A blend of beautiful landscapes, lovely weather, and a small-town feel, Asheville, North Carolina, is more than just an excellent vacation destination. For seniors who are seeking the comfort of seasonal staples—changing leaves in autumn and a bit of snow in the winter—this community in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the perfect retirement location. Whether you choose to live in the area because of the beautiful views or the opportunity to host family and friends for memorable adventures, Asheville is just the right place to call home.
Explore the Outdoors
Many come to Asheville simply because of the stunning views. Settled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville boasts plenty of opportunities for residents to get outside. There is always a new hiking trail to explore or a cabin tucked in the mountains to escape to. For seniors, there are plenty of ways to get active outdoors, making a neighborhood walk the highlight of the day. If you are looking to meet new friends or try out hiking, Asheville offers a few clubs that are specific to seniors: Hikes for Seniors meets every Friday (call them at 828-628-1999 or 828-658-2293), while Senior Treks is led through the Asheville Parks and Recreation Outdoor Program and features low-impact hikes throughout the area.
Beyond exploring the landscape on foot, seniors and their visitors can enjoy tours for every adventure level. For an extra-special view of the mountains, consider a zip line tour!
Enjoy the City
Asheville offers much more than just outdoor opportunities. The thriving city is easy to get around and has specialized programs especially for seniors. Enjoy the benefits of new learning by picking up a class at the University of North Carolina through The College for Seniors or try out a program through the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement. If you want to try your hand at advocacy, Asheville offers a unique opportunity for seniors to make a true difference in the community. Through the Leadership Asheville Seniors, participants can meet with local officials, advocate for seniors or other special populations, and speak on behalf of peers.
Asheville also offers plenty of city life for seniors as well as for family or friends who come to visit. Museums, a lively music scene, and landmarks such as the Biltmore are ready for residents to enjoy and return to time after time.
Seniors who retire in the Asheville area have access to a world-class college and a community that is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for older adults. An active senior center, library, and park district can give seniors access to social service assistance, events to meet new friends, and answers to tricky questions about Medicare or prescription coverage.
Asheville also has a senior network dedicated to providing assistance to seniors as their needs change. For exceptional care, engaging events, and delicious meals, Arbor Terrace of Asheville provides the perfect balance of assistance and engagement. Discover more about this treasure, tucked in Asheville’s senior-friendly community.