Discover What Makes Asheville a Great Place to Retire
Retirement is an exciting milestone in your life, and chances are, you’ve been looking forward to it for quite some time. Oftentimes, people choose to relocate once they begin this next phase in life, some to be closer to family and others to be closer to the activities they enjoy doing.
With so many charming cities and towns to choose from, deciding where to spend retirement can be a challenge. Luckily, there is a city that has the perfect balance between urban amenities and the rustic mountain spirit that offers something for everyone to enjoy: Asheville, NC. Located in the Western Carolinas is the eclectic mountain city aptly named one of the best places to retire by Forbes Magazine.
In this post, we are going to look at seven reasons why you should consider retiring in Asheville in order to make the most out of your retirement years.
1. Temperate Climate
Surprising to most, this city nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains has a temperate climate. Located at an elevation of just above 2,000 feet, Asheville is the perfect place to retire if you’re looking to escape winter blizzards and scorching hot summers.
The fact that Asheville does experience all four seasons makes it possible to enjoy all types of outdoor activities, from water to snow sports. During the summer months, temperatures rarely make it into the 90s, and while a small snowfall or two may occur in the winter, lows average just below freezing.
2. Beautiful Scenery
Known for the characteristic blue-toned mountains that surround the city, Asheville boasts some of the most spectacular mountain vistas on the East Coast. The area is home to a number of National Forests and State Parks with endless miles of hiking trails to explore the scenic landscape. One of the most beautiful times of the year in Asheville is during the fall months where the vibrant colors of the foliage take over the horizon.
3. Proximity to Blue Ridge Parkway
Known as America’s favorite drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway is easily accessible from Asheville. With 469 miles of mountain roads to cruise along, you can appreciate the views comfortably. The Parkway also connects you to a number of charming mountain towns where you can stop for a bite to eat and explore the local shops.
4. Thriving Art Scene
With hundreds of local artists and a number of performance venues and museums scattered throughout the city, the art scene in Asheville is thriving. Visitors and residents alike can wander through the eclectic art galleries that showcase the unique works created by local craftsmen or attend shows at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts.
One of the most popular art attractions in town is the River Arts District. Here, you can visit working studios and galleries and get to know the artists on a more personal level. Who knows, you may even walk away having commissioned a one-of-a-kind art piece for your new luxury mountain home!
5. Food and Drink Scene
If you’re a foodie, you’ll love the number of dining options to choose from when you retire in Asheville. One of the most popular options is Cúrate, a Spanish restaurant offering traditional paellas, tapas, charcuterie, and other Spanish favorites. A unique vegan option is Plant, which offers meat-less international dishes, made from the freshest local ingredients. If you’re looking for Eastern Carolina-style barbecue and other Southern favorites, you’ll want to try the specialties at Buxton Hall. And let’s not forget the amazing pizza spot, All Souls Pizza, who are committed to using locally sourced ingredients, including the dough.
Asheville is also known for its large number of microbreweries. The Highland Brewing Company, which opened in 1994, is the city’s oldest craft brewery and a great spot to enjoy live music with friends. Another popular option is the New Belgium Brewing Company, located just across the French Broad River. As you can see, whether you are in the mood for a home-cooked meal, would rather indulge in four-star cuisine, or are simply looking to grab a drink, this city has it all.
6. Continued Education Opportunities
Learning is a lifelong journey, and when you retire in Asheville, you have the opportunity to take classes in the areas that interest you the most. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNC Asheville offers a program specifically for those in the second half of life that want to continue taking courses in a traditional environment. Here you can attend lectures, art and music performances, and other events held on campus and throughout the city.
7. Opportunities to Stay Physically Active
One of the most attractive parts of moving to the mountains is the number of outdoor activities you can take part in. The Pisgah National Forest is perfect for hiking, mountain biking, and camping in the lush mountain valleys and wooded forests that make up this protected area. There are also plenty of cascading waterfalls to discover along the way. Another relaxing outdoor activity to take part in is fishing in the local lakes and rivers that surround the city. Given its temperate climate, you can participate in these activities throughout the year.
Retire at The Cliffs
Only a short, 20-minute drive from Downtown is The Asheville Region. This region is home to The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, one of the seven private luxury communities at The Cliffs. The Cliffs at Walnut Cove exemplifies the mountain experience, offering members endless opportunities to enjoy retirement to the fullest. Located within the gates of the community, there is a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course designed to accentuate the natural landscape. There are also miles of private, pet-friendly walking trails, too.
Once you become a club member at The Cliffs, you are granted access to all of the exclusive amenities at each of the communities: seven premier golf courses, seven state-of-the-art wellness centers, along with hundreds of private social clubs to choose from.
If you are interested in retiring in Asheville, we invite you to discover all of our available homesites at The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, perfect for building your luxury mountain home. Or, browse turnkey estates, cottages, and townhomes within the community and move right in to start enjoying your new life at The Cliffs.
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