Baby Boomers who begin researching the Internet for potential retirement places quickly make two reassuring discoveries: 1) There’s plenty of information, photographs, videos, discussions, and personal accounts of what it’s like to live in well known and obscure retirement spots. 2) There’s no shortage of desirable choices. Whether your priority list includes a mild climate, nearby cultural attractions, or proximity to water (lakes, oceans, and rivers), there are easily hundreds of appealing possibilities -- ranging from Venice, Florida to Bozeman, Montana. Everyone has different criteria, financial resources, and physical capabilities, but if you know what your goals are and have a clear mental picture of your ideal retirement setting, chances are you can find the just the right place for retirement living. U.S. News & World Report has an online search tool that ranks and analyzes more than 2,000 locations, based on climate, recreational activities, healthcare, cost of living, social features, and crime rate. Money magazine’s online recommendations seem to revolve around three factors: closeness to water, affordability, and where in the U.S. people statistically live the longest.
Although a lot of retirees tend to migrate to warmer climates for retirement living, a segment of the Baby Boomer generation feels most at home where the leaves turn colors in fall and the snow decorates the pine trees during Christmas. Upstate New York offers a variety of active retirement living options near lakes, cultural attractions, and recreational activities. New York City dwellers have been discovering the fresh air and quaint communities in the Catskills and Adirondacks for decades, and that trend shows now signs of abating anytime in the near future.
Long considered a tourist attraction and second home destination for thousands of people, every summer, the Saratoga Springs area has been showing visible signs of growth and development in recent years. Not only is it know as a venue for world class horse-racing, ballet performances, and concerts, but it’s also a short drive from several scenic recreational lakes, hiking trails, downhill skiing centers, and golf courses. According to MontLuzerne.com, a planned retirement resort in the Saratoga region, the nearby Glens Falls area earned high marks by Golf Digest as one of the top golfing destinations in the Northeast. That distinction was based, in 2006, on the number and quality of courses, golf days per year, and lack of congestion.
Retirement living in New York’s Adirondack Region can be as rustic or luxurious as you choose. The web site VisitAdirondacks.com aptly describes the range of choices with the phrase “from active outdoor recreation to unrivaled rest and relaxation”. So while it may not appeal to everyone to buy a second home or spend their retirement years in a “six million acre wilderness”, the Saratoga Springs/ Lake George Region – located near the southern edge of the Adirondack Park – offers the best of all worlds. It’s definitely not a wise retirement choice if you have an aversion to four months of brisk temperatures and snow, but for everyone else, it’s well worth exploring.