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Choose and Go! Discovery Tours
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Choose and Go! Discovery Tours

DiscosverCoupleLogo2The process of determining where one is going to spend their retirement years begins with considering your options. What kind of lifestyle do you desire? This is the information gathering stage, and is characterized by lots of research and not much decision-making. What decisions are made, of course, are not final, but rather tentative. What state do I want to live in? Do I want a coastal area or an inland area? Is the tax structure of the state important to me? Do I want year round sun or seasonal weather? Do I want to live near family? What about an all-adult community? Sometimes the options can be overwhelming! But clearly, the time and expense of actually visiting all the possible communities is impractical for most people.

Likewise, experience has shown that the second step of the process—comparing communities—does not give definitive answers for a final decision. It does, however, enable you to narrow things down to a few potential sites that meet most, if not all, of the factors that are important to you. With fewer places to choose from, it now becomes feasible to actually visit them. The Discovery Tour program was designed with exactly this in mind.

EXPO_DiscoveryBoothWe like to say, “Choose and go!” This is the only way to confirm if a community is right for you. Hundreds of people who have made the right decision for themselves can attest to the wisdom of this. The exhibitors at the ideal-LIVING Resort & Retirement Expo recognize this as well, and they have created special, discounted travel packages for you to take advantage of. Discovery Tours, as they are called, include a 2 or 3 night stay at the property itself, often with guest passes for sampling the amenities they offer. Sample offerings include rounds of golf, elegant dining at the on-site restaurant, equestrian activities, clubhouse privileges, and of course, a guided tour of the property. Many communities welcome their guests with a “meet and greet” so you can get to know your potential new neighbors. You can find information about the Discovery Tours at the Discovery Tour booth right outside the Grand Ballroom at the expo.

The key is to use this opportunity to truly “discover” the property itself and the surrounding area. Actually driving to local shopping, attending your house of worship, and speaking with the “locals” is something that can only be done in person. Discovery Tours make this an affordable, informational, and entertaining way of choosing the right place. Enjoy!

Cresswind at Lake Lanier

Cresswind at Lake Lanier

Gainesville, Georgia

Cresswind at Lake Lanier is the premier, gated, active-adult community located in Gainesville, Georgia. This historic city is bordered by the foothills of the northeast Georgia mountains and picturesque Lake Lanier, less than 50 miles northeast of Atlanta. With distinctive seasons and relatively moderate temperatures, this area has quickly become a haven for active adults.
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GA


Compass Pointe - North Carolina Coastal Communities

Compass Pointe - North Carolina Coastal Communities

Leland, North Carolina

Compass Pointe is more than a community. It's a destination. Only 10 minutes from historic downtown Wilmington, NC, and 20 minutes from Wrightsville Beach, it is the very best of coastal North Carolina.
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NC


The Landings on Skidaway Island - Savannah's Choice for Island Living

The Landings on Skidaway Island - Savannah's Choice for Island Living

Savannah, Georgia

The Landings on Skidaway Island is a private gated community known as much for its beauty as for its personality. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway and just 12 miles from the charming and historic city of Savannah, GA, The Landings celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012.
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GA


Vista at Blacksmith Run

Vista at Blacksmith Run

Hendersonville, North Carolina

Nestled between Historic Hendersonville and Lake Lure's picturesque coves is Vista at Blacksmith Run-an exclusive Western North Carolina mountain property designed for residential development. Blacksmith Run's secluded mountain lifestyle and four season climate turns an ordinary day into an unforgettable experience. With convenient access to all of Western North Carolina's treasures, this quiet mountain gated community was developed for those who appreciate the best that life has to offer.
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NC


The Bluffs on the Cape Fear

The Bluffs on the Cape Fear

Leland, North Carolina

This waterfront community is renowned for its stunning Bluffs overlooking the Cape Fear River and offer entertainment options for every member of the family. Welcome to The Bluffs on the Cape Fear, where privacy and tranquility are joined in a setting of transcendent natural beauty. Here you'll discover the best of both worlds - a private preserve in the midst of nature, but an easy drive from everything Wilmington and the Coastal Carolinas have to offer.
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NC


Hartness Greenville

Hartness Greenville

Greenville, South Carolina

The community will feature a number of defining amenities including a central park, sidewalks and pedestrian greenways, unique streetscapes, a commercial center with restaurants and shops, a clubhouse with fitness center, a swim complex, tennis and pickleball, a boutique hotel with spa and a 180 acre nature preserve with 15 miles of trails. Come see 450 acres of beauty in Greenville, SC.
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SC


Playa Bonita Beach Residences

Playa Bonita Beach Residences

Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

Playa Bonita is a luxury beachfront residential community. It is located along the north coast of the Dominican Republic, on the beautiful Samana peninsula. The community is being developed on waterfront property along its namesake, the Playa Bonita beach. This idyllic beach can be found to the west of Las Terrenas, a thriving cosmopolitan town. Playa Bonita is the best beach of Dominican Republic. It strives the perfect combination of smooth and silky sand and unbelievable turquoise crystalline water.
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DOM


Pacific Lots and Homes of Costa Rica - Costa Rica Real Estate

Pacific Lots and Homes of Costa Rica - Costa Rica Real Estate

Ojochal, Costa Rica

Pacific Lots represents that largest development for North Americans in Costa Rica. Now in our 26th year, we have developed 17 phases in the southern Pacific zone of Costa Rica. We are the largest builder of Custom Homes in Costa Rica and offer turn key rental services for our clients.
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CRI


Cresswind at Victoria Gardens

Cresswind at Victoria Gardens

DeLand, Florida

Discover the distinct difference in active living, nestled within the scenic beauty of historic DeLand, Florida at Cresswind at Victoria Gardens. Cresswind at Victoria Gardens is the natural choice in a master planned community, tucked away from the hustle and bustle, yet centrally located with all the amenities to enjoy, near great shopping, dining, and entertainment. DeLand is home to one of the top Main Streets in America.
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FL


Waterways - Best Places to Live in Georgia

Waterways - Best Places to Live in Georgia

Richmond Hill, Georgia

Waterways is a 2,300-acre master-planned community located just 30 minutes from historic Savannah, Georgia, in charming Richmond Hill. Surrounded by a 1,600 acre nature preserve, this is a place where six-and-a-half miles of marsh frontage, over four miles of winding lagoons, and more than a thousand acres of ancient oak hammocks embrace our new homes and homesites.
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GA


Callawassie Island - South Carolina Gated Communities

Callawassie Island - South Carolina Gated Communities

Callawassie Island, South Carolina

Callawassie Island is centrally located two miles off of Highway 170 between historic Beaufort, South Carolina and the nationally known resort of Hilton Head Island.
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SC


Albemarle Plantation - North Carolina Gated Communities

Albemarle Plantation - North Carolina Gated Communities

Hertford , North Carolina

On the North Carolina's Inner Banks is a golf and marina community with a lifestyle like no other! Perched between historic Edenton and Elizabeth City, NC, it's an easy drive to any major city along the coast going north or south. With easy access to Tidewater Virginia and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, you will experience small town charm and big city culture at its finest.
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NC


Amelia National Golf & Country Club - Florida Gated Golf Communities

Amelia National Golf & Country Club - Florida Gated Golf Communities

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Tom Fazio golf and country club affords golfing, tennis, resort-style swimming pool, snack-bar, lounge and fine dining, gym, walking trails and 24-hour manned and gated guardhouse. Three miles from Amelia Island, close to beaches, historic-district and marina.
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FL


Currahee Club

Currahee Club

Toccoa, Georgia

With 1,200 breathtaking acres, Currahee Club offers some of the finest real estate in North Georgia. The master-planned community features golf course, lake, and mountain homes on unique lots shaped by their natural surroundings. Visit us today, and enjoy the lifestyle you deserve...
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GA


Traditions of America at East Petersburg

Traditions of America at East Petersburg

East Petersburg, Pennslyvania

This active lifestyle community is situated in the best of both worlds: set amidst the picturesque, quintessential landscape of Lancaster County, East Petersburg residents will be surrounded by scenic countryside, meandering roads, and the sparkling Little Conestoga Creek, yet minutes from fabulous shopping, dining, world-class golf, and superior health care.
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PA


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