With warm temperatures, abundant culture, and active pursuits, it is easy to see why the Carolinas rank among the most popular states for retirees. If you are ready to put your working years behind you, it might be time to pack up for a fresh start in a new community. Here are just a few of the Carolinas' idyllic retirement destinations:
Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, North Carolina offers many activities surrounded by glorious mountain vistas. The quirky downtown is home to art galleries, eclectic shops and hundreds of top ranked restaurants. Asheville residents can enjoy the active theater scene, stop by the legendary Grove Park Inn, or tour the historic Biltmore House.
Highlands, North Carolina is a hidden gem filled with antique stores, fine dining establishments as well as four performing arts theaters. The town’s unique high-elevation geography keeps it refreshing in the summer months and makes it an attractive destination to escape the heat. Highlands residents can enjoy golf, fishing, or hiking to nearby waterfalls in the surrounding Nantahala National Forest.
Aiken, South Carolina boasts world-class equestrian culture with local polo matches and fox hunts. The thriving downtown boasts an array of festivals and incredible restaurants with something for everyone. Aiken sits just 20 miles northeast of Augusta, Georgia, giving it milder temperatures throughout the year than much of the state.
This South Carolina beachfront community offers outstanding beaches, world-class golfing and hundreds of shops and restaurants for the retiree who wants to fill their day with fun. North Myrtle Beach has more than 10 golf courses, and more than 40 additional courses are within a short drive. With low taxes, excellent health care, and an abundance of community activities, it is easy to see why retirees flock here for a slice of the good life.
Nestled at the entrance of the Pisgah National Forest, Brevard, North Carolina is one of the most beautiful and unsullied communities on our list. With a moderate mountain climate, an abundance of cultural happenings, and natural beauty, it has become a tourism, retirement, and cultural destination in recent years. Hike to one of the area's many waterfalls or travel to nearby Asheville for the day.
Movie buffs retire to Southport, North Carolina as it is home to countless film locations because of its picturesque coastal locale. It sits along the shores of the Cape Fear River and Intracoastal Waterway adjacent to the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy Southport's urban amenities with the friendliness of a small southern town.
Three-hundred-year-old New Bern, North Carolina is the perfect intersection of old and new with its vibrant history, spectacular gardens, and entertaining music scene. Centrally located between Wilmington and Raleigh, New Bern lies at the intersection of the Trent and Neuse rivers. It boasts four 18th-century historic districts, restaurants, and shops as well as waterfront activities and sporting competitions.
Home of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, Chapel Hill is a cultural mecca nestled in the ever-growing Research Triangle area. Though located in a large metropolitan area, Chapel Hill maintains its small town feel with its walkable and beloved downtown area. From its numerous college sports teams to world-class medical care and ever-present Southern charm, Chapel Hill's national reputation is well-deserved.
Known for its carefree lifestyle and natural beauty, Pawleys Island, South Carolina is located 70 miles north of Charleston and 25 miles south of central Myrtle Beach. It is separated from the mainland by a rich salt marsh and is one of the oldest resort towns on the Atlantic coast. Quaint shops and restaurants, a unique historic district, and a laid-back lifestyle entice many a retiree each year.
Historic antebellum homes, pristine stretches of beach and a vibrant downtown scene define Beaufort, South Carolina. This smaller, more laid-back version of Charleston affords many opportunities to kayak, fish and explore, with many land activities as well. Beaufort has been named "Best Small Southern Town" by Southern Living and has been featured in the New York Times.
What is there to say about this crown jewel of South Carolina that hasn't already been said? Recently named the best city in the world by Travel and Leisure, Charleston offers a rich Civil War history, innovative cuisine, and a lively art culture. With Charleton's waterfront scenery, walkable streets and nearby beach location, it's easy to see why the best city in the world is so popular with retirees.
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