Explore the Best Places to Retire,Vacation, or Relocate
Where you live affects how you live. Why not choose to live in a place that facilitates the lifestyle you desire?
Looking for the ideal location or perfect getaway for yourself and your family? Time to retire to the destination of your dreams? The ideal-LIVING Resort & Retirement Show is a fun and convenient way to explore the best places to vacation, retire, or relocate. The Show features exhibits that allow you to view and compare over 75 top resort and retirement communities from many different states and international destinations, conveniently in one location. Come tour the ideal places and communities you’ve been searching for from the mountains to the coast without leaving your area. At the ideal-LIVING Show, you’re invited to attend informative and inspiring presentations led by relocation experts who can help make your next move…well, ideal.
Ideal-LIVING offers a turnkey relocation solution that makes it easy for you to find your ideal destination, life, and home. Since 1989, the company has been helping thousands of people each year make the right move.
At the ideal-LIVING Show, you can attend one or all of the special presentations and speak with representatives from over 75 communities from North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania plus international destinations from Panama, Mexico, Costa Rica, and more. Take advantage of special “Show Only” discovery travel packages offered by many exhibitors — you won’t know until you go.
Admission to the Show is free and there is no obligation. So, take ideal a step further by choosing your neighbors when you bring your friends.
The Wild But Mild Centennial State is Ready For You
Adding a punch of color and flavor to everything it touches, chile verde is a quintessential food in Colorado. Burgers, salads, tacos — you name it — it’s pretty likely you’ll find this spicy addition sprinkled on top.
Depending on who you ask, there’s a level of kitschiness that accompanies the Colorado green chile craze — but all it takes is one visit to the Centennial State to see that mildly spicy, green, and Colorado are indeed a combo worth talking about.
Equal parts savor and spice, Colorado green chile won’t have you begging the waiter for a glass of milk to cool off. Instead, it adds just the right punch to your food, bringing out the flavors of whatever is on your plate, and probably leaving you wanting another bite.
The entire state of Colorado does just that to those who cross its borders: it invites you in warmly to explore, pulls out your sense of adventure, and instantly inspires you to come back for more.
Find Your Spice
Many people say indulging and living a healthy lifestyle are opposites, but that’s not so in Colorado. Walking the streets, you’ll find people who live out their passions every day before breakfast.
“Colorado lives a healthy lifestyle — meaning lots of outdoor activities, healthy eating habits, dry air, less humidity for comfortable summer living, and in the winter, some of the best fluff powder skiing,” said Susan Smilanic who was born and raised in Colorado and spent the last 12 years in Durango.
The Glacier Club in southwest Colorado’s Durango is a prime example of indulgence and health uniting. A luxury golf community nestled in the San Juan Mountains, it has 36 holes on two golf courses, perched perfectly in 1,000 acres of the San Juan Forest.
But, golf isn’t the only reason residents gravitate toward Glacier. Trails for hiking and horseback riding, luxury dining opportunities, and an emphasis on an active lifestyle transform every day into an adventure here.
“It’s an escape, a calling. There’s a reason why so many visitors come to Durango and never leave,” said Erin Allen, a Colorado resident who resides at Glacier.
“You’ve never really known how much you need to live here until you’ve passed through, and then it’s all you can think about,” Allen said.
Adventure is Limitless
Colorado has activities for all skill levels and seasons. In the summer, try mountain biking, road biking, paddle boarding, wind surfing, water skiing, jet skiing, or climbing one of the many 13,000- to 14,000-foot peaks. Go rock climbing, golfing, backpacking, jeeping, rafting, zip lining, horseback riding, or taking history tours of old mines.
In the winter, the adventure continues. Of course, snow sport lovers rejoice in Colorado. Go alpine skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling. Try ice climbing, ice skating, sledding, hockey, or even broomball.
“People relocating to Colorado are looking for something else, whether it’s adventure, to explore the outdoors, to have the best of all seasons, or even to simply try something different. You become your own explorer or daredevil. Why yes, you need that mountain bike/snowboard/snowshoes/skis/snowboard. Bag your first 14er? [14,000 ft. mountain] No problem!” Allen laughed.
A few famous ways to deep-dive into the wild side in Southwest Colorado:
1. Explore Mother Nature in the National Parks and Forests
If all things high-up and way-out pique your interest, then you’re probably already aware that Colorado is for you. From the Sierras to the Rockies, nowhere you stand is without a mountain vista backdrop to gaze upon.
“Granted, Colorado isn’t the only mountainous region in the United States, but there is just something special about the blue skies and awe-inspiring peaks Colorado boasts. In the state alone, there are 11 national forests and 42 national wilderness areas,” Allen said.
2. Snow, snow, snow — for skiing and more
From Aspen and Vail to Steamboat Springs and Breckenridge, there’s no shortage of slopes in Colorado. But, southwest Colorado’s ski scene brings a sense of community.
“There are six ski areas within a couple hours of driving, for all levels of skiers. Purgatory Resort, Silverton backcountry, Silverton Mountain, Kendall Mountain, Wolf Creek, and Telluride,” said Smilanic.
3. Ice climbing in Ouray
Only an hour and a half drive from Durango is the town of Ouray, CO. Climbers from around the world make the trek to Ouray Ice Park to experience the awe-inspiring ice. With snowy winters and world-class peaks, it only makes sense that Colorado provides an oasis of ice that’s made to be climbed with an axe and a pick.
4. Have a brew
While green chile is a staple, Colorado’s a foodie haven for other reasons: craft brews and healthy eats. When you’re in Colorado, a Coors isn’t what you ask for — there are more than 350 breweries to grab a cold craft beer from instead. As the state with the third highest concentration of craft breweries, it’s hard to walk a block and not find a place to sit and have a pint. Try the Rue B. Soho Grapefruit Lager or the Rudie Session IPA at Ska Brewing.
5. Eat some green chile
Finally, you’ll have to eat some green chile to really experience the zest of life while you’re visiting Colorado (or staying for good). From August to September, the chili cook-offs begin. The largest is the Chile and Frijoles Festival, located in Pueblo, CO. For green chile in Durango, head to Carver Brewing for their legendary green chile served in a warm bread bowl.
Just like a spoonful of green chile, Durango’s spice and adventure will leave you wanting more.
Southern Hills is an emerging Florida community located about 45 minutes north of Tampa and just 20 minutes from world-class fishing on the Gulf of Mexico’s Nature Coast. The nearby town of Brooksville, a regional hub for shopping, restaurants, and healthcare services, offers a lively Main Street which hosts outdoor markets and festive events.
Lennar is the featured homebuilder at Southern Hills and offers move-in-ready homes with luxury features at no additional cost, as well as eight floor-plan options in The Manors and The Cottages neighborhoods. Choice homesites with golf course, nature preserve, and water views are also available.
Golf takes center stage at Southern Hills, with a pair of layouts that take full advantage of the area’s rolling terrain and unusual elevations of up to 250 feet. The Pete Dye Signature Golf Course at Southern Hills is one of Florida’s top-rated private courses. The acclaimed architect also designed the club’s complete practice facility, including a six-hole par-3 course that’s perfect for a relaxing round before lunch or dinner at the resort-style clubhouse.
Among the additional active-lifestyle amenities at Southern Hills are the Aquatic Center with lagoon-edged pool, a well-equipped Fitness Center with steam rooms, a full-service spa, lighted Har-Tru tennis courts with an on-site instructional pro, and miles of winding walking trails and sidewalks that meander within the gated Southern Hills community.
Hartness, a new Upstate South Carolina community in Greenville, has been master-planned to be one of the Southeast’s most exciting Traditional Neighborhood Developments. A Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) is a community that is centered on the interconnectivity of its residents. Every element is carefully crafted with attention to detail. TND communities are rich with benefits such as walkable spaces with uninterrupted sidewalks, creating an environment that is perfect for a stroll with the dog or a short walk to visit a neighbor. TNDs also feature beautiful greenspaces such as Hartness’ Grand Lawn, relaxing hiking trails and a Village Center for community gatherings, shopping, and dining.
The prominent local family creating this unique residential destination went even further, though, dedicating more than 40% of the community footprint to a 180-acre nature preserve, common-area creeks and ponds and a central park for farmer’s markets and open-air events. All are linked by more than 15 miles of groomed hiking and biking trails.
Featuring classic architectural styles, ownership options in Hartness range from manor homes and large estates to townhomes and smaller cottage residences. Model homes are open for viewing as are the initial neighborhood clubhouse with pool and fitness facilities. An even larger amenity center—including an aquatic complex, wellness center with spa and tennis/pickleball courts—will be added beginning later this year.
The Upstate’s top-rated medical centers are just minutes from the Hartness entrance, as is vibrant downtown Greenville. Even closer is GSP International Airport, with direct connections to most major East Coast cities.
Mary Ann & Bill Knox
Rock Barn Golf & Country Club
Conover, North Carolina
“Rock Barn is so wonderful. We feel so blessed. Everyday we sit on the patio and we say aren’t we the luckiest people in the whole world,” said Mary Ann Knox.
Over 12 years ago, Mary Ann and her husband Bill retired to Rock Barn Golf & Country Club from the Washington, DC area. The wanted to retire on a golf course and found the perfect place just outside the Charlotte, NC metro. Rock Barn Country Club & Spa is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Conover, NC, and features 36 holes of award-winning golf. The community boasts two challenging, picturesque, championship golf courses, a The Robert Trent Jones and a Tom Jackson course.
Mary Ann says, “We couldn’t have afforded this house in the DC area, it would have been $2 million plus in that area. I feel like the biggest cheerleader for Rock Barn. This community and the club are such an incredible value. We have more money to live the life we’ve always dreamed of. Rock Barn has vitality. We’ve lived in Rock Barn 12 years. The time goes so fast, it feels like we retired just the other day. It’s not a community, it’s a family.”
“I remember it was a culture shock to move from the DC area. But, at Rock Barn, it is living in a resort. They have everything we need here. We usually eat at the club. And, we have a world class spa that is currently being renovated to include a salt cave in addition already spectacular spa deck with jacuzzi, pools, and even a waterfall.”
The Spa at Rock Barn, is a European day spa featuring a mineral pool, a therapeutic waterfall, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, saunas, essential oil infused steam rooms, and a bracing cold water pool. The spa also offers health and beauty treatments as well as poolside dining.
Mary Ann is the chairman of the membership committee. She says the whole culture of the club has changed. “New people move in and re-energize the community. That’s what makes the community so vibrant. Some old members have rejoined the club. It’s kind of an evolution. People are taking on new roles. We value our members. Since May 2018 we have added 72 new members and we offer a junior membership to encourage younger people to join. The staff at the club is excellent. They learn everyone’s name. They really get to know the people and the staff gets to know everyones’ name and drink.”
“When we lived in the DC area we didn’t have time to socialize like we do now. We have a club, “The Prime Timers” with over 100 people over the age of 55. Once a month we meet and even we went line dancing one time.”
The resort life, however, hasn’t been the only thing that Mary Ann has found at Rock Barn. she has now found her passion in helping others. Mary Ann volunteers in the local soup kitchen. She says “I didn’t have time when I was working. I have found my passion working with nursing homes. Just seeing the smiles on their faces is so rewarding. It’s good to give back to the community at large.”
Mary says, “Family and friends is what matters. My sister and her husband live down the cul de sac. We have created a family legacy— a tradition to pass on. My teenage grandkids want to visit. There are so many things to do. All of my grandkids and sister’s grandkids live to golf.”
“I stay so active. I never envisioned it would be so wonderful.”
“Choosing a place to retire to is a lot like choosing a college. I knew the moment it happened for me and we have never looked back. Wait until a place speaks to you. If you are lucky it does, and it doesn’t take long,” shares Janet Gould.
The Gould’s first bought their home in South Carolina’s Lowcountry in 2004. They were living in Morristown, NJ just outside of Manhattan. As they were still both working, they travelled between their home in Callawassie and the one in New Jersey. The more time they spent on Callawassie Island, they wanted more time there. Eventually when they retired, they moved to Callawassie permanently.
“Although I enjoyed life in New Jersey immensely, I knew I never wanted to scrape another windshield again,” said Janet. “When Bob was commuting to work every day, his friends were the spouses of my friends. Now he has more friends than he ever imagined possible. We are busy from 6:30 in the morning to 8:00 at night.”
Janet continues, “It’s just so much fun!! Our golf course is amazing and so is the tennis facility. We’ll put our amenities up anyone’s, but the best part is the people. The people are so generous with their time and their money.”
The Gould’s both serve on several boards including the “Friends of Callawassie” helping with fundraising and Bob serves on the finance committee. Both of them have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Janet says you get more out of it that you put into it. They are also members of the Beaufort Shag Club, which enables the Gould’s to get to know some of the people who grew up in Beaufort, SC. Callawassie is equidistant from Beaufort and Bluffton, SC, so once or twice a week the Gould’s venture out to dinner in the area’s wonderful restaurants.
The Gould’s even travel a couple of times a year with friends from Callawassie Island. Just to name a couple, they have been on a river cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona and travelled from Istanbul to Athens. “We learn so much about history. It just blew us away.”
Janet says, “We love to play golf and tennis, and travel with our friends. In my golf group, have three rules: You have to laugh at yourself, laugh at someone else, and stop dead in tracks and say how lucky we are…”