Ideal Cities to Explore
Florida Ultimate Excursions
- Florida Ultimate Excursions BRADENTON GET ON THE POT April 15 – 16 | Spring Pottery Sale Art Center Manatee | ArtCenterManatee.org Update your home and garden decor with original designs from the area’s most talented potters. Hosted by the ArtCenter Manatee, the local center for art exhibitions, special cultural events, and classes for painting, sculpture, photography,... Read More »
- Ocala, Florida Heaven on Earth| Equestrian Communties and Nature Trails As seen in the 2016 Winter Issue By Kim Henry With an average year-round temperature of 70 degrees, Ocala, FL, boasts a more than average year-round world of beauty and adventure. Ocala supports a rich equestrian life for breeders, seasoned riders, and visiting newbies alike.... Read More »
- Stunning Scenery and Endless Sunshine As seen in the winter 2016 Ideal-LIVING magazine by N. Gross Floating above Phoenix in a hot air balloon, you’ll experience the spectacular beauty of the colorful Sonoran Desert, and the rugged mountains that define the city’s horizon. Known as The Valley of the Sun, the scenic desert landscape features... Read More »
Jacksonville, Florida: Where Big and Beautiful Intersect
- Jacksonville, Florida: Where Big and Beautiful Intersect As seen in the Winter 2016 Ideal-Living magazine By Jamie Penn By now, we all know that the state of Florida has some serious perks. Many of us would name warm winters, white sandy beaches, and pristine golf courses as top attractions, and we’d be right. Retirees and... Read More »
Ideal Southern Towns
- Ideal Southern Towns Have you ever wondered where is the best sushi in Port St. Lucie, Florida? Or, which town has the best riverwalk? In the Fall 2015 issue of ideal-LIVING, we highlight 35 ideal southern towns from Knoxville to Ft. Myers, giving you great places to visit, along with savory eateries and top things... Read More »
ideal towns >> new bern, nc
- New Bern is not only the birth place of Pepsi-Cola, home to a multitude of cultural festivals and the second oldest town in North Carolina, but it has just completed a $65 million History Center, which is raising the bar on museum experiences across America, making this riverside town one of the most adored destinations in North Carolina.
ideal towns >> asheville, nc
- Asheville — Mountain Adventures, Eclectic Artists & Incredible Architecture by Nancy Gross Famous for the stunning beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the grand Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC, is also known for its edgy, artistic energy and its burgeoning culinary scene. This thriving mountain city has an irresistible eclectic downtown with more than 30... Read More »
ideal towns >> bluffton, sc
- Bluffton — One of South Carolina’s Best Kept Secrets by Rachael Provost Filled with antebellum homes and Spanish moss-draped oaks, historic churches and screened-in porches, it’s a place you would almost expect not to exist anymore. But the secret is out, and Bluffton’s Lowcountry flavor and scenic setting on the banks of the May River... Read More »
ideal towns >> bradenton, fl
- Bradenton — Florida’s Bay Area Beauty by Scott Kauffman When it comes to this part of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Bradenton might not be as well-known as its sophisticated neighbor to the south, Sarasota. But that’s just fine for the folks flocking to the Bradenton region, which is equally rich in culture and recreational wonders with... Read More »
ideal towns >> charleston, sc
- Beautiful. Historical. Hospitable. — Welcome to Charleston by Nancy Gross The people are remarkably friendly. The grits are spicy and the oysters are fresh. The cobblestone streets are steeped in history, and the views of the harbor are spectacular. This is Charleston, SC, voted “America’s Best City” three times in a row. It’s also considered... Read More »
ideal towns >> fort myers, fl
- Thomas Edison and Henry Ford are credited with inventing dozens of modern-day conveniences. When it comes to Florida, their greatest discoveries might very well have been their mutual love for Fort Myers.
Ideal Towns >> Little Rock, AR
- New South Culture — Thrives in Little Rock by Nancy Gross Revitalized Little Rock offers a lovely setting in the rolling hills between the Ouachita Mountains and the Arkansas River. This vibrant capital city is brimming with attractions from unique museums and epicurean delights, to outdoor concerts and mountain biking. It’s also a place of... Read More »
ideal towns >> knoxville, tn
- Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Knoxville is the perfect blend of Southern hospitality, abundant nature and a thriving world of culture. The Tennessee River provides a stunning backdrop to this diverse and historic destination that was originally the state's first capital.
ideal towns >> greenville, sc
- Greenville — Fall in Love with Falls Park by Kim Henry Once known as ‘The Queen City on the Tar’ due to its location along the Tar River, Greenville remains one of South Carolina’s many multi-faceted treasures. From historic downtown, to an international feast of culinary delights, to the natural beauty of Falls Park, Greenville... Read More »
ideal towns >> naples, fl
- On the southwest side of the state, there's certainly no shortage of wealth. Indeed, Naples long held the unofficial title of having the most millionaires per capita. But when it comes to attitude and style, Naples is as far from Miami Beach as the seemingly endless Alligator Alley that separates the two coasts.
ideal towns >> Palm Coast, fl
- They chose a tract of north central Florida land from U.S. Route 1 all the way to the Atlantic Ocean and saved the sweetest spot of all for a place called Palm Coast.
ideal towns >> phoenix, az
- Aristotle once said, "In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." He was talking about a bigger sky. Brighter stars. Breathtaking sunsets. He was talking about Phoenix, AZ, though he probably didn't know it.
ideal towns >> pinehurst, nc
- How did the small town of Pinehurst in the North Carolina sandhills become "The Cradle of Golf in America?"
ideal towns >> port st. lucie, fl
- This superb Sunshine State location in St. Lucie County isn't as well-known as its southern neighbor, Palm Beach County, but that's just how the Port St. Lucie's populace likes it. They want to keep this uncrowded and unspoiled Treasure Coast a true treasure.
ideal towns >> savannah, ga
- You'll be transported to a bygone era as you walk along the cobblestone streets of Savannah, GA, with its manicured gardens and shady oak trees draped with silvery Spanish moss. Take in Savannah's extraordinary mansions, churches and museums from your seat in a horse-drawn carriage.
ideal towns >> southport, nc
- Southport — A Vintage Seaside Postcard Come to Life by Nancy Gross The quaint seaside village of Southport, NC, will entice you with its stunning combination of historic homes, lush landscaping and miles of water in every direction. With its wide front porches, white rocking chairs and soothing water views, there’s no better place than... Read More »
ideal towns >>beaufort, sc
- Beaufort — Sunsets in the Lowcountry by Rachael Provost Moss-draped oaks mingle with native palmettos. A sunset paints strokes of oranges, pinks and purples on a watery horizon. You have arrived in the Lowcountry. You have arrived in Beaufort, SC. You’re in the heart of the Sea Islands, surrounded by hundreds of islands, the inhabitable... Read More »
ideal towns >> wilmington, nc
- There’s No Place Like Wilmington by Jamie Penn Wilmington, NC, is one of those cities whose stories seep from its cobblestone streets. The tannin-stained, picturesque Cape Fear River ebbs and flows beneath the two bridges built at either end of historic downtown to invite people in from highways running through neighboring coastal and rural towns... Read More »
ideal towns >> west palm beach, fl
- West Palm Beach — Florida’s Gold Coast by Scott Kauffman Ever since founding father Henry Flagler opened the Royal Poinciana in 1894, turning Palm Beach into a vacation hot spot for Northerners, this part of southeast Florida has long been one of the most exclusive places to live and visit. If Palm Beach is where... Read More »
ideal towns >> Ocala, FL
- Ocala — Florida’s Horse Country Heaven by Scott Kauffman With more than 70,000 acres of thoroughbred breeding and training farms, the Ocala area has long been known as the horse capital of the world. Indeed, whether you love the thrill of competition or just enjoy a leisurely ride via horseback, this central Florida region is... Read More »
ideal towns >> orlando, fl
- Orlando — A Small Town Big City by Scott Kauffman With Walt Disney World leading the way, Orlando has long been known as one of the world’s top tourist destinations. In fact, a record-breaking 62 million visitors discovered Orlando’s magic last year. But make no mistake, Orlando is no longer a Mickey Mouse town when... Read More »
Quintessentially Southern… With a Twist
- Quintessentially Southern… With a Twist The Charming Coastal Town of New Bern New Bern, N.C., is a classic Southern town steeped in rich southeastern tradition with an upbeat, progressive vibe that keeps it growing. History is alive in the charming Southern town of New Bern. It gently blends with the modern nuances of renovated and... Read More »
Carolina Living: From the Coast to the Mountains
- Carolina Living: From the Coast to the Mountains — Life in the Carolinas offers excitement and culture for all The Carolinas (both North and South) are welcoming an influx of new residents these days and who are discovering a way of life that’s about more than just warmer weather. But there’s not a single “Carolina... Read More »
Reasons to Live in Galveston, Texas
- On the coast of Texas about 50 miles south of Houston is the city of Galveston, Texas. It's a city with tight-knit small town friendliness, but also equipped with the amenities of a larger city. Thirty-two miles of beaches, excellent medical facilities, a vibrant historic downtown, and a subtropical climate-this city is a slice of paradise.
California: Eureka…I’ve Found It!
- California: Eureka…I’ve Found It! When you think of California, you think of beach bums and celebrities. I know that’s what I think of. But California has so much more to offer than that. No matter what you want—mountains, beach (California is home to the third longest coastline in the U.S), desert, nature’s forests, vineyards and... Read More »
The Other Las Vegas
- The Other Las Vegas What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…unless… What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas—and that may be the case for some things. But when it comes to the natural beauty of the area, that’s something we want to share with everyone. Leave the glitz of casinos, extravagant shows and The Strip... Read More »
Savannah, Georgia – One of the Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America
- Picturesque as a scene out of a fairy tale, Savannah, Georgia, has earned the right to brag about its beauty. Named by USA Weekend Magazine as one of the "Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America" and listed as one of the New York Times' "World's Top Ten Trendy Travel Hot Spots," Savannah has a rich and vibrant history that continues into the present day.
Take Me Downtown: New Bern NC
- Take Me Downtown: New Bern NC New Bern, North Carolina, is in the midst of a restoration and renovation that’s turning back the clock on this tri-centennial city. North Carolina’s first capitol is being transformed back to its original splendor, while also creating modern amenities that make this town a prime destination. Picturesquely placed at... Read More »
Battleships of the South
- Battleships of the South Imagine having to build a ship, one that could withstand the tricks of the sea and accommodate passengers. Imagine having to build a ship that could do that, and protect against enemy attack. A real life game of Battleship, where there is no such thing as red and white pegs to... Read More »
50 Must See Travel Destinations
- The editor’s of Ideal Living magazine have chosen 50 fabulous destinations for travel. Following are five of them, click here to read the entire article. Harbor Island Light House in Hilton Head Fantastic views as well as an interesting history lesson on everything from early inhabitants of the island to plantation life, the Civil War... Read More »
Aiken’s Affordable Southern Charm
- Aiken’s Affordable Southern Charm | ideal-LIVING’s City overview Often described as a city with Southern charm and a cosmopolitan flair, Aiken is a laid-back, charming community located near the mid-point of South Carolina’s long border with Georgia. With low-cost housing and taxes as well as a mild four-season climate, it’s easy to see why Aiken... Read More »
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New Bern to Beaufort Communities and Venture Out!
- New Bern to Beaufort Communities and Venture Out! Historic New Bern is a town of around 30,000 folk, where tradition dances with progress and Southern charm mingles with diversity. Set along the Trent and Neuse Rivers, and centrally located on the North Carolina coast, New Bern has a whole world of goodness to offer both... Read More »
Wilmington to Myrtle Beach Communities and Venture Out!
- Wilmington to Myrtle Beach Communities and Venture Out! Wilmington, North Carolina, recently named North Carolina’s most popular city, is the queen of spring. In late March and early April, after thawing from the few winter days that dip below 40, which inevitably sends locals hunting for wool sweaters and puffer jackets, the city comes alive... Read More »
Venture Out and Find the Southern Charm of Charleston, South Carolina
- Venture Out and Find the Southern Charm of Charleston, South Carolina Charleston is South Carolina’s historic port city, often called “The Holy City” for the many houses of worship that highlight any walking tour of this legendary peninsula between the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. And during the spring season, the church cemeteries, downtown parks, and... Read More »
- Wilmington is a happening place. With beaches, rivers, history, water sports, music, the 4th Friday Art Walk downtown, indoor and outdoor theatre, the Azalea Fest, River Fest, the largest movie studio on the East Coast, breweries, wine shops, and a mile-long list of dining options, the only trouble you'll have here is fitting it all in.
- A few days of history and museums in this historical haven, including the Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Vic-tory Center; two days of crazy fun at Bush Gardens and Water Country; three days of adventure zip-lining, biking, hiking, sailing, paddling; a few days of exploring and shopping in Colonial Williamsburg (CW), Merchants Square, and Yorktown on foot or
Weeki Wachee, FL
- Weeki Wachee is one of the Nature Coast's charming towns and touts itself as "The Only City with Live Mermaids." Water bubbles up from an aquifer in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park where they have daily mermaid shows and manatees frolic in the constant 74 degree water. Kayaking and canoeing in the crystal clear waters is a favorite past-time of residents and visitors alike.
- When Billy and Valaree Elliott moved to Tucson, AZ, in 1999 for their freshman year at the University of Arizona, they didn't expect to stay in town a day past graduation. Seventeen years, two children, and one successful family restaurant later, the Elliott's are officially here to stay. They have grown to love the 110 degree summers and necessity to put hot sauce on everything.
- It doesn't get much more romantic than Southport. Strolling the streets of this quaint fishing village is like walking through a Nicholas Sparks novel. Shrimp boats, trawlers, and sailboats line the docks, with barrier islands peaking above the horizon, and gulls calling overhead all hours of the day.
- Founded in 1733, Savannah is Georgia's historic port city that today is the hub of a thriving metropolitan area with more than 500,000 residents. And while the locals enjoy contemporary amenities like an expanded international airport and first-class medical facilities, Savannah's civic leaders have done an extraordinary job of preserving the city's beautiful antebellum architecture
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
- Playa del Carmen, situated on the palm-speckled Caribbean coast of Mexico, is approximately in the center of a long stretch of tourist destinations, from Cancun in the north to Tulum, 86 miles to the south. Having carved its own chic niche for North Americans and Europeans, this once small town has developed into a city packed with a sophisticated tourist infrastructure, but still gives the feeling of a fishing village that can be walked from one end to the other.
- While the breathtaking views from the surrounding Camelback Mountain, in Phoenix, AZ are a tourist favorite, don't let the blazing hot desert summers fool you; locals enjoy a variety of watersports, including boating at Tempe Town Lake and tranquil tubing down the Salt River.
Palm Beach County, FL
- For over 100 years, people have flocked to Palm Beach County. And why wouldn't they - with over 47 miles of clean and clear beaches, close proximity to many international airports, and culture and restaurants galore? Palm Beach County stretches from Jupiter to Boca Raton, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Everglades National Park.
- If you're lucky enough to have a window seat on approach to Orlando International Airport, you're struck by the sheer number of lakes, of every shape and size, that dot the landscape below. They're unexpectedly everywhere and they thoroughly influence life in Florida's fourth largest city.
- On its own merits Ocala is a perfectly charming and thriving city in north central Florida with a nostalgic Downtown Square framed by stately oaks. But then there's the limestone bedrock underfoot, which has coupled with the unique local topography to bring forth the largest artesian spring in the world - Silver Springs - and the clearest waters you've ever seen in your life.
New Bern, NC
- The city of New Bern was born and raised where the Neuse and Trent rivers meet (a hop and a skip from the Crystal Coast). It grew, through the years, into a charming-Southern-town meets New-England-village kind of place with a palace (yes, a palace!) just around the corner. A two-mile river walk stretches around the banks of the confluence in downtown New Bern and
- What's not mythical, however, is Tampa's envious reputation for embodying all that is unique to a big city - broad cultural offerings, international commerce, and national sports teams - while at the same time offering the manageable lifestyle of a smaller city.
- The words are better suited for the small, beachy city of Naples, FL. Consisting of a little more than 20,000 residents, Naples welcomes new faces with open arms. With a small-town feel and big-city attractions, Naples is bustling with longtime locals and tourists alike.
- Knoxville is nestled in the Tennessee Valley, and the Tennessee River runs right through the heart of the city. With its vibrant downtown, proximity to mountains and water, and multiple opportunities for outdoor adventure, Knoxville has a little something for everyone.
- Top Places to visit from locals in Greenville ideal-living magazine through interviews has compiled a list of hidden gems from locals where to eat, live a..
- What is it that makes Chattanooga so special? For one thing, it's beautiful. The location-alongside the Tennessee River, in the foothills of the Appalachians-gives rise to amazing views and incredible outdoor adventures. But make no mistake
- Charleston is a truly wonderful place to visit, with a huge residential district south of Broad Street that's filled with impressive antebellum homes, must-see historic sites like the Fort Sumter National Monument, and a walkable downtown area with shops, restaurants, art galleries, and museums by the score.
Bluffton & Hilton Head, SC
- The mainland town of Bluffton and the barrier island of Hilton Head are two South Carolina Lowcountry communities located just a few miles apart and linked by more than just the dual roadway above the tidal waters that divide them.
- Beaufort has also become especially popular with military retirees, many of who were introduced to the area during basic training at the nearby Parris Island Depot or duty at the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station. Veterans are also served by the U.S. Naval Hospital in Port Royal.
- Known as "The Live Music Capital of the World," Austin is the kind of place where you immediately feel at home. Known for its barbecue and carne asada tacos, you're sure to find a music scene (over 250 venues) or food truck (2,000 in the area) with your name on it. Downtown has seen incredible expansion in recent years with six distinct districts where commerce, cuisine, and cocktails mix.
- Asheville, NC, a city full of musical talents, mouthwatering menus, and breathtaking views. Asheville is a mountain paradise you'll fall in love with.
- Find the best cities for retirement and get the most out of your trip! Visit multiple communities while you’re there! Relocating is as much about the area as it is finding the perfect home. The best place to retire may surprise you. There are millions of retiring Americans who are looking to find the best... Read More »
Best Places to Retire in 2015
- Best Places to Retire in 2015 Where to Next? When nearing retirement age, it’s important to determine your priorities as they apply to where you want to retire. For many retirees, living in or near a city is integral to an ideal lifestyle. But, finding the city that suits you and your needs can take... Read More »
Best places to Retire in Williamsburg, VA | Ideal-LIVING
- Williamsburg, along with nearby Yorktown and Jamestown, comprises a historic triangle and outlines the perfect location for retirement. In the early 20th century, one of the U.S.'s largest historic restorations was undertaken to turn Colonial Williamsburg into a living museum. With more than 500 restored and
Nashville’s Best Retirement places | Ideal-LIVING
- The downtown area of Nashville is easily accessible. Three major interstate highways (I-40, I-65 and I-24) converge near the core area of downtown, and many regional cities are within a day's driving distance. The downtown area features a diverse assortment of entertainment, dining, cultural and architectural attractions, making Nashville one of the best places to retire.
Chattanooga TN Best Places for Retirement | Ideal-LIVING
- Chattanooga is located in southeast Tennessee near the Chickamauga and Nickajack Lakes, which are part of the Tennessee River, between the ridges where the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau meet. It is a small industrial city rich in history and becoming well-known for its commitment to sustainable economic growth and quality of life
Best places to Retire in Greenville, SC | Ideal-LIVING
- Set among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northwest corner of South Carolina, Greenville's vibrant community offers breathtaking views and Southern charm. From the Liberty Bridge, a 355-foot pedestrian walkway overlooking the historic waterfalls nestled in the heart of downtown, to panoramic views from the mountains, the Greenville attractions are endless.
Charleston, SC Best Places for Retirement | Ideal-LIVING
- Charleston boasts a world-class array of recreational and cultural amenities rarely found in a mid-size market. Charleston's rich history dates back to 1670, when settlers established Charles Towne Landing. The 300-year-old streets are narrow and often filled with...
Beaufort, South Carolina’s Best Retirement Places | Ideal-LIVING
- Beaufort is located on Port Royal Island, one of the largest Sea Islands along the southeast Atlantic coast of the United States. It is one of only a handful of U.S. towns that has had its entire downtown designated an historic district by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Best Places to Retire in Aiken, SC | Ideal-LIVING
- Aiken is a laid-back, charming community located near the midpoint of South Carolina's long border with Georgia, and it is one of the best retirement locations. It offers great golfing, hunting and fishing. Often described as a city with Southern charm and a cosmopolitan flair, Aiken has received national acclaim in several prestigious magazines.
Wilmington, NC Best Places for Retirement | Ideal-LIVING
- This charming port city is located in the southeastern corner of North Carolina, between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. Wilmington has become a popular destination because of its moderate, four-season climate, historic preservation district, annual events such as the Azalea Festival and Riverfest and numerous championship golf courses.
Best places to Retire in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill| Ideal-LIVING
- Cultural activity abounds with a major symphony orchestra, an art museum with an outstanding collection of European and American paintings and the world's premier modern dance festival. Downtown Raleigh is home to historic neighborhoods and buildings such as the Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel built in the early 20th century, the restored City Market
New Bern, NC Best Places for Retirement | Ideal-LIVING
- New Bern is the second-oldest town in North Carolina and the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola. The city is situated where the Trent and Neuse Rivers meet and is only thirty-five miles from the Atlantic Ocean-an ideal spot for boating enthusiasts. Sailing is a popular and relaxing activity for residents and visitors alike.
Las Vegas Nevada’s Best Retirement Places | Ideal-LIVING
- Las Vegas Nevada A glowing metropolis rising out of the barren desert southwest, Las Vegas is one of the most unique and exciting cities in all of the United States. While most people associate Vegas with casinos and the gambling/nightlife lifestyle, there is much more to Sin City than just The Strip. Tourism is certainly... Read More »
Best Places to Retire in Savannah, GA | Ideal-LIVING
- With its beautiful public squares, fine dining, historic attractions and vivid cultural scene, sultry Savannah has something for everyone. The city's colonial architecture, funky art and Southern charm make it a popular destination and great retirement location.
Best places to Retire Near Sarasota, FL | Ideal-LIVING
- Thirty-five miles of silken beachfront wrap around Sarasota-a city rich with cultural history, sun-drenched islands, natural treasures and unlimited discoveries. Sarasota offers big-city amenities with a small-town way of life, filled with vibrant recreational and cultural activities for every taste and budget. The city is a tropical paradise on the Gulf of Mexico offering abundant natural beauty, cultural tradition and a superb quality of life.
Naples, Florida Best Places for Retirement | Ideal Living
- Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Everglades wilderness, Naples combines breathtaking natural beauty with relaxed, sophisticated living in one of the world's most desirable, tropical retirement locations.
Best places to Retire Near Phoenix | Ideal-LIVING
- Phoenix offers more than just cactus views as one of the best retirement places. Just east of the metropolitan area you'll find the popular Superstition Mountains with numerous hiking trails and the legendary Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine. Just 75 miles east of busy Phoenix lies the Mogollon Rim, filled with Ponderosa Pines and picturesque lakes with inspirational views that stretch from its rocky precipice...
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