A Taste of the Northwest in Spokane

Spokane, Washington isn't just a city, it's a way of life.  It's motto "near nature near perfect" pretty much sums up how residents feel about living in this lush corner of the Pacific Northwest.   If you're considering relocating your retirement to a place that beckons you to soak in the great outdoors, Spokane is your city. Rated in the top 25 best cities to retire by CNNMoney.com, and ranked one of the cleanest cities by USA Today, Spokane offers baby boomers small town charm, in a thriving city.

According to the Census Bureau, Spokane's population was a little over 212K in 2014, and continues to grow. Affordability makes this town an ideal destination for retirement living with no state income tax, and a cost of living below the national average.  Active adult communities such as Sundance Meadows, and Affinity at South Hill near the Spokane River, both showcase Washington's picturesque scenery.  Four seasons, and spectacular geography is a dream for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy everything from whitewater rafting, to strolling through botanical gardens

Sokane's roots are steeped in Native American, and art history.  The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is a Smithsonian affiliate, featuring regional artwork, and hosts the annual Art Fest, celebrating the Eastern Washington State Historical Society with live music, food, and local artisans.  If a day on the course is more your style, 55+ golf enthusiasts have almost three dozen courses to choose from while being surrounded by emerald green forests, and lakes. With over 250 days of sun,  Spokane provides the perfect setting to score a hole in one. The phrase "take a hike" happens to be a welcomed one considering the beautiful mountain trails, and stunning scenery that makes Spokane a fitness lovers paradise.

Downtown Spokane is vibrant, with plentiful shopping amidst historic architecture.  Active adults can enjoy walking along quaint cobblestone streets, and experience the cuisine, wine, and local breweries that Northwesterners are proud of.  This city comes to life after dark with lively pubs, and lounges for a fun night on the town.

Find what speaks to you in this city that takes active senior living to another level.  Whether you're a fitness junkie, or art connoisseur, Spokane offers an affordable retirement destination rich in natural beauty, and endless opportunities to make your golden years truly memorable.

~Adriane Rosenberg