The place ought to I retreat ?: We wish to retreat to an space just like the Berkshires, however hotter – the place ought to we go?

Any ideas for an upscale retirement home with lots of hiking and biking? Great restaurants and culture Near an airport?

We're not sure where to retire. We live in northern New Jersey near New York City. The area has become too congested and expensive. Ideally we want an area like the Berkshires, but warmer! My husband would love to be by a lake or near mountains. He loves skiing.

We love outdoor activities, yoga, theater, art and good food. Not everyone? We may like a 55+ community so we can socialize.

I know – we are everywhere!



You have so many options. If you want to stay close to New York City, I'd do a little exploring in the Hudson Valley. It's a little warmer than the Berkshires and closer to the river would be milder, but maybe it's still too cold?

Denver could be another great option – close enough to ski slopes, probably warmer and less snowy than you think, certainly thriving. But is it too overloaded? And the real estate market was hot so you would be moving to another expensive place.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival area described here is one option, as is other locations in the state suggested here and here.

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I have three options for you in three parts of the country. Each will have their advantages and disadvantages. As always, spend some time there like you were a local rather than a tourist to get a feel for what daily life could be like. A bad move is an expensive mistake.

Don't worry about finding an over 55 year old community or yoga classes. They are ubiquitous.

The University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville.

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Charlottesville, Virginia

The University of Virginia is located in this city of around 47,000 people. I am a big fan of university towns because of the amenities they offer, whether it's lectures, sports, or cultural events. In many schools, including UVa, seniors can take lessons free of charge, in this case from the age of 60.

Charlottesville – and the rest of Albemarle County and its 110,000 residents – is on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains and not far from Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking on either Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway. In the other direction, Washington DC can be reached in 2½ hours if traffic permits.

Lakes are within half an hour of Charlottesville. Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is just outside of town and James Madison's Montpelier home is 25 miles away.

Virginia ranks sixth among the states with nearly 300 wineries and Charlottesville at heart. With that comes a food scene. Charlottesville City Market – the Saturday morning farmers market – is consistently voted one of the best farmers markets in the country by the American Farmland Trust.

You won't find the most difficult skiing there. But that's what airports are for.

The average summer highs hit the upper 80s. In winter, you are likely in your upper 40s.

This is what your housing options might look like using current listings on, such as MarketWatch-owned by News Corp. are.

Two Virginia alternatives: Harrisonburg, suggested here, and Roanoke, suggested here.

The Coeur d & # 39; Alene area is full of lakes.


Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

There are many natural beauties around this northern Idaho city of 52,000 people, especially lakes (55!). Coeur d’Alene is in the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by forest, and skiing is just 40 minutes east at Silver Mountain Resort or 75 minutes north at Schweitzer Mountain.

This is a resort town so you will find this upscale atmosphere. The downtown area is lively and includes local theater. However, if you can't find what you're looking for (or want to see a Broadway tour), Spokane and its 217,000 residents are just 45 minutes away. You will also find the airport there.

You can get to Spokane by bike: the 24-mile North Idaho Centennial Trail joins the 37.5-mile Spokane River Centennial State Park Trail at the state line. In the other direction is the path des Coeur d’Alenes and the route des Hiawatha (with its 1.6 mile tunnel).

Average temperatures are warmer than the Berkshires in both summer and winter, although winter is the coldest of my three suggestions. Be prepared for a lot of snow.

Many retirees have discovered this area; The proportion of people over 65 in Kootenai County is above the national average. The disadvantage is that, according to, Coeur d’Alene was a "very hot" property market even before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and prices are above the national average.

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Another option for Idaho: Boise, suggested here.

The Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Ark.

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Bentonville, Arkansas

This is my warmest version of the Berkshires as it is located in the Ozarks, a mountainous region in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. (These are not the Rockies – the highest point is just over 2,500 feet or 300 feet lower than the highest point in the Berkshires.)

Bentonville is also home to the Walton family, so you can't escape the influence of Walmart. I mean that well.

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, with its Andy Warhols, Keith Harings, and other top names in American art, and the Momentary, a contemporary art space that opened in an old Velveeta factory just before the coronavirus pandemic broke out? They exist thanks to Walmart money. Both are free.

The 500 miles of purpose-built mountain bike trails in northwest Arkansas (and the three extra miles that are built every week) – that's also thanks to Walmart. The external magazine calls Bentonville "Disneyland for mountain bikers". Two of Adventure Cycling's multi-day laps on the Arkansas High Country Route begin in Bentonville.

Then there are the James Beard nominated chefs, supported by those who move to the area for Walmart, or visit for Crystal Bridges or mountain biking.

Bentonville has about 60,000 residents; About 279,000 people live in Benton County. Add in Washington County (home of Fayetteville) and the area has more than half a million residents. More than half of the people living in northwest Arkansas are non-state, so the feeling here is a little different from the rest of the state, even if politicians remain conservative.

If you'd like to live by the lake, check out Beaver Lake (actually a reservoir) in nearby Rogers or the many lakes in Bella Vista north of Bentonville. The University of Arkansas is 25 miles south in Fayetteville. People aged 60 and over can take lessons free of charge.

Compared to Charlottesville and Coeur d'Alene, Bentonville has the lowest percentage of people aged 65 and over. If you prefer a more retired place, check out Bella Vista.

And the weather? In winter it gets below freezing at night and there can be a few inches of snow. But average highs are in the top 40s, if not the bottom 50s. Summer highs average close to 90.

This is what the real estate market looks like, again using offers on

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