When you dream of retirement where do you picture it? Perhaps somewhere near the water, near family, or somewhere you can golf every day. Or maybe it’s a quaint mountain town that sounds like paradise to you. If that’s the case you’ll be happy to know that a new article by Southern Living recognized the South’s Best Places To Retire. The popular publication recognized 12 cities in different categories. And it was a North Carolina destination that took the title of best mountain town to retire in.
It’s Blowing Rock. This picturesque mountain town is located a few miles outside of Boone. It features an adorable Main Street full of shops, fantastic restaurants, a park, and more. There is an ease of access to skiing in the winter and other outdoor activities in the summer. And it’s right off the Blue Ridge Parkway and all the scenic views that come with it. With a population of approximately 1,400, this is just the place to have that small-town lifestyle in the mountains.
Another North Carolina city was also recognized on this list-Beaufort was named the best for healthy living. The best overall city in the south for retirement was Chattanooga Tennessee. The other cities recognized were:
- Best All Around – Chattanooga, TN
- Best for Healthy Living – Beaufort, NC
- Best for Food – Greenville, S
- Best Beach Town – St. Augustine, FL
- Best Mountain Town – Blowing Rock, NC
- Best for Outdoor Enthusiasts – Abingdon, VA
- Best for Arts & Culture – Savannah, GA
- Best for Affordability – Huntsville, AL
- Best for Lifelong Learning – Lexington, KY
- Best for Home Buying – Ocean Springs, MS
- Best Access to Nature – Eureka Springs, AR
- Best for City Lovers – Fort Worth, TX
The cities and towns recognized on this Best Places to Retire List were selected from a collection of 41 top-rated cities and towns from Southern Living’s The South’s Best 2023 series. The final consideration for the list compared each city or town to the U.S. as a whole on a variety of economic and lifestyle criteria. This included home and rental affordability, average resident age, unemployment, best industries for jobs and wages, and prevalence of restaurants, hospitals, and colleges.
So if you’re looking for a wonderful place to retire (or simply to visit) look no further than Blowing Rock! You can read more about Blowing Rock the best mountain town to retire to in the full Southern Living article here. Or check out some of my personal favorite spots in Blowing Rock below.