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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Asheville Region: Named to Many "Best Of" Lists for Boomers & Retirees
I moved to the Asheville - Wolf Laurel area in 1992. As an avid outdoors person seeking relocation, I have never regretted that decision. Still, I suppose it is nice to see affirmations of one's life choices, like those below.

On the Asheville Chamber of Commerce website recently, I noticed that the area had been named to no less than 42 different "best of" lists in the past 4 years. (Link is here, warning PDF file, a format I do not relish on the web).

So, what kinds of things led to this type of recognition from the likes of , AARP, MSN Money, Forbes, National Geographic, Outside Magazine, USA Today, Parents Magazine, and The Harris Poll among others?

For a quick answer, maybe AARP sums it up best with their criteria:
# Availability of jobs.
# Affordable housing.
# Culture and entertainment (from museums and opera to shopping and sports events).
# Access to outdoor recreation, from skiing and biking to walking and hiking.
# Safety—personal and property safety, and a generally secure feeling.
# Colleges or universities (for continuing education and a multigenerational vibe).
# Sense of community (often places with a vital and walkable downtown).
# Proximity to comprehensive, well-regarded health care facilities.
# Good public high schools, since many boomers still have teens at home.
# Ease of getting around (public transportation, traffic, access to an airport).
Asheville has long been called "The Paris of the South" for its cultural scene. I like the moniker "The Other Moab", for its 4 seasons of recreational opportunities. Again, I will turn to AARP Magazine, who perhaps summed it up best by saying:

The university town of Asheville sits in the spot where the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains meet. Its lively arts scene, short winters, excellent health care, and a dash of bohemian funkiness (lots of acupuncture and rolfing going on) have attracted boomers on the move. The downtown heart of the city (with an impressive collection of Art Deco buildings) has coffeehouses, antiques shops, bookstores, and galleries selling crafts (weaving, pottery) by mountain artists. And civic activism is strong; you'll find impassioned groups working to foster Appalachian music and to protect national forests from logging.

In a town with deep musical roots, the scene is hopping—you might catch live bluegrass one night and contra dancing (lots of promenades and allemandes) the next. But arts options go beyond bluegrass. The Asheville Symphony Orchestra performs September through June, and the Brevard Music Center puts on a summer program of jazz, pop, and classical concerts.

In spring, head to the hills. The Blue Ridge Parkway skirts the edge of town, offering a quick escape to mountain hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting—and views of the dogwoods in bloom.

Readers can catch a quick photo essay of Asheville here from AARP.

Tom Ploski
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