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If you are close to retirement and want to live in a warm climate, you should think about settling in Suwanee, Georgia. Suwanee, a small town of about 20,000, is located just 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, close enough for a day trip but far away enough to avoid the crime and congestion associated with big cities.

Here’s why you should consider retiring in Suwanee:

An Active Social Scene

There are plenty of resources in Suwanee to help seniors stay engaged with each other during their retirement.

  • Prime Timers Pointe — This community recreation center at George Pierce Park is designed for seniors 50 and older. It’s a great place to hang out, watch television or play billiards. The facility also has a catering kitchen and dining room for events.

  • The Good Timers Club — A monthly social club for seniors 55 and older.

  • Gwinnett Senior Golden Games — Area seniors ages 50 and over compete annually in this event, which features a wide range of games including darts, table tennis, billiards, bowling, bocce, golf, and horseshoes. It gives retirees the chance to stay active while making new friends.

  • Gwinnett SenioR Learning Center — Located in the George Pierce Park Community Center, this computer lab helps seniors learn more about using their computers, tablets, and phones.

  • The Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Department publishes a quarterly Leisure Is For Everyone (L.I.F.E.) program guide with a complete list of senior activities happening in Suwanee, as well as the rest of the county. You can pick one up at any Gwinnett Public Library.

The Suwanee branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library offers speakers, classes, and other programming specifically for seniors

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Plenty to Do Outdoors

  • Award-winning parks — The City of Suwanee has made it a priority to preserve open space, creating and maintaining a world-class system of parks. Three of the most popular are Town Center Park, Suwanee Creek Greenway, and White Street Park.

    • Town Center Park — This 10-acre urban park at the city’s center has an amphitheater, a splash fountain, and a mile-long paved loop for pedestrians.
    • Suwanee Creek Greenway — This 4-mile trail along Suwanee Creek through forest and wetlands connects parkland with residential and commercial areas. Mostly hard surface, it’s a great place to take a walk.
    • White Street Park — This park is home to Harvest Farm, Georgia’s largest organic community garden.

  • Lake Lanier — This 38,000-acre lake, the biggest in Georgia, is just 15 miles away. It’s a popular spot for spending a day at the beach, going fishing, or renting a boat and getting out on the water.

  • Festivals and Events — From food festivals, to parades, to free concerts, the city hosts a full calendar of gatherings throughout the year.

Culture and History

  • The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning — Located in nearby Duluth, this museum and learning center displays many different forms of art including paintings, drawings, prints, pottery, and sculpture. It includes work from local artists, as well as internationally known artists such as Ansel Adams and Andy Warhol.

  • Gwinnett Ballet Theatre — This local ballet company puts on several shows a year including its popular “Nutcracker” performances in December.

  • Historic Old Town Suwanee — Explore Suwanee the way it used to be. Historic homes, churches, and storefronts date back to the 1870s.

With so much to do in and around Suwanee, many retirees don’t want to have to deal with the hassles of home maintenance. Instead, they are moving into senior living communities so that someone else can do the chores while they are out having fun. Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek serves residents delicious meals in the community dining room and provides housekeeping and laundry services. A full calendar of activities means that residents always have something to do. And, transportation is provided for residents who want to take part in all the things the area has to offer or even go into Atlanta for the day.

If you’d like to learn more about Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek, call 770-999-9577 to arrange a tour.

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Penny Quale

About the Author: Penny Quale

Penny’s career in senior living began in 2010 and she quickly realized her true passion. The respect and compassion she has for our greatest generation is dear to her heart. Penny truly feels it is an honor to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of families and residents when going through the difficult journey of finding the right place.