Coming in our May-June 2014 issue
Greater Missoula, MT
Hundreds of trails meander through this western Montana area, where in the spring and summer you can find bright wildflowers with names like prairie smoke and fleabane. It’s a four-wheel-drive lifestyle year-round, with rocky mountains to climb and snow to traverse. The University of Montana draws football fans and lifelong learners, and some of the best fly-fishing in the nation is here. Plus, Montana’s summer temperatures rest comfortably in the 70s and 80s.
First, learn to pronounce it (Kiss-SIM-me). About 25 miles south of Orlando, the city is close to all things Walt Disney World, making retirees here popular with their grandchildren. Kissimmee sits on the shores of Lake Tohopekaliga, a haven for boaters and bass fishers. Residents enjoy top-rated golf courses, spring baseball games and one of the largest rodeos east of the Mississippi. Several friendly active-adult communities offer amenities and clubs galore.
Traverse City, MI
Drawn to Traverse City by a burgeoning arts scene and an annual film festival created by activist Michael Moore, retirees say the warm welcome makes up for cold winters. The city hugs Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay and boasts dozens of vineyards and imaginative eateries that have received major attention. Every year, the National Cherry Festival honors the area’s bountiful harvest. Boaters, fishers and kayakers relish the region’s countless lakes and rivers.
Civil War battlefields, varied museums and pilgrimage home tours pay tribute to Vicksburg’s past, and 32 murals on Levee Street depict moments in the city’s history. Residents enjoy the action at four docked casinos and quieter moments in picnic lunches on the bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi. “I go to the river once a week to look at it,” one retiree says. “Nowhere else is so beautiful.”
8 Cities for Golf (and Much More)
While some retirees could spend every day on the course, their spouses may not always feel the same way. To please golfers and nongolfers alike, these eight cities promise stellar greens and fairways and unbeatable amenities, including hiking trails, arts venues, tasty eateries, continuing-education opportunities and more. Profiled: Auburn-Opelika, AL; Portland, OR; Georgetown, TX; Raleigh, NC; Lexington, KY; St. George, UT; Prescott, AZ; and Ponte Vedra, FL.
Moving With Your Pet
A relocation impacts every member of the family, including the four-legged variety. Experts and retirees address two important considerations for moving with your pet -- animal-friendly amenities in a new community and the logistics of the move, from long car rides and airplane travel, to tranquilizers, to introducing your cat or dog to their new home.
Financial Consultant -- Finding the Perfect Rental
Retirees have an advantage in a tight rental market, as many property management companies see them as stable and secure. But renting is a two-way contract, and good tenants deserve good service. Experienced landlords and recent retirees give practical tips for finding an ideal rental, including things to look for and avoid in a property management company.
Roads to Retirement
Northern AL/TN: Florence-Huntsville-Chattanooga
Valencia Lakes in Wimauma, FL
And Much, Much More!