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Are you searching for an ideal place to retire? Perhaps you want a variety of seasons, as well as access to history, and plenty of day-trip options right outside your door. Active adults just like you are finding their ideal retirement in Manassas, Virginia. Just an hour south of Washington, DC and two hours north of Richmond, Manassas offers residents big-city amenities with a small-town charm that makes it easy to fall in love with this Virginia jewel.

If you happen to be considering retirement in Manassas, consider our five favorite things about the area. We think you may be making your decision even more quickly.

A Historic Downtown

Manassas is well known for its historic downtown, a unique shopping and dining district that residents love. Browse locally owned and operated boutiques before grabbing lunch or a sweet treat at one of any number of favorite bakeries or restaurants. Retiring in Manassas means you can run downtown to enjoy a quaint shopping experience or delight your guests with a trip to enjoy it with you.

Easy Access to Day-Trip Destinations

One of the best parts of Manassas is the ease of traveling to world-class destinations. Washington, DC is an excellent day trip for you and your guests, and you won’t even have to worry about driving or parking when you travel during the week. Consider taking the Virginia Railway Express, or VRE, a commuter train that runs throughout the day on weekdays. There is a train that can get you from Manassas to Washington, DC’s Union Station in little more than an hour. Whether you are visiting friends or exploring the nation’s capital, you can get there easily and without the extra stress of driving or parking.

Looking to drive a bit farther to experience even more history? Consider a two-hour ride to Richmond for the day or weekend. While there, explore the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, the American Civil War Museum, or any of the eclectic neighborhoods peppered throughout the city.

Access to Recreation

Retirement means more time to pursue favorite hobbies or find a new passion. Thanks to the Manassas Parks, Culture & Recreation department, you can do both. The city maintains multiple community parks of all shapes and sizes for residents to enjoy, in addition to bike paths that are safe and beautiful. You can even pitch in to keep your new community looking its best by volunteering for the department. You can easily find a role that will complement your interests and you will love the opportunity to meet new people while giving back.

Local Wineries and Destinations

When you call Manassas home, you never have to travel too far to enjoy an afternoon of exploring. Two wineries — Bull Run and Paradise Springs — are located in town. You can take a tour, stop by for a tasting, or bring a friend along to walk the grounds. Manassas is also home to the Manassas National Battlefield Park, which is the perfect reason to spend one morning or afternoon exploring.

A Dedication to Senior Service

Manassas caters to residents of all ages, but has an especially strong senior services base for older adults who call the city home. The Prince William County Area Agency on Aging can connect you with Meals on Wheels services, caregiver support groups, senior transportation services, and much more. Additionally, the Manassas Senior Center offers a wide variety of events and activities, giving active adults the chance to meet new friends and connect.

There is also a variety of senior living communities throughout the Manassas area, including Arbor Terrace Sudley Manor. Our vibrant community provides assisted living and memory care services to seniors who find comfort and peace of mind by having easy access to kind and experienced caregivers right around the corner. We love the Manassas community too, and bring our residents to events throughout the city to experience all the goodness our town has to offer.

Visit Arbor Terrace and see what our lifestyle, amenities, and activities have to offer. You’ll surely find plenty of reasons to call it home. Schedule your tour today; we would love to introduce you to the people who make our community so special.