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3 Reasons to Love Wilsonville

Whether or not you’re an Oregon native, it’s impossible to not get swept away by forests so thick you can scarcely see the sun glimmering between the trees, and coastlines as wildly rugged as they are pristine – in fact, the further north you go the more stunning it gets. In all its metropolitan vastness, the greater Portland area is undeniably picturesque but the pockets of treasure that surround it are what make it so magnetic. With a population of about 21,000, Wilsonville is a suburban gem that indulges both city dwellers and small-town folks alike. Closely connected to its rural Oregon roots, Wilsonville’s proximity to just about everything is just one of the many reasons the grass here is a little bit greener.

It’s At the Center Of All

Surrounded by over a dozen neighboring towns including Beaverton, and Hillsboro, Wilsonville sits charmingly in the heart of the Tualatin Valley just 18-miles from downtown Portland, and close to all the action. Idyllic for active adults who can’t decide whether a bustling urban center or rolling farmland is their idea of settling down, Wilsonville offers the best of both worlds. Portland may have all the nightlife and cosmopolitan intrigue, but Wilsonville’s residents know that at the end of the day, an intimate community of friendly neighbors with everything at their fingertips is worth coming home to.

Kickstart Your Health Goals in Brea California

Kickstart Your Health Goals in Brea California

When it comes to health-minded cities, Brea is California’s premium brand athletic shoe.

Sophisticated, and outdoorsy, with green juice running through its veins, it’s no surprise that Orange County earned major kudos as Architectural Digest’s 3rd healthiest destination in the country.  With sprawling hotspots like LA and San Diego California stealing the wellness spotlight, Brea’s small-town atmosphere and trendy energy is a breath of fresh air.  It’s common knowledge that eating right, and exercising are the building blocks for overall wellbeing, but cities like Brea with its breathtaking canyons, sports venues, and proximity to the coast make it easy to cultivate a healthy lifestyle

The best part about living in the Brea is having nature as a backyard. Less than half an hour from the sparkling Pacific shoreline, and home to more than a dozen beautifully maintained city parks, fitness fanatics from 5-55 (or better) have fallen in love with Brea’s abundance of outdoor recreation. A place to unwind, and take a break from the city bustle, Carbon Canyon Regional Park is a serene, 131-acre refuge of uncrowded trails and hidden treasures from its Redwood Groves to lakefront fishing piers. Named one of Orange County’s safest cities by Niche.com, active adult residents can enjoy twilight strolls, bike rides, and early morning runs with greater peace of mind.

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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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

Happy senior man and woman couple together playing golf on a course near a lake

​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.

Chandler AZ

Making Snowbird Plans? Chase the Sun to Chandler Arizona

The 55+ set loves the Arizona lifestyle, and who can blame them? With cities like Chandler making it easy to settle in and spend more time out on the course, relaxing poolside or taking advantage of its robust job market, snowbirds, and full-time residents agree there’s no better place to jumpstart their next chapter. Just 20 minutes from Sky Harbor International, and  Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airports, and 22 miles outside the Valley of the Sun, Chandler is the suburb named one of Arizona’s best by Niche.com, and has been a resounding favorite with a  growing number of technology, and manufacturing enterprises. Progressive, and brimming with activity, Chandler is all about having everything at arm’s reach.

Established in 1912 by veterinarian Alexander John Chandler after purchasing an 18,000-acre piece of land known as Chandler Ranch, agriculture played a key role in the city’s burgeoning economy. Not straying too far from its homegrown roots with events like the Chandler Ostrich  Festival paying homage to over a century of ranching history, Chandler has quickly grown into a high-tech Silicon Valley of sorts – home to business giants like PayPal, and Intel Corporation.  Not ready to call it quits, many baby boomers relocate to cities like this long before they plan to retire not just for the endless recreation, but also for the opportunity to launch new careers or explore entrepreneurship.

Surfer Surfing at Huntington Beach

It’s Always Surf Season at Huntington Beach

Not ready to bid farewell to summer? Between Newport and Sunset Beach, one town is riding the wave one laid-back day at a time. Named one of Wallet Hub’s top 10 happiest cities, and fondly dubbed “Surf City USA”, Huntington Beach has an irresistible carefree vibe, and a youthful, effervescent energy. As you wander around downtown – a refreshing frozen creation in hand, there’s something about the “retro California” feel that sets this city apart from Orange County’s fast-paced lifestyle. Whether you were born to surf, or just love a spectacular sunset, living in Huntington Beach is the Pacific Coast version of an island getaway – and just like a trip to Dubai, the weather is pretty fantastic all year round.

Park the Car Bring the Surfboard
With almost nine miles of sparkling coastline and offbeat palm-lined streets to explore, your best bet for soaking in the sea-breeze is perched atop a surfboard, or on two or four (as in double bike) wheels. No gear? No problem. Huntington Beach is dotted with quirky little surf and rental shops like privately owned, Zack’s Rentals offering every mode of beachside transportation you could imagine from beach cruisers, and tandem bikes to recreational gear including surf and bodyboards, volleyballs, footballs, and wetsuits. Additionally, many grocery stores and restaurants are within an easy walking distance from one another – with a flip-flop and shorts dress code of course.