"Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." ~Winnie-the-Pooh
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Big Pine Key, FL An island town in a remote, untamed area
Lafayette, LA A lively city in the heart of Cajun country
Ahwatukee, Arizona A friendly suburban/urban village
Little River, SC A peaceful town known for its seafood, festivals and floating casinos
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Hilo, HI Sleepy, verdant and a little rustic, Hilo evokes "Old Hawaii." It is a great retirement spot!
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Sandwiched betweeen Tampa Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway on Florida's west central coast, Largo spent much of its history as a farming community. New residents and houses started arriving in large numbers after WWII, and today the city continues to grow.
Perched on the southern tip of L.A. County in Southern California, Avalon is 22 miles southwest of Los Angeles and is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island. About a mile wide and only reachable by ferry and small plane, it is a beautiful, upscale place.
Bordered on three sides by water, the Gulf of Mexico town of Pass Christian is called "Pass" by locals and was chartered in 1848. It was the site of the South's first yacht club and has some of the region's finest oyster reefs.
Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains in lush western Virginia, attractive, artsy Abingdon is the Washington County seat and dates from the mid-1700s. It has an active arts scene and is proud of its heritage.
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An inviting town core, a waterfall park and an impressive array of cultural amenities are Greenville highlights. Is it a great place to retire?
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Highland Beach, a balmy, affluent beach community along State Road A1A in southeastern Florida, is framed by lush landscape, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean. It was settled by Japanese immigrants in the early-1900s and incorporated in 1949.
Just an hour north of the California border in rugged, scenic southwestern Oregon, Grants Pass sits on the banks of the Rogue River and is known for its down to earth people and outdoor way of life. It dates from 1865 and was named after Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant.
Only 20 miles northeast of Charlotte in south central North Carolina, comfortable Concord is the Cabarrus County seat and one of the oldest cities in the Charlotte metro area. It started out in 1750 and has boomed by 220% within the last 10 or 15 years.
Situated in the rolling hills of western Kentucky, pleasant Bowling Green has grown by 50% in the last decade or so. It was once the capital of Confederate Kentucky and today is home to Western Kentucky University (23,000 students) and a General Motors assembly plant.
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Nestled in the colorful Texas Hill Country, Kerrville beckons with its appealing river culture, fun festivals, relaxed way of life and friendly residents. It is a great retirement spot!
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This northernmost Lake County town is a midpoint between Florida's two coasts and about an hour northwest of Orlando. It is a pleasant, safe place and has part of the large, master-planned 55+ development The Villages within its borders. The rest of The Villages abuts Lady Lake to the west.
Sitting at the southern edge of Mexico's breathtaking Mayan Riviera, Tulum is one of the Carribbean coast's fastest growing communities. Two hours from Cancun, it was once a bohemian outpost but is becoming more stylish and attracting more vacationers.
Matthews is an appealing suburb that started out as a cotton producing center and grew up with the railroad. Situated between Charlotte, North Carolina, and the South Carolina border, it has a quaint, old fashioned downtown with shops, boutiques and restaurants.
Amiable Abilene started out as a cattle shipping hub in the 1880s. It sits along Interstate 20 in the red, flat land of parched West Central Texas, 150 miles west of Forth Worth. A rather isolated place, it has a mix of military personnel, college students and families.
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Located in western Nevada, just 30 miles south of Reno, comfortable Carson City (population 55,000) started out as a cattle ranch along the Carson River. In 1859, silver was discovered at the Comstock Lode, underneath what is present-day, nearby Virginia City, and miners from around the country streamed into the area.
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