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Florida’s Most Acclaimed Snowbird Haven

Florida – the benchmark destination for sun-loving travelers all over the world, the spring break mecca for exam weary collegiates, and although many of its cities vie for the attention of paradise-seeking baby boomers, Fort Myers truly has the makings of a sublime retirement town. Perennially blissful weather, white gulf beaches, and voted the second best city to retire by U.S. News & World Report, the City of Palms is considered one of the hottest winter resort cities for cabin-fevered snowbirds (including Thomas Edison and Henry Ford) and offers plenty of reasons to want to call it home.

A Home Run for Baseball Fans
Diamonds are a baseball fan’s best friend, but when it comes to throwing the perfect pitch, Fort Myers is in a league of its own. Home to the minor league team the Fort Myers Miracle, this town doesn’t just play baseball, it lives baseball, and with landmark ball fields like City of Palms Ball Park, and Jet Blue Park at Fenway South as well as the recently renovated Hammond Stadium seating VIP’s just a few feet from the action, the act of stepping up to the plate is as ubiquitous to Fort Meyers as deep dish is to Chicago.

How to Spend 2 Days in Plymouth

Spiced cider, burnished piles of fallen leaves, if you’re craving all the autumn vibes but only have time for a weekend getaway, book a trip to Plymouth Massachusetts. Immortalized as the place where the Mayflower’s arrival in 1620 began a tradition that graces our tables every 4th  Thursday of November, it makes for the quintessential fall destination. Located 40 miles from  Boston, Plymouth packs centuries of rich history, revered monuments, and modern attractions into a modest 134 square miles.

You know those storybook 18th-century buildings with the quaint shutters and intoxicating scents of espresso and baked goods wafting from their doors? This kind of ambient sustenance is exactly what Plymouth is known for. From a morning cup of freshly brewed perfection and a  cinnamon roll from Blue Blinds Bakery to a decadent sandwich to go from the Jolly Bean Cafe,  this beautiful little town knows how to nourish a full weekend of sightseeing.

One could easily spend a week in Plymouth and not have a chance to delve into everything it has to offer, so to get the most out of this storied charmer, taking a walking tour is the perfect way to go. From the Spirit of Plymouth Walking Tour paying tribute to the early Pilgrims,  including the Plymouth Rock Monument, exploring downtown, and hallowed Revolutionary  War landmarks, to Jenny Museum’s Discover Plymouth’s History walking tour where you’ll be  immersed in the history of the Forefathers Monument, a stunning depiction of our forefather’s  brave pilgrimage to shore.

What is is more Autumnal than being knee deep in cranberries? If you’re lucky enough to be here in October, nearby Wareham pays homage to these tart little rubies with a harvest celebration of music, activities, food demos and the chance to get a glimpse into how this jeweled fruit goes from bog to table. Even if you miss the festivities the A.D Makepeace  Company offers guided tours of the harvest process, along with specialty shops for those essential souvenirs, cozy restaurants, and if you’re feeling particularly outdoorsy, you can even rent a kayak.

After you’ve visited the recreated Mayflower II, and strolled Plymouth’s boat studded waterfront, it’s time to head downtown. This town elicits the charming feel of a New England seaside village with maritime treasures like Water Street with its irresistible Cape Cod architecture, quaint boutiques, and cafes, and The Village Landing Marketplace boasting cozy eateries and local shops tucked beneath brightly colored awnings and storybook storefronts. Cap off your day on Main Street at the Main Street Bar & Grill or WaterFire Tavern, but don’t forget to stop at Cupcake Charlie’s for a dozen pillowy clouds of frosted heaven to take back home with you – and maybe share.

 

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Where San Jose Goes For a Digital Detox

Where San Jose Goes For a Digital Detox

San Jose California is the original Silicon Valley, a high tech high rise jungle home to business giants like Apple Inc. and Google, but like any powerhouse, taking a timeout to recharge once in a while is essential. Amidst all the dot-com innovation and oppressive rush hour traffic, San Jose has a playful side that knows where to go for some serious downtime – trading in skyscraper views for a wide open sky, and water cooler chat for nature strolls shrouded in coastal fog.

The Majesty of Castle Rock
When someone says to “take a hike” San Jose has just the place. From daydreamers to daredevils, Castle Rock State Park is a backpackers paradise, an ever-popular favorite for any outdoor maven. Meandering through the breathtaking Santa Cruz Mountains, giving even the most seasoned rock climber a run for their money, the views of the San Lorenzo River Valley alone are nothing short of spectacular. An extensive 34-mile trail network including the  Saratoga Gap and Ridge Trail Loop winds in and out of fairytale forests and challenges trekkers of all skill levels to navigate the park’s rugged terrain. Of course many just come to relax and  soak in the magnificence of ancient redwood trees on horseback or experience sweeping views  from atop Castle Rock

On The Greens - Manufactured Homes

Welcome to “On The Greens” Where Your Best Life Comes Manufactured

You deserve to retire in style -so whether your homebuying dreams include a wrap-around porch or space to entertain, the active adult community of On the Greens is putting the fab back in prefabricated. A far cry from the trailer on wheels you remembered as a kid, the craftsmanship of these beautiful manufactured homes takes the term “mobile home” and turns it on its ear. Not only do these custom homes rival their brick and mortar counterparts, but the engaging all-inclusive lifestyle offered makes this neighborhood a fantastic option as a primary residence or snowbird retreat.

Set amongst Sedona’s rust-hued rocks, and watchful eye of Mingus Mountain, Cottonwood is the perfect setting for 55 or better residents to bask in Arizona’s incredible year-round weather while being close to activities and entertainment – essential to any active lifestyle! This close-knit community features a collection of pre-owned, and new models, with options for 2-3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and spacious garages or carports. Architectural details such as nine-foot ceilings, granite countertops, recessed lighting, and elegant crown molding give a modern, yet timeless finish to each floor plan and age-friendly features including generously sized entryways take the hassle out of future renovations.

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​Why You Won’t Need a Gym Membership in Aurora

Colorado is home to an avid crowd of recreationists who’s license plate frames have one thing in common. They’d rather be skiing, golfing, boating, hiking, or anything else that indulges their spirit of adventure. Voted “The Most Active City in America” by BetterDoctor.com,  Aurora’s baby boomers are getting in their 10,000 steps (and then some), but then again,  standing in the shadow of the mighty Rockies is bound to inspire some serious motivation.  Twenty minutes south of Denver, Colorado’s third largest city has a reputation for outstanding quality of living, unbridled nature, and when it comes to experiencing that Rocky Mountain  High, the options are endless.

There’s Room to Roam

The first thing you’ll learn when you move to Aurora is your backyard goes on for miles. With over 5,000 acres of wide open space and 97 parks including everyone’s favorite, Cherry  Creek State Park, treadmill doldrums are history. From morning jogs to strapping a kayak to the roof of the car, outdoor recreation is infinite. Aurora Reservoir is a popular spot for any type of activity whether its scuba diving, canoeing, or cycling along a waterfront trail, while Quincy  Reservoir offers an urban playground with a 5-mile trail and plenty of serene fishing areas. If packing a pair of binoculars is more your style, abundant nature preserves from the Sand Creek  Riparian and Ponderosa Preserve to the sweeping prairie of Plains Conservation Center show  off the diversity of Aurora’s natural habitat.

Reno Nevada

There’s More to Reno Than Rolling the Dice

Showy desert sunsets, the glitz of Harrah’s and Circus Circus illuminating the night sky, hundreds of hot air balloons racing to the finish line – Nevada’s “Biggest Little City in the  World” is a jackpot not to be missed. Most associate Reno with trying their luck at a slot machine or feeling the rumble of Hot August Nights beneath their feet, but behind all the vivid neon glamour is a culturally rich, highly livable city abundant in natural beauty. An ideal city for any age, Reno is a fantastic spot for retirees, or empty nesters to take a vacation or perhaps find the home of their dreams in a 55+ community, but whatever brings them to this buzzing little metro they’ll discover it’s not just about cashing in their chips.

How Londonderry Keeps Its Charm

We all have that place that comes to mind in a game of anywhere but here – that sentimental spot that makes us feel homesick even if we’ve never actually lived there. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the Northeastern part of the country, Londonderry, New Hampshire is that kind of town. Located one hour north of Boston in Western Rockingham County, this sleepy little community is a 300-year-old treasure that mingles Colonial American history with rich Irish heritage for the ideal rural active adult lifestyle.

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree
Settled in 1719, Londonderry, and its sister town of Derry were once one in the same, but after parting ways in 1827, this close-knit community has managed to stay true to its humble Irish roots. Famous for its rambling apple orchards brought in by Irish settlers, and emerald expanses of rolling farmland, Londonderry is synonymous with pastoral beauty, and a wholesome country lifestyle that hasn’t changed much over the past three centuries

Where to Fire Up Your Next Round In Goodyear

Where to Fire up Your Next Round in Goodyear

Don’t worry about packing up your clubs for the season, because in Goodyear Arizona, tee time is a year-round event. Whatever your level of expertise, when it comes to nailing the perfect swing, the Phoenix metro area is the Rolls Royce of golf destinations with over 300 courses-nearly equaling the number of sunny days per year, and has been featured by Golf Digest as one of the top golf destinations in the country. Home to half a dozen championship fairways, the suburb of Goodyear is a Maricopa County favorite – a little more low-key than the city of Phoenix, but no less ahead of the game.

Tres Rios
Warm up at your own pace with a hike through Estrella Mountain Regional Park for 20,000 acres of everything from horseback riding, to trail runs, but this kind of scenic overture can only mean one thing – breathtaking golf. With the Estrella Mountains setting the stage, the park is also home to Tres Rios Golf Course – a sprawling Red Lawrence designed 71-par fairway revamped in 1998 to include a pro-shop, bar and grill, and offer world-class practice facilities for burgeoning golf newbies.