Category Archives: Active Lifestyle

Will Living in a Cruise Ship After Retiring be a Great Choice?

Many active adults have specific plans about where they want to retire. Some like to retire to the country, where there is absolute peace and quiet while others like to stay in urban areas. Some seniors retire to states where the climate is sunny all year while others prefer to retire to cooler areas. Then, there are others who like to retire close to the water and others who retire on the water! Surprised? Well, you shouldn’t be because there is an option to retire to a cruise ship.

There are a number of cruise ships that have been converted into senior retirement communities. This means, if you are interested, you could purchase a stateroom on the cruise ship and spend your retirement days, living on a cruise! Purchasing a stateroom aboard a cruise ship entitles you to become a part owner of the cruise ship. The prices of cruise ship homes vary according to each vessel and may require the payment of a monthly maintenance fee. This fee entitles all “residents” to meals, housekeeping and all amenities and facilities provided.

Tips for Staying Fit and Healthy Into Old Age

Tips for Staying Fit and Healthy Into Old Age

We may not like it, but as we age, our bodies change, sometimes dramatically. Our bones, joints, skin, heart, and brain all whether the aging process differently, depending on our overall health, diet and exercise regime, and genetics. But we don’t have to just live with the changes; we can take action to counter the challenges we face.

Challenges for Your Mind and Body

Regardless of how well you live your life, your body will experience a few challenges as you age.

Kick Off the Winter Season in Lorain County

Kick Off the Winter Season in Lorain County

In Lorain County, the twilight days of fall are reflected into the glassiness of Lake Erie – canoes docked on the shore await the arrival of outdoor lovers who love nothing more than a chilly morning spent dragging a paddle through the water. Nestled in Ohio’s lakefront region Lorain sits between Cleveland and downtown Amherst – a mid-west treasure close to beaches, dozens of parks, and boasts magical lighthouse views. Home to active lifestyle communities like K. Hovnanian’s Morningside at Martin’s Run, it’s a storybook location for baby boomers with the shores of the Great Lakes on their doorsteps, and as autumn begins to wind down, Lorain County gears up for some serious winter fun.

There’s nothing quite as cozy as being inside sipping wine on a cold winters day and Lorain County has one of the best wine trails in the country. Paper Moon Vineyards in nearby Vermillion pours award-winning wine and locally made hard cider and features live music from 6-9 every Friday and Saturday. Casual and inviting, John Christ Winery in Avon Lake is the perfect venue for any celebration with their beautiful, rustic tasting room and bar that’s open until midnight Friday and Saturdays.

Trilogy Orlando by Shea Homes

Find Out What’s New at Trilogy Orlando

If you’ve ever been to one of those all-inclusive resorts with the spa bathrooms and endless counter space, then welcome home to Trilogy’s ultra luxurious neighborhood. Celebrating the opening of its new Capri and Connect models, Trilogy Orlando has turned up the volume on one of Florida’s most upscale 55+ communities. Age is all relative around here as you find yourself so actively engaged that downtime is planning your next social event, and with a home exquisitely designed for entertaining, you’ll be in vacation mode all year long.

If you’re a Florida transplant you’ll soon discover how much house the Sunshine State offers for your money, and these homes are priced to sell. Part of the Freedom 40 collection, the 1,862 square foot Connect floor plan starts at $252,990 with ample space for entertaining. Holiday visitors and weekend guests have plenty of elbow room with 3-bedrooms, 2-baths, and a spacious 2 car garage. The beautiful 1,540 square foot Capri model part of the Villa Cortile Collection, boasts a 2-bedroom, 2-bath layout, and is also affordably priced at $224,990 with an opportunity to transform the extra space into a home office, workout studio or a cozy retreat for family and friends. Both the Capri and Connect have a timeless appeal with vast island kitchens that flow into airy great rooms, luxurious private baths, designer finishes and copious amounts of storage. The standout feature in each home is secluded outdoor living space including tranquil covered lanais, and patios that look out onto lush landscaping and blue skies.

Plan Your Next Staycation at Verandah

The Danes call it ‘hygge’ some call it a stay-cation, but whatever defines the feeling of home, we can all agree that “staying in” is the new “going out” – or at least that’s how the residents of Verandah see it. An active adult community nestled up against Southwest Florida’s Orange River just fifteen minutes from Fort Myers, Verandah by Kolter can be summed up in two words – all-inclusive. Even the poshest resort can’t match the convenience of having it all at your fingertips whether it’s water sports, going out to lunch or meeting friends on an award-winning 36-hole golf course. Nightlife and spin classes? It’s all on-site.

Planned communities like Verandah focus on building not just beautiful homes, but a lifestyle that nurtures the health and social vitality of residents. With all the sports activities, fitness classes and outdoor recreation offered, staying active has never been this fun. River Village, otherwise known as the neighborhood retreat, goes from cardio to cocktails on the dance floor with everything from on-trend spin classes to spa services to innovations like Har-Tru tennis courts featuring unique clay surfaces that are both joint friendly and slow the ball for precise game-play. Outdoorsy types can grab a paddle and a kayak and head out to the Orange River boat launch, or experience what it feels like to drive it like an A-Lister with members only tee times at Old Orange or Whispering Oak golf courses- both rated in the top 25 by Golf Advisor, and voted #1 by Veranda’s golf pros.

Uncover the Old West in the Heart of California Wine Country

Anyone who’s been to Santa Barbara County knows it’s impossible not to be entranced in Central Coast grandeur – or stop every few moments to snap a picture of the sea and capture the elegance of its Spanish style architecture and rolling hills. Minutes from Santa Maria, and an easy drive from the beloved village of Solvang, and surf town of San Luis Obispo, Orcutt is a hidden, and fast-growing gem. Settled in the heart of California’s heavenly wine country just an hour from Santa Barbara, the charm and unbeatable location of this suburb have made it the darling of the real estate world- home to high-end neighborhoods like Shea Homes at Rice Ranch, and popular with leisure seeking active adults.

A former oil boom town, Orcutt is an intimate community in every way – filled with quaint shops and restaurants, and tourist hubs like Old Town harkening back to California’s wild west circa the early 1900’s, but the best part? It’s a quick jaunt to just about anywhere. From the major retailers, and everyday amenities available in nearby Santa Maria, and oceanside recreation located just 30-minutes away, to journeying the historic California Mission trail, Orcutt offers the nostalgia of a small town with the accessibility of a much larger city (without the traffic!)

carefree happy sailing man portrait of mature retired man on ocean boat at sunrise

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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