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Downtown Brentwood California

This Bay Area City Is Keeping it Local

Brentwood California is one of those towns that thrives on homegrown values, and a strong sense of community. The motto “everything’s better in Brentwood” is pretty accurate considering its highly desirable NorCal location, and commitment to sustainable, locally sourced products. Just an hour from San Francisco, and the Napa Valley, Brentwood is a cultural treasure far removed from big city congestion, yet has that irresistible Bay Area vibe. This city has quickly flourished from its agricultural beginnings into the prosperous economic community it is today and is an idyllic place to put down roots.

From the hiking haven of Mt. Diablo where the vista points are spectacular to the grasslands of Round Valley Regional Preserve, outdoor recreation is the heartbeat of Brentwood. The opportunities to get out and play are endless with everything from water skiing to horseback riding, for a chance to explore nature one adventure at a time. Orwood Resort is a one-of-a-kind experience for water recreation whether it’s fishing, boating, or getting out on a paddle board, and offers RV campsites, and an on-site bar and grill. For a twist on a morning stroll, tech-savvy active adults will love the innovative QR Fit program designed to offer a quick workout by simply scanning their smartphones over QR codes posted on signs throughout the park and trail area.

Experience the Heart of Texas Hill Country

Texas Hill Country is home to many charming towns, but Georgetown’s nostalgic setting seems frozen in time. It’s one of those places that captures a bygone era of neighborliness and an old-fashioned sense of community. Located just 26 miles north of Austin, Georgetown is a treasure trove of Lone Star history with three historic districts, beautifully preserved the Victorian architecture, and the oldest college institution in Texas, Southwestern University. Named one of the top 25 retirement destinations by CNN Money, and where the state’s largest 55+ community opened its doors, baby boomers continue to flock to Georgetown for the affordable lifestyle, and picturesque small town appeal.

From the fiery display of iconic red poppies, and pastoral farmland, to the San Gabriel River that flows through over thirty miles of scenic trails, and waterfront parks, Georgetown’s infinite charms need no introduction. Sunrise to sunset, fantastic weather attracts snowbirds, and locals to enjoy an abundance of outdoor recreation whether it’s hiking, exploring on two wheels, or taking a boat out onto Lake Georgetown. For active adults that like to mix it up a little, activities like disc golf, rock climbing, or an adrenaline pumping zip lining adventure could be just the ticket.

Cold Weather Fit-Spiration

With a chill in the air, and darker days ahead, we’re spending less time outdoors, and more time cozied up inside. Freezing morning temperatures don’t exactly inspire a 6 a.m jog, and finding the motivation to exercise this time of year can be more than a little challenging. Staying active is one of the most important ways to boost immunity, improve cardiovascular health, and maintain a healthy weight. Studies have also shown exercise to enhance mood during the darkness of winter when the seasonal blues start to kick in. While cycling and water skiing season may be over, there are still plenty of heart-pumping ways to move your body that doesn’t require a membership.

Walking is one of the best ways to incorporate movement into your day. Unless the weather outside gets frightful, recruiting a friend or canine companion for a brisk 30-minute walk is a refreshing way to get in your weekly cardio without hitting the gym. Bundle up, and head outdoors, or do some power laps around a shopping mall during in-climate weather. Keep your walking shoes by the door as a reminder to get moving, and if you’re a tech lover, fitness trackers can help you set a goal, and monitor your progress.

Trilogy at Polo Club

Trilogy’s Newest Clubhouse Offers Unique Luxury

Trilogy at The Polo Club has unveiled a new addition to this luxurious gated community with the grand opening of its 25,000 square foot clubhouse exquisitely designed with amenities that surpass even the most prestigious vacation resorts. Just over 20 miles from Palm Springs in the city of Indio, The Polo Club’s impressive architectural details, and one of a kind offerings has taken active adult living over the top. From palate-pleasing culinary delights to upscale gathering spaces, this lavish amenity center is like a community all its own. This well-appointed gated paradise offers breathtaking Santa Rosa Mountain views and the appeal of being on an extravagant vacation every day of the week.

From fitness fanatics to foodies, the Polo Club delivers on style, luxury, and one of a kind amenities. This social epicenter is the heart of the community, and where 55+ active adults will find an impressive array of unique activities, and entertainment. The Flow Strength and Movement Studio provide residents with whatever workout they’re in the mood for whether it’s a cardio sweat session, or something more restorative like Tai Chi or yoga. Workouts are always more fun with friends, and the group classes offered are energizing, and a great way to meet new people.

Mount Rainer

Your Passport to Scenic Adventure

Maybe it’s the rain washed air, serene, sparkling lakes, or the evergreen studded mountains, but when it comes to living in Lacey Washington, a bike rack for the car and a sturdy pair of hiking boots is how the Pacific Northwest is won. Located on the southern end of Puget Sound, Lacey is a dream come true for the adventurer seeking the ultimate outdoor experience. It’s quaint, yet modern, weaving small-town culture with big city amenities, and boasts a thriving art scene, an efficient public transit system, and exciting local events. With Mt. Rainier towering majestically in the backdrop, it’s easy to see why this region has been dubbed the Pacific Wonderland.

Lacey is just minutes from Washington’s capital of Olympia and is the gateway to nature with over 1,200 acres of open park spaces, and trails that seem to go on forever. When it comes to outdoor recreation, one is limited only by their imagination. Whether it’s taking a boat out onto one of the city’s five lakes, hiking through Olympia National Park, or bird watching at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, Lacey, and its surrounding area is an outdoor lover’s utopia. Golf devotees have access to championship courses including The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie, and the 55+ golf resort community of Shea Homes at Jubilee. Home to local landmarks including Saint Martin’s University, and Lacey Historical Museum, this fitness minded city is irresistible, and best explored on foot or on a bike.

Eating, and drinking locally is what Lacey does best. Homegrown flavors can be experienced throughout the city from artisanal brews, and global cuisine, to the abundant farmer’s markets. The Northwest is blessed with an exceptional regional fare, and Lacey’s award-winning wines and spirits offer a sophisticated treat for the taste buds. Jazz festivals, county fairs, and seasonal events showcase local talent and bring the community together to enjoy family-friendly entertainment.

This picturesque Thurston County gem is located an hour from Seattle, and just next door to Olympia where historic attractions including the State Capitol, and the regal elegance of the Washington State Governor’s Mansion bring the town’s past to life. Residents have access to a selection of big-name retailers, everyday services, and spectacular mountain views that make this part of the country an outdoor lovers paradise.

Norway

Retire to Your Happy Place

If you’re considering taking your retirement abroad, why not venture across the pond to where most say is the happiest place in the world? Scandinavia is renown for outstanding healthcare, a generous pension program, and friendly locals that know how to live well. This corner of the globe is made up of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland, along with some of the most spectacular scenery you’ll ever witness. From its simplistic interior design to the popular self-care practice of hygge, Scandinavia’s balanced approach to living has made it an appealing expat destination.

Health and Wellness – Business Insider listed three out of five of these countries in the top 21 places to retire in the world. From Sweden’s world-class health care system to Denmark’s affinity for cycling, you’d be hard-pressed to find a region more dedicated to promoting health, and fitness. Rain or shine, Scandinavians make it a point to move every day whether it’s walking to work, or going to the gym. When it comes to receiving medical care, patients have access to state-of-the-art health facilities and cutting-edge technologies.

Phoenix Arizona Skyline at Night. Full Moon Over Phoenix, Arizona, United States.

Suburban Living With the Volume Turned Up

Arizona is known for balmy summer breezes, breathtaking Sonoran Desert views, and the kind of on the go lifestyle baby boomers crave. A suburb of the sun-drenched city of Phoenix, Peoria is a fast growing community that’s taking “getting older” out of retirement living. Named one of the top 25 cities to retire by Forbes, this thriving desert community earned the spotlight for livability with its low cost of living, abundant outdoor activities, and exciting entertainment. Active adults will love this age-friendly city for all the ways they can get involved whether it’s joining a book club, going back to class, or taking up water skiing.

Venturing through mountain trails, and enjoying water recreation isn’t the first thing someone envisions when moving to the desert. Lake Pleasant is the go-to spot for everything from boating to jet skiing and features two marina’s, a restaurant, and an RV resort. West Wing and Sunrise Mountain offer a spectacular trail excursion for avid hikers, and mountain bikers to elevate their outdoor experience. With over 300 days of glorious sun, golf enthusiasts can get ahead of the game year-round at one of Peoria’s challenging courses including the Westbrook Village Golf Club Lakes Course, and Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia.

exhibition, Art gallery

Cities For Art Lovers

Whether you’re an aspiring artist, or love getting lost in a gallery, there’s no need to go across the pond to experience spectacular museums, grand architecture, and awe-inspiring exhibits. There is no denying the mental, and visual benefits of being surrounded by art, and having the tangible experience of seeing it face to face. From the grandeur of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to the iconic Smithsonian in D.C, some of the best destinations to channel your inner impressionist don’t require a passport.

Philadelphia
Rated one of the nation’s most cultural cities by Travel & Leisure, Philadelphia is a creative immersion, home to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Avenue of the Arts is the epicenter of the city boasting five art venues including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and Millennium Art Gallery. Listen to live music performances, or watch a dance show, savor the culinary arts, as well as enjoy Philly’s abundance of shops. This city is steeped in rich history and renown landmarks where a glimpse into the past is truly a work of art.