Written By Legacy Member, Suzie Crook
What is the appeal of Western North Carolina that makes it #4 on the List of Best Places to Retire?
First and foremost, WNC is known for its natural beauty which is highlighted in four distinct seasons. This area is protected by the surrounding peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where every season paints a breathtaking canvas. There are two National Parks, two National Forests, over 100 waterfalls, hundreds of miles of walking trails, and the incomparable Blue Ridge Parkway. Its location is only four hours from Atlanta, GA to the south and Charleston, S.C. to the east. The Asheville Regional Airport, the second fastest growing airport in the United States, has non-stop service to over 20 US cities. Friends and family will love to visit!
A healthy lifestyle abounds in WNC with all its outdoor activities: camping, hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, white water rafting, skiing, snowboarding, etc. While these enrich the body, the Life-Long Learning courses offered at local colleges and universities stimulate the mind. In addition, this area is known for its high-quality healthcare/hospital systems.
WNC has been a vacation destination for many years. There are over 20 golf courses in the area, world class award-winning restaurants, wineries, a vibrant art scene, galleries, and antique shops. At America’s largest home, the Biltmore, visitors tour the 250 room French Renaissance chateau with its formal gardens, shops, restaurants, and special events, all on this 6,950-acre estate.
Asheville, the largest city in the area, is known for its “big city appeal and small-town charm”. It has earned the title of “Beer City USA” for the number of craft beers produced there. Its River Arts District is home to thousands of artists. Other regional towns include Hendersonville with its brick streets and quaint shops; Brevard, home to an exceptional music college that has the Porter Performing Arts and Music Centers; Flat Rock, a small enclave that boasts the Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theatre of North Carolina; and Tryon where riders from all over the world compete in show-jumping events at the International Equestrian Center. There are dozens of museums, music venues, community theaters, festivals, and other attractions too numerous to mention.
When looking for a retirement community in WNC there are many options, but there is only one Legacy at Mills River, where you can own your home, be guaranteed all levels of continuous care (independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care), and build equity in your investment as you enjoy a multitude of amenities. You will be limited in your pursuits only by your time and interests. Come check out WNC and Legacy, they are waiting to impress you.
About Suzie: Suzie was a former residence of Altamonte Springs, Florida, north of Orlando. Suzie’s 40-year career was spent exclusively in elementary education… first as a teacher, then a psychometrist, guidance counselor, assistant principal and, ultimately, principal. She retired confident that her contributions made a difference to the schools she served and to the lives of many children, developing teachers and receptive parents.