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Profiles
Auburn, AL

In east-central Alabama, get ready for some football. Auburn University and the War Eagles dominate its same-name city, and people here like that just fine. Some alumni return in retirement to the city etched in their memories as a great place to be. Its hip, small downtown radiates a fun vibe, and outstanding golf in Auburn and nearby Opelika -- with its Grand National complex -- is a huge draw. The university sponsors an active Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, as well.

Daytona Beach, FL
The Daytona 500 is an American classic, dating to 1902, when American roadsters raced on the sandy shores. Today, its major NASCAR race draws about 250,000 fans each February. Daytona has been a popular tourist draw for more than 100 years, but retirees here learn the flip side of the fast lane. Minor league baseball, golf courses, parks, trails and good-eats restaurants are among bountiful amenities in the self-proclaimed “world’s most famous beach.”

Frederick, MD
From Washington, DC, head 45 miles northwest to Frederick and find a vintage, walkable downtown and a populace of highly educated folks. Some retirees claim the city is the affordable Georgetown. Locals rave about the numerous parks, diverse restaurants and charming boutiques. Civil War history buffs can visit Monocacy National Battlefield, where the Confederates scored their only victory in the North -- though it prevented them from ever capturing the nation’s capital.

Greater Denver, CO
The growing metro area of Denver has many outlying cities -- from Aurora to Thornton -- that help make it a one-size-fits-all destination for retirees. The grandeur of the Rocky Mountains is nearly impossible to overstate, and an emphasis on exercise and fitness is entrenched here. Bike paths connect much of the big city and its ’burbs. While housing costs have been a cause of concern, more active-adult communities are being built with affordable options.

Features
8 Mountain Retreats

Living near mountains, retirees find beauty and peace that reach soaring heights. Hikes and trails are always close by, leading to waterfalls, untouched nature and thriving plants and animals. These eight locales near mountains are retirement worthy: Blacksburg, VA; Coeur d’Alene, ID; Hendersonville, NC; Hot Springs, AR; Knoxville, TN; Prescott, AZ; Reno, NV; and Whitefish, MT.

Top 10 Trends in Master-Planned Communities
When relocating, many retirees want a neighborhood that offers a welcoming social environment, access to restaurants and stores as well as amenities that promote healthy living. Master-planned communities are meeting these demands through new strategies and innovations. Our story outlines 10 trends, as told by developers and residents.

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Financial Consultant: Going Solar in Retirement

Retirees know the importance of spending less money, and solar power can make that happen. While this aspect of going green requires an initial investment, those costs often can be offset by tax credits. Our story gives the basics of solar systems and provides advice from retirees who went off the grid.

Roads to Retirement: Sunny Central Washington: Ellensburg, Tri-Cities, Walla Walla

Best Neighborhood: Sugar Mill Pond in Youngsville, LA

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