Category Archives: Active Lifestyle

The Suburbs Are Sweeter in Midlothian Virginia

What was once a rural coal mining town has evolved into what Virginians consider upscale suburbia. Located just over ten miles west of Richmond, Midlothian is a quiet, and peaceful city made up of cozy neighborhoods, a burgeoning economy, and a growing population of retirees, and empty nesters seeking the balance between rural, and urban living. Modestly sized without feeling too compact, Midlothian has an upper class feel softened with plenty of Southern hospitality. This family-oriented Chesterfield County suburb was named one of the best cities to live by Money Magazine, boasting a wealth of services, and a strong job market for boomers putting retirement on the back burner.

Since its influx of residential growth in the 70’s when the city gained popularity with developers and homebuyers, Midlothian has continued to prosper as an age-friendly, and safe community that offers an amenity-rich alternative to the big city. Said to be home to the first coal mines in the country, this modern town still houses fragments of its mining past from the Mid-Lothian Coal Mining Company to the stone ruins found at Mid-Lothian Mines Park which is now surrounded by dense nature preserve. Big name builders like Schell Brothers know active adults want more Southern charm for their money, and cities like Midlothian are hand-picked to give discerning 55+ buyers outstanding quality of life, access to major businesses, and a selection of exceptionally crafted, affordable homes.

Forget the Car – This is Golf Cart Country

Peachtree City, Georgia is the Leave It To Beaver town complete with manicured lawns, friendly neighbors, and tree-lined sidewalks, but what sets this charming community apart is its reputation as the “golf cart city.” With over 90 miles of the paved pathway linking residents to shops, restaurants, and green-spaces, it’s not unusual to see people pulling into their driveways in golf carts filled with groceries instead of clubs, or taking open-air joy-rides through nature. Named one of the best places to retire by U.S News & Money Magazine, Peachtree City has the kind of sweet tea on the porch Southern lifestyle that active adults can sink their roots into.

Peachtree is an age-friendly master-planned community located less than 30 minutes south of Atlanta, and just 18 miles from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. While a trip to the big city promises a high energy metropolitan fix, retirees agree there’s nothing like returning to their resort town where the grass is always greener, and recreation is right outside their door. This all-inclusive town is a throwback to the days where neighbors were like family, and with all, there is to do in Peachtree City, this kind of nostalgia is part of modern-day life. From live events including concerts held at the Frederick Brown Amphitheater, outdoor movies, and sports tournaments, 55+ residents have plenty of opportunities to fill their social calendar.

Safety Tips For Your Best Hike Ever

Safety Tips For Your Best Hike Ever

“The Mountains are Calling and I Must Go” – John Muir

Are you ready to take a hike? Nothing beats lacing up a pair of hiking boots and escaping into nature, but whether you’re a beginner, or already have Everest crossed off your bucket list, preparedness is everything when it comes to getting the most out of your experience. Hiking is an amazing way to stay fit and connect with the outdoors, but following a safety, a checklist should be a priority whether you plan to head out for a couple of hours, or the entire day.

Get to Know Your Trail — If you’re new to the hike, do some research to familiarize yourself with the area. Most outdoor stores and visitor centers carry maps, and literature that tells you the distance, and difficulty level of the trail as well as any potential hazards. Some hiking spots are only open during certain times of the year, and may not be appropriate for family treks with young kids, so taking the time to plan ahead can help you avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Now Taking Reservations: The Ridge at Paradise Valley Estates

If you thought life after 50 couldn’t get any better, 60+ living is about to get even sweeter. Located in Fairfield, California, The Ridge will be the newest addition to the master-planned community of Paradise Valley Estates. This unique neighborhood is designed to take active adults 60 and bolder through every phase of life, by offering an all-inclusive lifestyle from on-site healthcare, and dining, to an exciting array of social clubs, classes, and fitness amenities. Construction of this eight-acre community is expected to commence fall of this year for its 2020 grand opening, but it’s never too soon to start planning your next chapter. The Ridge is currently in the pre-selling stages, so now is the time to reserve your own Paradise Valley retreat.

The Ridge at Paradise Valley will include 70 maintenance free cottage homes, and villa apartments ranging from 1-2 bedrooms, and 2-2.5 baths. Cottage homes are a timeless style with a casual, intimate feel, making them a popular choice for buyers wanting that cozy factor, along with an efficient, spacious floor-plan, whereas for someone looking to downsize or purchase a vacation home, apartments offer the worry-free security of a multi-unit dwelling. Whichever style of abode prospective buyers choose, both will feature the latest contemporary finishes including stainless appliances, and high-quality countertops.

Kansas City skyline

Make Kansas City Your Summer Destination

Nothing says summer quite like outdoor concerts, twilight walks along the water, and sweet, smoky Kansas barbecue. Nicknamed the City of Fountains for its over 200 cascading displays, life in Kansas City, or as locals call it KC, is as warm and familiar as a cup of coffee with an old friend. Home to jazz legends like Big Joe Turner, and Mary Lou Williams, an art scene that ranges from contemporary to culinary, and more than 240 diverse neighborhoods to explore, most people forget that all this urban sophistication has a deep-rooted small town heritage.

If you’re looking for the quintessential summer vacation spot, or city to call home, Kansas City is a Midwestern gem. Divided between two states, Kansas City, Kansas to the west is the low key suburban sister to the effervescent metropolis of Kansas City, Missouri. Whichever side of the river you happen to be on, be prepared for friendly people, an abundance of things to do, and if you’re looking to buy property, affordable real estate options. Voted one of the top cities to live by Livability.com, Kansas City is an exuberant blend of urban high rises, timeless culture, and a soulful rhythm that resonates throughout the entire city.

Why Boomers Are Getting On Par With Disc Golf

Why Boomers Are Getting On Par With Disc Golf

What has all the nuances of golf, plays without clubs, and has everyone getting in on the competition? What looks like your average game of frisbee is actually one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S and in Europe. If you’ve never heard of disc golf, you’ll be wanting to sign up for this new spin on the classic game. It might seem like a sport popularized by millennials who thought they were too cool for ball golf, but since the first disc course came to Pasadena, California in 1975, this all age sport has taken tee time to a championship level.

Disc Golf 101- Like standard golf, you have your fairway, your tee pad, and if you’re lucky you’ll score a birdie, but with disc golf, the lingo is more or less the same, but the game takes a different twist. Instead of a ball, and a hole, you have a disc, and a basket, and rather than a manicured putting green, disc golf courses can be in a park, or even a (very large) backyard. As with a typical round of golf, the object is to get the disc in the basket in the fewest number of throws, and the person with the lowest score is declared the winner. In place of a ball and club, you’ll use three discs, the driver (for the greatest speed and distance), the mid-range (recommended for beginners), and the putter for short distance shots. As an added bonus, it doesn’t take all day to play an 18 hole game!

4 Ways To Reinvent Your Retirement

4 Ways To Reinvent Your Retirement

Somebody had the notion that once you retired, life was suddenly all about bridge games, and recliners – well, up and until they realized that today’s baby boomers have much more on their agendas than watching Jeopardy reruns. Most would agree this next chapter in life has a tendency to spark creativity, and inspire spontaneity which is why it’s the perfect time to step out and create a list of “push your limit” goals. They always say there’s no better time than the present, and these life-changing ideas will definitely challenge your comfort zone.

Try an Extreme Sport
If you thought thrill-seeking was just for kids think again. Challenging yourself physically is a serious endorphin rush especially if It’s something you’ve had on your bucket list. From skydiving, and bungee jumping to getting on a surfboard or rock climbing, the list of “extreme” sports is virtually limitless. Visit any ski resort or the NASCAR starting line, and you’ll notice a surge of 55 or better participants who are proving that active adults crave a taste of adventure over leisure.

Why Boston is “America’s Walking City”

Boston has a historic landmark around every corner, a population of die-hard sports fans, and even a state dessert, but what really sets Bostonians apart is their healthy outlook. With parks, attractions, and businesses so close together, Boston makes it easy to get around on foot hence its reputation as “The Walking City.” Named one of the top 10 fittest cities in the country by the American Fitness Index, and ranked #3 on the Forbes healthiest cities list, it’s obvious that Boston’s population loves to move, and with all the outdoor beauty it has to offer, getting out for some exercise doesn’t take much persuasion.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Boston had one of the highest numbers of commuters heading to the office on foot versus getting behind the wheel. Boston is relatively compact with so many hidden gems to explore that walking or biking is the recommended mode of transportation. The city’s famous historic walking tours from the iconic Freedom Trail, and postcard-worthy Beacon Hill tour, to the Road to Revolution, are essential to any Boston experience and combine fresh air and exercise with an intriguing glimpse into Boston’s rich heritage