Category Archives: Arizona

Escape To The Sonoran Desert

Are you looking for the perfect springtime getaway? While boomers love their poolside margaritas, and spray tans, as much as the next vacationer, they also don’t want to be wading through dense crowds of college students to enjoy some much needed down time. Luckily, popular spring break destinations like South Beach, and Cancun aren’t the only places to thaw out, and leave winter behind. If more than 300 days of sun, exciting nightlife, and off-roading through sand dunes sounds like your idea of a good time, there’s no better place to shed your winter layers than in Yuma, Arizona.

When you’re looking forward to blue skies, and eternal warmth, Yuma is your golden ticket. This southwestern oasis is the land of endless sunshine, historic sites, and offers a multitude of outdoor activities you won’t need your snow boots to enjoy. Water recreation isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of visiting the desert, but with the mighty Colorado River flowing through the heart of the city, this geographically blessed part of the state is made to be explored one waterfront view at a time. The West Wetland offers the best riverbank seat in the house to relax with a fishing reel in hand, or witness wildlife in it’s natural habitat, but for something a little more adventurous, the river is the perfect setting for taking a day trip in a canoe, a kayak, or maybe a pair of waterskis.

Uncovering the Magic of Sedona

You’ll hear about people traveling from place to place in the pursuit of self-enlightenment, but wherever their road may lead, the red rocks of Sedona should undoubtedly be a stop along the way.  It’s one of those travel experiences that people can’t stop talking about and whether they were looking for a spiritual awakening, or a panoramic, ends of the earth kind of adventure, there’s a mystical energy about Sedona that makes everyone catch their breath. Maybe it’s the way the majestic monoliths stand in stark contrast to the blue sky, or how the ghosts of an ancient civilization are eternally etched into the sandstone, but whatever draws people to this mysteriously beautiful place, it’s an experience they’ll never forget.

Chiseled by the forces of nature, Sedona’s rust-hued towers are quite possibly the most magnificent, geologic wonders of the world.  Surrounded by the Verde Valley, and flowing waters of Oak Creek Canyon, this jewel of the Southwest is located about 2 hours from the Grand Canyon, and 45 minutes from Flagstaff. Sedona encompasses 1.8 million acres of national forests, and more than 300 miles of trails for wherever your journey takes you, whether it’s channeling magnetic vortex energy, or peering over the edge of Cathedral Rock.

What Boomers Are Loving About Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona has long been one of the country’s most popular destinations for snowbirds, and retirees known for its endless sunshine, upscale amenities, and year-round recreation. Fodor’s, Livability, and the Huffington Post have all given this Sonoran Desert oasis gold stars for retirement living which isn’t surprising considering the climate has no off season, and more than forty 55+ communities have made Scottsdale their location of choice. Home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home of Taliesin West, and historic landmarks including Old Town, and Papago POW Escape Monument, the city has a vibrant energy that boomers find irresistible.

Superior Golf -When it comes to golf destinations Scottsdale takes tee time to a utopian level. With over 200 challenging courses, and Arizona’s stunning desert landscape in the backdrop, golf is more than just a game, it’s a lifestyle. Over a dozen of these nationally recognized courses were ranked the nation’s best by Golf Digest, from the Tom Fazio designed Estancia Club boasting spectacular Pinnacle Peak Mountain views, to the breathtaking scenery of Troon North Golf Club. Golf devotees may have a hard time deciding which course to choose first, but with 330 days of sun, nobody needs to take a rain check.

Ring In the New Year With an Encore

If you’re ready for a fresh start where the sun shines all year long, and lifelong friendships are made, AV Home’s newest 55+ community of Encore might be the perfect fit. Nestled within the beautiful master-planned community of Eastmark, this age-restricted enclave has everything active adults could ever dream up right at home. Located east of Phoenix in Mesa, Arizona, seasonal snowbirds, and year-round residents will find an all-inclusive resort style community designed to leave a lasting impression.

Construction of Encore began in 2015 with the goal of 973 homes upon completion. Earning nine awards from the National Association of Home Builders, AV Home’s commitment to excellence is evident from the moment you walk in the door. Encore features a four series design concept the Composer, Director, Producer, and Executive collections each featuring beautiful floor-plans starting in the $200’s, and boasting generous square footage. Low maintenance landscaping compliments Arizona’s desert climate, and options for Spanish-Colonial, Tuscan, Craftsman, and ranch style exteriors cater to every taste. Today’s 55 or better homebuyers desire homes that are built to evolve with them, and these modern, yet classic layouts feature age-friendly innovations that blend seamlessly into the overall design and offer timeless finishes. Flex spaces provide convenient functionality as home offices, or hobby areas, and spacious great rooms, and open kitchens are the ideal setting to host gatherings

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This Extreme Sport Takes Boomers to New Heights

The term “second youth” is more than just a buzzword that defines the baby boomer generation. These go-getters have spent decades planning for what they’d consider the best years of their lives, and there’s no limit to what they’re dreaming up. Reinventing their parent’s retirement is what they do best, and today’s boomers are taking on everything from advanced degrees to skydiving? Yes, hardcore sports may not be for the faint of heart, but older adults are proving that the sky’s the limit.

If making the leap into the wild blue yonder with a parachute in tow sounds a bit too extreme, companies like SkyVenture Arizona are taking the adventure inside.  For anyone wanting to learn, or craving the adrenaline boost without braving the real thing, indoor skydiving venues are a fantastic way to experience this type of extreme sport while in a controlled environment. Whether someone is a first-timer or an experienced flyer, places like SkyVenture cater to all levels of expertise offering specialized coaching from basic maneuvers to advanced aerial skills.

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Escape The Chill At Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort

This the season for snowbirds to trade their parkas for sunscreen, and flock to where the temps are mild and the outdoor recreation is plentiful. Welcome to Casa Grande, Arizona. Located halfway between Tucson, and Phoenix, this fast-growing city is a fantastic place to relax, and be near the action. At Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort, 55+ active adults will find the perfect home away from home, and with all this community has to offer, they may never want to leave.

With everything from a seemingly infinite number of social clubs, to unique outdoor sports activities, Palm Creek has it all. Residents can bring their RV, or choose to rent or purchase a new or pre-owned manufactured home. Active adults have the choice of 2 bedrooms 2 bath Village Homes, and 400 square foot Park Homes, each move-in ready, and designed using the highest quality materials. These days four-legged friends are part of the vacation, and Palm Creek offers all the creature comforts they’ll need including pet friendly accommodations, nine dog parks, and an agility course for those up for some canine competition.

Population Ghost Town

Eclectic, ghostly, and wildly refined, Jerome Arizona is a quaint mining town with a big personality. Like a scene from a movie set, this once thriving copper mining town has the rough and tumble appeal of the old west, with a polished, cultural alter ego. If you happen to be traveling between Flagstaff, and Prescott, this unique little town is definitely worth the stop. Sitting atop Cleopatra Hill, Jerome was the largest copper mine in Arizona, and despite it’s current population of about 456, it’s now a favorite for local artisans, musicians, diverse shopping, and great food. From it’s infamous haunted landmarks, and well preserved historic buildings, to the views that photographers will be mesmerized by, it’s no wonder Jerome earned the namesake, “The Wickedest Town In the West.”

Founded in 1876, Jerome was home to a booming copper industry where hard labor, and investment moguls turned the city’s underground riches into a prosperous community. After the closure of the mines in 1953, Jerome State Historic Park has since become an extraordinary, hilltop destination still set in the past, but with a modern twist. Remnants of old mines, and much of the original architecture mingles with contemporary art galleries, and shops. The Jerome Historical Society’s Mine Museum brings the town’s past to life displaying original mining equipment, and what remains of its gambling, and multicultural history. Back in the day, the city was both unorthodox, and civilized with brothels, and churches operating within the same vicinity to cater to wealthy, and working class citizens.

Phoenix Arizona Skyline at Night. Full Moon Over Phoenix, Arizona, United States.

Suburban Living With the Volume Turned Up

Arizona is known for balmy summer breezes, breathtaking Sonoran Desert views, and the kind of on the go lifestyle baby boomers crave. A suburb of the sun-drenched city of Phoenix, Peoria is a fast growing community that’s taking “getting older” out of retirement living. Named one of the top 25 cities to retire by Forbes, this thriving desert community earned the spotlight for livability with its low cost of living, abundant outdoor activities, and exciting entertainment. Active adults will love this age-friendly city for all the ways they can get involved whether it’s joining a book club, going back to class, or taking up water skiing.

Venturing through mountain trails, and enjoying water recreation isn’t the first thing someone envisions when moving to the desert. Lake Pleasant is the go-to spot for everything from boating to jet skiing and features two marina’s, a restaurant, and an RV resort. West Wing and Sunrise Mountain offer a spectacular trail excursion for avid hikers, and mountain bikers to elevate their outdoor experience. With over 300 days of glorious sun, golf enthusiasts can get ahead of the game year-round at one of Peoria’s challenging courses including the Westbrook Village Golf Club Lakes Course, and Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia.