An almost primitive connection draws people to water_to the lakes, rivers and oceans. Maybe part of that reason is that, biologically speaking, human beings are about 70 percent water. Aesthetically speaking, however, who can resist the calming effect of watching the gentle ripples lap at the shore. The power of water to wash away concerns and leave you feeling refreshed cannot be ignored.
That’s why so many people find themselves looking for retirement destinations at or near the water’s edge. Lake living offers tranquility, and let’s face it-a whole lot of fun. What could be better than waking up to a beautiful sunrise, eating breakfast on the dock, taking your boat out for lunch, going for a swim or fishing, then watching the moonlight dancing off the ripples?
Living on a lake affords a relaxing environment while offering a plethora of outdoor recreational activities.
Finding that perfect spot on a lake can be easily achieved with the vast mileage of shoreline available. Some of the best lake living can be found around the Carolinas, Tennessee and Georgia.
“We searched for four years,” said Rick Beasley of Atlanta. “We visited every lake in three states, but we knew when we drove through the gates of The Reserve at Lake Keowee that we had arrived. It felt like a comfortable embrace, almost like stepping back into a different era.”
Lake Keowee is an 18,500-acre lake with over 300 miles of shoreline. With great boating, fishing and watersports, Lake Keowee offers a prime location, with close proximity to Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC.
Named one of the most beautiful manmade lakes in the world by National Geographic, Lake Lure is formed by the waters of the Rocky Broad River.
Despite the winding roads that lead to it, Lake Lure has become a popular retirement destination, only 45 minutes from Asheville, NC. A pontoon boat ride at sunset is the perfect way to spend the evening gazing at famed Chimney Rock.
Lake Tellico & Watts Bar Lake
Nestled in the Smoky Mountain foothills of Tennessee just a short drive from Knoxville and all that the city has to offer, Lake Tellico, created by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the 1970s, offers an abundance of amenities. The Tellico Dam created a navigable water system connected by canals that enables long boating trips and accessibility to 21 states. Tennessee’s Watts Bar Lake was formed by the TVA-built dam in 1939. The lake covers more than 39,000 acres and has 771 miles of shoreline.
Just an hour east of Atlanta, Lake Oconee is the second largest lake in Georgia, where you can enjoy an early morning walk along the shores with the mist rising from the water. Stunning views of the lake can been seen from the Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation. Hot chocolate and S’mores are favorites next to a blazing campfire at the Ritz Lodge.
No matter which one of the many lakes in the South you choose, the sheer beauty and convenience, coupled with incredible weather, make any one an ideal destination.