Paddle Your Way to the Heart of the Mississippi

Grab a paddle or polish up your spokes for an unforgettable journey along the tranquil waters of the Mississippi. Founded, and owned by four former classmates, Broken Paddle Guiding Co. invites outdoor enthusiasts to explore the location that inspired the tales of Tom Sawyer, and Huck Finn whether by bike, paddle board, or in a kayak. Known as having one of the region’s most diverse eco-systems, visitors will have the chance to get up close and personal to native wildlife, lush vegetation, and experience a truly unique year round adventure.

Broken Paddle Guiding Co. offers a variety of scenic tours designed for any skill level from seasoned paddle boarders, and kayaking newbies, to avid cyclists. Kayaking tours include the Flooded Forest Tour, Sunset Beach Tour, and the Raptor Tour that stops off at the National Eagle Center dedicated to the sustainable preservation of the majestic, bald, and golden eagles. The Sunset Beach Tour can be enjoyed on a paddle board, or in a kayak while watching the sun dip out of view before capping off the night at a local brewery. Gather friends or family for the Hidden River group tour that offers spectacular views of Lake Pepin, and meanders beneath the densely forested landmark of Barn Bluff.

One of most intriguing tours offered by Broken Paddle Guiding Co. is the Winter Fat Bike Tour. Riding over the once flowing waters of the Mississippi, visitors will experience an off road excursion like no other. Designed for snow using specialized low pressure “fat” tires, these bikes provide a serious workout taking riders through a crystalline winter wonderland, while trekking over icy, snow covered terrain. Foodies will love the Inn to Inn Bike Tour that includes overnight bed and breakfast accommodation, and three full days of culinary delights, craft beers, local wines, and breathtaking river hikes, and scenic trail rides.

Anyone craving a one-of-a-kind outdoor adventure will find it at Broken Paddle Guiding Co. No gear no problem. Equipment rentals are provided at half, or full day rates with shuttle service available at a minimal fee. Go it solo, or experience it with friends, but the only way to experience the mighty Mississippi is on two wheels, or with a paddle.

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Experience the Luxury of Central Coast Living

Miles of Mediterranean inspired beaches, sprawling wine country, and cool coastal breezes. Welcome to California’s picturesque Central Coast. All it takes to fall in love with this region is a drive along Highway 1 where big city congestion is left behind, and impossibly beautiful Pacific coast views await. From the vibrant city of San Luis Obispo to the deep blue depths of Big Sur, this west coast darling is one of the hottest destinations for retirees and baby boomers.

Located just 15 minutes from Pismo Beach, and 40 minutes from the charming Danish town of Solvang, the city of Nipomo is home to Trilogy’s Monarch Dunes Community. Sophisticated resort style design and unique amenities provide an unparalleled lifestyle. Monarch Dunes offers three single family home collections starting at $624,990, with 2-4 bedroom, and 2-3.5 bath options along with spacious 2-car garages. Stylish, and luxurious, the Monarch Ridge Townhomes are priced from $529,990, and feature 2-3 generously sized bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and spacious 2-car garages. Buyers will find elegant design elements in both the single family, and townhome models from large open entryways, and bright, and airy master suites, to spa inspired master baths, inviting covered patios, and expansive breakfast bars. With names like Riviera, Carmel, and Monterey, it’s clear that location is everything, and California coastal living is integrated into every home design.

The Monarch Club is the heart of the community offering exciting ways to stay active, and engaged. Residents can book a massage at Sandalwood Spa, enjoy fine dining at Adelina’s Bistro, or take a French lesson at the Exploration Lounge. Experience the luxury of high end living without having to get behind the wheel whether its tee time at one of two challenging golf courses or hitting the gym for a heart pumping workout. Potential buyers can experience Monarch Dunes before taking the plunge with a three-night stay that allows them to tour model homes, learn about what the community has to offer, and take advantage of a variety of amenities.

Wine tasting, hiking, or lounging by the sea, Monarch Dunes is near outdoor recreation, high-end retailers, and state-of-the-art medical centers. When the morning marine layer gives way to brilliant skies, this piece of paradise is where weekend getaways are planned, and dreams of living the good life become a reality.

Badlands National Park Unlocks the Past

Badlands National Park is a geologic vision of painted canyons, pinnacles, and spires that have been carved by the forces of nature to create the 244,000 acre expanse of mystical natural beauty. Located east of the Black Hills in western South Dakota, the dramatic Badlands are a sight to behold, and the ultimate destination for outdoor enthusiasts, and aspiring paleontologists. Once the home of the Lakota American Indians and ancient creatures including the saber toothed cat, this other worldly location is an experience not to be missed.

Each year millions of people flock to Badlands National Park to gaze out at the mesmerizing rock striations, with their soft pastel hues, and ever evolving sedimentary layers. The one-mile fossil bed exhibit trail takes visitors on a journey back in time through the White River Badlands to discover the fossilized remains of mammals dating back to ancient times, with guided tours, and hikes available to learn about the park’s rich history. For a look behind the scenes, The Fossil Preparation Lab gives an insider scientific view the park’s ancient discoveries.

Cresswind Charlotte is Built For the Young at Heart

Charlotte, North Carolina encompasses all things diverse, and cultural. It’s a youthful, and vibrant city designed to cater to all walks of life with irresistible historic charm, and a sophisticated modern flair. Named one of the best retirement destination by Forbes, it’s no surprise Kolter Homes chose this prime location for its brand new community of Cresswind Charlotte. With models currently available for touring, 55+ active adults have the opportunity to see for themselves why more buyers “ Go Kolter.”

At Cresswind Charlotte, 55+ homebuyers will experience a vibrant, and active lifestyle rich in natural beauty, and effortless style. Once complete, this beautiful community will be home to 850 single-family Craftsman homes, surrounded by more than 370 acres of scenic woodlands, and picturesque walking trails. Prices will start in the mid $200’s, and offer nine-floor plans designed for comfort, and energy efficiency. Buyers have the choice of 2-3 bedrooms, and 2 full baths along with a half-bath, ranging in size from 2,027-3,129 square feet. Depending on the model, some feature a den for use as an extra bedroom, or a home office, large, airy great rooms, and spacious dining rooms for entertaining.

Baby Boomers Take Downsizing A Step Further

The market for tiny homes has been in the media for a while with people taking downsizing to a whole new level. These diminutive versions of their traditional counterparts almost resemble dollhouses with perfectly scaled down baths, kitchens, and living spaces, attracting quite a following of buyers from families, to empty nesters.  With closet spaces not much bigger than a car trunk, it’s hard to believe the demand for these tiny abodes is on the rise particularly amongst baby boomers. So what’s so intriguing about residing in what’s often under 200 square feet? Many retirees are finding it’s the simpler lifestyle that enables them to stretch their nest egg, and pursue dreams of travel, or take up new hobbies.

Outside of purchasing the land if the home is stationary, or the cost of construction for a custom build, many tiny homes sell for under $100,000 which most buyers purchase outright versus having a monthly mortgage payment.  The idea of living debt free is attractive to tiny home buyers, and they’re willing to sacrifice space for the financial peace of mind.  In a society where the idea that more is more, the tiny house trend is proving that living on much less reaps bigger rewards. Those going small realize that although they are challenged space wise, in the end, it’s just “stuff”, and there are bigger and better things they’d rather be doing.

Rocky Mountain National Park Evokes Pure Magic

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” – Albert Einstein.

There’s no denying the cathartic effect nature has on the mind and body, and one mountain retreat is known for being a place of true enlightenment. Attracting millions of visitors to its majestic, rugged beauty, Rocky Mountain National Park is a spectacular paradise where outdoor lovers will experience that signature Rocky Mountain High.

Since the Rocky Mountain National Park Act was signed in 1915, efforts to conserve and create what is now one our nation’s most sought after destinations has evolved into an almost infinite network of trails, roads, and diverse eco-systems inviting visitors to experience its unmatched spiritual beauty. Located within a few hours of Denver, nestled between Estes Park, and Grand Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park is home to breathtaking waterfalls, over 350 miles of hiking trails, and is a natural habitat for hundreds of wildlife, and plant species. More than 50 pristine lakes and streams ripple against the dense evergreen-studded shoreline, and offer the perfect venue for sports fishing, or enjoying a leisurely waterfront picnic.

Energy Efficient Tips To Beat the Heat

As we enter into the lazy hazy days of summer, most of us are seeking refuge in our air conditioned homes with our sprinkler systems running on all four cylinders. Unfortunately, as temperatures skyrocket rise so do our energy bills, and if you live on acreage, or have a large home, you might be spending a small fortune to pay the piper. The good news is even though you may not be ready to downsize your home, there are a few energy saving tips to help downsize your wallet.

Xeriscaping is the principal of creating a garden scape that relies on minimal watering, ideally surviving on natural rainfall. Using native plants, and hardy drought tolerant varieties, creating lush, water saving curb appeal is more than just rock, and a few cacti. Amend your existing soil with rich organic materials, install an efficient drip system, and watch your garden flourish with little fuss. If you’re wondering what to plant, your local nursery can help you choose flowers, and shrubs indigenous to your region.

Ottawa Named One of Canada’s Best Cities for Boomers

What makes a city age-friendly? It’s a destination that offers everything someone would need to live a dynamic, and active lifestyle. A place that’s ready when you are regardless of age. ’Named one of the top cities to retire by Moneysense, and CBS News, Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, Ontario ranks high for livability, culture, and accessibility to services. Located on the Quebec border, Ottawa is a vibrant city that is proud of its heritage and offers endless opportunities to explore the picturesque scenic beauty and experience its urban cityscape.

According to the Council on Aging of Ottawa, seniors make up the city’s fastest growing demographic but don’t let the word senior fool you. Ottawa’s boomers and retirees hold the key to longevity and are more active than ever thanks to world-class healthcare, and access to an abundance of indoor/outdoor recreation. This city was designed to accommodate the needs of active adults providing affordable housing, convenient public transportation, and offers exciting events, and activities to stay socially engaged. Out of 300 cities, Forbes listed Ottawa the fourth cleanest city worldwide which is evident in its pristine outdoor spaces, and walkable downtown areas. Boasting a low crime rate, this Canadian gem offers peace of mind and a family friendly environment.