Portland Oregon Forest

Celebrate Earth Day In Oregon’s Greenest City

Earth Day is to Portland as Times Square is to New York. When it comes to sustainability, and environmental consciousness, you’d think the City of Roses was where this annual event got started. Intellectual and trendy with a vibe that’s hard to beat, Portland is more than a progressive metropolis that happens to be surrounded by a forest of lush green and acres of farmland. Known as an outdoor lovers utopia, this tree-hugging, reusable bag toting city takes serious pride in being named one of America’s greenest cities by Travel & Leisure Magazine, and it has the renewable energy to prove it.

You’ll see plenty of electric, and hybrid vehicles out on the road, but alternative modes of transportation are how Portland keeps its carbon footprint on the down low. If they’re not getting around on foot, the majority of PDX residents take advantage of the incredibly efficient public transit network, from the Max Light Rail, and Portland Streetcar, to the TriMet bus system. With more than 180 bike lanes, and 85 miles of paths, there’s no doubt Portland’s preferred mode travel is on two wheels, and the open road. Named the #1 bike city in the U.S by Bicycling.com, and with 7.2% of the population commuting by bike according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland isn’t just bicycle friendly, it’s a cyclist’s paradise.

Take Your Family on a Luxurious Getaway to The Royalton Riviera Cancun

As your grandkids get older and lose interest in dolls and remote control cars, you might be thinking outside the box for meaningful gift ideas. Let’s face it, most of us don’t remember the teddy bears as much as the adventures we took with our grandparents. Spending time with the younger generation is priceless, and what better way to create memories than to take them on an unforgettable vacation? Not just any vacation, we’re talking a stamped passport, resort-style trip to Cancun, Mexico, and if you’re wondering where to stay, the Royalton Riviera Resort & Spa is the ultimate luxury experience.

Everything you’d ever want in a vacation you’ll find at Royalton Riviera. Not only is this luxury resort located in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, but the exhaustive array of A-lister amenities turns a trip to Cancun into an all-inclusive getaway. Whether you’re bringing youngsters or teenagers, you’ll be guaranteed to win the grandparent of the year award. The Royalton Riviera offers kids of all ages their own exclusive activities from the Clubhouse Kids Club, and Splash Safari, to the Hangout Teen Lounge where they’ll find gaming, and entertainment options to keep them busy for hours.

Rio Grande NM

Discover The Spirit of the Rio Grande

Albuquerque, or as locals like to call it ABQ, has a free-spirited character, a vibrant artsy persona, and a centuries-old past. Named one of Sunset Magazine’s best cities to live, boasting more than 310 days of sun, and endless opportunities for recreation and entertainment, stopping to take a raincheck isn’t really on the radar. This multi-cultural destination is home to the picturesque Sandia Mountains, and mighty Rio Grand River, along with iconic historic landmarks that celebrate the city’s Native American, and Spanish heritage. For active adults with a passion for warm desert climates, outdoor fun, and adding green chili to just about everything, Albuquerque is guaranteed to be their soulmate.

Founded in 1706, Albuquerque captures the essence of the Southwest with its showcase of natural beauty and artistic expression. Spanish and Native American cultures converge to create a city steeped in tradition from the historic exhibits found at the Indian Pueblo, and National Hispanic Cultural Centers, to the volcanic rock carvings of Petroglyph National Monument. The true heart of Albuquerque is in Old Town where the streets are lined with Pueblo-Spanish style adobe architecture, and vivid splashes of color adorning storefronts, and museums. Home to more than 100 galleries, stores, and eateries, history buffs, and art lovers will love getting lost in the authenticity of this Albuquerque landmark. Visitors to Old Town can get in the spirit on a ghost tour, explore native horticulture at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden, but the food scene is the main attraction. From swanky French cuisine to the kind of authentic Mexican food people write home about, this town has an eclectic mix of palate-pleasing options.

Tips For a Healthy Spring Makeover

With winter behind us, and longer days ahead, the coming months are an exciting time to revisit those January resolutions and kickstart our health goals. As markets become more bountiful, and sidewalks thaw out to make way for running shoes, the energy behind this seasonal shift has an irresistible way of getting us off the couch, and out into the open. From cleaning up our diets to developing a solid routine, our homes aren’t the only ones that can benefit from a spring cleaning.

Find Joy in What Moves You
If you have a love-hate relationship with exercise, you’re not alone. Nothing puts the brakes on a fitness routine like a workout that feels more like a chore, so if slaving away on the treadmill isn’t feeling inspiring, consider changing it up! Now that the weather is warming up, find a form of movement that motivates you like riding a bike, running, hiking or even taking the dog on a brisk morning walk. The Centers for Disease Control recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week which doesn’t have to be regimented exercise, and can easily include anything from yard work to reaching to the top of a breathtaking summit.

Gatherings of Lake Nona

Coming Soon! Gatherings of Lake Nona

When it comes to downsizing, purchasing a second home or simply wanting a carefree lifestyle, condominiums are an ideal choice. For retirees, and empty nesters living in the sun-drenched city of Orlando, the only thing they should be worrying about is packing the sunblock for a day on the town, and this brand new 55+ community is guaranteed to check off all the boxes. Set to open this coming May, the newly constructed Gatherings of Lake Nona by Beazer Homes is a beautiful active adult community designed to take the hassle out of home maintenance, and give residents the chance pursue their dreams.

This amenity-rich neighborhood is nestled within the master planned community of Lake Nona, and conveniently located just minutes from Orlando International Airport, the VA hospital, and plentiful entertainment, dining, and shopping. Active is the key selling point of this community because 55+ just means 55 more ways for residents to plan their next adventure. The concept behind the Gatherings design is to provide an energy efficient, cost-effective home without sacrificing space or style, along with providing a socially engaging, and wellness oriented atmosphere. A well-planned host of gracious amenities from the resort style pool, clubhouse, and cozy fire pit, to the pickle-ball and bocce courts, and dog park, invites residents to relax, and spend their weekends gathering with friends instead of doing yard work.

Meijer Tropical Conservatory

The Artistic Expressions of Grand Rapids Michigan

Grand Rapids expresses itself through its many works of art. Beyond what you’d find in a gallery, this industrious mid-western city is a masterpiece for the senses adorned with natural beauty, intriguing sculptural exhibits, and brilliant local talent. From visually captivating botanical gardens, and vibrant downtown murals, to lively art, and music events, Grand Rapids is a mecca of artistic inspiration and creativity. Voted one of Michigan’s top five cities for art by Movoto.com, this cultural destination will leave a lasting impression on any art connoisseur.

Visual Arts
A visit to Grand Rapids isn’t complete without experiencing ArtPrize. This annual 19-day event transforms the city into a canvas of international artistry, and imaginative displays. From the most far out abstracts to Da Vinci inspired classics, this annual competition awards two grand prizes of $200,000, along with additional grants donated in support of local artisans, and businesses. Dozens of top rated art venues including the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the renown Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, and LaFontsee Galleries offer a glimpse into the city’s rich art culture.

Burlington Vermont – Where Wellness is the Main Attraction

Vermont might be the birthplace of indulgent sensations like Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and the purest maple syrup in the country, but one town balancing all this decadence with healthy living is the charming community of Burlington. Rated one of Time Magazine’s top 10 healthiest cities, this intimate lakeside destination packs a health-centric punch into just a few square miles, and it’s this kind small town energy that makes it so appealing to active retirees. With an outdoorsy, art loving population of just over 40,000, the secret ingredient behind this wellness driven town is its progressive local economy.

Home to the University of Vermont, Burlington is the quintessential New England town where historic architecture is grand, art is plentiful, and outdoor recreation is a way of life. With majestic views of the Appalachian Mountains, and Lake Champlain glittering in the backdrop, adopting an active lifestyle comes naturally. Picturesque recreation spots like Waterfront, and North Beach Park are idyllic settings for a myriad of activities from swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding to heading out onto the Burlington bike bath or enjoying a sunset picnic. This northern Vermont location is laid back in the summer, spectacular in the fall, and comes alive in the winter for 55+ ski, and snowboard enthusiasts ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

Thinking About Retiring Off the Grid?

Sometimes city life can get a little claustrophobic. Whether you’re dealing with nosy neighbors, obstructed views, or a strict HOA, the desire for more elbow room and the freedom to roam has many empty nesters, and retirees retreating to where the grass is greener- off the grid. To most people, the idea of living off the grid means hunkering down in the middle of nowhere with nothing more than a crackling campfire, but in reality, many have found it a surprisingly sustainable way to live. If you’re someone with a spirit of ingenuity, with the desire to break free from the constraints of city municipalities, this lifestyle could be the retirement you’ve always dreamed of.

What is life beyond city limits? Think of saying goodbye to your monthly utility bills, and learning to rely on alternate sources of power, water, and heat. If you’ve imagined building a home without hassling building codes, and you love wide open spaces, this could be your perfect match. As freeing as the concept of skipping town can be, becoming your own contractor requires some thorough research, and careful planning. Is your nest egg prepared for the startup costs needed to get your home up, and running? It won’t be as easy to call a handyman for maintenance, and repairs, so get ready to make friends with elbow grease, and DIY. Unless you have a corner market nearby, shops, and services will typically be further that what your used to, so budgeting for regular stock up trips will be important.