The beautiful area surrounding Asheville and Hendersonville is a favorite North Carolina destination for many active adults. With mountain views, artistic shops, numerous outdoor recreations and plenty of diverse attractions, it is an ideal spot for both relocating retirees and visiting tourists.
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this picturesque area features impressive scenic views as well as interesting architecture and distinctive neighborhoods. While North Carolina is known for having a hot climate, temperatures are noticeably cooler when living in the Asheville area's higher elevation. The winters are cold and do bring some snow, making it a great place for people who want to experience all four seasons.
Over the years, the city of Asheville has received many accolades from a variety of sources. Good Morning America named Asheville as one of the "Most Beautiful Places in America" (August 2011), and U.S. News and World Report has listed the city as one of "America's Best Affordable Places to Retire" (September 2009). The Asheville area is also frequently recognized for having fabulous fall foliage and some of the best craft beers in the country.
Asheville's downtown area exhibits a unique flair with a mix of Art Deco architecture, galleries, boutique shops, restaurants, cafes and historic attractions. The city is known for its rich art influence, and bustling shoppers will enjoy mingling with artists and street musicians. There are plenty of attractions to keep active adults busy including seasonal festivals, spectacular golf courses and invigorating full-service spas.
Less than 25 miles south of Asheville, Hendersonville is an historic town which appeals to many active adults who are looking for a tranquil retirement destination. Outdoor recreations are popular with locals and visitors alike. Hiking, biking, fishing and golf are all popular pastimes. In the autumn months, the Hendersonville area is particularly popular for its fall foliage and numerous apple orchards.
Active adults who choose to settle in the Asheville and Hendersonville area are more likely to find age-targeted communities than developments with age restrictions. One such community, Biltmore Lake, is a mountain lakeside development which spreads across 1,300 acres at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The spacious clubhouse provides several opportunities for residents to get together. There is an exchange library, a cozy fireside lounge, tennis courts and basketball courts.
Smaller, more intimate communities offer tranquil neighborhoods which are perfect for retirees. Pinebrook Farms by Lifestyle Homes is an open age community with just 126 single-family and attached homes, yet it also boasts a lovely clubhouse with a fitness center, demonstration kitchen, billiards room and other amenities. Just outside of Asheville, Bee Tree Village by Blue Mountain Homes features cozy ranch-style homes with majestic mountain views and low-maintenance living.
When looking for a mountainside retirement destination, the Asheville and Hendersonville area offers beautiful views, a wide range of outdoor recreations, diverse shops and delicious local eateries. Go for a visit and you may find your ideal retirement location.