Rest and Relax: 7 Beautiful Areas in the Northeast

Rest and Relax: 7 Beautiful Areas in the Northeast

Relaxing and retiring in Florida isn't for everyone. It's extremely warm in the summer, and for many, it's far away from their family. While that area of the country may have palm trees, the Northeast has the beauty of seasons and amazing cultural opportunities. It's becoming a very comfortable and popular place for people to retire.

While the Northeast location puts you near some of the largest cities in the U.S., there are also many hidden gems in its smaller towns, which are ideal for rest, relaxation and retirement.

Montpelier, Vermont

According to AARP magazine, Montpelier is the U.S.'s most "liveable" (and smallest) capital city. With an active senior community center - "a Gathering Place for Healthy Aging, Lifelong Learning & Delicious Meals," retirees, ages 50 and up, can take a host of classes and attend field trips.

Montpelier boasts a lively arts and music scene as well as great restaurants, thanks to the presence of the New England Culinary Institute.  

Portland, Maine

This delightful town made AARP's 10 Affordable Cities for Retirement. It boasts some amazing cultural opportunities while being a short drive away from the ocean beaches, lakes, and forests. Portland is a working waterfront, where you can get some of the freshest seafood on the eastern seaboard. Speaking of fresh seafood and wonderful eats, Bon Appetit named Portland "The Foodiest Small Town in America."

If you're into the arts, don't miss Shakespeare in Deering Oaks, Park. 

Ithaca, New York

This beautiful Finger Lakes area has earned itself a spot on the art and cultural scene recently. They have a blossoming wine and food scene, and thanks to the bastions of learning, Cornell University and Ithaca College, plenty to keep your mind stimulated, as well.

The local gorges are a beautiful backdrop to any retirement living, while the street performers at Ithaca Commons provide great free entertainment.

Southbury, Connecticut

Southbury's town seal reads Unica Unaque, which means the one and only, and it certainly is. It's extremely retirement friendly with over a quarter of this town's population over 65 (the median age is 46). There are some beautiful retirement communities in the area, including Southbury's only not-for-profit retirement community, Pomperaug Woods

Southbury has a very large, active senior community and expects that it will comprise over 40 percent of the town's population by 2020. It has many buildings on the National Historic Registry as well as parks and an eagle observation area.

Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

The beautiful rolling hills and estates that pepper this area have been the inspiration for generations of artists — the most notable being the Wyeth clan. Its many ribbons of back roads make drives in the country enjoyable again. 

With an art museum, gardens, and winery, this small town offers cultural opportunities that most do not. Historians will love exploring the Brandywine Battlefield and other notable spots in the Revolutionary War. 

Another bonus — Chadds Ford sits just over the border of Delaware, home of tax-free shopping.

Manchester, New Hampshire

Listed in Kiplinger's 10 Great Retirement Cities, Manchester is one of the most tax-friendly towns out there. It doesn't have income, sales, estate or inheritance tax. While the overall cost of living is high, the healthcare costs are relatively low.

The city has a beautiful park system, an art museum, many boutiques and restaurants. It, like most towns in the Northeast, is in  proximity to major cities such as Boston and New York. It is also close enough to Montreal for an international day trip.

Northampton, Massachusetts

If intellectual pursuits top your list as some of the most important, Northampton might be the right spot for you. Five colleges/universities call this town home and bring with them all the educational and cultural opportunities expected with higher learning. Retirees can take part in the 5 Colleges Learning in Retirement program, a peer-led seminar and workshop series designed to "engage the active learner."

Retiring in the Northeast is a great way to stay near large cities, cultural opportunities and some of the finest healthcare facilities in the nation.

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