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Fall puts a magic in the air that belongs to no other season. The world’s colors become a little darker: a little deeper. It’s a time for favorite sweaters and spiced foods; it sparks the idea that the end of the year is just around the corner, and that blinking too fast will cause you to miss it. Scarecrows line the cornfields of the south, birds begin migrating back from the north, and children all around build in anticipation of the holiday spirit. So, now that it’s finally not so hot, throw on a jacket and get outside to enjoy fall’s most walk-able cities, and most breath-taking landscapes.

North Carolina Communities - Walkable Cities - Wilmington NC - RiverwalkWilmington, North Carolina empties its summer tourists out once the weather cools—and the beaches are once again open for campfires (with free parking in October!). The boardwalks on the Atlantic Ocean are just as lovely and blue, still not frigid with winter’s cold. The city’s notorious filming schedules are put into full swing, making it possible to watch different movies being made around different nooks and alleys throughout the city. The downtown area, which lines the Cape Fear River, is full of boutiques and restaurants to impress even the most fickle of shoppers. The sidewalks are open and the air is salty throughout this seaside historic town. Wilmington offers a chance to explore the city every day with communities nearby that you can call home: Brunswick Forest, Landfall, Compass Pointe, Bill Clark Homes, River Landing, St. James Plantation, Palmetto Creek, and Windsor Park.

Georgia Communities - Savannah GA - Downtown Savannah - Walkable CitiesSavannah, Georgia finds itself haunted by the ghosts of the South in the fall—as nightly ghost tours by trolley, train, or walker kick into high gear at the end of August. Halloween is particularly popular in this city lined by Spanish-moss laden oaks and ornate grave sites to some of America’s most noteworthy battle leaders. It is said that these ghosts can be seen best when taking photos which develop in red rooms—the ghosts preferring the old fashioned methods of film. The confectionaries here finally release their pumpkin fudges and warm, apple and caramel soaked desserts. It is on the cobble made streets where the gypsies offer to read hands and tell fortunes, always happy to read the future of people walking by. You can enjoy this walkable city year round in communities like Savannah Quarters, WaterWays Township, The Landings, and Osprey Cove.

Pennsylvania Communities - Lancaster PA - Dutch Amish country side - Walkable CitiesLancaster, Pennsylvania blooms fully in the autumn months—famous for its large population of Dutch Amish residents. The city cannot help but to reflect this in its neat, quaint manner. Horse-drawn carriages move swiftly on the roadsides, and little shops of homemade (incredible, ornate, sturdy) goods are popular draws for old-souls from around the nation. Churches here are simple in architecture and stand out against the lavish, green countryside: every one of them making for scenic views. The food here is rich and made from scratch in the truest sense, and Lancaster is a town known for its fabulous pies. A city made for walkers, it is impossible not to see something picture worthy daily. Penn National is a community nearby this beautiful city, making it easy to explore Lancaster whenever you want.

For wherever your Autumn travels take you, people in every city are busy nestling into the beginning of the season and preparing for the holidays. Get outside, and explore some of these cities and best places to retire! You can finally unpack your favorite sweater, brew a latte, and go see what the chilly months have to offer.


Savannah Quarters  - Modern Living. Historic Charm.

Savannah Quarters - Modern Living. Historic Charm.

Developed by SunCal, Savannah Quarters, Savannah Quarters is a master planned community ideally located less than 15 minutes from the center of historic Savannah, GA. Read More...

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

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

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. Read More...

Waterways - Best Places to Live in Georgia

Waterways - Best Places to Live in 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. Read More...

Brunswick Forest - A North Carolina Coastal Retirement Community

Brunswick Forest - A North Carolina Coastal Retirement Community

Brunswick Forest, the Coastal South's fastest growing community, is located on North Carolina's Cape Fear coast, just minutes from historic Wilmington. This 4,500-acre retreat features a wide array of neighborhoods and lifestyles, 18 holes of golf at Cape Fear National, a Clubhouse, River Club, Fitness & Wellness Center, parks and more than 100 miles of walking, biking and nature trails linking residences and amenities. Read More...

Compass Pointe - North Carolina Coastal Communities

Compass Pointe - North Carolina Coastal Communities

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. Read More...

Landfall - North Carolina Premier Gated Communities

Landfall - North Carolina Premier Gated Communities

Located within Wilmington, Landfall is North Carolina's most diverse and historically interesting coastal community. A distinctive property of over 2,000 acres with lakes, ponds and four miles fronting on the Intracoastal Waterway and Howe's Creek, Landfall is only five minutes from Wrightsville Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Read More...

St. James Plantation - NC Gated Community

St. James Plantation - NC Gated Community

With its private oceanfront beach club, 81 holes of signature golf and Intracoastal Waterway marina, St. James Plantation personifies the relaxed coastal Carolina lifestyle. Read More...

Cresswind at Lake Lanier

Cresswind at Lake Lanier

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. Read More...

Osprey Cove - Georgia Private Communities

Osprey Cove - Georgia Private Communities

Located just 21 minutes from Jacksonville, FL International airport, and just a 90 minute drive to Savannah, GA and St. Augustine, Osprey Cove is a constant recipient in the "Top 100 places to Retire." Kiplinger rated Georgia as the #3 in the Top 10 Tax Friendly states for Retirees. This plush coastal community boasts 665 homes. Home buyers in search of an active lifestyle are finding the right fit at Osprey Cove with private golf, tennis, boating and fishing available year round. Read More...

Currahee Club

Currahee Club

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... Read More...

Summerhouse on Everett Bay - North Carolina Coastal Community

Summerhouse on Everett Bay - North Carolina Coastal Community

A New Season Has Begun at Summerhouse. Imagine a warm, welcoming home where luxury meets coastal casual and the ocean is just beyond your front door. A community where you can go kayaking on the Intracoastal Waterway in the morning, relax by the resort-style clubhouse pool with friends in the afternoon, and check your crab pots for dinner at sunset! All this with the seaside village of Surf City and Historic Wilmington, NC nearby. Read More...

The Walk at East Village

The Walk at East Village

Walk to downtown Clayton from The Walk at East Village. The Walk at East Village is a 300-home 55+ age-qualified community designed for active living and engaging with friends. If you're looking for the Mayberry feel with safe walking streets day and night, friendly neighbors, an active downtown, and access to city-level cultural offerings around the corner, you can't beat what The Walk at East Village offers Read More...

Crossings at Sweetbriar

Crossings at Sweetbriar

Located in tranquil Lebanon, PA, with a vast expanse of scenic farmland to the north, and recreation, shopping, dining, and medical centers just to the south, Sweetbriar offers a relaxing lifestyle for adults 55 and over in a low cost of living area, yet with all the simple conveniences of life nearby. Read More...

Cresswind Peachtree City

Cresswind Peachtree City

At Cresswind Peachtree City, residents enjoy a long list of amenities specifically designed for those 55 and over. Located among 400 wooded acres with rolling hills and winding trails, Cresswind Peachtree City offers a haven for active living in an ideal location near Atlanta, Georgia. With a focus on fitness, nutrition and relationships, Cresswind Peachtree City is designed to help residents live better, longer. Cresswind Peachtree City features a brand-new 17,000-square-foot community clubhouse, offering a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis, arts & crafts room, and more. Read More...

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