In a recent poll about retirement destinations, Market Watch reported that Asheville was voted the top city in America to retire. Sarasota, Florida was second and Venice, Florida was third. Read the Article Here. The article states: “Because of its charming environment and mild weather, Asheville has long been a desirable retirement community,” made even more attractive by its dynamic cultural mix of art, dining, shopping, and entertainment, as well as its proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
“The Paris of the South”
Asheville is widely recognized as one of the most vibrantly alive, culturally diverse, and sophisticated small towns in the nation. It has garnered numerous awards and accolades over the years, including mention on the following “best of” lists:
• World’s Best Cities (National Geographic Travel)
• Best Places to Go in 2015 (Frommers)
• America’s Smartest Cities (Forbes)
• The Brightest Fall Foliage Around the USA (USA Today)
• Most Romantic Fall Getaways (Travel and Leisure)
• 25 Best Places to Travel in 2015 (Gear Patrol)
• The 20 Coolest Towns in the U.S. (Matador Network)
• The 9 Most Romantic Cities in The South (Huffington Post)
Located next to the scenic French Broad River—the third oldest river in the world—Asheville is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The charming mountain town is the gateway to a variety of recreational pursuits, such as fishing, hiking, rafting, biking, and more. Among its more popular destinations are the Biltmore Estate (the largest privately owned home in America) and the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. It also boasts an eclectic mix of casual and fine-dining restaurants, art galleries, curio boutiques, live music, entertainment venues, theaters, and limitless shopping possibilities. Asheville also has superb healthcare, provided by the nationally acclaimed Mission Hospital.