.” With the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding you and all the joys of southern hospitality, what’s not to be happy about? Click here for a full (and very long list) of Asheville’s accolades.
#2. It’s a haven for foodies and art lovers. If you fall into either or both of these categories, your appetite will be forever fed with Asheville’s incredibly diverse array of eateries, galleries, studios, art museums, and architecture. American Style Magazine named Asheville as the “#1 Best Small City” for its artful influence. You will discover a never-ending array of cultural activities. Stroll the streets and explore the architecture while entertained by street performers. Catch an outdoor concert or the annual Shakespeare Under the Stars. Or simply wander through any of more than 30 galleries,the Folk Art Center or Asheville Art Museum.
When the exploration whets your appetite, great food is always on the menu. Zagat ranked Asheville as one of the “30 Most Exciting Food Cities in America 2017”. You can find just about any type of cuisine here, from ethnic to vegan.
#3. Learning is a lifelong activity. The University of North Carolina has an Asheville campus that is home to the Creative Center for Retirement. You can pursue your interest in a long list of topics, including Business, Dance, History, Personal Development,Music, Studio Arts, Technology, and so much more. The Creative Center for Retirement offers about 100 courses that will challenge your mind, spark your curiosity, and teach you new skills. Consider classes like “Basic Oil Painting, Especially for Guys!” “Where Does English Come From and Where’s It Going?” and “Good Yoga for the Elder Being”.
#4. The healthcare is top-notch. Downtown Asheville’s Mission Hospital earns high praise as a Top 100 Heart Hospital and one of the Top 15 Health Care Systems in the country. The hospital provides exceptional care and treatment for cancer, chronic, heart disease, orthopedics, neuroscience, sleep disorders, surgery, and weight management. Asheville is also home to the VAMC, which provides care for more than 100,000 veterans.
#5. You can’t beat the scenery. Take the Blue Ridge Parkway and experience the splendor of “America’s Most Scenic Road” (according to Fodor’s which certainly knows America’s roads). Stop along the way for hiking in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Sit by a waterfall or watch the whitewater raging by. You can cast a fishing line in French Broad River. Or simply enjoy the stunning scenery as Asheville’s panorama shifts from season to season.
Life is good in Asheville. Retirement is great.