Asheville has long been desired as a retirement area, but it is finally receiving suitable recognition over the typical retirement cities found in Florida and Arizona. Recently named one of America’s “Best Live Music” cities and “Favorite Small City for Beer and Food,” Asheville is continually seeing a rise in desire to be a part of this diverse and growing city. To go along with Asheville’s latest award, we have decided to compile our very own list of reasons why we think Asheville is the best place for you to retire!
Why you Should Retire in Asheville
Mild winters in Asheville bring minimal snowfall while the mild summers keep temperatures below 85 degrees. It’s this type of climate that allows residents to experience all four seasons without the drastic amounts of snow or the hot, dry summers with little precipitation. The mountains provide a great place to ski during the winter months and the summer brings many outdoor activities with it, such as hiking and biking, to help you enjoy all of the scenery that Asheville has to offer.
Music: You are able to listen to your favorite bands live at multiple venues throughout Asheville. The Orange Peel is a nationally-known venue that has hosted many music legends, including Bob Dylan. Some popular music festivals include Moogfest, Folkmoot, and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival.
Tours: The variety of coordinated tours will satisfy every type of person. Organized tours range from historic neighborhood tours to yoga tours, outdoor mountain adventure tours to a downtown Asheville comedy club tour with gut busting acts.
Markets: For all of you foodies out there, there are a variety of markets to visit throughout Asheville with farm fresh aromas and tastes that are so wonderful you will surely be back for more!
Cost of living:
The cost of living in Asheville is right on par with the national average. There are a variety of things that make it seem like the cost of living should be even higher including breathtaking views, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and everlasting memories.
Cradle of Forestry: Thanks to George Vanderbilt’s lead in the late 19th century, Asheville has received its name as the cutting edge of horticulture in southeastern United States with its obsession of all things green. It’s this green love affair that mark Asheville’s multiple arboretums and various garden centers as a sight to be seen.
Scenery: Biltmore Blooms: Gasp in awe at over 130,000 flowers and gaze at the gorgeous blooms at the Biltmore Estate and gardens. Celebrate springtime in style with thousands of flowers and stop over to the Biltmore Winery and Antler Hill Village where you will receive a sip of their limited springtime release wine.
Hiking: Trek miles of mountains along western North Carolina on the highest regions on this side of the Mississippi River. Find yourself immersed in the landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains, splashing in a natural waterfall, or galavanting alongside the flora and fauna.
You can read the full article at Market Watch – ‘The Most Popular Places to Retire‘